Thousands Of Star Wars Fans Sign Petition For 'Old Republic' Netflix Series

Old Republic fans have banded together to create a Change.org petition to ask Netflix for a new Star Wars original series.

The petition, which as of this writing has more than 46,000 signatures, suggests that Netflix is the ideal company to produce a series set in the Old Republic era, the setting for Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

“Why Netflix was chosen was because of the wealth of great content they have produced over the years, such as Narcos, House of Cards, and especially everything that Marvel has done and is still currently working on,” the petition reads.

Netflix has not announced any plans for a new Star Wars series, but the cinematic trailer for the next expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic makes this petition’s request pretty appealing.

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The Classes And Character Sheets Of South Park: The Fractured But Whole

South Park: The Fractured But Whole may be a game about super heroes, but it’s still an RPG. You will still find many elements of fantasy role-playing games in its structure, and one of those elements are classes. What class you choose and how it affects your player, however, is much different from South Park: The Stick of Truth.

At the game’s opening, after you’ve customized your character, you choose between three classes: Brutalist, Blaster, and Speedster. Each of those classes has four abilities. The Brutalist is the strong class, the Blaster is the ranged class, and the Speedster is the fast class. After you make your choice, Cartman explains your backstory and you get a quick tutorial on the abilities of your chosen class. You can actually try each class out before making your final decision, which is indicative of how classes play out for the rest of the game.

You level up your base stats as you progress through the game, like power and health, but you are not upgrading your abilities, or pouring points into stats related to a specific class. This means you are never locked into a class and can always change. You likely won’t be changing constantly, however. “It’s a little more of a measured choice than that,” senior producer Jason Schroeder says, “Cartman is your dungeon master, or your game master, so you kind of need to go to him to change it. So it’s a little bit of a choice you need to hold on to.”

After you’ve picked your class and made your way through the game’s first narrative day, Cartman gives you the option to start multi-classing. “You can say, ‘I’m going to take two Brutalist powers, a Speedster power, and the Speedster Ultimate and make a character mixed toward that direction.” Schroeder offers as an example of how to mix and match abilities. Other classes will open up later in the game, as well as the option to mix and match between more than just two classes. We don’t know the full list yet, but we know Elementalist and Mystic classes will appear, as well as psychic and healing classes.

The whole idea of shuffling class abilities is to make your character more malleable and customizable. “As your understanding of the tactics games becomes more sophisticated, the classes give you a different range of tactical choices you could be making,” Schroeder says. You can even choose to shift your class make-up to complement your buddies, who’s abilities are set in stone when they join your party. You can’t edit their abilities, but you do get a chance to rearrange the party at the start of every fight if there are certain abilities you need to take advantage of in a particular fight.

As part of your character’s development, you also have a character sheet you are filling out through the course of the game. It functions as a progress tracker, with your missions and side-quests showing up on one side, and your character definitions on the other. You have stats like Spunk (your magic and special abilities), Brawn (your physical strength), Dexterity (aiming and accuracy), Speed (how much you can move in the tactical grid, and where you place in the turn order), and Fortitude (defense).

The sheet also details your character’s custom aspects like race, gender, religion, as well as who your arch enemy is, what your kryptonite is, and your power source, which is always your butt. Some of those aspects you can declare, but others, like holy alignment, are based on how you play the game and will affect dialogue and cutscenes, though it doesn’t have major bearing on the overall direction of the story.

There is also an economic level on the character sheet that has to do with how much money is in your pocket, and how much you have in savings. Schroeder didn’t go into too much detail about the economic level, but referenced the season 13 Margaritaville episode of the show, which examined the complicated process of attempting to save money. We didn’t learn more about it, but the character sheet also tracks your detective level.

You also earn a name beyond simply the new kid, and it changes throughout the course of the game. Cartman is always trying out different names on you, nearly all of them themed around butts or farts, but the public learns to identify you as the Farting Vigilante.

Ideally, the malleability of the class system should let players have more control over how to play the game, and maybe even allow you to build your way up to Cartman’s class. “The Coon is a Ninja Maninal, so that one’s pretty hard.” Schroeder says, “He’s not super enthusiastic about having another Ninja Manimal on the team.”

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WWE 2K17 Review – Wrestling With The Basics

For most annualized franchises, 12 months is barely enough time to add new features that will entice fans to return to the series year after year. With WWE 2K17, however, developer Yuke’s decided to subtract instead of add. Rather than bolster a bloated feature set, WWE 2K17 ditches the popular Showcase mode in favor of polishing existing systems. But while the core combat has improved over last year’s entry, Yuke’s grappling skills still aren’t strong enough to make anyone other than hardcore WWE fans take notice.

