ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / NICK HOROWITZ – STAFF WRITER / APRIL 10TH, 2021 /
Prequel-memers, FPS fans, and people who long for an era of Star Wars before it was just another cash grab for the mouse, rejoice! Star Wars: Republic Commando is coming to the Nintendo Switch. Originally developed by LucasArts, it launched for Windows and the original Xbox back in 2005, with Aspyr developing the new Switch port, set to launch April 6th, 2021.
Gameplay focuses on the exploits of Delta Squad, a group of commando clone troopers in the Grand Army of the Republic. You play as Delta-38 “Boss”, the leader of the squad, and give commands to the other team members 62 “Scorch”, 40 “Fixer”, and 07 “Sev”. The game is single player only, with the campaign taking place across a number of levels. Gunplay in this first person shooter is fairly tight, with a variety of weapons available as players move through each successive level. Different guns are mostly attachments for the clone’s DC-17 modular blaster rifle, but also include Star Wars classics like the Wookie bowcaster.
The game takes place in the Star Wars Legends setting, what was once called the Expanded Universe before Disney bought the franchise in 2012. It follows the clones from the Battle of Geonosis, which occured at the end of the movie, Attack of the Clones, through the three year long Clone Wars conflict, to the Battle of Kashyyyk, shown in the film Revenge of the Sith. The story is supplemented in a book series of the same name by the author Karen Traviss.
Music in Republic Commando is a departure from other Star Wars titles, with the typical John Williams-styled soundtrack replaced with a much darker and more militaristic accompaniment. Key among these tracks is “Vode An”, a song heavily referenced in the books as an anthem for the clone troopers and the Mandalorian people they’re based on. While not in the same universe as Disney+’s hit show, The Mandalorian, the show does many elements from the games and related media in creating their world.
All in all, Star Wars: Republic Commando is a fantastic romp through a world time forgot. Back when first person shooters could be counted on for a quality single player experience and Star Wars could be counted on for amazing stories both on and off the big screen, Republic Commando was a staple of both. If you, like me, miss those days, pick it up on Nintendo Switch on April 6th and enjoy one of the best movie-tie-ins of the mid-2000s.
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