| The Good
Lots of equipment to use
Pretty good action
Additional bounties add depth to levels
Lots of media to unlock
| The Bad
Long loading times
Lots of clipping and collision issues
Marking bounties is a pain
Set some time before Episode
2, Bounty Hunter stars Jango Fett, who is employed
by Darth Tyrannus to locate the head of the dangerous cult,
Bando Gora, that threatens to upset the trade and economy
of the Galactic Republic just after the events of Episode
1. As part of the mission, Jango must track down leads to
the location of the secretive cult. But, Jango is not alone
- other bounty hunters have been given the same mission. Unknown
to them, Tyrannus plans to use the person who delivers on
the bounty as the source for the clone army Sidious wishes
The basic gameplay of Bounty Hunter is pure "Run
and Gun" action where you'll need to take Jango through
each area, killing waves of enemies as you try to find the
next switch to throw or door to pass through. Luckily, Jango
controls really well and has a handful of moves at his disposal,
including jumping, crouching and a dodging roll. Pressing
the R1 button allows you to lock-on to nearby enemies, which
is helpful as you can strafe and dodge most enemy fire. You
also have access to a cutting torch, flame-thrower, grenades,
missile launcher and jet pack, which can be used for short
trips. There will be a few times where some platforming aspects
are thrown at you just to give you a change of pace.
Along with the standard story-driven aspect of the game,
each level has a handful of thugs that have bounties on their
heads. During the game, you can scan the area and see if nearby
people are wanted. If so, you can mark them and then either
kill them or tie them up with the whipcord. Depending on how
you capture the bounties, you'll gain money, which is used
to unlock media. The only real drawback to the bounty aspect
of the game is that most times, you're going to be under attack
while trying to mark someone and since using the ID Scanner
is done during real time and you can't use your weapons (the
scanner is apparently considered a weapon), you may risk certain
demise by tying to get any of the bounties. It's a rarity
when the potential mark will stand around and wait for you
to "mark" them.
Visually, Bounty Hunter feels and looks like a Star
Wars themed game. The locations and NPCs have the Star Wars
look and your recognize many familiar aliens and robots. Levels
are fairly sizable and have a decent design to them. Unfortunately,
though, the game could all around look better. While Jango
and most of the NPCs look decent, the locations often feel
empty. Even in the outdoor city areas, the game never feels
like you're in a living city, but more like a corridor. Also,
the game could really use a higher polygon count and the textures
are often bland and washed out. With some more detail, the
game would have looked immensely better.
Audiowise, Bounty Hunter falls under the LucasArts
standard for special effects and sampled John Williams soundtrack.
Unfortunately, it doesn't do much more than the bare minimum.
Some sound effects seem too loud while others are too soft
and the music will, at times, switch or end tracks abruptly.
Also, some of the sound bites from the NPCs will get used
and reused so often you'll grow tired of them before halfway
through the game.
The game suffers from its share of clipping and collision
detection issues, which take away from what could be immersive
environments. On top of that is a camera that tends to go
crazy in tight environments and even works against you in
the heat of battle. Also, expect lots of loading for each
location. This is only made more annoying by the fact that
the game only saves at the end of each area. Luckily, the
player has a few continues and will respawn at the last checkpoint
if they die. Considering that most enemies are brainless fodder,
you shouldn't have to worry too much about this. More often,
only the rare fall to your death will claim your life.
I would have to say that Bounty Hunter is a decent
game if you like the "Run and Gun" type of game.
The story is told well and really feels like a part of the
Star Wars continuum. If you can live with the problems noted
in the review, you'll enjoy this game. Those more picky will
want to skip it or maybe just rent.