The Ultimate Star Wars Roster
Still, building the Ultimate Star Wars fighting game needs more than cool features and bonus games. For many of us fans, it’s the character roster and what each of them can do that really matters.
As mentioned in the Features section before, creating the ultimate Star Wars fighting game experience should cover the entire Skywalker saga. This includes having characters from the animated series The Clone Wars and Rebels, along with the Disney + show The Mandalorian, and Marvel’s Star Wars comics. Plus, you could bring back updated versions of characters from the original Masters of Teräs Käsi such as the Gamorean, Thok , or the humorously named Tusken Raider, Hoar.
A characters move list would work similar to a Street Fighter or Tekken style, but include hidden moves that come from using the full joystick in ways never done before including ↓ + → +↑ , ⇑ + Punch or Kick, and/or ↑ + ← +↓.
A fully charged Force meter lets characters unleash a special attack that can obliterate the other opponent in an InJustice-like cinematic style. Or, for some characters like Jedi, a special code can be inputted at the right moment that converts this into an extra life as a Force Ghost.
There are also special attacks that are the Star Wars equivalent to Mortal Kombat, without the extreme gruesomeness. These types of attacks could be reserved for a special mode, purchased with accumulated points, or unlocked after completing a game/mission.
Also, there are certain advantages/disadvantages to playing as certain characters. For instance, a Jedi fighting against another Force-sensitive character can cancel/counter-attack each others Force attack. Plus, Jedi have the advantage of sending blaster shots back against opponents with these weapons, if timed right.
Non-Jedi are susceptible to force chokes and having their blasters bolts sent flying back against them. But, they can level the playing field through other powerful attacks and weapons they wield. After all, a well-armed detonator works just as effectively against a force-sensitive as it does regular folk.
Below is a sampling of the characters I would feature in this new version of a Star Wars fighting game, including both their special attacks and Force Unleashed moves.
Jedi Master, a council member who was second-in-command to Yoda, and all-around badass. He wielded a purple lightsaber and fought using Form VII: Juyo/Vaapad , the most aggressive fighting-style used by Jedi. He died trying to end Darth Sidious’s evil plot for the Galaxy…or, did he?
Force Slam: A powerful force-push that sends opponents flying as if hit by a shockwave.
(← hold to charge + → + Strong Punch to cause the most damage)
Force Kick: A powerful kick that sends the opponent flying into hyperspace (not really).
( ⇒ double tap + Strong Kick to cause the most damage.)
Backlash: This counter to Force-lightning lets you send this aggressive attack back against your opponent. ( ⇐ double tap as lightning/fireball comes towards you and → hold + tap Punch to send it against an opponent.) Note: you need to have your lightsaber out for this to work.
Special Force Unleashed move:
Beat of a Thousand Fists: This devastating attack unleashes a blurring series of punches that leave the opponent pummeled like these poor unfortunate droids.
Jedi Grandmaster and teacher of countless generations. He failed to stop the rise of the Emperor but succeeded in training the Rebellions last hope and son of Jedi Traitor-turned-Sith Lord, Darth Vader.
Hrrm, Catch This: Yoda throws his lightsaber and sends it into his opponent before leaping up and retrieving it. This is a combo attack plus a special move.
(⇒ double tap + Punch + ↓ → + Kick)
Work Against Me, That doesn’t: Yoda catches and either absorbs or releases any kind of energy attack against him, particularly useful against Force lightning. Unlike with Mace Windu Yoda doesn’t need to have his lightsaber drawn to use this defensive/offensive move.
(↓← + hold Punch to absorb incoming energy attacks or ↓← + → +Punch release it as a fireball against opponents)
Special Force Unleased move(s):
Grandmaster Unleashed: Yoda leaps, spins, and twirls his way across the screen hitting his opponents with multiple lightsaber slashes before ending it a screen-shaking Force slam.
Force Ghost: A weakened Yoda can use his Force meter to convert himself over into a Force ghost that gives him an extra edge against his opponent. This could either give the player an extra life/negate a loss or, enhance their attacks for a short while.
Emperor Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious)
Also known as Darth Sidious, this master manipulator not only orchestrated the Clone Wars, but nearly drove the Jedi towards extinction. Although defeated by his former apprentice/enforcer Darth Vader, his evil influence spans the entire Skywalker saga.
Don’t Threaten a Sith Lord: Darth Sidious shows his surprising agility and quickness leaping and spinning with a series of quick slashes, kicks, and parries that ends with a backstabbing attack.
(←↓→ + Kick + ← hold + Punch)
Sith Bomb: Palpatine throws a delayed ball of energy that explodes on his opponents.
(↓→ + hold Punch and release it to let energy ball explode.)
Sith Lightning: His most famous form of attack with different levels and directions he can use it.
(↓← + hold Punch then release it and push the joystick in different directions.)
Special Force Unleashed move(s):
Unlimited Power: Force Lighting unleashed in a furious storm of rage that can obliterate nearly any opponent. This requires a fully charged Force Meter. It can be performed standing up or as a surprise move, in case you were knocked down. The other player can block/counter it though if they have a strong defensive ability such as Yoda or Mace Windu.