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Species of the Week: Wyyyschokk

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Designation: Non-sentient

Homeworld: Kashyyyk

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Jedi: Fallen Order

 

Wyyyshokk are a large species of spider native to the wilds of Kashyyyk along with a number of other deadly species. They attack by shooting webbing at their victims then pounce on them to finish them off. They are a deadly threat even to enemies armed with blasters as they have thick hides.

I really enjoyed watching the gameplay demo for Jedi: Fallen Order and reading the information about the assault on Kashyyyk. Seeing these creatures return from Legends to tangle with a Stormtrooper patrol then prove a significant threat to your Jedi main character made me really excited to play the game

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Species of the week: Chistori

Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Unknown

Notable Members: Desann

Fandom: Star Wars [Legends]

Appearances: Jedi Outcast

 

The Chistori were a physically dominating reptilian race who lived in relative obscurity. Those known to the galaxy were typified as aggressive and short tempered and often took up professions such as assassins and bounty hunters. Desann was initially a student of Luke’s Jedi Academy but impatient with his teaching he fell to the dark side, murdered another student and became leader of the Dark Jedi of the Reborn Order, eventually leading a failed assault on the Jedi where he was defeated by Kyle Katarn.

I’ve been feeling nostalgic for Jedi Outcast since using the the infamous Bryar pistol in Battlefront. I would say it’s my favourite Star Wars game by a clear margin and it had such good characters including an original looking and compelling villain. I can’t recomment it enough if you haven’t played it.

Sluggish Reaction: Tomb Raider (movie)

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So I’ve been catching up on my video game adaptations recently!! I’ve had this on my Netflix watchlist for a while and finally got around to watching it. It was a fun ride and I was glad to hear from Movie News Net that a sequel is in the works.

Plot

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After her father goes missing Lara abandons her life as an heiress and makes a living as a courier while keeping up her martial arts and agility as well as her keen mind and ability to solve puzzles. The latter comes into effect when she is compelled to declare her father dead in-absentia  and uncovers a puzzle that leads her to an ancient tomb where an ancient Japanese Empress with the power to kill with merely a touch is said to be buried.

I thought the plot opened up well and built up to the final confrontation as well as setting up for a larger conflict, which again I’m relieved to hear is going ahead.

Lara Croft

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I liked Lara’s portrayal in the film by Alicia Vikander. She struck a good balance between posh and relatable with her character having seen how the other half lived. Also, reflecting the change in direction for the game franchise Lara is tough but certainly not invincible, she is agile but not superhuman and she is skilled but not infallible and when she took up her bow it was refreshing to see her miss some shots rather than turn into Hawkeye with no context.

All her skills were set up by either flashbacks to her life at Croft Manor or by her street-smart life as a young adult. She looked scared when things were scary and acted out of necessity. The more down to earth approach worked well for the film.

Action

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For the most part the action was fine. As I said Lara didn’t abruptly become some sort of superhero and the fighting felt realistic for what you’d expect from an inexperienced yet very capable and determined young hero. The one downside for me was the set-piece with the broken plane which just went on for far too long – in fact I shouted “Oh, come on!” at the exact same time as Lara, which just took me out of the movie.

Verdict

The movie was good…not great, but good. Unlike Assassin’s Creed I couldn’t put my finger on any major flaws and I perfectly enjoyed it. It didn’t blow me away, but then I wasn’t asking it to. I enjoy the games but I’m not a diehard fan so I don’t have any attachment to them for this film to fulfil or disappoint. What I was expecting was an engaging action film with a strong female lead and on that score it absolutely delivered.

Species of the Week: Isu

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Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Earth

Notable Members: Juno, Minerva, Jupiter

Fandom: Assassin’s Creed

Appearances: Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed III

 

More commonly known as the First Civilization or ‘Those Who Came Before’ the Isu were an advanced race who rules the earth for millennia. They created humanity and used their technology (now referred to as Pieces of Eden) to control them. An uprising led by Human-Isu hybrids known as Adam and eve coupled with a solar cataclysm led to the end of their culture though they continued to influence events and  guide the Assassin Brotherhood through their technology centuries later. 

I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed III which is why I picked this race for this week. Obviously I’m waaay behind on the series so I don’t want to research much more for risk of spoiling myself – in fact, learning the name Isu was a spoiler for me!! Anyway engaging with the real-world quests and uncovering the technology of the mysterious First Civilization has always been a favourite part of the game for me and I may come back to this race when I’ve uncovered more of their secrets.

My Two Credits: 2 reasons you should play Republic Commando and 2 things you might want to know

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Star Wars: Republic Commando is this month’s Games with Gold title on Xbox Live. Here’s my take on the game and why you should get it…other than it’s free!!

