Saturday, April 18, 2015

Star Wars Celebration Day Two: Battlefront and a Bad Batch

Star Wars Celebration is rolling in full force now, and we're here to bring you everything we saw on Day Two. It was a day of video game debuts, continuations of great stories, and of course, tons and tons of great cosplay. Here's the breakdown:

Star Wars Battlefront's Debut

You've already heard about the trailer, but just in case, here it is again:

This has been a weekend of epic trailers, and this is no exception. Unfortunately, while it's all "in engine," this trailer doesn't really tell us anything about the game. The panel itself wasn't much better - the only new things we learned were the planets involved (Hoth, Tattooine, Endor and Sullust), and that the game would include a free DLC mission, The Battle of Jakku, that ties into the Force Awakens. If we can get into the booth tomorrow, past the three hours waits, we'll be able to give you a fuller breakdown, but for now all we can say is that it looks like a fun multiplayer shooter. It remains to be seen whether it can transcend a market that's already full of those.

The Clone Wars: Bad Batch

Dave Filoni was on hand to deliver four new episodes of The Clone Wars. Like the previous release on, these episodes were unfinished animatics, with voice acting by the original cast. And just like the previous release, The Clone Wars is such a good show that it didn't matter. This four episode arc introduced The Bad Batch, a group of Clone Commandos who have "desirable mutations," meaning that they all have different faces and some kind of special abilities. Wrecker, for example, is your typical bruiser with extra-human strength. The Batch go on a mission with Commander Cody, Captain Rex, and Anakin Skywalker to rescue a fan favorite character that everyone thought was dead.

The episodes are excellent, and are only disappointing in that they set up a great new story that I'd love to see play out, and we likely never will. The Clone Wars deserved better than its unceremonious send off, as good as Rebels is.

Imperial Assault

We got a chance to try Imperial Assault, the tactical skirmish game that Fantasy Flight released to the public earlier this year. It's a very interesting blend of Warhammer and Dungeons and Dragons - up to four players take on a single rebel character, while one player controls the evil Imperial troops. The characters are interesting and the models are extremely well done. The particular scenario we played was a little too difficult, but that was probably because we weren't quite familiar with the rules. Still, I got to play a Wookie that tore the head off a probe droid, and that was worth it. In the end, the Empire won by the skin of their teeth, which led to this photo:

And finally, all the best Cosplay:

Check out all the great costumes we saw on the floor and on stage today!

Mike Fatum is the Editor in Chief and one of the Podcast Co-hosts of the Ace of Geeks Podcast. He loves Star Wars so much that he almost spent $600 on a lightsaber today.

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