Friday, January 13

Mass Effect - Tempest and Nomad Briefing Video



Welcome to the Andromeda Initiative’s Tempest and Nomad briefing. Hear from the Tempest’s pilot and familiarize yourself with this state-of-the-art scout ship and its all-terrain rover, the Nomad. Completion of this briefing contributes to all recruits unlocking exclusive equipment for use in the field.

Awesome facts about Darth Vader

Darth Vader doing the Force choke

11 facts about Darth Vader


We only needed to write those two words and you know exactly to whom's face they belong to.

The fallen Jedi and one of the great Sith Lords, Darth Vader is one of the most famous movie villains of all time.

His imposing presence, magical powers which include the infamous ability to force choke a man just by thinking about and ultimately tragic personal story have inspired all kinds of acclaim and a place in most Star Wars fans hearts.

But enough of this chit chat, here’s 11 crazy stories, facts and myths about Darth Vader that any Star Wars fan would be keen to know!

1. While Lucas had said post release of A New Hope that he had 9 Star Wars movies all mapped out, he didn't really. It was only on when developing the second draft of Empire Strikes Back with Leigh Bracket that Darth Vader became Luke's father. Indeed, in original drafts of A New Hope, Vader and Anakin Skywalker were different characters.


2. The famous reveal of the father and son relationship between Vader and Luke is often misquoted as "Luke, I am your father". The line is actually "No, I am your father". It's kind of like how Star Trek's Captain Kirk never actually said "Beam me up, Scotty".

Sebastian Shaw as Darrth Vader in Return of the Jedi
Sebastian Shaw as Vader in Jedi
3. The character of Vader has been played by several actors. In the original trilogy David Prowse is famous for wearing the suit and Sebastian Shaw as the 'face' of Vader in  Return of the Jedi. 

The prequels saw an idealistic Jake Lloyd tackle Anakin in The Phantom Menace and Hayden Christensen covered the next two movies as well. Bob Anderson also stepped in for sword fighting scenes and C. Andre Nelson helped out a bit with the redux versions of the original trilogy.

4. Hayden also appeared as the costumed Vader in Revenge of the Sith. He apparently begged Lucas to let him play him. The suit had to be designed to accommodate his smaller stature than Prowse's.

5. While Return of the Jedi saw Luke return the favour to Vader and cut his arm off, the idea for it actually came from the expanded universe novel, ‘Splinter of the Mind's Eye’. This book was intended to be turned into a sequel to Star Wars but when that movie became so popular, the idea was abandoned.

6. Vader was actually the only Star Wars film character to lose an arm three times! And both his legs as well. Obi Wan Kenobi got 3 of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith! (he had the higher ground...).

7. Darth Vader was referenced in the film Back to the Future by Marty McFly as being from the planet Vulcan. No one was sure who was more upset - Star Wars fans or Trekkies!

8. Vader has his own theme song written by John Williams. Known as the Imperial March it was introduced in the Empire movie and used in Jedi and in the prequels to show when Anakin was turning to the dark side of the Force.

Darth Vader concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

9. James Earl Jones is famed for providing the voice for Vader however he didn't do the famous breathing sound effect. This was done by the now famous Ben Burt placing a microphone inside the mouth piece of a breathing apparatus and recording it being used. Burt has since become world reknown for his sound recording skills and I believe he worked on every Star Wars movie to date.

10. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great Orsen Welles as the voice actor for Vader. Welles eventually voiced the planet destroyer Unicron in the animated Transformers movie.

11. Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Obi Wan may have thought a mistake had been made in the reading of the prophecy, Anakin was the one who actually killed Sith Lord Palpatine by throwing him down the Death Star’s reactor shaft in Jedi and thus restored balance to the Force.

Bonus fact - Darth Vader only appeared on screen in A New Hope for a total of 12 minutes. It's amazing that for such a short amount of screen time that his character become one of the most loved bad guys in movie making history!

We think these were some pretty cool bits of trivia about the Dark Lord.

