In high school I remember having these long arguments about who would win various lightsaber duels. One variable was that at the time, neither the Emperor or Yoda was depicted as using a lightsaber. The argument was that maybe Palpatine, like, didn’t need a lightsaber? Maybe the lightning was so strong he didn’t bother to carry one? Maybe he was too old for direct fighting? And maybe Yoda was such a pacifist that he didn’t carry one, either?

Then the prequels came along and answered all our questions. And now I wish we could go back to not knowing.

I will say that for people who grew up on Star Wars Original Flavor, Vader’s apprentice seems incredibly overpowered in this game. Mild spoiler: He can eventually face the emperor. I won’t tell you how that turns out, but I will say that the game depicts the apprentice as doing unbelievably well, especially considering that Palpatine fights like a coward and brings in about a dozen extra dudes to fight with him.

Still, fun game.

Also: Would somebody PLEASE implement my dueling gameplay idea? Hit points and lightsabers do not mix.

Shamus Young is the guy behind Twenty Sided, DM of the Rings, and Stolen Pixels, Shamus Plays, and Spoiler Warning. And none of that is his day job.

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