Most of WWE 2K17’s combat improvements are incremental. Wrestlers still dish out the same basic attack combos, still have the same stamina management system, and still use the same pin/kickout mechanics. However, reversals now feature a larger timing window, which makes it easier to take control of a match. Taunts give you mid-match buffs that are a great way to catch your breath while your opponent is down. You can also perform post-match run-ins to interrupt a wrestler’s victory celebration, which is great for fueling new rivalries. And for the first time in years, you can take the action into the crowd and into backstage areas. I loved throwing my opponent through AV trunks and finding other interactive objects to smash over their head. None of the tweaks to 2K17’s action are game-changing, but they’re all welcome.

Unfortunately, 2K17’s incremental improvements only help expose the greater flaws in Yuke’s wrestling series. The in-ring action is as sluggish and plodding as ever. These WWE superstars move like rigid action figures, which tends to drain most of the tension from each match. While 2K17’s reversal windows are widened, the reversal cues are still disconnected from character animations, so the only thing clueing you into a reversal opportunity is a button prompt that appears over your wrestler’s head.

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Many matches feel like drudgery as your opponents almost always kick out of your first pin. You often have to build up and use your finishing move at least once or twice before getting a three count. Conversely, if you’re really bad at WWE’s timed button minigames, your opponent could count you out even when your character’s health is in the green. Even when you’re completely overpowering your opponents, 2K17’s action feels like a battle of attrition rather than the exuberant display of athletic prowess that fans have come to love about WWE.

It’s a shame WWE 2K17’s core mechanics are such a grind, because most of the content surrounding the in-ring action is sure to please wresting fans. The creation suite – which lets you create your own wrestlers, championships, and arenas, among other things – is as deep as ever. MyCareer mode simulates your created wrestler’s journey from the performance center through NXT and a string of championship belts to the WWE Hall of Fame. This experience is repetitive, but it is so deep that it allows you to create your own promos and manage your merchandise sales. Meanwhile, the WWE Universe mode is basically a manager mode that lets you organize WWE shows, plant rivalries, and build championship dynasties. You can even see how you stack up against other players online in a variety of exhibition matches, and I experienced almost no lag while duking it out with real opponents. All of these modes are meaty, but the Showcase mode, which let you relive some of yesteryear’s most glorious smack downs, was always the most polished and presentation-heavy mode. Its absence is sorely felt.

After previous publisher THQ folded and 2K took over this series with WWE 2K14, I had hoped the WWE games would see a slow crawl out of mediocrity, and that wrestling fans would eventually have a wresting game they could be proud to show non-wrestling fans. Unfortunately, the 2K series has carried forward with the same by-the-numbers combat we’ve seen for years. 2K’s next WWE game doesn’t need to check off a list of incremental improvements – it needs a complete overhaul.

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Killzone Shadow Fall, LittleBigPlanet 3 Headline October PSN Flash Sale

Sony’s having another flash sale on the PlayStation Network, where you can get PS4, PS3, and Vita games at steep discounts. Some of the highlights include Killzone Shadowfall, LittleBigPlanet 3, God Eater: Resurrection, and the first Watch Dogs, which are all priced at less than $10 a pop.

You can also grab Tetris Ultimate on PS4 for $3.49, or Wheel of Fortune on PS3 for $4.99, among other deals.

For the complete sale, browse on over to the PlayStation Store on your console, or go here.

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Elder Scrolls Online's Halloween Festivities Offer Tricks And Treats

The new Witches Festival holiday event for Elder Scrolls Online lets players get in touch with their inner zombie for some enticing bonuses.

From now until November 1, players can become a part of the shambling undead horde to get a 100% XP boost, along with themed loot items. Once you’ve made the transformation, killing bosses will also yield Plunder Skulls, holiday treasure chests that contain stuff like masks and Provision recipes.

For more on Tamriel Unlimited you can check out our first impressions.

Our Take
It’s always great to see a game join in on some Halloween festivities. While it would be nice to activate the quest even after Hallow’s Eve, it’s still a cute event to bring in players.

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Nintendo Reveals Eight New Pokémon For Sun & Moon

You want to see some new Pokémon? Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have released a trailer that highlights eight new monsters, as well as a pair of characters that you’ll encounter during your journey in Pokémon Sun & Moon.

Check out the clip below to see Silvally, Hakamo-o, Kommo-o, Steenee, Tsareena, Ribombee, Alolan Grimer, and Alolan Muk. You’ll also meet Olivia and Ilima, two highly skilled trainers.

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Pokémon Sun & Moon is coming to the Nintendo 3DS on November 18.

