Dear Gamers of the 100 Hour Board,
I mourn the passing of LucasArts. What are some of your favorite memories of the once vaunted game studio?
-Democritus, who loves Full Throttle and TIE Fighter
Oh, man. You and me both. I loved The Secret of Monkey Island with a such a passion that I feel it's become part of my identity. I used to talk anyone's ear off about it who would listen to me when I was a kid. My parents still call that kind of passion-filled oblivious-to-the-boredom-of-the-listener chatter the "Monkey Island syndrome." I still think it's brilliant, though, so there. I play through it again every few years, and it feels like coming home. You fight like a dairy farmer!
When I finally played Grim Fandango a few years back, I found a game I thought was at least Monkey Island's equal. Which is saying something, considering the serious nostalgia that's weighing in on that equation. The music, the art, the voices, the jokes, the story, the references, just everything. What a solid game.
Every new game I buy I hope will be the same sort of experience, but it never is. Maybe this next one by Double Fine will come close. It's at least a point and click with some of the same creators, right? I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much, though. At any rate, I can always replay my old favorites.
I love so many games that came out of that studio. Tie Fighter is a favorite (The intrigue! The Defender! The long tubey practice courses!), and Monkey Island games are a part of our family vocabulary now. I also recall a few conversations sharing favorite Monkey Island quotes with Uffish during Board parties.
Here's a list of the games I played from LucasArts in order of publishing date:
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- The Secret of Monkey Island
- Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
- Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
- Star Wars: Rebel Assault
- Star Wars: X-Wing
- Star Wars: TIE Fighter (the better of the two)
- Star Wars: Dark Forces
- Star Wars: Rebel Assault II (this one was surprisingly fun, but so hokey)
- The Dig
- The Curse of Monkey Island (my favorite of the series)
- Grim Fandango
- Star Wars: Episode I: Racer (a great racing title)
- Escape from Monkey Island
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (one of the better RPGs I've ever played)
- Star Wars: Battlefront
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
- Star Wars: Battlefront II (family bonding time with brothers!)
- Star Wars: Republic Commando
- Star Wars: Empire at War
- Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
- Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
- Tales of Monkey Island
Each of these games has a special place in my heart. Good times. Hopefully whatever game studios carry on the Star Wars sagas do as good a job. I'm liking TellTale for my adventure game needs recently.
Dark Forces...man, that game was awesome
- Beemer Boy
I really liked the Dark Forces/Jedi Knight series. I have nothing else to say about it, though. Too sad.
I'd like to echo Kassidy's comment about "family bonding time with brothers." I remember my siblings and I spending many an hour playing, and watching each other play, many of those games. I remember most notably Knights of the Old Republic, Battlefront, and Lego Star Wars. I'm not sure which game this was, but when I was younger I really hated the "bad guys" and whenever I was a droideka I would have fun rolling myself into the water and dying...Good times.
I remember playing Star Wars: Rogue Squadron and trying to get as many gold medals as possible (read: beat my brothers) by using the cheat code FARMBOY to unlock the Millennium Falcon and its oh-so-awesome homing concussion missiles.
RIP, LucasArts. May the Force be with you.