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Is Star Wars: The Old Republic Canon? Ask Disney

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Star Wars: The Old Republic is in an odd spot: It is the only story in the Star Wars universe…

Shadow of Revan Puts The Old Republic’s Focus Squarely on Story

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Star Wars: The Old Republic is a self-contained MMO, but it also exists as a sequel to BioWare and Obsidian’s…

Quarians vs. Geth, And The Standard We Must Hold BioWare To

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Mass Effect 3 has long been maligned for its ending, and deservedly so. It was undercooked and poorly thought out,…

Hatoful Boyfriend E3 Preview: It’s a Pigeon Dating Sim

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There’s a genre/subgenre of games out of Japan that is referred to as the “visual novel,” and it’s likely you’ve…

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – The Promise of Innovation

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Sledgehammer Games is joining the Call of Duty franchise, and their first effort looks to be bringing innovation to the…

Obsidian’s Armored Warfare Preview: World of Tanks, with PvE?

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Oh hey look it’s a new free-to-play tank MMO. Despite appearances, though, Obsidian doesn’t seem to be using Armored Warfare…

Skyforge E3 Preview: An Accessible and Effective MMO

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Skyforge brings a wide-open class system to the free-to-play MMO. MMOs, amirite? There are so many of them, most free-to-play…

Citizens of Earth: For When You Want To Stay In Bed

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Maybe you remember the obscure SNES classic Earthbound, and maybe you don’t, but the folks behind Citizens of Earth thought…

Hotline Miami 2 Level Editor Is a Cinch

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Hotline Miami 2 will provide you with the tools to make your own levels. Yeah, sure, mod tools are pretty…

The Crew E3 Preview: (Off)Road Trip

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The Crew looks poised to deliver that elusive road-trip feel that so many driving games have failed to capture. Every…

The Talos Principle: Croteam Has The Most Chill E3 Demo

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A funny thing happened on the way to Serious Sam 4. The folks at Croteam were trying to figure out…

Dragon Age: Inquisition E3 Preview – Generic Fantasy Game

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Dragon Age: Inquisition may turn out to be a great RPG, but if its buzzword-filled E3 presentation is any indicator,…

The Coolest and Uncoolest Moments in Star Wars Game Canon

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Phil Owen runs down some of the greatest and not-so-great Star Wars game moments that are probably no longer part of the canon.

Why Dragon Age 2 is Great and What Inquisition Can Learn From It

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Elements of Dragon Age 2 elevate the fantasy genre, and despite the rush to its release, there are plenty of lessons BioWare should keep in mind for Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Lost Planet 3: How To Build a Game About Characters

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Lost Planet 3 may have arrived in August to lackluster review scores and negligible hype, but contrary to conventional wisdom,…

Freedom Cry’s Worst Sin is Turning Slaves into Loot

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Assassin’s Creed IV’s Freedom Cry DLC is a new story, in which you take on the role of former slave…

Gameplay as Filler: Wasting Your Time

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“I look at Playboy for the articles.” That line was a cute little joke for a long time, and a…

Take-Two: “Nothing For Us To Say About” GTA 5 on PC

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On this afternoon’s Take-Two Interactive earnings call with investors, company principals were asked if they had any news on a…

GTA 5 Ships 32.5 Million

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Rockstar Games’ parent company Take-Two Interactive announced today that since it launched in September the company has shipped 32.5 million…

9 Minutes of Dark Souls 2 Gameplay, Starring Peter Serafinowicz

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British actor person and comedian (bringing both his dramatic and comedy skills to the table as the voice of Darth…

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