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[PAX East 2011] – Star Wars: The Old Republic Gameplay

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[PAX East 2011] – Star Wars: The Old Republic Gameplay

Saturday morning at PAX East, those involved with the media (and cleared for access) were allowed a one-hour preview of the show floor before opening to all others at 11 AM.  I had two objectives: 1) get in line for SW: TOR and 2) play SW: TOR.  After waiting in line for nearly an hour (and the previously mentioned incident occurred), I was ushered into the gameplay area with the other members of the press.  We sat in a briefing room and received a tutorial and preview of our mission and gameplay options.  We were divided into teams of four (a Tank, an AOE expert, a Healer, and a secondary Tank) and placed into a level 32 instance.  The team from BioWare wanted us to experience the game at a higher level so we could learn and understand more powers and sophistications of the game.  I assigned myself to the Tank and leapt into a world a really, REALLY long time ago.  Read on to see the video and footage of the gameplay and a brief review.

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[PAX East 2011] – SW: TOR Play Footage Forthcoming and Release Date Drama

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[PAX East 2011] – SW: TOR Play Footage Forthcoming and Release Date Drama

Hello faithful readers.  Earlier today, we tried to livestream our team’s play footage of Star Wars: The Old Republic from BioWare.  We had lined up at 9 AM with the rest of the media.  We were allowed over-the-shoulder footage of the live demo (which I played, which was PHEnomenal).  While in line — and this is the honest truth — a community rep was discussing the future of the game and dropped the words, “fourth quarter, twenty-eleven.”  This was the source of the release date bomb that occurred earlier from our humble site.  Now maybe the rep just likes those three numbers and the American monetary denomination for twenty-rive cents.  Pay no attention to it if you wish (after all it is only hearsay), but I assure you, these words were both heard and said.  In a follow-up interview I did on the fly with one of the higher-ups, he recited those glorious corporate words, “BioWare will release the game when it’s ready.”  So.  There you have it.

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[PAX East 2011] Star Wars: The Old Republic – Live Streaming Preview [Update]

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[PAX East 2011] Star Wars: The Old Republic – Live Streaming Preview [Update]

Around 8am, Saturday, the 12th, Bioware will be holding a press only preview of Star Wars: The Old Republic.  Our PAX East coverage team will be streaming the preview live here on this post from 8am to 10am.  After the event, they will post a HD quality recording of the preview ASAP.

Official post on the “release date” is here.

Update: The event is in 30mins. (9am EST) We’ll start streaming once we can.
Update (9:03 am): We are in. Going live ASAP.
Update (9:09 am): Might be a few minutes more. Beng herded like cattle. Going to go live ASAP.
Update (9:31 am): FRACK. Rep just told us the preview is at 10am. Why did someone tell us 8 then 9? GRRRR.
Update (9:52 am): (Overheard while in line with the Bioware reps.) Release date TENTATIVE for Q4 of this year! HUZZAH!
Update (10:13am): And we are live!

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[PAX East 2011] – Star Wars The Old Republic Live Gameplay

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[PAX East 2011] – Star Wars The Old Republic Live Gameplay

Really no more substance here than a sweet, sweet live capture of some people playing SW: TOR at PAX East.  The game looks absolutely phenomenal and will probably give WoW a run for its money.  Check out anything and everything SW: TOR related here and at the main website here.

Update: Tomorrow morning (3/12), we’ll be doing our best to live stream an exclusive press only preview. Stay tuned!

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[PAX East 2011] – Star Wars TOR Fate of the Galaxy Trailer

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[PAX East 2011] – Star Wars TOR Fate of the Galaxy Trailer

Though I may not be at Pax East the news continues to drop. A game that I myself have been looking forward to sense it’s first announcement Star Wars the Old Republic releases a brand new trailer. The Trailer was created using in game footage and looks beautiful.

Update: PAX East team member Robert Beshere has uploaded actual gameplay footage found here

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Top 5 Aspects Dragon Age 2 Looks to Improve

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Top 5 Aspects Dragon Age 2 Looks to Improve

Dragon Age 2’s demo has dropped and, as with anything involving Bioware, it’s kind of a big deal.  The first game appealed to gamers by playing to more traditional role-playing elements.  The game won many RPG-of-the-Year awards and continued Bioware’s run of high quality triple-A titles.  The game however, was not without its faults.  Bioware, not content to rest on its laurels, is shaking things up in hopes of a more rounded product.  So here are my Top 5 Aspects Dragon Age 2 Looks to Improve.

5) Art Style

Even the sky is darker...muhahaha

The first Dragon Age held true to its roots.  While this gave the game a great tradition to ground itself in, it also gave gamers the feeling of “been there, done that.”  While everyone can appreciate the rich history Bioware was drawing from in the first game, it didn’t do much to set itself apart from previous incarnations.   Thankfully Bioware has overhauled the look of the game, striving to set apart Dragon Age’s world from other medieval fantasy-based games.

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Dragon Age 2 Preorders Get More Bonuses

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Dragon Age 2 Preorders Get More Bonuses

BioWare announced today that anyone who preorders Dragon Age 2 on Xbox 360 or PC  will receive some more added bonuses. Players who preorder will receive two in-game items, the Fadeshear long sword and the Lion of Orlais shield as well as a new are called The Black Emporium. If you decided to play Dragon Age 2 on PS3 then the items will not be available to you, at least not yet. As with all DLC I am sure at some point these will go on sale for all platforms.

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New Star Wars: The Old Republic Video Released!

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New Star Wars: The Old Republic Video Released!

A while ago, I tried to opt into the Beta for Bioware’s highly anticipated Star Wars MMO.  Alas, I did not get in, as I’m sure every person on the planet tried to be a part of this.  However, after joining on swtor.com, I am privy to sweet video and information releases along the way.  Check out this one entitled, “Rebirth of the Sith Empire.”

There wasn’t a nifty embed code from the site directly, so I’m entrusting good ol’ YouTube:

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[E3 2010] New “Hope” trailer for Star Wars The Old Republic

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[E3 2010] New “Hope” trailer for Star Wars The Old Republic

Bioware debuted an absolutely epic cinematic trailer for last years E3 and have released another one just in time for this year. This trailer focuses on the Battle of Alderaan where “Darth, Malgus launches the first of many surprise attacks that would become his trademark during the Great War”. The trailer follows a group of brave soldiers in their heroic last stand against Darth Malgus’s assault.  These cinematic trailers send me straight to stupid level excitement.  Check the video below and get ready to feel the awesome melt your eyelids.

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Top 5 Actors who should play Video Game Characters

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Top 5 Actors who should play Video Game Characters

With Prince of Persia wall-running its way into theatres it’s easy to get excited about the possibilities of other video game movies. Hopefully video game movies that Nelson doesn’t compare to Aladdin.  And what do movies need? Actors! So here are my top 5 actors who should play video game characters.

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