Monday, 31 December 2012

Halo: Forward Unto Dawn






Halo 4 has been out nearly two months but you may not be aware of this awesome web series, which follows cadets through their training at the cusp of the war with humanity - with all their training based around fighting human insurrectionists these young trainees have little hope of battling the new foe unless humanity has some sort of secret weapon up their sleeves...

The whole series is on Halo Waypoint and Machinima and uploaded here courtesy of YouTube










Enjoy the action, there will be some Halo posting in the new year - once I've caught up on Mass Effect!!

Thursday, 27 December 2012

SF at the Movies - December '12

A quick look at what Sci-Fi is showing this month.

The Day



not really Sci-Fi but what nerd won't be going to see this flick?!!!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey



And that's your lot - hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have a Happy New Year!!!

 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Mass Effect 3: Lessus and Arrae

Yes more Mass Effect 3, I'm covering two of the Priority missions Shepard undertakes - ones I dub the 'catch up with old friends missions'!

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Apologies - a bit of an error in the vid - the name of the planet is Gellix, Arrae is the system it's in.


As usual I'll update the War Assets for these missions

The following are War Assets gained by exploring Asari Space









Asari Cruiser Nefrane - Awesome to see these sleek Asari ships join the fight, any new ship type is a massive bonus in my book!

Asari Cruiser Cybaen

Asari Research Ships - A group of researchers working in isolation on their ships agree to help build the crucible

Asari Engineers - This group volunteered to ensure the Crucible is structurally sound.

The following are War Assets gained by destroying the monastery on Lessus

Samara - The powerful Justicar is dispatched to Asari colonies under siege

Asari Commandos - Lethal and biotic-capable commandos able to complete any high-risk mission.

The following are War Assets gained on Gellix

Ex-Cerberus Scientists - The group of refugees have a secure home and a purpose on the Crucible project

Jacob Taylor - Jacob is assigned to security for the Crucible scientists whgile sometimes completing special assignments for Hackett

Dr Brynn Cole - The leader of the team redirects her efforts to constructing the Crucible

Dr Gavin Archer - His expertise on AI is assisting the Crucible weapon effort.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Blogga's Wall catchup


So a bit of a catchup here, covering the latter half of the summer to a very cold British winter here in November. i must admit my new job hasn't left me weith much time to dedicate to this blog or to enjoy as much sci-fi as I usually like to so even with the backlog this won't be a big post.

First of all a massive thanks to all you who read this as Blogga the Hutt has now reached 100,000 pageviews!!! I never would have dreamed it!! Thanks for your interest and your patience with my scattered and random postings.

1) Star Wars: Red Harvest
















A prequel to the author's previous Star Wars horror 'Deathtroopers' this novel was set in the era of the videogame The Old Repoublic based on a Sith Academy where the leader Darth Scabrous creates a formula aimed at guaranteeing immortality, but instead unleashes an army of undead Sith students across the frozen planet. Equally as creepy as the first installment it had the advantage of not having characters who we knew would live such as Han Solo who featured in the first book.

2) Star Wars The Old Republic: Revan

















Not nearly good enough for missing out on Knights of the Old Republic III for the MMO but it was still exciting to find out what happened next to the hero of the awesome Bioware game. Revan takes a journey deep into Sith space to take on the dreaded Sith Emperor who had ruled for centuries and will give everything to stop him from reaching the Republic. A very exciting read for fans of the game.

3) Halo: Glasslands
















I'm actually still reading this one even thoiugh I put it on the wall in October, like I said my time for enjoying Sci-Fi is more limited than it once was. Sort of carrying on from 'Ghosts of Onyx' the story takes us into post-war Halo, with the Sangheili struggling to find a purpose without the Prophet's rule and ONI taking steps to divide the splintering ranks among their former enemies even at the risk of destabilizing the peace talks between Admiral Hood and the Arbiter. With trouble brewing with insurrectionist colonies peace may not be all it's cracked up to be...

That's it - I was going to do a movies post, but there's nothing Sci-Fi in November by the looks of it so it'll be another Mass Effect post next!!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Mass Effect 3: The Citadel, 2

Yes more Mass Effect as Shepard returns to the house of galactic government to find things aren't as they should be...






Here are the War Assets gained during and around this mission.

The following are War Assets gained by aiding the Council on the Citadel

The Citadel Defense Force - a group of volunteers and armed forces commited to defending the galaxy's capital. Various missions and resources upgrade and enhance this force as the game progresses.

