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Graphics : 9.0

LucasArts did a great work to offer visuals that recreate the atmosphere of the Star Wars series. First of all, the 3D models of the spaceships are perfect. The possibility to zoom onto the spaceships makes the battles extremely convincing: with Star Wars: Starfighter the era of space simulators in which farthest ships were just a mess of pixels is over. During the game you can choose between a first person view and a cockpit view of your spaceship; the HUD remains the same, but it's just great to look at your own ship while fighting.

The textures used in the levels surprise for their great quality; they are always very defined and extremely realistic. While the missions that take place on the surface of the planets offer a spectacle of magnificent environmental effects (evident for example in the care used for the sky), in the deep space missions you'll see breathtaking visuals of planets, nebulae, supernovae and other wonders.

Anyhow, particle and light effects are probably the best element in the graphics of Starfighter. Explosions are amazingly realistic, and destroying enemies' spaceships you'll actually see them breaking into pieces that will float in the sky.

The only issue with the graphics of Starfighter are the occasional slowdowns, even if they never compromise the gaming experience. These slowdowns mainly occur when the number of spaceships on the screen becomes really elevated. Anyhow, Star Wars: Starfighter can be considered one of the most visually impressive games on the system.

Sound : 9.0

Great part of the powerful orchestrated music themes of Episode One written by John Williams is in the game, first of all the main theme of the series. The quality of the sounds is simply perfect and brings the player into the unique atmosphere of Star Wars.

Sound effects are great and voice acting both in the English version and in the Italian version cured by CTO Italy we had the possibility to use for this review are of top quality. Overall, excellent sounds.

Starfighter features only 14 missions, but this is one of those games that you'll want to play again and again, also to unlock all the hidden extras, like the great multiplayer levels, Canyon Race and Capture The Flag. And one of the extras included in the game is the Infiltrator, Darth Maul's spaceship!

Overall Score ( not an average ) : 9.0

Star Wars: Starfighter is an exciting, suggestive space shooter that will please both the fans of the Star Wars saga and the enthusiasts of the genre. Excellent graphics, great sounds, and a well-balanced gameplay make of this game one of the best titles on Playstation 2.

Special thanks to Luca Bianco at CTO, exclusive publisher of LucasArts games in Italy.

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- Harry (2 May, 2002)

Replay Value
Overall Score

Dual Shock 2
8MB Memory Card
Release Date
North America
February 19th, 2001
October 4th, 2001
March 28th, 2002

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