Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike GameCube

Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
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  1. Edge Magazine
    50
    There's a prevalent fashion at the moment for games to contain a multitude of games styles, a presumption that suggests consumers have become bored of single genre games. But Rogue Squadron III exposes the lie. It's a game that tries too hard to do many things, but only manages to do a few of them well. [Dec 2003, p.92]
  2. The good news: The on-foot segments are mercifully short. They only spoil about a third of the game. The other two-thirds - the deep-space dogfighting, speederbike racing, and other vehicle missions - are as thrilling and stunning as ever.
  3. Game Informer
    65
    The butchery that Factor 5 has inflicted upon this game has led to a disastrous release that will likely be remembered as one of the biggest disappointments in all of gaming. [Nov 2003, p.155]
  4. Rebel Strike takes a rough shot to its power core with the terrible on-foot segments and short single-player campaign. The delivery and dogfighting is still top-notch, but they really should have just stuck with what worked instead of trying to add in unnecessary gameplay styles.
  5. 67
    Have you ever played the classic arcade game Robotron 2084? Imagine a crappier version of it in 3D with horrible controls. That's what the on-foot missions of Rebel Strike are like.
  6. If SWRS3:RS were a person, I would have diagnosed it with a bi-polar disorder of some kind. Moments of sheer unbridled happiness come as quickly as they go, replaced with a gut-wrenching sadness that leaves the player feeling empty and bewildered inside.
  7. The graphics are quite the mixed bag, very pretty during most levels but yucky on others, something Factor 5 didn't fix because Rogue Leader suffered from this as well.
  8. games(TM)
    60
    Anyone who has played any of the previous Rogue Squadron titles will know what to expect from most of this title, but while its predecessors have been unadventurously solid, Rebel Strike is quite the opposite. A valiant effort with some wonderful moments but it promises more than it can deliver. [Dec 2003, p.96]
  9. Such issues with level design, camera foibles and other miscellanies were surely highlighted during testing. It is unfortunate that these were either downgraded or deliberately overlooked, but the damage to the series is momentous.
  10. There are too many little things wrong with the strongest part of the game, the flight combat, to completely excuse the weakest parts, the third person missions on foot.
  11. GMR Magazine
    70
    Topping off the game is the ability to go through all of RS's excellent missions in a splitscreen co-op mode with a friend. [Dec 2003, p.68]
  12. netjak
    70
    With the lack of really fun and interesting missions (I never want to have to say, “That’s it! If I have to protect one more transport, I’m joining the Empire!”), and the flat-out boring commando missions, this game falls far short of the high standards Factor 5 has set for themselves.
  13. 50
    The inclusion of the entirety of the previous title, Rogue Leader, in co-operative multiplayer form is unquestionably a generous addition but, whilst great fun, it simply serves to highlight the fact that the slightly easier and less-focused missions of Rebel Strike are a step down from the earlier titles.
  14. It tries too hard to be so many different things and ultimately falls flat on its face, very disappointing after the success of the previous title in the series.
  15. 60
    Rebel Strike's control issues and lack of a manual camera option bring added frustration to an already difficult game.

Awards & Rankings

#20 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
#31 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Feb 4, 2014
    7
    This game has good graphics and dogfights but they failed on foot combat. that was one of the reasons i bought this game too. it had goodThis game has good graphics and dogfights but they failed on foot combat. that was one of the reasons i bought this game too. it had good fighting elements in the dogfights. Full Review »
  2. May 28, 2012
    6
    Good graphics, like the previous game, interesting stories, and enjoyable air combat. Only problem is the ground missions felt quite bulky,Good graphics, like the previous game, interesting stories, and enjoyable air combat. Only problem is the ground missions felt quite bulky, and some of the other levels as well seemed slow. Other than that, a decent game. Full Review »
  3. Jun 27, 2016
    10
    Brilliant game and what Star Wars flight games should be like. Great graphics from back then and much better game play than most of the gamesBrilliant game and what Star Wars flight games should be like. Great graphics from back then and much better game play than most of the games now. If you get the chance to play this masterpiece go for it. Full Review »