Before I start talking about the news that was released today, I would like to say that both me and Hatmonster have been busy as of late. I have been busy with school and Hatmonster has been busy with work. Thanks for supporting the blog, and we will continue to make posts just not as often. Anyways,
If you have not heard the news today, Disney has closed Lucasarts, and all of it’s games currently in development (Star Wars:1313 and Star Wars: First Strike) are still up in the air, and still could be released, but it looks like no one really knows whats going on with each of those games. Lucasarts will exists for licencing purposes, so that means we will probably still see Star Wars games in the future. I would like to talk about my experiences with Lucasarts games and how some of the games have influenced what I like in games today.
The first Lucasarts game I played was Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. I had fun in the first couple of levels, because the game was way too hard for 4 year old me. I ended up not playing as much as Donkey Kong Country or Super Mario World just because of that reason. It’s still really hard for me today, I’m surprised that I even beat the second level in the game. Funny enough, the game was released at one point by THQ, another company that is now no longer around anymore.
The Lucasarts games I played the most was probably Star Wars: Battlefront 1 and 2 for the PS2. These games were very much the Battlefield series. Simply take control of more than half the points on the map to win. You could have gotten Battlefield 1942, but half the fun was experiencing the famous battles in the Star Wars universe. The best map in the original game was The Battle of Hoth. In the games, you actually felt like you were part of the movie, which was pretty awesome. Plus the game was pretty darn good as well, I spent a lot of time playing that game.
Keep in mind this was not the only Lucasarts games that I played before. Star Wars: Battle for Naboo is pretty good, and is a worthy “sequel” to Rouge Squadron. I also played the actual sequel to Rogue Squadron, Rogue Leader. The first mission was the easiest, but it’s the most epic. Another moment where you actually feel like you are in the movies. Lucasarts also funded the first Mercenaries game, which was funny and really darn fun, plus the whole fraction system was cool (though I never liked taking missions that would harm the other fraction. I would get all friendly with them then blow up ONE building by them, and it would take my reputation from friendly to enemy! That means less money I can spend on blowing stuff up!)
There was plenty of stuff I didn’t play (KOTOR I and II, Republic Commandos, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed to name a few) that I heard were good. I’ll probably play KOTOR I and II someday, as for the other games made by Lucasarts, I’ll play them if I run into them in the future.
Lucasarts was a major part of gaming, and I’ll always remember the good times I had with their games. Hopefully we will see release of Star Wars:1313 and Star Wars: First Strike sometime in the future. I’ll remember you, Lucasarts.
What’s your favorite Lucasarts related game? Do you think that either Star Wars:1313 or Star Wars: First Strike will ever be released?