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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:26 am    Post subject: Which Star Wars video games have you played and liked? Reply with quote

Whill has given us several threads about defining the Star Wars experience in our introduction to the D6 RPG, the novels, and our first experiences with Star Wars. So, I thought I would bring the conversation to a different medium.

I remember my first experience with Star Wars gaming was with the Empire Strikes Back game released for the Atari 2600 in 1982. And though I loved the game, I could hardly call it a defining moment in my video gaming experience.

I think the first time I really felt like a game really captured the environment for me was a little over a decade later. I was following the release of X-Wing months before it hit the shelf. When it was finally released in the spring of '93, I felt transported to a galaxy far far away. Granted, the music and graphics are primitive by today's standards, but the fact that the sound track responded to your actions (providing uplifting music when completing mission goals, or ominous music with the arrival of the Empire), it really captured the Star Wars feel for me. Granted, much of it was wish fulfillment, being able to pilot an X-Wing as it is anything else. I mean, since I was five I was pretending to shoot down TIE Fighters, and the game brought some life to that imagination.

I'd played a few other Star Wars video games through the years. I bought the Star Wars cartridge for the NES, and of course played TIE-Fighter in college. But technology advanced and my computer didn't keep up with the times. So, I didn't do much in the way of Star Wars gaming for a while. (As such, I never played X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, but I hear it was grand multiplay fun.)

However, I did pick up Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight and Jedi Outcast well after their release. Though I enjoyed Dark Forces II, the one that really brought home the Star Wars feel was Jedi Outcast. I'm not sure if it was the integrated soundtrack or whether the play control was just less frustrating. And even though I thought some of the ideas in the game had jumped the shark (especially being able to use both Dark and Light powers without repercussion), I thoroughly loved the game, and felt that I was living in a Star Wars adventure.

Though I spent time revisiting my favorites with their later incarnations (such as X-Wing Alliance and Jedi Academy -- especially Jedi Academy's multiplayer options), I don't think I got entirely hooked again until Knights of the Old Republic.

KOTOR had a wonderfully immersive story line, and re-created so many things that made Star Wars fun. The fact that you could play through the story as a PC RPG adventure was excellent fun. Great characters, customizeable character options, fantastic original soundtrack, and just plain good fun made this one a favorite for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got hooked by X-Wing, but it was on a friend's computer at a time that I didn't have a real computer to play it on. (I had a Commodore 64 Laughing ). I also didn't hang out with that friend all that much.

I really got into it with TIE Fighter, many years later, when the game was essentially obsolete already, compared to contemporary games. (I had a 286 just when the Pentium was the thing to have.)

When I finally got a computer that was contemporary with its times (this would have been in the late 90s), I got that first-person Jedi Knight game. I forget the name of it. It was alright, but first-person shooters are not really my thing.

A year or so ago I played a bit of Empire at War, which I enjoyed for a bit, but then it got somewhat repetitive. For whatever reason, I didn't really take to EaW: Forces of Corruption.

That's pretty much it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a old video game grognard. My dad had a used Pong game on their tiny black n' white bedroom TV but my brother and I weren't allowed to play it without his supervision. I feel video games reached their pinnacle with stand up arcade games, and home video games reach theirs with Atari. (I never got a first gen Nintendo due to me still mourning the loss of the joystick.) I'm not much of a video gamer, and my manual dexterity is not what it once was. I did play a few SW games over the years but I have a short list.

Stand-up Arcade games
Star Wars (Original when I was a kid - I believe this was only the first Death Star trench run with graphics similar to the movies's tactical display but it's hard to recall.)
Star Wars "trilogy" game (I don't remember what it was called - In more recent years a local movie theater had a game with scenes from all 3 classic films that I played a few times.)

