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Video Game Review – Star Wars Battlefront II

Shaun Munro reviews Star Wars Battlefront II…

Though it was easy to be optimistic about EA and Dice’s follow-up to 2015’s enjoyable-yet-malnourished Star Wars Battlefront reboot, the end result is one of the most depressingly, dispiritingly botched sequels to a hit Aaa game this generation. From its infuriating, predatory progression system to a campaign that fails to live up to EA’s chest-thumping hype, Battlefront II is a stylishly efficient shooter with remarkably little behind its slick visage.

The previous game was lauded for its stringent adherence to the tone and aesthetic of Star Wars while heavily criticised for its piecemeal suite of content, and EA’s marketing push ahead of this sequel’s release was incredibly effective in arguing that the follow-up was going to be a content-rich apology for its predecessor’s foibles.

Sadly, that’s not really the case at all, and EA’s decision not
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Inside a Hero Fighter Pilot's Decision to Give His Life in Kamikaze Mission on 9/11: 'We Were Going to Do the Unthinkable'

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Inside a Hero Fighter Pilot's Decision to Give His Life in Kamikaze Mission on 9/11: 'We Were Going to Do the Unthinkable'
Watch our special Children of 9/11, 15 Years Later on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (Pen), launching September 13. Go to people.com/Pen or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile and Web devices.When U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Marc Sasseville first heard a plane hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, he, like millions of others, thought it was an accident. But when he heard a second plane had hit the towers, he and his colleagues in the 121st Fighter Squadron at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland immediately sprang into action. By that time a
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Strike Vector Ex Review: True Aerial Superiority

Strike Vector Ex scratches a particular itch that I've had for almost a year. After last fall's Star Wars Battlefront, I became incredibly addicted to the Fighter Squadron game mode. Something about flying combat sorties in zero-g, turning on a dime, and blasting enemies out of the sky like they were helpless flies really ignited something in me. And then I moved on, yet still I yearned for that kind of aerial combat. There was a void in my life. And thanks to developer Ragequit, that void has been filled. They came through with a solid flight-shooter that has satisfied my craving and given me more things to shoot out of the sky.

Strike Vector Ex is a hybrid of sorts. Players take command of a ship, called a Vector, that can also serve as a hovering -- and lumbering -- mech of sorts. With the tap of the L
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Star Wars: EA Dice on Battlefront Dlc and Battlefront 2

Matthew Byrd Jul 21, 2016

Does the future of Battlefront include an expanded single-player offline mode?

Considering it wasn't that long ago that Star Wars fans assumed we wouldn't be getting any more Battlefront games at all, it's certainly heartwarming to hear that developer EA Dice is already looking forward to a bright tomorrow for the acclaimed multiplayer shooter franchise.

In an interview with PC Gamer, Star Wars Battlefront director Niklas Fegraeus opened up about the future of 2015's Star Wars Battlefront and the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2. As we had previously reported, that future will include the upcoming edition of a skirmish mode that will finally allow Battlefront fans to play the game offline against bots across various difficulty modes.

According to Fegraeus, EA Dice is well aware of the demand surrounding such a mode.

"It's something the fans have been talking about for a very long time,” said Fegraeus. "It's been on the forums,
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The Week in Star Wars: Star Wars Celebration Europe Edition – Rogue One trailer and behind the scenes, Thrawn confirmed for Star Wars Rebels, Episode VIII and Han Solo updates and loads more

It’s the post-Star Wars Celebration Edition of The Week in Star Wars, and we’ve got a lot to cover including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Episode VIII, Star Wars Rebels, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars Battlefront and more…

Right, let’s kick things off with everything from Star Wars Celebration Europe – which was held here in our country’s capital – by starting with Gareth EdwardsRogue One: A Star Wars Story. While those in attendance were treated to a new trailer (which was teased last week), those who didn’t go got this fantastic new poster and concept art, and this wonderful behind-the-scenes sizzle reel. We also got a new look at the Imperial Shoretrooper and, more importantly, Mads Mikkelsen’s Galen Erso. And during the Rogue One panel, host Gwendoline Christie presented star Felicity Jones with an action figure for her character Jyn Erso,
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Star Wars Battlefront offline mode coming next week, Death Star Dlc in September

EA has announced that a new offline battle mode, Skirmish, is coming to Star Wars Battlefront next week, July 20th, while the Death Star expansion pack is also set to arrive in September, with a special sneak peek set to be unveiled tomorrow during the EA panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe.

