Day: May 17, 2022

After Starfield and Redfall both got delayed out of 2022 on the same day, we discuss why Xbox fans are understandably frustrated with the lack of major first-party exclusives this year. Next year does look amazing – and we discuss that in detail – but we also talk about how many fans are tired of being told “Wait until next year.” Can the Xbox Showcase provide any immediate answers? Join us!

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If, for some reason, you decided you weren’t too keen on LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga at full price, well my patient and frugal friend, the Nintendo Switch version is on sale right now at both Walmart AND Amazon.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga on Sale

It’s important to note both Amazon and Walmart’s deals are being offered by 3rd party sellers, but they’re being fulfilled by the respective retailers. I buy 3rd party stuff all the time and haven’t had any problems. At least, not yet.

If you’d prefer, Amazon has the PS4 and the PS5 versions on sale as well, but the mark-down isn’t really that exciting compared to the Nintendo Switch version.

Traveller’s Tales really did an outstanding job with this one. In our LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga review we called it “a series of interplanetary playgrounds that are dense with discovery and entertaining diversions.”

Basically, even the video game versions of the movies you didn’t like are fun to play through. That’s saying something, considering how divisive the nine movies making up the Skywalker Saga actually are. Is there anyone who absolutely loves them all? I’m sure there are, and I’m sure they’ll be in the comments.

Seth Macy is Executive Editor, IGN Commerce, and just wants to be your friend. You can find him hosting the Nintendo Voice Chat podcast.

Arma Reforger is a work in progress. That point was hammered home over and over again at a recent preview event hosted by developer Bohemia Interactive. It’s been almost a decade since the release of Arma 3, and while a formal sequel is still on the horizon, the company is first offering a smaller, scaled-down version of their traditional warfighting precision. The goal, says Bohemia, is for Reforger to be a “bridge” towards Arma 4; using the platform as a testbed to gauge community feedback throughout the rest of the development cycle. That makes a lot of sense considering how Reforger, and the future Arma 4, are both headed to consoles for the first time in the series’ history. The studio now needs to answer questions it never had to ask before. Can a gamepad mesh with the complex logistics of a military simulator? Does the console audience even have an appetite for Arma’s many quirks? You can understand why Bohemia wanted to dip their toes in first before taking a dive.

Arma Reforger is, in some ways, a reimagining of the first game of the series — 2001’s Operation Flashpoint. A fictional Eastern European island from that game, Everon, has been fully remastered in Bohemia’s new Enfusion engine, and players are cast as either Americans or Soviets in the keening, late-’80s apogee of the Cold War. I was granted access to a pre-release build, which gave me a tutorial and a few multiplayer servers that were otherwise abandoned by any other actual human players, and it was immediately clear that Bohemia’s graphical retrofitting paid off. Pastures bloomed with dewy grass, trees lined the horizon on the impressive draw distance, glassy water lapped against the shores. Bohemia mentioned that development for Reforger has been difficult, likely because importing systems to a brand new gaming infrastructure is always challenging. But this new chapter of Arma is both beautiful, functional, and right in line with other triple-A shooters on the market.

Reforger plans on keeping the vibrant Arma modding scene alive and well. The main menu includes a link to the Workshop, where players will be able to upload their own bespoke creations directly to the game’s servers. Reforger also includes a new game mode called Game Master, which is pitched as a way one player can effectively direct an Arma multiplayer match through the ebb and flow of battle. (It sounds similar to a DM in Dungeons & Dragons.) This should be a boon for diehards of the series; finally, a chance to play around with Arma’s tools using modern technology.

Game Master is pitched as a way one player can effectively direct an Arma multiplayer match through the ebb and flow of battle.

Some PC lifers might fear that Bohemia’s console pivot means that the studio will deemphasize some of Arma’s more fiddly, hardcore tics. I’m not a milsim expert by any means, but from what I saw, those anxieties can be safely put to bed. Reforger keeps both the restless shooting mechanics and all of the administrative overhead; you will absolutely be hauling supplies to different checkpoints in order to construct vehicle depots and armories, and this remains a waypoint free experience. That means Xbox players are going to become very much accustomed with their compass and coordinates, as they triangulate where, exactly, the enemy lines are located.

But anyone spending the $29.99 on Reforger’s early access release should know that, as of this writing, the game seems to be in its opening stages of development — especially compared to how fleshed-out and content-rich earlier games in the series are. Reforger has one gigantic map so far, and only two modes. One is the aforementioned Game Master suite of tools, and the other is a capture-and-hold rigamarole, which means that currently, Reforger has a dearth of single-player content outside of the tutorial. Compare that to Arma 3, which released an expansion focused on a literal alien invasion three years ago. It becomes clear that Bohemia has a long way to go before Reforger reaches feature parity with the rest of the series. (Right now, the studio is saying that Reforger will be in Early Access for about a year, with frequent updates occurring throughout the cycle.)

Unsurprisingly for a work-in-progress Early Access game, I also ran into a number of bugs during my playthrough, including some psychedelic visual glitches and a number of crashes as I attempted to load into matches. Remember, I was playing on empty servers, so I can’t speak to the stability once everyone is piling onto Everon at the same time. I can only imagine that Bohemia is eager to see how their backend holds up.

From what I saw, any concerns about Arma being ‘dumbed down’ for consoles can be safely put to bed. Reforger keeps both the restless shooting mechanics and all of the administrative overhead.

But hey, these are the growing pains of any intrepid new platform. New Arma games are treated like seismic events in the milsim community, and Reforger – with its new engine and fresh debut on consoles – stands as one of the boldest ventures in Bohemia’s history. We’ll keep checking in as the war rages on.