It's May the fourth and it's time to reminisce on the awesomeness of the Star Wars saga!
Did Celebration Anaheim make everyone cry, or was I the only one who did? Who is Kylo Ren?
Who’s leading The First Order? Has anyone thought of cosplaying as Captain Phasma (the “Chrometrooper”) at this year’s Comic Cons yet? And will BB8 and Kylo’s crossguard lightsaber be commercially available in early 2016? These were few of the many questions that had popped into my head a couple of weeks back, when a lot had been given away about The Force Awakens. I for one, am hoping that there would be several big connections between Star Wars Rebels and the new trilogy – and that we might get to see some of its characters in a live action movie. The expanded universe is being extensively reshaped – and it’ll be interesting to see where this takes the franchise in the future. People all over the interwebs are hypothesizing about Kylo’s origins – whether he’s a Sith fanatic who learnt how to use the force from ancient Sith holocrons on Korriban – or whether he’s a Darth Revan-lookalike who’s come out of stasis after a few millennia. Though we know little for now, the months leading up to December 2015 ought to help us make guesses that’d be more conclusive.
The gameplay reveal looked phenomenal to say the least, which shouldn’t come as a surprise seeing how DICE really pushed Frostbite 3 – the same engine that powered Battlefield 4. For those of you who’ve been living under a rock on Tatooine, it’s a reboot of the old Battlefront games – not the third in the series. I didn’t think it’d be disappointing to not have space battles and I’m feeling fairly optimistic about it right now. A small word of advice – do try to preorder Battlefront in order to ensure that you get the Battle of Jakku DLC for free upon its release. The events of the game do lead up to where the movie picks up from, and it’s bound to elevate your impending cinematic experience. However, in light of the fact that Battlefront *won’t* actually have a campaign, it’s unlikely to have much to offer in terms of a story.
May the fourth is synonymous with brilliant Star Wars bundles that shouldn’t be missed out on. Steam’s offering the same fourteen games that it did last year, as a part of the “Star Wars Collection – 2015” – albeit at a much lower price of 23$. If you’re a person who loves
collecting hoarding games that you’ve already played – through dubious means or otherwise, this is one sweet deal that you shouldn’t let go. Personally, having bought them at 33$ last year makes me feel like Jabba’s cut me short in one of his sketchy dealings. Gog.com’s offering the same suite for half a dollar lesser, courtesy its DRM-free policy. And why Star Wars Episode I: Racer wasn’t made a part of the collection is beyond me – it’d been the best-selling sci-fi racing game throughout the 2000s. Judge me if you will, but I’m sticking by my opinion that Podracing is a lot of fun. As Sebulba would say, “Neek me chawa, wermo, mo killee ma klounkee!”
Along with the main collection, Steam’s offering the Lego Star Wars trilogy for a measly 6 dollars. Though collecting blocks for points can get slightly repetitive, the Lego Star Wars series offered a very fresh take on both the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy – and regardless of its mechanical gameplay, the hilarious cut scenes are bound to keep you hooked for more!
Finally, we have the X-Wing bundle at 27$ – a series of outdated space-based games from the 1990’s – which I daresay, could be given a miss. These deals are only being offered till the 7th of May, so you might want to get to your credit cards faster than Jar-Jar could mount a Kuduu.
May the fourth be with you!
Shiv "thed00dabides" Issar
A proud child of the PC master race, this D&D-loving rapscalion grew up seeing his life through the lens of epic quests and consistently seeks out skills that would help him level-up.