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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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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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Here’s What Civil War’s Big Fight Scene Sounds Like With Marvel Vs. Capcom Sound Effects

The fight scene at the airport in Captain America: Civil War is a big important set piece, but it is missing something crucial.

Thankfully, YouTube user Frob Man recognized the scene's shortcoming and fixed it – by filling it with sound effects from Capcom's Marvel vs. Capcom series of games. It cheesy and silly, but strangely appropriate.

For a more serious take on Captain America: Civil War, head here for a spoiler-filled discussion.

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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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Long Gone Days: RPG explores war’s emotional impact on soldiers

Camila Gormaz, creator of military RPG Long Gone Days, wanted to explore the life of the soldier, but not through action and gunplay. She focused on the emotional impact that war has on soldiers. …


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Star Wars Battlefront Death Star DLC Includes A Good Ol’ Trench Run

One of the bigger complaints about Star Wars Battlefront is that it keeps combat relatively grounded. Sure, you can strap into an X-Wing or a TIE Fighter, but you couldn't soar into the blackness of space. That's about to change.

In September, EA will release the third of four Star Wars Battlefront DLC packs. The Death Star add-on isn't just a march down the space station's glossy halls. It's a three-part saga that kicks off with an epic space battle around a huge Star Destroyer.

The mission, dubbed Battle Station, begins with the Rebellion attempting to clear the way toward the Death Star by obliterating a Star Destroyer. Waves of Y-Wings will swoop in, bombing the massive ship. The Empire must hold off the fleet for 10 minutes. This segment was much more satisfying than the terrestrial ship battles featured so far. Having more room to maneuver, asteroids to duck behind, and the giant Star Destroyer to dodge was the most fulfilling time I've had in one of Battlefront's starfighters.

Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to play the other two segments. Following the Star Destroyer fight, the battle goes indoors on foot, where soldiers rush through the space station's corridors in a pitched battle. This section is a great place to try out the two new playable heroes, Chewbacca and Bossk. Finally, the Death Star mission wraps up with one of Star Wars' most iconic moments. You'll have a chance to bullseye an exhaust port in as you fly the Death Star trench in an X-Wing while Vader tries to stop you in his TIE Advanced.

Look for the Death Star DLC next month, with a two-week lead-in for season pass holders. For more, check out our review.

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