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Test Chamber – Metroid Prime: Federation Force Still Hasn’t Won Us Over

Now that Metroid Prime: Federation Force finally has a release date, we're starting to see and hear more about the game. The cooperative shooter allows you to team up with three other friends and shoot baddies as a marine of the Galactic Federation.

We recently saw the game in action, and this episode of Test Chamber features one of the early missions. Watch the video below to see editor Brian Shea and I discuss this different direction for the series, the various missions you take on, and if shooting baddies using the gyroscope to aim is all that fun. This is your chance to get an early look and see what you think. 

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force Gets A Release Date

Nintendo's cooperative shooter, Metroid Prime: Federation Force, has an official release date. In a press release, Nintendo announced the game launches on August 19.

Federation Force has seen its share of criticism since it was announced at E3 2015. Fans have been pining for a new mainline entry in the franchise, and a cooperative shooter isn't exactly what they expected, not to mention wanted. 

Since then, Nintendo has listened to criticisms and tried to sway skeptics to give it a chance. In a few months time, we'll be able to see the final verdict on this different Metroid entity. 

 

Our Take
Putting a game out that people have been skeptical about in a dry month of video game releases is a smart business decision. Nintendo has remained confident in its choice to create and release Metroid Prime: Federation Force, but I think we're all still anxiously waiting to see how this shakes out and if the game is worthwhile. Trying new things and expanding upon a series isn't a bad thing, but Metroid was not the best franchise to test this out  with due to its history and rightfully frustrated fans. 

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Speculation About The Dark Side Of The Force In Star Wars: Rogue One

The excellent teaser trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One paints a fairly complete picture. It gives us a good look at the state of the Rebel Alliance and the strength of the Empire. We are led to believe this is a story that focuses on Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones), a reckless outsider who has been on her own since the age of 15. She joins the Rebels, and is tasked to learn about the Empire's new weapon: the Death Star. We are also introduced to a leading figure for the axis, an Imperial fleet admiral played by Ben Mendelsohn. We don't know for certain he's a fleet admiral, but the insignia on his uniform lines up with Star Wars' expanded universe lore.

If this trailer is anything like our first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we're only getting a small taste of Rogue One's story. One shot in particular speaks to a much greater threat for the Rebels. The image above shows a cloaked figure kneeling before what appears to be a bacta tank or some kind of chamber. On both sides we see Emperor Palpatine's Royal Guards, implying that he's in this room. Palpatine created the red guard when he was elected Supreme Chancellor. They serve him, and only him, at least that's what the lore has told us up to this point.

So if Palpatine is in the room, or sent his guards to this room, he is likely in the tank or chamber. Given where Rogue One sits in the Star Wars timeline, Darth Vader is alive and well and is likely the right hand of Palpatine. It wouldn't make sense for Vader to wear a cloak, so he isn't likely the character that kneels in this scene. My best guess is we're looking at one of the Emperor's Inquisitors, a Force-trained hunter who tracks down other Force-users. The Inquisitors are currently a mainstay in Star Wars Rebels, which takes place five years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. If this is indeed an Inquisitor, who in the Rebel Alliance is a threat with the Force?

And on the topic of Darth Vader, I have a feeling he's going to be the big bad in this film. Odds are he's the surprise at the end of the second trailer. Lucasfilm can't set a Star Wars film this close to A New Hope and not have Vader be involved. We've also never seen him in his prime, and this is an opportunity for Lucasfilm to show us just how deadly he can be. Rebels is giving us a taste, but I want to see what he's capable of on the big screen.

What are your thoughts on the Dark Side in Rogue One? Who do you think the cloaked figure is? And if someone is indeed in that tank, is it the Emperor? Maybe Snoke? Let's discuss this speculation in the comments section below.

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Hands-On With Thrustmaster’s $200 TMX Force Feedback Wheel For Xbox One And PC

Racing fans have been trying to recreate the feel of track driving in the living room for years. While the gamepad is a good entry point, motorheads have no doubt at least eyed a racing wheel for a more authentic experience.

Thrustmaster’s latest, the TMX Force Feedback Racing Wheel, balances features and price. At $ 199, the Xbox One- and PC-compatible peripheral is an 11-inch wheel and two-pedal set that features 900-degree rotation.

I drove (poorly) around the Laguna Seca racetrack in Forza Motorsport 6 to test it out. The benefit of my miserable racing skill is that I had the opportunity to feel how the force feedback reacts to grass, dirt, track grooves, and occasionally, pavement.

There is a marked difference between the strong grip you get on asphalt and the slippage felt with loose dirt and wet grass under the tires. Hitting the safety ridges shook the wheel in my hand realistically, and all that was missing was the vehicle bumping around me.

The TMX is compatible with Thrustmaster’s other racing accessories. You can add a shifter and one of two three-pedal sets for manual racing with a clutch. For those that prefer manual to automatic, the wheel includes comfortable hand shifters. The full Xbox One button set is also easily accessible, though not intrusive, on the face of the wheel.

