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T'Bone's Star Wars Universe
Software Review
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds & Clone Campaigns
Real-Time Strategy
Review by: CeeWulf
Posted: 8/15/2003
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This was the game I'd been waiting for. Years and years of waiting, of false hopes and false starts. I first read about it on the LucasArts website, watched with mouth watering at the graphics and the races, and thinking about the fun I'd have. For years, this was the Star Wars game I wanted more than anything.

I was one of those geeks who stayed up until the sun came up playing "Warcraft" online with friends, then later the same happened with "Starcraft".

So, you can imagine how excited I got when I first purchased Galactic Battlegrounds. Finally, the kind of game I love in the universe I enjoy most. Based off the "Age of Empires" model, the game features the Empire, Rebellion, Naboo, Gungans, Wookies and Trade Federation. You can take the reigns from any of these races and pit yourself against another, or two, or three. Heck, you can battle them all at once if you want to.

One of the elements that I really enjoy was the differences between GB and the other games I'm familiar with, such as "Warcraft" and "Starcraft". Chiefly, that you needs several different elements to develop different weapons and technology. I think this add more strategy to the game, which I liked.

The single player campaigns in GB are challenging, as the story carries you through the early years in Gungan civilization, or during the Trade Federation's conquering of Naboo - which went largely unillustrated in the film. You are also thrust into the battle between the Empire and Rebellion. Each features familiar heros, such as Darth Vader, Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker.

The graphics are, of course, top notch. Although many of these game are shifting into the realm of 3D - the prime example being the OUTSTANDING "Warcraft III" - the two-dimensional elements to GB are top notch. Colorful and detailed, you can't help but get a certain sense of joy when you send a platoon of stormtroopers into a Wookie village. Or take down an Naboo building with a Trade Federation tank.

I love military combat games. I think many online battles generally fall to basic rush concepts and beating the opponent by overwhelming them, I love playing the computer because you can utilize strategy. Ever since the release of the original "Dune" game, these kinds of computer games have always been my obsession. "Command & Conquer" was another favorite. But, the very idea that I get to play this type of software within the Star Wars universe is just too much.

Of course, LucasArts was quick to release "Clone Campaigns" to capitalize off of the release of Attack of the Clones. And their timing was perfect, because I swept up the expansion game. It was a great addition, and I had a lot of fun playing the new missions. Seems to me that the Clone Wars era has been much more interesting to play in than the Empire and Rebellion time. Not so much because the weapons and characters are better, only that the missions were more interesting. And, I suppose, because much of it was new as the movie had only recently been released.

I thought many of the mission, such as the Sarapin's Fury was particularly difficult, and Never Trust a Hutt was entertaining. I especially enjoy using the Republic forces, as I think the Clonetroopers are very effective units.

Overall, I give this game my highest marks. Partly because I've been hoping LucasArts would release such a game, but also because they made it so well.

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