Star Wars Republic Commando Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Star Wars Republic Commando RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 5 Star Wars Games That Need to Make a Comeback With The Last Jedi https://www.gameskinny.com/k66yw/5-star-wars-games-that-need-to-make-a-comeback-with-the-last-jedi https://www.gameskinny.com/k66yw/5-star-wars-games-that-need-to-make-a-comeback-with-the-last-jedi Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 sknau002

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There are plenty more Star Wars games that should make a comeback. But this was just a list of five that we thought really deserved it.

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In fact, many of these games were made back before their potential could really be reached or appreciated. With the technological advances we've made since their initial releases, comebacks from these titles could really take the gaming community by storm.

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So Disney, do us a favor. Get to work on bringing these amazing titles back, and we'll get to work buying them.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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By: BioWare/EA
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Oh 2003, you hold a very special place in this writer's heart. It was the year we were blessed with the presence of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Set thousands of years before the prequel movies, BioWare was free to essentially do whatever they wanted with KOTOR.

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The first game was about a hero that rose to become a Jedi and save the galaxy from Darth Revan. At least, that's the non-spoiler version. Knights of the Old Republic 2 was like the first one, but with better skills, more manageable gameplay, and an even better story. One of the stars, Kreia, will always have a place in my heart as one of the most philosophical characters in a video game.

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Then EA had the wonderful idea of turning the franchise into an MMORPG. Truth be told, I couldn't care less about MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. It's pretty, it's got that Star Wars look, it has great NPC characters that BioWare is known for... But it plays like an MMO and that's a no-go for many players.

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Knights of the Old Republic needs a comeback. Enough TOR expansions. Bring the simple player tabletop-like adventure back! We haven't had one of these since before Mass Effect and if they applied any of their technology and know-how from the Mass Effect series, it would be an instant success.

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Star Wars: Republic Commando

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By: LucasArts/Magellan Interactive
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Star Wars: Republic Commando was an awesome first-person shooter that went above and beyond the typical FPS model. First of all, you played as an elite squad of Clone Troopers called Delta Squad. You played as the leader, codenamed Boss, and you command a squad of specialists. Each squad member is good at specific things, and your role, aside from shoot the bad guys, is to command your squad to tactfully take out your enemies.

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First of all, you played as an elite squad of Clone Troopers called Delta Squad. You played as the leader, codenamed Boss, and you command a squad of specialists. Each squad member is good at specific things, and your role, aside from shoot the bad guys, is to command your squad to tactfully take out your enemies.

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First-person shooters today can't even achieve what this game did in 2005. It really did feel like a squad, as opposed to a one-man-army. Today, developers seem to take the shortcut of making a squad made of other players. While multiplayer may be a plus for some, others can immediately see the problems that would arise and would prefer an NPC squad with good AI that you have total control over.

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Republic Commando takes place during the climax of the film Attack of the Clones, making the clones look much more fleshed out than they do in the movie series. It's a story, or at least a playstyle, that Star Wars and video game fans alike have been clamouring for from the FPS sector.

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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

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By: LucasArts
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At first glance, this game may look bland. But remember, it was released back in the early days of the Nintendo 64 and boy was it ambitious for its day.  It takes place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as protagonist Dash Rendar.

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He's a mercenary, AKA not a Jedi. Unlike Kyle Katarn, he remains not-a-Jedi. This seems pretty rare in Star Wars games, as Jedi are really popular. That's what the suggestion of a comeback focuses on; A Star Wars game that focuses on someone who isn't a Jedi.

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Remember that game everyone was super hyped about, Star Wars 1313? It wasn't supposed to feature a Jedi. In fact, it followed Boba Fett in his younger years in sector 1313 of Coruscant. A real seedy underbelly tale of the grittier side of Star Wars. No high adventure and Force using in this title. But as many of us know, 1313 got canceled.

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Shadows of the Empire, along with Dash Rendar, proved that a game NOT featuring a Jedi could work, and very well at that. Shadows of the Empire was the third top-selling Nintendo 64 game of 1997 next to 007 GoldenEye and Mario Kart 64.  Come on Disney, Rogue One showed that it doesn't need to always be a Jedi, it's time to let those wings out again.

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Star Wars Battlefront

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By: LucasArts
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This one may seem too easy, as it's an easy target because DICE's Battlefront, but it wouldn't be talked about so often if it wasn't true. We want to see the true Star Wars Battlefront return.

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What does that entail? A story. What made Star Wars Battlefront II so special was the story following the 501st Legion of Clone Troopers. After Order 66, you followed them as Stormtroopers. Each mission had objectives that made sense and every one of them felt different from the last.

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In DICE's Battlefront, it just feels like Battlefield with a few changes. There are plenty of people who may say otherwise, but the point is there is no story to be invested in, just one deathmatch after another. Is the gameplay fun? Sure! But it's the characters and story that make Star Wars special.

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Another thing to note: The old LucasArts Battlefront games had their own skirmish maps called Instant Action. These maps were more-or-less what DICE did, the difference being that it's merely one mode in the old games and the entire package in the new one. It does leave something to be desired. But if DICE insists on keeping the new Battlefront an online-only deathmatch-fest, then maybe the other games on this list can fill in the need for Star Wars lore.

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Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

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By: Lucas Arts
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First of all, this game stars Kyle Katarn. Next slide.

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No, but really, many people debate whether Kyle is a bad ass straight out of whatever Star Wars people call hell or a literary Mary Sue. Not only was he a cool character, but the games were actually really fun to play. They may seem dated by today's standards, but this game was like The Force Unleashed for the early 2000's. 

