Star Wars: Republic Commando PS5, PS4 Overview


Star Wars: Republic Commando is getting a re-release on PS4 and Nintendo Swap later this month, however is it price taking part in? It’s an outdated recreation that’s getting a contemporary lick of paint and never a lot else, however I’d argue that’s all it actually wants.

Earlier than we get this overview underway, it must be famous that this overview relies on the unique recreation working on Xbox Collection X|S with backwards compatibility enhancements. That being stated, it’s primarily the identical recreation that can launch when Star Wars: Republic Commando releases on April sixth. The one variations will likely be variations between the decision, some tweaks to the controls, and the U.I on Xbox being somewhat blurrier as a result of manner the enhancements work on Microsoft’s consoles. For all intents and functions, although, it’s the very same recreation. In fact, I’ll almost certainly find yourself taking part in it once more on PS5 (by way of backwards compatibility) for the trophies as a result of I’m a sucker for digital doodahs.

So, what’s all of it about then?

Star Wars Republic Commando is a little bit of an oddity, or at the very least it was. See, again in 2005, the yr Republic Commando launched, Star Wars video games had been both dog-poo, or they had been OK, however they had been hardly ever ever honest-to-goodness first-person shooters.

Positive, we had the unique Star Wars Battlefront and the Jedi Knight sequence, however they weren’t correct first-person shooters. Battlefront was a Battlefield clone and Jedi Knight was a mix of first-person shooter and third-person action-platformer/maddening-puzzler.

Republic Commando took Star Wars into new territories by introducing a crack-squad of tremendous clones in a Ghost Recon fashion outing, although considerably streamlined when in comparison with the well-known Tom Clancy sequence.

Republic Commando undoubtedly takes inspiration from different shooters of its day. Similarities between Ghost Recon, Brothers in Arms, and particularly Halo, given the sci-fi setting, are apparent, however it’s by no means so apparent to be thought-about a blatant rip-off.

The large query is, then, does it maintain up as of late? Is Republic Commando price taking part in on fashionable consoles? Sure, however you’ll must take the tough with the sleek.

The moment-to-moment gameplay is nice with the sport offering a stable if somewhat brief, single-player marketing campaign that takes the tremendous troopers on a number of Star Wars-y missions. You’ll get into mad firefights with droids, tremendous battle droids, Genoshian warriors, and extra.

Regardless of the sport’s age and the tech behind it, it nonetheless manages to really feel fairly fashionable. The controls are somewhat heavy and also you’ll undoubtedly really feel a bit uneasy going into your first battle, however it’s not unwieldy by any means. Consider Killzone and the way heavy the weapons really feel there and also you’ll have a good suggestion of the heft that’s felt behind Republic Commandos’ fight.

The tactical points, whereas being impressed by Ghost Recon and Brothers in Arms, is just not fairly as deep as both. You may have restricted management over your squadmates. You maintain down the command button which brings up instructions which might be mapped to the d-pad. You can, nonetheless, undergo your entire recreation and by no means use them; the A.I is respectable sufficient that your fellow clones will battle when they should, take cowl when issues get heavy, and even revive you whenever you fall in battle.

Nearly all of instructions that you just’ll give to your troopers are contextual instructions. So, for instance, if a passage must be blown open with explosives, you purpose your reticule on the blockage and command a clone to go blow it up. Likewise, if a door must be hacked open, it’s the identical deal. Although you’ll have to keep watch over their well being meters as they don’t all the time go and seize a stunning little bit of bacta when they should, however you’ll be able to command them to in the identical manner as different contextual actions. And I really like this, solely as a result of I can’t get sufficient of listening to “go and get your self some bacta, soldier”. (Watch the video for the spot-on impersonation that I’ve been repeating continuous for weeks…)

One thing else I actually preferred, and this can be a small factor that you just’ll overlook about after you’ve seen it a few occasions, is your view getting full of gunk, after which your visor cleansing it away mechanically. It’s such a cool contact and I personally can’t get sufficient of it.

One other visible impact that actually stands out is the low-light mode. Or evening imaginative and prescient, as we Milk Approach dwellers name it. This can trick you into pondering you’re taking part in a recreation produced throughout the final 5 years, not 15. In fact, the night-vision filter masks a number of what dates the sport, just like the low-quality textures, shadows – and generally the dearth of – however it’s brilliantly achieved and it was spectacular again then and it’s nonetheless spectacular at present.

Republic Commando is clearly lacking a number of of the comforts we’re used to with fashionable video games, and the multiplayer mode is nothing to shout about. However, it’s a first-person Star Wars shooter that managed to interrupt away from the mediocre tie-ins and carve out its personal area. Sadly, it by no means received a sequel, however possibly now that the Star Wars license is being unfold exterior of EA’s grasp, we’ll see one thing comparable sooner or later. I hope so as a result of Star Wars is wealthy pickings for the proper developer, and a correct tactical shooter could be aces in my e-book.

Star Wars: Republic Commando Overview

  • Total – Very Good – 7.5/10



Star Wars: Republic Commando remains to be price a play in 2021, irrespective of the place you select to play. The gameplay holds up even when the presentation doesn’t, however it’s the value you pay to play a real first-person shooter within the Star Wars universe with nary a lootbox in sight.


  • A real Star Wars first-person shooter!
  • Nonetheless performs nice and tells a good Star Wars story


  • Is usually a bit tough with some unfair checkpointing
  • A number of the visuals haven’t aged effectively

Overview Disclaimer: This overview was carried out utilizing a replica of the sport purchased on the expense of the reviewer. For extra data, please learn our Overview Coverage. 

Major model examined: Xbox. Reviewed utilizing: Xbox Collection X and Xbox Collection S.

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