Angry Birds: Star Wars PS4 Review

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Angry Birds: Star Wars doesn’t exactly contain a story or plot-line, but it does fine enough without one. Of course, any sort of Star Wars story would have had to be perfectly in line with lore behind the series as to appease fans almost OCD-like obsession with the source material while at the same time fitting the simplicity of being applicable to the genre of game this is, so that would have been extremely challenging for Rovio Entertainment to incorporate anyways. That being said, it sure wouldn’t have hurt to have some reason why you were doing these things other than the sheer fun of it.

The gameplay found in Angry Birds: Star Wars is just like all other Angry Birds titles except with a twist. Each bird has a super power based on the Star Wars universe. For example, red bird is holding a light saber and will slash a good amount of things within his immediate area once you hit X button while flying past them. Pink bird can pull things like a magnet, brown bird is like a furry wookie and just huge overall providing devastating destruction, bonus stages see an R2D2 character, and more. Each level has carefully been constructed and heavily play-tested which is obvious

Angry Birds on PS4 can be controlled by either the touch pad or by using the analog thumb sticks. My whole time reviewing this title friends and colleagues kept on asking me how the touch pad feels on the DualShock 4. Honestly, the touchpad feels great but I felt a lot more accuracy and control using the analog thumbsticks so that’s what I used the entire game. The precise ability to aim accurately with the analog sticks and the solid, stable responsiveness of the control in this game is exactly what you’d expect from a high profile release and does not disappoint.

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The main enemy in this game is the puzzle each stage presents. Players must take out targets that are often just sitting there minding their own business and might resemble a storm trooper mask or Darth Vader using the force to hold up other objects in the game. There’s also laser-blasting enemies that are stationary and must be destroyed.

Graphically the game looks good, and soundtrack / sound effects contain nothing to complain about. The real problem with this game comes in the fact that the pacing of level difficulty is terrible. Tons of easy levels are thrown into the beginning of each world with only a small amount of challenging courses followed by an even more limited amount of very difficult levels. The exclusive levels that are only on PS4 are mostly made up of old assets and materials from older worlds that were already available, so this is not technically new material, and these also suffer from mostly being way too easy. The game does attempt to make up for this with bonus levels being much harder than the rest of the game and a good amount of replay value, but as nice as those features are it is obvious that this game fails to reach a satisfying amount of content for the asking price.

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Replay Value: Great – The many trophies included as well as the ability to do better and better in addition to unlocking and defeating challenge bonus stages provides a lot of replay value for this title.

Engine Performance: No glitches were experienced during the playthrough of this game.

Final Verdict:

All in all Angry Birds: Star Wars is an interesting game for its genre, proves to have extremely fun moments, and is long enough that you won’t get bored for a while but for most console players just proves to be way, way overpriced. Players will enjoy this game so much that they won’t regret having it, but there’s no way they couldn’t regret spending $49.99 on it and the price here set by Activision and Rovio Entertainment is simply unacceptable. Some issues with the pacing and sometimes lack of difficulty in the game are offset by the large amount of replay value offered through trophies and very challenging bonus stages, but the exclusive levels are nothing to jump for joy over. Overall Angry Birds: Star Wars on PlayStation 4 gets a 6.5 out of 10 and is definitely a blast for those who decide to get the game.

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Overall Score: 6.5/10

Developer: Rovio Entertainment

Publisher: Activision

Available On: PS4 | XO | Wii U | 360 | PS3 | Wii | Vita | 3DS | PC | Mac OS X

Mobile Version Also Available On: iOS | Android | Windows Phone 8 | More

Played On: Sony PlayStation 4

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20131216 and was last modified on 20131216 .