Day 8 of the Retro Gaming Friday salute to VGHC 3.0 rolls forward with the end of a good idea I had. I mentioned earlier this week that I had planned to do my 5 favorite games as the last 5 entries of this week. Having already done 2 of them previously, I am counting down the top 3, in reverse order. My 3rd favorite game of all time is Star Wars: Rogue Squadron for the Nintendo 64.
Rogue Squadron has you playing mostly as Luke Skywalker heading up the crack fighter pilot team know as Rogue Squadron. You start off simple enough in old familiar Mos Eisley as a tutorial level in your trusty X-Wing, but after you dispatch of a certain wretched hive of scum and villainy, you quickly find yourself embarking on numerous missions, many of them quite challenging. You have a wide variety of ships at your disposal, including some unlockable ships like the Milennium Falcon and the TIE Interceptor. Included in things you could unlock was the greatest cheat code of all time. Greatest because of how well they kept the secret. At the time this game was in development, so was Episode I. Yeah, I know. Anyhow, they hid the Naboo Starfighter so well into this game’s code that even a Game Shark couldn’t find it. Pretty cool if you ask me. Back to the game.
You were given a full voice over intro to each mission and to each ship if you wanted. The game was broken into 4 chapters, each one getting its own intro with floating Star Wars space paragraphs. There was different mission types, from raids, to rescues, to escorts. The game even featured 3 bonus levels that would be familiar to Star Wars fans: the Death Star trench run, Battle of Hoth, and a fun little run through Beggar’s Canyon in Luke’s T-16 Skyhopper. It also introduces one of the greatest Star War fighters in all of the franchise, the V-Wing. Here though, is where the game falls down for me. It’s the reason this game won’t get 5 stars from me. A lot of this game as I mentioned is pretty challenging, especially if you are going for 100% completion. The final level of the game, however, is disappointingly easy. It’s kind of like making it all the way to the Super Bowl and then having your opponent forfeit. With that said, Retro Rating time.
TOM’S RETRO RATING: 4.5 MIDICHLORIANS OUT OF 5