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Classic Star Wars Video Games are Coming Back to Retail Stores

Aspyr Media is bringing back some fan-favorite, classic Star Wars games to stores near you later this year. Two exciting bundles will be available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The first bundle, Star Wars Jedi Knight Collection, marks the return of Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. The second one, Star Wars Racer and Commando Combo, is a perfect fit for all prequel fans and includes Star Wars Republic Commando and Star Wars Episode I: Racer.

Each bundle will be available in North America and Europe for PlayStation 4 on October 26, as well as for Nintendo Switch on November 16. Pre-order today at a store not far, far away from you. The SRP for each bundle is $29.99 / €29.99 / £25.99.

Star Wars Jedi Knight Collection

Get two classic Star Wars™ games with the Star Wars™ Jedi Knight Collection, which includes Star Wars™ Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars™ Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy.

Meet iconic Star Wars™ characters such as Lando Calrissian and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars™ Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, where you play as the Jedi Kyle Katarn, employing a unique mix of weapons, Force™ powers and your lightsaber™ in single-player first- and third-person action. Follow an ancient tradition and learn the powers – and dangers – of the Force™ in Star Wars™ Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, a single- and multiplayer action combat game.

Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast:

A Jedi outcast struggles with his past, his enemies, and his destiny. Kyle Katarn’s classic adventure lands on Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4! Experience the legendary single-player epic with modernized controls.

  • As Kyle Katarn, agent of the New Republic, use your lightsaber and the full power of the Force to combat a new evil plaguing the galaxy.
  • Choose wisely from an arsenal of 13 weapons, including the disruptor rifle, thermal detonators, trip mines, and Wookiee bowcaster.
  • Test your skills in 24 single-player missions, four epic boss fights, and one unforgettable cantina.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy:

Forge your weapon and follow the path of the Jedi. The online multiplayer classic comes to Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4 with modernized controls. Take on the role of a new student eager to learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Luke Skywalker.

  • Play with up to 16 online players in six online multiplayer modes, including Siege, Capture the Flag, and Free for All.
  • Customize your character by defining both look and gender before entering the Academy to learn the power and dangers of the Force.
  • Construct your own lightsaber from handle to blade. As you progress, discover the power of wielding two lightsabers or the ultimate double-bladed lightsaber made famous by Darth Maul.
  • Interact with famous Star Wars™ characters in many classic Star Wars™ locations as you face the ultimate choice: fight for good and freedom on the light side, or follow the path of power and evil to the dark side.

Star Wars Racer and Commando Combo

Get two classic Star Wars™ games with the Star Wars™ Racer and Commando Combo, which includes Star Wars™: Episode I Racer and Star Wars™ Republic Commando.

Climb on, strap in, and experience the pure adrenaline-pumping excitement of the Podracing sequence from Star Wars™: Episode I The Phantom Menace in Star Wars™: Episode I Racer. In Star Wars™ Republic Commando, you are the leader of your elite squad of Republic Commandos. Your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately, annihilate the enemy.

Star Wars Episode I Racer:

The fan-favorite racer is back! Two engines. One champion. No limits. Take control of a podracer speeding through flaming methane lakes, Tusken Raider assaults, anti-gravity tunnels, and much more in a pulse-pounding, do-or-die fight to the finish line.

  • Choose from 25 playable racers including: Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba, and Ratts Tyerell.
  • Race tracks spanning 8 unique worlds including: Tatooine, Baroonda, and Malastare.
  • Work with Pit Droids to upgrade your podracer for higher top speeds and acceleration.
  • Discover short-cuts and secrets to master your lap times.

Star Wars Republic Commando:

The squad is your weapon. Boss, Fixer, Scorch, and Sev, better known as Delta Squad, are back on Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4! Relive the legendary campaign.

  • Welcome to the Clone Wars: Chaos has erupted throughout the galaxy. As leader of an elite squad of Republic Commandos, your mission is to infiltrate, dominate, and ultimately annihilate the enemy.
  • Battle Relentless Enemies: Battle a variety of highly intelligent and deadly enemies—from brutal Trandoshan mercenaries to the flying insectoid warriors of Geonosis.
  • The Squad Is Your Weapon: Your squad will follow your orders, performing complex commands and strategic maneuvers. You are their leader. They are your weapon.

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout – Gold Edition is Out Now

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout – Gold Edition is available today for $29.99 exclusively at GameStop for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This new release of the blockbuster team-based shooter inspired by Hasbro’s legendary franchise includes the full base game plus two exclusive new skins from the Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins film – in theaters now – a digital art book, digital soundtrack, and the “Classic Duke & Classic Cobra Commander Character Pack” and “G.I. Joe & Cobra Weapons Pack” DLC.

