In Star Wars Battlefront 2’s campaign, you’re the bad guy

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In Star Wars Battlefront 2’s campaign, you’re the bad guy

Star Wars Battlefront 2 will give players a different perspective on the enduring conflict between the evil Empire and the scrappy Rebellion. While the vast majority of Star Wars video games are played from the viewpoint of the heroic Rebel Alliance or the Jedi, in this year’s sequel to Star Wars Battlefront, players will take on the role of an elite special forces soldier in the Imperial navy.

That might be a hard task, drumming up sympathy for the genocidal space Nazis of the Star Wars universe and establishing a new hero who wants nothing more than to crush the Rebellion and avenge the Emperor. But developers DICE and Motive Studios apparently feel up to it. And their pitch for Star Wars Battlefront 2’s single-player campaign — which is canon, according to Lucasfilm — is intriguing.

What’s new in Star Wars Battlefront 2’s multiplayer

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What’s new in Star Wars Battlefront 2’s multiplayer

DICE’s original Star Wars Battlefront was designed with the goal to give Star Wars fans a chance to live out their own personal battle fantasies, but this year’s sequel dreams bigger than that. Rather than focusing just on George Lucas’ original trilogy, Star Wars Battlefront 2 is targeting Star Wars fans young and old.

At Star Wars Celebration today, Electronic Arts and developers DICE and Motive Studios revealed that Star Wars Battlefront 2 will feature battles from Star Wars’ three cinematic eras: the original trilogy, the prequels and the recently launched sequels.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 launches in November, here’s its first trailer

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 launches in November, here’s its first trailer

Star Wars Battlefront 2 officially revealed its trailer this afternoon at Star Wars Celebration in 2017, confirming what was seen in a trailer leaked earlier in the week. The game will launch Nov. 17, 2017 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 will include a single-player campaign, something players of the first Battlefront wish had been included. The protagonist is an elite TIE Fighter pilot. Star Wars Battlefront 2 promises combat “across all eras” of the Star Wars canon, as the cameos by Darth Maul and Yoda would suggest.

NBA 2K17 and NHL 17 simulate the playoffs. See who wins here.

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NBA 2K17 and NHL 17 simulate the playoffs. See who wins here.

The NBA Playoffs get underway today. The NHL's postseason has been in session since Wednesday. If you want to cut to the chase and find out who wins the whole damn thing, or maybe get a little action on either, console sports' leading simulations have you covered.

Note: If you actually place real money wagers on sports because of video game outcomes, seek professional help. Betting, particularly money-line betting on a future outcome, is an activity known to the state of California to cause regret and sadness.

Battlefront 2 teaser pretty much verifies what leaked on Tuesday

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Battlefront 2 teaser pretty much verifies what leaked on Tuesday

Hey, the big Star Wars Battlefront 2 reveal is this afternoon at Star Wars Celebration 2017 (2:30 p.m. ET to be exact). You could argue that the actual teaser trailer for the game was, oopsie, the one that slipped out late Tuesday. But here's the official one anyway.

The voice over and the excerpt would seem to confirm, if not the total accuracy of the leaked trailer, at least the premises it introduced. We get the same line of dialogue as the leaked trailer, from the same character, establishing the same time and place (after the Battle of Endor).

The Switch version of Mr. Shifty’s got some serious slowdown

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The Switch version of Mr. Shifty’s got some serious slowdown

Mr. Shifty is an action game all about clipping through walls with as much style and speed as possible. Players of the Nintendo Switch version are having trouble doing that, however, due to some severe framerate issues.

The video above shows how much the game slows down during some of its more intense fights. Some of that slowdown is annoying but manageable; sometimes, it can kill you. The game’s unique physics are tied directly to its framerate, so any drops can have a serious effect on gameplay.

Peter Moore says farewell to the game biz

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Peter Moore says farewell to the game biz

Today is Peter Moore’s last day in the game industry. He signed off with a farewell letter and video, stating that he’d had a great time, claiming little credit for the work he’s done these past two decades.

I've interviewed lots of game industry execs over the years. Peter Moore was one of the more entertaining. Like most business people who talk to the media, he usually had a script to follow, but unlike most, he was happy to abandon the PR lines when he felt the urge. He seemed to actually enjoy the back-and forth of interviewing. He's a keen sports fan and a competitive person, and he brought this to all aspects of his work in the game industry.

Peter Moore says farewell to the game biz

about X hours ago from
Peter Moore says farewell to the game biz

Today is Peter Moore’s last day in the game industry. He signed off with a farewell letter and video, stating that he’d had a great time, claiming little credit for the work he’s done these past two decades.

I've interviewed lots of game industry execs over the years. Peter Moore was one of the more entertaining. Like most business people who talk to the media, he usually had a script to follow, but unlike most, he was happy to abandon the PR lines when he felt the urge. He seemed to actually enjoy the back-and-forth of interviewing. He's a keen sports fan and a competitive person, and he brought this to all aspects of his work in the game industry.