Star Wars The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance
The Force remains strong as a new Star Wars game hits the Nintendo DS later this year.
"Begun, the Clone Wars have."
In less than two weeks, fans of the Star Wars franchise will have reason to cheer with the pending release of a new CG-animated movie, The Clone Wars. Following closely behind it are two new games loosely based around the film, Lightsaber Duels for the Nintendo Wii and Jedi Alliance for the Nintendo DS. While the Wii game utilizes motion-sensitive controls for lightsaber battles, Jedi Alliance will make proper use of the DS' touch-screen, giving you specific controls over your lightsaber as you battle Count Dooku and other menaces of the galaxy.
Although we know little about the plot, it's closely tied in with the animated film. Count Dooku and his allies, the Nightsisters, have kidnapped a top figure and it's up to members of the Alliance, including Obi-Wan Kenobi and not-yet-evil Anakin Skywalker, to rescue him. The task, unfortunately, isn't easy, as you'll face numerous Jedi-hating opponents, including Dooku himself, before you can save the day.
Early screenshots released by LucasArts show a resemblance to the CG film's style, including swift-moving animations and long faced characters. There are a number of Jedi to choose from, each with his or her own individual techniques and powers that come in handy when battling Dooku's dastardly forces. Characters such as Mace Windu and Obi-Wan are present, along with fan favorites like Kit Fisto and Pio Koon. You'll need every one of them to defeat the Nightsisters, who have Jedi talents all their own.
The trick here, however, is that you won't use traditional controls to get the job done. Everything in the game, from player movement to attacking with your lightsaber, is done using the stylus. Drag it across the screen to perform a quick strike and then guide your player by pointing in a certain direction on the touch-screen. Better still, you can bring a friend along for the ride in multiplayer, teaming up together to crush the dark side of the Force. Since you're partnered up with a Jedi to begin with, it's nice to have someone that knows what they're doing, rather than rely on questionable artificial intelligence.
Sadly, Lucasarts hasn't shown us much of the game. However, it sounds exciting and we can't wait to play. Be sure to check back to see if this Jedi Alliance succumbs to the Dark Side.