The Skirmish mode will allow gamers the option of playing offline against bots in solo missions, or teaming up with a friend for some split screen co-op action. Walker Assualt and Fighter Squadron will be playable in the mode, as well as multiple locations from Hoth to Sullust.

For more information, visit the official EA site here.
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The Week in Star Wars – Darth Vader in Rogue On casting, Young Han Solo casting, Rey’s parents in The Force Awakens and more

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We’ve got a bit of Exclusive news in the latest edition of The Week in Star Wars, and some updates on the casting for Young Han Solo, Rey’s parents and more…

We’ll kick things off this week by talking about Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It was reported last year that The Sith Lord would feature in the movie and then there were some reports that said Hayden Christensen – who played Anakin Skywalker in the Prequel Trilogy – would be reprising his role. We can now confirm this is not the case, and Vader will in fact be played by Spencer Wilding, a British stunt actor who has worked on Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who and Batman Begins. We actually heard this story in the summer of last year, but waited
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Lando and Dengar coming to Star Wars Battlefront as part of Bespin expansion

EA and Dice have announced that Lando Calrissian and the bounty hunter Dengar are heading to Star Wars Battlefront, with the two characters set to be added to the game as part of June’s Bespin expansion.

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“We’re taking players in and around Cloud City, with four new maps for all of our most popular modes,” reads the announcement on the official site. “You’ll see At-ATs in Cloud City, take to the skies in Fighter Squadron, and even spend time in a carbonite chamber. Of course, we’re also adding more blasters and Star Cards, a new game mode, and two new iconic characters we’re really excited about – Lando Calrissian and the cold-blooded bounty hunter, Dengar.”

EA also announced that the Season Pass will include a total of eight hero characters. Greedo and Nien Nunb are
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Star Wars Battlefront Bespin Expansion Lands In June, Features Cloud City, Lando And Dengar

Star Wars Battlefront fans, take heed, EA has today announced a flurry of add-ons headed to the online-centric shooter, with the release of June’s Bespin expansion standing as the major highlight.

Word comes by way of an official blog post, where the publisher outlined new content “all players can look forward to,” along with “more options to play Battlefront offline.”

Set to release free of charge, the new in-game events and Hutt contracts will unlock various Star Cards, while a special celebration commemorating May 4 is also on the horizon. Per EA:

New In-Game Events – more double score weekends, community missions and Special Login Events are coming for players to earn more experience, credits and items. New Hutt Contracts – Unlock powerful Star Cards like the Berserker Trait, Bacta Bomb and Ion Neutralizer. More New Content – We also have a couple of surprises in store that we know our fans have been looking for,
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Star Wars Battlefront’s February Update Has Gone Live

Star Wars Battlefront developer Dice has been making some rather substantial and extensive changes under the game’s hood for its February update and frankly, we’re not sure where to start – the list is freaking massive.

Before we start dissecting all of the little, large and much-needed changes though, you’re probably more interested in the new content that’s been added with the patch.

First up is the new Twilight on Hoth map that’s been added to several modes, including Walker Assault, Drop Zone and Heroes vs. Villains. Judging by the map name, expect to be battling it out as the Rebels or Empire in the freezing midnight blizzard that sweeps through the snow-covered planet when the sun (or is it suns?) sets.

