The Sad State of Star Wars Games – Gaming illuminaughty Skip to content
Published October 12, 2014

As a huge Star Wars nerd and gamer, I’m longing for some great Star Wars games. It’s sad when the best Star Wars games we have to play are all around a decade old. Republic Commando is easily one of my favorite games ever. The Knights of the Old Republic and Battlefront games aren’t too shabby either. However, since the 90’s and early 2000’s, we have yet to get an amazing Star Wars gaming experience.

To some, The Force Unleashed games might be an amazing Star Wars gaming experience. I found the game to ultimately be too repetitive to fully enjoy, but there’s no denying that it had a great story and enough people enjoyed it for it to earn a sequel. If you loved TFU games, good for you. For others, The Lego games may have been all the Star Wars they needed. Hey, whatever floats your boat.

Aside from those titles, all we have gotten is Kinect Star Wars, an MMO, and various mobile titles since the GameCube/PS2/Xbox heyday. It seems as if more great Star Wars games have been cancelled lately than have actually completed their development cycle. The biggest disappointment is definitely the cancellation of Star Wars 1313.

I was pretty impressed from what little footage was released of Star Wars 1313. It had great visuals, fun-looking cover-based combat, and an interesting setting. It looked like it could be the Star Wars game we had been waiting for, especially if it was going to be about Boba Fett. I’m getting sad just typing this.

Plenty of other Star Wars games have been canceled as well. I was inspired to write this after reading about how a great sounding Rogue Squadron game was cancelled. Other cancelled games include Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, a free multiplayer space combat game for web browsers; a first person shooter, Star Wars: First Assault; and a Darth Maul origins game. That’s right; like Boba Fett, another one of the most badass characters in the Star Wars universe almost got his own game. The Darth Maul game was inspired by Batman: Arkham Asylum and the character was described by an anonymous developer as “insanely powerful and deadly, but one or two hits will take you out.” Here is an interview from April with some very early footage of the game:

There is still hope, however, that Star Wars games can return to the glory they once had many years ago. Currently in development is a new Battlefront game from Dice. Also in development is a game from Visceral, developers of Dead Space. Little information is known about this game.

I’m still holding out hope for a Republic Commando sequel and KOTOR 3, both of which were previously planned many years ago but then cancelled. What Star Wars games are you wishing for? What do you think Visceral’s game will be? Drop a comment below!

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