Official Nintendo Magazine

Log in to access exclusive Nintendo content, win prizes and post on our forums. Not a member yet? Join for free

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Review

2008's second Jedi adventure falls short

It's well-known that Star Wars fans were crying out for a lightsaber game ever since the Wii's unique controller was first revealed. A few months ago this was partly achieved with The Force Unleashed - an enjoyable action romp with a compelling storyline - but as the title suggests that game focused more on Force powers than those lovely glowing blades of awesome. As a result, with a game like Lightsaber Duels, it should be pretty obvious what the weapon of choice is this time around.

Ironically there isn't an awful lot here in terms of lightsaber combat that wasn't in The Force Unleashed. In fact, there are actually less options available to you. The game picks up five different lightsaber swipes (up, down, left, right and a thrust) and each character has their own combination moves that are activated by stringing together various attacks. You can also throw objects at opponents by holding C and flicking the Nunchuk, and use the force to blast energy at them by holding Z instead. And that's about it.

Click to view larger image

Take Control

You can't control the objects you pick up, you can't pick up opponents, you can't interact with the scenery in the same way you can in The Force Unleashed's Duel Mode.

That said, it's a different sort of game and since it's more of a rigid one-on-one fighter there's no need to run around lifting rocks and stuff because most of the time you'll be getting stuck in, trying to parry and dodge lightsaber attacks. As a result, the lack of abilities shouldn't really have a negative impact on your enjoyment of the game.

It's clear that Lightsaber Duels has been designed with two-player gaming in mind. Although the single-player modes on offer are enjoyable enough, they feel slightly lacking. The Campaign mode (which follows the story of the movie and subsequent TV series) can be cleared in about an hour and a half, the Challenges mode (where you're given set goals to accomplish) has a grand total of four stages and the only other option available (which ironically offers the most lifespan) is a Street Fighter-style Battle mode where you simply face a number opponents one by one until you've beaten them all, at which point you'll unlock a new costume or character.

If you're planning on going it solo when getting this game, you'll probably have seen everything in about five hours or so.

However, if you plan on buying Lightsaber Duels with the intent of taking on friends then you'll get much more out of it since it's simple enough for anyone to play yet refined enough for experts to get some pretty tense battles going.

Click to view larger image
Ultimately, Lightsaber Duels is only really worth getting for either those who have seen and done everything in The Force Unleashed and crave more Star Wars action or for younger gamers who love the recent Clone Wars cartoons and aren't that interested in the live-action movies. Otherwise The Force Unleashed is still really the way to go.


7 comments so far...
Add a comment

  1. GamerKid Friday 14th Nov 2008 at 15:55

    well friend said it loked bad first comment

  2. ILoveWii Friday 14th Nov 2008 at 21:31

    I knew from the start this would fail. For one thing, I had major worries of it being too short. I was right. Whoo.

  3. Super_Sonic96 Friday 14th Nov 2008 at 21:48

    I new this wouldn't live up to expectations, but I would have thought that there would at least be a good complex combat system....Oh well, hopefully Jedi Alliance will be better.

  4. hpmad910 Saturday 15th Nov 2008 at 16:09

    wait wait wait...
    2009's second jedi adventure falls short

  5. fisher2007 Tuesday 18th Nov 2008 at 05:04

    wait wait wait...
    2009's second jedi adventure falls short

    I am very dissapointed and LucasArts sucks now. :x

  6. Plex Friday 21st Nov 2008 at 17:24

    It actually seems like a decent enough game, and assuming you're going by a proper scoring system and saying that the game is good, then it should be worth it for an inexpensive price. I saw it in ASDA a few moments ago for Ł25, so I can tell it's making its way to a decent price, if you can't call Ł25 decent.

    One question I'd like to ask is if Darth Maul, General Grievious or Lord Vader are in it? Those are my three favourite characters in the entire Star Wars universe, so their presence would almost seal my purchase.

    I'm quite annoyed that you seemingly disregard the animated series as child's stuff. It's actually a thoroughly enjoyable series of awesome. I couldn't control myself the first time I saw Grievious.

  7. LEGEND MARIOID Tuesday 13th Jan 2009 at 21:20

    When are you going to review Jedi Alliance DS????

    I thought this game was a little better than you have described it to be honest. Its no world beater, but its just another game to have a laugh on with a decent graphical style to it.

Register or log in to commment
Add a comment
Nintendo Co., Ltd. is the owner of certain copyright which subsists and trade marks and other intellectual property rights in certain content, characters, artwork, logos, scripts and representations used in this publication. All rights are expressly recognised and they are used by Future Publishing Limited under licence © 2006 Nintendo Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. "Nintendo", "International Nintendo Licensed Product" "Nintendo DS", "Nintendo DS Lite", "Nintendo DSi", "Nintendo 3DS", "Nintendo DSi XL", "Nintendo 3DS XL", "Wii" and "Wii U" and the associated logos are the trademarks of Nintendo Co. Ltd. All rights reserved.