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Star Wars. One of the most acclaimed series of all time. Many forms of media have been based off of this series, and Video Games is the form of media with the most mixed opinions. Me and DeadmanWalking dissect the past, present, and future of Star Wars video gaming.
The Phantom Past
Star Wars... It is no huge secret, I
am an enormous Star Wars fanatic. I've read many books in the Extended
Universe, I've played a lot of the games, and I religiously watch the movies.
I have had many fond memories with
the Star Wars games of ages past(ages being 5-10 years ago and beyond), and
regretfully, I have missed out on some of them. That's a long story... But
growing up I can remember playing games like Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer, Rogue
Squadron, and Battlefront 1 & 2 extensively.
However, I have missed out on
arguably better titles like Republic Commando, Knights of the Old Republic, and
Bounty Hunter. Those titles came out on the XBOX, and we only had an N64 and a
PS2. I have Republic Commando on Steam, and I plan on getting KOTOR also to do
my duty, pay my respects, and experience the honor of what once was.
Like Deadman here, I'm a huge
Star wars fan. I adore the old republic universe, played many games, and have
seen all the movies multiple times.
And as such, i've played many of
the great Star Wars games. Games like Battlefront II fill me with Nostalgia.
Rogue Squdron, Jedi Academy, and more are all great games, that have been
embedded in my memory forever.
Kotor will forever be the Star
Wars game I remember most fondly. The gameplay, the story, the characters, the
visuals, it was all so good. I can go on and on about the famous twist ending
of the game, as well as the awesome fights that occur at the end, and the
diverging paths of Jedi and Sith. This game is quite possibly the best Star
Wars game ever made.
*sigh* I feel disappointed in
myself that I haven't really played KOTOR. The way you describe it... It's
empowering. I'll definitely give it a chance on the PC.
Attack of the Shovelware
For every great game that exist,
you can find some bad ones. While some games give you a great experience,
others leave you wanting more.
For example, Kinect: Star Wars.
I was excited for this game. I really was, it looked great. I was set on
getting it, until I played the demo. It was disappointing, and at times just
plain broken. I couldn't get the game to respond correctly to many of my
movements. The best part of the game was outside of the main game, and that
wasn't much better.
Another game that comes to mind
is the Star Wars: Episode III game. Licensed titles generally suck, and this
game wasn't an exception. The visuals were bad, the voice work wasn't amazing,
and the gameplay just wasn't that fun. It had some good bossfights, but even
that is hard to say it qualifies to be a good game.
I have to say, I was not very
hopeful or excited for Kinect Star Wars... I had a very bad feeling about it. I
can't really say much about it since I don't have a Kinect, or much desire to
get one, but I don't really think that the Kinect offers meaningful additions
to gaming, save a title or two. Needless to say, it turned out to be a massive
pile of crap, in my opinion.
I actually played through Star Wars:
Episode III... I personally thought it was okay. Granted, you are right, it was
a bad licensed title, and it had bad gameplay. That game is one of the worse
decisions my brothers and I made during our childhood.
Revenge of the RPG
The Old Republic. I don't have a PC
that can run this game... I wish I did. I may have a GPU that will be able to
run it soon... All in all, I am very much looking forward to getting into this
game. It probably will take a long time to get used to, since I've never played
an MMO in my life.
I suppose the main reason I'm
excited is that it's kinda a spiritual successor to KOTOR. Part of the
storyline was written by Drew Karpyshyn himself(the famous legend who worked on
the stories for KOTOR, Jade Empire, Baldur's Gate, and Mass Effect), and that
had me hooked.
I've heard various opinions with
differing conclusions about this game, but I look forward to making my own
opinion of it.
I will probably never play this
game. I want to, so much, but I don't have a PC that will run it, or the money
to pay for it. I like the idea though. I love it really. A large MMO world that
is all about Star Wars, especially the old republic. That is great.
The story being written by Drew
Karpyshyn alkso makes me want to play it. I love how they are getting him to
write part of it. (Sadly he has retired from Bioware)
the conept of them going back to the roots of KOTOR makes me happy. I think
that is still my favorite Star Wars game, and seeing the successor is awesome.
A New Hope
Star Wars 1313. The only
announced Star Wars game I even know of. If there's others, they must being
flying really under the radar. I am excited for this game, most certainly.
First, I know it was running on
a high end PC at E3, but did you see those graphics. That was incredible. If
that can be even half as good on 360, I'm sold.
