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Reminder: Star Wars Returns To Retail This Friday

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on December 16 (80 days from now), but you won't have to wait long to get to know the characters, as retailers can begin selling Rogue One toys and merchandise on September 30, a.k.a. Force Friday. Most retailers are still flush with Force Awakens collectibles, but you'll now find Rogue One toys sitting next to Rey and BB-8 on store shelves.

If you are hunting for specific toys – such as Hasbro's popular Black series – you may want to see if your retailer is opening at midnight for collectors. If history repeats itself, the Rogue One merchandise will sell out fast, but should be replenished in the months ahead. With that in mind, I would urge caution in paying extra for any figure. Holding out and waiting for them to return to retail is your best bet.

Happy hunting to all collectors! We have a feeling Jyn Erso and K-2SO are going to be the popular characters this time around.

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Replay – Star Wars: Demolition

Between the release of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, Star Wars received one of its stranger video game spin-offs, and Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, Jeff Marchiafava, and I decided to see how it holds up.

Released in 2000, Star Wars: Demolition was developed by Luxoflux, the studio behind Vigilante 8 and later the True Crime series. It's a vehicle combat game comparable to Twisted Metal (or perhaps more appropriately, Vigilante 8) where players battle it out for Jabba The Hutt's entertainment. In the Star Wars storyline, it takes place right before Return of the Jedi, but does feature some Phantom Menace vehicles and robots. When Disney announced it would be getting rid of all the expanded universe Star Wars fiction ahead of the release of The Force Awakens, we mentioned Demolition as a game we did not mind being forgotten, and this episode of Replay does a good job explaining why.

For the second part of Replay, we take a look at a PlayStation 2 game that time has been much kinder to.

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For more episodes of Replay, check out our Replay hub, or click on the banner below to watch episodes on YouTube.

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Kabam pulls the plug on struggling Star Wars: Uprising

Kabam’s free-to-play action RPG Star Wars: Uprising has been canceled and pulled from the iOS and Android app stores.  …


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Star Wars Reminds Us That Rancors Are More Than Happy To Bite The Hand That Feeds

Special effects studio Industrial Light and Magic recently held a contest to find new Star Wars concept artists, and though this piece wasn't one of the winners, it's still pretty amazing.

The piece, from artist Adam Vehige imagines a scenario where Jabba the Hutt is killed not because of a chain around his neck, but instead by his own rancor that realized if it just reached a little higher, maybe it could finally see what's really going on with the dance floor constantly reverberating above his head.

To see some of the concept art winners, head here. And for all things sci-fi and often Star Wars, make sure to read Andrew Reiner's column, Science-Fiction Weekly.

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Star Wars Battlefront Death Star DLC Releases Next Week, Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Star Wars Battlefront's third expansion pack, Death Star, is releasing next week for season pass owners. The DLC will have heroes such as Chewbacca and Bossk, a new mode, as well as five additional maps. Players will also be treated to new weapons and Star Cards.

The news was announced alongside the reveal of a gameplay trailer, which shows off Chewbacca and Bossk in action, along with some epic space battles. It also gives a glimpse into a mission called the Battle Station, which puts players in an X-Wing as they make their way towards the Death Star.

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Star Wars Battlefront Death Star DLC releases September 20. You can read our Gamescom preview here.

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PSA: Star Wars Battlefront’s Bespin DLC Free To Play For Limited Time

If you haven't snagged the DLC for Battlefront that includes Cloud City, you can now play it free–for a bit anyway. DICE and EA are making the map open for everyone to play until September 18.

The free trial was initially revealed when the game's live events calendar was updated last. There's also a double XP weekend coming up on September 23 to celebrate the release of the upcoming Death Star DLC.

You can check out Andrew Reiner's review of the game here.

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Watch Lego Star Wars And Action Figures Collide In Star Wars Go Rogue

As part of their marketing campaign for Star Wars: Rogue One, Lucasfilm is releasing a four-part series of shorts which pit different kinds of Star Wars action figures against each other.

Star Wars Go Rogue uses stop-motion animation to have Star Wars action figures, Lego Star Wars characters, and Funco Pop statues talk and fight with each other. Each short is about two to three minutes long and uses fourth-wall breaking humor to mix the different kinds of toys together. The plot has Rogue One protagonist Jyn Erso looking for the plans to the Lego Death Star set, fighting off Lego Storm Troopers working with Cassian Andor and Baze Malbus.

