Good ol’ Obi-Wan Kenobi. The man was a hero of his time, a general in the brutal Clone Wars and the kind of Jedi you’d look up to in the darkest of times. Especially when said times involved leaving your freshly-amputated protégé to burn to death after a spectacular lightsaber battle. Yeesh, talk about going bat-Sith crazy. Made famous by the late Sir Alec Guinness, Obi-Wan Kenobi has always been an integral part of Star Wars. And now it’s time for the old man to finally get an eerily realistic figure based on his first appearance in Star Wars: A New Hope.
The lightsaber. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. And they looked super-awesome badass as they enforced justice with their laser swords of arm-severing death. Having evolved over the decades, the lightsaber has become a weapon that is more than just a mere sword. There have been whips, staffs and the more controversial crossguard version of the venerable blade over the years. Fortunately, I now have the chance to make my own stupid alternative.
I’m kind of excited for a decent Star Wars multiplayer game again. A couple of years back, my favourite such game to go online with was Jedi Outcast, a Quake 3 Arena powered deathmatch that combined the Force with laser, lightsabers and thermal grenades. It was of course, absolutely sublime to play. What was also just as damn good, especially on console, was Star Wars Battlefront. Even bigger, and packed with tons of players, the game was pure anarchy. A new Star Wars Battlefront is on the way, and it sounds like it might just be the biggest Star Wars game ever made.
The Humble Bundles are evil things. Evil, backlog clogging, wallet destroying, nasty little things. There’s very little to hate about them, other than the fact that you’re enticed to buy even more games that you might never get to. But who am I kidding – even I can’t stop supporting them, and there’s no way I’m saying no to it now that Star Wars has joined the fray.
If you were lucky enough to own an original Xbox (or a PC!) in the 2000s, you were most likely a fan of Star Wars Battlefront. It was everything you needed in a game. Fast-paced, online and it allowed you to finally take down the Rebel Alliance scum. Bunch of sister-kissing bastards. Details on the current incarnation of the game however, have been wrapped up tighter than production on the latest Star Wars film. But finally, some new information has been revealed.
Some of the very best Star Wars games ever made have been the ones that didn’t have you swinging a lightsaber around or using the Force to choke yourself for horrible, sexual reasons. Games where you piloted an X-Wing starfighter, hopped into a TIE interceptor or went on a suicide run in an A-Wing. Games like Rogue Squadron, TIE Fighter and that opening level from Shadows Of The Empire. Star Wars games have been in arcades before, but you’ve never done a Death Star run in this kind of cockpit before.
Not so long ago, in a Solar system too close to your Uranus, one online video game distributor decided to become strong with the Force. GOG.com has been busy as of late, adding several Star Wars game to their collection. They’ve just added three more in a second wave of content that will not fail your expectations. Admiral.
I think by now that Disney Infinity has proven itself to be a valid contender in the toys to life genre. Disney Infinity is essentially a license to print money, and that’s thanks to some strong merchandising from the house of mouse. Last year, the franchise introduced capes and cowls to the universe in Disney Infinity 2.0. And you just know that a Disney Infinity 3.0 is on the way. And of course, they’re going to license the Force for the next installment. I’d bet my Jedi bathrobe on it! So I’m taking the pre-emptive route, and detailing which characters I’d like to see in that game.
I find your lack of Star Wars toys…disturbing. 2015 is pretty much 1999 all over again, although hopefully minus the annoying KFC ads and Jar Jar Binks. Star Wars returns with a vengeance as The Force Awakens, but you can bet that something else is going to rise up as well: MOICHENDISING! And if I’m going to throw some Republic credits down, it’ll most likely be for a collectible of epic scale.
A long time ago, in a comic industry far, far away, Star Wars comics were created exclusively by one publisher. Dark Horse Comics, to be exact. Marvel Comics once held the license to Star Wars, but after the sci-fi bubble burst in the 1980s, rights fell away and were picked up by the independent studio of Dark Horse.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen the new Star Wars teaser trailer. And probably all the Marvel movies, too. These universes are ridiculously popular, and people have been wondering about what crossovers Disney might present to us. Kingdom Hearts might just be the first place we see it, and it makes the most sense.
It's very difficult to love EA. They've really made that an uphill battle for themselves over the years, with the super botched launch of serval games adding to that. But that's all fine, because they're making the one game that seemingly everyone wants. And now, we have a better idea as to when we'll get our hands on it.
Thought Steam was the only thing bad enough to obliterate your wallet when it comes to gaming? Wrong! There are other platforms like GOG.com, a similar platform which focus more on good ol’ classics. The site now has a mysterious counter on the front page, pointing to a new gaming publisher coming on board. It looks like GOG will be getting a whole lot of LucasArts classic titles added to their offerings.
Right now DICE, the guys behind Battlefield, are busy making the long-awaited sequel to Star Wars Battlefront. It’s a game that many have been clamouring for for nearly ten years. Though original developer Pandemic was shuttered, there was going to be a Battlefront III from Timesplitters developer Free Radical – but it was cancelled at the eleventh hour. That hasn’t stopped images and footage of the game escaping in to the wild. Here’s some more.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is out locally today, while well-connected PC gamers laugh at you from the safety of their massive bandwidth allowances. It’s pretty much more Borderlands 2, which means more guns and oddball humour in the end. It also means more references to films, television and tropes of ye older days of pop culture. And trust me, the Pre-sequel has many Easter eggs waiting to be discovered.