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Fallen Order shatters expectations with record Star Wars sales

Published: 27/Nov/2019 5:26 Updated: 27/Nov/2019 5:27

by Isaac McIntyre

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Video games set ‘a long, long time ago’ seem to be back in flavor, after EA’s latest action-adventure release Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order blew past major sales milestones for both the publishing company and franchise in just two weeks.

After the disappointing releases of EA’s reboot of the massively-popular Battlefront series, many Star Wars fans had written off the publishers’ ability to create a great title to add to the dozens of memorable games set in Disney’s sci-fi universe.

Abandoning the monetized format of Battlefront (2015) and Battlefront 2 (2017), EA partnered up with Titanfall and Apex Legends developers Respawn Entertainment, and dived straight into a narrative-driven adventure title.

EAEA’s initial entries into the much-loved Battlefront franchise were less than stellar.

The move paid off—EA has revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is now the fastest-selling digital launch for a Star Wars title ever, and has become EA’s top-selling Star Wars title just two weeks after first being launched on PC, Xbox, and PS4.

Respawn, Lucasfilm, and EA didn’t just succeed financially either, with players and critics alike welcoming the 2019 release, and it’s story of a solitary Jedi surviving post-Order 66 as the nefarious Empire rises around him, as a breath of fresh air.

The narrative follows Cal Kestis (Cameron Monaghan) as he seeks to learn more about the power of the Force after the collapse of the Jedi Order, and has been dubbed “the best Star Wars game ever made.”

Fallen Order’s story is propped up by its cast of whacky characters that fill the world around Kestis, including much-lauded Cere Junda (Debra Wilson), a former Jedi Knight, and larger-than-life pilot Greez (Daniel Roebuck), all of whom added to the fast-selling title taking the gaming world by storm in recent weeks.

Respawn EntertainmentFallen Order explores the time after Star Wars’ universe-shattering Order 66, through the eyes of hidden Jedi apprentice Cal Kestis.

“On behalf of Respawn and EA, we thank everyone for their support of the studio and the team throughout the development and launch of Fallen Order. Telling a story in the Star Wars galaxy is a dream come true and the reception has been incredible,” Vince Zampella, head of Respawn, said after the news. 

“With the launch of the game, the debut of The Mandalorian and the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan!”

Disney executive Sean Shoptaw, who runs games and interactive experiences, as well as Disney’s amusement parks, said Fallen Order’s success had gone a long way to proving that “original storytelling in Star Wars games” could succeed.

“The close collaboration between Respawn and Lucasfilm is a perfect example of how we can deliver an experience for fans that is authentic to the stories and worlds they love, while also being an incredibly fun and innovative game,” he said.

DisneyWith The Mandalorian and Fallen Order all out in 2019, and Episode 9: Rise of Skywalker on the horizon, it’s been a good year for Star Wars fans.

It’s certainly good news for Stars Wars gamers, especially those who have been keeping busy replaying famous old story-driven titles like Knights of the Old Republic and Republic Commando. Now it seems the drought is at an end.

For now, there are no new Star Wars titles officially announced, but after Shoptaw’s comments, it seems Disney and Lucasfilm have bought into the power of telling Star Wars stories through games, so there’s sure to be more on the way.

And who knows—with how popular The Mandalorian has been since its premiere, we may even see an adaptation similar to Bounty Hunter (2002), meaning we’d get to play alongside the cutest Star Wars character yet: Baby Yoda.

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Top 5 best class/race combos in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Published: 25/Nov/2020 10:03

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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WoW Shadowlands is lifting back the veil of the known world of Azeroth and giving players the chance to experience what lies beyond. With a new expansion comes players wanting to try out new characters. But what combinations of race and class work best? Find out below.

Choosing a class and a race to play, whether it’s your main toon or an alt can be an important choice in the MMORPG: making sure the character clicks with you and fits in with your personal fantasy. While each race’s racial abilities can slightly improve your overall experience of the game, it’s not enough to necessarily push players into one race over the other. Often, it can come down to lore reasons and what looks coolest together.

Here, we’ve detailed our top five favorite class/race combinations for you to try out in the future in World of Warcraft.

