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January, 2008Edit

Battlefront2

Star Wars: Battlefront II is a first-person/third-person shooter where the player can play as one of several factions: Confederacy of Independant Systems, the Grand Army of the Republic (or Galactic Republic, the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance, and several indegenous species on various planets (in Hunt mode). It was developed by Pandemic Studios and LucasArts and released in North America on November 1st, 2005 for Microsoft Windows, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, and the PlayStation 2. Battlefront II expands the original Battlefront missions by adding new characters, vehicles, and weapons, as well as several new levels. In Battlefront II, Heros are playable, allowing the player to play as a Jedi, Sith, or main character from the movies. It also features a new campaign following the progress of the 501st Legion, better known as Vader's Fist, through the end of the Clone Wars and well into the Galactic Civil War. Each mission has specific objectives that must be completed to complete the level.

There are three different single-player modes, as in the orignal Battlefront: Galactic Conquest, Instant Action, and the Rise of the Empire Campaign. Galactic Conquest starts the player as one faction of their choice with one fleet, 1000 credits, and the two basic units (soldier class and pilot class)

February, 2008Edit

JKJAtitle

Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy (JK:JA) is a Star Wars game in which the player is the Jedi Jaden Korr, who is a different gender and species according to the player's choice, during the Cult crisis. Throughout the game, Jaden learns different Force powers. The player has the choice at the beginning of each mission to put one power point on one power and engage that skill. There are Dark Side powers, such as Force lightning and Force grip and there are Light Side powers, such as Force heal and Force absorb, and there are neutral powers, such as Force jump and Force pull that progress on their own over the course of the game. Also, before each mission the player gets to choose which weapons they would like to carry, such as the E-11 and Bowcaster.

Jaden traveled to many well known planets, such as Yavin IV, Hoth, and Korriban, in search of answers about the Disciples of Ragnos. During his travel, Jaden discovers that the Cultist, led by Tavion are trying to resurrect the Sith Lord Marka Ragnos with his scepter. The Cultist had visited numerous locations from Luke Skywalker's journal where he experienced the Force most prominently and drained all the force aura from the area.

Jaden helped Luke and Kyle Katarn, Jaden's master, hunt down the Cultists on Korriban as they attempted to bring Ragnos back to life, but him and Kyle had to stop by Taspir III to rescue one of Jaden's friends who had turned to the Dark Side of the Force. While Jaden was there, he was confronted with the decision to kill Rosh or spare his life. When Jaden spared his life, he was confronted by Alora, Tavion's apprentice. Jaden killed Alora and proceeded on to Korriban, where he confronted Tavion and killed her.

March, 2008Edit

StarWarsBattlefront

Star Wars: Battlefront is a first person shooter where the player can choose one of four factions to play as: the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance, the Confederacy of Independant Systems, and the Grand Army of the Republic, or Galactic Republic. It was released by LucasArts on September 20, 2004 for Xbox, PS2, and PC and is rated T for Teen. The player is able to choose between many vehicles and turrets to aid in conquering the galaxy. The player can also choose between different classes, each with their own special ability and weapons to aid the player on the battlefield.

There are three different single player modes: Historical Campaign, Galactic Conquest, and Instant Action. In the Historical Campaign, the player is given the oppertunity to fight on various planets from the Star Wars galaxy and Expanded Universe during the eras of the Clone Wars and Galactic Civil War. Galactic Conquest enables the player to conquer the galaxy with a faction of their choice, with bonuses given to the player with every planet captured. Instant Action allows the player to revisit every battle playable on the game and choose the faction they with to use to conquer the planet. The player can also create a list of planet that they wish to battle on with the faction they wish.

There are only two different modes, though, for multiplayer: LAN and Internet. With the Internet, the player can join a game with up to 32 other players or just duel it out between them and their friends. Also, throughout the game, the player can choose from up to 30 vehicles from the galaxy, including X-wings, TIE Fighters, Snowspeeders, and even some of the planets inhabitants to turn the tide of a battle and ultimately decide who will conquer the galaxy, one planet at a time.

April, 2008Edit

Kotorbox

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) is a Roleplaying game made originally for the Microsoft Xbox, and later released for the PC. The game was developed by BioWare and published by LucasArts in 2003. A sequel, Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords was released a year later in December 2004 by Obsidian Entertainment.

Set around 4,000 years before A New Hope, Knights of the Old Republic covers the era just after that of the Tales of the Jedi comics, the time of the ancient Old Republic.

KotOR is the first computer RPG set in the Star Wars universe. It uses the d20 System, from the Wizards of the Coast Roleplaying Game rules. The game also allows the player to either be good (light) or evil (dark), using an alignment system that tracks actions, from simple dialogue choices to major plot decisions, aligned to the light or dark side of the Force.

The character moves from planet to planet in search of several Star Maps scattered across the galaxy, which reveal the secret location of the ancient dark side artifact the Star Forge, where the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Malak has been manufacturing a massive fleet to take over the Republic. Throughout the game, the character collects other party members, ranging from Twi'leks to droids to even Wookiees, each of which can help the character in a different way.

May, 2008Edit

Legostarwars2

LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy is a video game released by LucasArts on September 12, 2006. It is based on the Star Wars-themed toy line by the LEGO Group. LEGO Star Wars II is the sequel to the successful LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, and since its release another sequel has been released: LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. The game is available for Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and PC.

