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Star Wars Episode III:
Revenge of the Sith
Publication information
Developer(s)

The Collective, Inc.

Publisher(s)

LucasArts

Release date

May 5, 2005

Genre

Action

Modes

Single player, multiplayer

Rating(s)

Entertainment Software Rating Board

Platform(s)

PlayStation 2, Xbox, GBA, Nintendo DS, Mobile phone

"At last… a test for my training!"
Serra Keto[src]

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was a 2005 video game based on the movie of the same name. It centers around Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as the Clone Wars come to an end. There are seventeen levels, interlaced with over twelve minutes of footage from the movie. It was released on May 5, 2005, for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS. Additionally, a version was made available for mobile phones on April 2, and a version for the PlayStation Portable was canceled and never released.

StorylineEdit

The game follows the movie storyline very closely, incorporating footage from the movie into the game and blending it well with the game portion itself. It involves playing through the events as either Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, with radically different events taking place in either. As Obi-Wan, much of the game is centered around destroying General Grievous, while the Anakin levels chronicle his fall to the dark side of the Force and extermination of the Jedi Order. This includes Anakin's attack on the Jedi Temple, which culminates in a duel with Serra Keto, who happens to be the best student of Cin Drallig, who Darth Vader later fights and kills along with Keto. The game ends with the duel on Mustafar between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan. There are two different endings to the final battle, the first being that Obi-Wan defeats Anakin like in the film, the second being that Anakin kills Obi-Wan then meets the Emperor who gives him a new red lightsaber, Anakin in turn kills the Emperor and claims the new Empire for his own. The Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS versions of Episode III are much the same to the console versions, except as a side-scrolling action game. The other difference is that while the PS2 and Xbox versions feature a singular campaign, with player controlling Obi-Wan or Anakin depending on their scenes in the film, the GBA and NDS versions feature two separate campaigns for each one. The DS version also features uses for its touch-screen capability. The game was also released on the mobile phone and followed the storyline of all other versions. It bares resemblance to 1999's Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace videogame where the overall game is the same as the actual film with a few minor changes in exposition and background information.

Multiplayer modeEdit

The game also features a multiplayer duel mode, in which two players face off against each other. Players can choose Obi-Wan, Anakin, Count Dooku, General Grievous, Mace Windu, Cin Drallig, or Serra Keto. Darth Vader, and "Ben Kenobi", from Episode IV can also be unlocked for this mode.

Each battle can be won with either the best of one, three or five rounds, depending on the options chosen. In addition, all characters have equal health and energy, with all status upgrades acquired by Anakin and Obi-Wan eliminated to balance the fight against the other opponents. However, all of the upgraded techniques and Force Powers are available and each of the other characters has special abilities and maneuvers.

In addition to the original costumes found throughout the Single Player campaign, each character has a different costume that is used when each player chooses the same character, so that players can tell their characters apart. Some of these costumes depict Sith versions of certain Jedi characters and vice-versa.

  • Anakin Skywalker: The alternate is hooded and wields a red lightsaber.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi: The alternate wears a cape and wields a green lightsaber.
  • Dooku: The alternate has no cape and wields a blue lightsaber.
  • Grievous: The alternate is slightly tinted blue and wields red lightsabers.
  • Mace Windu: The alternate has dark clothing and wields a blue lightsaber.
  • Serra Keto: The alternate has black clothes and wields red lightsabers.
  • Cin Drallig: The alternate has black clothes and wields a red lightsaber.
  • Darth Vader: The alternate has lighter armor and wields a blue lightsaber.
  • Ben Kenobi: The alternate is not hooded and wields a green lightsaber.

DS StarfighterEdit

In the DS version, there are 3D starfighter battles incorporating the touch screen to manage your shields and view Radar and scores. There are three missions for each Anakin and Obi-Wan in single player, and a multiplayer providing 8 maps and 17 ships:

LevelsEdit

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The Promotional poster announcing the game in 2005

Bonus levelsEdit

In addition to the main story levels, there are bonus levels and characters the player can unlock and play as, such as Yoda, General Grievous, an IG-100 MagnaGuard and Darth Vader. Most of these levels consist of the player mainly fighting wave after wave of enemies. An added bonus level is the player taking on the role as Darth Vader during his final encounter with Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi in the original Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

In-game charactersEdit

Playable charactersEdit

Non-playable charactersEdit

Security battle droid

NPC OOM security battle droid

AppearancesEdit

By type 
Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
Organizations and titles Sentient species Vehicles and vessels Weapons and technology Miscellanea

Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


Behind the scenesEdit

Differences between the movie and gameEdit

Most differences are about character deaths. Due to the fact that the game was released prior to the movie, many of the most important character deaths were changed so as to not spoil the movie. For example:

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Dooku in the game.