Blood Elf Rogue

Blood Elf Rogue in Zandalar, crouching while in stealth
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Blood Elf females have objectively the best rogue animations.

Rogues are a great class to utilize in a PvE environment. With skills like Shadowstep, Stealth and Vanish allowing you to quickly hide from foes, or appear in a flash behind them, Rogues are fun to play. Blood Elves have a racial ability called ‘Arcane Torrent’ that when activated as a Rogue, restores 15 energy (the rogue equivalent of mana) to the player. This can be incredibly useful in a pinch and is a great addition to any Rogue’s toolkit in a PvE environment.

A 1% boost to critical chance through Arcane Acuity’s racial is also handy, Blood Elf female-presenting characters also have arguably the coolest stealth animations in-game, particularly the crouch, which puts the character into a stalking-like, ready to pounce animation.

Worgen Druid

Worgen Druid female and their cat and bear forms
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Worgen Druids are a fantastic choice, visually.

With Worgens already being a ‘shapeshifter’ to a degree, extending this further by playing a Druid is a great option. With grizzled bear and cat forms, the Werewolf theme is extended into both of these. Druids also have Travel forms, which differ depending upon what your traveling across, as well as a Flight Form to escape from danger in a pinch.

Worgen characters have the Running Wild racial which activates their ‘true form’, putting them on all fours and allowing them to zip across the map with a movement speed increase of 200%.

They also fit within lore, if that’s something you’re looking for, too. In Silverpine Forest, the Gilneas Liberation Front disguised themselves in their Bear Form to confuse the enemy. Following the bears being slain, they would leave behind a Worgen form. With their curse originating in the dream, too, it can be safe to say that Worgen are likely to have an affinity towards the class.

Pandaren Shaman

Pandaren Shaman with Totems in Zandalar
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Shamans’ totems are visually fantastic, too.

With a deep respect for their ancestors, Pandaren are a great choice for Shamans. Respecting and harnessing the elements and utilizing them to further their goal works wonderfully well. It’s a big part of the Shamanistic beliefs and is a great fit. The race has strong symbolic associations to it, too.

Pandaren Shamans casting animations are awesome. When casting their basic abilities like Lightning Bolt, wind flurries around the character’s hair swirling the magic with their hands as they cast. It looks absolutely fantastic.

Their totems are also great looking, too. Featuring a paw print on the center barrel and a thick red rope, these totems are some of the coolest looking in the game.

Night Elf Demon Hunter

Demon Hunter Night Elf in The Shattered Abyss
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Demon Hunters Night Elves look fantastic, especially alongside the new customization and hair options introduced with Shadowlands.

One of the least played classes in World of Warcraft, Night Elf Demon Hunters look incredible. Shadowlands’ extra customization options for races (including the Overwatch-inspired Sombra hair shown above) fits fantastically well with the Demon Hunter aesthetic.

Blood Elves, in comparison, often look too small and can be swamped against the giant Warglaive sizing – something that is mitigated slightly with a Nelf. They look powerful, agile and have fantastic animations compared to the Belf counterpart. Night Elves’ Silver trim armor looks great against the silver-based jewelry available for the race, too.

A bonus is their racial ability. Shadowmeld gives you the ability to “dodge” spells that don’t have an instant cast and are targeted to players, which can also come in very handy in a PvP situation. You can slip into the shadows with it, too, lasting until it’s canceled, or until movement begins.

Undead Mage

An Undead Mage in WoW casting a spell in Zandalar
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Undead mages are an obvious choice for caster classes.

Undead mages are the coolest classes to utilize in WoW. With the optional bone option for character customization, and an emphasis on grungy/rock-based hairstyles, Undead character looks fantastic. Their animations for casting are second to none, and they work fantastically well for the Venthyr or Necrolord Covenants in Shadowlands.

With great mana-restoring racials such as ‘Cannibalize’, and ‘Touch of The Grave’ giving a chance to drain the target and deal shadow damage, also healing you. It also provides indefinite underwater breathing, and with a mage’s sometimes long casting times, this can come at your aid in a pinch.

So, there you have it. Our top five recommendations for fantastic class and race combinations in World of Warcraft.