Star Wars Kinect with Bundle Release Date Announced…and It’s Surprisingly Soon

7 02 2012

You ever wonder why the Star Wars Gods never just come beat us up for our money?  Because they always know exactly what we want.  What?  An R2-D2 Xbox 360 with a C-3PO gold controller?  Take my money now please!  Oh, it also comes with the Kinect and a 320 GB hard drive?  That’s exactly why I just threw a wad of cash at my computer monitor.  Well my monitor doesn’t take US currency so I’m safe…for the moment.  The whole kit and kaboodle will be available April 3rd for the moderate price of $349.99.  If you just want Kinect Star Wars, that will only put you back $49.99.  Kinect Star Wars will have five modes to choose from: Podracing, Rancor Rampage, Duels of Fate, Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising, and the ever curious Galactic Dance Off.  I have Disco Star Wars on vinyl already so I’ve been actually “living” Galactic Dance Off for quite some time.  I guess I can at least get achievements for it now.

Burke

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First SWTOR Guild Summit Announced!

3 02 2012

Bioware has announced they will be hosting the first (possibly annual) Guild Summit March 4th – 6th in Austin, Tx. The event is invite only and 21+ which leads me to believe the Q&A session and round tables will actually lead to some decent ideas being developed by the community. But the realist in me knows this is what the community looks like:

ugh

So what will happen? If I had my way, hopefully a large scale melee between the factions, no peace talks! The attendees will be responsible for all costs during this little venture so that alone should deter most of the trolls, couple that with the 21+ it should be a fairly decent event. Although I don’t think this sort of thing will ever turn into a large scale event such as Blizzcon, it’s nice to think SOMETHING IN THE UNIVERSE might be able to slaughter the beast known as WoW, however impossible it may be.

Nic





Top 5 on the Fly: The OG Republic!

30 12 2011

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the last week and a half, Star Wars: The Old Republic is out. With 4 archtypes to choose from, which then advance into 2 separate classes of their own, each one of these classes have two ways to advance. SWTOR is one of the more versatile MMOs on the market as far as character and class customization. Toss in the fact that each character is given 6 companions to aid them on their journeys or (SPOILER) possibly lead into romantic interludes, however ugly the dark side may make your character, you will never be alone in the galaxy even if your friends and guild are offline. This companion system works great to make sure you have the added DPS in a sticky situation, the healer for that tight spot between life and death, or the tank you need to keep up to prevent a squishy sage or inquisitor from being torn to bits by the ravenous denizens of each world you may encounter. Tack on drop in space battles that are so easy to get the hang of, even your grand mother could enjoy them 🙂

If you don't hurry, this is who will be waiting for you!

Do not miss out on all the action the galaxy from a long time ago which is also far away has to offer!

Nic





The Old Republic is Here, so We’re Here to Help!

19 12 2011

The last few days, I’ve gotten a little bit away from reality. See, I pre-ordered SWTOR back in August and for the last few days I have been enjoying the rewards of the pre-order bonus: Early Access. Now I’m rocking a level 24 Sith Juggernaut, I’ve learned the crafting system and done a little bit of pve, pvp and the space missions. Well now you get to reap all the benefits of my experience because in this article, YOU will get pre-game knowledge to help you power through the endless lines of scrubs trying to slow you down on your path to level 50!

Ok. Let’s start with the crafting system. At the top of your HUD you will find a tiny diamond. This represents all your crew (slaves). Your crew members or companions handle all the menial tasks that go along with conquering the galaxy. Upon reaching level 10, your character is sent to the main hub of your given faction. Since I chose Sith, I was sent to the Imperial Fleet or for you WoW players, Iron Forge of Star Wars. You may pick up to 3 trade skill abilities. Generally speaking, each person picks a crafting skill with 2 gathering skills. I will explain my skills since I have no idea what you are going to choose. My juggernaut is an Articifice which means I have the ability to craft light sabers and shields, and the various upgrades and augments needed to craft the saber itself. The gathering skills that coincide with this are Treasure Hunting and Archaeology. If you look at the screen above, what I have done is gone to my crew management screen, and selected Vette to do crafting. When you open the crew window, you’re gonna see all available crew members, and your trade skill options will be next to their pictures.

