Exactly, they're allowed to change stuff like that to make the game more fun. There's plenty of continuity that DF, JK, etc. have messed up for gameplay value as well. That's not a bad thing. Republic Commando may not feel like Star Wars, but that's because we've never seen the SW galaxy from this perspective before. To quote an insightful article about SW games, not all of Star Wars is about "one man/Jedi/alien saving the universe on his/her/its own". I think it's great that we're finally seeing the galaxy from a different, yet just as compelling, perspective! Personally, I think it's amazing how well the game fit with the existing SW universe for me.