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Star Wars Battlefront

Bullet point: Star Wars Battlefront has 12 multiplayer maps


You know, aside from DLC
May 04
// Jordan Devore
In writing about designing the lava-spewing planet Sullest for Star Wars Battlefront, EA DICE let it out that the game will contain 12 multiplayer maps. "Some of the maps support our epic modes like Walker Assault, while othe...
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Go to bread

May 4 brings space battles to I am Bread, but the spaceships am bread


Go to bread
May 04
// Steven Hansen
I am Bread hams a good egg, if you know what I mean. I expect maybe one person to follow my pinballing free association, but I was hanging out with mio cugino da Roma yesterday, and there's your one hint. Anyways, in the spi...
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Disney Infinity Star Wars

Stars Wars looks all Clone Wars-y in Disney Infinity 3.0


Ahsoka and Annakin
Apr 30
// Jordan Devore
Star Wars and Disney Infinity, together at last. As reported by DisKingdom and ComicBook.com, a German retailer listing has pinpointed an August 20, 2015 release for Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars on Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360...
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Destiny

Here's the top picks from this week's PlayStation Store Europe sale


Hope you like dem zombies
Apr 29
// Vikki Blake
Sony is serving up selection of tantalising treats in this week's PlayStation Store sale. If Star Wars, shooting zombies, and, er, replaying the same missions over and over again are your thing, pay attention. The Deal of the...
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Game News Haikus

Game News Haikus: Guitar Hero Live, Star Wars Battlefront, emotional reviews, and more


Zen distilled stories
Apr 21
// Darren Nakamura
The biggest story last week was Mortal Kombat X's handling of downloadable content. Warner Bros. should relinquish itself of its greed and earthly possessions. That is the first step on the path to Enlightenment. In this ser...
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Battlefront

This might be what Star Wars Battlefront's first- and third-person views look like


Have it your way
Apr 20
// Brett Makedonski
Striking while the iron's hot, EA's already released the first developer diary for Star Wars Battlefield, which was announced last week. The video's full of the type of information that should make any series fan giddy: DICE...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront will lack space battles


At least Star Fox is still coming this year, right?
Apr 17
// Jed Whitaker
The official Twitter account for all things Star Wars from EA confirmed today that there will be no space battles in Star Wars Battlefront. When asked "space battles or not" EA responded: We’re focusing on air battles ...

