When Lucasfilm announced it partnered with the video game Konami to release a digital card battle game, I was excited. I’ve always loved trading card games, but the nearest comic book shop is quite out of the way. This was the driving force for me to convert to reading digital comics, rather than buy single hardcopy issues.
When Star Wars: Force Collection became available on Sept. 4, I eagerly downloaded it for free. The online previews were vague, so I didn’t know what to expect. Within seconds though, I got a bad feeling. This application/game was a great letdown. It became abundantly clear this was merely a cash grab for Konami, not only is the game play confusing, but it felt more like a third week workbook prompt from a high school computer programming class.
The guys at Forcecast.net’s The Sabacc Table podcast give a comprehensive review of Force Collection in Episode #6: Virtual Cardboard, downloadable for free on iTunes.com or at ForceCast.net.
My main motivation for giving this game a try was to battle with Boba Fett. Unless you have lots of disposable income, it’s virtually impossible to acquire more rare and popular characters. Not to mention, the game isn’t fun – literally, it consists of endless tapping “cardboard cutouts” of Stormtroopers who never strike back.
Boba Fett does make an early appearance in the “storyline” of the game, wanting your assistance in taking down a target. This rubbed me the wrong way, also. During this era in Star Wars, Boba Fett wouldn’t be recruiting assistance. If you don’t agree to help out, you then battle Boba Fett – a poor execution for a “boss battle.”
I’d love to see a virtual battling card game debut, maybe with similar technology being used by Hasbro’s Telepods. Imagine purchasing an action figure, which comes with a special trading card that could be scanned into a mobile application and used in virtual battles. Now that’s a game I’d love to see.
Force Collection simply piggybacks off the Star Wars name to eat away at our iTunes balance.
A little over a month ago the team at The Star Wars Report Network launched a new podcast, “Star Wars Bookworms.”
While they’ve released only three episodes so far, I recommend this new podcast to any fans of the Expanded Universe – whether you’re a casual reader or hardcore completist.
Designed to review, analyze and discuss the happenings in the Expanded Universe, the team hosted by Teresa Delgado and Aaron Goins show great promise in being not only an informative podcast about Star Wars comics and literature – but they demonstrate a natural skill set for interviewing creators.
The hosts and guests approach each topic in a casual manner, not overwhelming listeners with an overabundance of timelines and facts. It’s much more like the discussions you’d have with fellow friends at your local comic shop or in your living room.
Bookworms released a two part episode in March, where they breakdown both volumes of Blood Ties – the multi-generational comic book that dives into the familial story of Jango and Boba Fett.
One of the most enjoyable and well written Boba Fett stories to be published over recent years, the team at Bookworms give some great insights into these volumes and make a number of interesting points.
If you’d like to hear their thoughts on Blood Ties, along with a fascinating interview with Alexander Freed, writer on the Old Republic video games.
You can download Star Wars Bookworms free on iTunes