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout delivers an original story adventure inspired by classic ’80s-style comics with 17 campaign missions featuring epic locations like the U.S.S. Flagg and Cobra Headquarters, intense boss battles, and iconic vehicles like the Persuader and Cobra H.I.S.S. tanks. Play the campaign on your own or with a friend in local split-screen co-op, then keep the fight going in four-player local PvP multiplayer modes like Capture the Flag, Assault, King of The Hill and Deathmatch Arena.

Play as your favorite heroes and villains from both sides with 12 playable characters, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Roadblock, Storm Shadow and more. Unleash a wide variety of weapons, skins, and devastating ultimate abilities as you mastermind world domination as Team Cobra and restore world order as Team Joe!

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is Coming December 15 to Steam

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, the team-based third-person shooter inspired by the epic characters and battles of Hasbro’s blockbuster franchise, will be available on PC via Steam on Dec. 15, 2020, for $29.99. Fans get also get the game’s Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes a digital art book and soundtrack, the Retro Skins Pack, and the Weapons Pack, all for $39.99. And during its first week of release, you can grab G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout for 20% off! Play as both Team Joe and Team Cobra in this action-packed adventure featuring a local co-op campaign and PvP multiplayer with support for Steam Remote Play Together.

Experience an original storyline inspired by classic ’80s comics, with 17 campaign missions featuring legendary locations like the U.S.S. Flagg and Cobra Headquarters, intense boss battles, and iconic vehicles like the G.I. Joe Persuader and Cobra H.I.S.S. tanks. Play the campaign on your own or with a friend in local split-screen co-op, then keep the fight going in four-player local PvP multiplayer modes like Capture the Flag, Assault, King of The Hill and Deathmatch Arena.

Choose your favorite heroes and villains with 12 playable characters from both sides, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Roadblock, Storm Shadow and more. Unleash a wide variety of weapons, skins, and devastating ultimate abilities as you mastermind world domination for Team Cobra and restore world peace with Team Joe!

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is also available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is Out Now for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, the new team-based third-person shooter inspired by Hasbro’s hit franchise, launches today on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Play as both Team Joe and Team Cobra in this action-packed adventure featuring a co-op story campaign and PvP multiplayer.

Experience an original story inspired by classic ’80s-style comics, over 17 campaign missions featuring epic locations like the U.S.S. Flagg and Cobra Headquarters, intense boss battles, and iconic vehicles like the Joes’ Persuader and Cobra H.I.S.S. tanks. Play the campaign on your own or with a friend in local split-screen co-op, then keep the fight going in four-player local PvP multiplayer modes like Capture the Flag, Assault, King of The Hill and Deathmatch Arena.

Play as your favorite heroes and villains from both sides with 12 playable characters, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Roadblock, Storm Shadow and more. Unleash a wide variety of weapons, skins, and devastating ultimate abilities as you mastermind world domination as Team Cobra and restore world order as Team Joe!

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is published by GameMill Entertainment and is available at major retailers and digital stores for $39.99. G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout — Gold Deluxe Edition, which includes special character skins for Duke and Cobra Commander, 12 bonus weapon skins, and an exclusive digital art book and soundtrack, is also available today on all platforms (digitally only) for $49.99.

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Iron Man #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Kotaku – Miles Morales Spider-Man Game, Horizon, And Sackboy Also Coming To PS4 – Cool! We can save some money and still enjoy Miles’ adventure!

The Beat – Stumptown canceled due to COVID-19 delays – Booo!

Reviews

Talking Comics – Iron Man #1
Screenrant – Pantomine #1
Laughing Place – Star Wars #6
Screenrant – Terminal Punks #1

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is Coming October 13 to Consoles and PC

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, a new team-based, third-person shooter based on Hasbro’s mega-popular franchise, has been revealed. Play as your favorite heroes and villains from Team Joe and Team Cobra in this action-packed adventure, coming to PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 13, 2020, from GameMill Entertainment.

Travel to monumental locations like Cobra Headquarters and the U.S.S. Flagg through an original story inspired by 80s-style comics. Take on 18 campaign missions featuring iconic vehicles and boss battles in single-player or local split-screen co-op.

G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout features 12 playable characters, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Roadblock, Storm Shadow, and more. Each soldier has their own unique powers and can be customized with a variety of weapons and skins. There’s also multiplayer with modes such as Capture the Flag, Assault, and King of the Hill.

