8 Star Wars games we’d like to play
When Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens comes to a theater near you December 18, it will be proceeded by the games Star Wars Battlefront on November 17, and the Star Wars-themed Disney Infinity 3.0 on August 30.
But there are a lot more Star Wars games we’d like to play. Eight more, to be exact. And while Disney — who bought the Star Wars series off George Lucas for what was reportedly a really nice sandwich — has said that all of the old games don’t count anymore, that doesn’t mean they can’t change their minds and make new ones.
Star Wars: Episode VII: Racer
We’re not sure if there’s a podracing scene in The Force Awakens — in fact, we’d bet a lot galactic credits against it — but we’d still love to play another podracing game. Especially since it doesn’t seem like we’ll be getting a new Wipeout or F-Zero anytime soon. Like those games, Racer and itrs sequel, Star Wars Racer Revenge, were fun, futuristic racing games where you piloted a floating ship on twisty tracks while doing speeds way higher than NASCAR, Formula One, or your dad when he’s driving home and really needs to pee.
What to play instead: Wipeout 2048 on the Vita.
Republic Commando II
Easily the best of the prequel trilogy games, the original Republic Commando was a first-person shooter with some light tactical elements, kind of like a sci-fi version of Rainbow Six: Vegas. But while the original game may not be canon anymore, the movies that inspired it still are, as is the Clone Wars cartoon, so it would be easy to do Republic Commando II as Clone Wars Commando, but with the same great gameplay as the original.
What to play instead: Either Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare or the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III, since both mix the action of a first-person with some sci-fi elements.
The Force Unleashed III
This one would be tricky. While the original Force Unleashed and its sequel were fun, and had epic stories that expanded the Star Wars saga in interesting ways, they didn’t live up to their lofty possibilities. Plus, as we’ve noted, they don’t count anymore. But we can fix that. All Disney has to do is say, “Okay, the following games do count,” and include the first two T.F.U. games. Then they need to hire the original game’s writer/director Hayden Blackman back, give him whatever he needs — even if it is a really nice sandwich — and let him finish this saga the way he always wanted to.
What to play instead: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which has both swordplay and Force-like magic.
Star Wars 1313
Announced with much fanfare, and canceled with almost as much consternation, 1313 looked like it was shaping up to be the Star Wars equivalent of Uncharted: a story-driven down-’n’-dirty Star Wars third-person shooter. While we never saw much of it, save for one very cool sequence, what we do know is that it was supposed to take place on the 1313th level below Coruscant, and suffice it to say, that ain’t a nice neighborhood. Though, having said all that, there are rumors that the Star Wars game that's being scripted by Uncharted writer Amy Hennig could be 1313-esque.
What to play instead: The Mass Effect series, which mixed third-person, cover-based shooting and Star Wars-inspired science fiction.
Boba Fett: Hitman
And no, we don’t just mean a game in which Boba has to take someone out; we mean a version of the Hitman stealth action series, but with you playing as Boba Fett instead of that bald guy. Though it would have to be called something different, kind of like how Battlefront sounds absolutely, positively nothing like Battlefield.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject, we’d also like to play Yoda: Fruit Ninja, a third-person duck & cover shooter called Gears of Chewbacca, and Ahsoka Tano: Arkham City with our favorite padawan.
What to play instead: Splinter Cell: Blacklist, a shooter that requires you to be a sneaky S.O.B.
Classic Star Wars Pinball
While Zen Studios have done a magnificent job making new Star Wars tables for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2 that are based on the movies, cartoons, and characters — and are probably working on a Force Awakens table at this moment — we’d still like to play some of the original Star Wars pinball tables that came out when we were kids. Like the one from 1987, the Empire Strikes Back table from 1980, or Data East’s Star Wars table from 1992.
What to play instead: All of the cool Star Wars pinball tables now available for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2 or all of the classic pinball tables that have been remade for The Pinball Arcade.
Knights Of The Old Republic III
While this is yet another series laid to waste by Disney’s canon edict, it’s also one that, like The Force Unleashed, could easily be resurrected. Especially since, like the first two K.O.T.O.R. games, it would be set four thousand years before Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope, and thus would have no impact on the new movies. Our only requirement would be that the developer would have to be BioWare, the studio behind the the first K.O.T.O.R., which most people liked more than the sequel.
What to play instead: Since we already told you to play The Witcher: Wild Hunt and the Mass Effect games, this time we'll say the Dragon Age games, which, like the original K.O.T.O.R., are made by BioWare.
R2-D2: The True Hero of the Star Wars Saga
A game I’ve been trying to get off the ground since I saw the documentary R2-D2: Beneath the Dome in 2001, R2-D2: The True Hero of the Star Wars Saga is a stealth-action puzzle game that shows how Artoo repeatedly saved everyone’s butts during the Star Wars saga. By having him sneak around, as well as well using his considerable hacking skills, you’ll see how everyone’s favorite astromech droid saved Queen Amidala in The Phantom Menace, how he snuck away from Luke in A New Hope, how he helped Princess Leia and Chewbacca on Cloud City during The Empire Strikes Back, and so on. Think of it like Splinter Cell meets Bejeweled but with a Star Wars twist. And a very talkative star.
What to play instead: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, which will be out September 1, but only if you play the entire game with Solid Snake wearing his favorite cardboard box.
What's your dream Star Wars game? Let us know in the comments!