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The Canceled Games

Hello again everyone, it’s me LazyStormTrooper again. Today, as a sequel to my article on the State of Star Wars games, I will be talking about the games that were canceled this past April upon the closure of LucasArts. I will only be talking about 1313, First Assault and the social game Outpost as they are the only games we knew anything about.To start I will talk about the only officially announced game which is 1313.

Back in June of 2012 at E3 LucasArts announced their first in-house developed title since The Force Unleashed 2. It was called 1313.The game was going to run on the Unreal 3 engine. From the trailers, we saw that the game’s story was based on a bounty hunter going to Level 1313 in the deep Coruscanti underworld. We saw little gameplay but from what we did see it almost looked like an Uncharted game in the Star Wars universe. But like all the other games I will be detailing today it stopped its development in October of 2012 and later to be canceled in April of 2013.

Now unto Star Wars: First Assault. This game was only truly leaked around March 2013 but we had known that a Star Wars title named First Assault was at least on the drawling boards since early 2012 when LucasArts registered it copyright. Out of these three games I am writing about today, this was the one I was most looking forward to. The bad part was that when it was canceled it was 99% done. The only thing that they had to really had to do left was to release it (this is of course just leaked info). But if it is really done,
JUST RELEASE IT ALREADY!!!

But now let’s talk about the details of the game. The game was a (about) twenty dollar XBLA/PSN first-person shooter multiplayer based game taking place in the time of the Galactic Civil War. Also if the game did well LucasArts would have consider making a Battlefront III (which we are getting anyways now or at least a new installment in the franchise).The game had amazing graphics that looked on par with most games today. It also looked fun to play and even may have had a campaign (We got a cutscene which may or may not have been for multiplayer). And to say again in case you guys up up at Disney did not hear me the first time, RELEASE THE DARN GAME NOW!!!

Lastly the game we know the least about, Outpost. This game was suppose to be Star Wars’ response to games likes of Farmville and FarmTown which have become popular to the casual gaming audience. We have no idea of its price point and while doing research for this post I could not even find anything about it (I originally heard about the game on the ForceCast podcast).

Well that was a quick rundown of the canceled games that we know at least something about.

I would also like to tell everyone that the Republic Sports Radio podcast while be premiering two day from now on Sunday with host Heels and MandaloreYak.

My Top Ten Best Star Wars Games

Hello again! It’s me Lazy and as I promised I am counting down my top ten best Star Wars games of all time (I also said worst but had a troubling time trying to pick the game for that). But before I start I would like to point out that these are games I played or heard about from friends. So you may or may not agree with this list but I encourage you to tell me your choices in the comments below.

Now time for the list:

10 – Lego Star Wars III

The Lego video game series is known for it fun and innovative gameplay. The Star Wars games in the series have been some of the best. The reason LSW III is so high on the list is because that even with its new and improved space battles and it levels following the many episodes of The Clone Wars TV show, it felt to different. The LSW and LSW II were both straight forward games. You had the three movies in each games respective trilogy with six levels for each. But at least for me Lego Star Wars III was just to big.

9 – The Force Unleashed

While this game does get a bad rap is fun to play and has a good story. Getting to be Darth Vader’s secret apprentice and going a slicing up both Imperials and Rebels was extremely fun. Plus with a PT feel set in the OT time period I think that really does help the two movie trilogies fit together.

8 – Angry Birds Star Wars 

Last year right before my thanksgiving vacation I brought this game on my iPod to play in the car. While I had only had played the first Angry Birds game a little bit this game easily got me back into the loop. Also it was very handy at the hotel when my hotel’s wi-fi went out.

7 – Starfighter

While I never finished this this game I did play enough so that I knew it was a good game. Its was challenge and tough and possibly the best Star Wars space flight simulator game since the X-Wing series.

6 – Battlefront II

While this game is number one on a lot of top ten Star Wars games lists I decided to put  here for a few reasons. Firstly, while I love the Battlefront series but I felt this game was really only a DLC for the first. I mean that while their were new levels to play on but still it did not feel too different from the original game. Also for me the HUD was to gimmicky compared to the original’s.

