Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles

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Star Wars Episode I:
Jedi Power Battles
Jedipowercov.jpg
North American PlayStation cover art
Developer(s)

LucasArts

HotGen (GBA)
Publisher(s) LucasArts
Platform(s) PlayStation, Dreamcast, Game Boy Advance
Release PlayStation
  • NA: March 31, 2000
  • EU: April 2000
Dreamcast
  • NA: October 18, 2000
Game Boy Advance
  • NA: November 21, 2001
  • EU: March 1, 2002
Genre(s) Action, Beat 'em up, Hack and Slash
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles is an action adventure Star Wars video game set during the time frame of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The game was first released for the PlayStation, afterwards for the Dreamcast and the Game Boy Advance (in the last case under the title Star Wars: Jedi Power Battles).

Gameplay[edit]

Jedi Power Battles allows for two players to progress though the game. Here, players control Jedi Masters Mace Windu and Plo Koon as they battle against Trade Federation battle droids.

Jedi Power Battles is a mix of a platform game and a beat 'em up. Emphasis is place both on completing jumping sequences and defeating enemies. Players can choose from one of five prequel-era Jedi and run, jump, slash, and use the Force through the game's ten levels, starting on the Trade Federation Battleship and ending with the battle against Darth Maul on Naboo. The player's primary weapon is a lightsaber used to fight through waves of enemies and deflect blaster shots, the lightsaber combat is rather simplified with a system that lets the player lock on to the nearest enemy using the R1 button. Items and the force can also be used for special attacks, on most levels jumping puzzles make up a large portion of the challenge. There are a few segments in which the player can pilot various craft, the single player campaign can also be played in cooperative mode with a second player, while the Dreamcast version has an additional training mode and a two player duel mode. As players progress additional lightsaber combos and force powers are unlocked.[1]

Five primary characters are available for players to use; Jedi Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Jedi Masters Qui-Gon Jinn, Mace Windu, Adi Gallia and Plo Koon, with the latter two being unavailable in the Game Boy Advance version. Characters have specific lightsaber styles, force powers, weaknesses and strengths,[1] the game features both characters and levels that can be unlocked by completing specific tasks in the game, such as completing the game with a specific character.Up to four additional unlockable characters are available, depending on platform. Queen Amidala of Naboo and Captain Panaka, head of the Queen's security forces, are the only two playable characters to utilize ranged weapons. Sith Apprentice Darth Maul and Jedi Master Ki-Adi Mundi are also unlockable. Four levels can be unlocked which offer players unique minigames.

Plot[edit]

The game loosely follows the plot of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. It begins as two jedi are sent to negotiate an agreement between the Trade Federation and the Naboo. When this goes awry the two jedi fight their way through Battle droids on the Trade Federation ship, the pair eventually make it to the planet's surface, where they fight through the swamps that eventually lead to the streets of Theed. In the ensuing battle the Jedi are forced to flee with Queen Amidala on her starship.

The group arrives on Tatooine, where they hope to acquire parts to repair the Queen's ship, the environment proves hostile, and the jedi are forced to defend themselves against their attackers while the parts are acquired. The group eventually make their way to Coruscant, where a group of criminals instigate an attack, the jedi fight their way through their foes to see the queen to the senate building. Concerned for the welfare of her planet and finding no hope in the senate, the Queen and jedi return to Naboo to liberate the city of Theed from control of the Droid army.

Now allied with the gungans of Naboo, the two jedi fight their way through gungan ruins to the city, they arrive and liberate a pair of droid STAPs. Utilizing the vehicle's limber controls and fast firing weaponry, they fight to the royal palace. Upon arriving the jedi find they must scale the side of the palace, using their force abilities to jump from platform to platform, ascending to the top. Arriving, they find their progress blocked by the sith apprentice Darth Maul, the sith engages the two jedi as they push through the generator complex. They jedi gain the upper hand and Maul is defeated, the jedi celebrate their victory with Boss Nass, leader of the Gungans, and Queen Amidala in a large celebration within the city of Theed.

Development[edit]

Jedi Power Battles was first unveiled in March 2000 via a gameplay trailer.[2] Following the PlayStation release, developers sought to make improvements for the then upcoming Dreamcast version. Amongst improvements were 60 frames per second gameplay, tweaks to platforming sections, and a bugfix that ensured unlockable character Darth Maul would use both blades of his lightsaber, unlike his single blade on the PlayStation. Improvements in character animation were also made, and the game runs on a higher resolution.[3] Characters were developed to have not only unique force abilities and lightsaber combos, but also lightsaber colors as well. Three characters had not yet had an on-screen appearance wielding their lightsabers. Jedi Masters Mace Windu, Adi Gallia and Plo Koon utilize blue, crimson and yellow lightsabers in the game, respectively. Windu would go on to change to a purple color for his saber in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.[4]

Level design began with what designer Michael Stuart Licht referred to as spatial studies. Design began with paper cut outs of various rooms. Licht would rearrange these rooms until he found a design that he felt worked, the papers had design ideas written on them so that other developers could understand the overall flow of each level. Bubble diagrams were then created which represented main ideas for each space, this was followed by various stages of overview drawings and other drawing studies. 3D level design began after such studies were completed.[5]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (DC) 74.73%[6]
(GBA) 56.96%[7]
(PS) 56.93%[8]
Metacritic (DC) 76/100[9]
(GBA) 58/100[10]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame (DC) 3/5 stars[11]
(PS) 2.5/5 stars[12]
(GBA) 2/5 stars[13]
EGM (DC) 8/10[14]
(PS) 4.16/10[15]
Eurogamer 4/10[16]
GameFan (DC) 79%[17]
(PS) 62%[18]
Game Informer 8/10[19][20]
(GBA) 6.25/10[21]
GamePro 4.5/5 stars[22]
GameSpot (DC) 5.8/10[23]
(PS) 5.4/10[24]
GameSpy 7/10[25]
GameZone 8/10[26]
IGN (DC) 6.8/10[27]
(GBA) 4/10[28]
(PS) 3/10[29]
Nintendo Power 2.9/5[30]
OPM (US) 2.5/5 stars[31]

The game was met with positive to very mixed reception upon release. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 74.73% and 76 out of 100 for the Dreamcast version;[6][9] 56.96% and 58 out of 100 for the Game Boy Advance version;[7][10] and 56.93% for the PlayStation version.[8] The game placed 30th in Game Informer's top 30 Star Wars games list.[32]

Reviewers were critical of the game's high difficulty;[32] in the book Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts, author Rob Smith said the media had a "tepid response" to the game's difficult control system.[33] Edwin Evans-Thirlwell of Vice magazine expressed fondness for the game's cooperative mode, he noted that while the game was "dreadful" he praised the incentive for two players to work together to complete the game. He cited modern games such as those in the Call of Duty series, noting that with online play the desire to work as a team is lessened, this in turn brought his point that Jedi Power Battles provides an opportunity for two people to sit together and truly cooperatively work through the game.[34]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/articles/jedi-power-battles-hands-on/1100-2616086/
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  10. ^ a b "Star Wars: Jedi Power Battles for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
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  34. ^ https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/jedi-power-battles-is-the-game-that-made-me-somebodys-best-friend-530

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