Watch “Halo Wars 2: Official Launch Trailer” on YouTube

Runnin’ ’em over!!!

I’m really looking forward to this game, though I must admit to finding the trailer a little bewildering – not that having a little mystery is at all a bad thing!!! 

The trailer makes it clear that the  Spirit crew shouldn’t stand a chance, do I’m guessing some interaction with the Forerunner tech is going to tip the balance.

Not long to go…

Achievement Hunting (6)

I completed a playthrough of Halo 5 and really enjoyed the campaign and I’m really hoping it sets us up for a more epic future for the franchise. My big hopes for Halo 6 and more Chief and definitely getting to play as the Arbiter – a longer campaign would be good too.

I’m going to leave out the level complete achievements as that would make this post extremely long and dull.

Raise your Banner

Changed your Emblem in the Spartan Hub

With this being my first achievement my guess is I didn’t like the emblem I was given as default and needed to sort that out before going any further!!

Your Style

Changed your Spartan’s gear in the Spartan Hub

I got this when I equipped the NIGHTFALL armour set that I got from watching the series on the Halo Channel.

Your Team is Your Weapon

Commanded your team of Spartans in Osiris

I got this one almost straight away, heroically commanding me team of Spartans to get me back on my feet after getting mowed down like a rag doll!

Conspiracy Theory

Found and claimed one piece of Intel

I got this one on the Argent Moon level, where intel was placed on conveniently accessible computer terminals, I haven’t had much luck finding other intel, I’ll probably go for it on my Legendary replay now that I’ve finished the campaign on Heroic.

Waiting on You

Killed an enemy that’s had its armour repaired in Unconfirmed

Not entirely sure how I got this one as my main policy when engaging Prometheans is to take out the Watchers first to stop them doing exactly that!! Shooting at the glowing shoulder parts on a Knight will cause any nearby Watchers to scurry to it’s aid – then repeat and kill the thing to get this one.

Make your Mark

Changed your Service Tag in the Spartan Hub

No idea why I’ve got this one as I don’t really play online anymore – I obviously got bored at some point!!

Icy Cool

Used a Ground Pound on an exterior power core in Guardians on Heroic difficulty

Apparently this is a Rare achievement, though I don’t really know how as it was quite easy to get. One of the Cores is in a cave guarded by two Hunters. At the back of the cave is a small ledge with a turret. Take out the Elite manning the turret then Ground Pound off the ledge onto the Core to take it out instantly.

And that brings me to the end of Halo 5, like I said I will replay on Legendary at some point so expect to see more achievements, plus I will be covering the game in a series of posts starting soon.

Watch “The Avengers Project Announcement Trailer” on YouTube

I have mixed feelings about this – there are so many positives, especially the developers with proven track record meaning this won’t be some cheap toe-in game

On the downside it doesn’t look like this game will tie in at all to the MCU (unless there’s some drastic fallout from Infinity War, though there’s no way they’d lst it conclude in a game) but rather be it’s own thing.

I think that this will give the game scope to be original, and the setting has a lot of promise, but I had hoped for a game that was a real part of the MCU with the universe ties that the TV shows have, but it looks like that’s not to be.

There’s a long time till this game is out and I’m sure they’ll win me over by then!

Watch “MASS EFFECT™: ANDROMEDA – Official Cinematic Trailer #2” on YouTube

I’m starting to get really excited for Andromeda!!

This gives us a better sense of the timescale of the game, with a partially completed Nexus, which I guess you’ll contribute to building as the game goes on. 

I like the youthful vibe of the Pathfinder team, explorers full of energy thrown into a conflict that will push them past the edge. Nice to get a glimpse of the Salarian pilot too. 

We got a good glimpse of the new friendly race, the Angara. A nice variety of faces too, presumably different sexes. I’d really like if one of these joined as a squad mate, maybe as a guide. 

With a proper sense of the scale of the game, it’s looking like Andromeda has a lot to offer.

Star Wars: Episode VIII title!!

Lucasfilm have released the title for the next Star Wars film, which is…

The internet is full of speculation – mostly about the red lettering!!

The title is interesting, a bit less grandiose than other titles, but perhaps more intriguing.

I think it’s a clear reference to Luke , showing that the trilogy is going to continue to be Luke-centric but hopefully giving him just a tad more screen time!!

