Six Star Wars Characters We Hope To See In Upcoming Video Games

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When Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars, nearly all of the existing story material aside from the main films was erased from the proper Star Wars timeline. The old books and games are now referred to as “Legends,” and no longer affect the Star Wars canon. Beloved characters, planets, and storylines were dismissed, causing a bit of controversy. However, the Star Wars universe continues to grow with an influx of new movies, books, and games on the horizon.

Fans recently received the exciting news that Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of the most well-known characters from the now defunct expanded universe, would be re-introduced to proper canon in the newest season of the animated series Star Wars Rebels. With this announcement comes an opportunity for fans to see even more of their favorite characters back in action. Even some characters already introduced in the canon deserve another chance in the spotlight. There are plenty of upcoming video games already announced, but we don’t know exactly when they will take place or what kind of heroes and villains may pop up. These Star Wars characters could tell great stories if they were to appear in a future video game.

RPG Grind Time – Three Upcoming RPGs You Should Have On Your Radar

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RPG Grind Time – Three Upcoming RPGs You Should Have On Your Radar

Every time I turn around, it feels like an RPG I need to make time for is on the horizon. At times this can be overwhelming, especially considering the time commitment, but I wouldn't have it any other way. The only way the genre gets better is for developers - big and small - to try new things; the more variety we have, the more opportunities there are to draw new players into the genre and help it prosper. One of my goals with this column has been to talk about a wide array of games. That means touching on everything from the triple-A juggernauts to the smaller gems you might not know much about. Today's column focuses on the latter – three upcoming games that as an RPG fan you should have on your radar. These titles are coming out in the very near future, and they also have one more thing in common – they're all sticking with the tried-and-true turn-based battle system and doing interesting things with it.

Earthlock: Festival of Magic (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC) Release: September 1 (PC, Xbox One) (PS4, Wii U TBD)

What's New In Destiny: Rise of Iron's Gameplay

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What's New In Destiny: Rise of Iron's Gameplay

This week we revealed our new cover story on Destiny: Rise of Iron from Bungie. We visited the studio and played a lot of the game (we'll be sharing our impressions in the near future) but for now we wanted to let game director Christopher Barrett and executive producer Scott Taylor explain what's changing and what's new with this year's expansion. Also, we should note that, thanks to the audio team at Bungie, the video features new music from Destiny: Rise of Iron.

Watch the video below to see new gameplay and learn what players will encounter in Destiny: Rise of Iron.

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Test Chamber – Playing Lucioball In Overwatch

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Test Chamber – Playing Lucioball In Overwatch

Alongside the 2016 Rio Olympics, Blizzard has released a smattering of new skins, sprays, and even a new game mode to Overwatch for the event.

Whether you're after an awesome new Soldier 76 pose or McCree's sweet new skin, you can kick around some balls on Overwatch's version of football or soccer with Lucioball. In this game mode, everyone plays as a slightly modified Lucio with moves that make more sense for scoring goals instead of healing allies.

Join Daniel Tack and GI intern Leo Vader for a look at Lucioball in this episode of Test Chamber! You can also check  out our Overwatch review!

Super Replay – Shadow Of The Colossus Episode Three

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Super Replay – Shadow Of The Colossus Episode Three

Team Ico's latest, The Last Guardian, is finally (pending any additional surprise delays) arriving this October, which is a perfect excuse to play through Shadow of the Colossus in its entirety.

Of course, you don't really need an excuse to play Shadow of the Colossus because it is a fantastic game. Join myself and Andrew Reiner as we relive some of our Shenmue magic by keeping this a two-person show, making our way through the game's strange world and bringing down its imposing beasts. We don't have a strict schedule in mind for this series, because we want to be able to absorb everyone's feedback episode to episode, so we likely won't be recording multiple episodes in advance. We're all going on this journey together, so please sound off in the comments section below or on YouTube.

For more Super Replay, follow the links to find our full playthroughs of Shenmue and Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon. You can also see our full playthrough of Dark Souls III here, which technically isn't a Super Replay, but is pretty close. For our Replay of Shadow of the Colossus, head here.

10 Relaxing Games To Take Your Mind Off Things

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Busy week? Boss yelling at you? Bills to pay? Sounds like you either need a plan or some games to help reduce your stress levels. Abzû, an enchanting underwater adventure game, was released this week and it might do the trick. If you need even more suggestions for games in a similar vein, no worries – we’ve got your back.

Here are 10 chill games for stressful times.

JourneyEasily one of the most notable games from the last generation of consoles, Journey was heralded for its beautiful aesthetic and cryptic-but-emotional pilgrimage. Matt Miller reviewed the game and said “During the course of covering the game, I completed it at least three times, with one entire playthrough being with a partner. Each time, without fail, individual moments (particularly the final level) managed to give me goosebumps, and those moments have remained on my mind for weeks afterward. Give Journey the same attention you might bring to a musical concert, a well-directed film, or a long-awaited book, and its rewards are substantial.”

Test Chamber – Exploring Abzû

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Test Chamber – Exploring Abzû

Giant Squid's mysterious new title Abzû is out now, and in today's episode of Test Chamber Kyle and I discuss the title – what it is and what it isn't.

The waters below are not only teeming with life, but also plenty of questions. While today's discussion is relatively spoiler-free, we hope they pique your interest in the game and prompt you to do more exploring yourself.

For more on the game, check out my review.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Everything You Need To Know About No Man's Sky

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The wait is almost over. No Man's Sky launches next week. PlayStation 4 owners can launch their spaceships into the cosmos on Tuesday, and PC players just need to wait an additional three days for the bay doors to open on Friday. No Man's Sky is one of the most anticipated titles I've seen in my 20-plus-year tenure at Game Informer. And it's a different kind of hype than we normally see tied to big sequels like Grand Theft Auto and Fallout. This hype holds an air of mystery, and the promise of exploring the unknown.

Announcing The Destiny: Rise of Iron Magazine Cover Art Contest

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We’ve been blown away in recent years by the support and enthusiasm of the Destiny community as we continue our ongoing coverage of the Destiny franchise. As we roll out our look at Bungie’s next installment, we wanted to find ways to involve the community in exciting ways.

Our new art contest is a small way to thank you for following along with our coverage.

We’re giving artists a chance to see their creations featured as a Game Informer magazine cover.  Three winning entries, selected by Bungie developers, will be featured exclusively in an online feature here on gameinformer.com. Winning cover art will be prepared with the Game Informer logo treatment, just like we do for each of our magazine covers. 

Xbox One S Review – Geared For A New Generation Of Entertainment

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At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Microsoft announced two new consoles: Xbox One S, a smaller version of the existing Xbox One upgraded to support 4K media and high-dynamic range support, and Project Scorpio, hardware Microsoft calls “the most powerful console ever.” The conversation following the press conference centered mostly on why Microsoft would announce two systems at once, leading people to question the need to purchase an Xbox One S when a better option is supposedly on the way next year. After spending a weekend with Xbox One S, that question still looms large, and I unfortunately don’t have an answer, and won’t until we know more about Scorpio (and its price). Yes, I worry that I may be buying another Xbox One a year from now if Scorpio delivers any game-changing functionality, but as a new owner of a 4K TV, Xbox One S hit at the right time, and offers all of the 4K components needed to round out my upgrade home theater experience.