Sunday, December 4

Mass Effect Andromeda game play video lives up to the hype

Mass Effect Andromeda Wallpaper

The long awaited game play trailer for the fourth Mass Effect game is here. 


Andomeda's game play looks to be a fluid gaming experience with a whole new dynamic set of game play mechanics and different biotic and firepower options.

The game still however looks to be a classic Mass Effect game, albeit on that's running on methamphetamine when compared to the original.

Here's the video footage:



We thought the Nomad looked pretty handy!

Bioware stated:

"The reveal also shows off a number of features with which you’ll want to become familiar as Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Pathfinder. You’ll encounter entirely new alien races such as the Kett, and will grow to rely on companions like Vetra and Drack, seen in the video. 

Leading your squad through beautiful-yet-deadly worlds, you’ll progress your Pathfinder with a deeply customizable character system, crafting, and a host of new weapons, powers, and gear. And of course, you’ll develop lasting relationships with your companions forged from a long and perilous journey through space."

Monday, November 7

How good is the ME: Andromeda trailer?

mass effect andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda's trailer has dropped and it's an epic trip. 


You are the Pathfinder.

Watch it and let's chat eh?



Holy cow!

That was one pretty good looking trailer. The aliens, the sense of dread.

Interesting that I said aliens because I think at one point I think I heard one of the characters say they were the aliens.

Which makes sense as the trailer suggests that humans have traveled for hundreds of years aboard a space craft to start a new life in a new part of the galaxy, being I think Andromeda.

There looks to be some awesome battles against giant worms and some pretty interesting looking 'bad guys'.

I'll definitely be pre-ordering the game from Amazon.

Sunday, September 25

Gears of War 4 Achievements List

Gears of War 4 Achievements List

Gears of War 4 Achievements List

Here's the official list of gamer achievements for GOW4.

A couple achievements are secret until the game is released. As usual, if you read this list you risk learning about the game. 

Some of the achievements are classic Gears such as active reload and pack rat which is nice to see. 

What's very amusing is the 'I'm Drumpf' tag given to what used to be (IIRC), the 'seriously' achievement. That's a political statement made by Rod Fergusson and the game's developers about Donald Trump. Makes me wonder how that got by Microsoft's squad of a million lawyers.


GENERAL GAME PLAY

  • Zen and the Art of Reloading - Perform 25 perfect active reloads [5G]
  • Drop the Beat…down - Get 3 Dropshot headshots [5G]
  • Now That's a Knife! - Kill 10 enemies with combat knife after yanking or kicking [5G]
  • Triple Play - Kill 3 enemies with a single Buzzkill shot [5G]
  • Whoomp, There It Is! - Knife execute an enemy that was yanked over cover by another player [5G]
  • I Live. I Die. I Live Again! - Rescue someone from inside a Snatcher [5G]
  • Pounsus Interruptus - Kill a Pouncer mid-pounce with Shotgun or Chainsaw [5G]
  • Stop Hitting Yourself - Kill a Guardian with a Guardian weapon [5G]


CAMPAIGN

  • 16 Story Progression Achievements [80G]
  • Ready for More - Complete all campaign Acts (any difficulty) [10G]
  • Learned the Hard Way - Complete all campaign Acts on Hardcore or Insane Difficulty [20G]
  • The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors - Complete all campaign Acts on Insane Difficulty [30G]
  • Come And Knock on My Door - Complete one Act in Co-op Campaign (any difficulty) [5G]
  • Brothers Till The End - Complete all Campaign Acts in Co-op (any difficulty) [20G]
  • The Sound Of Silence - Complete the Campaign without dropping your inheritance [25G]
  • Collector - Recover 5 Campaign collectibles [5G]
  • Pack Rat - Recover 10 Campaign collectibles [10G]
  • Completist - Recover all Campaign collectibles [15G]
  • Remember the Fallen - Recover all COG Tags during the Campaign [15G]
  • But You Can't Pick Your Family - Find 5 weapons in snot bubbles [5G]
  • Look out! Uh… Never Mind - Kill 25 enemies by dropping pods on them [5G]
  • --Spoiler Protected-- Kills [5G]
  • Gone With The Windflare - Kill 15 enemies using the environment during a windflare [5G]


