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PlayStation Plus is reviving a Star Wars game I never knew I needed

PlayStation has confirmed which PS1 games will be added to the PS Plus Premium Classics catalogue in January 2023 and 2000's Star Wars Demolition is among them

PS Plus Premium January 2023 Star Wars Demolition: an image of Boba Fett from Star Wars Battlefront

On January 11, 2023, PlayStation changed my life in a way I never expected it to. Like any mid-month Wednesday, PlayStation took to social media to announce the second half of its monthly PlayStation Plus Game Catalog games – which is nothing out of the ordinary. For PS5 players, the selection of PS Plus Extra and Premium January 2023 games is fantastic. On PS5, great titles like Back 4 Blood, Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, and Jett The Far Shore are on offer. You’ll also be able to play games like Erica, Omno, and Just Cause 4 – all fantastic games in their own rights. However, one game – added to the offering of “Classics” from PlayStation Plus’ Premium tier – has blown my mind. That game is Star Wars Demolition.

If you’re like me and you have absolutely no idea what this game even is, here’s what the PlayStation Blog post has to say about Star Wars Demolition.

“Choose from over 10 iconic Star Wars vehicles and battle it out across eight intense arenas and four game modes. Blast your way to victory with an arsenal that includes laser cannons, proton torpedoes and concussion missiles.”

The premise of this vehicular combat game is as follows: the Galactic Empire has effectively outlawed Jabba the Hutt’s podracing circuits. So, rather than accept defeat, the Hutt gangster opted to create a much more dangerous vehicular sport to replace it – and thus, this demolition derby of Star Wars vehicles was born.

I know what you’re thinking, because I thought the same thing too. How in the heck did I not know about this game before? Well, I don’t know what to tell you, because I am just shocked that I didn’t. But, there’s actually a good reason for that.

Not only was this game released on the PlayStation and Sega Dreamcast in 2000, consoles quite a few people probably don’t remember ever playing on – let alone a game like Star Wars Demolition. This game was also put on blast for its controls and its imbalanced gameplay. However, how can you not be excited to play by looking at this incredible trailer:

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While Game Informer went so far as to say that this should be one game “ejected from Star Wars canon”, this game shouldn’t be dropped into the Rancor Pit yet. Why? Well, because PlayStation Plus might just be saving it.

At the moment, it has been confirmed that the PlayStation Plus Premium Classics release of Star Wars Demolition has been “enhanced with up-rendering, rewind, quick save, and custom video filters”. However, there’s nothing to say some minor gameplay tweaks have been made too. After dropping back into the Toy Story 2 game earlier in the year, I certainly felt like it was easier to play.

But, we’ll just have to wait and see. Either way, this addition to the Classics library on PlayStation Plus Premium is proof that it’s a service worth supporting. It’s not just preserving old games, but it’s also bringing them back into the limelight for a whole new audience. Is Star Wars Demolition going to be one of the best PS5 games you’ll play this month? Probably not. It might not even be one of the best PS5 Star Wars games you’ll ever play. Will it be fun though? How could it not be.