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LEGO Star Wars

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a thing that's happening


Because of course it is
Feb 02
// Kyle MacGregor
In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, the next entry in Warner Bros. and TT Games' popular LEGO video game series is based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While the companies presumably would have liked to a...
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Star Wars

Disney will not allow EA to break canon with Star Wars Battlefront


But I want to be BB-8!
Jan 30
// Zack Furniss
While we've known since last month that Star Wars Battlefront is going to focus on the original trilogy for this release in the series, we didn't know exactly why. An EA earnings call (via VideoGamer) has shed some light on w...
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Battlefront DLC

These are Star Wars Battlefront's DLC plans


Some free, some paid
Jan 26
// Jordan Devore
Despite liking Star Wars Battlefront quite a lot initially -- far more than I would've expected, going in -- I think it has been, what? A month since I last played? That weekend bonus XP event in December is the last time I r...
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Star Wars

That bonkers unofficial open world Star Wars Kickstarter has been canceled


A passionate fan or an elaborate troll
Jan 08
// Chris Carter
A few days ago, on a PC far far away, someone wanted to create an open world Star Wars game. Note that this is a completely unofficial project that would have instantly been swallowed by Disney once it got wind of it. It...

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Bad Kickstarters

Let me save you the trouble: Disney's gonna shut you down, bud


I hope he's kidding
Jan 05
// Brett Makedonski
As a rule, I don't write about Kickstarters unless they're run by an established developer like Harmonix or Double Fine. It's true -- in my near-2,000 posts for this site, I can't remember a time when I've written about a spe...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Recent Star Wars games generate over $1 billion in sales


What a shock, said no one ever
Jan 04
// Vikki Blake
Star Wars Battlefront is thought to have sold six million units since its launch in November 2015. In an interview to Fortune, analysts estimated how recent Star Wars releases are performing, including Battlefront and Di...
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Battlefront TFA

Battlefront probably isn't getting any content from The Force Awakens


Damn, I wanted one of the new X-Wings
Dec 24
// Nic Rowen
While it would already seem like EA missed the boat if they were planning on adding anything based on The Force Awakens to Battlefront, a recent tweet put the final nail in that space coffin. Responding to a Twitter user aski...
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Star Wars

Star Wars: Battlefront II was originally supposed to be a multiplayer-only game


Eventually changed to add a campaign
Dec 24
// Chris Carter
Lots of folks out there have complained about recent efforts to drop campaigns from games (Titanfall, Rainbox Six Siege), but as Did You Know Gaming points out, the concept was actually rather old. Star Wars: Battlefron...
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Deals

The big o' Steam, GMG, and Origin Winter Sale top pick roundup


32 decent deals
Dec 23
// Dealzon
Yesterday the Steam Winter Sale went live, culminating in the year-end yuletide savings PC gamers have come to expect. Unlike previous years though, there are no flash sales or daily deals to worry about. While we're sure the...
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Star Wars in Fallout

Lightsabers in Fallout 4 is, scientifically speaking, something the Internet should like


But you can never really tell
Dec 22
// Brett Makedonski
Possibly the laziest route to garnering online favor is to take a thing the Internet likes and put it in another thing the Internet likes. There are countless examples of this all the time, but a good recent one is the Batma...

