For decades, the Star Wars videogames have provided us with almost unparalleled entertainment, and George Lucas with fistfuls of our hard earned cash.
Many of the numerous Star Wars games, of course, haven’t been perfect. There have been a few blips like Star Wars: Obi-Wan and some unmitigated disasters like The Force Unleashed 2, but on the whole, the canon is of a very high standard.
The next instalment will be Star Wars: The Old Republic, an MMORPG based on the RPG series Knights Of The Old Republic. So recently, I did some thinking, and came up with eight Star Wars games I’d like to see.
Knights Of The Old Republic 2 – Restored
KOTOR 2 was supposed to trump KOTOR in pretty much every single way, but its rushed development left it wounded. Although the damage isn’t on the same level as that done to the E.T. game for the Atari 2600 (Look it up. It was an unbelievably shocking cock-up), it’s still a real disappointment.
A large number of alternate endings were never used, and additional content and features, such as using the game’s influence system to get certain companions to fight to the death, and the entire subplot of the HK-50 assassin droids, were dropped completely.
More than a few amateur computer programmers have tried to mod the game and restore it to what it should have been, but I want to see it done professionally. Obsidian (the makers of the game) owe us a version of the game without the bugs, and with all the unfinished stuff completed and restored.Knights Of The Old Republic 3
Star Wars: The Old Republic is on its way, and is probably going to be a perfectly serviceable game but (like more than a few people), MMORPGs are not my cup of tea, and this is a game I probably won’t be indulging in.
So in addition to The Old Republic, I’d quite like another chapter in the Knights Of The Old Republic series, that follows the same format as the first two. This project was originally supposed to happen, but was abandoned at an early stage in favour of developing The Old Republic.
I don’t about you, but I want one last role-playing adventure, taking on the Star Wars universe armed with nothing but a lightsaber and a large number of companions, who kill who you want, when you want. But make it a little bit bigger than its predecessors.
And maybe with companions that depend on your character class as well as your gender, and whether or not you’re good or evil. And more than one alternate ending would be nice.The HK-47 Chronicles
HK-47 is undeniably one of the Expanded Universe’s best characters. A playable character in Knights Of The Old Republic and Knights Of The Old Republic 2, HK-47 is an assassin droid constructed by Sith Lord Darth Revan, who ends up in the player’s party in both games.
As well as being brilliantly funny, and making the Terminator look friendly, HK-47 has an extensive and incredibly interesting backstory that should be explored in a game similar to The Force Unleashed – a third-person action game that takes place on a variety of planets, as HK-47 embarks on a series of assassination missions set against the backdrop of the Jedi Civil War.
A must-have feature of the game, though, would be a large variety of weapons such as flamethrowers, mines, toxic gas, and sonic grenades. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want see HK-47 killing and quipping his way through the galaxy?
Star Wars Battlefront 3
Sadly, Star Wars Battlefront 3 is currently stuck in development hell, and is unlikely to ever hit the shelves. It’s a real shame, because the trailer that was leaked onto YouTube shows that the game is much improved over its predecessors, and is a real visual treat.
A few things that really make me want this are the ability to fight in space and on the ground in the same battle, fighting on the exterior of the Death Star, and Slave 1 and the Millennium Falcon being playable. Sod the PSP spin-offs and the PC Battlefront 2 mods – somebody front the cash, and end any rights issues that might be occurring so that we can play this game.A customisable Star Wars Battlefront
In short: Star Wars Battlefront combined with Spore. When playing Battlefront, I was always considering how I could put my own stamp on it. So why not create an edition that allows players to create their own factions, maps, infantry units and vehicles? It would have massive replay value, and would definitely appeal to the arrogant, creative people like me who always think “I could make a better one” when playing a game.
Oh, and put a large number of pre-made factions in to get the player started – e.g. Wookiees, Mandalorians, the Sith Empire. I could go on for ages.
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy
I know this one’s been done to death, but let’s give it one more go. Take the basic idea of the Super Star Wars games and expand them using the same game engine as The Force Unleashed, but with the space levels and multiple characters from Super Star Wars. If it’s just playing the Luke Skywalker parts of the films, it’s going to be a very short and quite limited game. And please, please, no quick time events.An Expanded Universe Lego Star Wars
Lego Star Wars easily rivals Knights Of The Old Republic for the title of best Star Wars game. It’s innovative, accessible and infuriatingly addictive. But I’d like to see Travellers Tales venture off the beaten track and release a Lego Star Wars game set in the Expanded Universe.
These games aren’t just for kids and casual gamers. We hardcore, adult geeks enjoy them just as much. Maybe more. And more than a few of us would love to kick some Lego arse as Darth Revan, or experience the stories that take place between Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope in Lego form.
Suggestions for this game include: Lego Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic and Lego Star Wars: The New Jedi Order.
Star Wars – Galactic Combat
This one is basically Mortal Kombat but with Star Wars characters. Masters Of Teräs Käsi was a valiant attempt at a Star Wars fighting game, but it was a bit clunky and never really lived up to its full potential. So the idea is to take the game engine used for Mortal Kombat and jam it full of Star Wars brilliance.
The Star Wars videogame canon has covered practically every gaming genre several times over, but the fighting game genre has been largely neglected. Adult Star Wars fans deserve a game that caters to their tastes. And this could be it. But for this work properly it has to go the whole nine yards and get an eighteen certificate. If it’s watered down then it just won’t be as good.
And I for one would love to see Star Wars characters performing the gleefully violent finishing moves from the Mortal Kombat series, like the Emperor blasting somebody with Force Lightning until they explode or Boba Fett shooting somebody in the eye with his grappling hook…
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