We got a first look at gameplay from the new Star Wars Battlefront

Apr 17 // Mike Cosimano
[embed]290584:58214:0[/embed] Star Wars Battlefront (PlayStation 4 [previewed], Xbox One, PC)Developer: DICEPublisher: Electronic ArtsRelease Date: November 17, 2015 During the preview event, we were shown what DICE claims was pre-alpha PlayStation 4 gameplay. It all felt too staged to be a live match, but there was just enough roughness to the visuals that I could maybe buy it. The gametype we were shown was called "Walker Assault," which was not explained in depth but seems to be an asymmetrical mode similar to Battlefield Hardline's "Heist." The Empire has an AT-AT, and the Rebels are activating Uplinks to summon Y-Wing bombers so they can destroy the AT-AT? Maybe? It wasn't explicit, but that's what I took away from both the match & the pre-rendered trailer we were shown. The Endor map also feels too detailed; there's too much going on visually and it feels like the camouflaged Rebels will have an enormous advantage. The other major thing I took away from the gameplay video was how much it looked like Battlefield, even with the Star Wars trappings. That's not to say it's a re-skin of Battlefield 4 or anything; it's just that the game looks almost exactly like how you'd expect a hypothetical Battlefield Endor game to look, right down to the experience gain. Battlefront gives you a 25 point bonus for a headshot, eh? That sounds familiar. Even the gun sway animation feels like a holdover from the recent Battlefield titles. However, all of that changes in third-person. For me, Star Wars Battlefront has always been a third-person shooter. It looks like players will be able to switch at will between the two modes of play. Heroes and villains will make a return, as we saw at the end of our demo when Darth Vader showed up and annihilated the player character. Boba Fett will also be playable, because this is a Star Wars thing. There's currently no word as to the rest of the game's roster, but I'd have to imagine some of the new characters from The Force Awakens will make an appearance. If DICE insists on gametypes with limited respawn tickets, a super-powerful character laying waste to an enemy team would certainly reduce average match times. One thing we didn't see was any specifics how ship-to-ship combat would be implemented. The reveal trailer included footage of dogfights, but I am very concerned by the lack of space combat gameplay being shown. I remember when I realized I could break into the enemy ship and sabotage it from within in the original game. How cool that would be with the 40-player count DICE is citing for Star Wars Battlefront? In fairness, there is a criminal lack of dogfighting in videogames these days in general. At this point I'll take just about anything I can get, especially if the fights are accompanied by that iconic TIE fighter scream. At the end of the gameplay demo, Battlefront design director Niklas Fegraeus took the stage to discuss some of the more technical aspects of the game. He showed off something called Dolby Atmos 3D, which just amounted to slightly better sound rendering. I bet if you've got a surround sound system or some killer headphones, that'll make you a very happy person. Most of my online gaming happens with the volume off and a podcast on in the background, so an otherwise indistinct difference in sound just didn't grab me. What I did find interesting was the mandatory part of the conference where the licensor talks about how much they love the licensed product and how faithful they want to be. When it came time for DICE to visit the Lucasfilm archives, they incorporated a technology called Physically Based Rendering -- PBR for short. As Fegraeus put it: "You have a [physical] object, you take a bunch of pictures and then a special software converts it into a digital object." The models we saw looked fantastic, and that level of detail was certainly visible in the demo. I was also quite taken with the new "partner feature," an option in multiplayer that allows two buddies to form a tag team. In-matches, you will always spawn near each other and you can always see where the other person is on the map. Outside of the match, if one of you is playing and the other comes online, you'll automatically be matched up. As somebody who doesn't make very much use of clans in console shooters, it's possible all of these features have been well-tread already, but to me this implementation felt new and fresh. But the most impressive aspect of this feature for me was the unlock sharing. If you get access to a sick gun before the other member of your tag team, they get access to it as well. This is both a cool way to make sure your team is perpetually strong while making the game accessible to more casual players. It's the best kind of change -- the kind that has no real downside -- and I'd like to see it pop up under a different name in a Call of Duty or Battlefield somewhere down the line. If competitive multiplayer isn't quite your bag (and if that's the case, why do you care about this game?) there will be missions inspired by battles from the film series that can be played solo or co-op (either online or local). One such mission is a free add-on entitled The Battle of Jakku, and takes place before the events of The Force Awakens, setting up the desert planet seen in both of the film's teaser trailers.  The latest iteration of the Frostbite engine seems well-utilized, but it's somewhat difficult to tell if I was being tricked. Although I firmly believe the match was choreographed to hell and back, the visuals had just enough jank to them that I also believe the game will absolutely look fantastic upon release. Now, will it hit the benchmark set by the demo? Not likely, but we know DICE can make a fine-looking console game. This is all somewhat irrelevant: how pretty the game will be is not the sticking point here. When you consider just how god damn broken Battlefield 4 was, I was genuinely surprised our demo didn't even nod at that ever-present sting. At time of writing, the DICE panel at Star Wars Celebration has not occurred, so there's a chance the team will still address the wampa in the room. But even if they manage to address it in a way that feels satisfactory, will that be enough to rake in the pre-orders? I think DICE has a solid core here, partially in thanks to its experience with multiplayer shooters. I've never played a bad Battlefield from a design standpoint (although I'm sure the comments will tell me otherwise), so there's no way I was going into Star Wars Battlefront expecting a mechanical disaster. My apprehension comes from the remaining blank spaces. Will this game be able to pay tribute to its predecessors and the franchise without letting reverence smother progress? And -- more importantly -- will the game work on day one? Neither of these questions can be adequately resolved before copies start getting out, but I think it's reasonable to get your hopes up just a little. As long as we've got space battles, everything will be fine. ...there are space battles, right DICE?
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There has been an awakening
I have very fond memories of Star Wars Battlefront. Well into my adolescence, whole summer weekends were lost to split-screen tournaments; when you lost a game, you lost the controller. Familiar Star Wars icono...

