Star Wars: Episode I: Battle for Naboo is an arcade-style action game
co-developed by Factor 5 and LucasArts. It is a spiritual sequel to the
successful Star Wars: Rogue Squadron released two years earlier.
Despite the similarities between the two games, the development team
designed a new game engine for Battle for Naboo and included land- and
water-based combat in addition to aerial combat. Set in the fictional
Star Wars galaxy, the game takes place during the events depicted in
the film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Players control Gavyn
Sykes, a lieutenant in Naboo's Royal Security Forces. As the game
progresses, Sykes and the Royal Security Forces fight the Trade
Federation in 15 missions that take place on Naboo or in the space
immediately surrounding it. The game concludes after the player
completes a mission that recreates the film's climactic assault on the
Trade Federation's Droid Control Ship. Battle for Naboo was published
by LucasArts and THQ and released for the Nintendo 64 in December 2000.
A Windows port was released three months later in March 2001. The
Nintendo 64 version received generally positive reviews; critics
praised the game's tight and responsive controls, but expressed dislike
for the game's Episode I setting. (more...)
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