Star Wars: Starfighter

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Star Wars: Starfighter
PlayStation 2 cover art
PlayStation 2 cover art
Developer(s) LucasArts
Publisher(s) LucasArts
Designer(s) Daron Stinnett (director)
Matthew Jacobs (writer)
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, PC, Arcade
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action, space simulation
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer (unlockable)
Distribution CD, download

Star Wars: Starfighter is an action game, developed and published by LucasArts, that takes place right before the Battle of Naboo. The player unites alongside three starfighter pilots and is allowed to take control of several different spacecraft to help stop the invasion that threatens Naboo.[1]

Ten months after the initial release on PlayStation 2, an Xbox version was released under the title Star Wars: Starfighter: Special Edition with enhanced graphics, improved multiplayer and several other upgrades. The Xbox and PC ports were performed by Secret Level.

During Q3 2003, Tsunami Visual Technologies released the title on their TsuMo motion-base arcade platform.

LucasArts re-released the game on the digital distribution platform Steam on July 8, 2009.

A sequel was released in 2002, named Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter.

Plot[edit]

The story begins by showing one of the four main characters, Rhys Dallows, piloting an N-1 Naboo Starfighter. He manages to blast one droid starfighter out of the sky, but is subsequently shot by a second one. It is then revealed Rhys was just dreaming, as he is awakened by Essara Till, who trains him in basic maneuvering and combat. The two are then relegated to defending the Queen of Naboo as they meet with Trade Federation officials. The meeting is revealed to be a trap, as Rhys and Essara are then forced to defend the royal starship until it can escape. Essara is killed by an unidentified ship, while Rhys survives and is later rescued by the Toydarian Reti.

The story at this point shifts to the point of view of Vana Sage, a mercenary employed by the Trade Federation, as she helps test the Scarab starfighter. After she destroys a number of the fighters, her astromech droid, Mod-3, intercepts a transmission about the illegal invasion of Naboo. The Trade Federation subsequently terminates her contract and sends numerous "Hunter-Killer" droids, then a squad of mercenaries after her. She manages to defeat all of the mercenaries and destroy all but one of the droids, which leads her to a droid production factory on the volcanic planet of Eos. The factory tries to trap her within a large shield, but she escapes by destroying the generators. After investigating for a while, she returns to her base of operations, awaiting Reti and Rhys.

Nym, a Feeorin pirate whom Vana had managed to capture before the game takes place, had escaped and now threatened to kill Vana. She manages to buy him off by telling him about the droid factory she discovered on Eos, which he repays by trapping her in a locker and meeting back up with his pirate group above Lok. Disabling a freighter in orbit and managing to send it crashing to the surface, Nym's pirates steal valuable supplies from the crashed freighter and return to their base. The Trade Federation strikes back, overrunning Nym's pirates and forcing him to self-destruct the base as they return to Vana's home.

After the meeting between Rhys, Vana, Nym and Reti, the four ally with each other in an attempt to stop the Trade Federation once and for all. The group conducts a guerrilla campaign against the Trade Federation as they destroy the droid factory on Eos, disable a Trade Federation freighter and steal supplies, deliver those supplies to Bravo Flight, rescue Trade Federation prisoners, and defend the Naboo Royal Guard's outpost. The final mission takes place around the Droid Control Ship Profiteer, as Bravo Flight destroys the receiver stations on the exterior of the ship. As they destroy all the droid starfighters currently deployed, the leader of the Trade Federation-hired mercenaries, the same ship that killed Essara Till, appears. The shield to one of the hangar bays opens; a landing craft leaves as the mercenary and Rhys enter. The shield closes again, trapping Rhys inside and the rest of Bravo Flight outside the Profiteer. A fierce battle throughout most of the ship ensues, with Rhys eventually destroying the mercenary.

The Profiteer begins falling apart as soon as the mercenary's ship is destroyed, which forces Rhys to blow a generator in the hangar bay. The shield is lowered, and Rhys escapes the doomed vessel. This supposedly takes place at the same time Anakin is inside of the ship in a different bay, as numerous quotes reference Anakin's Starfighter destroying and leaving the ship.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS2) 86.01%[2]
(Xbox) 76.70%[3]
(PC) 71.55%[4]
Metacritic (PS2) 84/100[5]
(Xbox) 76/100[6]
(PC) 71/100[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame (PS2) 3.5/5 stars[8]
(PC) 3/5 stars[9]
(Xbox) 2.5/5 stars[10]
Electronic Gaming Monthly (PS2) 7.33/10[11]
(Xbox) 5.5/10[12]
Eurogamer 9/10[13]
Famitsu 30/40[14]
Game Informer (PS2) 9.25/10[15]
(Xbox) 8/10[16]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[17][18]
Game Revolution (PS2) B+[19]
(Xbox) B[20]
GameSpot (PS2) 7.8/10[21]
(Xbox) 7.2/10[22]
(PC) 6.7/10[23]
GameSpy (PS2) 79%[24]
(Xbox) 73%[25]
(PC) 71%[26]
GameZone (PS2) 10/10[27]
(Xbox) 9.4/10[28]
(PC) 8/10[29]
IGN (PS2) 9/10[30]
(Xbox) 7.8/10[31]
(PC) 7.7/10[32]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 4.5/5 stars[33]
Official Xbox Magazine 7/10[34]
PC Gamer (US) 79%[35]
The Cincinnati Enquirer 4/5 stars[36]
Maxim 8/10[37]

The game was met with positive to average reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 86.01% and 84 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version;[2][5] 76.70% and 76 out of 100 for the Xbox version;[3][6] and 71.55% and 71 out of 100 for the PC version.[4][7]

Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine gave the game a 9/10 in their 6th issue, describing it as a "cool Episode 1 spin-off that puts you in the pilot seat." In Japan, Famitsu gave the PS2 version a score of 30 out of 40.[14]

Sequel[edit]

In the Episode I Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, the developers confirmed that a sequel of Star Wars: Starfighter would be developed, this time based on Episode II and would incorporate force powers in the gameplay. It was stated that this was due to the original game's success.

Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter was released in 2002.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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