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Phantom Menace (PS PC)

The force is not strong with this game.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is an action-adventure game by LucasArts and Big Ape Productions. It was based on the movie of the same name. The game has been deemed to be one of the worst Star Wars games ever, and was listed on numerous top 10 lists bearing that title.

Plot

The game follows roughly the same plot as the movie, with the player assuming the roles of Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Captain Panaka, and Padmé Amidala.

Why it Sucks

  1. Awful and bizarre top-down camera placement that only serves to give the game an unfair difficulty.
  2. Full of bugs and glitches.
  3. Braindead AI. Enemies tend to shoot through or get stuck in walls.
  4. Stiff controls, especially when you’re trying to jump.
  5. Near-useless and hard to use weapons.
  6. Jaggy graphics. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon barely look like their actors, Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson, respectively, and look more like wax figures.
  7. Does an awful job at retelling the plot of the critically loathed movie, and somehow manages to ruin said plot even further.
  8. Inconsistent pace. In one level you take on large numbers of battle droids and in the next you’re aimlessly walking around in a town talking to NPCs.
  9. There are multiple points in the game where you must escort Jar Jar Binks, a character who is near-universally despised by everyone who has watched the movie, and he is just as annoying as he is in the movie.
  10. Horrible voice acting.

Reception

The game, like the movie it was based on, received mixed reception from critics upon release.

When reviewing this game, JonTron said he kind of liked it, saying the graphics were appealing, the environments were varied and the choice to do a scene-by-scene was interesting. Many other regular gamers have had a somewhat mixed reaction to this game since, similar to Barbie on NES.

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