VERSUS
  • Big Ol Hero -Get the "Big Ol Hero" Ribbon ten times [5G]
  • Bounty Hunter - Complete 20 Bounties [10G]
  • Chest Candy - Earn one of each launch Ribbon [10G]
  • Custom Made - Win a match using a non-Starter Character and non-default Weapon Skin [5G]
  • Ranked and Filed - Achieve a rank in all launch Core and Competitive game modes [5G]
  • Rollin' With the Homies - Earn the maximum Consecutive Match Bonus in Versus [5G]
  • Say Hello to My Little Friend - Get the final winning kill in Arms Race [5G]
  • How's it Going to Work? Teamwork! - Win a Casual Co-op Versus match [5G]
  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! - Win a Normal Co-op Versus match [5G]
  • Talent Gets Kills, Teamwork Wins Games! - Win a Hardcore Co-op Versus match [5G]
  • To Go Fast, Go Alone. To Go Far, Go Together - Win an Insane Co-op Versus match [5G]


HORDE
  • At First I Was Afraid, I Was Petrified - Survive the first 10 consecutive waves of Horde in a squad (any difficulty, any map) [10G]
  • Bilford Bogin! - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde in a squad (any difficulty, any map) [25G]
  • I've Killed Things, Seen Places - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde in a squad on every Launch Series map (any difficulty) [50G]
  • I Have Approximate Knowledge of Many Things - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde as Scout on Insane in a squad (any map) [20G]
  • Job's Done - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde as Engineer on Insane in a squad (any map) [20G]
  • Oh What a Day! What a Lovely Day! - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde as Soldier on Insane in a squad [20G]
  • I Choose Violence - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde as Heavy on Insane in a squad (any map) [20G]
  • Give a Name. Any Name. - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde as Sniper on Insane in a squad (any map) [20G]
  • I Have a Very Particular Set of Skills - Upgrade a Skill card to maximum level [5G]
  • Skills That Make Me a Nightmare - Upgrade 5 Launch Series Skill cards to maximum level [10G]
  • Classy Move - Reach level 10 in one Horde Class [5G]
  • Stay Classy - Reach level 10 in every Launch Horde Class [10G]
  • Gold Digger - Spend 100000 Power in the Fabricator (across all sessions) [10G]
  • Sugar Daddy - Deposit 1,000,000 power in the Fabricator lifetime [10G]
  • Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. - Upgrade Fabricator to maximum level (in one session) [5G]
  • Call a Dr. If Lasting More than 4 Teammates - Resurrect 4 teammates using the Fabricator in a single session (any difficulty) [5G]


PROGRESSION AND CARDS
  • Level 10 - Reach level 10 [10G]
  • Level 50 - Reach level 50 [25G]
  • It's a Start - Earn 1000 Credits lifetime [5G]
  • Moving on up! - Earn 10000 Credits lifetime [10G]
  • I'm Drumpf - Earn 100000 Credits lifetime [20G]
  • Craftsman - Craft a card [5G]
  • Master Craftsman - Craft a Legendary card [10G]
  • Thank You, Sir. May I Have Another? - Re-up once [10G]
  • Please Sir, Can I Have Some More? - Re-up ten times [100G]
  • Seriously 4.0 - Complete Insane Campaign, ribbons, rank placements, Horde maps, re-ups, classes and five skills [200G]

Monday, September 19

Gears of War 4 campaign review

Gears of War 4 Campaign Review

Gears of War 4 Campaign Review


The saddest part of GOW4 is that it's heart and soul in the form of Dom
Is missing.

That's about the harshest thing we can say about this fourth Gears of War campaign.

Set some 20 odd years after Gears 3, this all new campaign features JD Fenix, a young buck with the weight of the world on his shoulders.

