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Get To Know Poe In New Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Trailer

Poe Dameron is one of the best pilots in the whole Resistance – or at least that's what everyone keeps saying in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. You'll get a chance to put his skills to the test in the Lego adaptation of the film, as you can see in a new trailer for the game.

The clip shows some space combat, as well as a few lines of new dialogue recorded by actor Oscar Isaac. He's just one of the cast members who have lent their talents to the game. It's an interesting split from TT Games' past Lego titles, which have relied on pantomime, lines pulled straight from the source, or new recordings from soundalikes to tell their stories.

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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming June 28.

For more information on Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, visit our cover hub. It's filled with exclusive information and video interviews and features from the game's creators.

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The Force Awakens’ Cast Returns In All-New Lego Star Wars Missions

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens predictably tells the story of the film, with the whimsical humor that TT Games' Lego titles are known for. When we visited TT Fusion a few months ago for our cover story, we were surprised to learn the studio also had the go-ahead from Lucasfilm to create canonical new story missions that show what happened before the film started. A new trailer has been released, showing off some of these missions, as well as the announcement that the movie's cast has recorded new dialogue exclusive to the game. If you've ever wanted to hear Harrison Ford say, "Wookiee cookie," this is your lucky day.

Here's a rundown of the new story content that's coming to the game on June 28, with descriptions straight from Warner Bros.

  • Rathtar Hunting – Follows Han Solo and Chewbacca’s voyage to capture the ravenous Rathtars.
  • Lor San Tekka’s Return – Uncovers secrets behind Lor San Tekka’s journey to the Jakku Village.
  • Poe to the Rescue – Details Poe Dameron’s daring rescue mission to save Admiral Ackbar. 
  • Crimson Corsair– Explores how the notorious Outer Rim pirate, the Crimson Corsair, foiled the plans of the First Order. 
  • Trouble Over Taul– Follows the events leading up C-3PO’s acquisition of his new red arm.
  • Ottegan Assault– Reveals a puzzle piece to how the Resistance and the First Order find Lor San Tekka on Jakku.

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The following actors have lent their vocal talents to the game, ensuring that it's as authentic an experience as possible. Well, as authentic as a Star Wars game that features rubber duckies, hot tubs, and dancing stormtroopers can be.

  • Adam Driver (Kylo Ren)
  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
  • Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa)
  • Daisy Ridley (Rey)
  • Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux)
  • Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma)
  • Harrison Ford (Han Solo)
  • John Boyega (Finn)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata)
  • Max von Sydow (Lor San Tekka)
  • Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)

For more on Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including exclusive video features, be sure to visit our hub page by clicking the banner below. And be sure to check out the latest issue of Game Informer magazine for a preview of the story missions, including additional information straight from the developers.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 1 And 2 Now Backward Compatible On Xbox One

Two “holiday-appropriate” games have been added to the Xbox One backward compatibility list. It’s Star Wars Day, and now you have two more ways to swing a lightsaber on Microsoft’s console.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II are now playable on Xbox One. These are available in addition to the three games that joined the program earlier this week.

If you don’t happen to own these two Force-powered games, you can get them on sale right now. Both are priced at $ 4.99 (regularly $ 19.99) for a limited time.

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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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