The Star Wars galaxy's reputation for mono-climate planets appears in full force in Star Wars: The Old Republic. I suppose it was only inevitable until we got the infected zombie planet.

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• Star Wars: The Old Republic's first content update serves up a horde of rakghouls to your lightsaber and blaster rifle's delight. You can always count on Generically Doomed Red Shirt Squad for setting the tension.

Continue after the break for a cutting crossover promotion for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, a domineering goth's unchecked nihilism in Lollipop Chainsaw, and the various Versus multiplayer modes of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.


• Play both the Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning and Mass Effect 3 demos for a set of genre-bending weapons and armor. Unless, of course, Reckoning's world considers a pair of mustard-colored leaking daggers a perfectly normal thing.

• Combine a couple of exaggerated high school cliques, unleash the undead, pour in some puberty, and you've got Lollipop Chainsaw. After all, it's only natural that a social outcast wishing solitude harbors the very social aspiration of crushing the world beneath his powdered heel…right?

• This trailer for Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City's Versus multiplayer modes ostensibly reveals that the playable characters finally acknowledge the surrounding swarms of monsters while shooting each other. Thus ends a short-lived era of oblivious protagonists — and easily crafted jokes.