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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is action Licensed Game developed by The Collective Inc. studio and published by LucasArts for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS.

Based on the movie of the same name, the player controls both Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker and follows the events of the movie rather loosely including bits not present in the original plot, such as an completely different ending. The combat is a hack n' slash type of game with an experience system that allows players to spend XP to increase their powers. It also offers a multiplayer mode with a Fighting Game mode pitting characters in lightsaber duels including Darth Vader and Ben Kenobi from the A New Hope era.

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  • Action Girl: Serra Keto is a Jedi Padawan that dual-wields lightsabers.
  • Actor Allusion: While voiced by Terrence C. Carson rather than Samuel L. Jackson in this game, one of Windu's Versus mode intro lines is a paraphrase of Jules' favourite bible verse.
    Mace Windu: I will strike you down with great vengeance!
    Jules: And you will know my name is the LORD, when I lay my vengeance upon thee!
  • Adaptational Badass:
    • The LM-432 crab droid seen in the movie could be easily destroyed by climbing over it and shooting its head a few times. Here, its even bigger in size and takes several lightsaber slashes to bring it down.
    • Cin Drallig was just one extra that Anakin quickly cut down in the Jedi Temple massacre. Here, he serves as a boss to Anakin and display lightning-like reflexes and speed.
    • Nute Gunray pilots his own ship and uses it to put up a fight against Anakin instead of begging for his life like he did in the movie.
    • The entire Nemoidian race, in general. In the films the Nemoidians spend the entirety of their screentime cowering behind droid armies and are pretty much useless in directly confronting their enemies, but the game's Mustafar levels has various Nemoidian soldiers willing to fight Anakin face-on with batons and rifles.
    • As soon as he turns to the Dark Side, Anakin is capable of casting Force lightning, something he never learned to do as Darth Vader. Vader himself is also capable of throwing out Force lighting, which he was pointedly not able to do in either Canon or Legends due to his cybernetics.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The game expands considerably on the action set pieces to the point of making completely original content. For example, rather than immediately slashing off Windu's arm, Anakin blocks his attempted attack on Palpatine, starting a pitched duel between the two.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Anakin Skywalker is made even more cold and heartless than he was in the movie. Whereas he originally show shreds of remorse for the terrible things he had to do, in this game he acts like a Smug Snake who cackles maniacally as he kills Jedi in the temple.
  • Alternate Self: Darth Vader and Ben Kenobi from A New Hope are playable alongside their younger counterparts.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Yoda and Padmé in the evil ending. Its unclear if Yoda survived his duel with Palpatine or not (its implied that he didn't since the Emperor tells Anakin that "There are none left to oppose us") and given Padmé's complete absence in the story, its unknown if she managed to give birth to Luke and Leia. She presumably did appear in the sections of the story that just weren't shown, meaning that with no one left to take her to Polis Massa, Luke and Leia probably will not be born.
  • Ascended Extra: Cin Drallig was seen being murdered in the recordings of the Jedi Temple's massacre. He gets devoted an entire level in this game for Anakin to dispatch.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: General Grievous in the game's versus mode. He does a ton of damage, moreso if he activates four-arm mode, uses a blaster as a charged attack and has an exceedingly brutal if not cool grappling move. With that said, he is incapable of using any special powers like Force Heal like the Jedi and Sith opponents.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the final (non-canon) level, in which you play as Anakin fighting Obi-Wan in the final duel, he does not get crippled and kills Kenobi. Palpatine arrives on the landing platform and declares that there is none left to oppose them (meaning Yoda possibly died). However, after Sidious hands Vader his new weapon, a red lightsaber, Vader stabs Palpatine and declares himself the new emperor.
    Darth Vader: No... The galaxy belongs to me...!
  • Battle in the Rain: While the fight between Anakin and Mace doesn't start this way, it quickly spills out into the surrounding balconies outside Palpatine's building, and there's a heavy rainstorm coming down on Coruscant that night.
  • Blade Lock: A gameplay mechanic when Jedi duels commence. If this happens, a button mashing contest ensues, and the winner gets to land a powerful attack as a reward. Grievous, sadly, is unable to get into any of these.
  • Boss Banter: Plenty of it during duels. There is even some original banter between Grievous, Count Dooku and Darth Vader.
  • Boss Game: The levels get shorter and shorter, and increasingly focus on you vs. one enemy, to the point of being a Fighting Game with a few short hallways between arenas.
  • Canon Foreigner: Cin Drallig's apprentice Serra Keto is the only character created specifically for the game.
