Before Lucasfilm hit the reset button on the Star Wars canon, there were apparently more than 20 million species in the Star Wars galaxy. That number, which I've pulled from Wookieepedia and that Wookieepedia pulled from some Star Wars novel, surely does not refer to an actual list of species created by Lucasfilm over the years. It's too many. Narrow that down to sentient species that have their own wiki page, and it's merely hundreds: Twi'leks and Mon Calamari and Sullustans and Sock-Headed Worm People. In one of the Star Wars novels I'm now only slightly embarrassed to have read as a teenager, a genetically modified Ewok with prosthetic limbs worked as shuttle pilot.What I'm saying is, there's a rich, weird, silly, pretty awesome range of alien species out there for Star Wars creators to draw from, invented over decades of movies and books and comics and games. And yet this is the character Respawn has chosen to lead Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.Seriously? Where have I seen this guy … [Read more...] about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’s protagonist is such a wasted opportunity
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Fans finally got a glimpse at Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars game yesterday at the Star Wars Celebration. Despite publisher Electronic Arts being heavily criticized with how it has used the license thus far, is was saying all the right things. However, the publisher didn’t actually show them during the reveal. There was plenty of talk about how Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order was a robust single-player experience that prioritized gameplay, but all we saw was a glimpse at the story. These cutscenes gave zero clues as to how the game will actually look and play while it’s running. The Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order reveal was an underwhelming way to show that the company was doing the right thing for once. Before the unveiling, the company tweeted out a message to relieve fans that were worried. “No microtransactions,” wrote the company. “No loot boxes. And no, we won’t be adding them. A single-player Star Wars story for those of you … [Read more...] about Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order reveal said the right things but didn’t show them
Star Wars is an iconic series for many reasons, but one of the most important is that it has always had a great cast of characters. The Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order characters will look to follow suit, as developer Respawn Entertainment has lifted the curtain on what friends and foes the young Jedi Cal will encounter during his tale. From cute droids to fearsome looking enemies, this looks to be one of the most exciting Star Wars games ever produced. As previously mentioned, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order will revolve around a Jedi named Cal (played by Cameron Monaghan), that has to hide his true nature due to Jedis being labeled as traitors due to Order 66. He works as part of a scrapper guild that dismembers starships until he eventually becomes a target of the Imperial’s Inquisitors, who are tasked with exterminating all people sensitive to the Force. This turns his life upside-down, and then goes on a journey of self-discovery as he has to learn to trust … [Read more...] about Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order Characters
Back to school This is one of the less celebrated of the classic Star Wars games (now decreed to be non-canonical by the House of Mouse). Don’t get me wrong; it’s no KotOR or Jedi Outcast, but there’s a lot to like under the hood of Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. Or, possibly, inside the tauntaun. The plot of this is pretty simple. Luke is the master of a school for new Jedi. You’re Jaden, a new recruit, just on the way there, but your ship is attacked! In fact, the whole school is! Only a handful of you survive to continue your training, whilst also trying to thwart a nefarious Sith plot. And so on. Your own master is Kyle “Better than Skywalker” Katarn, who, I swear to god, why wouldn’t they have him in the new films? But anyway. You get sent out on various stand alone missions to different planets, some involving some (admittedly pretty loose) combat, others a bit of platforming. Or, y’know, jumping around on Dune-esque sandworms. As … [Read more...] about Have You Played… Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy?
It's an understatement to say that we don't know much about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Respawn's Vince Zampella showed up at EA Play this year before E3 to say, essentially, 'Yes, it exists.' But we have a title, we know it's a single-player game and we know the developer's history—which goes all the way back to the Medal of Honor series—and most importantly, we have opinions about Star Wars (a rare quality). Here's what we're hoping to see when Fallen Order makes its big debut next year. Let us know in the comments what kind of Star Wars game you want to see next.Blasters with Respawn's trademark feel There are few FPS developers working today who know how to make better weapons than Respawn. The studio was of course formed by ex-Infinity Ward devs, who made their bones designing some of the most kinetic and punchy guns ever to grace a video game. I hope the LucasArts licence doesn't stop them from bringing that kind of lethality to the Star Wars universe. I … [Read more...] about What we want from Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order