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Continuing the chilly theme, Survival in the Ice Caves is a new map added to Survival Missions, and the
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The Week in Star Wars – Ewan McGregor talks The Force Awakens, Boba Fett in Rogue One, more movies after Episode IX, Kevin Smith’s role in The Force Awakens revealed and more

Your weekend edition of The Week in Star Wars has a look at the costumes for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Harrison Ford presenting Star Wars Land, more movies after Episode IX and writer-director Kevin Smith’s role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally revealed…

We’re kicking things off this week by looking – get this – past Star Wars: Episode IX. When Disney first announced they’d purchased the rights to make more Star Wars movies, they initially announced a new trilogy to take us up to 2019, which was then followed up announcements for spin-off (or Anthology) movies in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (with rumours of a Boba Fett one in there too). It was assumed by the fanbase that this new trilogy would then mark the end of Star Wars. No so, says Disney’s Bob Iger.
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'Star Wars Battlefront' Dlc Details Cloud City, Death Star Maps and More

'Star Wars Battlefront' Dlc Details Cloud City, Death Star Maps and More
Ever since Star Wars: Battlefront debuted in November, fans have been wondering when the first downloadable content (Dlc) pack would be released. Today we finally have an official update from Electronic Arts, with the announcement that the first Dlc will be available to download for free starting tomorrow, January 27. Here's what the game's senior producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir had to say in a statement about the first Star Wars Battlefront Dlc.

"As we said back in November, the release of Star Wars Battlefront was just the beginning. Our team has been listening to your feedback and building a calendar of new content and tuning changes we will be making to the game throughout 2016. All fans will get free content that includes new maps for both multiplayer and Missions modes, the introduction of Private Matches, new Hero outfits, and more. Fans looking to get even more out of their Star Wars
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Free Star Wars Battlefront Dlc set for release on Wednesday, Season Pass content detailed

Electronic Arts has announced that the next wave of free Dlc for Star Wars Battlefront is set to arrive tomorrow, adding new multiplayer modes, outfits and challenges. Here’s the full list of what’s incoming from the EA website:

– The Tatooine Survival map will now support the Blast, Droid Run, Drop Zone, Hero Hunt, and Heroes vs Villains multiplayer modes, and is called Raider Camp.

– New Hoth-themed outfits for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, both of which will be available to all fans when they play as these two iconic characters on Hoth – these were unlocked by our players for completing our Heroes’ Holiday community mission last month.

– We are giving players the ability to create Private Matches, which makes playing with friends even easier.

– The introduction of Daily Challenges and Community Events. These are designed to rally the Community around certain goals and objectives, giving players the chance
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Star Wars Battlefront Gets New Dlc And Season Pass Dates

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Some new content for Star Wars Battlefront is finally releasing tomorrow, but EA has also revealed some of the upcoming content from the Season Pass, revealing new iconic locations for gamers to battle in.

EA noted that Star Wars Battlefront would get support throughout the year which included free content for all players, and additional content that is paid for by a season pass or by individual purchases. Today we got information on both.

For starters there is a whole bunch of free content coming our way through March. Free content comes in the form of "new maps," skins, and content for already released maps. Some new content includes additions to the Jakku Dlc released shortly after the game.

The new free content includes :

The Tatooine Survival map will now support the Blast, Droid Run, Drop Zone, Hero Hunt, and Heroes vs Villains multiplayer modes, and is called Raider Camp.
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EA Unveils "Star Wars: Battlefront" Dlc

EA and Dice have announced new details regarding Dlc for the video game "Star Wars Battlefront" with the addition of free content available to all Battlefront players from tomorrow. The new content includes:

Tatooine Survival map will now support the Blast, Droid Run, Drop Zone, Hero Hunt, and Heroes vs Villains multiplayer modes, and is called Raider Camp.

New Hoth-themed outfits for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, both of which will be available to all fans when they play as these two iconic characters on the Hoth.

The ability to create Private Matches

The introduction of Daily Challenges and Community Events, designed to rally the Community around certain goals and objectives, giving players the chance to earn credits and unlocks even faster.

