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7 months ago

Feature: The best of...

May the 4th be with you – the best Star Wars games

Consider this an apology. We often make fun of the Star Wars franchise here at Rock Paper Shotgun, with posts that belittle and ignore its impact on culture, especially videogames. With something as ubiquitous and admired, it’s easy to be dismissive  of this star-hopping saga. But it is undeniably an adventure that has made millions of people widen their eyes in interstellar wonder. With that…

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1 year ago

Feature: Big Boss

“If you treat them as the enemy, it’s not going to be a good relationship.” Obsidian’s Feargus Urquhart on publishers

Since its foundation in 2003, Obsidian Entertainment has worked with seven different publishers. Commencing with LucasArts on Knights of the Old Republic II, Obsidian has since signed contracts with Atari, SEGA, Bethesda, Square Enix, Ubisoft and most recently, Paradox Interactive. In fact, up until Pillars of Eternity [official site], every single game Obsidian had made was funded and distributed by a different publisher. This is…

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2 years ago

Feature: Use the force (but also some guns)

Have You Played… Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Not only did it allow you to throw your lightsaber across the room and electrocute a bunch of imbecile Stormtroopers until they fell into a big hole, it also spawned one of the most satisfying stories ever written about a videogame. Well done,…

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Have You Played… Star Wars: Rebellion

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. This is a rare example of a 'Have You Played' entry about a game that I had completely forgotten about until RPS readers sent me messages saying, "haven't you played Star Wars: Rebellion?" Yes, is the answer, but I'd entirely forgotten it until…

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3 years ago

Feature: CARDBOARD CHILDREN NEEDS YOU

Cardboard Children: Filming Star Wars Rebellion

Hello youse. In two days time, from publication of this piece, I'll be filming a board game segment for a BBC TV show, and as ever the question is going to be - “how do we best cover board games in video form?” Further than that, the question is going to be - “how do we do it in a 4-minute segment?” Because while board…

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Feature: Nothin' but Staaaaaaaar Wars

The 10 Best Star Wars PC Games

There's no shortage of 'best Star Wars games' features across this nerdly old internet of ours, but the majority focus on console games which don't often stray from the action/shooting category. On PC, we've had so much more variety over the years: sometimes for better, sometimes for very much worse. With the warm reception to the The Force Awakens meaning we no longer need to…

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Feature: A new hope?

RPS Verdict: Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens

Adam, Alec and Pip all went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this week, as did many other people around the world. Yesterday, they discussed their feelings and thoughts about the film in the company of a transcription droid, which produced the following report. Plot spoilers are clearly tagged and hidden, but there are discussions of structure and character throughout so turn back now…

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Feature: The Ewok Experience

Cardboard Children – Risk: Star Wars Edition

Hello youse. Today, RISK. Wait, come back! I'm not – Hey, forget I said RISK. Just – can we – hey, come back! Listen, honestly, friend, I just – YES, IT SAYS RISK ON THE BOX. But listen – please, take your coat off. Please. Give me the benefit of the doubt. Will you give me a chance? I just – look, I shouldn't have…

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Have You Played… Star Wars: Shadows Of The Empire?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. By which I specifically mean 'have you played the first level of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire?' Though the bulk of this 1997 game was a humdrum shooter, the opening mission was a then-astounding recreation of the battle of Hoth, almost two…

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Feature: The Old Republic Awakens?

Impressions: Star Wars: The Old Republic – Knights of the Fallen Empire

Star Wars: The Old Republic [official site] feels like it has lived in the shadows of its ancestors, Star Wars Galaxies and Knights of the Old Republic, doomed to be eclipsed by their legacy. But after a night of playing, when what was meant to be a quick dip into the new expansion turned into a full-blown binge until little rays of dawn peeked through…

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Star Wars: Battlefront – A Yoghurt-Scented Hands-On

R2-D2 smells like yoghurt. In fact, the whole second part of the Star Wars Battlefront [official site] queue at E3 smells like yoghurt. I'm in a group of 40 attendees waiting for our turn to do battle on Hoth in the final play session of E3. I think the yoghurty smell is coming from the copious dry ice, which is swirling around R2's wheels as…

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4 years ago

Feature: Playing both sides

Imperial: Revisiting X-Wing And TIE Fighter

To commemorate the digital release of classic Lucasarts games X-Wing and TIE Fighter [Steam or GOG for the best versions here and here], we commissioned Rob Zacny to take a trip down memory lane and into the laser-singed spaces between the stars. He came back with extensive thoughts as to the quality of the games, and their place in Star Wars lore and legend.

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Feature: Memory And Motion

Why Star Wars Makes For Better Games Than Films

Star Wars started as cinema and ended up as something else - lots of things, from pillow cases to theme park rides. But chief among them, the form that best captures the core of Star Wars now, is games. The last Star Wars I enjoyed watching was released two years after I was born, in 1983, but since then games have given me dozens of…

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Cardboard Children – Star Wars: Imperial Assault

Hello youse. Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a giant box of board game stuff that lets you play two different types of game. One of them is a big campaign thing, with side-missions and a developing story. The other is a skirmish game, where you fling lots of little plastic Star Wars toys on a board, roll lots of dice, and try to come out…

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7 years ago

Harassing Ford: Han Solo Adventures

The trademark infringement is strong with this one. Still, the Lucas Empire has been relatively forgiving of fan projects based upon its galaxy far, far over-monetised, so perhaps this here Han Solo Adventures will avoid a Carboniting so long as it remains a not-for-profit endeavour. Not only does this star Star Wars' most criminally (but also mercifully, as he retains mystique for it) under-served character,…

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Might Be TIE Fightin: Lucasarts Hiring

Lucasarts made many of my favourite games of the ‘90s, a time when I was a very happy gamer indeed. There were all the classic adventure games and then there were the space sims, X-Wing and TIE Fighter. I sometimes forget just how good they were and then I get confused about the fact that I’m not playing a brand spanking new version right now.…

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The Old Republic: This Year, For Deffo

Riding high on the wave of fan contentment generated by news that upcoming MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic will absurdly cost between £45 and £130 (depending on which increasingly bonus-fatted version you want), EA/Bioware have dropped some more major news. Hopefully, this one isn't quite so distressing. Eurogamer brings word from EA of the closest we've had yet to a release date - "the…

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9 years ago

Call Of Duty: A Long Time Ago Warfare

This Lucas-baiting moddery from a team of German chaps aims to recreate Star Warsian combat in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Are Lucasarts still litigious about this kind of thing, or have they eased up nowadays? It does very much look like COD4 with Storm Trooper and Rebel skins, although the Tatooine setting positively scream's Counter-Strike's Dust. But it's got the pew-pew lasers and…

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10 years ago

“Ultimate Star Wars Game” Old Republic Footage

Impressive developer-narrated video of The Old Republic after the jump. It includes the first footage of the game in action, with some dudes thrashing about with their light sabres. More interesting, perhaps, is the continued explanation of story within the MMO, with discussion of your journey towards the light or dark side, and the role of companion characters. There's also a closer look at the…

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