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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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Jedi Knight II

Jedi Knight II HD remake mod is underway


Rejoice like Kyle and Jan on Yavin IV
Apr 17
// Brittany Vincent
Kyle Katarn lives on in an upcoming Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast HD remake mod from JDBArtist, our new lord and savior of the PC mod scene. Well, that might be a little extreme, but given how much this game means to me as par...
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Visceral Games

Uncharted writer Amy Hennig now at Visceral Games


Working on Star Wars, of all things
Apr 03
// Jordan Devore
Uncharted series writer and creative director Amy Hennig parted ways with Naughty Dog in early March and ever since then I've been dying to know where she'd end up. While Dead Space maker Visceral Games is not what I was expe...
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Star Wars

Two expansions planned for The Old Republic in 2014


Galactic Starfighter now out for F2P players
Feb 04
// Jordan Devore
Looking at the year ahead for Star Wars: The Old Republic, senior producer Bruce Maclean says there are two more digital expansions on the way -- "one similar to Galactic Starfighter in scope and one more closely resembling R...
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Disney Infinity, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Kodoku & Bikinis


DTOID News is filmed in front of an actual camera
Feb 04
// Max Scoville
Well, we got a new camera and I accidentally switched it onto "Sears Portrait Studio" mode, so sorry if I look a little bit like I'm in a porno from the late eighties. (What else is new.) Today, we've got some more details o...
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Disney Infinity

Marvel, Star Wars reportedly next for Disney Infinity


Significant layoffs at Disney Interactive also rumored
Feb 03
// Jordan Devore
The Wall Street Journal reports there are indeed plans for characters from the Marvel and Star Wars properties to be brought into Disney Infinity. That's the good news here. Take a moment to make the most of it and refle...
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Star Wars: Assault Team is a turn-based mobile game


Involving card-battle elements
Jan 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Disney Interactive and LucasArts have announced Star Wars: Assault Team for iOS, Windows 8, and Android. It's a turn-based combat game involving card-battling elements. You'll collect characters from the Star Wars universe an...
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Watch DTOID news... with your EYES!
Welp, here's your exciting video game news! Lots and lots of fun things, like Nintendo's financial problems, [obvious] lack of plans to move into mobile games, a single Super Smash Bros. screen, and the rumored new console,"...

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Star Wars

Disney abandons its Star Wars 1313 trademark


I'd like to move on, but it's not easy
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
After Disney shut down LucasArts, I thought I had completely given up all hope for Star Wars 1313 ever getting made. I have. But that's not to say the project can't affect me from beyond the grave. There was that story about ...
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Super Smash Wars 2

Star Wars meets Smash Bros. in Super Smash Wars 2


Make it happen, Nintendo and Disney
Jan 18
// Jonathan Holmes
Just this morning I was pondering the similarities between Nintendo and Lucasfilm. A few hours later, and I discovered the existence of Super Smash Wars 2. It's like they read my mind! The video parody series, construct...
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Star Wars

SWTOR Galactic Starfighter open to Early Access members


*pew pew pew whooosh*
Jan 18
// Harry Monogenis
The Galactic Starfighter expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic has been available to Subscribers of the MMO since early December, and now it's time for Preferred Early Access users to get in on the action. Prefe...
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Star Wars

There's a new Star Wars space combat game for PC


But it's free to play
Dec 17
// Jordan Devore
We love us some Rogue Squadron around these parts, but Star Wars: Attack Squadrons is not that. Wishing does not make it so. Disney Interactive announced the Area 52 Games project this morning with the trailer above and some...
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Studio Closure

Development studio Terminal Reality has shut down


Studio behind Ghostbusters and BloodRayne has closed
Dec 12
// Alessandro Fillari
2013 hasn't been to kind to struggling game studios, and it appears we've got another casualty before this rocky year in gaming closes out. It is now reported that the Texas-based game studio, Terminal Reality, has shut down....

Contest: Win a Nexus 7 pre-loaded with Tiny Death Star!

