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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reimagined As A 16-Bit Game Trailer

Over the weekend, we shared a comical video of the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight in the style of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! The team behind that, Noober Goober, put something special together for Star Wars Day, too.

While it’s now May the Fifth (or, Cinco de Mayo, if you’re eager for another celebration), it’s never too late to enjoy Star Wars. Noober Goober has adapted The Force Awakens trailer revealed at Star Wars Celebration with SNES-era graphics.

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For some reason, I really want to play Super Star Wars now. If you happened to miss out on Star Wars Day yesterday, be sure to check out our roundup of our favorite features from a long time ago.

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Zen Uses The Force To Release Star Wars Rebels Pinball Tables

Star Wars continues to be a hot topic in the gaming world, as the memories of the first Battlefront trailer are fresh in our minds. While we have to wait months for that game, you can get a dose of a galaxy far, far away this week.

Zen Studios has announced that its eleventh table set in the Star Wars universe will be released this week. This intricate and flashy take on the ongoing conflict between Jedi and Sith uses the current Star Wars Rebels animated series as inspiration.

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Familiar characters from the show, including Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, Sabine Wren, and the astromech droid Chopper, make appearances during various events. You’ll be able to add the Star Wars Rebel table to your collection this week on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Vita, PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and Amazon platforms.

If you want to see the table in action, we put it through its paces in our Test Chamber.

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Opinion – The Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe Edition Is Weak Force

As you might expect from the Star Wars Battlefront blowout coverage today, the game is up for pre-order right now. I came across something interesting today courtesy of a friend: EA is offering a “deluxe” digital edition of its upcoming multiplayer title.

Included in the “deluxe” edition (you’ll understand the quotes in a moment) are the following items:

  • DL44 blaster – as made famous by Han Solo
  • Ion Grenade
  • Ion Torpedo
  • Ion Shock (exclusive emote)
  • Victory (exclusive emote)

The first three items on the list (the blaster, the grenade, and the torpedo) aren’t exclusive. They are listed as “instant access,” indicating that you can unlock them through normal play (confirmed to us by EA).

That leaves two purely cosmetic items separating the standard edition from the “deluxe” version. Instead of simply including these things for pre-orders (as has become common), EA is charging $ 10 for them. 

As someone who has purchased a number of special editions in the past, I can’t help but look at this and shake my head. EA is clearly banking on the power of the Star Wars license to hook gullible fans.

And lest you think I am judging too harshly, I looked at some of the other upgraded digital versions available as a point of comparison. Looking at EA's past entries reveals the Battlefront offering to be the weakest of the bunch.

Battlefield Hardline offers three different themed battlepacks (precision, versatility, and suppression) along with an additional 10 gold battlepacks, which may include weapons and gear (or just cosmetic customizations). Dragon Age: Inquisition gave players a special throne, two mounts, a number of multiplayer chests (similar to battlepacks in Battlefield), and the digital soundtrack. Both of these cost players an additional $ 10.

EA was vastly outshined by Sony, which offered an "Anniversary" edition for MLB The Show 15. According to Sony's own valuation, the $ 10 up-charge on this version offered more than $ 25 in in-game currency and item packs (combined value). This doesn't include the cost of the included 30 MLB dynamic themes and the MLB 15 dynamic theme. 

While I’m not sold on Battlefront yet (I’ll wait to see gameplay before making my decision), I can’t fault fans who pre-order. You’ll get The Force Awakens map (Jakku) one week early, so at least there’s benefit to committing prior to release (though maybe not so early). 

Save your $ 10 on the “deluxe” edition. Hide it in a drawer and forget about it until the inevitable season pass or “premium” offering is put on sale and put it toward that. There’s only one emote that this more expensive bundle deserves and it isn’t a thumb’s up.

I’m not opposed to cosmetic DLC, but hiding it behind the absurd “deluxe” label insults the audience. If you want to sell emotes, EA (and that’s pretty much what you’re doing here), just do it honestly.

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Check Out Some Of The Props From Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Most of the notable spectacles or events at Star Wars Celebration come with lengthy lines. Just getting into the store to buy a shirt can take over an hour. Seeing Star Wars: Battlefront requires people stand in line for over two hours. I expected a similar, if not longer, line for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens exhibit, which lets fans get up close and personal with costumes and props from the film, including Kylo Ren's lightsaber. Since this exhibit is on the second floor of the convention center, I don't think most people know about it. The wait was only 20 minutes long.