Score attack! Mario, Metal Gear, Witcher, and more games better than Star Wars

Dec 21 // Steven Hansen
Now, at year's end, Destructoid's Brett Makedonski rekindled this bonfire in my head with an innocuous tweet, "How does Rotten Tomatoes work? If something's a 6/10 or better, does that review count as 100% fresh for the aggregation?" I replied, "yeah." And then, [embed]328101:61584:0[/embed] What Brett gets at seems like a no-brainer concern for anyone who works in video games. What happens when the average games gets across-the-board 7s and then comes up as a perfect? Well, thankfully movie reviewing is a bit less insular than video game reviewing and there's a bit more disagreement. There are more people giving negative reviews -- even to almost universally praised things. And that's okay! Let's look at 2015's common Game of the Year award candidates and, via Metacritic, see what their RottenTomatoes "freshness" might look like (the percent of reviews that are positive, versus the average score). The closest thing to a negative review among the 874 total are two instances of 5/10. The lowest Metacritic score here is an 81 (Splatoon) while the highest is 93 (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Undertale) for an average of 88. For a more direct comparison, Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Metacritic score (they do movies, too) is 81. RottenTomatoes, which also displays an average rating, albeit less prominently, has the film at 83. I don't think anyone who worked on the project is going to miss his Xmas bonus. This isn't to rail on Metacritic, a common target for its reductionism, for game developer bonuses contingent on its averages, for failing to include individual writer names on its listings. Nor is it to kick the tires on the "do review scores matter" question, crossing up hypothetical opponents and swishing a "read the words" as if it were a mic drop. What these trends point to is a blind spot in game reviewing and the lack of diverse opinion. There are reasons for this, but first, note that the above comparison is, admittedly, not one-to-one. There are publications rating games not on Metacritic, there are game and movie publications that don't score reviews, movie aggregate sites have a wider pool to cull from because of the prominence of movie reviews as newspaper/magazine staples. But the Metacritic sample size is still a large representation of major outlets writing about games. Okay, so, why? Oh, man, so many reasons, most of which overlap in various ways. First let's try this out: You can be smart about games, but absolutely terrible at actually playing Bloodborne, for instance. And that's not me projecting -- I'm the best Souls player on staff. It does get to a good point, though, which is how game reviews are assigned. Familiarity with the French New Wave canon may inform your thoughts on the new CGI Samey Explosions, but lot of styles and techniques work across eras, genres, etc. This knowledge is more cumulative. Games? Content, style, presentation, physical means of interaction vary so wildly. Someone joked they need a community college course on Xenoblade Chronicles X. Twitch shooters and Devil May Cry-style action games require additional physical skill and execution. Sure, knowing about RPGs and progression systems helps a critic working on a sports or action game when those genres started adopting those systems regularly, but god damn, some people just can't do a Dark Souls. And so there are often experts. There's "the Dark Souls woman," or the "the JRPG guy," or the "the MOBA person." And that's not all bad. Sometimes the expert or genre fan has broader context or deeper insights. However, the setup is fated towards homogeneity. Especially when coupled with -- I'd be remiss not to mention this -- the tendency of major video game writing publications towards hiring middle-class-and-up white dudes. Similar types of people with similar experiences all reviewing the same stuff. And there are reasons for this, too: members from that group are most likely, especially in this economy, to be able to work unpaid internships or for the bum rates that writing gets these days, period, while having financial security or backup otherwise. Sometimes it's just a Rolodex problem, as Jenn Frank noted.  It is much more sane to write a review of a 100-minute movie for $50 than a 100-hour game for $50. With its shorter history, gaming media exists more so in the current era of devalued writing that has felled everyone from, well, all the game sites that have closed down recently, to the best film (The Dissolve) and sports/pop culture outlets (Grantland). I think this translates -- to the sincere dismay of everyone involved -- to a lot more "good enough" writing than we'd all like, especially when most of the people who are writing about games are underpaid, hustling freelance, or both. This is a general publishing woe perhaps exacerbated by games writing's shorter canon and fewer agreements on how even to talk about games (aside from the established, book report-y "is it fun?" style). Demanding more rigor from overtaxed, underfunded writers and editors working in a devalued, fraught industry within a generally struggling economy, well, damn, it's tough. A doable step, though, is actively hiring from a wider pool of applicants than your typical just-graduated-22-year-old-Nick. I think here at Destructoid we do a good job simply encouraging our reviewers to be as straightforward and honest as possible without kowtowing behind cookie cutter review formulations and tasteless writing that goes down without a fuss, but serves no one (I'm cautiously optimistic that fans of the genre will enjoy this return to the series roots). Average starts at 5, and all that. Some of the biggest holiday releases (Fallout 4, Halo 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider) came in under 8. But it's almost more disheartening for the state of gaming as a whole that folks across the net will point to an incredibly good score like a 7/10 as rabble rousing, as trolling for hits, and that collectively -- as in the Chart Chart Binks above -- it's rare to even end up on the "negative" side of the spectrum. Someone has to dislike something.
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Yes, they all reviewed better
There are exactly 100 professional reviews culled on the Bloodborne Metacritic page. Of that 100, 99 are "positive" and 1 is "mixed," a lowly 7/10, which I'd suggest is still positive. Oh, so nobody dislikes this game? When I...

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Star Wars

PSA: Watch out for Star Wars spoilers on Xbox Live and Battlefront


Subverting spoilerphobic safeguards
Dec 19
// Mike Cosimano
Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially hit theaters, which means everyone who cares a modicum about popular culture is booking to the theaters to experience this sweeping cultural moment before some jerk spoils the ...
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Star Wars

Sony and Microsoft are competing for the Star Wars crowd


None of this matters
Dec 18
// Brett Makedonski
Statistically speaking, every single person on earth will go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend (sample size: my Twitter timeline and Facebook feed). Before the main attraction begins, many of those people are...
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Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront is giving out double XP


This Friday through Monday
Dec 17
// Jordan Devore
Well, they don't call it XP, exactly, but you know what I mean! With Force Awakens fresh on our mind this week, Star Wars Battlefront is holding a "double score" event. Between December 18 at 1:00am Pacific and December 21 at...
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Star Wars

Star Wars Lightsaber Escape is a cool piece of tech that links your phone and a browser


Use the phone, Luke
Dec 16
// Chris Carter
Google has launched a cool little browser game that links up your smart phone as a controller, and pits you against a series of Stormtroopers as a Jedi. Basically, all you have to do is download or load up Chrome on your smar...
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Deals

Star Wars Battlefront 33% off on Origin as Force Awakens nears


It's totally selling well, says EA
Dec 15
// Dealzon
What will you be doing this weekend? EA is hoping some of you will watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then follow the hype train straight to Star Wars Battlefront. From now until December 21 at 10 AM Pacific, both the Sta...
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Star Wars

