Star Wars: Obi-Wan
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Star Wars: Obi-Wan is a 2001 video game published by LucasArts, one of the early titles for the Xbox console. Players control Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padawan to Qui-Gon Jinn. It takes place in around 32 years before the Battle of Yavin, in the weeks prior to and during the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The game received above average reviews upon its release.
In Star Wars: Obi-Wan the player controls Obi-Wan Kenobi during a sequence of events prior to and leading up to Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The game is unique in that lightsaber combat is controlled using the right analog stick of the Xbox controller. By moving the stick in specific motions Kenobi will swing the lightsaber in a related motion. The character has a variety of Force powers at his disposal. One power provides a version of bullet time, slowing the area around the character, effectively allowing players to attack slowed enemies, or evade to cover. Kenobi will perform a 180 degree turn with the press of a button, allowing the player to instantly spin and attack enemies behind the player character. The game supports a multiplayer mode called Jedi Battle. In this mode, two players can compete as any one of the Jedi characters unlocked. Characters may be unlocked by defeating them in the single player Jedi arena.
At the beginning of the development, the game was intended for a PC release—and was rumored by PC Gamer to be a "sequel" to Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II—emphasizing mouse control of the Jedi lightsaber. However, it was soon scrapped and shifted to exclusive Xbox development, allegedly due to lack of performance on the PC platform. Plans for objective based multiplayer modes and online play were also scrapped. After the release, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance versions were planned but they were cancelled due to other projects by LucasArts. Developers spoke with key figures involved with Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace and crafted each level, and story arc to fit within the boundaries of the universe.
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