5 – The Old Republic

Man this game is fun. I have not played a lot but when I do I really like. Not much else to say…

4 – Knights of the Old Republic

What is there really to say for this game. You pretty much go though a epic quest with your own character. Possibly one of the best Star Wars stories ever told in a video game.

3 – Republic Commando

Want a version of Halo in the Star Wars universe? Yeah! Want to play as a awesome clone commando? Yeah! Well what is not to love about Republic Commando?

2 – Lego Star Wars II

Lego Star Wars II was the first game I played on my 360 and when I said I played I played hundreds hours of the game. I pretty much grew up playing it and when my first Xbox got red ring this was the game that I was most sad at losing my save file for.

1 – Battlefront (2004)

While I did not put as many hours into this game as Lego Star Wars II I have even more fond memories based around the game. I played it first-person so when I went running though Ren Var (my favorite maps) I felt like a real clone trooper. Let’s just say that this game was awesome.

Now that I am done with my top ten games I would love for you guys to post you own countdowns in the comments below. Either way this is LazyStormTrooper signing out.

The State of Star Wars Video Games

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Hello readers, my name is Lazy Stormtrooper and as a quick introduction to myself, I love to talk about Star Wars (why I am here) , editing videos is one of my favorite thing s to do in life and I love to play video games. So today as my first post I will be discussing the State of Star Wars video games since the Disney buyout in late 2012.

As we all know by now (unless you have been living under a rock), Disney has bought Lucasfilm (which came w/  the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises) and announced Star Wars: Episode VII. After that happened the internet exploded with rampart rumors and speculation and personally I started jumping off walls. But during this time LucasArts which was also brought in the acquisition was quietly put on standby.

When this happened six games stopped their development (along with an online service that was suppose to revolutionize the industry). These games included 1313, First Assault, Outpost, also a open-world RPG, another first-person shooter and a flight-sim.

In March 2013 the news of the of the pause hit fans and gamers alike and it was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in sadness. Pretty much everyone one who was following any of those project were saddened by the news. If these games did well it would be the start of a new golden age for LucasArts. Even notable internet personalities such as some of the cast of the Youtube channel SmoshGames talked about how they were disappointed in the halting of these projects (for them they were mostly looking forward to 1313). But then it got worse.

On April 3rd, 2013, about one month after the news of the “pausing” of the aforementioned projects The Walt Disney Company closed LucasArt’s development division. 150 people lost their jobs and the company was reduced to only about ten workers who would run the licensing department for any new games to be developed from the the series LucasArts used to create/distribute. At this point in time the future of Star wars games were unknown. All of the games that were in development at the time were deemed by the public to be canceled till further notice (still waiting for that further notice). The only news we got in this time period was that a RPG-game set in the Dark Times era was in the concept phases but that was quickly debunked.

Then on May 6th, 2013, Disney made a conversational move and official declared that all Star Wars games in the near-future will be made by Electronic Arts and its subsidiaries. While personally I kinda liked the move as in some of my favorite game series are made under the EA name brand such as Need for Speed, Mass Effect, and Battlefield. But a large number of people did not like the polices EA had in place with online passes and their downloadable content (Note that since the announcement on May 6th EA has halted it Online Pass program for any new games). Then everyone forgot about all of that (for he most part) when EA developer, DICE, announced the reboot of the Battlefront franchise at EA’s E3 press conference.

Now, even though EA’s DLC polices are still debatable the future of Star Wars gaming looks amazing. With legendary developers like BioWare, DICE, and Visceral designing more parts of the Star Wars galaxy to play in it and rumors of a Jedi Knight 3 in development along with Battlefront it looks like we are going to have an awesomely fun next few years.

Come back soon for my top ten best and worst Star Wars games of all time.

Also if you have any constructive criticism or suggestion for what I should write for future posts please tell in the comments. Thank you.