The Force Awakens co-star was fired from Dante's Inferno


What sin cost him the job?
Dec 13
// Jonathan Holmes
Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens in theaters in less than a week, and my favorite thing about the movie so far is that two of its leading men once sang a song with Justin Timberlake about not wanting to go to o...
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Star Wars 1313

LucasFilm president: 'We're spending a lot of time looking at' Star Wars 1313


The game isn't as dead as we thought?
Dec 10
// Joe Parlock
Remember Star Wars 1313? Instead of being all about the Force and lightsabers, 1313 was going to be a grittier look at the Star Wars universe from the perspective of someone who was neither Jedi nor Sith: everybody’s fa...
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Deals

Star Wars Battlefront is now 33% off at GameStop


Don't rush out all at once
Dec 09
// Dealzon
Looks like there are plenty of Battlefront copies at GameStop. As part of its weekly sale, the retailer has Star Wars Battlefront on all platforms at a big fat $20 off. (That's 33% for those without a calculator handy.) The D...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront's Jakku DLC is now out for all for free


It's okay
Dec 09
// Chris Carter
If you didn't pre-order Star Wars Battlefront, you can now download the Battle of Jakku DLC, which comes with a new map and several modes. There are still four more DLC packs coming, which will be a bit more substantial and p...
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Star Wars Battlefront

EA admits Battlefront 'may not have the depth' you want in the game


EA designed it to be 'accessible'
Dec 07
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts' CFO Blake Jorgensen admitted Star Wars Battlefront's "accessible" design "may not have the depth [hardcore players] wanted in the game." Talking at the Nasdaq Investor Conference in Europe ...
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Deals

'Buy 2 Get 1 Free' game sale at Best Buy in Weekend Deals


On PS4 and Xbox One titles
Dec 06
// Dealzon
Every few months Best Buy will offer a Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale on pre-owned items, but today they're offering a three for two sale on brand new Xbox One and PS4 titles. A total of 274 games up for grabs in this sale including ...
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Deals

$289 PlayStation 4 now available (yep another $10 cheaper)


Xmas present for your baldy mentor
Dec 06
// Dealzon
Remember when Sony announced that there will be two $300 PlayStation 4 bundles? Well the deals are now arriving, and in fact over at eBay you can find a PS4 Battlefront bundle $10 cheaper at $289.99. The discounted PS4 c...
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Star Wars Battlefront

EA: 'There is no weakness' in Star Wars Battlefront sales


Shots fired
Dec 03
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts was "a little bit" surprised by GameStop's comments that Star Wars Battlefront had "underperformed." As reported by Eurogamer, talking to investors, GameStop executive Tony Bartel stated that three r...
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Battlefront DLC

Star Wars Battlefront's Battle of Jakku DLC is just okay


But at least it's free
Dec 02
// Jordan Devore
Oh thank goodness, more content for Star Wars Battlefront. While The Battle of Jakku hasn't seen a wide release yet (that's happening on December 8), the free new DLC is now available for folks who pre-ordered the game. It's ...
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PS4 deals

Sony has two new $300 PlayStation bundles


Star Wars Battlefront and Uncharted
Dec 01
// Steven Hansen
PlayStation 4 bundles didn't seem too prevalent or kill-worthy this deals season (though it's possible I just missed them all), but it looks like Sony is formalizing that $300 Uncharted Trilogy bundle and adding a $300 Star Wars Battlefront PS4 bundle for a couple more weeks of December. The price will hold December 5 through Dec. 19, according to the PlayStation Blog.
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Star Wars

Star Wars Battlefront's Jakku DLC looks like a good start


Casualties aplenty
Nov 30
// Jordan Devore
The first wave of free Star Wars Battlefront DLC debuts tomorrow for players who pre-ordered the game, while everyone else can get it a week later on December 8. As we've heard a few times now, the Battle of Jakku is made up ...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Breaking Benjamin frontman hates Star Wars Battlefront


He seems like a reasonable man
Nov 30
// Mike Cosimano
Within the first thirty seconds of the video linked below, Breaking Benjamin founder Benjamin Burnley admits to punching his Xbox One to the point where there is damage visible on the console. This comes on the heels of a muc...
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GTA V

This GTA V machinima channels The Force, lightsabers


'Darth Trevor and Michael Kenobi'
Nov 27
// Chris Carter
I can't believe that Grand Theft Auto V machinima is still a thing, over two years later, but that's what a robust PC release and editing tools with do. It helps that most of the videos I've seen are actually good, like...
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Star Wars

This is the best Battlefront brawl I've seen yet


And it doesn't involve Luke or Vader!
Nov 25
// Jordan Devore
Star Wars Battlefront isn't quite what I hoped it would be, but I keep coming back to it for a chance to see moments of pure, unscripted delight. It usually doesn't take long. This hilarious encounter captured by YouTube user Nick Nixon is a great example of just how goofy this game can get.

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