  • The opening cinematic cutscene of the duel with Count Dooku features an extra line from Dooku that was cut from the film: "Just because there are two of you, do not assume you have the advantage".
  • Dooku was killed when Anakin impaled him. In the movie, he had his hands and head cut off. This was possibly done for censorship.
  • When Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi fought in the throne room, the dead leaders of the Separatists were gone.
  • Obi-Wan and Grievous ended up in a room overlooking the sinkhole after fighting in a cave; concluding the chase with the General on his wheelbike, being pursued by the Jedi Master on Boga. This was instead of the chase concluding on Grievous's landing dock with his starfighter as in the movie.
  • Grievous doesn't cough during gameplay or 3D cutscenes, and he is killed when Obi-Wan stabbed him in the chest, and Grievous's armor short-circuited. In the movie, Obi-Wan used the cyborg general's own blaster to incinerate him with his gut sac exposed after Obi-Wan lost his lightsaber.
  • Mace Windu's duel with the Chancellor never takes place. Instead Windu duels Anakin and loses, being stabbed through the chest and kicked out the window.
  • Cin Drallig was killed with a saber impale variation performed by Darth Vader. In the movie, he briefly seen being murdered when Vader cut his chest on a recorded hologram seen by Yoda and Obi-Wan.
  • On his mission, Vader kills Poggle the Lesser by using a piece of the door and a Force push to crush him. In the movie, Poggle is cut to pieces.
  • Nute Gunray escaped Darth Vader's slaughter as opposed to begging for his life prior to being killed. He tried to escape in his ship, and then to kill Vader, but Darth Vader destroyed the ship, sending it plummeting into the lava, and then exploding, killing Gunray.
  • When Darth Vader was defeated on Mustafar, Obi-Wan picked up his lightsaber and left without saying anything.
  • In the bonus level when Vader confronts Obi-Wan on the Death Star, Vader is able to cast Force lightning. That was not possible because of Vader's mechanical arms. Anakin, in the game, can also use Force lightning as soon as he turned to the Dark side, but in the film, he didn't learn that power at all, though it could have been possible. There are also TIE Interceptors in the background. However, that variant of TIE Fighter did not yet exist.
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Anakin Skywalker battling B1 battle droids.

  • Palpatine's robe turns from red to black to red again during the fight with Mace Windu. This is because in the movie clips, it is red, but in the game parts, it is black - the same one he wore while captured by Grievous.
  • Mace Windu and Anakin both wear Jedi robes at the start of their fight, then they lose them, and at the end Anakin has his back on.
  • Padmé Amidala is never seen other than a brief appearance of her head, which is part of a clip from the movie, in the last two levels of the game and is otherwise only mentioned in the PS2 and Xbox versions of the game during the fight on Mustafar. She appears fully in the GBA and DS versions.
  • Yoda was never shown dueling with Palpatine. He is however seen taking out more Clone troopers in the Jedi temple during the bonus mission where Yoda is a playable character.
  • Nute Gunray and the others don't know they are being betrayed until Darth Vader arrives in the room, but in the game they realize Sidious' betrayal as soon as Vader lands, when he kills Neimoidian Guards and fights his way through the whole base to get to the council room.
  • Since Grievous got stabbed by Obi-Wan in the game he, of course, did not drop his lightsaber like in the movie. Also, in the movie Commander Cody handed Obi-Wan's lightsaber back to Kenobi seconds before Cody received Order 66 and tells troopers in turrets to fire at Obi-Wan. Instead, Obi-Wan Kenobi tells the clones to continue to higher levels. The clones reply by saying they no longer serve him and start firing at the Jedi Master.
  • Anakin joins the dark side because he sees Mace attempt to strike down Palpatine, thinking the Jedi are corrupt. In the movie, he joins the Dark side because Palpatine says he can help Anakin keep Padmé alive, knowing of the nightmares that Anakin is having.
  • The in-game dialogue and cinematic cut-scenes were written by Dark Horse Comics assistant editor Jeremy Barlow.
  • In the GBA and DS versions there are missions involving Anakin fighting battle droids and an AAT on Coruscant right after he was appointed to the Jedi Council and once again after he decided to rescue Palpatine. Another mission involves Obi-Wan escaping from the clone troopers through the caves on Utapau and fighting several IG-Magnaguards on the way. There are also some minor differences like the fight with a Vulture droid aboard the Invisible Hand and an escape from the Hailfire-droid on Mustafar.
  • Possibly because the game came out first, the music played during the final battle is Duel of the Fates, not Battle of the Heroes.