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Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars: Battlefront making silly laser noises first on Xbox One


Beam me up, Xbox One
Apr 15
// Joe Parlock
I never really ‘got’ Star Wars; to me it seems like a load of old guff in space. Something to do with midi-chlorians killing the younglings and turning them in to coarse sand or something? I don't know, it’s...
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TIEght

Wow! TIE Fighter makes for a good Star Wars anime


TIEght
Mar 24
// Steven Hansen
Paul Johnson spent "[four] years' worth of weekends" drawing and animating this '80s anime-inspired Star Wars TIE Fighter short film focusing on the Imperial pilots. It's like a cleaned up, rock and roll backed Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
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Star Wars Battlefront

First look at EA DICE's Star Wars Battlefront coming next month


April 16-19
Mar 20
// Steven Hansen
DICE's (Battlefield, Mirror's Edge) hotly awaited Star Wars Battlefront is due out holiday 2015, timed to coincide with the start of a new trilogy in the children's film series Star Wars. Despite us being only nine months awa...
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Star Wars bundle

Jedi Outcast added to the Star Wars Humble Bundle


Dark Forces II and Starfighter as well
Feb 10
// Jordan Devore
Ooh, ooh! It's been ages since I've last played 2002's Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, and even then that was the lesser GameCube version. The Steam release joins Star Wars Starfighter  and Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II in t...
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Amber's Unboxing Series

Amber's Unboxing Series: Voltron, Star Wars and Space Invaders


January 2015's Loot Crate offers a nice haul
Feb 07
// Jonathan Holmes
Amber's back with another month's worth of fun junk from Loot Crate. A lot of cool crap here, guys. She also had fun taking your feedback from last month's episode and using it to try to improve her style. I think she's doin...
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Star Wars bundle

Fine, Star Wars Humble Bundle, I'll play Republic Commando


$12 for nine games, with more to come
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
On Sunday, I came closer than I ever have to downloading Republic Commando thanks to its recent debut on GOG.com, but I didn't. After reflecting on my growing backlog, I chickened out. Now I've got an even more compelling opp...
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Star Wars

Relive the era of good Star Wars games with these new releases from GOG.com


Return to the land of 56k lightsaber battles
Jan 27
// Jason Faulkner
Through Disney's generous licensing agreement, GOG.com is helping bring Star Wars memories and more back with its second wave of LucasArts game releases. These three great games became available today and for the first 7...
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Star Wars

Star Wars Rebellion, Rogue Squadron 3D, and four others headed to GOG.com


Oh hell yes
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
GOG.com released six Star Wars games on Tuesday, including X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, and now the PC game distributor is back with its next set of titles. We're in for a real treat. Rogue Squadron 3D, Rebellion, and Empire at Wa...
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Star Wars on GOG.com

Are you ready for some X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter and X-Wing Alliance?


More Star Wars games on GOG.com
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
The re-releases of X-Wing and TIE Fighter were lovely, but they were only the start of GOG.com's plans for Star Wars. Today, the DRM-free game distributor added six new titles: Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter + Balance of ...
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Kingdom Hearts III

Star Wars and Marvel on the table for Kingdom Hearts III


Darth Vader as Organization XIII
Dec 02
// Steven Hansen
First, let's remember that Kingdom Hearts 2 did Pirates of the Caribbean and John Depp. And they released games called Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Birth By Sleep, and Dream Drop Distance, so the series is i...
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Lightsabers

