Almost all Star Wars fans were on the verge of falling to the Dark Side when Disney announced that they were shutting down Lucasfilm’s video game division Lucasarts. And for a good reason. Apart from the odd blip here and there, Lucasarts did great work, gifting the world with such classics as Star Wars Episode 1 Racer and Knights Of The Old Republic. So naturally, the news that Disney was shutting it down went down about as well as the introduction of Jar Jar Binks.
But now things are looking up. EA has acquired the Star Wars games license and is using BioWare as one of the three studios that will be working on new Star Wars titles. So before the rumour mills start cranking out a load of Bantha poodoo about what EA is planning, here are ten Star Wars games we want to see hit the market…
10. The Force Unleashed 3
The Force Unleashed 2 was absolutely terrible. It was insultingly short, had a dull story, and was very repetitive. Which is why the story of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice Starkiller shouldn’t end there.
The Force Unleashed 2 was very obviously a cheap cash-in since the lead character died in the first game and was hastily brought back in the sequel as a clone. But it set up plot threads that need finishing in some way. It ends a year or two before A New Hope with Darth Vader in Rebel custody, and with a clone of Starkiller and Jedi master Rahm Kota leading the Rebel Alliance. As it stands, none of that ties into the film it comes before so the plot should be resolved in some way.
I know that closure is an awful reason to make a game but the few people who actually liked The Force Unleashed 2 were champing at the bit for a third installment after playing it. Which gives Disney a pre-made target market.
The game’s mechanics would still hold up pretty well with only a few minor tweaks and all that it really needs is a decent story and some actual effort. As well as that, the game’s makers deserve a chance to redeem themselves.
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This article was first posted on May 8, 2013