Reviewed by Mark Isaacson
Not so long ago, a little movie named Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones was released. To celebrate the movie, LucasArts and Ensemble Studios combined once again to expand the Galactic Battlegrounds galaxy. The result, a very solid Clone Campaigns Expansion Pak.
For the last few weeks, I've been digging deep into the Star Wars Galaxy, increasing my power as time went on. No, I'm not planning to overthrow the Emperor just yet, but I'm pretty close. Galactic Battlegrounds (as reviewed here
) is a great little game, so I was more then happy to dive back into the battle for a second time. And much like the first, I'm just as happy.
The Clone Campaigns Expansion pak adds plenty more to the "Age of Empires" style title. Of course, there are two new campaigns to take on, one each for the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy (incl. troops from Geonosis and the Trade Federation). What's interesting here is that, instead of allowing you to choose which campaign to start with (as it was with the first), here you must start with the Confederacy before the Republic. Just remember, though, only the bravest and experienced can take these on with confidence.
Apart from new campaigns and plenty of new troop types, you can also expect an update for all the previous races available to keep up with the newest additions to the campaigns. You will be happy to know that these new additions, although small, are just as important and greatly add to the gameplay.
Since Episode II is the taste sensation of the month at the moment, you can also expect new voice overs (including Count Dooku, the now older Anakin and the Geonosis warriors, freaky as they are!) and some new characters here and there (especially Jedi and Sith related). But what's more important then ever here is the gameplay, and the new additions do help in many ways to the games progress. Anyone who are yet to play GB won't notice many changes if you buy both, but experienced players will enjoy the new campaigns, and the ability to create a mass of clone troopers and re-create the many great scenes from the movie.
There may not be many major changes to the older races, but 2 new campaigns and plenty of new troops are a welcome additition to the series. More I say.
Plenty to like about for the old and new players alike, and the chance to battle as the Clone Troopers in multiplayer battles is a blast.
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