Atari 2600 (my family owned as a child but it's long gone now)
The Empire Strikes Back (side-view, destroy AT-ATs in a snow speeder)
Jedi Arena (top-view lightsaber dueling that used paddle controllers)

SNES (a roommate had, I beat all these games)
Super Star Wars
Super The Empire Strikes Back
Super Return of the Jedi


PlayStation (a roommate had)
Rebel Assault II
Masters of Teräs Käs
i (loved this game)

Nintendo 64 (a friend had)
Shadows of the Empire
Episode I: Racer


PS2 (a roommate had)
Battlefront (I didn't play much - I think this was probably too hard for me)

Jakks Pacific Plug It In & Play TV Games
Revenge of the Sith (I own - Too hard!)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2014 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, i started with the older Arcade stand ups for SW and ESB. Then the newer one which has the trilogy on it.
For Pc (and console) i loved playing rogues squadron on nintendo 64, Xwing, Tie fighter, Xwing vs Tie fighter, Xwing alliance, Dark forces, dark forces 2, Jedi outcast, and Empire at war.
Base tie fighter, and Xwing vs tie (especially the balance of power add on) were always my 2 faves.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I loved the SW trench X-Wing game too, but lived far from an arcade and my quarters also had to cover Galaga and a couple other doozies of the day.

I think my next foray was into SW:Rebellion, which I played for many, many, many hours. Kind of a silly game, and I don't think I ever finished but I loved it.

I also ended up with TIE Fighter at some point, and I really loved that because it seemed to be the first time that an Imperial point of view was really accessible. Makes the rank and file less cartoony-evil, I think, and it enriched my SW games a lot (and my SWU design) in the future.

Since then, I'm more or less off video games after a few too many lost weekends with Civilization or other feeder bar games. I realized I lack time for RPGs, so any game time I invest should go towards that. I still occasionally play a game here or there, and have a baseball text sim I play quite a bit, but I always feared MMORPGs so although I'd love to play the SW version I didn't want to watch my life go down the tubes. Not saying that's inevitable, but given my experience with some real time sim games I didn't want to find out.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have played a lot of Star Wars video games only four did I like to play over and over. The line graphic x-wing from the 80s, battlefield, Lego Star Wars, and Lego Star Wars two.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barrataria wrote:
I loved the SW trench X-Wing game too, but lived far from an arcade and my quarters also had to cover Galaga and a couple other doozies of the day.
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For me, gauntlet was the most quartered arcade game.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

griff wrote:
Lego Star Wars, and Lego Star Wars two.


Oh, yes! I forgot what wonderful fun they were. I co-op played that with my wife for I don't know how many hours.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first couple Lego Star Wars movies are pretty good, but I've never played the games.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

garhkal wrote:
Barrataria wrote:
I loved the SW trench X-Wing game too, but lived far from an arcade and my quarters also had to cover Galaga and a couple other doozies of the day.
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For me, gauntlet was the most quartered arcade game.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Star Wars video games were my primary experience in video games growing up. Heck, even when I played Civilization II (back when you could still create your own civilization), I was Bail Organa of the Alderaanians, and every city was a SW planet name. Smile

The Dark Forces series remains a special favorite (including all expansions), both Jedi Knight, and Outcast... which, along with TRON 2.0, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, and the original HALO, basically compose my quartette of 'perfect' First/Third person games, and for me the pinnacle of all gaming, ever. Smile (That is actually not hyperbole; I am serious.)

One of my other favorites was Star Wars: Rebellion... I liked the expansiveness, the fun cut-scene movies that feel like a nice reward... even the clever defeat endings. And nice graphical destruction of iconic ships in visually interesting ways for the victories. It is a classic, with lots of great mechanics, fun EU references, nifty details, and fun gameplay (except for the starship battles, which admittedly sucked). In fact, I just bought a fresh copy of this game at the thrift store last week... just in case my son would ever want to give it a play-through.

