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May 4th Brings Out Star Wars in a Big Way


Jack Gardner

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Fans of Star Wars have made May 4th into a yearly time to celebrate the stories of a galaxy far, far away that have entertained audiences for decades. This year, the tradition continues from scientific exploration done in the name of Star Wars to a 16-bit recreation of the Rise of Skywalker trailer. Let's dive into it all together and see what fans from all walks of life are doing with the series they love. 

 

Star Wars, of course, isn't real. The technology, the powers, the planets, none of those could actually exist, right? One of the coolest pieces to come out in celebration of Star Wars today was an article from NASA. The piece by Arielle Samuelson digs into the 3,900 planets found so far by the agency's research to see if planets like the ones in Star Wars actually exist within the number of verified worlds we have discovered. The results are fascinating and point to a universe where Star Wars really well might be real - if not now or long ago, then perhaps someday. 

 

YouTuber John Stratman, known for adapting movie trailers into pixelated scenes reminiscent of Super Nintendo graphics, chose today to release his latest opus. Having been inspired to remake trailers by the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Stratman decided this year's May 4th presented the perfect opportunity to create a tribute to Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. Stratman based his aesthetic choices for the trailer on the Super Nintendo classic (and tough-as-nails) sidescroller, Super Star Wars. If you're familiar with the game or its subsequent sequels covering the original trilogy, you can see a lot of the inspiration in the sound clips and animations, the jumping animation in particular. He also worked with Amena Kamel to compose the music, giving even the soundtrack for this trailer sound like it came right out of the 90s era of video games. It's gorgeous and great and everyone should see it. 

 

 

Of course, it wouldn't be a day about Star Wars without some fresh deals on old games. From now until May 9th, gamers can find some pretty great discounts on Star Wars games. You can see the full rundown of deals and bonuses on the Star Wars website, but here are the highlights:


Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on iOS and Android has a 50% reduction in price, bringing bar for entry to one of the best RPGs of all-time down to just $4.99. Also, for those interested in mobile offerings, you can snag Zen Studio's Star Wars Pinball for free. The game comes with the option to buy additional pinball tables and the price for those have been discounted down to $0.99 apiece.  plus a number of  tables at a discount price of $0.99. Console players can look forward to up to 70% off DLC.

Star Wars Battlefront II is offering a new appearance, Princess Leia's look in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The in-game cosmetic can only be attained by participating in a limited edition event to capture command posts. The skin and event will only be available in-game until May 6. 

 

The classic edition of Star Wars Battlefront II from 2005 is on sale for PC players for 65% off on platforms like Steam, GOG, and Humble Bundle, but curiously only 60% off on EA's Origin storefront. That strangeness aside, the classic has accumulated a dedicated following of players who swear by the game's superiority to its modern counterpart, so now might be a great time to pick it up and see if it lives up to the hype. Similarly, the PC versions of Star Wars: Empire at War, Jedi Knight Dark Forces II, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga,Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, and the unique and beloved Star Wars Episode I Racer all feature the exact same discounts on PC.

 

Origin Access, the subscription gaming service offered by EA, has also added a dozen classic Star Wars games to its roster of offerings. Now subscribers can play a selection of the greats like Star Wars - Dark Forces and Star Wars Republic Commando, some absolute must-plays if you haven't experienced them before. The full list has been included below:

 

  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy 
  • Star Wars Battlefront II (Classic, 2005) 
  • Star Wars Republic Commando 
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D
  • Star Wars – Dark Forces
  • Star Wars Shadows of the Empire
  • Star Wars X-Wing Alliance
  • Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
  • Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds Saga 
  • Star Wars Starfighter 
  • Star Wars Episode I Racer 
  • Star Wars Rebellion 

 

It's the perfect day to cuddle up with the family or someone special and watch some Star Wars. Of course, if you do so, you are obligated to end the night with, "May the 4th be with you... always." Warning: This might induce groans and eye-rolls. Please use the phrase sparingly and only where appropriate.

 

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