Let’s be honest here: Those Star Wars prequels were sort of…kak. Okay, they were genuinely terrible. But much like a real-life turd, they also had some potential nuts of brilliance hidden within them. I’m talking scenes such as seeing that kid from The Sixth Sense pod-race, the duel with Darth Maul, the Clone Army attack on Geonosis and the epic battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Moments which helped shape a great CGI spin-off series for several years. Which has in turn, shaped the look of Disney Infinity.
Favourite Sith Lord? Easily Darth Maul. Let’s face it, in a film that’ll best be remembered as the Star Wars flick where Darkman was this close to murdering an actual CGI character while Renton from Trainspotting watched on, Darth Maul was easily the highlight. A whirling engine of hate, horns and tattoos, the moment you saw Maul getting ready to take on both Jedi at the same time was the moment that you’d sat through that damn Gungan attack scene. Darth Maul may be half the Sith Lord he used to be, but his upcoming collectible action figure is looking mighty fine.
It’s been a while since Star Wars was in arcades. Almost as long as it took me to finally forget about Jar Jar Binks…dammit. Still, it’s great to see Star Wars alive and kicking. It’s even better to see it doing so with an arcade cabinet that features proper lights, sounds and a kickass visual system. And it’s a system that you can actually own. For close to $100 000.
We're bound to see some (hopefully) awesome gameplay of Star Wars: Battlefront at E3 in a few weeks, and EA is rightly hyping things up considerably. Battlefront is going to feature a similar Hero system to older games, with Darth Vader and Boba Fett already confirmed as playable characters. But what about some of the good guys?
There’s a lot of love out there for the Battlefront series of games. For fans, Battlefront uno and dos were games that allowed console owners to finally drop into the kind of large-scale combat that PC gamers had been enjoying for years. That makes for one hell of a nostalgic field trip down memory lane, and has already set a high bar for the upcoming EA and DICE-developed Battlefront game. A game which is being tackled as a complete reboot.
Suffice to say EA is not the favourite company of many gamers who feel the company exists purely to increase profits. And the best way for the company to do that, says many, is to ship sub-par games and then ruthlessly release crap DLC while slashing head counts.
Star Wars: Battlefront will sell well. This is a forgone conclusion, even if EA makes weird decisions. Star Wars is a powerful franchise and people are excited to jump into the universe of Battlefront. It's hard to know exactly what the game includes seeing as most information has been about what it doesn't include. However, new details have been revealed and we'll be seeing real gameplay in a matter of weeks.
Star Wars: Battlefront is highly anticipated, but many were worried it would be a Star Wars skinned Battlefield. There're a lot of differences though, and they go way deeper than pure cosmetic or lore characteristics.
It's the running joke of the Star Wars franchise, but come later this year you too will know how it feels to be an inaccurate, inadequate Stormtrooper. DICE's Battlefront reboot is checking a lot of the right boxes (and missing a few), but the inclusion of a first-person view has had many worried about how combat will work in the multiplayer shooter. Fear not recruits, because it's not changing at all.
REBEL SCUM! Who wants to be a meaningless foot soldier in the war between the Rebels and Empire, am I right? Sure, Stormtroopers have bitchin’ cool armour, but they’ve also got the depth perception of a cyclops and even worse aim. And Rebel soldiers have silly helmets. No, I want to be a badass. A Sith lord, a legendary bounty hunter or possibly a killer Ewok. At least two of those options will be available in Star Wars Battlefront, provided that you can power up in time.
Parents, I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry. It’s not enough that Skylanders happens to be an annual franchise. It’s bad timing that Lego is now getting in on the toys to life genre. Hell, Nintendo has a license to print money with their Amiibos and I don’t even know who half of those characters are. And then you’ve got Disney Infinity, which combines all of that expensive figure collecting and gameplay, with recognisable properties. And I hope you’ve got UNLIMITED SPENDING POWER for Disney’s latest Infinity launch, which features more elegant toys from a more civilised age.
Star Wars is pretty much a license to print money, and far more legal than the dodgy counterfeit operation I’ve got set up in my garage where the man is constantly trying to keep me down yo. But just how much money can it make? Well for EA, the answer is a Bantha poodoo-load, but not all of the Bantha poodoo that is.
Even though the biggest discussion factor behind Star Wars Battlefront has been how the game will probably have nowhere near as much content available at launch as the original games did in earlier generation, I’m still kind of cautiously optimistic for the upcoming reboot. As far as Star Wars games go, I’ve got massive confidence in DICE creating the prettiest game in the franchise thus far, and then fixing it up with monthly updates down the line to look even purdier. And while discussing the upcoming game, DICE may have just leaked that there’ll be 12 multiplayer maps within which to support the sister-kissing resistance known as the Rebel Alliance.
There's really nothing like a day where everyone can collectively lose all self-control and proclaim their undying love for Star Wars without repercussion. It's even better when developers, like Bossa Studios, get in on the fun - like releasing a surprise Star Wars themed update for their latest title, I Am Bread. But just how the hell do intergalactic space battles and starchy, lightly buttered loafs mix together?
Yep, it most certainly is Star Wars day. To celebrate, I was originally going to wear my Sith lord bathrobe, and nothing else in an attempt to realise my potential as Darth Scrotum. But then I realised that we’re supposed to celebrate the magic of Star Wars, instead of turning people off of the franchise and not feed more money into Disney’s latest money-printing machine. So that got me thinking, about some of the best Star Wars games out there.