Lucasarts, once the creator of some of the most awesome point and click type adventure games in the world.
Created some awesome star wars games to, some of which were not just good star wars games but good games in their own right.
Now reduced to what? 1 game every couple of years?
With the lacklustre Force Unleashed 2 could Star Wars 1313 be the last chance to turn things around at Lucasarts or is it too little too late?.
First off lets not forget the sheer awesomeness that is Lucasarts back catalogue of games, from Monkey Island, The Dig, Full Throttle, Dark Forces, Jedi Knight, Battlefront, TIE Fighter and the X-Wing series, Republic Commando, Galactic Battlegrounds (OK it wasnt fantastic but it was fun), KOTOR,Secret Weapons over Normandy, Force Unleashed and probably some more.
Sure their were the not so good games like Obi Wan, Force Commander, Force Unleashed 2,Starfighter and EP1 :TPM (geugh what a name) and more to boot. But there was alot of genuinely good stuff.
Sure some lacked effort to say the least but alot of them were genuinely good games regardless of being a SW fan or not. In those days Lucasarts and the other developers it used put alot of effort into the games they made (Mostly anyway)
Alot of them also supported a big modding community pretty similar to the scale of games like Skyrim, Obivion, Half Life etc.
Um... yeah we have had in recent years The Force Unleashed I and II, SW Kinect and SW TOR.
I think there was a Clone Wars game too but I was dumb enough to buy that on steam...
The Force Unleashed (TFU from this point as I fear for my keyboard) was pretty good in my opinion, there were moments of frustration and some very nice DLC but overall it was a fun experience.
Shamefully although it looked awesome and had some pretty cool effects, its sequel wasnt as good. It pretty much HAS to have last entry to end it because one of the endings kinda demands it (No details as it would be a spoiler to say the least)
I havent played SW Kinect because I dont have a playing area remotely big enough for it to work correctly but my brother seems to like it so I'll probably pick it up when I move house.
SW Tor, well... I'm still kinda on the fence. I want to like it, I want to play it but there is just something I cant put my finger on... something it lacks... But I struggle to say what...
Well I would like to say there will be a reboot of X-Wing with next gen graphics which has you blowing stuff up in space with location based damage as ships explodes spilling bits and the odd crew member into space.
But there isnt -as far as anyone knows- anything like that in the pipeline.
I'd like to say there will be a massive scale clone wars RTS powered by the latest Total War engine.
But there isnt.
I would definatly like a 3rd KOTOR or some other RPG set in star wars in any time line.
Sure Star Wars 1313 MAY have RPG elements but it isnt looking to be a pure RPG.
What about sequels to the underlooked games like Republic Commando? That game was gritty star wars (especially the bad ass wookiees and the clone ship)
Star Wars 1313
I think this could be the last hurrah for Lucasarts, I hope its fooking fantastic, it looks based off the work that was done for the Force Unleashed games. But that main thing is this. I dont care if it looks like a turd if it makes me want to play it for 3 days straight eating nothing and becoming a hermit because I enjoy it that much (and probably ending up with dead pets and a divorce)
A guy can wish eh?
They just dont make stuff as good as they used to remotely. SW TOR is failing, SW Kinect was generally average review wise
And as far as we know there is nothing else in the pipeline.
Come on lucasarts, you've got a ridiculour back catalogue of inspiration to use. Use it.
TIE Fighter reboot anyone?