Let me preface this review with one simple fact: the PlayStation 4 (and fellow next-gen Xbox One) version of Angry Birds Star Wars is a whopping $50. At no point in time should a game that’s essentially free across so many platforms sport such an exorbitant price tag. By the same token, it’s also a relatively unchanged version of a game that half the country has likely already played several times over, even more recently on last-generation consoles. It’s Angry Birds. With Star Wars characters. The PS4 library for early adopters is sparse, and as addictive as this game may be, it’s certainly not worth its exorbitant launch sticker price.
While it’s a competent release on its own merit and price does not normally factor into my recommendations, this is too outrageous of a price for me to be able to suggest picking up this version in good conscience.
Ignoring objections to price, however, this is the exact same game you’ve probably picked up and fiddled with on your smartphone here and there at various times. It’s a neat mash-up of all things Angry Birds and Angry Birds Space, with a hefty amount of Star Wars Easter eggs sprinkled in for good measure. It’s no secret the folks at Rovio are massive fans of the mammoth sci-fi franchise, and the love of the property peeks through in plenty of ways. Popular Star Wars characters like Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewbacca have all been turned into diminutive versions of the ornithological variety, with their own special abilities to be used in each round. This varies from a swing of the lightsaber, a special tractor beam, and more. These aren’t simply re-skinned birds with special artwork, and that’s what makes it such a cool new foray into Rovio’s whimsical world.
Getting stuck in levels allows you to call in help from outside forces like the Millennium Falcon, and other interesting Star Wars touches keeps you going to discover what all has been altered for this special edition. Not only that, but it’s adorable — when you’re not noticing recycled assets and art. It’s a bit more noticeable here on the PS4 edition as well. With that said, it should be obvious that this isn’t the go-to game to show off the system’s graphical capabilities, as viewers will be sorely disappointed.
This edition has further missteps in the form of control, and when there’s a forced translation from touch screen to tangible control, there are bound to be issues. The PS4’s controller touch pad can be used instead, but there are noticeable issues with aiming and zooming, where the analog sticks seem to work a little bit better. For an exponentially more expensive product, you’d expect this iteration to be the best in show, but that’s not the case. I vastly preferred using a touchscreen for my angry bird hijinks.
Angry Birds Star Wars is a tough game to nail down, especially given its lack of bonus content. It’s a decent port, but honestly you’ll be better off sticking to the versions on phones and whatnot. Plus, you can already get the sequel to this game, which could easily have been included in this package. By all means, pass on this one for the mobile version if you’ve got a way to play it.
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November 15, 2013
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