I don't think I need to say this, but SPOILERS abound. Here are crude snapshots of everything in the exhibit:


A model of the Resistance (not Rebel Alliance) X-Wing fighter


The Millennium Falcon is back with a new radar dish. Also pictured: a kid who is thinking about stealing this model


A kid-free look at the revamped Falcon


Kylo Ren in his weight-lifting belt


A better look at Ren's mask


A First Order (not Galactic Empire) flametrooper


The display's description reads: Specialized stormtroopers of the First Order, flametroopers carry incendiary weapons that can transform any battlefield into an infernal blaze.


The First Order snowtrooper


The snowtrooper's backpack. All of the First Order costumes look like they were designed by Apple


Two stormtroopers


BB-8


Jakku survival gear?


Rey's costume


Rey's gear


Fin's costume

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Journey And The Order: 1886 Characters Heading To Super Time Force Ultra On PlayStation 4

Alongside president of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, Super Time Force on PlayStation 4 is also getting Journey and The Order: 1886 characters.

Journey's protagonist has never had a name, but will apparently use their scarf, grace, and agility to take on the enemy. Sir Galahad from The Order will use his luger pistol and a chaotic arc rifle.

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Developer Capybara Games doesn't have a release date for the PlayStation 4 and Vita versions of the game outside of "very soon," but does confirm it will be a cross-buy title. For our review of Super Time Force, head here.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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Watch The New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Now!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens' J. J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy kicked off this year's Star Wars Celebration in the biggest way possible: by showing a new trailer for the December 18 theatrical release. The trailer is filled with fan service, giving us our first look at…well…it would be wrong for us to spoil the surprises here. Stop reading this worthless text and click play on the video below to get a deeper look at The Force Awakens!

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Watch The New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Now!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens' J. J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy kicked off this year's Star Wars Celebration in the biggest way possible: by showing a new trailer for the December 18 theatrical release. The trailer is filled with fan service, giving us our first look at…well…it would be wrong for us to spoil the surprises here. Stop reading this worthless text and click play on the video below to get a deeper look at The Force Awakens!

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Get A Sneak Peek Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Figures

The original Star Wars figures were so popular that they were sold in empty boxes because the manufacturer wasn't ready to meet the Christmas demand. We have a feeling that Disney could also sell empty boxes of The Force Awakens figures, but they probably won't. Get an early look at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens' costuming in these early prototype shots of Episode VII's action-figure line.

In the shot above you can see the figures, which are left to right: Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn, Daisy Ridley as Rey, droid BB-8, and Peter Mayhew’s Chewbacca.

Star Wars: The Force Awaken will change your life next December.

[Source: Chinese-Starwars via AintItCool]

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Here’s The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Recreated In Grand Theft Auto V

During modern times in a galaxy based on a fictionalized version of the west coast…

YouTube channel Powerlight-13 took the endlessly parodied and recreated Star Wars teaser trailer and added a Grand Theft Auto twist. Overall, it's really well done, especially the flying sequences. You can check out the video below.

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For more on the Star Wars teaser trailer head here to see what video games you should play to experience the trailer's moments, and here for arguably the teaser's best parody.

[Source: Powerlight-13 on YouTube, via Kotaku]

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Learn The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Characters’ Names With Trading Card Mock-Ups

Star Wars fans have pored over the first Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer for every bit of information possible. Thanks to some retro card mock-ups issued by director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, we now know the names of the characters featured in that trailer.

In an exclusive reveal to Entertainment Weekly, Abrams and Lucasfilm showed off the art, which unmasks just a little bit more of the Star Wars mystery. The cards reveal the names of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and Kylo Ren (unknown actor), and are made to emulate a series of Topps brand cards that ran in promotion of the 1977 original film. Oh, and the ball droid seen in the trailer is formally known as "BB-8." Told you it was adorable.


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It's interesting to note that, despite speculation over the gender of Kylo Ren, the card (above) explicitly refers to the character by a masculine pronoun. We still don't know exactly who portrays Kylo Ren in the film.

For the whole host of cards, visit Entertainment Weekly's exclusive story. If you're looking for more ways to embed yourself in the Star Wars universe, take a peek at Kyle's piece about games that'll help you fully experience the new trailer.

[Source: Entertainment Weekly]

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