The TMX Force Feedback Racing Wheel is compatible with all Xbox One and PC games that support a wheel. It will be available in early May. 

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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Gameplay Shows Off Cover System And Ship Battles

You read that headline correctly. For the first time in a Lego game, you’ll be able to take cover during blaster battles.

This appears to fundamentally alter the more haphazard combat found in previous Lego titles, as you can see in the video below. And that’s not the only change.

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Multi-builds allow you to turn a pile of bricks into different creations, adding a new dimension to puzzle solving. You’ll also be able to take part in more free-form dogfights in X-Wings, TIE Fighters, and the Millennium Falcon.

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be out on June 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PC. For more, check out our coverage from March 2016.

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Take A Sneak Peek At The Force Awakens Documentary

The Blu-ray and DVD versions of Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit retail stores on April 5. The discs are loaded with bonus content, including a video of the table reading, a number of deleted scenes, and features that dive into the creation of BB-8 and a variety of new creatures. Disney is also including a full-length documentary called Secrets of the Force Awakens, which, according to the official Star Wars site, tells the "the complete story" behind the making of the film.

ABC News posted a sneak peek at the documentary on YouTube. This tease shows off new footage, and surprisingly dives into the big story moment from the film. You can view the video below, and if you want our thoughts on the film, check our our hour-long, spoiler-filled discussion.

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Nintendo Makes Another Pitch For Metroid Prime: Federation Force

When Nintendo fans told the publisher they wanted another Metroid game, they weren’t expecting Metroid Prime: Federation Force. The announcement made at E3 2015 wasn’t warmly received, but Nintendo isn’t giving up on it yet.

During today’s Direct, Metroid Prime producer Kensuke Tanabe discussed his vision for the multiplayer-focused 3DS game and its long development history. Work on Federation Fighters began in 2009 in collaboration with Next Level Games.

The team saw the opportunity to make the conflict between the Galactic Federation and the Space Pirates more than just Samus’ mission. To that end, the Federation Force uses power suits based on her original one.

Players will split up a limited number of weapons prior to the match. While there are no classes, loading up on a specific type of gear (missiles, health packs, etc.) can help dictate combat roles.

If you’re attending Wondercon this month in Los Angeles, you’ll have a chance to play it for yourself. Everyone else can play when it comes out later this spring.

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Force Awakens’ John Boyega Wants An Offline Story Mode For Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens' John Boyega recently asked Star Wars Battlefront on twitter for something many of us have wanted since the game's release – an offline single-player campaign.

Boyega plays Finn in the new Star Wars films, so he's a little closer to the franchise than the rest of us who are making the same request. Following his original inquiry, which received the response, "Have you had a chance to try the Missions?" Boyega said he had, and then asked if he could visit the studio. I expect we'll see photos of this event soon.

Star Wars Battlefront recently announced some surprising DLC, and in response (much like Boyega) we had some of our own suggestions for game in the form of characters that would probably be a better fit to be added to the game.

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Harrison Ford Was ‘Thoughtful’ About The Force Awakens’ Biggest Moment

While it’s been a few months since Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ release, we’ll warn you up front that there are spoilers throughout this story. Turn back now if you haven’t seen the film.

If you’re still here, you likely knew what the headline was about before clicking in. Harrison Ford hasn’t spoken much about how he felt about his big scene in The Force Awakens, but an interview with director J.J. Abrams reveals a bit about the actor’s reaction.

Han Solo’s demise at the hands of Kylo Ren was one of the most shocking things the Star Wars universe has thrown our way. The manner of his death, while telegraphed in the moments leading up to the act, still made many of us gasp. However, Ford was “thoughtful” and understood when the situation was presented to him.

According to an interview with Fandango Movieclips, Abrams says that Ford always believed that Han needed to have “utility.” In fact, the actor campaigned for his character’s death during the original trilogy, but George Lucas had other plans.

“In this case there was such a clear utility — it's about bringing this new villain to the fore, and there's nothing I could think of that is more hideous than patricide, especially when it comes to Han Solo,” Abrams said. Still, the loss of one of Star Wars most beloved characters was a blow to fans. We still have hope that there is a deeper meaning behind it.

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Recipe Lets You Make That Gross-Looking Bread Rey Had To Eat In Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Remember in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when Rey traded scrap with Unkar Plutt for instant bread rations? It didn't look super appetizing, did it? If you're some kind of weirdo whose stomach started rumbling when you saw her chomping down on it, however, you're in luck. Someone's created a recipe for Rey's Portion Bread, and it's been sanctioned by franchise's official site.

You don't have to scavenge a wrecked Imperial Star Destroyer to fill your belly with this stuff, though you may have to make a run to the store. It requires matcha powder and cake flour, which you may or may not have handy. Once you get the ingredients rounded up, you can go from a mug of slop to some kind of green baked good after 45 seconds in the microwave. Check out the complete recipe here, and feel free to think hard about your life choices as you eat cake from a mug. Star Wars.

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