A long time ago in a galaxy far far away Luke Skywalker helped the rebels take advantage of a design flaw in order to destroy the planet killing weapon known as the Death Star, but how did the rebels get the plans for the Death Star in the first place? That’s the story Lucasfilm, now owned by Disney, is telling in the first Star Wars spinoff film Rogue One, directed by Gareth Edwards.
The first game introduces you to Starkiller, Darth Vader’s secret apprentice. Although he does Vader’s dirty work it’s clear that at the heart of it Starkiller’s just a messed up kid. On the surface the story is about a villain who turns good, but if you dig deeper you can see that there are a lot of themes in it that you don’t normally see in games. For example Starkiller’s relationship with Juno is not a love story it’s more like a crush story, because he doesn’t know how to have a relationship with someone, he’s never had anyone that really cared about him.
A sequel seemed unlikely, as the first one left off with Starkiller’s death (or with the non canon ending depending on the player’s choice). The end of Force Unleashed one marked the start of the rebel alliance, which plays a key role in the original trilogy.
The sequel starts with Starkiller, on Vader’s ship, being told that he is a clone; he escapes, and tries to put the pieces of his memory back together while also picking up on hints that he may in fact be the original Starkiller, as clones normally can’t use the force. It remains to be seen whether or not he is the real Starkiller, or just a clone.
The graphics are amazing. At stages it looks almost real, probably the closest that anyone has gotten so far.
If you were a fan of the force in the first one you’ll be glad to know that it’s not just same old same old, new force powers have been introduced, mind control for example, and all the veteran force abilities have been completely reworked. Plus now you can use two lightsabers at once. Try to picture the conversation when they thought up that idea.
‘What’s better than a lightsaber?’
‘Eh two lightsabers?’
And even better news Yoda will in the game.
Interaction is said to be extremely lifelike, but I guess we’ll have to wait to find out. The game comes out on the 29th of October.
Even though no one was asking what happened between the new and original trilogies, the games are so well made that we can forgive Lucas for pushing them on us.
Here are some of the trailers