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Replay – Star Wars: Dark Forces

Today is the 20th anniversary of Star Wars: Dark Forces! This episode of Replay is a celebration of this groundbreaking release. We discuss its place in history, our thoughts on the series today, and give you the one thing you've always wanted: the back story of assassin droid IG-88 A. Tim Turi plays the game like champ, making a fair amount of progress on his own before we resort to cheats to show off a number of this game's levels, weapons, and story sequences.

For a comprehensive look back at this Dark Forces, be sure to read Tim Turi's excellent Classic GI article in the April 2015 issue, or you can find it online here.

Our second segment is a journey into the unknown in game that sounds so bad that we're betting it's pretty damn great. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments section below, and let us know what games you would like to see in future episodes of Replay!

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The Star Fox Gang Is Older And Wiser In New Pixel Art Prints

Artist Alex Griendling imagines what Fox and company might look like 22 years (!) after their debut game.

On his site, Griendling writes, "It's been 22 years since we first met Team Star Fox in their SNES debut, and with a new Star Fox game being released this year, I decided to reimagine the team as they might look now. A little worse for wear, the hardships of missions past are etched into their battle-worn faces."

For $ 30, you get 5×5-inch prints (pictured above) of Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy. However, you better act fast. Instead of doing a set number of prints for the limited edition, Griendling has put them on sale from February 3 through February 6. He will print as many are sold in that time period, then announce how many prints were sold. No more will be printed after the initial orders. Basically, you have a little more than 24 hours to act. You can purchase the print set here.

Griendling frequently does game-inspired art, including these amazing laser-cut, wooden maps of Hyrule

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Off the Grid: The Witcher Adventure Game and Star Wars Imperial Assault

Like most sci-fi shows on Fox, Off the Grid is getting canceled (we’re all saying goodbye, actually).

In this series finale of the board and card game series I had hoped to evolve over time, we’re keeping our spirits high with a look at two recent, …
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Immature Star Wars Light Saber Battle

For decades, gamers have been imaging various modifications to the classic Jedi weapon. We've seen double-sided sabers and sabers with handguards, but that's not the end of the craziness. Watch what happens when two force-wielding combatants try to outdo each other with their schwartz.

In what is basically an ad for Loot Crate, Mr.TVCow give us a unique spin on the classic light saber duel.

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Star Citizen expected to reach $100 million in funding

Wing Commander, and more recently Star Citizen creator Chris Roberts recently delivered his BAFTA Masterclass presentation in Los Angeles and via Twitch, revealing target launch dates for each phase of the game. As reported by Polygon, the beta progr…
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The Star Citizen Release Date Road Map

At a BAFTA LA Masterclass session, Cloud Imperium's Chris Roberts announced the release road map for Star Citizen – including when he expects commercial launch.

The game has different parts to it such as an FPS component, ship combat/racing (Arena Commander), single-player/co-op campaign (Squadron 42), etc., and these will come out in various forms as you can see in the slide below. If everything goes according to plan, the whole thing should come together by the end of 2016.

"Next year, probably towards the end of it, is when everything will be all together in one package with most of the content there," said Roberts during his presentation. "Really from the end of this year to the end of next year, it's really going to be a big content drive and fine-tuning and honing drive."

Note: Roberts said that the "beta" text for the Planetside/social component in the slide should read "Alpha."

 

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Nailing dates in game development – particularly on this scale – is tricky, but at least Roberts is being transparent at this stage for his crowdfunded project.

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Humble Card Game Bundle deals out Scrolls, Star Realms

Humble Bundle has a new promotion on deck: digital card games. From Mjoang’s newest (and previously most litigious) Scrolls to the granddaddy of deck-builders Dominion, the Humble Card Game Bundle has plenty to offer those looking for a reprieve from…
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GOG.com adds six Star Wars games, including KOTOR 2

GOG.com added a second helping of Lucasfilm games to its classic PC gaming catalog today, giving players the opportunity to download six Star Wars games on its platform, DRM-free. Three of the games are available digitally for the first time accordin…
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Dark Horse Digital Star Wars Comics Are On Sale Until They Disappear In Two Days

Earlier this year, Disney announced that Marvel (also owned by the House of Mouse) will take over responsibility for Star Wars comics. That means that Dark Horse’s time with the property, which began in 1990, is coming to a close after nearly 24 years.

As a send-off, the publisher is offering every digital Star Wars comic at 50 percent off. In addition to single issues and omnibuses, there are bundles available covering Knights of the Old Republic, Clone Wars, Dawn of the Jedi, Darth Vader, and more.

For $ 300, you can get the whole lot, consisting of over 20 years of comics. The list price on this bundle is $ 2,714.34, according to Dark Horse. 

These will be removed from circulation on January 1, 2015, but if you purchase them before they are gone you can re-download them. The expanded universe may have been obliterated like Alderaan, but that doesn’t mean these stories aren’t worth reading. You can check out the bundle (and it's discounted components) on Dark Horse's website.

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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.

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