Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a third person over-the-shoulder adventure game that puts you in control of the good guys from Lucas' latest in the Star Wars franchise. The game follows the plot of the movie very closely, almost scene by scene, as the idea behind the game is to allow you to re-experience The Phantom Menace entirely in game form. The cutscenes use dialogue from the movie and the action/adventure sequences you play are a mix of scenes from the movie and the parts that might have happened in between. It's actually pretty neat to think of the game as the scenes between the action that you saw onscreen.
In the game you play as four of the different lead characters. While most of the game puts you in the robes of the two main Jedis, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn, you'll also get to play as Captain Panaka, leader of the Queen's guard, and even Queen Amidala herself later in the game. Of course, the primary weapon of the Jedi is the lightsaber, but there is also a hefty compliment of other armaments (like blasters, missile launchers, thermal detonators and Gungan energy balls) that you'll come across as you explore each location. There are even a few heavy weapon emplacements that you can jump behind to take out wave after wave of battle droids.