The Star Wars Entertainment Franchise Includes Much More Than Just Movies


The Star Wars entertainment franchise is made of much more than just movies. Over the years, there have been more than 50 licensed games released. Thanks to Lucas’s selective licensing terms, most of these games are considered to be top of the line licensed creations.

The first related game released was The Empire Strikes Back for the Atari gaming console. Since that time, related video games have covered a variety of genres including flight simulations, first person shooters, role playing games, and real time strategy games. Of all the video games released, the most popular ones have been the recent Lego-themed series and the Battlefront series.

2008 was a big year for video game releases. Releases for that year included Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga and The Force Unleashed. These games were released on PlayStations 2 and 3, the PSP, Xbox 360, the Nintendo Wii, and the Nintendo DS.

The Complete Saga game series is based on the entirety of the movies, but the Force Unleashed is based on a period between movies Episode III and Episode IV. In The Force Unleashed you play as an apprentice of Darth Vader and your job is to hunt down and kill Jedi Knights. With the release of Clone Wars there were also two tie-in games released: The Clone Wars — Jedi Alliance; and The Clone Wars — Lightsaber Duels.

Video games are not the only games that are part of the Star Wars franchise, but they have gained popularity along with advancing technology. In earlier years, a variety of trading card series were published beginning with the first Topps series released in 1977. There are plenty of common cards available that are useful for game play, but some of the rare cards are highly collectible and command secondary market prices of $1000 or more.

George Lucas has created an astounding entertainment franchise; not just because of the breadth and popularity of the movies, literature, and licensed works, but also because of the quality of these third-party products.

Source by Shaun Taylor

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