VIDEO: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace for PlayStation

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The Suspect refuses to review Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (even though he kind of likes it), because what could possibly be left to say about that movie? Instead, he reviews the PlayStation game based on the movie, which is a mixed bag of good ideas and crappy graphics. Also in this episode, watch the Suspect slowly turn to the dark side by killing innocent Gungans.

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  • StevePotter

    I think it’d be a refreshing change of pace to see a positive review of “The Phantom Menace.”

    • I am exercising SO much restraint with my comments right now, I can’t even begin to tell you. I could forgive a lot if the prequels weren’t even given the label of “Star Wars”.

    • Sure. If you were able to show me a single scene in Phantom Menace that isn’t stuffed full of bullcrap.

  • Sathine

    Wha–there’s–there’s someone besides me who actually likes The Phantom Menace (movie)?



    Good review, not just because you happen to like The Phantom Menace. And have a great accent. I never played this game myself, but I almost want to now…sort of…maybe…apart from the platforming…definitely with the the cheat code…

    Or maybe I’ll just go play The Force Unleashed with a couple hours of Mass Effect on the side. XD Thanks for the review! Now, off to go watch your first review, haha.

    • MichaelANovelli

      I liked Phantom Menace.  It’s actually my favorite film of the franchise.  :-)

      • Sathine

        Well, guess now I can like The Agony Booth even more. :P My personal favorite was Revenge of the Sith, though I may be slightly biased on that since it was the only one I got to see in the theater…

        • The_Unusual_Suspect

          You know I have to say, a lot of people who watch this review do express their gratitude that a reviewer actually likes the Phantom Menace. Personally, I think people focus purely on the negative with that film. It’s not perfect, but it’s entertaining, and for me, that’s all that matters. And the other 2 prequels are good too. They can get pretty stupid and cheesy at times, but as long as you don’t take them too seriously, you can have a lot of fun with them.

          • MichaelANovelli

            Besides, Episode One had pod-racing!

          • StevePotter

            Mr. Mendo, you could do another review where you look for good in a reviled movie!

          • There is a certain balancing act that all movies must maintain, some movies are very good with a little bad that either got in there by chance or purely by accident. With all the prequels though, and at the risk of sounding like a trolling douche, the bad FAR outweighs any potential “good”. And believe me, that is the nicest possible thing I can say about the prequels.

          • Liam Barrett

            I still enjoy Revenge Of The Sith, I make no bones about it. Infact, the only one of the prequels I actually hate is Attack Of The Clones, which is just a bad movie regardless of franchise. Phantom Menace was mostly just boring and annoying. I didn’t have fun watching it, but it didn’t lead to me foaming at the mouth or anything.

            But then, I don’t really like Star Wars. Shocking, I know.

          • I can understand if one doesn’t like Star Wars. Even Freddie Mercury sang “Jaws was never my scene and I don’t like Star Wars”. I don’t even have a problem with people who like the Star Wars prequels. However, when a person or persons brazenly declare that they’re SUPERIOR to any of the OT, (especially The Empire strikes back), I tend to get struck with such a profound bout of lost faith in humanity that I want to climb up the nearest bridge just so I can leap off it head first into the ground.

        • StevePotter

          Revenge of the Sith is awesome. That’s why it’s your favorite.

          • Sathine

            Funny, I’ve never heard anyone but me say that, either. Most people seem to be so outraged by Padme dying of a broken heart or whatever that they refuse to like it at all, haha. Or maybe I should just stay off of forums with nothing but die-hard original trilogy fans. ;)

          • StevePotter

            One (admittedly quite bad) moment does not ruin an entire film. If that were true, no one would like “The Empire Strikes Back.”

          • Revenge of the Sith starts with a ridiculously stupid, overly long space combat scene, and ends with a duel that is to mindnumbingly boring and overly long (seriously, I had to fight not to fall asleep in theater). As for the parts in the middle… meh.

            But I grant you that: Revenge of the Sith is better than Phantom Menace in one regard. Because while Revenge of the Sith merely has *characters* who are utterly superfluous (General Grievous being the prime offender, you can cut out all scenes he is in, the whole side plot, and it would not change the main plot. The character was plainly created only for the animated series to sell toys.), with Phantom Menace the whole *movie* could be cut and it would not change a damn thing. It’s breathtaking how pointless and inept the movie is.

            Not just because Phantom Menace is a mess in regard to storytelling, pacing, plot, dialogues, *and* also has superfluous characters (i.e. Qui-Gon Jinn)… no. The overarching story of the prequels would actually be improved if Lucas had started the prequels with Anakin as a young adult Padawan, with flashbacks to his training and some 2 minute dialogue about how they found the boy.