Asari 2nd Fleet - The Asari finally come to the table showing their gratitude by commiting their fleets to the overall War Effort

Asari 6th Fleet

The Destiny Ascension - Refitted for battle, the Asari have committed their most powerful dreadnought








Asari Science Team - the asari have given their insights to the Crucible project

The Salarian 3rd Fleet - A reluctant committal in gratitude for saving the councilor's life.

The following are War Assets gained by helping ex-Cerberus agent Din Korlack

Volus Bombing Fleet - A small Volus task force used for planetary raids








Zaeed Masani - The galaxy's best mercenary is ready for war!!

The following are War Assets gained on the Normandy

Zhu's Hope Colonists - A message from the colony shows that their experience with the Thorian has enabled them to fight with one mind, every civilian fighting with the experience of a hardened commando to drive off the Reapers.

Optimized Eezo Capacitors - A conversation among the Normandy's engineers provides a solution not practical for the Normandy's engines but better suited to the Crucible project.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Doctor Who - New series, new species part 40

A bit of a break from Mass Effect ass we look at the new alien species revealed in the new series of Doctor Who. As always for more in depth comments do check out the Impossible Podcasts website - well worth a listen!

Shakri












A somewhat dull ending to the on the whole intriguing episode 'the power of three'. Strange cubes appear that initially do nothing then perform a wide variety of functions to assess the human race. Then it turns out, in a plot line stolen directly from The Ultimates (but executed with a dull anti-climax instead of the epic battle fought against the Chitauri in the Marvel comic) they are the pest-controllers of the Universe who've decided to wipe out the human race and are incredibly easily defeated in such a purpose - presumably this is a set up for them to come again, but I don't care - try bringing in an interesting villain like the Trickster if you want to do some cool manipulation stuff.

The Shakri are a race believed to be mythical even by the Time Lords themselves. They see themselves as the caretakers of the universe and use incredibly advanced technology to manipulate and exterminate species they see as troublesome to the progress of the universe. 















The following episode returned us to the Weeping Angels, who managed to be creepy again like in Blink but their backstory got even more ridiculour with them 'taking over' other statues in the area including the Statue of Liberty, which somehow moved without anyone noticing - I'm giving up on the angels, hopefully christmas will give us something fresh!!

See ya!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Mass Effect 3: Tuchanka, part 2

So yes another Mass Effect video for you this week concluding Shepard's mission to Tuchanka to gain Krogan support for the War Effort. Here's the vid.








And here are the War Assets gained on this mission

The following are war assets gained by completing assignments on the Citadel and exploring related systems

Arcturus First Division - a makeshift group of civilians banded together on Benning to fight the Reapers

Shadows Broker Wet Squad - A special operations group working for the Broker now assisting the war effort.

Terminus Fleet - Aquiring some artifacts to trade to a dealer gets C-Sec off the Blue Suns' back, freeing them to join Aria's united band of mercenaries

Batarian Fleet - The small remaining force of Batarian Ships not wiped out by the Reaper have banded together under Balak, once Shephard's enemy he now grudgingly accepts that they must work together against the Reapers



Rogue Fighter Pilots - Working as mercenaries these fighter pilots are contacted by Cortez and agree to support the War Effort.

The following are war assets gained on Tuchanka

Urdnot Wrex - Clan leader and spokesman for the Krogan race

Krogan Clans - a strong force under Wrex and bolstered by shepard's support of them in an interview with Diana Allers

Clan Urdnot - a powerful Krogan clan

Krogan Mercenaries - news of the Genophage cure brings Krogan from across the galaxy into the fight.

Turian Seventh Fleet - The turians dispatch this powerful fleet to protect the Crucible project.

Turian 43rd Marine Division - These elite troops are pulled from Palaven to assist the galactic war effort in special operations


And that's it - more soon!!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Mass Effect 3: Tuchanka, part 1

Yes, it's more Mass Effect 3, with real life slowing down my game speed it's a chance to do a bit of catching up - so here's another video recounting the tales of Shapard's epic journey.



Befopre that some news - there's a new Free Mass Effect DLC pack out featuring new multiplayer content. There are updates to maps and weapons and a whole new enemy - the Collectors are back!! The Collector forces Shepard battled in Mass Effect 2 are coming in force,l including monster forces such as Scions and Praetorians - there's even the chance to play as a Volus!! Can't wait, maybe in the next pack you can be a hanar or elcor!!!



