STAR WARS JEDI STARFIGHTER (LucasArts, PlayStation 2, Teen, $49.95) Remember when the Star Wars universe was a simple place, when the good guys were the Rebellion and the bad guys were the Empire? Now, on the eve of Attack of the Clones, we’re supposed to make sense of Trade Federations and Galactic Senates and so on. Luckily, you can play through all of Jedi Starfighter without worrying about any of that. The game’s plotline (which hints at what’ll happen in Episode II) has you alternating play between two characters: Nym, the smuggler from the first Starfighter, and Jedi Master Adi Gallia, who comes with her own spiffy spacecraft and an array of Force powers that give her the capability to attack lots of ships at once, erect a defensive shield around herself, or even slow down time. THE ASSIST Learn to use both your Force powers and wingmen: Going through this game solo is tough (luckily, it also has a cooperative play mode). And if the opposition is too overwhelming, enter the code ”QUENTIN” for complete invincibility. THE LAST SHOT It’s always fun to tool around in George Lucas’ playground, but this is a quick game: A dedicated player can finish it up in a weekend.
Posted April 12 2002 — 12:00 AM EDT
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