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Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. Chapters 4-7 of “Knights of the Fallen Empire”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Chapter 4: The Gravestone
  • Lana’s going to try burying a whole spaceship with a shovel?
  • HK-55 is the best.
  • “Target has achieved deadness.”
  • There’s banter?  We’ve achieved banter status?
  • Oh, my subscription just ran out. Well, I guess we’ll see how that effects gameplay.
  • Found the Gravestone which appears to be a bit of a fixer-upper.
  • So I guess, unlike the other non-class quests, Fallen Empire is really just solo, because I can’t imagine how it’d work if you had another player with you.
  • It looks like it was just was well we slept through the last five years, because they sound like kind of a bummer.
  • It’s kind of lame that it keeps making me fight these rancor saying they’re blocking my way when I’ve already totally stealthed by them.
  • Glad Lana is so understanding that I might have the Emperor of Evil living in my noggin.
  • I like these poor lost droids, just hanging out in the swamp, available for trade or medical assistance.
  • Man, HK-55 did a lousy patrol job.
  • OMG, a musical repair montage.
  • I’m surprised they aren’t playing Eye of the Tiger.
  • Who makes a ship with a floor called “Dark Sanctuary?”
  • How long have we been on this thing, and no one noticed a huge monolith in the basement?
  • Chapter Five: From the Grave
  • Oh man, are they actually going to let Lana die if I don’t go dark?
  • I would have rather worked the shields with Lana instead of the gun, but ok.
  • How did all these guys get on the ship? We’re in space now!
  • Wow, that was some Tholian Web level destruction.
  • Well this crew certainly is a little more vocal than the last one.
  • Satele made it!
  • Marr, not so much.
  • Chapter 6: Asylum
  • Koth is doing kind of a suboptimal parking job.
  • Four companions, and only HK-55 is dealing straight with me.
  • Oggo didn’t even drop any loot. Some crime boss.
  • It’s interesting that in general, you don’t get a choice of companions. I guess so your relationship can be deeper rather than broader?
  • Senya set us up for hazing?
  • I feel like eventually, someone’s going to notice we talk to dead people.
  • The Emperor keeps threatening us with dire consequences if we don’t let him use our body, but so far we seem to be doing ok on our own.
  • Trial’s up man. You guys in or out?
  • OH. SNAP.
  • Senya, burying the lede.
  • Chapter 7: The Lady of Sorrows

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  • TMI Senya.
  • Kinda weird that all these people are so attached to the Emperor of Eeeevil.
  • Senya likes job/personal life separation.
  • I’m glad Valkorian is using my skull to go sight-seeing.
  • Ok, I totally don’t understand Arcann’s deal. He was so anxious to get us, but then lost interest?
  • Nice.  Zakuul is kind of a crap place.
  • Well given that Koth wants to negotiate with the Heralds, and Senya just wants to bust heads, I think we’ll go with Koth.
  • If the Lady of sorrows ends up being the Shadow Broker, I’m going to laugh.
  • I like how he blames me, because his boss killed his partner.
  • Scorpio isn’t much of a conversationalist.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Live-ish Blog. “Knights of the Fallen Empire” Chapters 1-3

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • A Presence on Ziost
  • This place seems troubled.
  • Well we never found our contact before skipping to search the bunker, so…oops?
  • Lana’s animation is so hinky. Why does she look so much more crudely drawn than everyone else? It’s like she’s not even from the same game.
  • This possessed commander who walked in and passed out writhing on the floor didn’t have much of a part.
  • Supreme Chancellor Saresh is kind of a jerk.
  • I like how the game at one point says “there is no way up. Go get the speeder.”
  • Because after all these hundreds of hours, it knows I will just sit here all day trying to walk up a 90 degree hill.
  • Ha ha. I jumped off a statue onto this hanging thing in the middle of the room, and now I can’t figure out how to get down without dying.
  • Always a bad sign when your followers don’t jump with you.
  • OMG, I just spent like half an hour trying to jump to this grating, when that wasn’t even how you were supposed to get over there.

