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Nostalgia attacks first in new Cosmic Star Heroine video

Maybe this footage of Zeboyd Games’ upcoming PS4 and Vita roleplaying game Cosmic Star Heroine could look more like a time-displaced refugee from the dawn of the 32-bit era if its first moments featured the classic Square logo and Chrono Trigger them…
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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.


Image source: Entertainment Weekly

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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Darth Vader And Luke Skywalker Duke It Out In Star Wars: Commander

Echos of the Force is a new time-limited campaign that takes players to the world of Er’Kit and introduces Vader and Luke Skywalker to the game.

Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader haven’t been featured Disney’s Clash of Clan-like mobile game before, but in today’s update, players will uncover the Rebel’s secret plans, and help defend the Er’Kit people from the Empire as these iconic Star Wars Characters.

Fortunately, these new heroes also have some special abilities that will help turn the tied of battle.

“In the middle of battle you have the ability to trigger this special power where each character will deflect blaster fire away from themselves,” says Star Wars Commander executive producer and VP of Disney Interactive Nate Etter. “They draw fire away from the turrets and the defensive structures from the base. They can help nullify some of the damage from the defensive structures while doing damage to the buildings that surround them. They’re some pretty powerful characters.”

In addition to Luke and Vader, this new update adds a couple of time-limited units, including:

Rebel Starship Strike A–Wing : The Rebel Alliance uses A-Wing starfighters to support ground forces. Their powerful weaponry employs an advanced targeting system, concentrating firepower to dispatch particle shields.

Empire Starship Strike TIE Advanced: A newly developed advanced prototype of the TIE Starfighter line, these starships are equipped with a highly sophisticated target tracking system, making them extremely useful against shields.

Rebel Infantry Vanguard Units: Vanguards field powerful PLEX rocket launchers, designed to destroy walls from a distance. They can easily destroy single walls, but are slow and best used to create breaches for other unit types.

When we asked Etter if Disney had any plans to release a new game or special update in conjunction with the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film next year, the Disney VP said, “It’s a really fun time to be working in Star Wars. There is a lot of exciting stuff coming up. With Star Wars Commander in particular, we built the platform in a way that would allow us to tell story. We’ve been working closely with the Lucas Film story team to be able to tell this story arc that spans from Episode IV through the events of The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, and potentially into the future beyond that.”

 

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I’m not a huge fan of Clash of Clans-type games, and I only played Star Wars Commander for about two days before I got tired of the wait timers, but this is a cool addition and it might get me to jump back into the game and give it another spin.

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The answer to Star Citizen’s $64M question: pets

As Star Citizen’s number of crowdfunded dollars continues to climb, developer Chris Roberts and his team at Cloud Imperium Games continue to add new stretch goals to the game’s development. This week, Roberts thanked his backers for pushing the game …
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Five Games You Can Use To Experience The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser has taken over the Internet – but why keep watching it when you could (sort of) relive it?

The teaser is basically made up of seven distinct scenes, many of which will be familiar to gamers if you really stretch your imagination. The obvious answer to recreating these scenes in video game form would be to play Star Wars video games, but that's too easy. Here are five games you can play to experience these scenes in non-Star Wars video games. Hopefully this will hold you over for the year leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens' release.

The first scene shown in the teaser features John Boyega in a desert by himself, presumably unsure why he's there. That sounds a lot like the plot of Journey.

Journey – Exploring a desert without any tangible clue why you're there? The only thing missing is a Storm Trooper outfit.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception – Alternatively, you could also play the last third or so of Uncharted 3 where Drake finds himself in the desert, alone, and probably sweating just as much as Boyega is in the image above.

Next up we meet Daisy Ridley riding some kind of land rocket with a seat through the dessert.

Jak 3 – If you want to ride some vehicles around the desert, the third entry in the Jak & Daxter series is your best bet. And if you really want to get fancy, there is a mission where the player, as Daxter, rides an actual rocket around at high speeds.

There isn't much to to be gathered form the scene above, other than there's a new lightsaber, and dark forests are much more intimidating when cloaked mystery magicians walk through them.

Baldur's Gate II – Baldur's Gate II has some great great dark and scary woods and are fully open to all magicians and sorcerers interested in taking a stroll.

You know that fancy somersault move the Millennium Falcon does at the end of the teaser right before the title appears?

Starfox 64 – That move looks remarkably similar to the Arwing maneuver when you go out of bounds while in all-range-mode in Starfox 64. Or it could be the somersault move used to get behind enemies who are on your tail. Something tells me Han Solo has been playing Starfox in order to train for his renewed battle with the Empire.

To see the Star Wars teaser, head here.

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Classic Star Wars skins make the jump to Minecraft for Xbox

Did the teaser for JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens … ahem … awaken within you a burning nostalgia for the Star Wars franchise? If so, you’re in luck: skins designed after Galactic Civil War-era Star Wars characters are now ava…
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Brief But Exciting Teaser Trailer Is Online

You won't see any Luke, Leia, or Han, but there is plenty of other footage to see in the first glimpse at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

New robots and landscapes, familiar spaceships, good guys, bad guys, the Millennium Falcon fighting TIE fighters, and one new lightsaber all appear in the brief, but exciting few seconds of footage below.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to theaters December of next year.

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Barely Related: Star Wars wakes up the Force

This week was full of little geeky goodies. Om nom nom.

Welcome to Barely Related, a conversational Friday column that presents the non-gaming news stories that we, the Joystiq staff, have been talking about over the past week. And no, we’re not…
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Star Citizen is now a first-person shooter, too

Star Citizen isn’t just about spaceships anymore. At PAX Australia, developer Cloud Imperium Games showed off the extremely well-crowdfunded game’s first-person shooter module, which lets players fight for glory with handheld armaments (as opposed to…
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Make contact with 10 minutes of Star Citizen gameplay footage

Space is big. Very big. The-next-closest-planet-is-more-than-30-million-miles-away-on-a-good-day big. That’s going to give any spacefaring readers out there plenty of downtime, so why not spend 10 minutes of it with Star Citizen gameplay, pulled from…
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