In once sense it's the weight because he's intent on saving Sera from another damn generation of the Locust Horde, the other weight is living up to the fact he is the only son of the Legendary Marcus Fenix.

The guy who saved the people of Sera by killing the Locust Queen. It's a tough gig for anyone to follow.

But follow with bombast does JD Fenix. A worthy pretender to the throne as one of the COG's best, well he would be if COG was still worthy of its name.

As far as the game play of this campaign goes, it cannot be beaten. While Gears of War: Judgement was arguably the beast gears game in the sense of playing the game, Gear of War 4 is the ultimate realisation of the franchise.

And that's saying a lot as the Closing game of the trilogy was the perfect finale to the series.

Which makes this game quite hard to review because in any ordinary other sense, Gears 4 is dumb as nuts but that's the Gears franchise for you.

Plot wise, you've seen this before. It's about killing copious amounts of bad guys through out some darn in genius set pieces.

Some of them feel almost impossible on the campaign's insanity mode - but that's the appeal of Gears 4, it's a tough and unrelenting game.

That said, it retains that dark humour and boyish crudity that pervade even the first classic Gears game.

Every review of this game should probably take a moment to review the campaign's graphics both in game and via the cut scenes. 

There has never been a better looking Gears of War game.

This is of course no surprise as it's the franchise's debut on then Xbox One and indeed Windows 10 operating system.

It's clear to this game reviewer that a lot of resource has gone into make sure that the blood and guts on offer, as with any Gears game, is as viceral as a video game can be.

Gears has never been shy about gruesome deaths during the campaign mode and GOW4's graphics simply make you feel like you really did draw the blood of that Locust freak.

Verdict: A MUST have for any seasoned Gears fan, and those new to the entry will get a kick out of it and be back for more.


Never Fight Alone - GOW4 trailer is amazeballs

This GOW4 Trailer is the REAL DEAL.

The game looks absolutely amazing. The trailer is excellent show case of what the Fenix family and friends are up against. The monsters look bad ass and the robots looks amazing.

While a familiar riff appears to ring through (it is a gears game after all), there appears to be a whole wealth of new things to ride, drive and shoot.

Check it out and enjoy the Metallica cover of Nothing Else Matters as you do so.




Fight for family.
Fight for survival.
Fight the Swarm.
Can't wait.

Pre Order Gears of War 4 on Amazon

Wednesday, September 14

Wednesday, September 7

Watch the MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA Official 4K Tech Video. It's glorious!

The Assari from Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda is going to probably the best looking game in a long. long time.

We know this due to the release of what Bioware has called the "Official 4K Tech Video".

This is just a fancy way of showing off the new look and feel of the game. The characters look pretty amazing - the Assari's mid riff looks astonishingly real.



What is shown in the demonstration is Ryder and his two counter parts exploring an underground Vault featuring Remnants – who are apparently kind of A.I. left seemingly left behind by a previous civilization.

It also points out Ryder’s discovery of the locations of several other Vaults across the Andromeda galaxy. We speculate that these vaults will be used to transport Ryder across the galaxy a l a the original trilogy.

Ryder's interactions with the computer terminals and doorway entrances have been vastly revamped and have a 'scientific' feel.

Ryder also has an awesome command of what I'm going to call a jet pack which helps him to make what would otherwise be impossible jumps. 

Sunday, September 4

GOW4 - Horde Mode 3.0 looks darn amazing


GOW4 - Horde Mode 3.0 looks darn amazing


With the forthing coming Gears 4 looking pretty handy, the Coalition has dropped on us a first look at Horde Mode 3.0 which looks abosolutely fantastic.

Check the video:



There's a lot to see in the video. This game looks absolutely amazing. We love how Gears has put a lot more color into the palette - it's a long way from the grim and dark days of the original game.

Horde Mode looks to have some handy instruments and traps to help sort out your foes - they look clearly suited to genuine co-operative play between players.

What are you waiting for? Order Gears of War 4 today.