Not excited for this game? You will be. [Yoda head nod] You will be.
Zen Studios surprised a lot of people by unveiling Star Wars Pinball. Then the developer went a step further by revealing a February release window. That being the case, we can't wait to get our hands on this sweet-looking title, and while certain features have been announced, we came up with a list of things we'd most like to see.
This is a must. There has to be a way to Force Push the ball into various objects, or even levitate it across hazards. While we're at it, some Force Lighting would be a welcome sight. The Force will be with us, always.
Granted, pinball takes center stage, but there's room for various special effects and set pieces interacting with each other, similar to Zen Studios' Marvel Pinball. On that note, we'd love the developers to incorporate the classic Death Star trench run from Episode IV: A New Hope, the pod race from Episode I: The Phantom Menace and even the Battle of Endor from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, along with a table based entirely around Jabba the Hutt's palace. Score enough points, and you blow up the Death Star? Fight the Rancor? We like the sound of that.
This is probably the safest bet on the list. Zen Studios partnered with LucasArts to create Star Wars Pinball, and odds are good the developers gained access to hundreds if not thousands of audio clips to enhance the pinball experience. "Use the Force, Luke." "Red five standing by." "If you only knew the power of the Dark Side." Imagine listening to that and more while bouncing pinballs around highly detailed tables. Pure fan boy bliss.
Zen Studios already pulled back the curtain on the Boba Fett table, and that can only mean one thing: if the studio is willing to design a table for Star Wars' most famous bounty hunter, there's a great chance other characters from George Lucas' iconic universe will receive similar treatment. We vote for C-3PO and R2-D2, Darth Vader and Yoda. How's that for the next batch of downloadable content?
Less Episodes I-III, More Episodes IV-VI
No offense to The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, but longtime Star Wars fans at large probably have fonder memories of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which is where we'd like Zen Studios to focus the majority of its attention. Yes, the newer episodes have memorable scenes, like the aforementioned pod race and the battle on Naboo, but the classic trilogy is by far superior and should dominate Star Wars Pinball, at least during the first few months.
Our plan for monthly downloadable content: One or two classic trilogy tables, then one from Episodes I-III/Clone Wars. Seems fair to us.