As a company that’s defined itself solely around its connection to the films of George Lucas, LucasArts has felt the impact of the bar being raised for games inspired by films. In 2010, the company laid off a third of its staff in one fell swoop following disappointing sales and a middling critical response to The Force Unleashed II. Since then, the only title that’s survived through the company’s doldrums was the ever-popular Lego Star Wars series, but even that was outsourced to a third party developer. Bioware, meanwhile, continued the critical success they achieved with Knights of The Old Republic and late last year released The Old Republic, the first MMO to truly rival World o
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Poorly made tie-ins to popular film and television franchises have given way to stellar titles like Batman: Arkham City, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and the most recent revelation in episodic gaming, The Walking Dead (a game that some critics argue is better than the television show itself).