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As usual I'll update the War Assets

* The following are War Assets gained while stopping the Cerberus attack on Tuchanka

Krogan First Division - a unified force of Krogan troops and armoured units pulled together from various clans which are now beginning to trust each other in the face of Reaper aggression. 

Turian Blackwatch - pulled from Palaven to assist in special operations around the galaxy, the blackwatch are among the Turian's best trained special ops soldiers

More soon!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Doctor Who - New series, new species part 39

So the Doctor is back on our screens and there are a few new exciting life forms for us to discover on his travels. As ever if you want more detailed discussion of the episodes themselves as well as Who in general I'll leave you in the expert hands of the Impossible Podcast team, who you can link to by clicking the sidebar.

Dalek Puppets










I'm not 100% sure about the term, but the Tardis wiki people use it and as I'm stealing this image from them I guess it'll work fine!! I liked this twist of the Daleks converting people into sleeper agents against their will and I even thought the Dalek probes coming out of their heads was a good idea. The only thing I didn't quite like was that the agent had too much personality when in Dalek mode, casually laughing about how they used her memories jarred a little and would have been better delivered devoid of emotion - the Alaska  crewers did a better job, starting confused and turning into scary Dalek mode.

And as for Oswin that was just tragic!

In the second episode we got a load of dinosaurs and a vaguely humanish guy plus a Silurian or two but nothing that could really classify as a new species - I did like the premise though, it remided me of Planetary stories - plus we did get a cool spaceship out of it!!

Silurian Ark Ship











Kahler










In this Western style episode the production team went down the Star Trek alien route featuring the 'basically human with a strange marking on the face' species type that so often encountered the Enterprise. This species seem to all feature distinctive green markings on their face, but on outward appearance are all basically human. However I suppose it did make sense for him to be more easily accepted by the townsfolk if he did basically look human.

The Kahler were a very technologically advanced race capable of building incredible forms of technology. At some point in their history they became embroiled in a catastrophic war that lead to the creation of cyborgs, mutilated beings that served to overpower their enemies. However, the cyborgs then turned on their masters and hunted down the men that made them into monsters.

More soon, probably Mass Effect

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Mass Effect 3: Utukku

More Mass Effect 3 - here's the vid.


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Here are the War Assets from this mission

* The following are War Assets gained on Utukke and the surrounding systems

Grunt (He is recovering from the mission but eager to get back into action!)

Aralakh Company (Due to the events of the mission most of Aralakh company was wiped out, reducing their effective strength)



Rachni Workers (The Rachni Queen sent skilled Rachni workers to assist building the Crucible - not quite the Rachni fleet I'd been hoping for but it was cool to see them nonetheless)


One of the Krogan squad sent to Utukke was Char, the Krogan who was reciting poetry to his love on Illium - later Shepard has the sad task of delivering his final love sonnet to his wife on the Citadel. 



Thursday, 30 August 2012

Mass Effect 3: Sur'Kesh

Yes it's another video post as I carry on through my playthrough of Mass Effect 3 - but anyway I'll let the video do the talking.

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As usual I'll update you on the War Assets found during and around these missions
 
 
* The following are War Assets gained on Sur'Kesh
 
Major Kirrahe (has support of the Special Tasks Group and will aid Shepard even with disaproval of Salarians)
 
* The following are War Assets gained while on Sanctum and exploring the surrounding systems
 
Javelin Missiles (a supply of these missiles are fitted to the cruisers defending the Crucible
Cerberus Research Data (the reaper technology Cerberus was studying again goes to the Crucible project)
 
Data picked up on these missions include improved Biotic Amps which go toward strengthening soldiers and adapted medi-gel which bolsters the Hanar fleet.
 
* The following are War Assets earned through the multpilayer missions
 
N7 Special Ops soldiers (the N7 is an unofficial title but these soldiers have volunteered to join the war effort)
 
My first character Dafydd Ellis - a human Adept weilding deadly biotic powers has completed his missions and has become part of the war effort - I'll update you as and when my other characters join - you unlock characters at random through reward packs - I'm hoping for a vorcha!
 
 


Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Mass Effect 3: Eden Prime and the Jon Grissom Academy


Yes it's more  Mass Effect 3 for you as I continue Shepard's adventures throughout this game. In this post I'll cover the From Ashes DLC as well as one of the main storyline missions from the game. After the vid I'll also post up a list of the War Assests earned so far up to this point and update it every post as best I can.



