Variety’s Brian Crecente has reviewed the new Star Wars: Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels videogame for the Nintendo Wii. In his critique he explains,
[the] greatest, and only, achievement of “Lightsaber Duels” is nailing the visceral feeling of taking on an enemy with energy sword in hand. Though the Wii isn’t powerful enough to track precise movement — at least until the MotionPlus attachment comes out next year — it can pick up one of four positions in which players move the lightsaber. Players can also use buttons to parry attacks or tap into the Force to shoot bolts of lightning or fling enemies across the screen. Combined with decent visual quality for a Wii title, it’s enough to let kids at least feel like they’re fighting as a Jedi. Anyone over the age of 12, however, will find the game too simple, especially compared with September’s “The Force Unleashed.”
He describes the multi-player aspect of the game as the element with the most potential in theory, but quite possibly the worst in actuality. Crecente says it’s only one-on-one combat until someone gets knocked down, and it offers no alternate competitive modes. Lightsaber Duels is rated “T and E 10+” and is selling for $35-$50.