The most current Video Game console I have is a Wii bought as a present to myself for graduating from college in 2007. Over the years, the back of my mind has flip-flopped between upgrading from my PS2 to a PS3 or X-Box 360. I have looked at the tantalizingly shiny games and awesome gameplay, but never found anything worthy of expending several hundred dollars on.
And as I have tentatively saved up, other technology and needs have blocked my way. These include, but are not limited to:
- Buying a smartphone
- Upgrading to a better smartphone
- Losing 2nd smartphone 4 months later and having to spend $250 replacing everything
- Buying a Zune MP3 player
- Having Zune harddrive break, and buying a new one for $250
- Buying a Samsung tablet
- Selling back Samsung tablet to help fund buying Nexus 7 tablet
- Breaking Nexus 7 tablet screen last Saturday after a year of use, and so, after doing research that showed that buying a lightly used tablet would be roughly the same cost as buying and attempting to replace the screen, spent $150 on new tablet and accessories
- Buying a laptop when previous laptop fried
- Spilling milk on said laptop a year later, and having to spend about $500 replacing said laptop
- Buying a car (no, I haven’t broken it or spilled milk on it)
- Paying higher car insurance because of buying a newer car
- Buying new tires to replace lame factory tires after only 30,000 miles
- Holding onto my money while I bounce between education jobs for 2 years
- Being uneemployed for 6 weeks while living on my own
(Really, my life is a lot better than this list would make it look, and my luck with electronics really isn’t that bad.)
And now, nearly seven years after its release, I am still a generation behind.
And soon, I will be two generations behind.
And I was at peace with that.
Today, when I discovered this:
Exactly what the PS3/X-box 360 generation has been missing: A good Star Wars game.
First, lets consider my favorite games from previous generations of systems:
- Star Wars: Battlefront II
- Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
- Star Wars: Lego
- Star Wars: Rogue Leader
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
- Star Wars: Podracer
- Dr. Mario – not Star Wars, but a lot of fun
Any game where I can sit in the cockpit of a spaceship, especially in the Star Wars universe, is awesome.
Besides the space battles (which, actually, aren’t my favorite part of the game), Star Wars: Battelfront 1 & 2 key into the giddy joy of running around with a blaster and blowing things up. It is really that simple.
Many, many hours and nights, my brother and I have run across the world of Hoth, my brother usually stealing an AT-AT, and fought for or against the fate of the Rebellion. When I have a rough day, I like to get some chocolate milk and play Star Wars: Battlefront. I have memorized each map just from the sheer number of times playing, and sometimes, on purpose, I like to run around and shoot down my allies.
There is no plot. There is only strategy, dodging, shooting, and, most importantly, fun.
This single game by itself, if worthy of its predecessors, may be the linchpin to my saving up enough money to buy a PS4.
What game has or would persuade you to buy a system? What has been your favorite system and/or game? Do you have hope in Electronic Arts handling of the Star Wars franchise? Isn’t convenient how the release of this game is currently tied to the release of Episode VII?