SWTOR Launches!

Bioware’s highly anticipated massively multiplayer star wars RPG went live today at 12:01am.

We’ve been playing early access for a few days now (including an almost non-stop play session over the weekend) and are coming away from it surprisingly pleased. It’s safe to say you can expect some early impressions of the game by sometime tomorrow. Giving you a rundown of what to expect in the first 20 or so levels.

For now, we hope you all enjoy exploring the vast expanses galaxy on your own!

Good luck and may the force be with you.

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TGB’s Favorite Nostalgic Remix (Of the Week!)

I’ve been playing games for a long time now, and if there’s one thing I’ve noticed, it’s that music is a huge part of what makes me love/hate a video game.  Music can set the tone for an entire experience, it can help make a game stand out and feel special.  If your like me then you probably have a few special game themes that you hold dear to your heart.  Perhaps a catchy tune like Super Mario’s 1-1 theme. Or a piece that creates epic mood for an entire game. (Hyrule Field anyone?)  Well, like the video game industry, the music industry has evolved.

Because of this we decided that, for a bit of fun, every week we would scavenge the internets for our new favorite remix of an old video game song. Well, not just remixes. Any redux, re-orchestrated or remastered video game piece of music counts too.

So, without further ado, our pick of the week!

Boy does this tune bring me back. This song would definitely fall into the “catchy” category. Originally debuting on Sonic Adventure 2 for the Sega Genesis, “City Escape” captured almost everything that was awesome about old school sonic.  It was catchy, fast, and pumped you up for your adventure. (Not to mention it had some sweet guitar riffs). This version, remixed for SEGA’s upcoming game; “Sonic Generations” has been modernized, and now has more of a dance/electronic sound to it. This may not be your cup of tea, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a great remix of an even greater game. If you don’t mind being forced into involuntary humming,  feel free to give this one a listen.

Are YOU ready for Battlefield 3?

Unless you’ve been living under rock for the past 8-12 months, you’ve heard the news that Battlefield 3 is coming.  In just a few short hours Battlefield 3 will be released to online soldiers everywhere who are waiting to answer the call of battle.  This game is set to raise the bar for the multiplayer FPS experience. Complete with 64-player carnage, dozens of weapons, huge maps and…JETPLANES!  It’s it good thing we’ve all reserved a copy.

Whats that? Didn’t reserve a copy you say? Are you mad?

It’s time to your arse in gear and follow this handy guide to:

 OBTAINING A COPY OF BATTLEFIELD 3 AT THE VERY LAST SECOND. (A HANDY GUIDE)

Unfortunately due to your lack to attention to your gaming calendar.  You’ve forgotten that tomorrow, October 25 2011, is the release date for Battlefield 3! Not only are you going to miss out on playing this huge game, but for the next 24 hours your friends will be nonstop talking about how awesome it was when Jimmy blew up those 2 tanks while parachuting down from the sky. You don’t want that, we don’t want that.

So, now you have 3 option’s… each could land you a precious copy of Battlefield 3. That’s the good news. Unfortunately the bad news is our team of highly trained experts cannot decipher which of these options is the best course of action. Your going to have to decide that for yourself.

Option 1. Sleep outside your local electronics store.

This option will require the utmost determination on your part. In order to obtain a copy of Battlefield without a pre-order, you’ll have to make sure your one of the select few who manage to secure one of those precious, unreserved copies of the game. You’re going out there, into the brave unknown, equipped with only your lawn chair, your psp, and your hot pockets.  With any luck, you’ll survive until morning, and walk out victorious with your own copy of BF3. Not sure if you’re up for it? Think of it as “field training”.

Pros

  • Guaranteed copy (or death)
  • Totally cool war story

Cons

  • Chance of being mugged
  • Possibility of death by bear attack
  • Sleep Deprivation (due to fear of bear attack)

Option 2. Convince your local GameStop manager to commit fraud.

Now, I’m not very familiar on GameStop’s pre-order policy, but I’m fairly certain that they do not allow you to pre-order a game just hours before a release date. It’s due to these unfortunate circumstances of events that you’ve been left with only one viable option. To use your skills of persuasion to convince your local game-stop manager to relinquish someone’s pre-order so that you might reserve a copy. We leave these persuasion tactics up to you, but might we suggest the classics. Bribery, blackmail, and seduction are all tried and tested techniques. However, be warned, if you cannot succeed using any the following you may have to use… unnecessary force.

Pros

  • Slight possibility of securing a copy of the game.

Cons

  • This option may not be viable to those with a consience…or common sense.
  • Jail time
  • Loss of respect from everyone around you

3. Pre-order your copy on Origin’

Now I know that this last idea sounds crazy but I insist you hear me out. Believe it or not, you can actually visit www.Origin.com (EA’s new and improved online store) and pre-order Battlefield 3 right now. Not only that, but pre-ordering from Origin automatically lands you a limited edition of the game. This gives you access to a bunch of exclusive goodies and content.  You can also start downloading the game as soon you as you finish your order. This means no pesky wait time for an installation when the game is actually released.  This is considered the least “exciting” of all of the great options available to you.  So adventurers may want revisit options 1 and 2. (Please note that the word “exciting” is often interchangeable with “idiotic” or “bordering on insanity” in this article.)

Pros

  • 100% guarantee of obtaining a copy
  • Bonus content
  • Download early and play at release

Cons

Well there you have it, three foolproof plans that can guarantee you a chance at obtaining a copy of this game. But, seriously if you haven’t pre-ordered a copy and need to, head on over to Origin.com and grab your copy now.  Oh and make sure to check out our Review headed this way in just a few days.

We’ll be playing BF3 all day tommorow so if your interested in playing with myself and the rest of The Gaming Bible team you can send me a tell at my Origin Username!: ChintersWill

Good luck and happy hunting.

Please note that this  guide applies to PC gamers only, if you’re getting Battlefield 3 on consoles only options 1 and 2 are viable. (sorry guys)