Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (2001)
Flight Simulation - Shooter
Publisher LucasArts
Developer Factor 5
Series Star Wars

Rogue Leader has some of the best graphics ever seen on a home console and it's proper, old-fashioned, Star Wars--if that doesn't raise at least an eyebrow of your interest then there's probably not much in the world of video games that will. Thankfully, the jaw-dropping graphics are matched up to a very playable shoot 'em-up that works as a slightly more in-depth version of the PS2's Starfighter, except without any of that Episode I nonsense; instead it recreates everything from the Death Star trench run to the Battle of Hoth.

The game is actually a sequel to Rogue Squadron on the N64--an excellent game that many only remember from the rather lacklustre PC version. It's structurally very similar to the original, with a dozen or so levels and a Star Destroyer full of secret levels and ships. There are a few new ideas, such as controllable wingman and ground troops, and some of the levels are set in deep space instead of just planetside, but at its heart this is still Rogue Squadron Deluxe.

What elevates the game to an object of worship is the graphics--they really do look almost identical to the movies, with several scenes being copied exactly, and move with a fluidity and grace you wouldn't have thought possible from a £150 console. The only flaw is that the missions are needlessly short, but there's plenty of replayability, and by gosh there's those graphics...--David Jenkins

Star Wars: Rogue Leader - Rogue Squadron II is the first Star Wars game to appear on a 4th-generation gaming console.

The game puts you in the role of either Luke Skywalker or Wedge Antilles through many different missions in an assortment of aircraft, such as the X-Wing, B-Wing, Snowspeeder, and more.

Rogue Squadron II features about fifteen levels and has a large amount secrets to unlock. The missions are split up into missions taken from the Star Wars movies, such as the attack on the Death Star and the Battle Of Hoth, where some are made up purely for the game itself and has no bearing on any of the movies.

Rogue Leader closely follows the Star Wars movies, with locations you will recognize. The voice of Wedge Antilles is by the actor who played him in the movie.

You must earn different medals (Gold, Silver, Bronze) for each mission by completing it a different way. For example, be the mission in under three minutes for a Gold. When you have enough medals, you unlock bonuses, such as extra ships and extra missions.

RL also features a section seen mostly on movie DVD's, that takes you behind the scenes of the making of the game, and other bonus footage.

Product Details
UPC 0023272998684
Format GC Disc
No. of Disks 1
Language English
Review Rating 85
Completed No