Rebel Assault II - Lucas Arts - Retail - DOS - see Lucas Arts Archives #2
4 stars from PC Entertainment
Thumbs Up from New Media
The most anticipated sequel of the decade is here. Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire is "as close as you can get to being in a Star Wars movie" (Multimedia World magazine). This completely original chapter in the Star Wars saga offers breakthrough technology in graphics and an entirely new storyline, resulting in the most exhilarating and interactive space combat experience in this or any galaxy...
Radically revamped Rebel Assault engine combines with cutting-edge technology and Lucas Arts' uncompromising gameplay.
All new live-action video, the first new Star Wars interactive adventure filmed in over a decade.
Full-screen, full-motion cinematic imagery. Your senses are immersed int he Star Wars universe.
10-Channel Stereo Sound. Crystal clear SFX & music. The complete theatrical experience you'd expect from the people at LucasArts.
New flying. Pilot X-wings, B-wings, speeder bikes and the legendary Millennium Falcon.
New fighting. Battle storm-troopers, TIE fighters and a Super Star Destroyer.
New Star Wars settings. Visit unexplored regions, both in deep space and on new worlds.
Requirements: IBM and 100% Compatibles, MS DOS 6.0 or greater, 486/50 minimum, 256-color VGA, VLB or PCI bus recommended for High Resolution mode, Double-speed CD-ROM drive, MPC Level 2, 8 MB RAM minimum, less than 1 MB on hard drive for installation, MS 100% compatible mouse, joystick recommended. Supported: Sound Blaster, Sound Blaster Pro, Sound Blaster 16, AWE 32, Pro Audio Spectrum, Gravis Ultrasound, Aria, Ensoniq Soundscape, and 100% compatibles.
"Graphically, The Hidden Empire is a major step up. You now have 256 colors assaulting your eyes instead of 16, which means the game play looks nearly as good as the high-res cinematics. Plus, all the characters are real-life actors."
"The end result is a game that looks almost as good as the movie that started it all. The game's sound effects are terrific, too. Laser fire, engine noises, and radio chatter sound exactly like they did in the original movie."
New Media, April 1, 1996
"LucasArts continues to defy Bill Gates by creating amazing games in funky old DOS. The latest addition, Rebel Assault II, is a fun and visually stunning two-CD game in which you play a rookie Rebel Alliance pilot who maneuvers through astroid fields, space stations and mining tunnels to get hold of the Empire's latest secret weapon. Although Rebel II contains limited interactivity - it's basically a souped-up arcade shoot-'em-up - the backgrounds and cinematic sequences between levels more than make up for it. In one level, you impersonate a Storm Trooper and see what they do through the famous white masks. Production values are high: The video and animation compression are some of the best I've seen, and the sound effects (lasers buzzing by your ears) and John Williams' score are in stereo. May the Force be with you!"
Computer Shopper, April 1996
"Rebel Assault II's biggest strength lies in its uncanny ability to re-create the Star Wars universe. In particular, the impressive in-between interludes, which develop the story and set up the next arcade sequence, feel like short movies. And this version's higher-resolution graphics provide a richer look than the original game's.
"Rebel Assault II is universally appealing. Although some may not enjoy the arcade action, everyone will like looking at this product. Until Lucas released the movie prequel to Star Wars, Rebel Assault II is the next-best thing. It's hotter than a day on Tatooine, and enough to make even Yoda squeal with delight."
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