Have You Played These Star Wars Games?

The tales of love, war and pain have echoed for generations, both through the fans of the star wars series and even the world as a whole (we all know the “I am your father line”). Most movies these days get a video game tie-in. something which runs alongside or expands on the movie experience. Star Wars is one of the few series in the world that I can name where the fans have created something beyond the movies, from a religion to an entire universe filled with lore and legends. So why not enjoy some of the less well-known games that expand on this?


 

Lego Star Wars

If you are a fan of the series and have enjoyed the Lego games so far, why not try reliving all six films in Lego Star Wars – The Complete Saga. On sale for 70% off, you can experience everything from the invasion of Naboo to the battle on the moon of Endor. There’s something about Lego versions of classics movies that really makes them stand out and they all the better in split-screen co-op.


 

Star Wars – Republic Commando

The prequel trilogy brought us not only more story and characters, but also a whole new war. While not given much development in the films, the series that have come since have tried to expand on the Clones and given them more than “one size fits all” story lines. Republic Commando looks to do this by telling the tale of a squad of commando, who will infiltrate, dominate and destroy the federation and any that stand against them. With advanced AI and squad dynamics, it’s worth checking out, at only £2.09 till the 1st, why not?


 

Star Wars – Galactic Battlegrounds

We’ve seen the Empire fight the Rebels, we’ve seen the Trade Federation and the Confederate take on the Republic. So why not mix it up a little and have them fight with or against everyone else? Using the same game engine (and game mechanics) that made Age of Empires last for generations, Galactic Battlegrounds lets you fight those battles you didn’t even know you wanted to fight. Not a fan of Jar Jar Binks? See who wins in a Wookie vs Gungan all out battle, why not have the people of Naboo go against the Empire or maybe even see if the Republic could have fought off the Empire?

With the Star Wars Collection on sale from £75 to £17.47 till the first of December, it may be worth expanding on your Star Wars universe ready for the Force Awakens on the 17th.

Star Wars BB-8 Drone Now Avaliable For Purchase

Star Wars has been a big franchise for many years now, and with the recent trailer announcing the new few movies fans have been up in arms about two aspects from the trailer. Firstly the cross guard light saber, a fun little addition with a dark red blade that, if you slipped, would have you losing a finger or two. The second feature everyone wanted to know about was the droid. The droids were always a big thing in Star Wars (“These are not the droids you’re looking for”), with C3p0 and R2D2 making appearances in all the films, with cute lovable beeps and the addition (in a Doctor Who flying Dalek like fashion) that adding jet boosters to a wheel based droid is not cheating. The latest droid went a step further, containing a single ball with a tiny R2D2 semi circle type head atop. Well, now you can buy one.

Available as of Friday, the BB-8 Drone can be purchased from Best Buy, Apple retail stores and Sphero’s own website (don’t worry the device is compatible with both Android and Apple devices). Coming in at $149.99 (£98.28 approximately) the droid is anything but cheap, but after being created by Sphero, a company known for their ball based drones, you can guarantee that you’ll have hours of fun running the thing around your house.

With hours of fun and a nice piece of Star Wars meromelia added to your house, what Star Wars fan wouldn’t want one?

Thank you The Verge for the information and the image.

Spoiler Alert: Star Wars Creates Waves with Han solo

With the new instalment of the Star Wars series coming out later this year, Disney had to find a way of somehow tying in the older cast into the newer films. This will most likely come in a multitude of ways, primarily comics and TV spin-offs.

In the recent launch of the Marvel comic book line, the sixth instalment threw a huge spanner in the works. The comics are based into the time period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Remember back to the films and you will likely hit upon the intense connection between Han Solo and Leia.

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On the last page, a ship lands in a field with Han and Leia at the base, when a gun touting woman casually walks down to them. In this confrontation, it turns out that the woman is called Sana Solo, Hans’ Wife. The final scene of the comic has Han hold his head in shame, Leia with a blank/ shocked expression and Sana questioning who Leia is.

We all know that Han is a space-bucks loving scoundrel, who only initially seemed to be introduced to the Star Wars timeline to earn money to pay off his bounty. As time progress, his relationship with the rest of the characters grew more intense.

