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Sunday, December 28, 2014

What can I expect from Star Wars as a gamer?

Sorry about the last post. Weird stuff going on... Anyways, I thought I'd talk a bit about my favorite series of all time, Star Wars. Being a gamer and a huge Star Wars fan don't gel together well often. "What, are you kidding?" most of you will say. "Knights of the Old Republic was a MASTERPIECE." Lets go ahead and say why that doesn't count. Yes, Knights of the Old Republic (Kotor) IS a masterpiece. Its a well thought out game with a narrative that basically screams "this is why the extended universe kids ass at times" and its garnered its own devout fan base and rightfully so. Bioware is a company I hold dear to my heart as being both well rounded, conscious of their fans but also delivering a solid and sometimes movie worthy narrative in their video games. Why doesn't it count? It was a one time deal. See after that, not much else. Kotor 2 came out and... it wasn't good. Sure, it wasn't terrible. But it was buggy to high hell and there's so much cut content it'd be like if I took the B, L or T out of a BLT. B, L and T make up 33% of the actual sandwich and it wouldn't be the same without one. Fans have gone through the content and released mods putting that content back into the game. And this isn't like on the level of side mission, rather important parts or otherwise things that only made the game better. So, Kotor was lighting striking once. Great game that unfortunately didn't gain momentum.
Sure, there are other games that are decent with Star Wars attached to them but they never really did anything for me. The Jedi Knight series I hear is good, but ultimately I've only played one game of it and I thought it wasn't bad. Of course, there was the mess that was Star Wars Kinect but that's a cheap shot. Personally I don't hate Force Unleashed because I really like the actor who played the main character. "But what about Battlefront!" Ah yes, Battlefront. Good game that boils down to little more than a Team Fortress shooter. Sorry, but it is. The most you can get is the campaign and that does little more than send you around to different battles. Sure, the battles are epic but there's not much variety. When it comes down to it, space battles are the only thing I feel really gets me going for those games. The lightsaber combat is just as clunky as it was in the Knight series but somehow with even less of the depth. So sue me. I'm not really looking forward to the new Battlefront game, most of all because EA.
Oh, EA. Punching bag of the industry. I'm not going to get into this too much. EA can certainly do a good job at being a good company but when it really comes down to it, their track record speaks for itself. I still play The Old Republic from time to time, which is EA's wet dream basically. Star Wars plus MMO. I've probably quit the game at least twice now for a bunch of reasons but they're usually the same. What's to stop them from making Battlefront into a FPS MMO? I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and say, no. Its going to be more like Battlefield and Titan Fall. Just pay and you've got the game. Of course there will be DLC, which I'm fine with to be honest. I think EA is handling DLC better now and in fact, handling it better than Steam in their own ways. With Steam I have to jump through a few hoops to see if I've got the DLC and then get puzzled if I don't have it. Then I need to go on some forums to see that the DLC I didn't get with my Season Pass doesn't include that, which sucks a whole lot. Origin has their DLC in a nice secluded window and you can see what's downloaded, what can be downloaded and what has to be purchased all with a simple click of the button. Don't get me wrong, I still prefer Steam if only the fact that Steam has at least a thousand games for sale as well as programs while Origin probably has just barely hit the triple digits in their library of games.
The hope I had for Star Wars games was punched in the face when Lucas Arts was dissolved and 1313 died along with it, kicked on the ground when I heard EA would handle all Star Wars games and thrown into a grave when I found out that there was going to be a Darth Maul game that was going to be dark and focused on stealth. I just feel like I'm never going to get another Star Wars game I can be proud of. Bioware is sure to be at the helm of any further Star Wars games so I have a sliver of hope. Oh well. I just hope the movies are good.

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