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Friday, November 13,2009

Picks and pans: 'Wet,' 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes,' more

By Justin Hoeger


3 stars

If Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" movies had been made into a game, it might have looked something like "Wet." Gun-for-hire Rubi Malone carries a sword and is definitely on a roaring rampage. But she also uses guns, firing them while running along walls, leaping through the air or sliding along the ground.

The action switches to slow-mo when Rubi pulls off an acrobatic move, allowing the player to target multiple enemies for quick kills. Extra points are awarded for mixing up Rubi's moves while taking down hordes of henchmen.

The visuals are impressive; a graphical filter overlays the action, lending the look of scratched film and projector flicker to the proceedings.

Microsoft Xbox 360, also for Sony PlayStation 3; $59.99

Age rating: Mature

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes

2 1/2 stars

Set within the timeline of the "Clone Wars" computer- animated series, "Republic Heroes" offers a few flavors of "Star Wars" action for two players.

"Republic Heroes" switches between Jedi-focused and clone trooper-focused levels. In the former, players control Anakin, his apprentice Ahsoka, and other Jedi as they make their way through levels full of enemy droids and obstacles. Jedi attack up close with lightsabers and hurl waves of Force energy, and they're agile. They can also hop onto and take control of certain droids.

In trooper stages, players control heavily armed soldiers as they run and gun through the level, picking up weapon boosts, such as thermal detonators, along the way.

The game is fun, though easy. The controls are generally responsive, though precision jumping and taking cover can present problems at times.

Nintendo Wii, also for Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, PC; $49.99 ($29.99 to $49.99 for other versions)

Age rating: Teen


Dragon Quest Wars

2 1/2 stars

A light strategy game starring monsters from the "Dragon Quest" series, "Dragon Quest Monsters" is an entertaining spinoff. On the player's turn, the stylus is used to move monsters and select their actions. Then the actions are executed and the other side goes through the same process.

There's a training mode to familiarize new players with the game's concepts; after that, players can customize their own battle setups. There's quite a bit of strategy involved in setting up a solid offense and defense with the various monsters and their powers, and with only four units per side, each move counts.

Nintendo DSi (DSiWare download); $5 (500 Nintendo Points)

Age rating: 10-plus

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