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5 Star Wars Games Which Need to Get Made Already

Free advice for the executives at Disney.

by
Walter Hudson

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April 4, 2013 - 7:00 am
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New boss, same as the old boss. So gamers may come to regard Disney since its acquisition of the Lucasfilm family of companies, including video game developer LucasArts. Sitting on a rich catalog of intellectual properties including Star Wars and Indiana Jones, LucasArts should be at the forefront of the gaming community. At times, they have been. But recent years have left much to be desired.

The pairing of Disney’s acquisition with the looming transition to a new generation of gaming consoles presents an ideal opportunity to reinvigorate the brand. In a way, the lull in development from LucasArts in the past several years sets the stage for an all-the-more-impressive breakout. Here are 5 Star Wars games which need to get made already:

5) Remastered X-Wing Series

Steam led the way as a project pioneered by game developer Valve toward abandoning discs in favor of digital distribution. Now an established marketplace for titles from a variety of developers, Steam welcomes players with the latest new releases and a catalog of retro titles, many of which can no longer be played through conventional means.

As one example, Steam offers a large collection from LucasArts, including the Jedi Knight series, some classic Indiana Jones adventures, and the first and second Knights of the Old Republic role-playing epics. However, one franchise is conspicuously missing from the developer’s catalog, the X-Wing series of space combat simulators.

X-Wing, Tie Fighter, X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter, and X-Wing Alliance were once sold as a collection on CD-ROM. Each entry offered a compelling combat experience more akin to a flight simulator than an arcade game. Players had full control over the minutia of their spacecraft, able to direct energy between shields, weapons, and engines, all while targeting enemy subsystems and approaching missions creatively. The series was enormously popular, inspiring a major expansion to the Star Wars Galaxies online experience which offered similar gameplay.

For each passing day that the X-Wing series remains unavailable on Steam, a LucasArts executive should be fired. Releasing these games as digital downloads is an absolute no-brainer. Practically effortless aside from some paper pushing among lawyers, the move would provide LucasArts (and parent company Disney) with profit-bearing revenue on day one. That said, the opportunity exists to remaster these classic titles with updated graphics and modern network capabilities. There’s an entire generation of gamers who have never had the pleasure of experiencing X-Wing. Updated versions of these bar-setting titles would fly off the virtual shelf.

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I spent endless hours playing x-wing vs tie-fighter. When I have to go through the bother of parallel parking my car I always say, "Docking operations complete" just like it did in the game when two ships docked with one another.
51 weeks ago
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Actually, the lull from Lucasarts is even worse. Disney shut down Lucasarts so any Star Wars themed games are going to have to come from elsewhere.

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/04/03/disney-closes-game-publisher-lucasarts.aspx
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obviously I didn't click the links because it looks like you've already updated the story with the news of Lucasarts' closure. Oh well.

As for a good Star Wars game, may I suggest you try "Lego Star Wars". No really, please try "Lego Star Wars". You'll have fun.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
I love the idea of combining Battlefront Galactic Conquest to an online version. Battlefront is the first game I experienced playing online and enjoyed it immensely. Having each battle contribute to the overall consequence of a war online would be much more satisfying than one and done battles or individual stats.
52 weeks ago
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I bought Mass Effect after seeing Bioware, space, RPG, only knowing them from Knights of the Old Republic, it's spiritual sequel. It would be interesting to see it go the other way.

But honestly, the potential in the Mass Effect universe is untapped. I'd rather see a new Mass Effect game expanding on the lore. Each generation of nerds seems to produce an immersive narrative set in a world incredibly separate from our own. This narrative is largely consumed by the next generation. The next generation expands and adopts this narrative into the general, pop culture.

Tolkien gave the greatest generation Lord of the Rings. The greatest generation gave the baby boomers Star Trek. The baby boomers gave Gen X Star Wars. I think Mass Effect might be Gen X's gift to us millennials. But there are several franchises vying for that honor.
1 year ago
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The Mass Effect universe is quite vast and many different stories can be told. I would really be interested in a story behind the war between the Geth and Quarians the most, but there are other stories that can be told. The Salarians and the genophage. The early discovery of the Mass Effect technology on Mars. A back story on some of the characters before they met Shepherd or after the Mass Effect story ended.

The possibilities are endless.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
100,000x yes.

Jeeze the Tie-fighter games are old. I still remember my mother having to restart the computer in MS DOS to play them.
1 year ago
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Old, yes. But they were incredibly popular and have never been properly followed up.
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