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Posts tagged “LucasArts”

Feature: Back to school

Have You Played… Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy?

This is one of the less celebrated of the classic Star Wars games (now decreed to be non-canonical by the House of Mouse). Don't get me wrong; it's no KotOR or Jedi Outcast, but there's a lot to like under the hood of Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. Or, possibly, inside the tauntaun.

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Escape From Monkey Island is rubber, DRM is glue

Nobody of even 10% sound mind would argue that Escape From Monkey Island, the fourth in Lucasarts' gaggle of madcap, piratical use x on y 90s/00s adventures, is the highlight of the series. Some people of at least partially sound mind, including our John, might argue that it's not the worst either. In any case, the collector urge is a powerful one - Escape has…

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See Grim Fandango’s cast reunite for a live read-through

The main voice cast and composer of LucasArts' Grim Fandango reunited last night during E3 for a live performance of scenes and songs from the splendid adventure game. The game turns 20 this year, and after all this time it's just lovely to see them having a lark together, reading through scenes, gabbing about the game, and jamming (and singing!) those top tunes. Watch the…

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Republic Commando is on sale and better than you remember

I'm not sure how rare this experience is, but I played A LOT of Star Wars games as a kid without having seen the Star Wars movies. They not only laid the groundwork of my later-fandom, but they also told these side stories that were (occasionally) so well done that I wound up underwhelmed by the films themselves. You know what? Typing all that out,…

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Star Trek Episode 1: Racer rereleased on PC

Though Star Trek fans generally grumble about its prequel series, Enterprise, many will begrudgingly concede that its pod-racing at least spawned a fun video game. That game, Star Trek Episode I: Racer, reappeared yesterday after years lost in the digital Delta Quadrant, added to GOG's catalogue. The digital store are also now holding a big Star Trek sale to celebrate May the 1st as a…

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The Curse of Monkey Island sails to Steam and GOG

While half the RPS treehouse is swabbing the poop deck in Sea Of Thieves, today a truly mighty pirate has returned. Guybrush Threepwood's third adventure, The Curse Of Monkey Island, is now available on digital stores after years lost drifting in the Cybergasso Sea. Until now, the best ways to get ahold of the 1997 LucasArts adventure game were to deal with the freebooters on…

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Feature: Remake or rebreak

When is it OK to remake a classic game?

Adventure game remakes are common. But not everyone likes to see their old favourites revived. Mitch Kocen asked veteran point-and-clickmen Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer, among others, when they think it’s OK to remaster the classics Without intervention, every video game you have ever loved will eventually become unplayable. The technology that enables the next generation of games cripples the last. At some point, systems…

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (the old one) online multi returns

Online multiplayer has officially returned to Star Wars: Battlefront II with the launch of a new update ripping out the Battlefield-y shooter's dead GameSpy techguts. The update is now live for Steam and GOG versions of Battlefront II -- no, EA don't seem to have released a patch for the CD version -- and the pair do support multiplayer between each other, as you would…

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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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Feature: Puttin' My Lips on That

Full Throttle Remastered review

Full Throttle Remastered [official site] is the return of perhaps the most under-appreciated of the classic 90s LucasArts adventures. Double Fine's remastering will hopefully go a long way to seeing it gain a reputation among a new generation. Here's wot I think:

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Vroom! Full Throttle Remastered roars out today

Today I'm wearing my leather jacket and trying to convince Cara to bop me with a plank then toss me into a bin, celebrating the launch of Full Throttle Remastered [official site]. Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions have updated and re-released LucasArts' 1995 stonking adventure game, which Tim Tam led development on back in his LucasArts days. Parts of Full Throttle always niggled and annoyed…

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Full Throttle Remastered rides again in April

The Polecats will ride again, with flash new jackets, on April 18th. That's the release date announced today for Full Throttle Remastered [official site], Double Fine's revamp of LucasArts' fan-flipping-tastic 1995 adventure game about futurebikers. After 22 years, it still has one of the finest openings in games.

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Feature: Digital archeology

The RPG Scrollbars: Old Habitats Die Hard

There's no better way to cause trouble than to talk about 'firsts'. Say for instance that King's Quest IV featured the first female adventure character, and you're probably going to be drowned out by some pedant waving a copy of Infocom's Plundered Hearts in your face. That pedant may even be me. Of course, that's nothing compared to the folly of calling, say, Everquest the…

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Feature: Alec makes Adam play a vintage FPS with horrible levels

Game Swap – Star Wars: Dark Forces

Game Swap is a new series in which one person recommends another a game they might like. This week, Alec suggests that Adam return to the vintage first-person shooting of Star Wars: Dark Forces. Is it really still the best Star Wars FPS ever made? Alec: Choosing a game for our friend in the North is peculiarly difficult, as the bugger’s played almost everything and…

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Have You Played… The Curse Of Monkey Island?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. "It’s important to admit when you’re wrong," wrote John when he revisited The Curse of Monkey Island years after release only to realise it was better than he'd remembered. It's also important to shout about when you're right, though: I always liked the…

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Feature: Rebel rebel

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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Feature: Industry Giant inverted

Have You Played… Secret Weapons Of The Luftwaffe?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. SWOTL is as ambitious as the futuristic flying wings that inspired its title and adorned its box. Today sim devs tend to demonstrate their dedication by spending lavish amounts on flight model development and cockpit recreation. A quarter of a century ago, they…

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