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Galactic Battlegrounds somehow looks both better and worse than it did at the time

Here is a question: do you like Star Wars? My mate Ian says it’s really good, so I should probably watch it sometime. Then again he also said Mad Men was good and that was just people in old suits frowning at each other. Apparently there are some videogames based on this ‘Star Wars’ too. Given it’s such an obscure movie I guess they’re boring art games in which all you can do is like walk and think and rubbish stuff like that? I bet there are no laser guns or evil cyborgs at all, so I won’t bother playing them. I mean, listen to the names: ‘X-Wing Versus TIE Fighter’, ‘The Old Republic II’. The first one sounds like it’s something to with equations, the second one sounds like it’s an Antiques Roadshow spin-off. Honestly, why do they even bother making these not-games for people who don’t like fun?

Anyway, like six of these old hipster indie games have just been re-released on ‘Good Old Games.’ I guess that’s an ironic title or something? They are old though – in fact, three of them are so old that they’ve never been released for download before. I guess the hipsters won’t like them now they’ve gone mainstream. … [visit site to read more]

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Today's Deal: Save 50% on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic!*

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Today's Deal: Save 63% on Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast!*


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Shacknews - John Keefer

In one of the stealthiest launches in some time, Aspyr Media has released a port of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic today for iPad. The original BioWare game came out on the Xbox almost 10 years ago in July 2003.

The new app lets you learn more than 40 Force powers, travel to Tatooine and the Wookiee homeworld, customize characters, and travel between planets in your ship, the Ebon Hawk. Yep, everything you could do in the original game. As a bit of a refresher, the game takes place about 4,000 years before the creation of the Republic and involves the hunt for Sith masters Darth Malak and Darth Revan.

The game is available on the App Store for $9.99 only for the iPad.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

While Star Wars games have become increasingly shoddy over the years, they were once consistently pleasing. In memory of the late, great LucasArts, shut down by Disney, Raven has released the source code of two such games from the Jedi Knight series, Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy. If you missed them in the early noughties, they were the first solid ways to have decent multiplayer lightsaber battles.

"We loved and appreciated the experience of getting to make Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy for LucasArts," Raven said in a statement provided to Kotaku. "As a gift to the persistently loyal fanbase for our Jedi games and in memory of LucasArts, we are releasing the source code for both games for people to enjoy and play with."

The source code, based upon id Software's Quake III: Team Arena engine, is released under the GNU GPLv2 license for anyone. Given what typically happens when developers release engine source, we can most likely expect to see updated versions with fixes and support for fancy modern graphical effects, at a minimum.

Download the the Jedi Outcast source code here and Jedi Academy's there. Raven does note that it may take some tinkering to get things working with the finished game's assets. Which, by the way, have not been open-sourced, so no, the games are not now free.

Announcement - Valve
Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is now available on the Mac!

Take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker. Interact with famous Star Wars characters in many classic Star Wars locations as you face the ultimate choice: fight for good and freedom on the light side or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side.

Product Release - Valve
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II is now available on Steam!

Five years after the events from the award winning Star Wars® Knights of the Old Republic™, the Sith Lords have hunted the Jedi to the edge of extinction and are on the verge of crushing the Old Republic. With the Jedi Order in ruin, the Republic’s only hope is a lone Jedi struggling to reconnect with the Force. As this Jedi, you will be faced with the galaxy’s most dire decision: Follow the light side or succumb to the dark…

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