Nov 26 // mrandydixon
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A $199 value!
[Update: Contest over! Winner is Qtwentyseven!] Our friends at Disney have just handed us a brand new Google Nexus 7 pre-loaded with their hit game Star Wars: Tiny Death Star to give away to one lucky Destructoid community me...

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Star Wars

Star Wars is in EA's hands for a decade


Time keeps on slipping
Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
As reported earlier this morning, Electronic Arts won't be making any Star Wars games based on the upcoming movies as part of its licensing deal with Disney. We let out a collective sigh of relief. Granted, there are plenty o...
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EA Star Wars

EA isn't making any games based on new Star Wars movies


Mesa like dis
Nov 20
// Joshua Derocher
EA's Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen talked about Star Wars games during a presentation on Tuesday, and he made it clear they don't want to make a movie game. Jorgensen said, "We've done movie games over the years and...
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Star Wars

The Old Republic's Galactic Starfighter still seems cool


Ah, this brings me back
Nov 14
// Jordan Devore
Here's another look at the upcoming Galactic Starfighter expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, aka the first truly interesting thing I've seen out of this game in months. The familiar sights and sounds of Star Wars dogf...
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Star Wars

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is out now for mobile


I love how Emperor Palpatine looks like a pufferfish
Nov 07
// Jordan Devore
Seeing familiar Star Wars characters in this cutesy pixelated style from NimbleBit is enough to cut down any cynicism I might've had going into Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. We've enjoyed the studio's sim games for a while now...
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What if Star Wars was made by Nintendo instead?


Super Smash Wars: A Link to the Hope
Nov 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
James Farr loves to take Nintendo characters and cross them over with movies. We saw his work previously with his Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover, now it's Star Wars turn. This reinterpretation sees t...
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Telltale

Telltale says it's lined up to work on a 'dream IP'


Studio would love to take on Star Wars
Oct 30
// Jordan Devore
It's a good time to be Telltale Games. With generally positive reactions to the first episode of The Wolf Among Us and the reveal of The Walking Dead: Season Two going as one would expect, the future is looking bright. Partic...
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KOTOR iOS sale

Knights of the Old Republic is half off on iOS


Oops, I mean 'KOTOR'
Oct 25
// Chris Carter
Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) is one of the most memorable games I've ever played. I can still recall the day that I picked up nonchalantly because I was a fan of Bioware's old works and Star Wars collectively, but noth...

