It's May 4th, which is often considered a Star Wars holiday. Get it? "May the Fourth be with you." It's a play on words, but it serves as a decent reason to talk about Star Wars and take the wraps off of a Star Wars video game.
Here are some additional thoughts, based on what I talked about in the video:
-- Atari's Star Wars coin-op was the first video game based on the movie that I ever played. It's interesting to note that players can go for high scores quickly by choosing to begin on higher waves. I almost always picked the highest; while my game wouldn't last too long this way, I could routinely get past a couple of waves and get my initials on the scoreboard. It was, to me, a sacrifice worth making.
-- The three Atari-published Star Wars coin-ops can also be found on Star Wars Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike for the Gamecube. Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back are games that I often go back to here, even though the Gamecube controller just isn't as precise as the wheel/stick combo on the arcade cabinet. Rebel Strike isn't that expensive, and I do recommend it for your Gamecube library (if you don't already own it). It's not quite as good as Rogue Leader, but the game does have a multiplayer version of that game as a feature... which is a nice touch.
-- I do miss Circuit City. There were two locations close to where I live, and I often found deals on PlayStation 2 games there. I also bought my PlayStation 3 and my first HDTV there back in 2007. Sadly, it's another chain-- like Comp USA, FuncoLand, Game Crazy, Electronics Boutique, Babbage's, Software Etc., and so on that are relegated to my memory now. I won't forget them.
-- One of the neat things about Rebel Assault II-- at least in my view-- is that the actors in the game got to wear costumes from the films that hadn't been worn in years. There's also a new model of TIE fighter introduced that I think is a really sweet design. I've always liked TIE fighters more than X-Wings. Weird, I know.
That's it for now-- thanks for watching and reading, and look for more videos soon!