(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – LucasArts has left us, moving off into a galaxy far, far away. Disney signaled the move last week, with the company agreeing to license Star Wars gaming titles instead of developing them in-house.
The shutdown follows Disney’s buy of LucasFilm for $4.05 in October. “Both current Star Wars games projects have been halted,” noted LucasFilm representative Miles Perkins via a BBC report. OUCH! And while, LucasArts may be gone, the company’s legacy endures. Below we highlight some of our favorite Star Wars games from the now defunct developer:
TIE Fighter (1994) – This game really laid the groundwork for modern flight simulators. Originally made available for DOS and Mac, Tie Fighter lets the player assume the role of Imperial Pilot. After playing this game, perhaps you’ll find yourself rooting for the dark side next time you watch the movies!
Star Wars: Dark Forces (1995) – First person shooters were increasingly becoming a big hit as the mid-90s neared. In 1995, LucasArts unveiled Dark Forces, a title in which the player assumes to role of Rebel Alliance mercenary Kyle Katarn. Unlike the above listed, you’ll instead be fighting against the Imperials.
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (1998) – Differing from TIE Fighter and other titles, Rogue Squadron took a more arcade-like approach to the simulator experience. The game became a hit on Nintendo 64 along with having availability for the PC. In this title, you’ll find yourself flying around classic Star Wars settings including Mos Eisley spaceport. Rogue Squadron was followed up with two succeeding games.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003) – If you’re looking for a great Star Wars RPG, look no further than this title – initially made available for PC, Mac and Xbox, the game delves deep into the beginnings of the Jedi.
Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (2002) – Jedi Knight II expands greatly on what was started with Dark Forces. Graphics appear better and in-game combat is super realistic. Critics praised the title’s plot which again features Kyle Katarn.