War Assets

* The following are War Assets earned at the Start of the game

The Alliance 1st, 3rd and 5th fleets (the 2nd was sacrificed battling the Reapers at Earth so the other fleets could withdraw)
The Alliance Engineering Corps (largely dedicated to building the Crucible weapon)
The 103rd Marine Division
SpecOps Team Delta
Normandy SR-2
Mineral Resources (your resources from the previous game are used for the war effort)
Diana Allers (her news broadcasts gain support for the Alliance)

* The following are War Assets earned on Palaven and by scouting the nearby systems

The Turian 79th Flotilla
It is also possible to earn fuel and credits by scouting systems

* The following are War Assets earned by completing assignments on the Citadel

Spectre Unit (A team of Spectres assembled by Jondum Bau to assist Shephard)
Hanar and Drell forces (A small fleet and elite assassins contributed in gratitude for saving Kahje)
Terminus Fleet (Assembled under Aria T'loak this fleet combines the might of the Blood Pack with their vorcha troops and Eclipse with a host of mechs and special forces units - Blue Suns are not yet committed)

* The following are War Assets earned on Eden Prime and the surrounding planets

Alliance Cruiser Shanghai (notable for successfully evacuating an entire colony with 0 casualties)
Alliance Naval Exploration Flotilla 
Eden Prime Support (they have overthrown Cerberus and are committed to supporting the Alliance)

* The following are War Assets earned while rescuing the Grissom Academy students

Jack (she leads a team of biotic students from Grissom Academy)
Grissom Academy students (Shephard assigned them to supporting the 103rd marines in a defensive role)
Kahlee Sanders (she takes technically gifted students from the Academy to work on the Crucible)



I forgot to mention that David Archer, rescued from the Cerberus Overlord programme in Mass Effect 2 is present on the station after Shepard freed him. He went with Kahlee to work on the Crucible project. 

And that's it! I'll continue to update War Assets as I go - I'm away for a few days but there'll be more Mass Effect before you know it!!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Blogga's Wall - June/ July '12


Here's what went up on my wall in the months of June and July. 

1) Kinect Star Wars
 
I bought this game with some trepidation but it has proved to be quite fun. The Kinect control isn't the best and it doesn't always follow what actions I'm doing but the various modes offer plenty of fun. The campaign is actually pretty decent and the other modews likes podracing, rancor rampage and dancing are a good laugh too.

2) Knight Errant: Escape #1

 A new series of Knight Errant is underway from Dark Horse with Kerra now infiltrating the ranks of Odion's Sith troops on a mission of her own to save her parents. Very exciting but the downside was that the issue lacks the encounter with the beastie shown on the cover, hopefully it will show up later in the series though.

3) The Amazing Spider-man
I really enjoyed this re-boot of the Spider-Man series with Andrew Garfield managing to create a very convincing Peter Parker who is both the wisecracking hero and awkward teenager in one. The tension with the mystery concerning his father's death is a key part of this movie and future ones in the series. Rhys Ifans (who went to the same school as me!!) was fantastic in the role of the Lizard.

4) The Dark Knight Rises
 
  A Nolan Batman film is of course going to be nothing less than spectacular and with Tom Hardy playing a marvelous interpretation of Bane and Anne Hathaway playing a very convincing Catwoman it delivered on all fronts. I can't say much without giving away the storyline, but if you read this blog I'm almost certain you will have seen this movie by now anyway!!

Next: More Mass Effect!!

Thursday, 16 August 2012

SF at the movies - August '12

Well in time to make a change, this is the rundown of the sci-fi on the big screen this month.

The Watch





Total Recall


Have fun watching!!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Mass Effect 3: The Citadel and Palaven


I'm back discussing more of my playthrough of Mass Effect 3!! This post should really be called the Citadel, Palaven and back again as that's just what Shepard does in this early adventure. Anyway - here's the video.


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It may have sounded like I swore in that video but I was just the result of me changing my mind mid-sentence honestly!!! 

There are also various people who need help - scientists trying to get better biotic amps or improve the power grid on the citadel, even Barla Von still working for the Shadow Broker not realising his boss in on Shepard's crew now! There are also plenty of conversations to listen into reflecting the effect of the war on everyone - plus a hilarious interactive advert for the Blasto 6 movie!!!