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Here's where the eureka moment happens. Combine the creativity of Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast with the fast-paced and pretty looks of The Force Unleashed and you can really give the Jedi Knight series the comeback it deserves.

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In Jedi Outcast, players started off not being a Jedi and slowly learning the ways of the Force. This meant fighting with a blaster and other non-lightsaber weapons. As you progressed through the game, more force powers were achieved, giving a sense of accomplishment.

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Now obviously, The Force Unleashed was a game about a fully unleashed Sith apprentice with overwhelming power from the get-go. That's fine, it's what it was. But applying the progression of Jedi Outcast to the mechanics of The Force Unleashed could be a big accomplishment. It could even be done from another angle, putting a Jedi in the driver's seat once again.

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Star Wars is a precious topic to many pop culture fans. Many of these fans also happen to be gamers, and it's no surprise that over the years, we've had many top notch Star Wars games.

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With the announcement of Star Wars 8 being subtitled The Last Jedi, discussion on the reemergence of Star Wars games has taken place. But what games would we like to see return? Some on this list may be obvious, but the details of "how" are what really make this list worth it.

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The 15 Best Star Wars Games for All You Nostalgia Nerds https://www.gameskinny.com/8etj2/the-15-best-star-wars-games-for-all-you-nostalgia-nerds https://www.gameskinny.com/8etj2/the-15-best-star-wars-games-for-all-you-nostalgia-nerds Wed, 04 Jan 2017 03:00:02 -0500 Sergey_3847

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1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003)
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Just think about the fact that KOTOR won over 40 GOTY awards from almost every major video game publication. It is without a doubt one of the best games of all time.

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This was the game that mixed the elements of the traditional Star Wars universe and the new approach to storytelling. You were given an opportunity to become either a good Jedi, or a cruel Sith, travel between the planets on your own spaceship, and perform multiple tasks that would decide the fate of many other characters.

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If you’ve never played Knights of the Old Republic you are missing on one of the most incredible plot twists in video gaming history. So, if you decide to play one Star Wars game in your spare time -- KOTOR is the way to go.

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Is there a Star Wars game that you thought was better? Let us know in the comments section below.

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2. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (2004)
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The Knights of the Old Republic is undoubtedly the best series of games in the entire Star Wars franchise. The Sith Lords continued the story of the first KOTOR game and it was just as engaging. You couldn’t just sit and play for an hour or two, as the gameplay was so invigorating that you just had to finish it all at once.

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Also, this sequel was the very first development project for Obsidian Entertainment -- a company that later worked on such projects like Fallout: New Vegas, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Pillars of Eternity. It was a huge fit for a newcomer to follow in the steps of BioWare, but they managed to make The Sith Lords a worthy successor to the very best game in the series (see the next slide).

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3. Star Wars: Battlefront II (2005)
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While Battlefront from a year earlier had its foot in the multiplayer market, it had a pretty weak storyline for a single player campaign. So LucasArts decided to fix this in the sequel Battlefront II.

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The story truly shined here with an engaging plot circling around the creation of the Death Star by Senator Palpatine and the emergence of Darth Vader and his own army. It wasn’t entirely a new concept, but the way it was executed had trumped everybody’s expectations.

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4. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2008)
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The story of The Force Unleashed closed the gap between Episodes III and IV. More than that, it offered a truly engaging action-adventure gameplay in the best Star Wars fashion.

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As the title suggests, it’s all about the force in this game. Your characters had incredible powers to destroy everything on their way just with the power of their mind. And, if you were looking for a classical combat, then you could use your lightsabers that hacked and slashed with more power than ever before.

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The visual presentation and the graphical design of the game was the best you could ever see in any of the Star Wars games up to that point. The levels were inventive and really let you experience the beauty of alien landscapes in all their glory.

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5. Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011)
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The hopes have been extremely high for this MMORPG set in the Star Wars universe, as it was developed by none other than BioWare. Although The Old Republic didn’t revolutionize the MMO genre, it was a quality game with hundreds of hours of content.

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Many MMORPGs struggled to deliver the story in a proper way, but BioWare fully committed in this department. The developers made the story ever more fascinating with the help of excellent cutscenes and dialogue choices.

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It’s not a flawless game. There are some elements that could have been much better, such as more variation in the quest lines, but overall, the game had a blast at the launch and it deserves the spot in our top 5 of the best Star Wars games.

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6. Star Wars: Jedi Knight II - Jedi Outcast (2002)
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Here is another installment that focuses on the Jedi. This particular game was greatly praised for its lightsaber combat as being the best in the franchise.

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The story element was much better here than in Jedi Academy, but it did take a bit of time for the plot to evolve into something truly great. It featured a set of unique abilities that the main protagonist could learn after each mission, and that made the game ever more enjoyable.

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Jedi Outcast was a perfect choice for those who really wanted to feel the power of the force.

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7. Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Jedi Academy (2003)
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The problem with Republic Commando was that it didn’t feature Jedi, but here you had a game that was literally all about Jedi and their most elegant weapon -- lightsaber. On top of that, the game offered a full customization of your hero, including the design of the lightsaber and your fighting style.

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It was a rare thing to see so many customizable features in an action-adventure game back in the days. Maybe at first Jedi Academy received a short burst of criticism for its lackluster story, but it really wasn’t a big deal, since the action completely made up for it.

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8. Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005)
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When you played Republic Commando the other game came to mind -- Halo. You could definitely notice many similarities, but it didn’t mean that the game was bad, on the contrary -- it was one of the best first-person shooters based on the Star Wars lore.