Differences between various gamesEdit

In addition to the above mentioned differences between the movie and the games, there also differences between various versions of the games as well:

  • The DS version of Revenge of the Sith, which is largely based on the GBA version, includes three space missions where Anakin or Obi-Wan (depending on who the player plays as) has to destroy some enemies and meet the objectives before moving on to the next mission.
  • The events of the duel between Anakin and Windu are played similarly to the movie with the GBA and DS versions in comparison to the PS2 and XBOX versions, barring that Anakin strikes Windu before they duel and that Windu is blasted with Force Lightning without being shown hurled out of a window.
  • As noted below, the "Ultimate Revenge Of The Sith" ending is omitted from the DS and GBA versions.

Non-canonical endingEdit

The mission "Revenge of the Sith" gives the player the opportunity to play as Darth Vader during the duel on Mustafar, with the objective of defeating Obi-Wan Kenobi. The duel plays out the same until the very end, where Vader avoids Obi-Wan's blade in his leap behind Obi-Wan to the lava river bank and fatally stabs Obi-Wan with his lightsaber, killing him. He then kicks Obi-Wan's body near the lava. Vader then greets Palpatine as he steps out from his shuttle.

After being presented with a brand new Sith lightsaber and hearing Sidious say that "The galaxy is ours now", Vader activates his lightsaber and stabs Palpatine. The clone troopers aim at Vader for killing the Emperor, but do not fire. They lower their weapons as Darth Vader says, "No...the galaxy belongs to me!"

It is unknown if Sidious killed Yoda in this non-canonical ending, or if Yoda survived the duel. There is also no mention whatsoever in the game of the confrontation between Yoda and Sidious. Palpatine only declares that "There are none left to oppose us." making viewers wonder if Yoda survived just like in the initial movie duel or actually is deceased. This alternate ending is named in the game as "Ultimate Revenge Of The Sith" as the Sith finally won against the Jedi.

Also, without Obi-Wan, Padmé would not be taken to Polis Massa and not be able to give birth to Luke and Leia Skywalker. Although it is not shown, it can be presumed that she would give birth in Vader's care. Whether or not Padmé would die in childbirth, Luke and Leia would be raised in their father's footsteps.

The "Ultimate Revenge Of The Sith" is omitted from the DS and GBA versions of Revenge of the Sith, in which, regardless of whether the player is playing as Anakin/Vader or Obi-Wan, the ultimate outcome of the battle is that Vader is cut down by Obi-Wan.

MusicEdit

No original music from the film is used, since recording of the soundtrack had not been completed when the game's production ended. This is also the case in LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game. As a result, music from all of the other five movies is used. The cutscenes also use music from the other media. In the levels "The Final Lesson" and "Assassination on Mustafar," music from Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is also used. This music can also be found in some multiplayer duel levels. Music from Episode III was not added in the 2006 "Greatest Hits"/"Platinum Hits" release of the game on PS2 and Xbox.

Voice castEdit

Archive Footage CastEdit

The video game adaption of Revenge of the Sith used all of the original cast from the 2003 television series: Star Wars: Clone Wars. However, the game used stock footage of Revenge of the Sith's actors as well. Alethea McGrath reprise her role as Jocasta Nu while Matthew Wood reprises his role of General Grievous. This makes Alethea McGrath and Matthew Wood the only actors from the movies to voice their characters in the video game adaption.

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