Oh and I did forget to say that Aria's on the Citadel due to the Cerberus invasion of Omega in the Mass Effect: Invasion comic series, but she has some impressive sway, even getting the Asari Councillor to help her pass customs!!

More Mass Effect soon!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm, part 2

My coverage of the first story arc of Dawn of the Jedi continues, in the last post we looked at the Je'daii, the predecessors to the Jedi order who, despite a few majopr internal conflicxts such as the Despot War have enjoyed relative peace isolated in the deep core of the galaxy, but things are afoot in the galaxy at wide and a powerful enemy is looming.

The Infinite Empire

First introduced in Knights of the Old Republic as the hidden creators of ancient technology with a diminished empire and most of them living as primitives. Now we see them in their heyday with their Empire sweeping across the galaxy without an organised Republic. Seeking worlds strong in the force to subdue their quest leads them to Tython.

Predors

Predors are the leaders of the Infinite Empire, Rakata who wield an enormous amount of influence and the power of life and death over those who serve them.

Skal'nas
Species: Rakatan
Sex: Male
Occupation: Predor






One of the senior Predors of the entire Infinite Empire, based on their capital at Byss, he is considered ruthless even by Rakatan standards and his ascent to power is marked by a trail of blood.

Tul'kar
Species: Rakatan
Sex: Male
Occupation: Predor








Tul'kar was an up and coming Predor who had successfully conquered many worlds for the Rakata. However it was commented upon by many that his success is largely due to the skill of his force hound Xesh, which proved ultimately to be his undoing.

Force Hounds

Force hounds are the slaves of the Rakata, trained to find others strong in the force by sensing them across the stars and then helping to subjugate them for their masters.

Xesh
Species: Human
Sex: Male
Occupation: Force Hound








Xesh was the force hound of Tul'kar and gained him many victories through discovering planets and individuals strong in the force. However this changed when a world was sensed in the deep core teeming in force sensitive life. As they arrive in the system Xesh, for reasons unknown even to himself, turned on his masters and killed them. When facing the Je'daii he was confronted with unfamiliar concepts such as mercy and compassion and healing and even felt compelled to aid those he was hunting.

Trill
Species: Unidentified, possibly human
Sex: Female
Occupation: Force Hound








The force hound of Predor Skal'nas, she is a rival to Xesh and clashed violently when he insulted her tracking skills.

New Species

That's it for characters let's see what new aliens this series threw up. 

Kumumgah
Designation: Sentient
Planet of Origin: Tatooine









This species lived on the lush ocean world of Tatooine until it was descended upon by the Rakata. The Kumumgah dared to fight back against their opressors and so their world was devastated to the npoint where it became a vast desert. The kumumgah eventually degenerated over thousands of years, becoming the sand people and the Jawas.

Rancor-dragon
Designation: Mutated non-sentient
Planet of Origin: Tython









This creature named 'butch' by Shae Koda was created at the Temple of Science altering the rancor through alchemy in the force (considered a Sith technique in later times). While ferocious in nature the rancor-dragon was extremely loyal to it's creators who bonded with it in the force.

Riding Mount
Designation: Non-sentient
Planet of Origin: Tython





These creatures were commonly used by the Je'daii as a way o0f transportation around Tython, particularly in difficult terrain such as the Abyss of Ruh.

Saarl
Designation: Non-sentient, possibly plant-based
Planet of Origin: Tython









Saarls, known as 'rift-worms' resided near the Abyss of Ruh. Powerful creatures capable of attacking even starfighters at close range they are almost impossible to defeat on foot. When the Je'daii journeyeres encountered one, their only hope lay with Xesh, the mysterious invader.

Wraith
Designation: Non-sentient
Planet of Origin: Tython






These mysterious creatures live deep in the Abyss of Ruh and have been encountered by very few except Xesh who named them wraiths. Stangely they were able to absorb and consume force lightning, though this was possibly due to the force storm ocurring on Tython effecting them.

New Vehicles

It ain't a Star Wars strip without some new spaceships so let's see what they used in ancient times.

Rakatan Ship






These powerful cruises, produced by the Star Forge are the mainstay of the Rakatan fleet and converge on planets, blacking out the skies. Xesh led Tul'kar's ship, the Devourer, to Tython where it crashed, killing all the crew.

Hunter-class Starfighter




These swift fighters are capable of inter-planetary travel and are used by the Je'daii to travel on missions between the planets of the Tython system. Hawk Ryo followed the Rakatan ship in his Hunter.