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Although it had no Jedi represented in the game and the single player campaign was one of the shortest in the franchise, generally the audiences really liked the concept of Republic Commando. Despite a massive success, Republic Commando never got its highly-anticipated sequel.

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Even after more than 10 years the game still holds up in both the graphics and sound departments. So, if you want to know what happened in between Episodes II and III, then check this game out.

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9. Star Wars: Battlefront (2004)
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Unlike the latest Battlefront reboot that was released in 2015, this one had both a multiplayer and a single-player campaign, which was required back when not everybody had access to unlimited internet connection.

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Actually, Battlefront was the first Star Wars game, which had its main focus on the multiplayer component. The levels have been designed so well that they have been almost identically copied in the reboot. The only thing that got upgraded was the graphics, which wasn’t too bad in the original either.

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It is no secret that Battlefront was inspired by the success of Battlefield 1942, and even today you can see that both of the franchises are still going incredibly strong on the market.

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10. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (2006)
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Lego Star Wars returned with the original trilogy in 2006 after an enormous success of the first Lego game based on Star Wars prequels. It utilized the same gameplay mechanics as the first installment, so you didn’t need to learn any new tricks.

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This time you could play as Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia. Also, all characters could use Lego blocks to solve the puzzles, unlike the first game, where only Jedi could use the parts with the help of the force.

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There were a lot more vehicle-based levels than before as well. But other than that you wouldn't be able to find any differences -- it was the same high-quality gaming experience.

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11. Lego Star Wars: The Video Game (2005)
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You may have disliked the prequel movies of Star Wars (which this game was based on), but you would most likely enjoy the fluid team-based gameplay of this Lego-themed action adventure.

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Lego Star Wars was designed in mind for two players, and even if you didn’t have anybody else to play with, the game had an AI player that helped you throughout the entirety of the campaign. But of course, it was much more fun to play along with a friend, since you could try out different things in this way.

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The best part of Lego Star Wars: The Video Game was the pod-racing segment from Episode I. It was just as intense as it was in the movies, and would definitely keep you glued to your screen for many hours.

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12. Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II (1997)
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What Dark Forces did good Dark Forces II did better. The levels became bigger, the graphics improved greatly, and although the AI of the enemies didn’t improve too much, it never distracted you too much from the excellent old school gameplay.

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Dark Forces II also introduced the first multiplayer maps to the series, which added a whole new dimension to an already great game.

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13. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1997)
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The game that took place after the events of Empire Strikes Back hit you with action right from the very first mission. It combined the arcade style of Rogue Squadron and the 3D-action experience of Dark Forces, but this time from a 3rd person perspective.

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However, unlike Rogue Squadron, you could change the view while piloting an aircraft and see everything from the cockpit, which added greatly to the sense of speed. You could also pilot other types of machinery, such as AT-STs and even huge starships in an outer space.

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And, if you really wanted to challenge yourself, then Shadows of the Empire contained an option of a hard mode that had been praised by fans for its high level of difficulty.

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14. Star Wars: Dark Forces (1996)
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This was the first 3D-action game in the Star Wars series for PlayStation 1. It offered 14 huge and well varied missions that took you on the surface of the ice planets, inside the alien mansions, and onto the very bottom of the sewers.

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You played as a Kyle Katarn -- a former Empire soldier who turned into a rebel. Dark Forces took you on a journey to find the plans of the Death Star and then destroy it. Apart from the great story, this early Star Wars game had a huge arsenal of weapons, such as laser shotguns, ion blasters, mortars, etc.

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In the times when DOOM was the lord of all first-person shooters, Dark Forces managed to take all the best features of the genre and improve upon them. Even today many fans consider it superior to DOOM.

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15. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (1998)
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Arcade-styled Star Wars game for Nintendo 64 was something new and risky back in 1998. It was the year of the announcement of the new movie trilogy by George Lucas, so the stakes had been high for this one.

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In the game you take on a role of a pilot who controls an X-Wing (and other four possible aircrafts) for one and only job -- to destroy as many TIE-Fighters, TIE-Bombers, and AT-ATs as you can. The difficulty was moderately challenging, so you would have a lot of fun playing this on a lazy night.

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Rogue Squadron turned out to be really good and was a huge success that spawned two more sequels -- Rogue Leader and Rebel Strike.

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The last couple of years have been amazing for all Star Wars fans. The two new movies -- The Force Awakens and Rogue One -- and a video game reboot of the Battlefront series from Electronic Arts reinvigorated the interest of millions of people all over the world.

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The Star Wars universe is so rich that it inspired the production of over a hundred games in the last 30 years. Most of them have been alright, but only a small fraction deserves to be mentioned when speaking of the video games set in the galaxy far, far away.

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Here are 15 of the best Star Wars games ever released, covering the periods of the 90s, early 2000s and a few games from the recent years as well. So fasten your seatbelts and let’s get started!

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The Best Games Based on Movies and TV Shows https://www.gameskinny.com/hfd7y/the-best-games-based-on-movies-and-tv-shows https://www.gameskinny.com/hfd7y/the-best-games-based-on-movies-and-tv-shows Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:17:00 -0400 Dennis Adame

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There you have it, the four best games based on movies/shows. All of these are great games that you should play regardless of whether or not you like the thing they are related to. I hope you enjoyed this list. Any games I missed? Let me know in the comments. 

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The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series (2012)

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Honestly, not much can be said about this game that hasn't already been said. This is one of the best games that I have played in the 22 years that I have been on this earth.