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  • Wow. Ziost isn’t looking that good.
  • Ok, I think we may be finally ready to start Knights of the Fallen Empire… The whole original point to this project….
  • Knights of the Fallen Empire: Prelude.
  • It’s pretty adamant that starting this is the point of no return. Your companions, etc. will change and their missions will be unavailable.
  • Fortunately, I think I maxed those dudes all out already.
  • Chapter 1: The Hunt
  • Watching the trailer, I could never figure out what side these guys were supposed to be.
  • Wait…I think I just lost like most of my abilities.
  • Ok, not totally sure what just happened, but the Empire makes lousy defense systems.
  • All our friends just ditched us!
  • Darth Marr is our follower now?!
  • Well that could have gone better.
  • It’s like ME 2 all over again.
  • Oh Darth Marr. This might not go well for you.
  • Prince Arcann is kind of a screw-up.
  • Chapter 2: A Dream of Empire
  • Hey our buddies!  They didn’t get too far.
  • Wow, the Emperor is making my character have the most unattractive expressions.
  • Like a cross between disgust and duck face.
  • So this is the Fade, Sith style.
  • Chapter 3: Outlander
  • Hi Lana.
  • You would think the droid factory would be programmed not to try to kill the person trying to save it.
  • T7 and HK-55! Together again!
  • Koth gets a little panicky.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Not-Live Blog. “Interlude”

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Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Oh wait, here’s when I did Crystal Ball.
  • I would like a “go back to the ship” button. That would come in pretty handy.
  • Off to Ilum. Where the crystals come from.
  • Again with the strip mining ripping the planet apart. I’m beginning to get a message.
  • Lord Loyat’s a girl?
  • Well that was a lot of dying. Where did all those guys come from?
  • Ok, you have to kill off everyone else first, or they all suddenly get the urge to wipe the floor with you.
  • I was apparently supposed to do this one earlier, because all the loot is too primitive.
  • Darth Malgus, you toad.
  • I hate these flashpoint missions.
  • The Voss are pretty suck, for a race.
  • Darth Serevin has some pretty impressive killing power.
  • Talsa-Ko is not good at picking a winner.
  • I’m sparing you, Talsa-Ko, but if you turn out like Harley Quinn, I’m going to be peeved.
  • Ugh. Right back into another flashpoint.
  • Cole doesn’t sound like he’s expecting to see us again.
  • Holy Moly, I think this Prototype took us down with one shot.
  • HK-47!  Nooo!
  • Malgus actually wasn’t as bad as some of the bosses along the way.
  • Cole’s story is a little more exciting.
  • I like the jaunty music that plays when all your dialogue options are humorous.
  • Ilum is free again. Of course, we probably exploded like 2/3rds of it, but oh well.
  • Spark of Hope
  • Sargent Trila seems a little down.
  • Hachi matchi, the Corrupted Bothrian fight was the most frustrating thing ever.
  • I was too high level for it to kill me, but I hadn’t figured out which was the interrupt skill so I couldn’t kill it.
  • That was right up there with the Arishok for causing hypertension.
  • These terraforming devices respawn so quickly, you can pretty much keep destroying the same two over and over.
  • That next boss beast looked like a pushover next to the Bothrian.
  • So these Dread guys are kinda kooky.
  • They might not be that stable.
  • I love missions where you can climb behind stuff, blow it up, and re-stealth with no one the wiser.
  • So apparently, the last mission in this is an “ops” one, where you can’t enter the area without like eight people.
  • That would have been nice to know in the first place, before we invested time doing the 90% of the quest before it.
  • Operation Barricade
  • I’m glad we went to the trouble of curing these things so we could kill them directly afterward.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Not-Live Blog. “Shadow of Revan”

