Star Wars: Battle for Naboo
has just upped the ante for action shooters in the Star Wars universe. While I found many previous title like X-Wing a little mechanical and without much storyline, Naboo
is chock full of storyline and adventure. You will control Lieutenant Gavyn Sykes, a native of Naboo. Your mission, or your series of 15 missions, is to protect your planet from the invading Trade Federation. The game follows the movie storyline very loosely but offers original characters like Sykes, original locations on Naboo not seen in the movie, and original vehicles like the police cruiser and Gian speeder. You might wish to think of the game this way. While the main characters are off on Tatooine and Coruscant, you are doing your duty for the Royal Security Forces by defending your planet. Will you succeed?
Naboo once again improved on what Rogue Squadron did by not only having air or space battles, but also having also land and sea battles. During some of the missions, you might even be commanded to change vehicles from a police cruise to a gun boat. Keep an ear out for your objectives from your squadron leader and follow orders, because the Trade Federation ships have a habit of trying to draw you away from the main action.
During each mission of Naboo, you will have the chance to earn medals which are based on timing and accuracy during the missions. If you finish all of the mission with all bronze medals, you unlock a secret mission. If you finish with all silver medals, you unlock a different secret mission, and the same with the gold medals. This lends itself to replay ability of the game because after you finish a mission, you can re-fly it to improve your score. You might even try it with a different ship to see what the difference is. I do wish that there was a multi-player option in Naboo. Wouldn't you like to fly a Naboo Starfighter against your friends and family?
Naboo does a drawback in regards to its radar system. The radar display is two dimensional with no way to tell up and down. Your radar might show enemies heading your way, but are they above or below you? After getting used to this drawback, you can sit back and enjoy Star Wars: Battle for Naboo!