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18. Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (GC)

I got this game on Gamecube launch day in May 2002, back when I was foolishly optimistic about the console. That optimism felt justified when I got home and played this for the first time. The first proper level outside of the training mission sees you play out the famous assault on the Death Star from A New Hope. There you are, in the X-wing, attacking the defences of the Death Star before heading into the trench to try to blow the thing up. I'd played numerous Star Wars games before this, and they all had various interpretations of famous moments from the movies, but this was the first one where technology was at a good enough level to make it seem real, as 'real' as a Star Wars game can be of course.



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