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Everything You Do In Mortal Kombat X Will Be Part Of Weekly Faction Wars

Way back at E3 2014, we sat down with NetherRealm’s Ed Boon to talk about Mortal Kombat X. During that conversation, he told us that for the first time in the series, the studio is including a persistent online mode. Today, we finally have the details on what’s known as Faction Wars.

In a new trailer, members of the studio discuss how we’ll interact with every other player in Mortal Kombat X. When we begin, we’ll be asked to choose one of five factions (White Lotus, Black Dragon, Brotherhood of Shadow, Special Forces, and Lin Kuei). 

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From there, every match we play (in story mode, single-player, and online) will contribute faction points. At the end of each week, a winner will be declared, with rewards going to the victors.

Players will be able to rank up within their factions, as well. Taking down members of other factions, accomplishing tasks, and climbing the new and changing living towers will all increase your status.

During a random 24-hour period in each week, a special event will take place with an invasion from one of Mortal Kombat’s realms. For more, check out the trailer above to hear from the team about this new feature in the long-running series.

Mortal Kombat X will be out on April 14 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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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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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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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars updated on iOS, out now on Android

When Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars launched on iOS devices in 2010, it wasn’t offered as a universal app, meaning that one purchase wouldn’t grant players versions of the game for both iPhone and iPad. Four years later, developer Rockstar Games ha…
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Here’s The Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer Recreated In Grand Theft Auto V

During modern times in a galaxy based on a fictionalized version of the west coast…

YouTube channel Powerlight-13 took the endlessly parodied and recreated Star Wars teaser trailer and added a Grand Theft Auto twist. Overall, it's really well done, especially the flying sequences. You can check out the video below.

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For more on the Star Wars teaser trailer head here to see what video games you should play to experience the trailer's moments, and here for arguably the teaser's best parody.

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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.


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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.

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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.”

 

Our Take
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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