            And if you’re now saying, “No, you need scene X because of Y…” well, that’s the main problem with the prequels: too many scenes basically exist only for the sake of themselves. The scriptwriters seem to have worked backwards, starting with “Wouldn’t it be cool if we had Y” and then proceeded to invent scene X just to get there. Characters doing random things is not the same as having a plot! Stringing scenes together is not the same as having a story! Worse, the plot of Phantom Menace is the same as Clones. Seriously, it’s identical. Palpatine fabricates a fake threat  situation to gain political power, Jedi are clueless. At least in Clones, we have some sort of pay-off in the end.

            Oh god, I could go on and on about this movie for 20 pages… deep breaths, deep breaths…

      • PLEASE tell me that was Sarcasm Mister Mendo. Anyone else find it hypocritical that Mr Mendo finds The Phantom Menace to be his favorite film of the franchise and yet he criticizes the HELL out of The Dark Knight?

        • MichaelANovelli

          Well, Star Wars was pretty silly to begin with, Phantom Menace just put it over the top enough to make it a lot of fun.  :-)

          • The_Stig

            Saying that you liked The Phantom Menace should be considered trolling. (it’s definitely flame bait). Still, you have to appreciate just how polarizing the Prequels are. You either love them or loathe them.

          • MichaelANovelli

            But isn’t saying that liking something is a form of trolling *itself* a form of trolling?  Cosmic…

          • The_Stig

            You’ve created a time paradox!

            No, only liking The Phantom Menace because of the complete shitstorm on forums and comment pages it almost ALWAYS starts. Like I said, the prequels are very polarizing. 

            The Internet is serious business, Mendo. SERIOUS. BUSINESS.

          • MichaelANovelli

            If this is a time paradox, where’s my smoothie?

          • The_Stig

            Oh! Here you go then. *gives Mendo a smoothie*

  • edharris1178

    Fantastic stuff, US.

  • Cristiona

    Dweezel?  Someone’s selling Frank Zappa’s son?

  • Toby Clark

     I had this for PC and I pretty much share your complaints on it. I liked it better when I didn’t know how much better it could get (ie, Jedi Outcast; Knights of the Old Republic). Actually, that matches my thoughts on the movie: I first saw Phantom Menace when I was 10, before I’d seen the originals. I loved it then, and I still like it, Jar Jar and all. (At least he has the submarine scene where Qui-Gon tells him that they’re “not in trouble yet.” And the slapstick works better for me than in some movies).

    Personally I’m not really one for Video Game Cruelty Potential, especially when games like this can punish you for it (I love the fact that if you kill too many people in Mos Espa, Anakin says “I won’t help a murderer like you!”). But even I didn’t always hold back on the Gungun guards.

    • The_Stig

      Anakin says “I won’t help a murderer like you!”
      Irony, thy name is Anakin

  • Cyvaris

    What’s odd is I too saw Episode 1 when I was 8-9….BUT I had seen the Original Trilogy first when I was five. Actually on release I too liked Episode 1. It wasn’t until the Prequel Trilogy was done, and I was older did I take an objective look back and go “wow that blows.”

  • The_Stig

    Is it me or would this game have been greatly improved with a Dark Side ending? Also, when you slaughtered Anakin, was I the only one thinking you should have done a “You’ve created a time paradox!” gag?

  • There has basically never been a better video game review than this.
    I’ve watched it so many times when I should be doing something else. Awesome stuff Suspect.

    • The_Unusual_Suspect

      Thanks Roland, you should review the PC version! Oh, and whilst I’m at it, I just finished playing Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Maybe you could look at the original Deus Ex?

      • (Cackles maniacally) Might do, might do.

  • When listing the people who have already reviewed Phantom Menace, you forgot the definite review by Red Letter Media.  ;-)

    But anyway, back to your review. I like your style. The audio is good, video quality is good too.  You speak fast, but not so fast that the audience cannot follow (at least I can understand you even despite the accent, and I’m not a native English speaker), which is a common problem I’ve encountered in video reviews, especially with reviewers freshly starting out.

  • TheCrazyFish

    “Why would you play a Star Wars game and not play a jedi?”

    Because Han Solo is not a jedi. …that said, Padme Amidala is no Han Solo.

  • Mr. A

    You killed younglings!

  • Lola

    Well, you’re certainly funnier than Nostalgia Critic.