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LucasArts at E3:
Stronger than Ever!

Tucked away on the second floor of West Hall (once again in room 518), LucasArts allowed access to the limited few with appointments made well before the E3 madness.  For the third year running we made our way into this intimate space, expecting to be intrigued--instead, we were blown away.  Yes, there was evidence of platform-porting reruns and console-specific titles; however, LucasArts has some GREAT BIG THINGS heading our way on the PC, in fact they're so big that room 518 couldn't hold 'em all!

Okay, first things first.  Ported to the PC is Super Bombad Racing, an arcade kart-style racing title, and Star Wars Starfighter, a five-star game that looks even better on the PC (where it was originally developed for the PS2).  Moving from the PC is Escape From Monkey Island (yet another five star game) for the PS2.  Finally, other titles for console gamers include Obi Wan for the Xbox, Star Wars Racer II for the PS2, and Star Wars Rogue Squadron II for the GameCube.

The big news on the PC front starts with Star Wars Battleground, an RTS title built on Ensembles AOEII, The Age of Kings engine.  It's be difficult to imagine there's anyone following LucasArts and Star Wars franchise that hasn't heard of Star Wars Galaxies, but did you know about the expansion?  There's big news in the RPG genre with the announcement of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (so fresh there's no images yet available).  Finally, there's the announcement of Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II (also very fresh but with five exclusive screenshots released here for the first time!) Here’s a closer look at each of them, along with a peek at just one of the Jedi Knight II screenshots:

Star Wars Battleground

Star Wars Galaxies

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars Jedi Outcast: Jedi Knight II

 

Al Wildey

 

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