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Speeder and chill.
Spoiler Thoughts:
  • Flashpoint flashpoint flashpoint.
  • I’m going to say that a lot of Shadow of Revan I’m just going to mentally disregard because in my head, Revan’s a girl and she eventually makes her way back to Carth and lives happily ever after, AS GOD INTENDED.
  • It’s interesting that from the Class Storyline onward, it’s all everyone fighting against some totally different enemy, to justify having the same story for Republics and Imperials.
  • Man, good thing this guy said he was Revan, or I wouldn’t have known.
  • So the guy under the mask isn’t actually Revan, but an admirer?
  • Kylo Revan?
  • Wow, I have no idea what they’re talking about, with these coalition missions.
  • You’d think saving everyone on Yavin would be enough incentive to band together.
  • Oh, it’s the daily missions.
  • Ok, off to see the wizard.
  • Well, since I only saw this guy once, and he was a ghost, I’m not sure…But it looks like the same dude.
  • I have no clue what’s going on in this boss fight.
  • It’s going on as normal, and then he just seems to get invulnerable for a bit?  And then stops?
  • Then it says we lose Satele Shan and battle clarity, but I’m not even sure what that implies.
  • Oh, ok, we won.
  • Oh, but we also lost?
  • Well good going, Revan.
  • I like how everyone else goes back to base magically, but leaves us standing out there in the rain.
  • I feel a little bad on cheating on Iresso with Shan, but Felix really isn’t the most compelling character.
  • Love when Satele Shan talks.  “You’re not fooling anyone, Commander Shepard!”
  • Well another successful mission over, with the galaxy in way worse shape than when we started.
  • Interlude
  • Oh wait, here’s when I did “Crystal Ball.”
  • I would like a “go back to the ship” button. That would come in pretty handy.
  • Off to Ilum. Where the crystals come from.
  • Again with the strip mining ripping the planet apart. I’m beginning to get a message.
  • Lord Loyat’s a girl?
  • Well that was a lot of dying. Where did all those guys come from?
  • Ok, you have to kill off everyone else first, or they all suddenly get the urge to wipe the floor with you.
  • I was apparently supposed to do this one earlier, because all the loot is too primitive.
  • Darth Malgus, you toad.
  • I hate these flashpoint missions.
  • The Voss are pretty suck, for a race.
  • Darth Serevin has some pretty impressive killing power.
  • Talsa-Ko is not good at picking a winner.
  • I’m sparing you, Talsa-Ko, but if you turn out like Harley Quinn, I’m going to be peeved.
  • Ugh. Right back into another flashpoint.
  • Cole doesn’t sound like he’s expecting to see us again.
  • Holy Moly, I think this Prototype took us down with one shot.
  • HK-47!  Nooo!
  • Malgus actually wasn’t as bad as some of the bosses along the way.
  • Cole’s story is a little more exciting.
  • I like the jaunty music that plays when all your dialogue options are humorous.
  • Ilum is free again. Of course, we probably exploded like 2/3rds of it, but oh well.
  • Spark of Hope
  • Sargent Trila seems a little down.
  • Hachi Matchi, the Corrupted Bothrian fight was the most frustrating thing ever.
  • I was too high level for it to kill me, but I hadn’t figured out which was the interrupt skill so I couldn’t kill it.
  • That was right up there with the Arishok for causing hypertension.
  • These terraforming devices respawn so quickly, you can pretty much keep destroying the same two over and over.
  • That next boss beast looked like a pushover next to the Bothrian.
  • So these Dread guys are kinda kooky.
  • They might not be that stable.
  • I love missions where you can climb behind stuff, blow it up, and re-stealth with no one the wiser.
  • So apparently, the last mission in this is an “ops” one, where you can’t enter the area without like eight people.
  • That would have been nice to know in the first place.
  • Operation Barricade
  • I’m glad we went to the trouble of curing these things so we could kill them directly afterward.