Cloud Chaser







These lighter-than-air vehicles are used for intra-planetary flight all through the Tython system.

Peacemaker-class cruiser






These cruisers are used by the Je'daii to travel between the planets of the Tython system on diplomatic missions. After healing him the Je'daii to Xesh to the moon of Bogan in a Peacemaker.

Tho Yor











 These ships are the guiding force of the origins of the Jedi, built by unknown forces and guided by only the force itself they called to those who could hear the force on worlds throughout the galaxy, bringing them all to the otherwise inaccessible deep core world of Tython. Around each of these Tho Yor a temple was built, founding the Je'daii Order. 

Map

Fairly self-explanatory - I've included a local map of the Tython system as this is where most of the travelling occurs, however most of the action takes place on Tython itself.



















Story

Not much more to say really, the Je'daii order is rebuilding after internal wars when Xesh arrives from the Infinite Empire.  As he clashes with young Je'daii journeyers who feel drawn to him the planet itself reacts to the arrival of the darkness, making the planet unbalanced in the force. As the Je'daii strive to help the three young adventurers they must also strive to save their homeworld itself!!


A really great series this - I've been reading this with my wife and it's a great introduction to Star Wars comics as there isn't much prior knowledge required at all. Legacy was a fresh series but you still needed a bit of knowledge of the Vong etc. to fully understand it but this is all new (bar the Rakata but playing KoToR doesn't make much difference besides you having seen the Star Forge before) so easy to follow with someone not familiar with the main continuity.

Recently announced at Comic-Con is a new story arc Prisoner of Bogan  and also a new Dawn of the Jedi novel Into the Void. Looks like the tie-in approach, as seen with Knight Errant is working well. You can read about all the new announcements including a beand new comic series and several new books HERE.

Next: More Mass Effect!!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Assassin's Creed: Bonus Content

Yes, I'm back with more about video games, but I'm afraid I can't quite let Assassin's Creed Revelations go without discussing a few added extras which came at the end and the news and advances they brought.

The Lost Archive 

The Lost Archive is a piece of DLC that lets you delve into the memories of another Assassin, Subject 16 and follow his brief life as an Assassin. As with the Desmond memories the game is played through a series of puzzle maps where you must negotiate by placing bridges and ramps to get past pits, laser gates and other dangers in the fragmented mind of this character.

I found the Desmond sequences quite bewlidering and a little frustrating at times and this could also be frustratingbut there was more of a payoff, with access to Abstergo documents and big revelations along the way.

New Characters

Clay Kaczmarek

















Clay is the famous 'Subject 16' who has been a secret presence all the way through the series, leaving hidden messages for Desmond in his cell and also in the animus, including the famous Adam and Eve video in Assassin's Creed II. Clay appeared in the storyline of the main game, his memories remaining inside the animus while his body is gone. In the 'animus island' he helps desmond escape and regain consciousness, in the end sacrificing himself to do so, even though he had hoped to escape the animus somehow. In the archive we follow his story, his difficult relationship with his father, joining the Assassins and being sent to inflitrate Abstergo where he was betrayed and eventually died, but death did not stop him in accomplishing his mission of helping Desmond.

William Miles
 
















Can't believe I left him out of my previous post and nearly forgot him here!! The father of Desmond, Bill Miles is a senior member of the Assassin Order. Mentioned in a throwaway line in The Fall comic I quickly put togewther who he was as soon as the words Bill was spoken by Shaun. Bill trained Clay and Lucy Stillman to infiltrate Abstergo, but his plan had further reaching consequences than he ever could have thought...

Story

Clay joined the Assassins at an early age and was quickly entrusted by William Miles with the task of inflitrating Abstergo. While exploring the depths of the animus he was able to speak to Juno who entrusted him with the task of helping Desmond, who would come to be an Abstergo captive. He was to be helped by Lucy, who had been working for Abstergo for some time as an outsider, her ties to the Assassins had been cut at the age of 17 so she could inflitrate the organisation. However, it transpired that she had felt betrayed and joined the Templars and the reason she helped Desmond escape was so that he would get more data for Abstergo in the trusting hands of the Assassin, data she would later retrieve. Looks like 16 was right to try and warn Desmond and Juno was equally right to take control of Desmond's body in the shock ending to Brotherhood.