Review: Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force

Oct 23 // Ian Bonds
Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force (Google Play, iOS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 [reviewed])Developer: Zen StudiosPublisher: Zen StudiosRelease date: October 14, 2013MSRP: $9.99 (PSN and XBLA), $1.99 per table (App Store and Google Play) The Star Wars franchise was a perfect choice for a set of pinball tables, and is arguably one of the best sets Zen Studios released for Pinball FX2. Once again, it is offering three themed tables, each filled with unique sets of trials, challenges, and special events that just wouldn't be able to occur on a real table in the arcades of yore. Full of the iconic sights and sounds of the films, there's a lot to take in with this set, and each table is better than the last. We'll start with the Episode VI table. Set on Endor, many of the elements of the last half of the film are represented, with the Empire base (complete with AT-ST guarding the front) and biker scouts lining the sides. Bright and vibrant, this table has the most ramps, nooks, and tricks to keep you playing, attempting to best your high score with each turn. As before, there are various places to lock or lose you ball, and multiple paths that trigger specific scenes reminiscent of the film. Since this table is based on one particular film and not just elements from the series, you'll hear a lot of specific lines of dialogue recreated here. None of the original actors' performances are used, and some are just trying too hard to sound like they came from the movie. It's a bit jarring, and sadly, on this table especially, you hear a lot of repeated dialogue. Thankfully, this is my only issue with the table. As with all three of the tables, multiple routes along the lanes and ramps yield multipliers that unlock special missions; ones that often take you outside of the playing field of the pinball table. One such example on the Episode VI table has you maneuvering a speeder bike using the flippers, trying to either steer around trees by flinging the ball down the right or left lane at the front of the bike, or down the center to fire your blaster. It's a bit disorienting, but a neat little diversion -- though some folks may not like the separation from the table game itself. The next table is based on the series' iconic villain (or centerpiece, if you allow the prequels to direct that idea), Darth Vader. Offset in blacks, reds, and chrome, this table is one of the coolest looking. Alas, it is also one of the blandest, feature-wise. There's not a whole lot of ramps or instances to encounter at first glance, but with time and skill, there are still a lot of cool bits to uncover. From the outset, you can chose to begin with the assemblage of Vader on the operating table by directing the pinball into a series of robotic arms used to build the Sith lord. From there, scoring allows you the opportunity to battle through such iconic set-pieces as the lightsaber duel with Obi-Wan, or even a trench battle on the Death Star. Swerving your way around pillars using the flippers is again utilized, but somehow manages to be more frantic on this table. Finally, there's my favorite table, Starfighter Assault. Split down the center, you choose to play as an Imperial Tie-Fighter or a Rebel Alliance X-Wing pilot, which determines which side of the table your ball is launched from. Missions vary depending on which side you chose, but there's always a ton of things going on. Bumpers are connected to blaster turrets, and X-Wings and Tie-Fighters zoom over the table to be blasted down during play. This table is arguably the most interactive, as you can actually earn upgrades during play to boost your turrets, your "fleet" of ships, and even the jackpot scores. As before, there's missions that take you away from the table, but this time around, it's a mock-up of the classic Galaga, with you controlling the direction of the ship with the flippers, and firing lasers with the launch button. I actually enjoy the moments where the action left the traditional pinball game, but I know not everyone shares my affinity for these sequences. Regardless of that, the tables as a whole are fantastic to play. There's so many different paths to find, skill shots to master, and challenges to unlock that you may not even see half of what they offer even on your 50th playthrough. It's impossible not to have fun with these tables, unless you just don't like Star Wars at all, or pinball. For those who do, these tables are the cream of the crop, offering everything you want not only in a Star Wars pinball game, but in a pinball game more generally.
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I sense much TILT in you...
Back in February, Zen Studios released three tables based on the Star Wars series, adding to the already vast library of tables for Pinball FX2. They were fantastic, diverse, and just as feature-rich as the other tables for the game. Many believed it would be hard for the studio to match that collection. These newest tables not only match the previous set but manage to surpass it.

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Star Wars

12 vs. 12 space battles are coming to The Old Republic


A Star Wars expansion I actually want to play
Oct 08
// Jordan Devore
As an absolute sucker for space battles in the Star Wars universe, this new digital expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic is looking mighty fine. I've resisted the call of BioWare's MMO even with it going free-to-play, b...
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Aww! Tiny Death Star, Disney's new Star Wars game


8-bit
Oct 04
// Dale North
Aww! Tiny little Death Stars in 8-bit. On your mobile.  Disney Interactive has teamed up with LucasArts and Tiny Tower creators NimbleBit to bring us Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. You'll work alongside Vader and Palpatine ...
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Cosplay

The Force is strong with this cosplay


I'd play a Star Wars game starring Jaina Solo
Sep 28
// Wesley Ruscher
Knights of the Old Republic is easily one of the greatest Star Wars games ever conceived. It took all that we loved with the universe and harkened back on the classic feeling that was desperately void in the cinematic prequel...
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LucasArts canceled a bunch of Star Wars projects


Even an HD version of Day of the Tentacle
Sep 27
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Kotaku too a look at how LucasArts fell apart, and among the information they dug up was details on several major projects the now defunct studio was working on. First, they were working on an Origin-like service designed to ...
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New story details and art revealed for Star Wars 1313


And it's never coming out
Sep 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Oh Star Wars 1313, you were the hope of so many Star Wars fans. With LucasArts no more, there's little hope of this Boba Fett adventure ever coming. What would it have been about? IGN was shown 15 minutes of a demo that would...
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Star Wars Occulus Rift

Famous Star Wars moment made playable with Oculus Rift


I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home
Sep 25
// Steven Hansen
Augmenting games wherein you pilot some sort of vehicle seems like an obvious choice for an Oculus Rift project, but I've seen less examples of the Rift in a cockpit than on the battlefield in an FPS. This is an early build ...






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