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Star Wars.

I love Star Wars.

Video Games.

I love Video Games.

So it's only natural that Star Wars video games are always on my radar. Unfortunately, Star Wars video games are often...how should I say this...less than spectacular. I hate to put it like that because I am such a huge Star Wars fanboy, but in my opinion, with a mega blockbuster hit like Star Wars, it seems like there should be some uber cool and popular video games inpsired by the series. Well, there are a ton of games...that's for sure...but how many of them are AAA titles. Eh, I'd hate to answer that. Not many.

Did you know there are over 50 different Star Wars video games?


Sure, there were some jewels...like X-Wing, Tie Fighter, X-Wing vs Tie Fighter...Dark Forces and Jedi Knight were great games as was Knights of the Old Republic. I actually liked Republic Commando although I may be one of only a handful of gamers that did. Star Wars Galaxies did pretty well, but certainly not to the same degree that World of Warcraft has. When people think of epic sci-fi (or the newest translation - syfy) MMORPGs they are more inclined to think of EVE Online than Galaxies.

I just finished reading the Star Wars book, "Death Troopers" a few weeks ago.

Death Troopers is a novel by Joe Schreiber that was released on October 13, 2009. It takes place about a year before A New Hope.

When the Imperial prison barge Purge — temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels and thieves — breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope seems to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back — bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours, nearly all aboard the Purge will die in ways too hideous to imagine.

And death is only the beginning.

The Purge's half-dozen survivors — two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board — will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting onboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn't really empty at all. The dead are rising, soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.

Now that would be an awesome video game. It would be like a cross between Left for Dead and Mass Effect or perhaps Metro 2033.

All is not lost though, there is a New Hope on the horizon.

Rumor has it in October 2010, The Old Republic will be released...

Star Wars: The Old Republic represents a new approach to online entertainment, featuring immersive storytelling, dynamic combat, and groundbreaking companion characters. The game takes place in the Star Wars™ galaxy approximately three hundred years after the events of Star Wars™: Knights of the Old Republic™.

Play Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ and forge your own Star Wars™ saga in a story-driven massively-multiplayer online game from BioWare and LucasArts. Explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy.

Choose to be a Jedi, a Sith, or from a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, and make decisions which define your personal story and determine your path down the light or dark side of the Force. Along the way you will befriend courageous companions who will fight at your side or possibly betray you based on your actions. Together, you will battle enemies in dynamic Star Wars combat and team up with other players to overcome incredible challenges.

Join us. Your personal Star Wars saga begins in Star Wars: The Old Republic.


Well that sounds promising...

In the mean time, there is an awesome mod for Call of Duty 4 (PC) called - Galactic Warfare to hold me over.

Star Wars Mod: Galactic Warfare (Total Conversion for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare):

All began with a blaster-model, and soon the idea to extend this theme as a non commercial fan project was born.

It’s our goal to unite our favourite game CoD4:MW with the classic universe of Star Wars, as the best trilogy ever. With this total conversion we will combine lot of the known battlegrounds, characters and weapons of Star Wars with the fantastic gameplay of the COD4-Multiplayer. Either as a trooper of the Imperial Forces or as a soldier from the Rebel Alliance you will fight on some different locations.

I've played it. It's fun. So it is possible for a Star Wars games to be fun...now if Lucasarts would just make one that witnesses the same success as Modern Warfare or Bad Company or Mass Effect, my journey to the dark side would be complete.


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