Gameplay

As I've mentioned the game uses the complicated puzzle mechanism of the Desomnd Sequences. Along the way you collect 'decipher fragments' which are required to complete the game. However Subject 16 is trappedf in 'the loop' meaning once he accesses his final memories he loops back to the beginning. Fortunately you can access the DNA memory to replay key parts and break the loop without replaying the whol thing.

Embers

 Embers is an animated short movie exploring the end of the life of Ezio. Now retired from the life of the Assassins and living in comfort with his wife Sofia and his children Ezio reflects on the time he spent, and the little time he has left. However an unexpected arrival changes things for him.

Shao Jun











A member of the Chinese Assassins and formerly a concubine of the Emperor she accompanied her leader on a journey to seek the council of former Mentor Ezio Auditore. Unfortunately they were attacked by soldiers of the Emperor leaving her alone to seek guidance so she could rebuild her order. While there they were attacked by soldier of the Emperor, she fought well with a range of weapons including what looked like a hidden blade in her shoe. After defeating the soldiers Ezio imparted his insights into being an Assassin, formerly that love of the people and of liberty should be what drives an Assassin.

That's kind of it really, I've covered most of the story there, but it's well worth a watch after you've played the game.

More video game content soon!!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Mass Effect 3: The Solar System


OK this is it! Months after it's release I'm finally blogging my way through Mass Effect 3, letting you know what I'm doing as I play it as I always intended to do but never did. In this post I cover Shepard's journey out of the Solar System as he goes to get help from the Citadel Council, with a little stopover on Mars on the way.

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One thing I forgot to mention was that the kid you saw in the opening video died in the Reaper attack, further strengthening Shepard's resolve to return and defeat the Reapers in a pretty emotional moment. A bit later in the game, Shepard has a nightmare about him, further driving him to take Earth back.

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm, part 1






Dawn of the Jedi is a very exciting series from Dark Horse Comics. The team behind Legacy, John Ostrander and Jan Duursema have taken the completely oposite direction while doing what they do best, exploring a completely fresh area of Star Wars!! Rather than journey into the future, as they did with the adventures of Cade and crew, which dominated this blog for the entirety of it's run they have instead ventured into the past, over 25,000 years before the original trilogy, delving into the origins of the Jedi Order. The first story arc, 'Force Storm' recently came to a close and I'll be discussing the cool new stuff that came up in the story.

The Je'daii

The Je'daii were brough to Tython by mysterious craft known as Tho Yor, a mix of speciessettled together on the strange world rich in the force and formed a code, based on balancing the light and dark sides of the force. Tython is a dangerous world for beings without a connection to the force so non-Je'daii began to settle the other worlds in the system, forming their own civilizations, while the Je'daii order remain on Tython and act as peacekeepers for the system as a whole. While they were damaged by the Despot War an uprising led by Queen Hadiya against their order the Je'daii are still strong and bound by their code.

There is no ignorance; there is knowledge.
There is no fear; there is power.
I am the heart of the force.  
I am the revealing fire of light.
I am the mystery of darkness
In balance with chaos and harmony,
Immortal in the force.

So a little different from the Jedi we know, who serve only the light - but big events are coming that will change the Je'daii forever. 

Je'daii Journeyers

A rank placed somewhere between Padawan and Knight Journeyers have finished training at Padawan Kesh, the Je'daii Academy and now travel across Tython to study under the different masters, focusing on different disciplines and training. While trusted with a measure of independence, these Je'daii are still very much the learners. 
Shae Koda
Species: Human
Sex: Female
Occupation: Je'daii Journeyer








Shae Koda is a restless young Journeyer who lost her parents during the Despot War. She is incredibly curious and wants to find out everything she can, accepting nothing on faith. She was training at Anil Kesh the temple of science where she enjoyed exploring new sights and meeting new creatures and experimenting with the force when she had a vision of a dark masked stranger...

Sek'nos Rath
Species: Sith
Sex: Male
Occupation: Je'daii Journeyer








Sek'nos is an adventurous young Je'daii who likes trying out new techniques in the force, in fact the only thing he likes more is the female attention it gets him! He is frequently at Vur Tepe, the forge, trying to develop the ultimate blade but it was at Qigong Kesh, the temple of force skills where he too had a vision of the dark stranger while trying to master force lightning. 

