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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:10
the-old-republic-logoBioware has announced that they will release a new space-based  expansion for their popular MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic entitled  Galactic Starfighter. While details of this new expansion are limited,  Bioware has released a new video trailer that shows some of the features  and gameplay experiences that players can expect to take part in. Since launch, Star Wars: The Old Republic has contained some space  content which is a far cry from what fans expected to experience. Each  character class has access to their own starship, which in a way acts as  player housing. Unlike many MMOs, this starship cannot be altered or  customised to suit the player's needs, but rather acts as a single  player base of operations to move from one planet to the next or to  interact with companions. The game also allows players to take part in PVE space battles, yet  this content is designed in a similar style to Nintendo's Starfox.  Players are unable to roam freely in space and are forced to continue along a predefined path. Rewards are limited and whilst enjoyable, never live up to expectations. Read more...
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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 05:07
sw leadOn December 20th, 2011, the world was first introduced to Star Wars:  The Old Republic.  It is a massive multi-player online game (MMO for  short) set within the Star Wars Universe, 1,000 years before the first  film. Prior to the game's release, it was expected that it would replace  World of Warcraft as the dominant force within the MMO market. However,  despite being hugely popular at the point of its release and having a  wealth of positive reviews by fans and critics alike, the game never  quite lived up to its expectations. Prior to its release, it was believed that Star Wars: The Old Republic  had cost Bioware (owned by EA) over $150 million to produce. The  stockmarket remained optimistic about EA's shareprice as, at the time,  it was expected that the game would launch with over 3 million paying  subscribers (roughly $30 million per month). This, when combined with  EA's continuing dominance with sports related games and their newly  revived Battlefield franchise, resulted in a bullish outlook of the  stock.   Read more...
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Monday, 19 December 2011 12:32
  Mass Effect is the world’s richest science fiction, action and adventure universe since, arguably, George Lucas’ Star Wars. It is so rich in story, science, futuristic technology, character, alien races, innumerable unexplored planets and solar systesm, and anthropological lore that it easily appeals to fans of other such science-fiction franchise like the aforementioned as well as: Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Aliens, Predator, Stargate, Babylon 5, and Halo. No sci-fi fan should miss out on such a stellar intellectual property, and judging by the two-million units sold in the first week of Mass Effect 2’s release back in January 2010, it’s fair to say that at least the video-gaming portion of sci-fi fans did not. Enter Dark Horse Comics, the Oregon-based independent publisher now celebrating its 25th year anniversary. DHC has been a great and successful liaison in the storytelling expansion of plenty of licensed franchises in its storied history. They’re now aiding in developer BioWare’s grand scheme of expanding the fiction of this massively popular and bestselling video game franchise. The tradition continues in the third companion miniseries, Mass Effect: Invasion. The secret to their success is their integrated cooperation with the game studio and project leads, as well as Mass Effect 2 & 3’s head writer, Mac Walters.   The first miniseries, Mass Effect: Redemption followed the alien character Liara T’Soni, a young century-old Asari on a mission to take down the near-mythic Shadow Broker. That series featured events that helped bridged the gap between the first two Mass Effect videogames. The second miniseries, Mass Effect: Evolution revealed the secret origin of the galaxy’s most mysterious powerbroker – The Illusive Man! Now, in this third miniseries, Mass Effect: Invasion, a major side-plot to the upcoming third and final game installment (Mass Effect 3, which will be released March 6, 2012), a major chess piece makes its game-changing move that is sure to cause some ripples throughout the doomed galaxy.    Mass Effect: Invasion – The Summary Thus Far… For the second time in as many days, Omega is under attack. When grotesque bioengineered creatures from beyond the Omega-4 mass relay assaulted the colossal space station, the pro-human group Cerberus sent help in the form of General Oleg Petrovsky and his warship, Elbrus. Joining forces with Aria T’Loak, pirate queen of Omega, Petrovsky fights the Reaper Adjutants, only to be forced to flee into the Omega 4 mass relay. There, Petrovsky and Aria successfully stop the menace at its source. But Aria’s absence creates an entirely new danger for Omega. Petrovsky’s second-in-command, Colonel Raymond Ashe, takes advantage of the power vacuum by disabling the station’s defenses. As Cerberus warships descend upon the station, Petrovsky follows the Illusive Man’s orders and imprisons Aria. Whoever wins the struggle for Omega, Aria has almost certainly lost . . .   From the Official Press Release: MASS EFFECT: INVASION #3 The Omega space station has fallen and Aria, Omega's pirate queen, is on the run from an enemy greater than anything she's ever faced before. Learning that the battle is merely the first skirmish in a war that will reshape the galaxy, Aria must retake Omega and lead a new charge to save her empire! Mass Effect 3 lead writer Mac Walters continues building momentum toward the Mass Effect saga's most powerful chapter! * An essential lead-in to Mass Effect 3  ~ Story: Mac Walters Script: John Jackson Miller Artist: Omar Francia Colorist: Michael Atiyeh Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale Alternate Cover Artist: Paul Renaud     Clicky to enlarge Professor's Note: A key phrase on the cover of the second issue was: Nobody &!#%$ with Aria! Well, if the events in this issue #3 are any indication, those who have crossed her better be ready for the fight of their unfortunate lives because for the first time in all of Mass Effect we see the powerful purple Asari in action with her vast biotic powers on full display. The Omega space station is her baby, and she aims to take it back with extreme force. And judging by the last pages of this issue, there are more than plenty others ready to follow her lead. That’s the kind of respect only the pirate queen of Omega can demand. The Illusive Man and his Cerberus organization have some comeuppance coming their way. Be sure to check out the final two issues of this miniseries, beginning with issue #3 available from Dark Horse on December 21st. Remember, as always you can ensure you don’t miss an issue of your favorite comics by joining and subscribing to all your favorite comics so that they arrive regularly into your inbox.  eXpect eXcellence. We are eXPress News on  ©2011 | Brandon Rucker AKA Professor Brand-X Read more...
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