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I have to admit, I’m a little disappointed in Hallmark. After 2008’s clever Pac-Man arcade ornament and 2009’s Galaga ornament, I hoped the series would continue.
But in 2010, the closest we got to a video gaming ornament was a Light Cycle from Tron Legacy. Not that I’m complaining, as the film and gaming are most definitely linked.
This year, it’s another Tron ornament, and despite my hope for a classic Light Cycle, or Tron, or the MCP or a Recognizer, we get Clu’s Light Cycle.
Don’t get me wrong: More Tron is always good, but I was hoping for a little more variety.
But if you really want to stretch for another gaming ornament this year, there is this nice Lego Star Wars one:
After all, the Lego games are most definitely a gaming franchise in itself.
But I’m starting to think I may never get that Zelda or Mario ornament now….
Let’s get this out of the way: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is an incomplete story.
Long time readers are aware of the high praise I gave the original game’s story: The tale of a Sith apprentice turned Jedi who was too powerful to live, that was contained in a one-shot that made for compelling storytelling, was worlds better than the Prequel films, and was neatly wrapped up without messing with the established overall storyline. The new game ends on a cliffhanger, and with The Force Unleashed III reported to be canceled, I doubt we’ll ever see or play the resolution in digital format. It’s a shame, really. While not as strong as the first game, it did have some shining moments.
And yet, Force Unleashed II didn’t have the emotional “hook” the first game had. The cloned (or is he?) Starkiller takes his lightsabers to everything that dares to cross his path. If Anakin Skywalker was off the charts on the midichlorian *shudder* count, there is no register for Starkiller. As I mentioned earlier, he’s simply too powerful to exist in the Star Wars universe, and reining him in might have made for less exciting Read the rest of this entry
With E3 upon us (and oh, I wish I could go this year – I miss going), the trailers come for the drool-worthy games of 2010-2011.
Well, Star Wars is once again on the gaming radar:
Force Unleashed players are forever on the fence. Some loved it, some absolutely hated it, but it sold more than its fair share of copies, and somehow, they managed to pull a sequel out of it, when both endings were pretty much a shut case on the story. Do I call “bull” on the new premise?
I can’t, really. They did it in a way that is plausible to the universe, so hopefully, maybe, they can continue with the intrigue and drama of the first story.
One aspect that was generally praised across table was the story. It really was a better and more compelling tale than the Prequel movies, and if Lucasfilm was wise (and wanted more money), they’d make a new film with Sam Witwer’s Apprentice/Starkiller/Galen Marek character while he’s still the right age and could pull this off.
I found the Xbox’s graphics better able to convey the emotional nuances to the story, but I thought the Wii had the better and more Read the rest of this entry
One of my most favorite movies of all time is The Empire Strikes Back. I think it’s a brilliant film, still free of all of the Prequel and Clone War era nonsense, and it was a childhood favorite of mine. It’s hard to believe that it’s hitting its 30th anniversary this month.
As for Avatar items, I’ve bought one or two in my day, the majority of anything being holiday related, but it’s not a serious interest of mine.
Not just one item or article of clothing that’s kind of cool, or noteworthy. No, they had to go off and make all of these great items, which I am going to fight hard to resist.
And then I saw this:
A freaking pet Tauntaun.
I am so weak. I tried to fight it, but I’m just not that strong.
A vicious cycle, this is. Want my Xbox back, I do.
Or more likely, return to the days of old.
I’ve always been a fan of Lucasarts. I used to love their past library of titles, both computer and console. But it’s been a while since the company has captured my attention like it used to. Sure, I enjoyed the LEGO Star Wars and Indiana Jones games, and actually was a big fan of Force Unleashed (mostly for the story, and barring the Star Destroyer control level). But my biggest love for the company was in the 1990’s with PC titles like Jedi Knight and X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter, and the fare for the SNES, Nintendo 64, and the Rogue Squadron games for the Gamecube.
For quite some time now, Lucasarts has been exclusively focusing on games based off the Star Wars prequels for a while, and as a result, a lot of their original titles just simply went on hiatus. Fortunately, it seems that Lucasarts has been remembering more of its roots over the Summer.
It’s always something of a double edged sword when it comes to a company re-releasing their back catalog. If a company doesn’t release their older, out of print games, then Read the rest of this entry