Platforms: PC, Mac, Sega CD, 3DO
A rail shooter that promised to take the Star Wars experience to a whole new level, Rebel Assault was one of the most disappointing games of what could arguably be called franchise’s golden era of gaming. The game featured groundbreaking full motion video sequences, but played poorly on even the most advanced hardware, with blocky, pixelated images and jumpy frame rates. A short and relatively dull story couldn’t match the outstanding experiences of X-Wing and TIE Fighter, which hit the market around the same time as Rebel Assault, and frustratingly sensitive controls sent even the most die hard Star Wars fans to the edge of madness. Those intrigued by Rebel Assault’s mechanics would do best to check out the game’s 1995 sequel, Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire which, while far from perfect, made many key improvements to the gameplay.