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The story is about Lee and Clem and the amazing journey that the two go on during the first few months of the zombie apocalypse. The game is a roller coaster of emotions, and if the ending doesn't make you cry you're a heartless monster (ok, maybe that's too far). You will be laughing at times, scared at others, and it'll feel like you just had your heart ripped out and kicked across the country by the end.

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If you have somehow managed not to play this game yet, go out and do it now. I promise that you will not be disappointed. 

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Ghostbusters The Video Game (2009)

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I have been a fan of Ghostbusters since I was a kid and saw the movies for the first time back in the 90's. I didn't actually play this game until this year, but I'm glad that I checked it out.

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You play a new addition to the team named Rookie (they don't want to bother to learn your name). You will work with the rest of the team, voiced by all the real actors, and fight hoards of ghosts. This game is actually considered to be the third movie and is a continuation of the first and second movies. So rather than spending you hard earned money going to see that new "movie" (using the term lightly), spend it on this great game and know that you didn't completely waste your money. 

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Shadow of Mordor (2014)

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This is one of the best games to come out for the next gen consoles so far. I can't remember that last time I had so much fun just screwing around in a game. You play as Talion, a former ranger of Gondor, whose spirit is tied to an elven ghost. Talion and his family are all killed during a ritual by the forces of Sauron.

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But Talion bonded with the elven ghost -- and is then returned to Mordor to take revenge on Sauron and his troops, discover the origin of the ring of power, find the truth about the elven ghost, and become a legend.

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You can buy the GOTY  edition of the game on Steam for about $40.

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Star Wars Republic Commando (2005)

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This is a game that no one seems to remember other than my friends. But it was one of the coolest games that I ever played as a kid. Imagine you took Halo, combined it with Ghost Recon, and put a Star Wars skin on it. That's what Republic Commando is.

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You command a squad of three other soldiers in a very Halo-like first person shooter. You will fight your way through armies of droids and oil will cover your screen. I don't want to give too much away because the game is so good that you really need to play it for yourself. It's only $9.99 on Steam and it is well worth every penny. 

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Since video games first started being made, movie companies have tried time and time again to make games that go along with their movies -- from E.T to Harry Potter andthe new Ghostbusters movie. Almost every one of those games is garbage, but once in a blue moon a company comes along and makes their own game using the same world as a movie/show. And we want to honor them, so here are the best four games that are based on either movies or TV shows. 

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6 Star Wars video game experiences to remember heading into the new films https://www.gameskinny.com/ncx04/6-star-wars-video-game-experiences-to-remember-heading-into-the-new-films https://www.gameskinny.com/ncx04/6-star-wars-video-game-experiences-to-remember-heading-into-the-new-films Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:21:59 -0400 Marshall Jenkins

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Shadows of the Empire - Skyhook Battle

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Now look! This may be a bit of a niche choice, but this mission was the closest thing to the feeling of excitement during the Death Star battle in Return of the Jedi. The dog-fighting, the massive scale of the Skyhook, and the tunnel assault to blow up the reactor had our hearts racing to the very end. 

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While the main story of the game was a bit flat, the situations presented to the player offered wonderful Star Wars moments with wonderful replay ability. Escaping from Hoth, riding the train on Ord Mantel, inflitrating Xizor's Palace, and the final space battle rounded out a great Star Wars experience that graced the Nintendo 64 in 1996. 

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Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast - Retrieving your Lightsaber

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Kyle Katarn is one of the more tragic characters in the now "Legends" Star Wars story. Always struggling between the light and dark side, the protagonist of Jedi Outcast has forsaken the force and the ways of the Jedi to further his life. However, the player soon finds Katarn in a quest that requires his reconnection with the force. 

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Going through Luke Skywalker's trial to redeem your lightsaber is a critical moment for Katarn and a great moment for the story of Star Wars. Gameplay wise, acquiring your lightsaber and your connection to The Force turns you back into the master of combat you expect from a Jedi making for some great encounters in later missions. 

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Knights of the Old Republic - Crafting your Lightsaber

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An elegant weapon for a more civilized age, building a lightsaber is one of the initiatory moments in a Jedi's training and players waiting an entire act to be able to do so was torture. From the outset, the player knows the protagonist is strong in the force, yet we are not permitted to its use for the first several hours of gameplay.

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Arriving at the Jedi temple after many hours finally gave players the opportunity to do what every Star Wars fan has ached to do since childhood: Become a Jedi and craft a lightsaber. An excellent moment that feels completely earned after the harrowing survival of the first chapter.    

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 - Hero Assault on Mos Eisley

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Who said anything about this list being only story elements? The Hero Assault mode in Star Wars Battlefront 2 offered some of the most fun battles in any Star Wars game that has been released. Players joined either the lights side or the dark side and had a sample of the many characters that occupied those roles throughout the saga.

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Then, as you would expect, you do battle even if the various match-ups and situations are a little outside of canon. Clashing with General Grievous as Princess Leia while your friends are screaming at an enemy Boba Fett over Xbox Live was great fun and a great platform for enjoying the Star Wars experience. 

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Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords - Kreia's Lessons

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Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords is like a fine wine. It gets better as it ages. Living in the shadow of its critically acclaimed predecessor Knights of the Old Republic, all eyes were on its sequel. While it was not a success critically, Knights of the Old Republic 2 offered one of the greatest Star Wars characters to grace the universe: Kreia. 

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Outside of the novels, Kreia was one of the first characters to preach the morally grey area that is The Force to a large audience. Her approach to breaking down the binary assumptions of the light and dark side are some of the most compelling conversations in gaming and gives Kreia a permanent position on anyone's favorite Star Wars characters. 