The gameplay looks wonderful. It
seems to borrow elelemts from Uncharted, a game I've never played, but looks
incredible. The platforming, the Gunplay, the environments. It all looks
similar, but in a Star Wars way. The darker tone of the game is a great take on
Star Wars, and I'm sure Deamer, with his love of Bounty Hunters will appreciate
that angle a lot.
BOBA FETT!!! In all seriousness, I
don't think it seeming like a Star Wars version of Uncharted is all that bad.
It isn't really a style of game that Star Wars has tried out, and I am keeping
my eyes on this one.
When 1313 was mentioned, I was
REALLY excited(because apparently Boba Fett's designation was CT-1313). I
thought it would be about Boba Fett... To my disappointment, it wasn't, but
it's still bringing me hope to the Star Wars game-iverse.
As a Star Wars fan, I feel that the
universe is being drowned down with a lot of hollow garbage. I realize that
Star Wars is almost a 40 year old franchise, and that we've had Star Wars games
for around 20 years, but there is more than enough room for LucasArts and other
developers to expand in video games.
1313 is my "New Hope" for
Star Wars games. I hope it'll point the video games, and the direction of TV
shows(Clone Wars... *shudders*) into a better direction.
The Lame Sequels Strike Back
I played the first Force Unleashed
soon after it came out... Even though it was on Wii(don't judge me, we didn't
have a 360 at the time), it was still an enjoyable experience. The cutscenes
were horrible, but I still feel like it portrayed enough emotion to pull the
story along. I realize that the continuity of the Wii and the 360/PS3 versions
don't line up exactly, but that's potato patato.
So, you would think that The Force
Unleashed II would be an even better experience, since now, I had a 360. Better
graphics, better gameplay, better... Everything! Nope. Nopenopenope. It had
very good graphics, don't get me wrong, but I think that the ending of TFU made
it really hard for a sequel to be appealing to fans... I won't spoil it for
anyone even though it's an old game.
The Force Unleashed II was a huge
disappointment for me. I can't exactly remember, but I think you only traveled
to three or four different planets, compared to the first game's 6 or 7[note:
feel free to correct this Blaze]. It had a depressingly short storyline, with
shallow character development. Starkiller's spiritual growth in the Force
wasn't very apparent, and although there was a struggle within himself, it
wasn't anything emotionally moving.
Like Deadman I played The Force
Unleashed on Wii, and like it a lot for a Wii game. So whenever I heard of TFU
II, I downloaded the demo. And it looked and played pretty great. I never did
buy the full game. I heard of the horrible story that the game had, and as
such, did not buy it.
While we are talking about
disappointing sequels though, KOTOR II was a big disappointment for me. I loved
the gameplay, it was refined into RPG excellence. And I even liked the
characters for the most part. None were quite as compelling as the relationship
between Bastila and the main character though.
got me was the story. I didn't like it at all. The triumvirate was a great
idea, but I felt it fell short in the end. They weren't compelling enough.
*Spoiler= Kreia as the head of it didn't match up to the twist in the first
one* And I found that overall the story was just weak.
Return of What Was Good
What does the future hold for
this franchise? No one knows, but there are things that I would like to see in
Personally I think the franchise
should return to its Single Player RPG ways. I know we may never get a true
KOTOR sequel, but I would love one. Maybe centered around Darth Bane (favorite
Sith ever.) Maybe even setting in the post-movie, new Republic era, centered on
the Solo kids or something.
I'm still a sucker for anything
related to the Jedi/Sith and constant force battle. I like the new direction of
1313, but would not be disappointed in an original Jedi Sith thing.
And as stated above, I really
think Story needs to be a big factor in the future. Part of RPG's is a great
story, and I think Star Wars has potential there. They just need to tap into
I also agree that LucasArts should turn back
to publishing single player RPGs. A couple new shooters wouldn't hurt. Anything
fresh, new, nostalgic, I don't have any preference. As long as it offers a
meaningful Star Wars experience, I'm game for it.
I don't think LucasArts truly
realizes how well-recieved a new series, or even a sequel to classic games
would be. Either that, or they simply don't care. Heck, they could even reboot
Rogue Squadron and games of that caliber. So many fans, regardless of how
little they like Star Wars, hope highly for a return of what once was.
I want to thank Blaze here for getting me to do a co-blog. It isn't something I am used to, writing with another person, but I think we managed to pull something together. I really enjoyed writing with you, dude, always a pleasure talking with another Star Wars fan.
It was super awesome to write with Deadman. As a fellow Star Wars fan he really talked about some great points. I think I also encouraged him to play KOTOR, which is always good. I love co-blogs, and Deadman was an awesome partner to have. I also want to thank Stranger for putting this on. Its awesome to get the community involved like this.