In a galaxy ... right here actually, Lucasarts has a dedicated team working on the DS version of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Splitting development responsibilities in this way seems to be paying dividends -- both the Wii and DS editions, seen here in this Entertainment Weekly video, are looking accomplished.
It helps, no doubt, that the games are based on the accompanying animated TV series. The stylized characters from the show may not keep every hardened Star Wars traditionalist happy, but they certainly translate well to the DS, as shown above. There's a brief glimpse of the stylus-driven lightsaber fights, and the developers discuss the importance of teamwork between fellow Jedi. Now all you need are the right styli.
For the Padawans out there looking for more, know that the game's project lead, Feargus Carroll, recently spoke with IGN. He details the story, which has Count Dooku joining force with the Nightsisters, whom are described as "Sith Witches with Force powers and Lightsaber skills." They have nasty things planned for the Jedi and it's up to the player to stop them with the six available characters, which are Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, Plo Koon and Kit Fisto.
Feargus also talks a bit about the stylus-driven controls, stating that just about everything will be controlled with the stylus. Movement, attacks, Force powers and just about anything else you can imagine is utilized through the stylus. It sounds ambitious, but it's been pulled off once already.
All in all, we're excited for Lucasarts' DS entry. What say you?
For one, we know that the DS version will have its own story, despite the fact that Clone Wars is also coming to the Wii. Since the games plan to take the series in different directions, they also have different subtitles: the DS version is known as Jedi Alliance, while the software for the Wii is called Lightsaber Duels.
Aside from the fact that Jedi Alliance will (obviously) utilize the touchscreen and stylus, LucasArts also boasts about the player's ability to pair up Jedi Masters and Padawans. For example, you can team up Anakin and Obi-Wan (but that seems too obvious). The more you develop the relationships between your pairs, the more powerful they'll be together. Different pair combinations will also feature different abilities, meaning that you'll have to replay some levels with new teams if you hope to unlock everything. Lastly, the game will support drop-in/drop-out wireless co-op play.
All in all, it sounds like a neat little title. We only hope that it looks a little better than the screen up top -- granted, the resolution is blown up, but it didn't look so hot in its natural size, either.
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Eventually, we could see something in the way of these classic titles on the handheld, whether it come from the homebrew community or a reputable company with a long history of titles, so we would like to know what you'd want on your handheld? What are you favorite adventure titles? What would you like to play again on the DS?
IGN has uploaded a nice variety of trailers for LEGO Indiana Jones. The trailers show off different aspects of the gameplay, including using Indy's famous whip to navigate through environments. Aside from that, we also get to look at the game's retelling of a very famous scene from one of the films, as well as other game footage. After giving the videos a watch, we're convinced that we want to get our hands on this.
Head on past the break for the other videos. After that, read IGN's hands-on writeup of the game.
It's a little light on the DS side, instead offering up screens and other media from the console versions of the game, but there's some nice concept art to look at, as well as a link to a demo of the game you can play on your PC. That's something, right? Right?
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed will supposedly employ a third-person perspective when playing the game, much like the console versions, but there will be 2D animated cutscenes instead of the highly-detailed snippets found in the game for consoles. Moving your character around will be handled with the d-pad, while interacting with the game will be handled primarily with the stylus. Also, there will be a multiplayer mode allowing for up to four players to enjoy over wireless, though further details on that are not currently available.
Sounds good to us, we hope the control scheme can be pulled off. We'd like to be able to kick ass with The Force outside the comfort of our own home, as well as within in.
In giving the game a play, Joystiq found that the title was not only impressive from a graphical standpoint, but also found the controls to be adequate. They're of the mind that the game should satisfy fans come the title's launch on November 6th.
While we don't know that we'll be able to boast this title on the DS yet, as no platform has been announced, it just seems like a natural fit. We'll keep an eye on this developing story!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
Who doesn't know that phrase? Trekkies, that's who. Trekkies and those lost to games of DnD for the last 30 years.
Honestly, it is a little sad that the epic tale of Skywalker has come to an end. But, one must remember that it is only the movies that have ended. The games can go on and on.
LucasArts has teamed up with Ubisoft to create Star Wars: Lethal Alliance for the DS and PSP. The game is set in between Episode's III and IV and centers around Rebel Alliance fighter Twi'lek Rianna Saren and her droid Zeeo and their quest to get the Death Star's blueprints.
Ubi has kept really quiet about the game's features for the DS and the PSP. A multiplayer mode will be available and a ton of familiar faces like Darth Vadar, Princess Leia, Bobba Fett, and Dark Forces and Jedi Knight's Kyle Katarn will show up now and again.
The game sounds good on paper but maybe they could port it to home consoles? That way, not a single Star Wars fan will be left out.