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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 // Mr Andy Dixon
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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 ...

Review: Angry Birds Star Wars II

Sep 20 // Chris Carter
Angry Birds Star Wars II (Android, iOS [reviewed on an iPhone 5], Windows Phone)Developer: Rovio EntertainmentPublisher: Rovio EntertainmentReleased: September 18, 2013MSRP: $0.99 Whereas the first Angry Birds Star Wars dealt with A New Hope through Return of the Jedi, Angry Birds Star Wars II takes place in the prequel timeline, from The Phantom Menace through Revenge of the Sith. Unfortunately, that means starting with the tandem of Qui-Gon Jinn and a young Obi-Wan Kenobi trekking their way across Naboo, which isn't one of the more particularly engaging settings in the franchise. Thankfully, the following chapter of Tatooine is a bit more fun, even if it feels like a minor re-tread of the first game. In addition to Naboo and Tatooine, you'll also have access to special "reward chapters," which are basically a few challenges involving specific characters. Other than that, the rest of the content is "coming soon," and at this time you're basically still stuck in Phantom Menace. What you're doing is essentially purchasing the promise of more updates and levels, which thankfully Rovio consistently provides (they're still updating the original Angry Birds four years later). This time around, you can play as the "Pork Side" [Dark Side], which puts you in control of the pigs. When this feature was first announced, I was pretty excited at the prospect of maybe setting up bases to defend myself against the birds. Lo and behold, the Pork Side is simply more levels with different characters, flung exactly like birds. It's not like these levels are inherently worse, since you're playing as characters like Jango Fett and Darth Sidious, it's just that it's more of the same -- Angry Birds in a nutshell, really. Gameplay-wise things are relatively the same, drawing from the classic Angry Birds flying formula, and even a bit of space physics from Angry Birds Space. That said, it's still fun, and the sheer amount of characters (Light, Dark, and Star Wars Episode 4-6) and the diversity of their powers helps to move things along rather nicely, and cut down on the boredom factor. In-app purchases are available (of course), but they're thankfully just tools to allow you to use certain characters on every level. So for instance, when a stage may stick you with a crew of Yoda birds, you would be able to sub in other birds if you use your in-game currency of coins earned through achievements, or buy more coins with real money. It's fairly inoffensive (surprisingly), because every level can be completed legitimately without buying anything, and if future updates are like they were in the first Angry Birds Star Wars, you'll be able to unlock DLC areas by three-starring every level when they arrive for free. Another new feature is the ability to place physical toys on your device and scan them in using a camera. Like Pokemon Rumble U, they're completely optional additions that don't really break the game in any way. Similar to purchasing birds and pigs with the in-game currency system mentioned above, all the toys allow you to do is once again use special characters in place of another. You should know where you stand on Angry Birds. If you absolutely hate the IP, the concept, and the sound of them yelling as they fly through the air, this won't do much to change your mind, even if the Star Wars factor will help ease in Jedi junkies a bit. But if you don't mind spending a few minutes a day just having some silly fun, Angry Birds Star Wars II delivers once again. And yes, it is totally possible to enjoy Angry Birds and other things at the same time.
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Join the Pork Side, Anakin
I don't get the widespread outrage over so called "casual," simple-minded games. I can spend an afternoon plugging away at the most time-consuming and complex RPG imaginable, and if Angry Birds is thrown in every now and then, so be it. Yes, I'm reviewing an Angry Birds game. Deal with it.

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EA new IP

EA taking risks on things like Star Wars, other new IP


Hahahahahahahahha; taking on risks with a gun
Sep 06
// Steven Hansen
Electronic Arts is a risk taker. A boundary pusher. Indeed, EA Games chief Patrick Soderlund, speaking to MCV, apparently, "points to Star Wars and Mirror’s Edge 2 as proof the firm is still willing to take risks on ne...
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Angry Birds Star Wars 2

Emperor Palpatine wants you to play Angry Birds Star Wars


Those angry birds won't quit
Aug 23
// Chris Carter
Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars films), wants you to "Join the Pork Side" in Angry Birds Star Wars 2. Set to drop on September 19 for iOS, Android, and Windows Phones, it'll be a $0.99 app -- on Android, th...
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Star Wars

DICE hasn't locked down the direction of Battlefront


'People don't want another Battlefield with Star Wars graphics'
Aug 21
// Jordan Devore
Concerns about where DICE will take Star Wars: Battlefront have been expressed before, and with little to go on outside of a vague "probably in summer 2015" launch window, I can absolutely see why. Even if the studio has a pr...
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Everquest Next, Arkham Multiplayer & Xbox GPU Upgrade


The Destructoid Show sleeps through its alarm sometimes
Aug 02
// Max Scoville
Hey everybody! I'm wearing a really stupid shirt, it must be Friday! Suddenly, there are two new Everquest Next games on the horizon, and they look really cool. Quakecon is happening right now, and there's some Bethesda news...
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An end to the trilogy may yet see the light of day
Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords was a stellar Star Wars RPG that shone despite its bugs and rushed production schedule. It left me wanting to a sequel and, speaking to Eurogamer, Obsidian's Chris Avellone also ...

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Star Wars: Battlefront expected in summer 2015


Remember when EA killed this franchise along with Pandemic?
Jul 31
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen stated during a investor call today that they expect to release Star Wars: Battlefront “alongside the new Star Wars films, probably in summer 2015.” Not much, but at least we h...
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Angry Birds Star Wars

Angry Birds Star Wars is coming to consoles


360, PS3, Vita, Wii U, Wii and 3DS
Jul 18
// Chris Carter
Since I know everyone here asked for it, Angry Birds Star Wars is heading to pretty much every system under the sun on October 29, 2013. Specifically, it'll hit the Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita, Wii U, Wii and 3DS. It'll come with...
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Angry Birds

Angry Birds Star Wars II will use real-world toys


You can play as the pigs!
Jul 15
// Jordan Devore
Rovio's tease from last week has been unveiled and it's pretty much what we expected: Angry Birds Star Wars II. Releasing September 19 for mobile devices, this sequel will span the three prequel movies and even incorporate p...
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Angry Birds Star Wars

Rovio teases a possible Angry Birds Star Wars prequel


Anakin Birdwalker
Jul 12
// Chris Carter
Rovio has just teased a new picture today that hints at what's coming next for the Angry Birds franchise -- specifically, Angry Birds Star Wars. Pretty much everyone will recognize this as the iconic poster for Star Wars: A P...
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Star Wars: Battlefront, Ellen Page, & Sexy Suda51


The Destructoid Show has a visit from Uncle Sessler
Jun 25
// Max Scoville
DICE is as excited about Star Wars: Battlefront as you are, Ellen Page is pissed about Ellie in The Last Of Us looking like her, Saints Row IV is too explicit for Australia, and Suda51 gives his stance on sexuality in Killer Is Dead. Adam Sessler fills in for Tara, and we talk about his fun panel with Jim Sterling, and how I'm a suicidal Pikachu.
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Battlefront

DICE begged to do Star Wars: Battlefront


Studio really, really wanted to work on the property
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
One would think that Electronic Arts would immediately offer Star Wars: Battlefront to Battlefield studio DICE, but according to a CVG interview with EA Games Label executive VP Patrick Söderlund, "It was ...
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Star Wars Battlefront

DICE to 'innovate,' 'try new things' with Battlefront


Won't be a reskinned Battlefield
Jun 19
// Steven Hansen
As we reported, Electronic Arts recently swooped up the Star Wars license, announcing several upcoming projects in the process, including a new Battlefront helmed by Battlefield developer DICE. Speaking to IGN, EA Labels pres...

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