For those of you who didn’t know, before Disney bought and bastardized Star Wars by making everything family-friendly, there was a game that was announced that looked fucking amazing. It was a game about a young Boba Fett, where you followed him on some unknown job to sub-level 1313 on the capital of the Empire (at least I think it’s the Empire by the time of that game). It was a game that took the mechanics from Uncharted and translated them to outer space. Did it bother me that this game was basically a direct rif with different weapons of another game? Fuck no! Watch this demo and tell me if it bothers you.
Did that not look like the most awesome thing ever?! Did you not want to see that?! After how bad Lucasarts games had been, this was almost a breath of fresh air. You had these fun characters. You had a great design. The gameplay looked smooth enough. I will say that the physical fighting was much less impressive than the games it was riffing off of, but still. I would have played that until the cows came home. Especially if there were the hidden collectibles that the Uncharted franchise has. Let me collect and analyze stuff from the Star Wars universe! Let me get to know this character who has such a huge cult following, even though he did nothing cool in any of the original films. His character got so popular that he became a complete boss outside of the main films. Hell, the prequel films sucked, but then you get Cartoon Network’s series: The Clone Wars. And in that, we also had a badass Boba Fett. It’s weird.
Then Disney decided to buy the franchise. And what happens when they buy something – they make it family friendly. Cartoon Network’s series? Gone. A dark and serious war series (that was getting really grim by the end), that’s not family-friendly. Now they have this bullshit “Rebels” series, which just retcons the history that Star Wars: Force Unleashed set up. Oh, wait, they are choosing to ignore the Expanded Universe. Of course. And this amazing-looking game died with it.
This is what Disney does. See, they are an evil corporation that doesn’t give a fuck about creating good content. They want to make money. The newest Star Wars film was proof of this. Unpopular opinion: I think the new film was boring. It was a movie I had already seen before. The effects were better, and the new Death Star could blow up lots of planets instead of just one. But the plot was almost beat-for-beat. I was bored. If only that film had had the guts to do something moderately-original. Like you know what would have been cool – if the “Resistance” had lost the battle. Like they are doing so well, and then fail. That would have been a nice change. And would have gone well with the deal with Han Solo being killed (I’d say spoiler alert, but come one, you’ve already seen it). A grim first act would have set the stage nicely.
Disney can’t just let a good thing be a good thing. They took their marvelous animated film, Fantasia, and turned it into a piece-of-shit Kinect title. Pixar has become a shell of what it used to be. The Marvel movies are getting REALLY boring. There’s a reason that Deadpool was such a breath of fresh air to superhero films. These movies are getting boring and predictable. I liked Guardians of the Galaxy, but even I will admit how consistent that film is to the superhero formula. The difference is that it was funny enough for that to work.
Maybe this is just me getting older and my inner child dying, but I feel like I am gradually losing the ability to let this slip past me. My favorite comic book films this year is the one about the merc with the mouth, the superheroes fighting each other, and a group of villains saving the day. That’s how sad this is getting. Meanwhile, stuff that is original and interesting gets cut off because Disney doesn’t want to risk that their squeaky-clean family image might get damaged by a video game where you have swearing in the Star Wars universe. Oh no!
Though maybe, since people still buy into this garbage, Boba Fett said it best.
Until next time, a quote,
“Fresh air is overrated.” – Boba Fett, Star Wars 1313