New Star Wars Multiplayer Might Remind You Of Super Smash Bros.

At PAX, LucasArts is showing off what person after person keeps calling Star Wars Smash Bros. Wrong?

The video I've shot and am showing you here is the offline multiplayer mode in October's Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. And, no, its designer says, Smash Bros. was not the inspiration.

It turns out that creative lead James Clarendon at Red Fly Studio is a fan of many fighting games and drew from inspirations as diverse as SNK vs. Capcom and... The Outfoxies? Clarendon told me that that game is an antecedent of Smash Bros. What he liked about that one is its use of transforming levels.

But if you don't know Outfoxies any better than I do, I think you can think of this as Super Star Wars Smash. Up to four players can choose from eight characters and play them in fixed-screen arena levels. You control combat with Wii Remote and Nunchuk, hammering buttons for attacks, using a dash move for quick escapes and collecting items to charge super attacks.

You can choose from characters unlocked while playing the single-player campaign. The roster includes Darth Vader and Boba Fett as well as characters from Clone Wars, Force Unleashed and other corners of Star Wars fiction. The levels include the Death Star laser tunnel, Jabba the Hutt's sail barge and a big arena that includes a monster than can beat up Rancors.

Last player standing wins.

I played it and enjoyed it. But I did struggle as Boba Fett. His offence is a little weak. He can fire rockets but by default shoots a laster pistol. He can jump and use his jetpack to fly, which makes him tough to catch, but the fact is, he does not wield a lightsaber and he can't force choke.

I shoulda picked Darth Vader!


Comments

    Awesome, that is.

    Is this only on Wii?

    Only 8 characters...? Force Unleashed 1's multiplayer had about 20! (not including the multiple costumes of Starkiller)

    Thats annoying, I would have defiantly bought this if it were on PS3

      Who would you be defying? Do a lot of people tell you that you can't buy games or something?

      And who would you be rebelling against by buying the game?

    Looks kinda cheap, like something you could buy of Live or PSN. Not particularly impressed.

    lucasarts/George Lucas normally sue people for making stuff related to star wars, such as the jedi mind thing that was made (http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/08/george-lucas-presses-lawsuit-button-on-jedi-mind-wireless-headset-company/ ) yet they go and make something that is obviously too much like smash brothers?

      sorta half expecting nintendo to say something to them or about this.

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