Star Wars: The Old Republic Not-Live Blog. Prologue

Spoiler Thoughts:
    • Fun Fact: One of my favorite all-time games is Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Caaaarth!)
    • While I was looking forward to SWtOR initially, my interest died pretty quickly when I found out it was a MMORPG, since I a) have no experience playing with other people, and b) typically play games to get away from other people.
    • But, with the trumpeting of the “return to BioWare storytelling!” I’m willing to give it a shot for the sake of the Fallen Empire storyline.
    • Plus, I’ve been assured (maybe) that you can accomplish the story content solo.
    • While I had a free account, I guess you can’t access the new story expansions unless you’re a subscriber, so I ponied up for the Amazon Starter bundle–$40 for a 90 day subscription.
    • So apparently you can either start from the beginning, or make a level 60 character and go straight into the Fallen Empire expansion. Unfortunately, since I barely know how to walk around, we should probably start at the beginning.
    • Helloo Jedi Consular.
    • Master Yuon Par apparently believes in throwing you in the deep end.
    • How do you even fight?
    • I feel like making your training facility right in the middle of a gang of “Flesh Raiders” is kind of a bad idea.
    • Oh, some passerbys resuscitated me, but I didn’t know how to open the chat window to thank them.
    • THANK YOU, RANDOM RESUSCITATORS! I DON’T KNOW HOW THIS THING WORKS.
    • There seems to be a lot of history that the Jedi didn’t know about, until I showed up.
    • Hey, we got a buddy. He looks a little like a Gorn.
    • I’m not sure why we keep saying this one dude is totally unhinged, when it just sounds like he wants to stop people from killing his village.
    • Oh we’re getting a light saber!
    • Well now, the dude seems a little crazy, but it can’t have helped that the ancient dark Jedi just shoved all the past knowledge of the Jedi into his head.
    • Our lizard friend doesn’t approve of us not killing the dude, but a Jedi has to do what a Jedi has to do.
    • Hm. Master Yuon seems a little peaked.
    • Could somebody come pick Master Yuon up off the floor, please?
    • Ok, off to Coruscant. Bright lights, big city.
    • Oh man, I just got a pet Rancor, and it is the cutest.
    • No one ever needed the Noetikons before?
    • It’s ok, random Noetikon-mule-guy. I can do surgery right here on the floor.
    • Yuon seems a little possessed.
    • Every time they say “justicars,” I start looking around for Samara.
    • BASTILA SHAN
    • I wish you could pause this thing once in awhile.
    • Sure, I’ll give up my strength until I find this one guy in the universe that’s behind the plague. That shouldn’t take more than a couple millennia.
    • I got a ship! Oh, and it totally reminds me of the Ebon Hawk!
    • Oops, forgot to pick advanced specialization. Going with Jedi Shadow, with a major in Balance.