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Star Wars: Republic Commando - Introductions

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Before television offered us a deeper insight into the training of clone troopers in The Clone Wars episode Clone Cadets, we had the excellent introductory mission within Star Wars: Republic Commando that finally shed a light on the intensity of clone training and the bond of brotherhood within the horde of soldiers. 

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Learning the origins of your squad while simultaneously building a bond before the true game even begins was a very impressive design and story choice that continued to grow throughout the game until its climactic ending.

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Although unlikely, maybe an invigorated Star Wars universe can lead to a well-deserved sequel to this excellent squad based first person shooter. 

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The force is strong with us. The time is almost here. We have a hard time even saying it without bursting with excitement: we get to see more Star Wars films. While most of the various games and other Star Wars media have been dismissed as "Legends" from our new Disney overlords, Star Wars has had many wonderful video game stories and experiences that will not leave the minds of fans even if they are no longer canon.

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With new Star Wars stories on the horizon via new films, games, books, comics, and more, this is a very unique chance to reflect on which experiences offered stellar Star Wars moments that were outside of the main film saga. Here are our six choices. 

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The 8 greatest Star Wars video games ever https://www.gameskinny.com/e79pn/the-8-greatest-star-wars-video-games-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/e79pn/the-8-greatest-star-wars-video-games-ever Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:18:41 -0400 Rob Thubron

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1. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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Sometimes, a game comes along that just blows you away; something that you’ve never seen before, and actually makes you thankful that you’re a gamer. In 2003, Knights of the Old Republic was that game.

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By setting Knights of the Old Republic thousands of years before the movies, BioWare gave itself the freedom to reinvent the Star Wars universe the way it wanted. There were no set-in-stone rules to follow, no characters the company felt compelled to include - this was Star Wars the way they envisioned it. Plus, it’s based on the d20 role-playing game system, meaning KOTOR is essentially Dungeons and Dragons for those who prefer blasters and Jedi over beards and wizards.

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If you’ve played a BioWare game before, then you know what brilliance to expect; fantastic dialogue, strategic party-based combat and amazing RPG elements, all wrapped up with some inspiring music and great visuals – especially for the time.

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The game has a plot twist that (spoiler) outdoes Vader’s revelation that he’s Luke’s unlikely Dad, contains one of the greatest ever characters to originate from outside the movies, gives players the option to become a champion of light or a servant of darkness, and is, quite simply, wonderful.

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Twelve years after its release, Knights of the Old Republic is still the greatest Star Wars game ever made. It somehow manages to take the essence of what made those original movies so brilliant, and expand upon it. If you’ve never played the game, get it now, it’s even now available on the iPad.

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Knights of the Old Republic: Better than princess Leia in a bikini.

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2. X-wing vs TIE fighter (with the Balance of Power Expansion)

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Nothing can recreate the feeling of being a Rebel or Imperial pilot the way the X-Wing series does. These games aren’t arcade-style shooters, but fully-fledged space-simulations that replicate the intricacies of flying these iconic ships.

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The third game in the series, X-Wing vs TIE fighter, was a visual and mechanical improvement over its predecessors, but the game was designed almost exclusively for multiplayer. While this wasn’t an entirely bad thing, the campaign from the previous titles was a miss… that is until the Balance of Power expansion was released.

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The expansion brought new battles and missions, but most importantly it added Imperial and Rebel campaigns that the base game had been crying out for – and they even supported 8-player co-op. Balance of Power was what the game needed to seal its place as the greatest Star Wars space flight game ever made.

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With a bit of resurgence in the space-sim genre of late, surely the time is right for a reboot of X-Wing vs TIE fighter? Imagine a modern version on today’s machines – and with VR integration! Now there would be a Kickstarter worth funding. 

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3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

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Following in the footsteps of the first Knights of the Old Republic was never going to be an easy task. And it was a feat made all the more difficult by the fact that in order to hit its projected release date, Obsidian was forced to develop the game in only a year and a half - resulting in a load of content being cut and KOTOR 2 shipping with more bugs than a bait store.

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And yet, despite all this, it's still a phenomenal RPG. This was probably the darkest Star Wars game ever made. No longer were the light and dark sides of the force clearly defined; the game, much like real life, had plenty of grey areas. Making a choice was no longer a matter of picking the ‘good’ or ‘evil’ option - there were unforeseen consequences to everything. Often, helping a character would lead to bad things happening to them - like giving a beggar money who is subsequently beaten and mugged for it.

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And then there was Kreia, your mentor who seems to spend the entire game criticizing your every move - unless you act as neutral as Switzerland. Despite her constant bitching, she is still an amazing character who shows how the force isn't just a simple matter of black or white but something much deeper.

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Knights of the Old Republic 2 may not always work, but it doesn’t matter, it’s amazing. Both this and its predecessor were two of the very few games I restarted the moment I completed them.  

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4. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

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Most people have their favorite Jedi Knight game. Personally, I find the final entry in the series, 2003’s Jedi Academy, to be the highlight of the franchise. Some may prefer Jedi Outcast or Dark Forces II, but for me, Academy was the full package.

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Jedi Academy is the quintessential Star Wars first/third-person game. Not much can match Battlefront 2 for multiplayer (at least until the new Battlefront comes out, probably), but for single player action, this is the Jedi’s nuts.

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In Jedi Academy, players start with a lightsaber from the beginning - which is a bonus, as the saber fighting is the best ever seen in a Star Wars game to date. You get more freedom in Jedi Academy than in any other games from the series; it also has a good story and a strong multiplayer element. This is a game that really makes you feel like a powerful force-wielder, and is a lot better than The Force Unleashed.