1. The Squad System

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Usually I’m all for story over gameplay but the squad system on Republic Commando  was particularly memorable. You play as the leader of a squad of four clone commandos. As you look around you can use the d-pad to direct clones on your squad to perform specific actions, such as breaching doors, manning turrets and  engaging enemies. I acknowledge I don’t play many games but I haven’t played anything like it apart from Halo 5.

2. Live the Clone Wars

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The game puts you in the heart of the Clone Wars, battling the Seperatists and other enemies such as Trandoshan Slavers across a variety of planets. The campaign was relatively short but each mission was challenging in a fun way with a variety of enemies to fight and mission objectives to complete. The game itself is Legends now but there’s nothing I’m aware of that contradicts the new Canon so you can really put yourself into the Clone Wars.

Ok these are two reasons to play the game, here are two things you should know.

1. The game is a tie-in to Episode III

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One of the missions has you rescue Tarfful, the leader of the Wookiees seen in Revenge of the Sith. It felt awesome to play this game and then see the results of one of your work on-screen at the cinema!

2. The games spawned a series of books

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The characters in the game continued on in a series of books written by Karen Traviss, which explored their role in the Clone Wars, their Mandalorian heritage and how they dealt with Order 66.

OK, just a quick one today. But like I said if you’re a Star Wars fand and an Xbox Live Gold account holder you can get this for free so, honestly who not?!!

It’s no longer free but you can also see my review for Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy HERE

 

Sluggish Reaction: Anthem Demo

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I had a brief hands-on with the Anthem Open Demo this weekend and I wanted to share my thoughts on the game. In short it was a lot of fun – I’ve genuinely not smiled as much while playing a game from sheer enjoyment!

Gameplay

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Waiting for that ultimate ability is sooooo worth it!

The gameplay was a lot of fun and, for the most part, fairly intuitive. After a mission briefing I hopped into my Ranger Javelin and was out in the world. On the fly pop up messages got me throwing grenades and unleashing special attacks amid the variety of enemies available to fight.

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The one control I struggled with, at first, was flying. The only control guide that was available took me out of the game and opened up a web browser, which was confusing. So I went back into the game and tried various combinations but ended up just double-jumping assuming I hadn’t unlocked flight yet!

Eventually I figured it out (press/hold left stick) and the game became incredibly fun. Flying is seamless and while I did crash into things…a lot, it was definitely because of me rather than the controls and within a few minutes I had the hang of basic flying.

The Story

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I was prepared for an engaging story from Bioware but what I wasn’t prepared for was just how bonkers the world and story would be!! The mission has you retrieve an artifact for Matthias who turns it on and is immediately split into three versions of himself each with a distinct element of his persona!!

The short time I had with the game managed to take me by surprise in a lot of ways with unexpected moments happening organically as I played.

The World

As much as I was awed by the crazy happenings in cutscenes I was itching to hop back into my Javelin and get back into the world, which is so rich. It’s hard not to compare Anthem to Destiny or to want to be ‘better’. I won’t weigh in on that debate as I enjoy both but Anthem is definitely not the same as Destiny.

For one thing there are more human factions. Freelancers are not the only ones with access to Javelins and powers. One mission got my squad into a rumble with the Dominion, the enemy human faction who want to control the Anthem of Creation. Another sent us to reinforce some Sentinels, the peacekeeping force in Anthem.

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What also makes the world great are all the creatures. They add not only danger but a sense of the unexpected. My first mission I was looking all around to see what enemy was attacking me – I eventually looked up to see three Wyverns (dragons) hovering above me. Later I did my usual practice of throwing a grenade out at random (oh come on, you know you do it too!) and awoke a pack of Anrisaurs (giant crab thingies – see below) who attacked me squad.

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My only complaint was that it was hard to visually distinguish a lot of the enemies who seemed to blend into the background and you had to get suicidally close to get a proper look at anything or see what they were called.

That said Anthem seems to be set up with an excellent lore system, which is BioWare’s forte and I’m sure we’ll get some hi-res shots of all the enemies after launch.

 

Like I said nothing has genuinely made me smile like the fun, crazy dangerous world of Anthem and I can’t wait to get back into my Javelin for the full game

Worlds Slowest Gamer: Achievements update January 19

A Happy New Year to you all!

 

Here’s a catchup of the achievements I’ve unlocked playing Halo 5:Guardians recently…ish!

As I said in the video I’ve embedded a guide to get the skull I unlocked in the game. The tutorial comes at the skull from a different angle to what I detailed ( I don’t jump over the pelican) but I realise it’s probably easier to follow as a video. Do check out their channel for more helpful guides