My favourite theory is that Luke will forge a new light side order beginning with Rey, making him definitively the last Jedi. 

Whatever it is I can’t wait!!

The Force Awakens: Characters (4)

Kylo Ren

Species: Human

Sex: Male

Homeworld: Unknown

Occupation: Knight of Ren

The dark warrior known as Kylo Ren was born and raised as Ben Solo, son of Han Solo and Leia Organa. At some point in his youth he was sent to his uncle Luke Skywalker for Jedi training. While training he came under the influence of the dark side wielder Snoke, who corrupted his view of his parents and the galaxy. Ben cast off his former life, butchering the rest of the Jedi trainees and becoming Kylo Ren, looking to Vader for inspiration. When a map to Skywalker was found he lead the hunt for it following Rey and BB-8 from Jakku to Takodana. After returning to Starkiller base Rey’s Jedi powers emerged and she escaped. In his hunt for her he confronted his father and killed him, believing this would make him strong. Injured during the battle he confronted Rey and Finn, but was defeated when Rey drew on the Force. After the battle Snoke gave orders for him to come directly to him for training.
Phasma

Species: Human 

Sex: Female

Homeworld: Unknown.

Occupation: Head of Stormtrooper division 

A Stormtrooper from the days of the Empire Phasma rose through the ranks to lead all Stormtrooper operations on Starkiller command. While a decorated officer, she refuses the uniform of command, taking the title Captain and wearing Stormtrooper armour cast in Chromium from Palpatine’s personal shuttle. An imposing figure she lead Stormtrooper forces into battle personally and regularly patrolled her base. Phasma oversaw the mission to Jakku and observed Finn’s hesitation, she ordered him for reconditioning, which promoted his escape. On Starkiller base she was ambushed by Chewbacca and forced at gunpoint to lower the shields, which she did believing the Resistance had no hope of penetrating the base. 

  • Legends 

The Solo family met tragedy in the Starkiller battle (and presumably more to come following the real life tragedy of Carrie Fisher) but I would argue that their Legends counterparts had an even more tragic history.

Jaina, Jacen and Anakin Skywalker 

Han and Leia had three children; twins Jaina and Jacen and their younger brother Anakin. All three were strong in the Force and were targets of the Imperial Remnant leaders – including Thrawn and the reborn Emperor. During the Yuuzhan Vong war Anakin was killed in battle against the invaders. Jacen eventually ended the war, becoming a living weapon through the Force. His experience led him to seek other paths to knowledge and he renamed himself Darth Caedus believing the Sith path was the only way to achieve galactic stability. His sister Jaina was forced to confront and kill her brother to end a civil war, leaving her the only surviving child.

Also curiously Luke Skywalker had a son who he named Ben

Destiny: The Tower (2)

After defeating Rixis I returned to the Tower to have the warp drive I’d acquired installed. When I got there the news of an Archon’s death had caught the attention of the Tower’s leadership.

The Speaker

The Speaker is a revered role, a priest hidden behind a mask who communes with the Traveller in his slumber, understanding some of it’s mysteries. In the tower the Speaker guides and leads the Guardians.

Zavala

A student of Saladin, the last Iron Lord, Zavala has a fierce reputation in the Tower, having fought in its fiercest battles. The City’s factions competed for his attention but he chose to lead the Guardians becoming the Vanguard representative for Titans. He keeps an eye on the most significant threats and tasks Guardians to eliminate them.

Exos

The origins of the Exos are a mystery even to themselves. Perhaps built to serve humanity in an ancient war or an experiment in immortality (some Exos have memories of once being flesh) these machines are fully ‘sentient and considered part of humanity, with a significant amount of them chosen as Guardians by the Traveller and able to wield his Light as well as any organic.

Cayde-6

Behind his wisecracking personality Cayde is a seasoned warrior with experience of hunting humanitys fiercest enemies alone in the wild.He has fragmented memories of his former life, even recalling a flesh body. He took the post of Vanguard when his friend was assassinated, but looks for any opportunity to get back in the field.

Banshee-44

A seasoned warrior Banshee-44 has lived through many battles and several mind-wipes. An expert with weapons he relocated to the Tower, selling and repairing weapons for Guardians. He also tasks Guardians with examining the weapons of the enemy for him.