Simply click one of the trade skill boxes, and you will have either your recipe list (above) or you will be given various missions for each crew member to complete for your gathering skills. Completion of missions is based upon the companions gear, and varying skill in that profession. Vette has a +5 modifier to both Treasure Hunting and Underworld trading, so she usually doesn’t fail me. Now if you are crafting something, You can queue up to 5 items to be crafted (top left) which display a count down bar to completion as well as the option to give up on that item. Reasons for giving up could be either saving resources or a friend decides they don’t need that item or THE MOST IMPORTANT OPTION: You don’t have access to your companion while they are crafting, so if you get in a jam that could be solved by having a healer or dps present…well you are just SOL brother.

This next screen is just sort of a preview on how my artifact crafting works with items in the game. On the left you can see my current light saber, and all the augments inside of it: The hilt, Mod, Enhancement and Crystal. For the most part i can make nearly all of these, enabling myself to construct truly deadly weapons for the Empire!

The new and improved Star Wars galaxy cough cough bad joke!

This is the world map. Upon reaching level 16 or completion of your class quests on your second planet, you will be granted a space ship. You may access all partitions of the galaxy at this point however it is not quite recommendable at this point, as you won’t be strong enough to fight many of the players or beats you will encounter in other systems. How ever from your ship (see below) you will be able to also access the space battle missions which vary from escorts (not that kind you perv!), and search and destroy types. The space missions could be considered to be a watered down experience, but I enjoyed how easily you can jump into it and play with ease. You control your ship with just the mouse and M1 and M2 buttons. And it’s a quite enjoyable experience destroying Republic Fighters and Frigates.

Here I am cutting a swath of death and destruction across the galaxy in the name of the Empire and the Sith.

And finally I’ll leave you with two screens of the two low level planets Balmorra and Nar Shadda respectively. I just want to give you an idea of the scope of what you’re going to be dealing with here. This isn’t Azeroth friends. This is much, much bigger. So cancel any trips you might have had planned for Azeroth, or Telarra cuz this SITH just got REAL.

Balmorra

Nar Shadda

In case you weren’t sold on it yet!

srsbizniz





It’s Beginning to Feel a lot Like Christmas….

14 12 2011

You know that giddy feeling you get when you know something awesome is about to happen? I had that feeling this morning. I woke up and like usual I immediately check my phone. As soon as I slide my thumb down the lock screen, I saw a tiny icon of an envelope. This is when that feeling took over. I KNEW what it was. It had to be. And lo and behold, it was my invite to Star Wars Early Access!

Insert little girl screaming noises!

Now I know some of you may have had some issues getting into the game. Well I am here to solve those problems for you with a couple easy steps you may have glossed over in the excitement of getting your early access!

You MUST do this!

This is the easiest one to miss. Make sure you uninstall the Test Client or you will get the “Client Corrupted” Error or some other such nonsense! Then click the “Pre-Load Game Client” button found multiple times all over the SWTOR.com page. And you’re nearing the home stretch!

Update your sub, Nerf Herder!

Also make sure you check your code redemption history too to make sure you didn’t miss anything!

Now you should be all set to join the galaxy far, far away!

Stay Sith My friends!

SRS





A Sticky Note from a Galaxy Far Far Away…

10 12 2011

Drops Dec. 20th!!!!!!!!

Don’t forget, if you pre-order Star Wars: The Old Republic, or have already pre-ordered, you will get early access to the game! And to make things easier (hence why I am updating you) since you were smart and pre-ordered your copy, you are being allowed to download the game already so that when it goes live, you can immediately jump in and clog up all the servers! But worry not young padawan, having been a part of the beta launch test I can tell you with certainty that we should all have little to no trouble getting into a server!

Just remember to choose the right side *cough cough* EMPIRE *cough cough*

Sorry I have a cold…just saying!

Early access to a galaxy near you begins December 13th.

Srsbizniz





What Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind’s eye is really about.

19 10 2011

Beat it off?

Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye has been entertaining most of my nights as I drift off into slumber.  A few nights ago while reading chapter 9, I came across a disturbing side of Star Wars I never knew existed.  It wasn’t the light or dark side, it was the naughty side.  At first glance above it does appear that Luke has finished an inappropriate act, but to all who have read this very interesting novel will know, he’s actually quite innocent.  In fact, he just got done defending Princess Leia from what would have been certain death.  Luke and Leia have been trying to navigate through an underground cave searching for a way out.  Along their travels they arrive on a gigantic lake in which they must float across on a gigantic lilypad.  The above scene took place after Luke battled an enormous translucent worm creature and nearly drowned before the monster’s retreat.  My juvenile mind just enjoyed the one liner a little too much.  I hope you enjoy it also.

nerdfarm