Review: Star wars: Battle Pod


For those that haven’t seen this arcade machine yet, check out the [videos]

Machine wise this is pretty much is a almost sound proof enclosure with a projector using a concave screen with 5.1 sound sound and a fan to move air around you (and to keep the machine from smelling)  along with all the standard hard points to allow the machine to stand up to the riggers of the public.

Game play wise, this is really nothing more than an upgraded version of the [Star Wars Arcade] from Sega.   

Having a screen large enough to see in your peripheral vision was pretty cool, but just a gimmick since none of the action happens on the sides of your vision.   The controls where pretty responsive and something you’d be used to if you’ve ever played an arcade game with a throttle and flight stick.

At 15.8 credits (I played it at my local [Dave and Busters]) I would wait until 1/2 price Wednesdays to even check it out. 

All and all it was a ‘cute’ machine, though I was left feeling very disappointed.  A) it’s a expensive game since you are paying for the experience which isn’t much more then what you would get playing any sit-down game with a shell.  Sega’s ‘Turbo’ would be an [example]
B) It feels like nothing more than an HD update to a game that’s already been in arcades for a while, so not much new their.  and C) Once you beat a level, you need to PAY again in order to continue.    So yeah, you get about 3 minutes of game time and then need to pay the 15.8 credits to continue.   EABOT!   (Eff a bunch of that.)

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