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The Saint’s Row 4 Collector’s Edition has a Dubstep Gun Replica

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I am one of the proud owners of the Saint’s Row 3 Collector’s Edition. Yes, the game is ‘pretty good’ at best, the DLC is good for a couple laughs, and the headphones are kind of terrible. But you don’t buy some large Third Street Saints-branded headphones because you want a quality product. No, it’s all about the novelty. Like most collector’s editions! That Lara Croft Play Arts Kai figure packaged with the Tomb Raider collector’s edition is probably going to just collect dust. Are you really going to watch that ‘Making of’ DVD that came with the Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition? I thought not. But they’re cool little goodies that fans will appreciate, if not outright adore.

Thankfully, Volition’s new PR team over at Deep Silver agrees that Collector’s Editions should be about fun, irrelevant goodies. The “Super Dangerous Wub Wub Edition” comes with the pre-order goodies – a special VTOL, Uncle Sam skin, and gun – and, more importantly, a 12′ dubstep gun replica. The Johnny Gat statue and “Dubstep Doomsday Button” are nice bonuses, but that gun is honestly the real selling point here. It’s a shame the dildo bat is still unavailable to mass audiences, though. Now that Saint’s Row is in the hands of a company with money, maybe we’ll see one us plebeians can buy at some point.

At the moment, there’s no word on availability, but if your stores are anything like mine, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find this several months after launch. For example, does anyone want an Assassin’s Creed 3 Collector’s Edition? I can get you five.

Mike Cosimano resides in the coldest part of an area known for its already frigid temperatures, where he complains that every game isn't just Spider-Man 2 again. He also enjoys podcasting and being confused by PC gaming in his spare time. You can talk to him if you want to hear about his Fast and Furious crossover fan fiction.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Technology Will Deliver a ‘Brand New Way to Explore the Entire Saga’

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will benefit from modern technological capabilities leading to a whole new project rather than just remastering older episodes.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, James McCloughlin game director at TT Games discussed the studio’s technological progress regarding game design compared to 15 years ago. McCloughlin confirmed that instead of remastering episodes one to six, the studio is developing a whole new experience to align with current player standards.

“We wanted to create a new Star Wars game which was designed without the technical restrictions of the older games—mainly episodes one to six—and since then we have learned so much as a studio.” He continued, “The older Star Wars games were great for that generation of gamers, but now players expect and need a lot more freedom in their play. With this game we hope to give players a brand new way to explore and enjoy the entire saga.”

One of the main features expected to dramatically change will be the size and scope of episodes one to six. McLoughlin highlights that player freedom is one of the biggest expectations of gamers and cited his experience working on Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War, and the Batman Arkham series.

“Freedom is a massive part of modern games—since the days of the cantina [in the early Lego Star Wars games], we have designed and developed over-world spaces from Middle Earth to Gotham City all with different challenges and hurdles to overcome. This game should be an amalgamation of all of what we have learned so far as a studio.”

Furthermore McLoughlin explained that TT Games monitors consumer reception to its games, so after The Skywalker Saga is released the studio will consistently evaluate players’ reactions (both good and bad): “We now have a greater toolset to evaluate play through analytics and user testing that just wasn’t as readily available 15 years ago,” he explained. “We can now very easily target sectors of play and enhance the areas we know get the most traffic, to help make the entire experience great from start to finish.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to release in 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. OnlySP’s Mike Cripe got to see the game in action at E3, finding that it may yet be as good as the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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