Review: Horizon: Zero Dawn #1

Horizon: Zero Dawn #1
Titan Comics

When Horizon: Zero Dawn came out on the Playstation 4 back in 2017, I remember feeling a sense of wonder and relief. It was a post-apocalyptic game of sorts, but it wasn’t the dreary and bleak world we’d grown accustomed to as gamers post-Last of Us. Instead, Guerilla Games gave us a lush and living environment with impressive vistas and mechanical beasts that played with both prehistoric and high-tech notions of life. It made for an unforgettable gaming and storytelling experience.

Now, Titan Comics has brought the Horizon universe to the comics world and I’m happy to say the transition is not only successful but also comes off as an obvious next step for the franchise.

Written by Anne Toole, who worked on the game’s script and counts among her writing credits the Assassin’s Creed: Origins “Cursed of the Pharaohs” DLC, and illustrated by Ann Maulina (who has worked as a video game and environment artist), the new Horizon comic centers on Talanah Khane Padish and her hunt for a single machine as per a contract she accepted. Talanah gets injured, but she fights through the pain to continue in her quest even as she meets new characters that might hint at a coming conflict between tribes.

While previous knowledge of the game’s story isn’t a requirement, having at least one playthrough completed will enrich the reading experience considerably. In the game, Talanah is a potential ally for Aloy (Horizon’s main character) and is crucial to the Hunter’s Lodge missions in the story. She becomes Aloy’s sponsor in the Lodge and even helps out during the final battle of the main story.

Having that background helps readers jump straight into the comic. A familiar face is easy to get excited about and foregoes a lot of the trappings of heavy exposition commonly found in first issues. Toole does a phenomenal job in this front, keeping as much as possible up to the reader to figure out. Nothing is spelled out, but all the narrative elements are there for readers to piece together what the story’s world is about. Thankfully, new readers can also follow Talanah’s story with minimal understanding of the universe. This is where Maulina’s art comes in.

Horizon’s world is nothing short of breathtaking. The contrast between mechanical dinosaurs and human characters designed like they come from a high tech Stone Age is very unique to the PS4 game and Maulina has captured it faithfully in the comic book page. That same sense of wonder and danger that one gets while playing the game transfers over to the comic, with vibrant colors and deadly machines inhabiting a blossoming natural word. Having played the game, I felt as if the story’s energy mimicked that of the game’s. The thrill of the hunt and the adrenaline rush that comes with hunting robo-dinos is as present here as it is in the game.

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Toole’s scripting, on the other hand, also finds ways to incorporate video game winks into the overall design of the story with panels showing characters doing things player can do in-game. Whether it’s Talanah throwing a rock to distract the machines or walking on a tight-rope to cross a river, these instances bring players back to the game if only briefly to link up both experiences.

Whether the Horizon comic will continue to expand upon the game’s universe or simply follow within the lines of an extended side quest remains to be seen. Aloy is a part of the story, but it feels as if Talanah’s the lead. Fortunately, Talanah is well-crafted and can help fans bridge both comic and gaming experiences into a cohesive whole. In all honesty, any excuse to venture back into the world of Horizon is good enough for me–and with Horizon 2 already confirmed for the Playstation 5–this comic does a wonderful job of giving fans enough reasons to continue the journey.

Story: Anne Toole Art: Ann Maulina
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Replay Horizon and make sure to finish the Frozen Wilds DLC

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Square Enix, Eidos Montreal, and Crystal Dynamic’s Marvel’s Avengers Gets New Trailers

A new trailer has been released for the upcoming video game Marvel’s Avengers. The game is by Square Enix, Eidos Montreal, and Crystal Dynamics.

In it, we get a better sense of the storyline which puts Kamala Khan at the center of reassembling the Avengers after an event they’re blamed for. In the new video, we get a sense of some gameplay and cinematics which… are a mixed bag. There’s also hints as to what sort of currency system will be in the game leading to some speculation that you may be spending out of pocket to get everything. The game will allow you to team up with three players to take on AIM.

Marvel’s Avengers come to shelves September 4, 2020.

Transformers: Battlegrounds Comes to Consoles in October

While everyone was paying attention to the Playstation 5 news, the Playstation 4 teaser trailer for Transformers: Battlegrounds dropped today. The game is also coming to the Nintendo Switch, Steam, and XBox One.

As evil Megatron closes in on the Allspark, Bumblebee and the Autobots need a new commander to help save Earth – you! Assemble your squad and roll out for a battle that will rage from Central City to Cybertron… and even to the local multiplayer arcade!

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