The Metroid And Dark Souls Inspirations Of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

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The Metroid And Dark Souls Inspirations Of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

To gain the best understanding of the experience Respawn Entertainment is building for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, you basically need to forget about past Star Wars games. Kill them if you have to. Certain elements that have become gameplay standards for Jedi-focused games still remain, like timing a button press to send a laser blast back at the stormtrooper that fired it, but the flow of combat and exploration are quite different than we’ve seen in a Star Wars title, and in fact have more in common with Metroid and Dark Souls.

The Metroid connection is exactly what you would expect. When protagonist Cal Kestis and his droid friend BD-1 explore a world, they may see areas that are out of reach or blocked by something. As the game unfolds and Cal and BD learn new abilities or are upgraded, they use new powers to open up previously unreachable zones.

The True Power Of The Force

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The True Power Of The Force

On May 25, 1977, Star Wars opened in cinemas and introduced us to a distant galaxy filled with wizards wielding light swords, space stations the size of moons, and more aliens and robots than scientists could possibly study in a lifetime. It was the pinnacle of science-fiction escapism that also touched us with a story filled with relatable characters we couldn’t help but root for. A good number of theatergoers who were there on day one never came back from that magical outing – they were transformed into fans for life.

After 40 years of cinematic magic, Star Wars’ stories are proving to be timeless. The big revelations and heartfelt moments from these films still resonate today and have become generational. Some of us grew up fearing the wrath of Darth Vader. The next generation got to know him as a young pod-racing star named Anakin Skywalker. And Vader is merely a legend for the newest batch of fans.

The True Power Of The Force

about X hours ago from
The True Power Of The Force

On May 25, 1977, Star Wars opened in cinemas and introduced us to a distant galaxy filled with wizards wielding light swords, space stations the size of moons, and more aliens and robots than scientists could possibly study in a lifetime. It was the pinnacle of science-fiction escapism that also touched us with a story filled with relatable characters we couldn’t help but root for. A good number of theatergoers who were there on day one never came back from that magical outing – they were transformed into fans for life.

After 40 years of cinematic magic, Star Wars’ stories are proving to be timeless. The big revelations and heartfelt moments from these films still resonate today and have become generational. Some of us grew up fearing the wrath of Darth Vader. The next generation got to know him as a young pod-racing star named Anakin Skywalker. And Vader is merely a legend for the newest batch of fans.

Replay – World of Warcraft: Classic

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Replay – World of Warcraft: Classic

Join Andy McNamara, Andrew Reiner, and Dan Tack as they party like it's 2004 with the World of Warcraft: Classic beta. Launching later this summer, WoW Classic will bring hordes of orcs and humans old and new to the original experience that redefined a genre and games as a whole. Are you going to grab 39 friends and take on Ragnaros?

For more Replay, come back to this website (or our YouTube channel) in seven days. 

Replay – World of Warcraft: Classic

about X hours ago from
Replay – World of Warcraft: Classic

Join Andy McNamara, Andrew Reiner, and Dan Tack as they party like it's 2004 with the World of Warcraft: Classic beta. Launching later this summer, WoW Classic will bring hordes of orcs and humans old and new to the original experience that redefined a genre and games as a whole. Are you going to grab 39 friends and take on Ragnaros? 

Replay – World of Warcraft: Classic

about X hours ago from
Replay – World of Warcraft: Classic

Join Andy McNamara, Andrew Reiner, and Dan Tack as they party like it's 2004 with the World of Warcraft: Classic beta. Launching later this summer, WoW Classic will bring hordes of orcs and humans old and new to the original experience that redefined a genre and games as a whole. Are you going to grab 39 friends and take on Ragnaros?

For more Replay, come back to this website (or our YouTube channel) in seven days. 

Destiny 2: Season Of Opulence – First Impressions

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Destiny 2: Season Of Opulence – First Impressions

Destiny 2 has had a tumultuous year – both in-game and on the real-world business side – but that doesn’t mean it’s had a bad year. With its split from Activision now formalized, the content now rolling out likely begins to represent the Destiny universe specifically as Bungie hopes to present it. The latest addition to that world is the Season of Opulence, a not-expansion that nonetheless offers a new helping of content for season pass players to explore. Like the Drifter and Forge seasons that preceded it, Opulence focuses squarely on content for the initiated, dedicated player. And while there’s a mix of good and concerning elements in these first few days, the experiences on offer are well worth checking out for veteran Guardians.

Destiny 2: Season Of Opulence – First Impressions

about X hours ago from
Destiny 2: Season Of Opulence – First Impressions

Destiny 2 has had a tumultuous year – both in-game and on the real-world business side – but that doesn’t mean it’s had a bad year. With its split from Activision now formalized, the content now rolling out likely begins to represent the Destiny universe specifically as Bungie hopes to present it. The latest addition to that world is the Season of Opulence, a not-expansion that nonetheless offers a new helping of content for season pass players to explore. Like the Drifter and Forge seasons that preceded it, Opulence focuses squarely on content for the initiated, dedicated player. And while there’s a mix of good and concerning elements in these first few days, the experiences on offer are well worth checking out for veteran Guardians.

Answering E3’s Biggest Questions

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Answering E3’s Biggest Questions

The lead up to E3 is always fraught with leaks and speculation, much of which raises more questions than answers. Luckily, I’ve got a secret weapon against the guesswork: I’m not going to E3 this year, so I don’t care!

This year I graciously volunteered to be on Game Informer’s E3 home team, where I’ll be providing insightful and downright spicy livestream commentary in a rotating crew that includes Dan “like and subscribe” Tack, Kyle “I need a haircut” Hilliard, Jeff “the other white meat” Cork, and of course Leo “I’m so f---ing funny it makes my other co-workers jealous” Vader.

Being on the home team is still a ton of work, but it also comes with some perks; I get to go home to my wife every night instead of a hotel room with Cork (she snores less…ish), and my commute is mercifully LAX-free. Most importantly, however, I didn’t have to worry about scheduling a million E3 appointments, dealing with tight-lipped publishers (you’re making video games, not working at the Pentagon!), or really pay much attention at all to E3 rumors running up to the show.

Answering E3’s Biggest Questions

about X hours ago from
Answering E3’s Biggest Questions

The lead up to E3 is always fraught with leaks and speculation, much of which raises more questions than answers. Luckily, I’ve got a secret weapon against the guesswork: I’m not going to E3 this year, so I don’t care!

This year I graciously volunteered to be on Game Informer’s E3 home team, where I’ll be providing insightful and downright spicy livestream commentary in a rotating crew that includes Dan “like and subscribe” Tack, Kyle “I need a haircut” Hilliard, Jeff “the other white meat” Cork, and of course Leo “I’m so f---ing funny it makes my other co-workers jealous” Vader.

Being on the home team is still a ton of work, but it also comes with some perks; I get to go home to my wife every night instead of a hotel room with Cork (she snores less…ish), and my commute is mercifully LAX-free. Most importantly, however, I didn’t have to worry about scheduling a million E3 appointments, dealing with tight-lipped publishers (you’re making video games, not working at the Pentagon!), or really pay much attention at all to E3 rumors running up to the show.