Reminder: Lightsaber crossguards were in No More Heroes first


Henry Cooldown stole Abrams' thunder
Nov 30
// Jonathan Holmes
[Update: You guys in the comments are fast! Thanks for the education on the Star Wars Expanded Universe and its long history of lightsaber crossguards. I wonder if that's where Suda got the idea from? I'll ask him next time I...
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Star Wars

Star Wars: Battlefront now set for holiday 2015


Hardline in March 2015, next Battlefield in holiday 2016
Oct 28
// Jordan Devore
During an earnings call today, Electronic Arts announced new release windows for a few of its games. Most notably, DICE's Star Wars: Battlefront is now scheduled for holiday 2015. The game will presumably be out for PC, PS4,...
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Rogue Squadron

Factor 5's canceled Rogue Squadron compilation sounds incredible


There was also going to be a multiplayer Rogue Squadon
Oct 10
// Jordan Devore
As if we don't have enough canceled Star Wars games to mourn already, here's a couple more. During a recent Nintendo Voice Chat appearance, Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht opened up about a Rogue Squadron compilation and...
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Old Republic Revan

The Old Republic welcomes Darth Revan back by way of DLC


The expansion is $19.99
Oct 07
// Chris Carter
You remember Darth Revan? Well he's back! In DLC form! BioWare has announced that an upcoming DLC will feature the classic Revan character from KOTOR in The Old Republic. It'll arrive on December 9th, priced at $19....
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Star Wars

Disney removed Tiny Death Star without telling its developer


Taken down to focus on Star Wars Commander
Oct 03
// Jordan Devore
Disney has pulled two mobile Star Wars games -- Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team -- and in the case of the latter, developer Nimblebit wasn't even given a heads up. "We had no prior knowledge that the game would be ...
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Next Star Wars: The Old Republic update will let you build homes


It's like the Sims now! BUT IN SPACE!
Aug 13
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
EA revealed the next update for Star Wars: The Old Republic at its gamescom press conference. The Galactic Strongholds downloadable content will let you build a home in the game. Yup, SWTOR is now Sims. You can show off your cribs to friends in the game.  The update will also include Guild flagships, used to go around space and conquer planets. 
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See more in Spring 2015
EA kicked off their E3 2014 press conference off right, with a reveal for Star Wars Battlefront. The project has been hinted at for quite a while, and now we have final confirmation that it's happening. DICE noted that they had a chance to visit Lucas Archives and capture footage with the original props and models. More info will come in Spring 2015. For now, just sit and salivate.

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Canceled

Disney cans Star Wars: Attack Squadrons


That free-to-play PvP game
May 23
// Jordan Devore
I had to look up what Star Wars: Attack Squadrons was again, exactly, despite being the person to cover its announcement here on Destructoid. Ah, right -- the name made it sound cooler than the reality, which is: a free-to-pl...
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Deals

Star Wars games are 66 percent off on Steam


Now through Monday at 10:00am Pacific
May 01
// Jordan Devore
Even if you aren't normally one to celebrate Star Wars Day, you can benefit from May 4 with a nice Star Wars franchise weekend deal on Steam marking titles 66 percent off. Since most of these games are budget-priced to begin ...
Star Wars  photo
Star Wars

Knights of the Old Republic and other Star Wars media no longer considered canon


Your fanart and fanfics aren't canon, either
Apr 25
// Brittany Vincent
That's a nice extended universe you've got there, Star Wars. It'd be a shame if it were invalidated. Actually, that's exactly what's happening. Lucasfilm announced just that today via the official Star Wars blog, where it wa...
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Pinball

Star Wars Pinball's final Masters of the Force table looks nuts


Four-table Heroes Within pack releases April 29
Apr 22
// Jordan Devore
It feels like Zen Studios has been working on Star Wars Pinball for years now, and that's because it has. This trailer for one of the four featured tables of Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within, appropriately titled "Masters of...
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Back to basics
Sorry for the delay! Here's this week's episode of Farts 'N' Crafts, in which I draw something I've drawn rather compulsively since I was ten years old -- Boba Fett. Also, I show off some of the pictures you guys drew of Pokémon and Call of Duty! 


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