"Alright sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm! Every meal's a banquet; every paycheck a fortune; every formation a parade...I love the Corps!"
It just encapsulates everything great about George Lucas's epic space drama. I wasn't that keen when they detached the Enterprises's saucer section from the star drive - those effects were a bit ropey - but when it turns out that the Event Horizon actually went to Hell itself...well, I was simply blown away. Vaporised, even. But then I found the microfilm so it all turned out well in the end.
|Sgt. Apone started as a lowly Storm Trooper, too.|
Let it be known at this point that I'm not a hardcore Star Wars fan. Yes, I've seen all the films and I've been stood less than a foot from David Prowse at least twice in the last month...but I'm probably what you'd call a casual fan. I know who Dr Evazan is, but my knowledge of the inner workings of an Imperial Star Destroyer is lacking.
With this in mind, my interactions with the myriad licensed video games is more favourable. I endured Shadows of the Empire and loved Rogue Squadron on the N64. I trudged through Jedi Knight and Dark Forces; I winced through Rebel Assault's grain-o-vision on the Mega CD and attempted to play Knights of the Old Republic on the Xbox. Later, I marvelled at Jedi Star Fighter and the Rogue Squadron games on the Gamecube and so I believe it's fair to say I have a good level of knowledge when it comes to the various games surrounding the franchise. What you may not know (but probably do) though, is that the Dreamcast played host to three different games based on the Star Wars universe, and even though we've briefly touched on each of them before here at the 'Yard, it seemed rude not to
Star Wars Demolition
In Star Wars Demolition the story is that Pod Racing has been outlawed, and in it's place that obese gangster Jabba the Hutt has devised a new way of bringing gambling to his cronies - Demolition. Using various freelancers and mercenaries, he puts on a death match of sorts so that people can bet on the outcome. Quite how he arranges to host a duel on the surface of the Death Star is never explained, but that's the least of this car crash's worries. Pun intended, by the way.
Star Wars Episode 1: Jedi Power Battles
Ah, Jedi Power Battles. The (sort of) game of the movie that everyone loves to hate. I remember playing this back in the early days of the Junkyard and up until now I always thought it was utter tripe to be totally honest. In my memory, it played like a side-scrolling beat 'em up but with none of the finesse of Streets of Rage et al. But in the process of writing this article I have fired it up again with a more learned head on my shoulders...and I actually kind of like it.
Star Wars Episode 1: Racer
This is the best Star Wars game on the Dreamcast. It's that simple. It's also one of the best racers the system has to offer. Sure, it's a port of a game that was already available on the N64 (also a great game, by the way) but the Dreamcast version of Racer is superior in many ways. Initially, I was disappointed upon first learning about the port - I was expecting a home version of the arcade game from Sega - but once I'd gotten over the fact that it is just a higher resolution version of a game I had already loved and lost on the Nintendo format, my affection for it was reignited.
Probably buy them all if you don't own them (they're cheap enough), but if you had to choose one to use as a Storm Trooper shield it would undoubtedly be Demolition. Likewise, if one had to take the place of Han Solo's medal at the end of Return of the Jedi, then it has to be Racer. And while we're using these comparisons, Power Battles would be some half-digested matter falling onto Luke's face as he tries to keep warm inside the cadaver of a Tauntaun.