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Justin Bieber, Sia, Queen Among The Artists In Just Dance 2017's Full Tracklist

You can’t dance to silence, unless you’re some kind of terrifying weirdo. Fortunately, Ubisoft has confirmed our Just Dance 2017 suspicions: The game contains songs. Better still, the publisher has released the entire tracklist for the game, which includes artists such as Justin Bieber, Sia, and Queen.

Here’s the complete list for Just Dance 2017, which is coming out for – deep breath – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and the NX. They’re coming out October 25 (not so fast, NX), and the game’s also making its downloadable debut on PC starting October 27. 

  • “All About Us” – Jordan Fisher 
  • “Bailar” – Deorro Ft. Elvis Crespo 
  • “Bang” – Anitta 
  • “Bonbon” – Era Istrefi 
  • “Cake By The Ocean” – DNCE 
  • “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd 
  • “Carnaval Boom” – Latino Sunset 
  • “Cheap Thrills” – Sia Ft. Sean Paul 
  • “Cola Song” – INNA Ft. J Balvin 
  • “DADDY” – PSY Ft. CL of 2NE1 
  • “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen 
  • “Don’t Wanna Know” – Maroon 5 
  • “Dragostea Din Tei” – O-Zone 
  • “El Tiki” – Maluma 
  • “Ghost In The Keys” – Halloween Thrills 
  • “Groove” – Jack & Jack 
  • “Hips Don’t Lie” – Shakira Ft. Wyclef Jean 
  • “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” – Fast Forward Highway 
  • “Into You” – Ariana Grande 
  • “La Bicicleta” – Carlos Vives & Shakira 
  • “Last Christmas” – Santa Clones 
  • “Lean On” – Major Lazer Ft. MØ & DJ Snake 
  • “Leila” – Cheb Salama 
  • “Let Me Love You” – DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber (Ubi Club Reward) 
  • “Like I Would” –  Zayn 
  • “Little Swing” –  AronChupa Ft. Little Sis Nora 
  • “Oishii Oishii” – Wanko Ni Mero Mero 
  • “PoPiPo”  – Hatsune Miku 
  • “RADICAL” – Dyro & Dannic 
  • “Run The Night” – Gigi Rowe 
  • “Scream & Shout” – Will.i.am Ft. Britney Spears 
  • “September” – Equinox Stars 
  • “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – Beyonce 
  • “Sorry” – Justin Bieber 
  • “Te Dominar” – Daya Luz 
  • “Tico-Tico no Fubá” – The Frankie Bostello Orchestra 
  • “Watch Me (Whip/ Nae Nae)” – Silentó 
  • “What Is Love” – Ultraclub 90 
  • “Wherever I Go” – OneRepublic
  • “Worth It” – Fifth Harmoney Ft. Kid Ink 

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Two Cryptic Teasers For Resident Evil 7

Capcom is stoking the fires for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard with two mysterious teaser trailers highlighting two seemingly disparate events.

For another, more complete trailer for the title, check out our previous preview.

Resident Evil 7 comes out in January for the PS4 (w/ PSVR support), Xbox One, and PC.

Mysterious Caller

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Shotgun in the Box

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What WWI Soldiers Would Have Thought Of Battlefield 1

Playing a video game about a world war can be a lot of fun. Experiencing that war in person was not. The Warp Zone imagines what it would have been like for WWI soldiers to think about the future…but that future is now, so if you want to learn more about Battlefield 1, read our preview on Battlefield 1’s extensive spectator mode tools.

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World Of Warcraft's Game Director Moves On To Mysterious New Project

Blizzard just release the latest expansion to World of Warcraft, titled Legion, and many fans are calling it the best WoW expansion in years. For many fans this is the continuation of an epic journey that has last well over a decade. For WoW’s game director Tom Chilton, however, this is actually the beginning of an entirely new adventure.

On a recent blog post, Chilton talked about his long career working on WoW and how, now that Legion is done, he will be moving onto an undisclosed new project. Assistant game director Ion Hazzikostas will be taking his place as game director for World of Warcraft.

“For me, Legion has been more than just another expansion, though—it’s the culmination of more than a decade of work with one of the best development teams I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of. And it’s with a mix of excitement, sadness, and gratitude that I’m saying farewell to the WoW team and moving on to a new adventure within Blizzard.”

For more on Legion, be sure to watch our two hour livestream archive. Also, find out what Chilton had to say about World of Warcraft II a few year’s ago.

[Source: Battle.net]

 

Our Take
Wow, indeed! Chilton has been at the helm of World of Warcraft for a long time, so we can’t blame him for wanting to move on. We’re itching to know what he’s working on, but WoW fans should be excited that they have another mysterious Blizzard project to look forward to.

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