We're bound to start seeing more and more of these as we draw ever closer to the delayed release date, but Jaxobserver.com provides a preview for the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes. There's nothing particularly new here as the preview touches on a lot of what we already know such as droid-jacking and the plot falling between seasons 1 and 2 of the series. On the other hand, you may not be as familiar with "Challenge Moments" and the reason for off-line multiplayer:
"4. “Republic Heroes” continues the annoying trend of action games that offer a team-up option, but limit it to offline play. LucasArts reps say the focus is on a father-and-son model, where both players will plowing through levels while sitting on a couch together. But, what if little Johnny’s got a friend he wants to play with online? Looks like they’re out of luck.
5. Another new mechanic comes in the form of Instant Challenge moments — i.e., who can kill the most enemies in a short span of time. These spontaneous built-in competitions will churn out more bonuses and upgrade points to the better player. The Force may be strong in this one, but stocking up on in-game currency won’t hurt either."
Republic Heroes is now set for an October 6, 2009 release and will be coming to the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Playstation Portable (PSP), Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and PC.