  • Carry a Big Stick: Neimodian brutes wield big steel maces.
  • Creator Cameo: While this is the case for most of the movie and game's staff, mid-game boss Cin Drallig is a virtual Jedi version of stunt coordinator Nick Gillard, down to the name.
  • Critical Existence Failure: While almost the whole cast plays it straight, Darth Vader zig-zags it in that, while he's just as unmoved when critically low on health as ever, his infamous Vader Breath will change to its lesser known pained breathing.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Grievous tells his opponents that he will enjoy peeling the flesh off their bones.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Most of the bosses, such as Count Dooku, General Grievous, and Mace Windu are killed by being stabbed with a lightsaber instead of how they died in the movie. Possibly justified, as this game was released before the movie and the developers didn't want to spoil the movie. (Though depending on what one would consider a spoiler...)
  • Distant Finale: The bonus Episode IV mission takes place many years after the events of Revenge of the Sith and ends just as it did then: with Obi-Wan throwing his fight against Vader and becoming one with the Force.
  • Downer Ending: The "Ultimate Revenge of the Sith" alternate ending—Vader kills Obi-Wan, and Palpatine declares that there is none left to oppose them (meaning Yoda possibly died). However, after Palpatine hands Vader his new weapon, a red lightsaber, Vader stabs Palpatine and declares himself the new emperor. And because Obi-Wan is dead, Padmé would not be able to be taken to Polis Massa, and Luke and Leia would never have been born. And thus, the Jedi are completely dead. Equally as bad, Anakin could recover Padmé, take her to Coruscant and the twins would be born there, changing their destinies from being the future heroes of the Rebellion to being the heirs of the Galactic Empire and indoctrinated into the ways of the Sith Lords.
  • Dragon Ascendant: In the ending of the last level where Anakin kills Obi Wan, he kills Palpatine as well. He then declares himself as the sole ruler of the galaxy, and thus, the new Big Bad of the galaxy
  • Dual Wielding:
    • By default, Grievous starts out dual-wielding two of his stolen sabers. One button press and he can unleash two more arms.
    • Serra uses two green sabers in a very energetic, acrobatic saber style reminiscent of Yoda.
  • Duel Boss: Most boss fights are against lightsaber users. The only ones that break the mould in this game are the Crab droids, a Republic gunship, and Viceroy Gunray's shuttle.
  • Easter Egg: When low on health, Vader's signature breathing noise changes to the pained noise from Return of the Jedi.
  • Elite Mooks:
    • The Separatists have melee droids with rather lightsaber-resistant forearms who are capable of bearhugging their opponents, as well as Grievous' Magnaguards, of course, who are capable of co-op based attacks here as well.
    • Clone Assassins serve as this for the Republic/nascent Empire, as they're irritatingly evasive and fight exclusively with arm blades. Anakin leaves them to defend the "come home" signal at the Jedi Temple, leaving Obi-Wan and Yoda to deal with them.
  • Evil Makes You Ugly: Commented on by Serra in Versus mode, if she goes up against the villains. Even the relatively handsome Dooku.
    Serra: They're right. The Dark Side DOES make you ugly.
  • Finishing Move: Literally one of the moves available to end an enemy low on health. On it's own it already does quite a bit of damage, too. It tends to kill mooks rather instantly.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Obi-Wan fights against two crab droids during the Battle of Utapau.
  • Giant Mook: Clone blaze troopers, Separatist grapple droids, and Neimodian and Jedi brutes make up the big, strong but slow type of enemies.
  • The Ghost: Despite being the key reason for Anakin's fall from grace, Padmé is completely absent in the PS2 and Xbox versions of the game (she is present in the GBA and DS versions). She can be seen from stock footage from the movie and during one of Boss Banter lines in the final battle, Anakin can be heard screaming "You turned Padmé against me!" to Obi-Wan.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Players can use the force to lift enemies and slam them into each other.
  • Heal Thyself: While there are few health kits laying around, its possible for characters to use Force Heal and regenerate lost health at the expense of their Force bar.
  • Hero Antagonist: Once Anakin becomes evil, the Jedi Temple defenders, Serra Keto and Cin Drallig become this trope as Order 66 is announced. Obi-Wan also serves as the final boss in the evil ending.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The end result of using Finishing attacks of any kind on enemies near death. Additionally, probably due to spoiler reasons, Dooku and Grievous end up dying this way rather than their deaths in the films.
