The Games That Made Us Gamers: Jedi Power Battles

As part of its annual Celebration of Games Week, the Bits 'n' Bytes Gaming team is taking a look back at the game that, once played, converted them to the videogame cause forever more.

Jeremy Thackray for Bits 'n' Bytes Gaming writes: Star Wars: Jedi Power Battles isn’t exactly what you’d call a classic. For a start, it’s called Jedi Power Battles, which isn’t the the most inspiring title, but more importantly it was a run-of-the-mill hack and slash affair that trampled on canon, offered up bugs every five minutes and mocked your depth perception as you missed that seemingly easy jump for the fifth time. Even in the Star Wars gaming library it is dwarfed; 2 years before its release in 2000, Rogue Squadron was launched, and two years later we would be treated to the defining action experience of the franchise with Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast. Then, of course, it bears the ultimate burden: the words ‘Episode I’ wedged into the title. It sends shivers down my spine…

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