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5. Star Wars: Battlefront 2

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What do you get when you take the tried and tested Battlefield formula and mix it with George Lucas' Universe? Only the finest Star Wars multiplayer first-person shooter the world has ever seen.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 lets you choose battles set during the Galactic Civil War or the Clone Wars. Players choose from four classes and the game offers a plethora of Star Wars vehicles and weapons to kill people with. Battlefront 2 also added hero characters to the original game who were comically unbalanced - which made them all the more fun to control.

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Battlefront 2 is also that rarest of things: a Star Wars game that doesn't put the fate of the galaxy in your hands. You’re just a grunt taking part in a massive battle, yet you never feel like your actions don’t matter. With the reboot just around the corner, will it live up to its predecessor?

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6. Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II

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The GameCube really did have some excellent exclusive games: Eternal Darkness, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and of course, Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II. This second game in the Rogue Squadron series is arguably the best in the franchise, although some N64 fans may give their vote to the original – but they’d be mistaken.

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Rogue Squadron II gives players pretty much the complete Star Wars air combat arcade experience. The game puts you in the middle of some of the movies' most famous battles, including the battle over Endor, the Death Star trench run and the battle of Hoth.

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The game was met with universal critical acclaim on its release. Not only did it have some stunning gameplay and graphics (for the time), but as it was a GameCube launch title, Rogue Squadron II become one of the best reasons to buy Nintendo’s console. 

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7. Republic Commando

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Here we have what is possibly one of the most underrated games of all time; Republic Commando was the best thing to come from the prequels since… errmm… well… okay, so it was possibly the only good thing to come from the prequels.

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The game puts you in the boots of special ops clone trooper RC-1138, an elite Republic Commando (a class that was created specifically for the title). But this first-person shooter is no Call of Duty/Halo ‘clone’ with a Star Wars skin; you undertake your missions with three fellow commandos, all of whom you can order about and issue context-sensitive commands. Republic Commando is closer to Rainbow Six than Halo

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The game has some fantastic moments, particularly the sections that required your whole squad to work as a coherent team. Each commando has his own unique personality, skills and preferred position; they may be clones, but every member of your squad is individual enough for the player to form an emotional attachment to them. Republic Commando also kept the Star Wars tradition of having a stirring musical score. This is an amazing, criminally underrated game, and one that was well ahead of its time. 

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8. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

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It may be targeted at younger audiences, contain no dialogue, and remake the entire universe using everyone’s favorite Danish plastic toy, but Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is a superb and hilarious reimagining of the first three movies (the real first three).

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Today, the Lego video games have pretty much reached a saturation point, but back in 2007 the games were still a new and exciting phenomenon. Being able to choose your favorite characters from the original trilogy, the fun puzzles, and the intense satisfaction that comes from smashing and building those Lego blocks made this game a massive, and well-deserved, hit.

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It’s also worth pointing out that Lego Star Wars II is still one of the best co-op games to play with a partner or kid who “doesn’t really like games.” On a personal note, this was the first console game I had ever seen on a High Definition television, but that’s probably more do with me living in Hicksville than anything else.

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There have been a lot of titles based in the Star Wars universe, and I mean a lot. From the very first, unlicensed Star Wars title that appeared on cassette tape for the Apple II computer back In 1978, to the upcoming reboot of Star Wars Battlefront, there have been some amazing games set in George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away.

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The question is, out of almost 40 year’s worth of Star Wars games, which ones are the best? Which Star Wars titles are worthy of the original trilogy, as opposed to being shameless cash-ins on par with the prequels? These are the titles that were considered exceptional at the time, and are still a joy to play even today.

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From Polis Massa to Korriban, from the Old Republic to the Galatic Empire, and from Darth Bane to Darth Vader; the Star Wars mythology is as expansive as it is loved. Here are the eight greatest Star Wars video games.

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Republic Commando (PC) Review https://www.gameskinny.com/xhi6b/republic-commando-pc-review https://www.gameskinny.com/xhi6b/republic-commando-pc-review Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:06:20 -0400 Elijah Beahm

Bred to be expendable, born as brothers, Delta Squad star in a dark, harrowing version of the Star Wars universe: Republic Commando. Defeat inhuman droids and aliens alike as the Clone Wars rage on around you. Surviving the mission is optional in this hardcore tactical-action experience.

Game: Star Wars: Republic Commando
Platforms: Xbox, PC (Reviewed)
Price: $9.99 on GOG.com
Rating: 9.5/10

The game reviewed was purchased by myself as part of the Star Wars Best of PC Collection.

All materials not recorded by myself are used for the purpose of reviewing under fair-use. All music, voice overs, graphics, and, animation are all owned by their original IP holders.

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May the Bundle Be With You https://www.gameskinny.com/o7hwc/may-the-bundle-be-with-you https://www.gameskinny.com/o7hwc/may-the-bundle-be-with-you Sat, 07 Feb 2015 15:31:03 -0500 Lampstradamus

Humble Bundle is at it again, and they're offering an insane deal for a bunch of games in the name of charity. 

This time around, Humble Bundle is offering up to 12 different Star Wars games, depending on how much you decide to pay.

The gamers who pay any amount of money get Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, and Star Wars: Dark Forces.

Gamers who pay more than $12 dollars get Star Wars Empire at War: Gold Pack, Star Wars The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II.

Gamers who pay more than the average (which now sits at $11.46 at time of writing) get Star Wars: Battlefront II, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, and Star Wars: Republic Commando, with more games coming.

