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DeviantArt Celebrates Star Wars Day With Showcase Of Fan Art

If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet today, you have probably already heard that today is Star Wars Day. Why today, you ask? It’s because the date seems tailor-made for fans of a galaxy far, far away (May the fourth be with you).

This year is a special one for Star Wars fans. The recent fan Celebration event in Anaheim saw the reveal of EA’s Star Wars Battlefront, more news about this December’s release of Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and our first hints about what to expect from standalone Star Wars film Rogue One.

With all of that news, creative juices are flowing. DeviantArt is showcasing the works of a number of community creators.

You can check out the images below, with titles and links to the creators’ DeviantArt pages. Let us know which is your favorite. All images, including The Force Awakens – Stromtrooper by DarthTemoc above can be clicked to enlarge.


sith lord by DenisTsepelev


The Force Awakens by Dragonbaze


The Force Awakens – BB8 Sketch by Geekincognito


Star Wars the force awakens by Art-Calavera


the force awakens fan art contest by kurassus


The Force Awakens by LukeLDH

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Star Wars Battlefront Launches With 12 Multiplayer Maps

EA and DICE are sharing some new information on Star Wars Battlefront today. As we mentioned during Star Wars Celebration, one of the less familiar planets we’ll be fighting on is Sullust.

It was mentioned in Return of the Jedi, but never shown. And while this isn’t the first time we’ll be traveling there in a Star Wars game, this envisioning required a field trip to Iceland.

While Endor, Tatooine and Hoth reference photographs were easy to capture (the team visited the filming locations from the movies), Sullust was trickier. Iceland thankfully had the right combination of barren landscapes, rock formations, and the all-important lava.

EA says that Battlefront will launch with 12 multiplayer maps, and it seems like many of them will be different areas of the included planets. “The overall look and feel for Sullust is very much Imperial and under construction, playing in locations within the planet such as a lava theme, sulfur theme, Death Star-inspired theme, and lastly a mine theme,” EA writes. EA also mentions that something called Star Wars Battlefront Missions will further augment the number of locations in the game. 

For more on Star Wars Battlefront, check out our coverage from Star Wars Celebration. EA has also posted two wallpapers in different sizes of scenes from Sullust.

[Source: EA]

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Celebrate May The 4th With Our Favorite Star Wars Features

Today is May 4th, which used to be a day like any other until someone thought it would be funny to say "May the fourth be with you."  Now it's Star Wars day, on which we celebrate all things related to the iconic galaxy far, far away. We're observing the occasion by collecting some of our best Star Wars stories.

Whether you want to read about a canceled game or a tribute to the lightsaber, Star Wars fans of all sorts should find something interesting to read about in the links below.

Enjoy!

Gaming's Best And Worst Star Wars Characters

Our Favorite Star Wars Easter Eggs And References

Art From The Darth Maul Game You'll Never Get To Play

The Lightsaber – Looking Back At A Star Wars Icon In Video Games

Thirty Minutes Of Footage From Free Radical's Canceled Star Wars Battlefront III

The Story Behind Star Wars: Dark Forces

Fall Of The Empire: How Inner Turmoil Brought Down Lucasarts

LucasFilm Jettisons The Star Wars Expanded Universe

Star Wars 1313 Opens New Chapter In The Saga (With Gameplay Video) 

Where's My Sequel? – Star Wars: Republic Commando

Test Chamber – Zen Studios Star Wars Rebels Table

Replay – Star Wars: Battlefront

Replay – Star Wars: Masters Of Teras Kasi 

Star Wars Celebration 2015 News Round-Up

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Watch All Of Star Wars Rebels’ First Season Online For Free

Ahead of the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens later this year, Star Wars Rebels is one of the few new pieces of Star Wars media that is considered canon – and now you can get all caught up free of charge.

It's an important storyline in terms of the Star Wars universe, and is already appearing in video game form with mobile games and a Zen Pinball board, which you can see use play below on Test Chamber. It's also supposed to be pretty good. The show is being made available for free as part of the May the fourth Star Wars celebrations, which begins on Monday.

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You can head to StarWars.com to watch the show in full ahead of the premiere of its second season on June 20, which Andrew Reiner can't stop raving about after seeing it early at Star Wars celebration.

[Source: Star Wars, via IGN]

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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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Four New Star Wars Games Arrive On GoG, Others Land On Steam

Even though Star Wars Celebration is behind us, Star Wars Day is rapidly approaching. Not familiar with Star Wars Day? Well, it’s held every year on May the 4th.

To celebrate, GoG has added two more titles to its LucasArts catalog Star Wars: Rebel Assault and Star Wars Rebel Assault II are full-motion video rail shooters. These are available as a single offering.

Star Wars: Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast and Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy have also arrived on GoG. Additionally, the Collector’s CD-ROM editions of X-Wing and TIE Fighter have replaced the standard editions for all previous and future buyers. These versions offer better sound and improved flight.

GoG is offering two bundles through Thursday, May 6 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific / May 7 at 2:59 a.m. Eastern. The Blaster Bundle includes X-Wing, TIE Fighter, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, Rebellion, Rogue Squadron, X-Wing Alliance, Galactic Battlegrounds Saga, and Rogue Squadron 3D, priced at $ 38.93.

The Saber Bundle includes Dark Forces, Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II, Jedi Knight II – Jedi Outcast, Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy, Knights of the Old Republic, Knights of the Old Republic II, Empire at War Gold Pack, Battlefront II, Republic Commando, and Starfighter. This bundle will run you $ 22.44.