  • Inconsistent Coloring: For some reason, General Grievous has four blue lightsabers in Versus mode, as opposed to two green lightsabers and two blue lightsabers like in the rest of the game.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Jedi characters have the ability to perform this mid-combat, which can temporarily turn mooks to their side and stun enemies in duels. It has no effect in clone assassins. Anakin starts the game with this, but as his only opponents before a certain point are droids, its merely more of a Force Stun. Once the halfway point is reached, he permanently swaps it out with Force Lightning.
  • Kung Fu-Proof Mook: The clone assassins fought by Obi-Wan in "Aftermath in the Temple" are so fast that they can dodge pretty much all their strikes and are invulnerable to Jedi Mind Trick.
  • Live-Action Cutscene: Clips from the film are used for some of the cutscenes.
  • Mêlée à Trois: In the level "Attack of the Clones" Order 66 has just come down and Obi-Wan's clone troops have turned on him, forcing him to fight his way through both the clones and the battle droids to safety. The clones and droids will continue to fight when they encounter each other and the battle of Utapau continues to rage in the background.
  • Mighty Glacier: Grievous plays like this in multiplayer. He hits hard and can temporarily spout an additional set of arms to perform his signature quadruple wielding lightsaber style, but his swings are slow and highly telegraphed.
  • Mirror Match: If both players in multiplayer choose the same character, the second player's character will have a different colored lightsaber and usually different clothing, such as Darth Vader with a navy blue suit and a blue lightsaber, Anakin with a hood and a red lightsaber, Dooku with no cape, darker clothing and a blue lightsaber, and Grievous with dark grey plating and four red lightsabers. The game also allows you to pit Anakin against Vader, and Obi-Wan against Ben Kenobi.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Palette Swap: Versus mode has Mirror Match-only alternate appearances for the playable cast. Some of them interestingly portray characters in opposite alignments in said colour swaps, such as Dooku or Vader with lighter colours and blue lightsabers or Drallig with black robes and a red saber.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Yoda, naturally. Sadly he is unplayable during Multiplayer mode and is only available in his own stand-alone extra mission where he must survive against a clone invasion.
  • P.O.V. Sequel: Of a sort. The final level is completely identical to the penultimate level, except you control Anakin instead of Obi-Wan, and you get a brand new What If? ending if you finish it. Some of the bonus levels also take place during regular levels except from the perspective of a different character.
  • Press X to Die: Remember how Ben seemingly raised his saber into a surrender stance and let Vader strike him down? He has that as a performable move in Versus mode. It doesn't seem to offer any benefit to him here.
  • Redshirt Army: The Clone Troopers in the Utapau and Jedi Temple missions. Their health pool is pathetic, they lack decent aim, and are a minor inconvenience at best for the enemy AI, to the point it's rare for a Clone to rack up any kills. That being said, they respawn infinitely (though you typically won't have more than two or three accompanying you at one time) and are a decent distraction so the enemy doesn't constantly swarm you.
  • Repetitive Audio Glitch: Anakin can use his saber to damage three holo-statues in the Jedi Temple while fighting Serra. Said statues play audio reciting the Jedi Code. After he damages them, you hear five spliced-together phrases in the background (presumably due to malfunctioning audio equipment) that sound like the Code corrupted:
    "Jedi...know anger."
    "A Jedi shall...hate!"
    "There is no...peace."
    " the Force!"
  • Shock and Awe: All Sith characters use Force Lightning. Anakin gains this ability over the course of the story mode replacing the Jedi Mind Trick. Breaking from canon, Darth Vader can use it as well.
  • Shout-Out: One of Mace Windu's opening lines in Multiplayer mode has an Actor Allusion for one of Samuel L. Jackson's most iconic roles.
    I will strike you down with great vengeance!
  • The Smurfette Principle: Serra Keto is the only female character in the game, period. She is the only playable one and the only one featured in the story of the PS2 version, due to Padmé being The Ghost.
  • The Starscream: Anakin in the dark side ending where he kills Palpatine and usurps the Empire for himself.
  • The Unfought: Palpatine appears during the cutscenes, but he is never present in actual gameplay except for the evil ending.
  • What If?: If you finish the final level where you play the duel on Mustafar as Anakin, you get to see a new scenario of what would have happened if Obi-Wan missed Anakin and he successfully landed a deadly stab through Obi-Wan's heart.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Several Padawans are clearly teenagers and Anakin has no hesitation in cutting them down.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Grievous's grappling move has him first wrenching his opponent's neck with an under-arm neckbreaker, then hoisting them over his head for a backbreaker before finishing with an optional stomp.

Alternative Title(s): Revenge Of The Sith