Star Wars has not only given us some great cinematic moments, but also some outstanding games. With the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order this week, we thought we’d list ten ways that we’ve yet to play in any of the games – but would love to in future titles!
1: “I see you have constructed a new lightsaber.”
In video games, lightsaber combat doesn’t match what we see onscreen. We’ve been striking enemies with a weapon that can basically cut through anything, yet our opponents have remained standing. We’d love to see realistic (we use this term loosely, of course) combat with the need to block, parry or dodge every attack or risk losing a limb, serious injury or even death.
2: “The effort would kill you.”
Previously when using the Force, it would drain from a separate energy bar. In The Last Jedi, SPOILER ALERT Luke Skywalker projects himself to the planet of Crait, and the strain of using this ability for so long kills him. Why not have the player’s health drop when using the Force? If Force abilities are relied upon too much during duels or combat, this would create more vulnerability to attacks.
3: “Commander, tear this ship apart until you’ve found those plans, and bring me the passengers. I want them alive!”
Horror isn’t really something that we’ve seen so far in a Star Wars video game. What about a horror-styled outing (or even level) where Darth Vader is chasing you down, like in Alien: Isolation? We’d buy that for a dollar (as well as a new pair of shorts).
4: “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
Here’s an idea – a Star Wars title with the gameplay and atmosphere of Rainbow Six Siege. Make thermal detonators something to be feared rather than just a skin for a grenade. The Stormtrooper E-11 blaster rifle – deadly, but with awful accuracy! Even Chewbacca’s iconic and powerful Bowcaster could require charging before blowing holes in walls. Shut up and take our money!
5: “That’s one hell of a pilot!”
We’ve had plenty of games that plop you into an X-Wing. The Millennium Falcon, however, needs a co-pilot, and in order to defend itself, people need to be manning the guns (or playing monster chess!). We’d love to see four friends online, all inside a large ship that requires coordination and teamwork. One pilots the ship, while another is the co-pilot who’s able to divert energy from the engine to the shields (and even put out fires and make quick repairs), while two others are on the guns.
6: “You Rebel scum!”
Yes, Star Wars: Battlefront II started with you as an Imperial special forces officer during the battle of Endor, but shortly after that SPOILER ALERT your character defected to the Rebellion. Imperial fans need a title that has us playing as the Empire and eradicating Rebels throughout the entire campaign. Have us play as a Stormtrooper and bring back the helmet HUD that we had in Star Wars: Republic Commando.
7: “No disintegrations!”
In 2002, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter was released, though we chased just one target in the whole game. So, a bounty hunter outing with the gameplay of the Hitman series, where some contracts require the target to be alive? Sign us up!
8: “His weapon was in the sniper configuration.”
Yes, the ability to slightly customise blasters has existed in Star Wars games before, though we’ve yet to be able to completely alter a weapon. We saw in Solo: A Star Wars Story that the DL-44 blaster is a sniper rifle. Imagine Ghost Recon: Future Soldier or Wildlands ‘Gunsmith’ styled functionality, but with Star Wars weapons…
9: “Everything’s fine here, situation normal.”
Han and Luke disguising themselves as Stormtroopers in Star Wars and Leia posing as a bounty hunter in Return of the Jedi are among the franchise’s most iconic moments. Yet in Star Wars games, we haven’t been able to don disguises. Running away from a group of Stormtroopers and blending in at a marketplace or cantina? We’re in!
10: “Impossible to see, the future is.”
We’ve had titles based in and around the current timeline and the Old Republic, but we’ve yet to see a game set far into the future outside of the Skywalker Saga and presence of the Empire/Darth Vader. To borrow from another epic space franchise, make it so!
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order releases for PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 15.