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Obi-Wan From Being Stuck On Xbox


There’s a Star Wars activity out there that is challenging to engage in in 2024 mainly because, for whatsoever explanation, it stays trapped on the tough-to-emulate OG Xbox without having any official remakes, remasters, or backward compatibility help. That video game is Star Wars: Obi-Wan.

Final week, Lucasfilm Games and Aspyr declared a remastered edition of 2002’s Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, a sport that very first released on PlayStation 2 and GameCube. The new remaster is set to update some of the textures, boost the lights, and even add a new flashlight choice, also. That all sounds superior, and I’m psyched to see nonetheless another previous Star Wars sport brought to far more contemporary platforms. Even so, seeing Bounty Hunter get the remaster treatment method designed me think about Obi-Wan on Xbox, a game that launched just a calendar year prior to Bounty Hunter that’s however trapped on the first Xbox console over 20 years soon after its launch.

In 2001, two a long time soon after the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Lucasarts released Star Wars: Obi-Wan as an exclusive recreation for the Xbox. This 3rd-individual action video game starred, you guessed it, Obi-Wan Kenobi and was equally a prequel to and retelling of the Phantom Menace movie.

It is not a fantastic game, to be very clear. But it showcased some fascinating ideas—like working with the ideal adhere for lightsaber combat—and supplied a entertaining way to working experience the initial Star Wars prequel prior to Assault of the Clones hit theaters in 2002. Besides, it is not like Bounty Hunter is an unbelievable video activity, possibly. Nonetheless it is finding a new remaster (following getting launched on PS4 as a PS2 classic by now), although Obi-Wan on Xbox is remaining guiding.

How to enjoy Star Wars: Obi-Wan in 2024

Star Wars: Obi-Wan by no means acquired a Computer system port, was never unveiled on PS2, and has never ever been updated to help backward compatibility on Xbox A person or Collection X/S. If you want to play Obi-Wan you have a person very good possibility and one particular undesirable alternative.

The fantastic solution: You go obtain an OG Xbox and a duplicate of Obi-Wan. Set it up and there you go, you are actively playing Star Wars: Obi-Wan. Very well, which is assuming the Xbox you bought is effective correctly and the copy of the recreation you obtained isn’t as well ruined. (Luckily pre-owned copies of the activity are not incredibly pricey, so if you have to purchase two of them it will not break the lender.)

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The poor solution is emulation. I love emulating game titles! I’m not in opposition to it at all and I assume supporter-designed emulators are an important section of sport preservation. So when I say emulating Obi-Wan is bad, I want to be clear that it’s not simply because I’m in opposition to participating in previous online games working with 3rd-celebration software program. No, enjoying Obi-Wan on an Xbox emulator is negative due to the fact it sucks and is (as of this creating) not a great working experience.

If you enjoy on CXBX-Reloaded, a supporter-made Xbox emulator, you may possibly be equipped to make it through the sport, but a lot of gamers have documented crashes, graphical bugs, and other issues that spoil the practical experience. I’ve also tried to play Obi-Wan on XEMU, a unique Xbox emulator, and experienced even even worse luck—I could not get earlier the second degree. Though some players have been ready to tinker adequate to get Obi-Wan working perfectly on CXBX, it is still not an perfect way to participate in the sport.

Assist me Lucasfilm Game titles, you are my only hope

So now, here’s my plea: Another person at Lucasfilm Online games, remember to get hold of Nightdive Studios, Aspyr, or a further developer that’s very good at reviving old games and spend them the dollars to bring Star Wars: Obi-Wan to more platforms.

Cleaned up and running at 60FPS, Obi-Wan would be a reliable hit on consoles like the Switch. In addition the Star Wars prequels are at present experiencing a renaissance among the enthusiasts who grew up viewing the movies. Excitement for prequel-period information is at an all-time substantial in 2024 and I think a well-completed Obi-Wan port or remaster would be a slam dunk.

And if which is not probable, at the very the very least it would be wonderful to get the match ported to Personal computer so admirers can continue to keep updating it and modding it very easily for years to appear. Or anyone at Xbox flip the switch and make this matter backwards appropriate on Xbox One and Collection X/S consoles. I’d take that at this point!

But what I actually want is a wonderful remaster. It would conserve a aspect of video clip activity heritage and rescue a Star Wars video game from being neglected. It is seriously a acquire-get predicament and it’s about time Obi-Wan will get the remaster he deserves.

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