2005’s Star Wars: Republic Commando was primarily based on the concept that Star Wars video games didn’t have to happen both in a car or with a lightsaber in your hand.

There are different methods to inform tales in this fictional universe, from technique video games like Empire at War to first-person shooters like this one specializing in infantry as an alternative of warrior monks. In reality, Republic Commando is being re-released on PlayStation Four and Nintendo Switch to reintroduce followers to 4 very succesful retailers of loss of life.

So the query for immediately comes in two elements: Is Republic Commando value enjoying in 2021, and the way effectively does the Nintendo Switch {hardware} take care of this port of a 16-year-old recreation?

We’re not monks, we’re troopers

The story follows the exploits of Delta Squad, a bunch of 4 elite clone commandos who get despatched in to do the jobs that customary troopers can’t. Each member of your crew has their very own character and particular expertise, and it’s as much as you to provide them orders saying the place to go and what to do whereas preventing alongside them as the fourth member of the unit, the chief.

You view the battlefield by the barely warped show of your helmet, which provides you tactical data, highlights what must be performed, and will get cleaned by a sweeping, crackling line of electrical energy that acts as a digital windshield wiper, burning off alien blood at any time when it splashes in your face. These are simply aesthetic particulars, however they promote the thought that you’re a killing machine who has been kitted out with spectacular tools to get the job performed.

Republic Commando consists of eight to 10 hours of tightly scripted battles in which you and your squad have to guard the pursuits of the Republic in opposition to the Separatists, and people rogue forces will not be going to go down simply. Don’t fear, although; you’ll discover upgrades in your standard-issue blaster, choose up weapons dropped by the enemy, and heal your self utilizing bacta tanks which are strewn throughout the recreation’s world, regardless of the lack of logic. It was good of the enemy to put in therapeutic kiosks forward of our invasion!

You can order your teammates to blow one thing up, take cowl, assault a specific goal, or transfer into place to offer cowl hearth, however these tactical selections are restricted to some set areas in every main battle. If the sniper can take place above you, as an illustration, you’ll see the highlighted space telling you that’s attainable. That might sound limiting on paper, however in observe, it helps hold you targeted by yourself actions in between making a couple of choices about the place your teammates ought to go and what they need to do. This is the arcade model of a tactical shooter, and Republic Commando does a very good job of balancing its existence as a fast-paced motion recreation with the extra deliberate nature of extremely skilled and expert operatives.

This isn’t a recreation you’ll return to time and again, because of the heavy emphasis on a linear story with large-scale set-pieces hinting at the a lot greater war round you. But it’s completely value enjoying by at the least as soon as, or enjoying once more if you happen to haven’t touched it since its authentic launch.

Each battle feels intense, even on the decrease issue ranges, because of the sheer quantity of stuff happening round you, the number of the enemies, and the fixed chatter of your squad because it reacts to altering situations on the battlefield. That impact turns into much less pronounced the second time, although, as soon as you may see how a lot of the fight is about as much as seem like a pitched battle with out truly providing one.

How does it play on Nintendo Switch?

The Nintendo Switch {hardware} could also be a little bit underpowered in comparison with different trendy consoles, nevertheless it helps that Republic Commando is an older recreation that doesn’t require an enormous quantity of processing energy. The graphics are clear and particulars are simple to make out, however the body charge stutters often as you progress from space to space or throughout giant gunfights. It’s a small distraction that doesn’t take a lot away from the enjoyment of the recreation.

The soldiers of Delta Squad group up for a briefing in Star Wars: Republic Commando

Image: Aspyr

Since Republic Commando is a extra methodical, story-based tackle war video games, split-second reflexes are not often mandatory. The typically murky textures and hitches in gameplay aren’t more likely to value you a life, and so long as there’s at the least one member of your squad alive, you may at all times be revived.

The greatest situation I had with the port was the yellow textual content from the subtitles, which have been displayed at the high of the display and infrequently blurred into the background, making the phrases arduous to learn. Tilting my view down to alter the distinction between the textual content and the background normally fastened it, however a small adjustment to the placement, measurement, and shade of the subtitles would have fastened the issues completely.

I fortunately performed Republic Commando on a Switch Lite and loved each minute. It felt nice to be again in Delta Squad, particularly now that I’m in a position to take that have with me.

Star Wars Republic Commando can be re-released April 6 on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The recreation was reviewed utilizing a Switch eShop obtain code supplied by Aspyr. Vox Media has affiliate partnerships. These don’t affect editorial content material, although Vox Media might earn commissions for merchandise bought by way of affiliate hyperlinks. You can discover further details about Polygon’s ethics coverage right here.