Game Guys review - Angry Birds Star Wars

11:42 PM, Nov 26, 2013   |    comments
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  • 'Angry Birds Star Wars' from Rovio.
  • 'Angry Birds Star Wars' from Rovio.

Rovio's Angry Birds franchise has been an extremely popular title on smartphones and tablets for a few years now.  Outside of the simple yet addictive gameplay, the fact that the games are free to a few dollars each makes them even more enticing thanks to the incredible value they provide.  Sadly with the new $50 Angry Birds Star Wars for home console, the company put out a version of the game that even a Jawa would have trouble finding buyers for.

The lack of any real value for the money spent really is this title's biggest weakness.  While the gameplay is still very much the same as is found on mobile platforms, it is greatly diminished thanks to the exorbitantly high asking price.  For an Ulysses S. Grant, Rovio should have provided more in terms the quality of ABSW's content and presentation.

Those who have played any Angry Birds game over the past half-decade up to and including Angry Birds Space should find ABSW's gameplay quite familiar.  At its core, this is still the same slingshotting of birds against the green piggies that it's always been.  In fact there is little that stands out as being fully original.  This time around, of course, it has Star Wars theming that extends beyond simple visuals and audio.  Birds and pigs alike have Star Wars inspired abilities such as lightsaber attacks and blaster fire.  There is also the option of calling in the Millennium Falcon for air support.  The flavor and the fan service is all there; it just doesn't do much to make the game all that appealing beyond its core basics.

While gameplay is basically the same as in games past, ABSW's controls leave much to be desired.  Players (on the PS4, anyway) have the option of either using the analog sticks and "X" action button or using the DualShock 4's touchpad to aim and fire their birds as well as use their special Star Wars themed abilities.  This is where an above-average mobile game gets lost in translation.  The game is downright dull when using traditional gamepad controls and is awkward when using the touchpad.  There really is no one good way in which to play the game because both schemes have their own glaring issues.  On this basis alone, the game takes a major tumble.

Presentation-wise, ABSW is a very fine looking game.  While it doesn't exactly take advantage of the powerhouse GPUs found in the next-gen systems, everything is cleanly presented.  That stated, the game still has the look and feel of a flash-powered game.  While that might be fine for some folks, how many $50 games tend to look like they were made to be played in a web browser?  The answer, by the way, is and should always be "none".

For Angry Birds fans, Star Wars enthusiasts, and next-gen gamers alike, this isn't the game you're looking for.  Move along.

10/25 20/25 05/25 16/25 10/25 56/100

Version tested: PS4 (also available on Xbox One, PS3, Vita, Wii U, 360, and 3DS)

(Activision supplied a copy of this game for review.)

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