All of the games in total can cost up to $115 dollars, but gamers can pay what they want, depending on how much they might want, or just how much they want to pay. All of the games are on Steam for Windows, and need you to link your Steam account to the site to redeem your keys. Customers can decide where their money goes to from Humble Bundle, to the developers, or to Unicef.

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The Best (and Worst) Star Wars Games on GOG.com https://www.gameskinny.com/0cdtf/the-best-and-worst-star-wars-games-on-gogcom https://www.gameskinny.com/0cdtf/the-best-and-worst-star-wars-games-on-gogcom Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:15:11 -0500 Elijah Beahm

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(Worst) Star Wars: Empire at War

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This was the response to people not liking Rebellion. To put it bluntly, the original release for this game was a farce, with a bungled ground battle system full of awkwardly balanced units, and space combat that favored the Rebels far too often. (Also, the Rebels were favored in nearly every other way as well.) The AI would either rush you endlessly, or do absolutely nothing.

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The sequel, Forces of Corruption, fixed a number of the original game's issues, but also introduced further imbalances, and had an odd issue with frame rate decreases, despite minimal graphical improvements. Even on a modern machine, it can struggle to push a consistent 60 on the lowest settings, whereas the original runs at upwards of 100 near max.

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There is one upside though, and that is that developer Petroglyph made the game HIGHLY moddable. So even if the multiplayer maps were terrible at times, fans could make some of the finest RTS maps you've ever seen (or the most absurd, in many cases). With an integrated chat lobby and friend system, the multiplayer remained the highlight here, and it's worth looking into Hamachi or Game Ranger to play it with a few friends. Other than that though, this game is 100% ignorable.

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(Best) Star Wars: Battlefront 2

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This is the little game that could. It was only given a year for development, had to rush in a campaign at the last minute, nearly had as many tactical features as Battlefield 2, and tried to restore cut ideas from the original game. Yet, even though it had so much going against its core development, Pandemic pulled it off and sold millions of copies.

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I cannot even begin to level with you how active the community base is, nor how much moreso it was back in the day. There's a ton of fan-created content: an unofficial 1.3 patch, a new KotOR era, additional campaigns, and more maps than I can count. I speak from personal experience when I say that all were made with some of the  most damn frustrating mod tools on the planet.

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Game Ranger, Open Spy, and Hamachi support Battlefront II. Until EA/DICE's reboot hits store shelves, enjoy your time with this fine game from Pandemic's twilight years.

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(Best) Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

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This game almost looks like a total conversion mod for Age of Empires II, packaged as a new game. But the power of the level editor and the new ranged-focused combat brought fresh life to the gameplay.

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Additionally, every faction had varied attributes. For example, Gungans could build underwater structures and were the Zerg-like faction, making the species actually useful for once. Every campaign had unique ideas to offer, and the expansion pack tossed in a fair number of hard-as-nails battles to complete.

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Really though, praise must be given to the community. I've lost the link ages ago, but I once played a custom scenario in this game that functioned more like an action game than a strategy game. The creator even made navigation hazards and moving "blades" to navigate around. Others have made old-school RPG inspired levels. Some maps were made for live role-playing with friends. Others tested every ounce of strategy.

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Then there's the ongoing Expanding Fronts mod that aims to make several sub-faction variants to further specialize your preferred means of conquest. Despite being, for all intents and purposes, abandonware, the fanbase has not given up on it yet. Once again, multiplayer is possible through Hamachi and Game Ranger.

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(Best) Star Wars: Tie Fighter

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This game is without a doubt one of the most highly praised Star Wars flight sims in existence. While it's been ages since I last played it, Tie Fighter remains an impressive game. There were hidden objectives, solid (at the time) cutscenes, and a fair amount of story context to tie everything together.

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If the age of Tie Fighter worries you though, X-Wing Alliance is a more modern entry point into the series. While lacking the more unique aspects that Tie Fighter touted, it features a scenario editor, and boasts the best graphics in the series. It also had some civilian missions, a rare perspective in a Star Wars game.

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(Best) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and The Sith Lords

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This game and it's sequel, The Sith Lords, are two of the best RPGs in existence, let alone two of the best Star Wars games in existence. The original introduced us to a new form of action-RPG we'd never seen before, all while weaving a Star Wars tale that was equal parts traditional and new style. It gave us HK-47, the Dance Dance Malak cheat, and an epic story of redemption (or revenge). There's also a fan expansion pack that adds a new companion, and over seven hours of new content, with voice-overs and everything.

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Then The Sith Lords rolls up and offers a dark, introspective, and almost gothic Star Wars universe. Your master, Kreia, stands starkly in the gray, while most Jedi and Sith argue absolutes. As a whole, the game is the exact opposite of the Star Wars prequels. Instead of impressive graphics or famous locations, The Sith Lords is heavily grounded in criticizing both sides of the force. The discussions on cause and effect, and how no matter what we do, something good and bad can come from our decisions, are some of the deepest topics any Star Wars game has covered.

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Unfortunately, the sequel was marred by a rushed development, but modders have seen fit to fix the vast majority of that, in addition to new planets for you to explore. There's even a full, total conversion mod, with a brand new storyline that follows up the first two games.

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(Best) Rebellion

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This is a fairly forgotten 4X strategy sim that Crusader Kings fans will enjoy. Make no mistake, this game is obtuse and vague, requiring you to learn its systems on your own. Once you have it under your control though, it's arguably the most sandbox-like Star Wars game in existence.

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Have Luke duel Palpatine first and leave Vader to rule the Empire? Sure. Or maybe Luke discovers Han has a force sensitivity and trains him the in the ways of the Jedi. Perhaps the Rebels turn to terror tactics and a firm grip equal to the Empire to win the war. Maybe even have the Empire finally becomes a benevolent peace force and favors diplomacy over suppression.