Now considering the placement in time that this occurs, it is obvious that Sana has zero effect on the timeline, but now it opens the questions of what happened to Sana?

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing this information.

‘May the 4th be With You’

Calling all Star Wars fans, you know what you’re getting into here. Lucasarts has announced a new deal ready for the unofficial Star Wars day; ready? They plan on re-introducing some of the classic games onto the PC with previously announced partner Good Old Games (GOG.com) and new partner, Steam.

The games in question are those from the X-Wings and TIE Fighter series, some pretty old school space sims on offer to go with the back catalogue of games already offered by both vendors.

So GOG.com has given you the reasonable (and easier) choice of two bundles, the Blaster Bundle and the Saber Bundle; I know which I would go for. Steam on the other hand has just given you some Force tingling deals across the entire range with some pre-defined bundles as standard; check out the deals on the Steam sale page.

So who can’t wait for the next film instalment? Are you furiously watching the old sagas in preparation so you can walk into the cinema with your hood over your eyes and constantly repeat phrases? Are you going to be suited and booted with your light saber in hand? Why not let us know in the comments or over on our forums.

Did Apple’s Jony Ive Design the New Lightsabers?

Yesterday we reported on the new profile of Apple’s Jony Ive, the senior designer behind the look of many of Apple’s iconic products. There is a host of interesting tidbits of information in that profile, covering things from the Apple Watch to Ive’s secret design lab. However, one little section in that profile talks about the design of something deadly, something from out of this world.

That is of course the new lightsabers to featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the upcoming Star Wars movie. Apparently Ive, more suited to designing things made from aluminium and glass, gave director J.J. Abrams some “very specific” suggestions about the future design of lightsabers – suggestions that Abrahams says he listened to.

“Ive once sat next to J. J. Abrams at a boozy dinner party in New York, and made what Abrams recalled as “very specific” suggestions about the design of lightsabres. Abrams told me that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would reflect those thoughts, but he wouldn’t say how.”

While Ive says that “it was just a conversation”, it’s still pretty interesting to think the new lightsabers might just have been designed by the same person that designed the iPhone.

Source: The New Yorker Via: The Verge

Watch: The Millennium Falcon Drone

Drones come in all shapes and sizes these days, but we’ve never seen one quite like this.

Olivier-FR designed this drone to resemble everyone’s favourite spacecraft – the Millennium Falcon. The drone is probably as close as you could get in controlling your own Millennium Falcon, and you can too – the creator of this novelty UAV has created a complete guide to building your own.

Watch it in flight bellow and see how to build one for yourself right here.

Source: The Next Web

Watch: Star Wars Trailer in GTA V – Without Mods

Someone attempted to recreate the Star Wars trailer in GTA V. Now of course, without making any modifications to the game, you’d think that would be a pretty difficult task.

Well Powerlight-13 on YouTube didn’t think so and rather creatively reproduced the entire trailer using only in-game characters and vehicles. It all comes together quite well, but we’ll leave you to decide whether the plane at the end bears any resemblance to the Millennium Falcon.

Source: Kotaku

Skywalker Middle Name sees British Womans Passport Declined

Laura Elizabeth Skywalker Matthews, from Southend, decided to honor her favorite series of movies in a somewhat-permanent way – legally adding Skywalker as a middle name. Although no issues have been seen from this previously, she’s recently found out the hard way that it may not be for the best.

At 29 years old, Matthews has this name added to her bank accounts and drivers license, but hit a brick wall when applying for an official British passport – an outright rejection.

Matthews claims that this name change was brought around several years as a joke, but now she’s seeing some unfortunate consequences.

A representative of Britain’s Home Office confirmed the issue to the BBC, stating that name-changes are not accepted on passports if they are subject to copyright of trademarks:

“We have a duty to ensure the reputation of the UK passport is not called into question or disrepute”

Maybe we all should think twice before changing our middle name or Voldemort or Princess Peach. What do you think? Is this law unrealistic, or is the government protecting themselves from a real threat?

Cover image courtesy of The Gnomon Workshop

Article image courtesy of Board Game Geek