The series is also accompanied by a contest encouraging fans to create their own two-minute Star Wars: Rogue One-inspired short. The winner will be flown out to Lucasfilm for a screening of Star Wars: Rogue One. You can watch the first two parts of Go Rogue below.

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Watch Lego Star Wars And Action Figures Collide In Star Wars Go Rogue

As part of their marketing campaign for Star Wars: Rogue One, Lucasfilm is releasing a four-part series of shorts which pit different kinds of Star Wars action figures against each other.

Star Wars Go Rogue uses stop-motion animation to have Star Wars action figures, Lego Star Wars characters, and Funco Pop statues talk and fight with each other. Each short is about two to three minutes long and uses fourth-wall breaking humor to mix the different kinds of toys together. The plot has Rogue One protagonist Jyn Erso looking for the plans to the Lego Death Star set, fighting off Lego Storm Troopers working with Cassian Andor and Baze Malbus.

The series is also accompanied by a contest encouraging fans to create their own two-minute Star Wars: Rogue One-inspired short. The winner will be flown out to Lucasfilm for a screening of Star Wars: Rogue One. You can watch the first two parts of Go Rogue below.

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Test Chamber – Star Trek Online’s Console Debut

Way back in October of 2008, we premiered a game on our magazine cover called Star Trek Online. The new (at the time) MMO from Cryptic Studios promised to fulfill the dreams of many Star Trek fans hoping for new adventures in the original science fiction universe and timeline. At the time, Cryptic was also planning a release on unannounced consoles. 

It took six years after the game’s initial PC launch in 2010, but console players are finally getting a shot at exploring the final frontier. The new PS4 and Xbox One versions of Star Trek Online have now launched, just in time for Star Trek's 50th anniversary, and this latest edition comes complete with a bunch of new content that we didn’t witness in the original release over half a decade ago. 

Andrew Reiner and I sat down to play the opening minutes of the new console version of Star Trek Online. We discovered how the new controls work, what it takes to bring down a Klingon warship, and crafted a truly screwed up backstory for our Gollum-esque Vulcan science officer. 

Enjoy!

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The 8 Most Notable Star Trek Games

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the debut of the original Star Trek series. That’s a lot of years’ worth of boldly going where no one has gone before as well as spin-off series, movies, tie-in novels, and video games. Unsurprisingly Star Trek, like most franchises that inspire games, has resulted in a number of bottom-barrel scraper merchandise tie-ins designed to prey on fandom. However, there have also been a number of quality games across several genres set in the Star Trek universe. To celebrate the franchise’s anniversary, we're taking a look at the most notable games that explored facets of the series in compelling ways.

Begin: A Tactical Starship Simulation (1981)

Though Star Trek isn’t in the name, Begin was a starship simulation that was set in the same universe and was the first Star Trek game to approach any sort of complexity, letting players choose their factions and battle other ships in space. Begin is a visually barren game, offering only text responses from your crewmates and a screen showing pointers serving as ships on the battlefield, but the tightness of the simulation leads to surprisingly tense stand-offs.

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (1992)

Often considered one of the best Star Trek games by both Trekkies and casual gamers, 25th Anniversary is an adventure title that stars the crew of the original series. The game’s split into two parts: with players either manning the bridge or an away team that’s exploring locations off the Enterprise.

25th Anniversary is memorable for its episodic structure. Each section essentially serving as a game version of a TV episode with colorful aesthetics and fun point-and-click segments.

You can grab Star Trek 25th Anniversary on GOG.com if you want to see what the fuss is about.

Star Trek: Starfleet Command (1999)

An adaptation of the table-top game Star Fleet Battles, Starfleet Command is a fun, challenging space warfare simulation that let players choose one of six races from the series. While the graphics are a little hard to look at today, the game’s solid systems hold up well and its campaign is a good time.

You can grab it on GOG.com as well.

Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force Series (2000)

Considered by many to be the pinnacle of Star Trek video game adaptations, Elite Force is a strong first-person shooter developed by Raven Software that successfully bridges the gap between pleasing fans of the show while creating a satisfactory experience for first-person shooter fans who might not be intimately familiar with the franchise.

While many Star Trek games have captured the feel of massive battles between spacecraft, Elite Force is the only one to take the close-quarters combat of the show and make it exhilarating, letting players phase and blast the Borg to their hearts’ content.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to purchase the game digitally, so the only way to grab a copy is by deep-diving for old copies in places like eBay and hoping modders have released a patch to make it run on contemporary systems.

Check out the rest of our picks by boldly going to page 2.


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