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The amount of stuff you can do through just a few menus and a limited space battle simulator is astounding. Getting to the good stuff will bore those who want an action-packed adventure, but the most patient gamers will find this game to be a treat.

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Niche as the game may be, there's not only a community still playing the game online through Game Ranger and Hamachi, but it's also got modding support too, which you can find here.

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(Best) X-Wing: Rogue Squadron

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This is one of those games I wish hadn't become an exclusive, because it felt so at home on PC with its relaxed, arcade-style shooting and awesome mission design. The campaign primarily stretched from A New Hope up to The Battle of Hoth, but also features a mission set in the New Republic Era of the now defunct Expanded Universe.

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The graphics have aged as much as any other N64 game, but it still holds a lot of charm. Missions are varied, from all-out assaults to interceptions, and even a tense breakout/escort mission. Until now, it hasn't been available on any system beyond Windows XP, but fans with a modern PC can finally play it.

There are also several small utility mods, all the game's cheat codes, the soundtrack, and the original demo, available on ModDB.

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For those of you who don't know, I'm a bit of a Star Wars gaming nerd. Between LEGO and Lucas Arts, my childhood had lots of lightsabers and X-Wings, so I know exactly which Lucas Arts games are stinkers, and which ones are hidden (or not so hidden) gems. If there's mod support available for any of these games, I'll link to it in the descriptions so you can get all your money's worth.

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10 Star Wars Game Easter Eggs You Probably Missed https://www.gameskinny.com/l61ih/10-star-wars-game-easter-eggs-you-probably-missed https://www.gameskinny.com/l61ih/10-star-wars-game-easter-eggs-you-probably-missed Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:50:11 -0400 Elijah Beahm

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In another great homage to Lucas Arts' early adventure game days, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II includes two references to Guybrush Threepwood, protagonist of Monkey Island adventure game series.

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He is both a playable skin (named Guybrush Threepkiller like Force Unleashed protagonist Starkiller) in the game and shown in statue form on Cato Nemodia near another Easter Egg hologram advertising Jabba's Palace. Guybrush's statue points towards the exit of the room he is in, although sadly is one of the non-interactive parts of the environment.

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Technically Star Wars: Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight has three different references to Max from Sam & Max. Lucas Arts had the rights to at the time thanks to working on Sam & Max adventure games, so not only did they hide a texture of Max's face pasted across a wall (similarly hidden in Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire), but they included a "Max Vision" and Max as an NPC in one of the game's levels.

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Max Vision drew strange green lines across all the game's elements, while the NPC could either be befriended by freeing him and his allies from a guard, or made an enemy by attacking him. Max wields the same gun as series protagonist Kyle Katarn, and featured his own custom assets.

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Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds has a lot of Easter Eggs to begin with (ranging from remaking scenes of the original trilogy to Expanded Universe references and dev notes written in the official Star Wars alphabet), but one of the best is a hidden bonus mission in the first mission of the second Wookiee campaign. It could only be accessed by having all the Wookiee workers collect carbon and repeatedly switch roles to drop the carbon.

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While there was no Naboo faction campaign, they appear in a mock-mini mission where you rescue Naboo's queen from Tusken Raiders and Darth Maul. The mission's objective was simply to save her at any cost, so any of the other cast members appearing (including young Anakin Skywalker) could be left to die at the hands of your enemies. Completing the mission gave you a success even if you never were able to complete the main mission.

It's impossible to list them all the various gags and elements hidden in the game, but the sheer number of them is astounding, having more than any other Star Wars game.

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And here is the second hard to find Easter Egg in Star Wars: Starfighter: the Cowboy Droid. Featured in a single mission aboard bonus objective escape pods, most players missed him before their lasers blew him to hell.

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Like many of the games developed around the time of Star Wars: Episode 1, Star Wars: Starfighter had a number of droid gags. However, two were incredibly hard to find, this casual bacon-fancying droid certainly counting as one of those two.

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On the flipside, it may be possible the presence of the helmet is a reference to this similar Easter Egg hidden in Republic Commando itself. A lightsaber with a burned body of a clone are all that remain in the shaft of an under-siege Republic cruiser.

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Upon finding the lightsaber, Boss will stoically comment "A weapon for a more civilized age. Well guess what, times have changed." It was both a great little wink to the original trilogy and a tone setting moment during a level where the majority of your squad has been captured, leaving you outnumbered and isolated in the dead cruiser.

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Hidden exclusively in the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed's demo, above a platform accessed only by a series of crates precariously stacked, is the helmet of none other than Boss, the protagonist from Star Wars: Republic Commando.

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Curiously, the Easter Egg was removed from the final game, possibly hinting an internal wish to see a return of Delta Squad.

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Santa Claus' second appearance would come in LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Saga. Entering two different codes ('CL4U5H' and 'TYH319') would get you Disguise 3 parts for character customization. Using these parts would enable the player to turn their character into LEGO Santa Claus, and use him to to battle either the light or dark sides of the Force.

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As odd as it may seem, Santa Claus (right at the bottom of the image) was chosen as an Easter Egg in the original X-Wing game. He appears in the main lobby so long as your computer is set to December 25th. This wouldn't be his last time appearing in a Star Wars game though...

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The Buick is one of the longest running easter eggs in the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series. Based off of one of the employee's cars at Factor 5, the series developer, it has been featured as both a ground and land vehicle piloted by both B-1 Battledroids and Rebel Alliance pilots. It's license plate bears reference to the car's real life owner as well.

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