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A frustrating time for Star Wars gaming.
We’re not going to delve into the intricacies of the scandal surrounding EA’s Battlefront II – a scandal that has led some countries to investigate loot crates in video games to label them as a form of gambling. Instead, we’re going to focus on the fact that in the last five years, EA has released two Star Wars games. One of them lacked content; the other was bogged down with controversy and a pay-to-win scheme similar to those found in those mobile games I told you we’d be ignoring.
It’s sad and frustrating that during the early 2000s, when the prequel movies were being released, a slew of excellent Star Wars video games were released to coincide with those films. We got timeless classics like Battlefront II (2005), Rogue Squadron, Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, Republic Commando, Knights of the Old Republic, and LEGO Star Wars.
It’s ironic that video game technology has advanced – our games run better, look better, and sound better – but video games, at least as far as Star Wars is concerned, have regressed. This may be a trend affecting the gaming industry as a whole, or it could be blind nostalgia, but is it too much to ask for a fun video game in 2018 set in a galaxy far, far away?
Nothing personal against EA, but maybe another video game company could do it better. Or perhaps the mere presence of this rumor will light a fire deep within EA’s hyperdrive, and we’ll get to explore a good Star Wars game in the near future.