Dragon Age Inquisition Thoughts: Trespasser, 2nd Pass

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Ok, second verse, same as the first.
  • Working off my first run-through (which, if you were interested, I wrote a day-by-day playthrough of here.)
  • In case you’re not interested in a day-by-day playthrough, I basically tried to do the diametric opposite the second time, so my first Inquisitor was a Human Warrior who sided with the Mages, kept the Wardens, sacrificed the Chargers, had Cole become more human, romanced Cullen, made Leliana Divine, and had Morrigan drink the water.
  • This time around, I also consulted a walkthrough in the interests of completion.
  • So of the initial “secret” quests, the only one I had missed entirely was the Harlequin tagging.
  • Those things were not only hard to sneak up on, but almost never showed up this time around, even though last time I remember seeing them *whomp* in and out all the time.
  • Oh Cole and Maryden!  Well that’s maybe not quite as cute as the Zither scene, but they seem happy.
  • Wow, without the Chargers, there is literally nothing Bull has to say to you.
  • There continues to be a lot more PDA here than you’d expect at a religious conclave.
No really, super inappropriate, you guys.
  • …Which is actually just fine, when it is the Inquisitor and Cullen getting married!  Squee!
  • I feel like this Inquisitor, being a warrior and fairly well-connected, would be a little more aggressive and less placating than an elven mage.
  • Wow, there were like three whole eluvians I didn’t find last time (for the record, I found them this time without the walkthrough.)
  • The interaction with the old elven spirits doesn’t go half as well if you didn’t drink the water.
  • Cool, I got new armor.  It’s for rogues, but it still fits for some reason?
  • I still don’t get how anyone affords the Clasping maw.
  • I guess I’m using the beehive on a stick–I wouldn’t want Cullen to think I’m scorning his dog’s gift.
  • Even though they seem to have patched some of the problems from the last time, this lag in the Deep Roads certainly didn’t go away.
  • I just timed it, and it takes about 50 seconds for her to loot something or climb up a ladder after the request.
  • Huh.  I totally didn’t realize you could bust open some of these passages once you get the exploding anchor ability.
  • Gosh, this one veil fire puzzle has such tricky timing, I don’t think I would have ever gotten it without having read about it.
  • Josephine seems pretty upset about this council and the Inquisition, for having been roughly 1/4th of the Inquisition.
  • This Inquisitor is unimpressed with the squabbling that’s going on while her hand is catching fire.
  • Given that we’re implying that she’s going off to die, I feel like there should have been more with Cullen than a quick hug.
  • Oh wait, there were even more secret quests than this one walkthrough had!
  • For one of them, you had to find a piece of codex in the Deep Roads before you flooded everything.  Well, I guess we’ll find out whether I did or not eventually.
  • I cannot find this underground vault at the Elven Ruins for anything.
  • Wait, I just found it.  Hachi machi, but that’s a lot of money.
  • We can afford the Clasping Maw now!
  • But in a sad reveal, it’s a two-handed weapon, and we only trained one hand and shield.  Womp womp.
  • I guess we could try to craft actual warrior armor with the new schematic we just found.
  • So it’s super good armor, but sadly an unattractive color.  I guess we could give it to Iron Bull, since he’ll be coming along on most of these quests.
  • I must say, the new armor makes Bull look pretty svelte.
  • Oh, the fireworks thing was another game I missed first time around.
  • Actually, after about fifteen minutes, I’m pretty much missing it this time too.
  • I think you’re supposed to score 80 on it to get something decent, but the most I could manage was around 65 before I couldn’t take it anymore.
  • Ok, time for the Qunari gauntlet.
  • So this time around, we’ll try saving the dragon.
  • I’m not sure why we’re so charitable with this one, when we didn’t care about killing all those other ten, but maybe we mellowed.
  • Look Qunari girl, Bull’s not going to turn on me.
  • Wh…what?
  • What did you call me Bull?
  • OMG.
  • I can’t believe I just had to kill Bull.
  • I have to lie down now.
  • Ok, back now.
  • I think I’m ok.
  • But wow, this will not be my definitive playthrough of DAI.
  • Nice that they give you a chance to reform your team since I’m down a man now.
  • Plus the traitor took off with my newly-crafted armor!
  • Apparently still not over it.
  • I guess on the plus side, after Bull, Solas doesn’t really evoke that much of a sense of betrayal anymore.
You look at me when I’m talking to you, dammit!
  • I guess we did find all the codex, because we clued into the Fen’harel thing already.
  • So let’s reflect on Solas’ plan for a minute this time around.
  • The Evanuris did the unspeakable by killing Mythal, so Solas put up the veil to lock them away.
  • The veil ruined elven society by taking away their magic.
  • At that point, Solas got sad and went to take a nap for a couple millenia.  (What?)
  • When he woke up, he decided to destroy the world by tearing down the veil, but for some reason, all his power was in an orb?
  • Too weak to open the orb, he does the next best thing, and gives it to a totally evil crazy powerful magical…thing?
  • His initial plan is for Corypheus to open the orb and get exploded, at which time he was going to take it and destroy the world, but he was foiled by Corypheus not going along with the plan and surviving.
  • You break the orb, so he drops you and the Inquisition like a hot potato and goes and kills Mythal for her godliness.
  • He kills her, even though this was the exact thing he screwed up everything in the first place for!
  • Solas, you are a bad planner.
  • This Inquisitor isn’t in love with you Solas.  She’s gonna take you down if you mess with her.
  • Well thank goodness Corypheus didn’t think of this way of getting the anchor off you.
  • Although, if you think about it, Corypheus was the only thing that prevented Solas from killing everyone already with his orb and anchor.
  • Basically, Corypheus saved us all.
  • So this time around, I think the Inquisitor would keep the Inquisition around, because she’d want a big force to go after Solus and her arm.
  • That was not much of a heartwarming last scene with Cullen, BioWare.
  • At least the epilogue cards have slowed down.
  • Vivienne’s going against the Divine!  More betrayal!
  • Ok, I thought about it some more, and I guess it’s logical that if you had Bull let his BFFs die, then you shouldn’t expect him to form an attachment to you, whom he’s known for a much shorter amount of time, that would overrule his dedication to the Qun.
  • It’s just the idea that the whole game revolves around our character that deceived us into thinking differently.
  • I think the only good thing was that this Inquisitor didn’t romance Bull, because that would have been the end if he’d slept with her for two years and then turned on her.
  • I still love Cassandra reading “This Shit Is Weird” so much.