There are a total of 114 playable characters in LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, including 58 unlockable characters and 56 characters unlocked by having a saved game from LEGO Star Wars. There are two customizable characters featured, and LEGO Star Wars II includes vehicles in the gameplay, including landspeeders, AT-STs, and speeder bikes.

There are 18 official levels in the game, each with 10 minikit canisters, one Red Power Brick, and at least one Double Score Zone. There are additional bonus levels in each Episode, including the Super Story Mode and two levels where the goal is for one player to collect 1,000,000 studs in under 5 minutes. There are also six bounty hunter missions in the game. In each Episode there is at least one vehicle-based level.

June, 2008Edit

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Star Wars: Clone Wars is a game developed by Pandemic Studios. It was released, for Xbox, on April 22, 2003, and on the GameCube and PS2 on November 28, 2002. It is centered around the characters: Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker at the time of the Dark Reaper Project. It involves a large amount of vehicular combat and a few character combat sub missions. The game begins with the Battle of Geonosis and ends with the destruction of the Dark Reaper on the planet, Thule.

The gameplay is mostly vehicular and primarily is based on the ground, however various missions involve the use of Republic Gunships to transport clone troopers and Jedi. Survival in the game focuses on strafing from side to side to avoid enemy fire whilst returning fire to destroy the targets. Several missions feature speed as a deciding factor to completeing the misssion, such as the escape from the Dark Reaper's blast on the Kashyyyk moon, when the player contolling Anakin must use a 74-Z speeder bike to get away from the blast before it reaches him.

In the single player mode, most planets in the game have two or three missions, however some only have one mission. There are 16 total missions and six planets to choose from and unlock mostly in order. Each mission consists of several objectives, such as destroying a target or protecting a transport, along with two to three bonus objectives, such as protecting all of the transports so none are destroyed. The bonuses are used to unlock extras in the option menu such as a gallery of vehicles, concept art of the levels and vehicles, and various production videos. The two player section of the game has various one on one combat game modes as well as a co-operative academy mode in which the players must destroy waves of enemies.

July, 2008 (remained for August)Edit

Wookie in Hangar Near X-Wing

In Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron there are many different Battlefronts that are fought on. One Battlefront in Renegade Squadron is space. There are seven instant action space battles in Renegade Squadron as well as several game modes in space including Capture the Flag.

The space combat in prievous Battlefront games involves the player manually finding targets and manually landing. Star Wars: Battlefront II improved this by adding a lock-on and auto-target feature, but the player still had to land the fighter manually. In Renegade Squadron there is an automatic landing feature as well as an auto-lock and auto-pilot feature. The auto-pilot feature automatically aims at the target so that all the player has to do is fire. It is still possible to aim and land manually, and during online play, the auto-pilot and auto-lock is disabled.

Keeping Alive in space can be hard do due to the large amount of units in the battle. Staying away from auto-turrets (Unless the player is trying to destroy them) and rolling occasionally often helps to prevent an enemy unit from locking on to the player's unit. If the player varies speed it can help as it decreases the accuracy of any enemies targeting the player. To win in space the player must either destroy all enemy reinforcements or destroy the opponent's capital ship's vital systems.

September, 2008Edit

Engineer battle droid

The engineer battle droid was a B1 battle droid programmed to pilot and repair ground structures and vehicles for the separatist droid army. It was designated with yellow markings to separate it from the rest of the droid army, and had backpacks in which supplies were held to assist them in completing their duties. They were also used as infantry support droids capable of repairing damaged units and providing vehicle or turret support.

As the engineer droid was often close to enemy lines, it was armed with a shotgun which shot a wide spray of shots that could kill in one hit from close range. The droids used F-187 fusion cutters to repair damaged vehicles, droids and structures, they were also known to repair vehicles whilst using them in combat. Using the fusion cutter they could also slice enemy vehicles and pilot them for the confederacy.

The droid could pilot almost any ground vehicle and control most turrets with its extensive Baktoid programming, paid for by the Trade Federation. The Confederacy of Independent Systems also used the droids as a part of their extensive droid army to support other B1 battle droids, B2 battle droids and a wide range of other droids from IG-100 MagnaGuards to Droidekas.

October, 2008Edit

RenegadeSquadron

Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron is a video game that is a spin-off of the Star Wars: Battlefront series of shooters which is available exclusively on the PSP. It was developed by Rebellion Developments and published by LucasArts. It is the third installment of the highly successful Star Wars: Battlefront series and the sequel to Star Wars: Battlefront II.

The game follows the Renegade Squadron, a unit of the Alliance to Restore the Republic organized and led by Han Solo. The game's story mode has 11 missions. The game supports online play for up to 16 players. Renegade Squadron includes several features new to the Battlefront series, including support for 16 player infrastructure online play, and customizable players. Space heroes, as well as hero Capture the Flag, enter Capital Ships (previously unavailable on the PSP), asteroid bases and online leaderboards are also new features.

The storyline is set after the renegade squadron's missions, as Col Serra tells Tionne Solusar of the secret missions the renegade squadron faced so that their bravery may be archived in the Jedi Archives. The renegade squadron fought in many of the key battles in Star Wars, including the evacuation of Yavin 4 and the battle of Hoth. They also took part in the Endor shield bunker raid.

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