Tasha Ryo
Species : Twi'lek
Sex: Female
Occupation: Je'daii Journeyer








Nicknamed 'princess' by some of the other journeyers, Tasha was born into priviledge being part of Clan Ryo a ruling clan on the settled world of Shikaakwa and the daughter of a Jed'aii master. But the war has forced her parents apart with her father now made ruler of his clan and her mother a Temple Master on Tython. She is torn between her parents trying to please them both,. but when she too has a vision she knows it is the force she must follow.

Je'daii Rangers

No longer training Rangers travel the Tython system as peacekeepers and to seek other beings who can hear the force. 

Hawk Ryo
Species: Twi'lek
Sex: Male
Occupation: Je'daii Ranger








Uncle to Tasha, he first introduced his older brother to Tasha's mother. He was stationed at Fury's Gate, the outermost planet of the Tython system when a strange ship came past the outpost there. The first ship to enter the system from outside in millenia...

Rori Fen
Species: Human
Sex: Female
Occupation: Je'daii Ranger








Rori Fenn is an experienced Je'daii Ranger well able to handle the dangers of Tython. When she was a joruneyer she was romantically involved with Hawk Ryo, but they decided to call it off as they became rangers, though they both still hold deep affection for each other. She was on Tython at Akar Kesh the temple of balance when the strange ship crashed on Tython and she was sent to investigate. 

Jed'aii Masters

Thok Rath
Species: Sith
Sex: Male
Occupation: Je'daii Master








Honoured for his service during the Despot War Thok Rath was an experienced and powerful Je'daii Master. The grandfather of Sek'nos Rath he was looked up to by his grandson for his heroics during the war, inspiring his grandson to seek a place amid the famous Je'daii ranks. He was fond of his grandson and indulged his interests in force techniques. 

Je'daii Temple Masters

Ketu
Species: Human
Sex: Male
Occupation: Temple Master of Akar Kesh








Considered the greatest of the Je'daii by many Ketu is the master of the Temple of Balance where the Je'daii study balance between light and dark. He leads the Je'daii council from a communications centre in the temple but also enjoys teaching in the open air sections of the temple where he was teachiong padawans just before the darkness came to Tython. 

Quan-Jang
Species: Human
Sex: Male
Occupation: Temple Master of Anil Kesh








Master of the Temple of Science his temple is perched above the Abyss of Ruh a dark place which few have explored and whose darkness has driven many mad. He is responsible for monitoring the dark energies of the abyss and for training Je'daii journeyers force sciences. He was teaching alchemy, the bredding and altering of creatures through the force, to Shae Koda when the darkness arrived. 

Miarta Sek
Species: Sith
Sex: Female
Occupation: Temple Master of Qigong Kesh








Formerly trained as a healer Miarta Sek leads the Temple of Force Skills in the silent desert. She faces the difficult task of training the young journeyers in the balanced and wise use of the force. No students are more difficult than her own grandson Sek'nos, who is always challenging himself to try out untested techniques in the force. 

Kora Ryo
Species: Twi'lek
Sex: Female
Occupation: Temple Master of Kaleth








Master of the Temple of Knowledge, Master Ryo holds an important position in the Je'daii order which keeps her away from her husband on Shikaakwa. Her temple is a repository of knowledge and monitors all of Tython. When the Je'daii assemble they meet at Kaleth. Kora had the difficult task of coordinating the Je'daii efforts to quell the darkness while knowing her daughter was at it's heart led by the force. 

Calleh
Species: Selkath
Sex: Unknown
Occupation: Temple Master of Mahara Kesh








Joint master of the temple of healing with their mate, they were responsible for healing the young journeyeres who went after the dark vision, and also the dark man that they found there. 

There were a few other Temple Masters who appeared in a vision, but I'll wait till they come into their own later in the series before writing about them. 

Exiled Je'daii

Any Je'daii who strays too far into the darkness, or into the light for that matter, are exiled onto one of Tython's two moons Ashla and Bogan to comtemplate balance and return to the Je'daii in time. 

Daegen Lok
Species: Human
Sex: Male
Occupation: Exile








Known as 'the prisoner of Bogan' Lok was exiled after journeying too far into the Abyss of Ruh where he fell into darkness. Many doubt if he will ever be able to return to Tython. He watched the darkness arrive on Tython and the force storm it caused with much interest. 

Well that's plenty for now, but as always there's plenty more characters, spaceships and creatures to come but I'll try and wrap all that up in another post soon. For now I'll finish with a list of species that originally migrated to Tython and formed the Je'daii order, with links to Wookiepedia if you're interested. 

Talid (known as Dai Bendu)