For those who prefer to purchase from Steam, four X-Wing titles have arrived on Valve’s platform. They are: X-Wing Special Edition, TIE Fighter Special Edition, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter, and X-Wing Alliance.

[Source: GoG.com, Steam]

 

Our Take
Expect a flood of classic and new Star Wars games, toys, and tie-in merchandise as we near the release of Episode VII. This is widely considered a good thing… unless Gungans are involved.

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Replay – Star Wars: Battlefront

After spending a week at Star Wars Celebration, and getting my first look at DICE's upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront revival, I didn't want the Star Wars fun to end. I assembled a new Star Wars Lego set for my work desk, spent the majority of my week working on Star Wars stories for our next magazine, and it didn't take much effort to convince my Replay cohorts that we should go back and play the game that started it all: Pandemic's 2004 hit, Star Wars: Battlefront.

Since no one is likely playing multiplayer online anymore, we take a look at the game's single-player and splitscreen action in the PlayStation 2 version. We discuss all things Battlefront, the anatomy of stormtroopers, our favorite Star Wars costumes, and watch Tim Turi spend a significant amount of time in an AT-ST.

In our second segment, we say goodbye to our dear friend Matt Helgeson as we play a game that he remembers fondly. The third segment in this week's show is the final Super Replay Showdown between Jeff Cork and me. One will fall. One will stand. And both of us end up looking ridiculous, thanks to Ben Hanson's game choice.

As always, leave your comments about our silly little show below, and if you have any problems with the video, check out the YouTube link. See you next week!

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Star Wars: Rogue One Film Is A Prequel, Will Follow Mission To Steal Death Star Plans

A few details about Star Wars' 2016 film, Rogue One, have been revealed as part Star Wars Celebration 2015. It will take place before Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

It won't be a numbered entry in the Star Wars film pantheon and instead serves as a stand-a-lone anthology film. According to a recent panel covering the film with its director Gareth Edwards (Godzilla), it won't feature Jedis or special powers, and is instead being approached as a grounded war film. The only confirmed casting so far is Felicity Jones, who will be playing a Rebel soldier who is involved in the mission. Here's the movie's official, one-line description:

A band of resistance fighters unite for a daring mission to steal the
Death Star plans in the Star Wars Anthology film, Rogue One.

The panel also showed a brief teaser for the movie (which has not begun shooting) showing a lone TIE fighter flying through a forested valley, panning up to reveal the Death Star seen through the clouds in the distance.

The remainder of the the panel, which you can read in more detail about here, saw Edwards talking about how big of a Star Wars fan he is, and how difficult it was for him to not tell anyone he would be directing a Star Wars movie for six months.

For all the news from Star Wars Celebration, head here.

[Source: Star Wars, via The Verge]

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Taking Star Wars: Battlefront’s Temperature – Our Readers Tell Us How Excited They Are(n’t)

Following the reveal of Star Wars: Battlefront, we posted a reader discussion asking our readers if the game is a must-play title. These are the results of our inquiry.

From the chart below, you can see that there were four general categories readers fell into regarding Battlefront's first showcase: Exuberant, cautiously optimistic, recklessly pessimistic, and finally there were others who actively hated the idea of a new Star Wars: Battlefront – or at least the version we learned about last week.

There were actually two other categories that were hard to place into any of the four above. Comments like "I'd play it if it was on Wii U," from Marbi Z and, "Is that dude wearing a hat made out off a koopa troopa?" from Ozz0912 offered absolutely no indication of their excitement one way or another. Many readers also pleaded the fifth and said they weren't prepared to make any kind of judgment about their interest until they saw gameplay.

Overall, our readers are very excited to play a new Star Wars: Battlefront from the creators of Battlefield, but many had reservations. The biggest callouts against the game included the removal of space battles – a big sticking point for many – and the limited player number. Readers also, surprisingly, said they were upset that the prequel trilogy was not represented. My surprise may just be because of my own personal preference for the original trilogy, however.

Readers also stated they are worried about the game's day one servers. TheDarkestLink wrote, "I want to believe… But I'm also quite wary. I'm not the only one who remembers DICE's past server problems. Battlefield 4 comes to mind. It's a must play for me if the servers work at launch."

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Some like Yob were very disappointed in the game's first look writing, "It looks like a Battlefield game with Star Wars themes and laser guns instead of bullets. The jetpack usage in the video looks just like Titanfall or Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. No space battles? Not excited even a little bit for this."

Most, as the chart above shows, were very excited. Reader jesusmbz just wrote, "Yes, yes, hell yes!!!" and Alex K. Porell wrote, "I'm really excited for it, and the fact that it has split-screen is awesome."

One interesting comment came from reader GeneralChurch who wrote they weren't even a Battlefront fan, but they were a Battlefield 2142 fan, and this will likely be a close substitute for that game.

You can check out the full reader discussion here. Star Wars Battlefront is due November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. You can also read Reiner's extensive preview of the game for more details.

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Reader Discussion: Is Star Wars Battlefront On Your Must-Play List?

Now that you’ve seen the first trailer and read our impressions of the gameplay, it’s time to weigh in. What do think of Star Wars Battlefront based on what you know?

This morning’s reveal and executive editor Andrew Reiner’s preview gave us a flood of new details. We know which planets we’ll be visiting (at least some of them) and a bit about one of the modes featuring an AT-AT on the rampage.

We know the targeted player counts, release date, and the fate of space battles. Sadly, while you can still pilot iconic vehicles, you won’t be able to dogfight among the stars.

There’s a lot to digest, and we expect your feelings might change as more information and deeper gameplay videos are revealed. But right now, we want to know what you think of today’s new Battlefront information.

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