Rebel Assault II was another favorite- gameplay was just 'okay,' but it felt and looked like getting another OT movie, and that makes it awesome in my book. A lot of cool stuff we'd never seen before in that one (as well as the disappointing revelation that someone had already thought of cloaked TIEs. Oh well... there went my first fan-fic!)

Republic Commando is great, too. The LEGO games are awesome (of course). I love the IDEA of KOTOR... I just haven't had the time to actually invest in playing it yet. And Behind the Magic (both for the Deleted Scenes and the Stormtrooper Weapons Tests) was a childhood favorite.

Episode 1 Racer and Racer's Revenge are at a lower tier, but still quite enjoyable. Battlefront was cool for a while, but then seemed to kinda take over Star Wars gaming, so I started to resent it a bit. TFU was good gameplay, but I couldn't stand the story.

Super Star Wars is a classic, but not a favorite because it is too hard for my limited gamer-skills. Still, I will always have affection for watching OTHERS play it. Smile Same with the Original Trilogy Arcade game, the X-wing games (those TIEs move to fast- I can never hit them! Ever!) and Rogue Squadron games. I did play and beat the Gameboy version of ANH and the NES ESB... I was pretty proud of that. Smile

My dream-game (I would buy ANY system that this is realeased on) remains a ROTS-game-style adaptation of all six movies (possibly just porting and updating the graphics on the TPM game), including the expanded side-quests and stuff-you-didn't-see missions. Full next-gen graphics and ROTS/TFU-refined game mechanics to a playable, expanded version of all six film storylines? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! Wink (if only they'd make it...)
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I preferred battlefront 2 to the first.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been enjoying The Old Republic lately, especially because of the voice acting. And it's pretty, too.

Although I've played just about every Star Wars game available, these are my favorites:
Knights of the Old Republic - simply awesome! Great companions, fantastic story.
TIE Fighter - it's glorious to serve my Emperor.
X-wing Alliance - not only do I belong to a family of Traders, I'm a Rebel, too.
Dark Forces series - Kyle Katarn: commando, Jedi, superhero. Really enjoyed the live-action scenes in Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight.
Rebellion - good or bad, it's nice to be in control. And Zarm, those cutscenes are great! My favorite's the capture of Coruscant. What is that Corellian ship?
Rebel Assault 2 - again, gotta go with Zarm, it's a passable game, but it's a great movie!
Battlefront 2 - clones and stormtroopers, oh my!
The Force Unleashed - super-antihero Jedi one-man wrecking crew.
Star Wars Trilogy Arcade - best coin-operated game I've played.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RyanDarkstar wrote:
And Zarm, those cutscenes are great! My favorite's the capture of Coruscant. What is that Corellian ship?


I don't know- but it's great, isn't it? Here's what a commentator on wookiepedia said:
"I've looked everywhere for a match, but have found nothing. The very best suggestion I've read is that it's a "heavily modified YT-2000", which is clearly not true.

In my opinion, it looks much more similar to the CEC VCX-820 escort freighter (note the shape, 8 autoblasters, 2 side-turrets, cockpit placement, etc) with additional dorsal & ventral turrets and one large engine in place of the VCX-820's rear turret/two smaller engines. However, the VCX-820 only came into production during the NJO era, so would not have existed during the game's timeframe.

It can therefore be concluded that this ship is an entirely new model.

My best theory is that this mystery ship was a member of the VCX series as a forerunner to the 820, produced sometime after the VCX-350 light freighter, and perhaps even after the VCX-700 heavy courier. This production timeline can be derived from the VCX series' progressive use of Autoblaster technology (which came in during the Galactic Civil War).

The 350 had no autoblasters, then the 700 had one, then the mystery ship had eight, as did the 820 (produced many years later).

I'm new to Wookieepedia, but provided there are no objections to my reasoning, I'd very much like to draw up my first article on the "VCX-800 Escort Freighter". I feel I've earned the right to do so after all my research! =)"

Maybe we could get Fallon Kell in to model and stat it? Wink
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