 

Dragon Age Inquisition Thoughts: Trespasser, Part 2

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • Oh yay! More talking!
  • Aw. Cullen made it up with Blackwall.
  • Clasping maw is one expensive sword.
  • People certainly seem to want to discuss Solas all of a sudden.
  • Well ok, they had an eluvian just sitting around the Winter Palace and no one said anything?
  • Welcome back to the Deep Roads.
  • Man, it’s dark in here.
  • I guess we’re supposed to use our new hand-as-flashlight ability, but hard to think that’s not going to give us cancer one day.
  • Wow, for some reason certain actions are totally delayed now. Like it takes her ten minutes to decide to climb up a ladder.
  • Lyrium grows on trees?

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  • The story in any BioWare game inevitably has you start blowing up stuff without figuring out how you’re going to leave.
  • Teagan, you did not age well.
  • I feel like normally you wouldn’t have the Inquisitor managing servant squabbles.
  • Like Cullen wouldn’t take care of his own guys?
  • Well given that neither the heads of Ferelden nor Orlais are at this convention, I think it’s kind of an exaggeration to say the South would be “rudderless” if we all blew up.
  • Sandal’s diary!
  • Exactly as you’d expect.
  • Always a little suspicious when you run into an empty place with two supply caches.
  • Ugh, I am totally failing some of these optional puzzles.
  • Oh great, so it was our fault after all.
  • Ok, it seems as though everyone is pretty quick to accept that I’m not going to survive this hand thing.
  • Like, nothing like “oh don’t worry–we’ll get you the best doctor,” just “good luck with that. We’ll go start packing.”
  • I am totally failing this veil fire puzzle, and Bull and Dorian constantly saying “it didn’t work” isn’t helping.
  • Well, guess we’ll kill more Qunari.
  • I don’t know what we thought “Dragon’s Breath” referred to, anyway.
  • Good thing all the Qunari charge through the doorway past me without giving me a second glance.
  • Poor Bull. This must be awkward.
  • Solas, you rat.
  • Say, this hand thing seems to be decompensating.
  • I guess we’re not picking up any more loot at this point.
  • For eluvians all over the place, this is pretty linear.
  • This is a lot of Qunari to go rogue, according to the government.
  • Yes, I do have some questions, thank you.
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Don’t you “it’s not you, it’s me” me!
  • Look Solas, I’m not sure why we all have to die, just because you feel guilty that no one can go to the library again.
  • Even though he’s being a bit of a jerk, I feel like this romanced elven inquisitor wouldn’t give up on him.
  • Oh, he left.
  • Oh, I guess we left.
  • Oh, I guess we left our hand there.
  • If this Inquisitor still wanted to try to get Solas back, I think she’d divest herself of the big organization and try to redeem him on her own, with just a handful of BFFs.
  • I declare thee DISBANDED.
  • Aw, the Citadel everybody-stand-in-a-line-and-stare-at-the-player-and-then-peel-off-forever scene.
  • Oh, I guess we were serious about going after Solas.
  • All the advisors stayed but Cullen, who left with his dog?
  • Well I guess now we know why this was the last DAI DLC–on to the Search for Solus.
  • Wow, these epilogue cards are pretty fast.
  • BioWare credits are the longest things ever, but you always have to stay through to the end in case Buzz Aldrin is tacked on after or something.
  • Oh, Cassandra’s reading Varric’s book.
  • Oh, I am DYING.
  • Man, I love Cassandra.
  • Alright.  Time to cue up my first Inquisitor for a second go-around, while I wait for Andromeda.