New Star Wars 'Battle Pod' Immersive Arcade Game

October 10, 2014

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These are several videos showcasing Bandai Namco's new immersive Star Wars Battle Pod arcade games due out next year. I have every intention of getting good and drunk (possibly bad and drunk) and playing one at Dave & Buster's. Will they kick me out like they did last time? That was a trick question, I didn't get kicked last time, I jumped through a window.

Featuring arcade-exclusive gameplay on a unique dome screen enveloping your entire area of sight, Star Wars: Battle Pod will first be available with a US launch in January 2015 and the global launch to follow. Star Wars: Battle Pod will be available in participating arcades around the country. The game includes five stages that recreate the fiercest battle scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy. Loaded with features and unique gameplay elements, players can experience the impact of the explosions and destruction that will leave them with a sense of actually piloting and taking part in action-packed scenes from the films. Enabling the player to be surrounded by gameplay images and experiences on the dome screen, players will truly take command of the vehicles that appear in the films such as X-wings, snowspeeders, speederbikes, the Millennium Falcon and TIE Advanced.

Sounds promising. How much do you think it will cost to play? $1? $2? I remember when arcade games cost a nickel and you could get a whole steak dinner for 85-cents. You know what I paid for my first car? Nothing, it was a horse and I watched it being born. That was a little intense for me, even at 600-years old. As old as you might get, it never really gets easier watching something squirm out of a vagina -- King Arthur once told me that at the square table. "You mean round table?" No, this was way before that, circles didn't even exist yet.

Keep going for a whole bunch of videos.

Thanks to cityfever and Tom, who have every intention of stinkbombing a pod while somebody's trying to play. Chemical warfare, solid tactic.

  • I immediately dislike this because its an on-rails shooter, but more-so because there are times when he is moving the control stick and the game simply isn't responding to what he is doing with the input. Seeing this happen was making me cringe, if I were to pay for this and have that shit happen I would be fucking livid!

    I hate on-rails shooters because they are tantamount to a theme park ride, where you have almost no control other then looking around while pre-scripted events happen in front of you. I hate this type of "game" because there is an illusion that you are doing something when its obvious you have almost no control over the scenarios and that's just not fun.

  • Conor Ghame

    I'm totally with you bro, but imagine banging princess leia in that pod? THAT'S what I'm talking about!

  • Just imagine R2D2 is flying and you are on Canon only!

  • No.

    That is a completely uninteresting and unenticing proposition. Why in the name of Mitticlorians would I want to be in an X-WING FIGHTER and not pilot the damn thing? That COMPLETELY defeats the immersion and purpose of setting the "game" in an X-WING in the first place.

    That's like offering someone a delicious slice of pie, then scrapping off the insides and only letting them eat the crust that has remnants of the pie filling on it. Totally unsatisfying.

    This is like George Lucas telling us we were going to see Boba Fett in the second trilogy and it turned out we got to see him as a kid before he resembled anything Boba Fett like.

    This is like the Patton Oswalt skit where George Lucas asks if you like ice cream and then hands you the ingredients for ice cream....

  • Amazingly awesome Railshooter! What a Ride!

  • Trevour

    So if you're left-handed, you're guaranteed to die immediately and spend more quarters on continues! It looks fun though, even if it seems like a rebooted version of the Star Wars Trilogy game Sega put out in the late '90s. Those better/faster graphics and domey screens will be worth it I guess.

  • It's far more entertaining reading the comments here; how the Napoleon Dynamites vehemently assert how unimpressed they are.

    "This is OLD and STUPID technology, GOSH."

  • Harley Mann

    looks like its a shooter on rails. there were several times he ineptly piloted into what should have been a crash, but there was a wierd strafing motion.... nothin special here... big monitor... thats nice tho.

  • Gryphon81

    You do realize this is an arcade game that people will be paying upwards of $3.00 per play, right? If you crashed and died with everything you didnt steer clear of people would be pissed that they threw away their money. Im sure youre a Jedi and would never crash though, right? Hows your moms basement working out for you?

  • Doug Eldridge

    This looks like every other arcade game you sit in. Nothing new here.

  • DapperNathaniel

    But you don't understand! This one has a Star Wars logo on it!

  • Dear Geekologie Writer! Thank you for these Videos- i watch them over and over again! More!

  • KrisGifford

    But its STAR WARS so its like way better than the others!

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