“I deliver. Once I’ve caught my prey, nothing stops me from bringing it in – nothing. If I take on the job, I complete it and everybody in the galaxy knows that.”
Zen Studios released the first trailer for its digital Star Wars Pinball game, the first tables including Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Boba Fett and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Starting Feb. 26-27, the games can be downloaded on Xbox LIVE, Playstation Network and through multiple mobile platforms.
The trailer teases viewers with engaging game play, which features fast moving graphics, authentic sounding audio and iconic homage to the original trilogy.
The first trailer introduces the gravely, accented voice of Boba Fett and pans to a view of a vast arena, which includes the Sarlacc Pit; secret doors harboring Stormtroopers, Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader; icons of other bounty hunters; and dozens of moving pieces.
The Boba Fett game will feature several options to execute action. The goal for the player is to complete missions by scoring a certain amount of points, triggering letters to spell out specific words, or hitting various targets – all the while avoiding being sucked into the Sarlacc Pit.
This isn’t Zen Studio’s first venture into digital pinball. After a number of original titles, they’ve released a half dozen Marvel franchise theme games. Officials stated there will be about 10 Star Wars digital tables available planned for this series.
I’m excited to check out this game, once it’s available. This is a fresh way to experience the Star Wars universe and there’s a reason pinball games have been a popular arcade style game for more than three decades. However, I wonder who this game is aimed toward – I feel it will be embraced more so by the original trilogy generation.
I have a feeling Zen Studios is also not quite sure which demographic will download this game the most, explaining their choices in initial releases. The Empire table will appeal to the OT players, the Boba Fett table will demonstrate stand alone character power and the Clone Wars table is probably targeted toward the younglings.
Depending on which of these versions proves most popular will most likely decide which direction the company steers for future releases.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:
Note: The following blog contains SPOILERS to the video game.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II was released as the second installment of The Force Unleashed multimedia project in 2010, which developed the story of Starkiller and the rise of Darth Vader through a mix of books, video games and graphic novels.
As the player, you control a clone of Starkiller as he quests to find the original Jedi’s love interest – Juno. The journey also pits you against legions of troopers, droids and creatures. However, for readers of this blog, the most engaging element of this game is the addition of Boba Fett.
After escaping the cloning facility on Kamino in the first level, a video clip shows Darth Vader recruiting Boba Fett to kidnap Juno and bring her back to Kamino. It’s obvious this is a ruse to draw Starkiller into a trap.
This story is set between Episode III and Episode IV in the Star Wars canon, and this scene establishes more history between the relationship of Darth Vader and the bounty hunter. The scene is haunting, with Boba Fett examining the ruble and delivers the line:
“I’ll need a squadron of Storm Troopers. They won’t be coming back.”
Darth Vader not only gives Boba Fett the troopers he requests, but also equips him with a giant spider droid, which later serves as a formable distraction and opponent to Starkiller as Boba Fett succeeds in abducting Juno and taking her back to Kamino.
Disappointedly, the player never gets to battle Boba Fett, but that’s not the last time we see the bounty hunter. The games finale allows the player to choose one of two alternative endings once defeating Darth Vader at the end of the game.
If you choose the light side – allowing the Rebel Alliance to capture Darth Vader for interrogation – Starkiller and Juno are reunited and board their starship, with Darth Vader in custody, only to reveal the Slave I camouflaged in space debris and then detaching from the floating haul of an enemy craft and pursing Starkiller and the captured Sith Lord.
The Force Unleashed II is a great game, with an engaging story and breathtaking graphics. The gameplay is easy to learn and you’ll have a great time taking out enemies with the half dozen abilities Starkiller possesses, including Force Push, Force Lighting, Mind Trick, Repulse, duel Lightsaber action and more.
Players can also upgrade abilities and unlock various costumes to wear throughout the game – these costumes also carry over into the video clips between levels. There is also a vast array of secret costumes to play in, including Boba Fett’s armor.
You can play as Boba Fett by pressing start, toggling over to “cheat codes” and entering, “Mandalore.” If you play as Boba Fett, you cannot use any of his weapons, but retain all of Starkiller’s abilities.
The Force Unleashed II is available for PS3, Xbox 360, Windows, Wii, Nintendo DS and iOS.