In February, a new Survival mission will be added to Hoth along with a brand-new Hoth multiplayer map for larger game modes - including Walker Assault, Supremacy, Fighter Squadron and Turning Point.
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Star Wars Battlefront: 9 Tips To Win On Every Mode

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still annihilating the box office, we unwrapped Star Wars: Everything for Christmas (seriously, if you need several hundred Kylo Ren mugs my house is basically a retailer), and Star Wars: Battlefront is still looking like a fine addition to the game library, with its multiplayer system proving to be exceedingly fun.

The game was released to huge fanfare after months of drooling over a set of immense trailers and teasers. The first impressions were that the gameplay was tremendous, the graphics spectacular, and the Star Wars factor was astounding. In 2016, I still think that’s all true. An influx of Christmas gamers means that not only do we have more friends to conquer the galaxy alongside, but there are thousands more metaphorical womp rats to bullseye.

Rounding up a handful of friends is the best way to play Battlefront, but there
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Video Game Review – Star Wars Battlefront

Tom Powter reviews Star Wars Battlefront…

Star Wars Battlefront is both parts a stunning recreation of the much-loved original trilogy of films, and a disappointingly barebones first-person shooter. It’s interesting to see just how true to the films developer EA Dice’s vision for the game was – the world they have created is perhaps the most convincingly Star Wars has ever been brought to life in a video game before. On the larger maps, full-scale war unfolds, with Tie fighters screaming overhead amidst a flurry of red and green laser fire. The familiar hum of a lightsaber signals death for all those in the vicinity, and the game world encompasses everything that fans adore about the franchise. The game’s fundamentals betray it however, and beneath the glossy sheen, there’s a very limited experience to be had.

Let’s start with the good, and there definitely is plenty to commend here.
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Star Wars Battlefront Review

Booting up Star Wars Battlefront for the first time was a truly special moment. Familiar logos adorn the screen, while John Williams’ timeless music begins to play, and it finally dawned on me that the day has come. It’s been a long wait to see the Star Wars franchise return to full form, and while the upcoming The Force Awakens is a few months out, Battlefront serves as an excellent distraction until the big day arrives. Granted, I’d be doing a disservice to Battlefront and developer Dice by dismissing their newest title as another cog in the giant marketing machine that is the Star Wars franchise. In fact, Star Wars Battlefront is one of the most thrilling shooters I’ve played in recent memory.

Without a doubt, Star Wars Battlefront is the most polished game that Dice has put out. Menus are cleanly laid out, there’s minimal loading times and hitches,
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Dice Details How To Control Millennium Falcon, Slave I In Star Wars Battlefront

After much deliberation and speculation regarding their inclusion, Dice finally made it official late last week that, yes, Star Wars Battlefront would include a roster of Hero characters beyond simply the father-son duo of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Specifically, the studio has rendered the likes of Han Solo, Leio Organa and the malevolent Emperor Palpatine, with players getting the chance to control either hero or villain throughout the course of an in-game skirmish.

But what of the star vehicles? Since the first gameplay clip for the Fighter Squadron mode debuted online, budding fans have wondered whether the Millennium Falcon and Boba Fett’s Slave I ship will feature in Battlefront. We’re pleased to report that both will be included in this specific, airborne game mode, and today’s Dice blog delved into the finer details about unlocking both of the fan-favorite ships.

“Should you spot the Millennium Falcon
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Star Wars: Battlefront - Han Solo, Leia and Palpatine abilities detailed

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EA details the character abilities we'll see as we play Han, Leia or Palpatine in Star Wars: Battlefront...

We're already preparing our best gravelly "Fully operational battle station" Emperor Palpatine impression, as EA reveals details of three additional characters in Star Wars: Battlefront. As you've probably gathered, they're household names from the Star Wars-verse: on the side of all that's good in the galaxy, there's Leia Organa and Han Solo. On the side of evil, the cackling, scheming Emperor Palpatine in his fright make-up.

They join the characters already announced - Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett, Darth Vader - as the six heroes and villains we'll be able to briefly control at certain moments in the game. Each will have their own unique ability; Luke with his Force Pushes, Sabre Rushes and Smouldering Sulk ability (we may have made the last one up), Vader with
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