Electronic Theatre Preview: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels

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Electronic Theatre Image            This year’s E3 was set alight with rumours and talk surrounding the Star Wars titles due out later this year, and while most of us may think that Soul Calibur IV’s sneaky addition and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed would be taking all the credit, most of the buzz was actually concerning a very different Wii prospect; Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels.

Electronic Theatre Image            The title takes the form of a one-on-one Beat-‘Em-Up, akin to the likes of Mortal Kombat or Soul Calibur. Based on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and forthcoming film adaptation, the title mimics the visual style with ease and every detail on the Character Models is animated incredibly smoothly. The idea of the game is to virtually wield your on-screen Lightsaber via a Wii Remote, playing as one of a selection of characters from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Television series. Unfortunately, the game wasn’t playable, and so quite how the system works in practice remains a mystery. However there was an opportunity for hands-off demonstration which relayed some of the game’s basic mechanics.

            Anakin Skywalker, General Grievous, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano were on display, each with unique Lightsaber-wielding abilities. The combat is controlled by flicks of the wrist, with horizontal movement resulting in a light yet fast attack, vertical being medium and thrusts being heavy. The Loading Screens detail character-specific controls for Special Moves, yet known were demonstrated. Seemingly demanding more complex movements – akin to that of a D-Pad execution of Special Moves in titles such as Street Fighter - Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels will certainly require some practice, although, as demonstrated, a little knowledge on your chosen character’s attacks can go a long way.

            The stages on which the players battle currently appear rather limited in size, but look fantastic and feature interactive objects. Players can use Force Powers against one another, but also to create havoc with falling towers or thrown rocks.

            Little else is known about the title currently, although link features with the NintendoDS’s Star Wars: Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance are expected. The title is due for release at the end of the year, and we expect to see much more of it in the run-up to the launch of the accompanying motion picture.




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