Monday, June 4, 2012

Star Wars: 1313 Revealed



TFN has the scoop on 1313, the new Star Wars game from LucasArts. News about it has traveled very fast, from speculations about what form of media it would turn out to be to the clips revealed in the last few hours. The clips, played on Spike TV, reveal two (white, male, human) protagonists and some snappy dialogue. I'm obviously less happy about the first than the second.


The game is also M-rated, which makes me wonder what sort of taboos are going to be broken in the normally PG Star Wars universe. The EU has been creeping in a more violent direction since Revenge of the Sith's PG-13 and then the Zombies in Space I mean Red Harvest series, but 1313's setting in the underworld of Corscuant makes other kinds of vice just as possible.

I'm reserving judgement on this one. It's either going to be forgettable, a decent action game, or the next Knights of the Old Republic. Since there don't seem to be a sign of any female characters yet there isn't much else for me to talk about besides the fact that the clunky, numeric title isn't my cup of blue milk. 

7 comments:

  1. Eh, I grew out of the Boba Fett phase I would've needed to be in to think this was an uber-cool idea back when I was 15. I've been more interested in the Jedi and Senate side of "Star Wars" since the Prequels, and see something like this as just another bit of fanboy pandering. I mean, yes it looks cool on one level, but I honestly wonder if any game has the technical chops to pull off the premise well. It's all well and good to say "let's make a game set on Coruscant", but that's a damn planet worth of places to explore. The GTA games have trouble with just one whole city.

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    1. I wonder if the "Boba Fett" phase is over for more people too - I'm not sure I ever had one. I don't know if this game will have an open world like GTA. KotOR did a good job of making the universe feel real, but struggled with individual planets. You make good points. Thanks for the comment!

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    2. YW. I doubt you really can to an open world in the SW universe even on a single planet, unless it's one like Tatooine with lots of open, empty spaces. I'll admit, the PT fan in me is happy that it's a Coruscant based game, even if it looks rather generic.

      Also, is it just me, or do most modern SW game cut-scenes seem completely unlike SW, cinematically speaking? Those trailers for TOR looked ridiculously un-SW, with the pumped up Jedi that looked like juicing WWF wrestlers and all the slow-motion action. Between this and the attempt to rachet up mature content with violence and goodness knows what else, all these SW games and other EU content really doesn't feel like it has much, if anything, to do with the classic 6 films. At least TCW feels legitimately SW.

      Eh. At least the KOTOR/TOR games are foward thinking on same-sex coupling. That's cool.

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    3. I enjoyed the TOR cinematics. Although they did feel more flashy than the saga, the powers displayed didn't have as much overkill as TFU. I'm happy if they can reach a balance.

      I don't think TCW feels very much like the OT. It sidelong mentions serious issues (slavery, for exmaple), but glosses over them in favor of hackneyed storytelling. The OT managed to tell good stories while still being kid-friendly. However, my dislike of TCW is well-known, so you can take that opinion with a grain of salt.

      I'm interested in the Coruscant setting too - "Level 1313" reminds me of the underworld from Darth Maul: Shadowhunter. For me, what matters is the characters that inhabit that setting and whether they're interesting (rather than, or in addition to, being "pumped up". :P ) We'll have to wait and see!

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    4. When I say that TCW feels legitimately SW, I'm not just talking about the OT-- obviously being a show that's set in the PT era and showcasing a lot of Jedi action, it makes sense that it would favor the more recent trilogy. But moreover I'm talking just the cinematic style of the show, which is something apart from the scripts-- maybe it's because they frame the episodes in 2.35:1 originally (would that they were shown that way on CN), and maybe it's because Lucas has been there supervising with Filoni, but they do a good job of matching the epic, but not flashy directorial vision of the films. That's the thing that bothers me about a lot of the modern SW video-game cinematics-- they look less like they're shot in the style of SW and more like the style of something from the past 10 years, an "Underworld" or "Lord of the Rings" clone in SW drag. But then I dislike both of those things, so grain of salt, there.

      By and large, I like what they've done with TCW, but get frustrated with how much I'd like to see these people do something original, instead of just rehashing the same pre-existing characters and situations (I felt the same way with Dini and Timm's glorified "Batman" shows and stuff related to it). Likewise, occasionally I hope that we see a non-"Avatar" series from the "Korra" people at some point, but at least they're all broadening their own universe instead of somebody else's.

      And anyway, I'm never going to play any of these SW games, so it's all moot for me, anyway. I would really be better off complaining about how the new "Metal Gear" game doesn't feel enough like MGS, or asking where the hell "The Last Guardian" went.

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  2. Personally, I'm looking forward to slightly darker Star Wars stories. Death Troopers and Red Harvest are pretty high on my list of well-liked books, trumping more than half of the Legacy of the Force series. In fact, I'm HAPPY that it's deviating slightly from the original 6. There is so much more to the Star Wars universe than: podrace, Battle of Naboo, Clone Wars, Darth Vader, Galactic Civil War. Also, there are plenty of Star Wars geeks like me who would love a little more mature content, so long as it isn't gratuitous.

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    1. Thanks for your input! No matter the content, I'll probably play it if it's a good game.

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