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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.
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Star Wars: The Old Republic Not-Live Blog. Children of the Emperor

Spoiler Thoughts:

So here’s the thing.  For whatever reason, I lost the notes I made on a huge swath of gameplay, so we’ll just hit the high points of whatever I remember.  On the upside, after this, I think I figured out where the screenshots were saved.

Chapter 3:  Children of the Emperor
  • I’m glad we’re going to all this trouble to break out the Esh-Ka and recruit them for our army, when most of our troubles in the past have stemmed from trying to shove the Esh-Ka back in the slammer.
  • I’m not so sure I feel like the Rakata are so much more desirable than the Children of the Emperor, but I guess.
  • Good thing this ship must have more bedrooms than I can see, or the Rift Ambassadors are going to start having to double up.
  • Poor Senator Grell.  Good thing he just updated his will with the Jedi Council.
  • Welcome aboard Nadia.  I guess those AP courses you took let you bypass the whole eternity I spent on Tython with the Flesh Traders or whatever.
  • On to Voss.  I would have to say, I think the Voss is one of the must frustrating races.  They say they want to be totally neutral, but immediately seem to back the Sith whenever you turn around.
  • Then, when you save their bacon, they’re all “huh.  That’s weird.”  And then happily go on playing both sides until the Sith dupe them again.
  • The Voss might be a) self-absorbed and b) not that bright, is what I’m saying.
  • I’m glad no one in the history of the Old Republic has ever been able to figure out when something is just a trap.
  • Where is Ackbar when I need him.
  • At the end of the exploding ship trap, our kind-of romance interest Iresso escape podded it down to war-torn Corellia.
  • On the one hand, that’s a pity, and on the other hand, maybe it’s a good chance to break it off.
  • I feel like Nathan Fillion would have been a good choice to voice this freedom fighter guy that’s going to help us get Iresso.
  • But then again, I usually feel Nathan Fillion would be a good choice for a voice.
  • The big twist for this would probably have been more surprising if they hadn’t already shown us the big reveal in an earlier vision.
  • I never get that.  Like with “The Prestige,” when I felt we were supposed to be all shocked and horrified at the end–but we SAW how the machine worked earlier in the film!  Was everyone just supposed to forget about that by the end?
  • Well anyway, saved all the sleeper agents, including the infamous First Son.
  • The ending is a little bizarre, with a big ceremony after you liberate Corellia, and then you still have to sneak out past all these dudes that still are hanging around waiting to kill you.
  • Apparently they didn’t get the Big Fat Hero memo.
  • So that’s the end of the Jedi Consular class storyline, I guess?
  • While it wasn’t always riveting, and seemed like a lot of fetch and carry/fight missions, it did have a lot more story than I thought it would, and certainly was way better than I found it during the initial beta test.
  • It was interesting enough to make me want to go back and play the other class storylines as well.
  • The one bizarre thing was that it always seemed like such an ordeal to come back to the ship that I inevitably only did so between finishing planets.
  • Consequently, a lot of the companion content just came in a big bolus when I’d come back after liberating a planet, and then…nothing.
  • I don’t know if that’s how it was supposed to be, or if I just ended up making it that way because I didn’t get a chance to visit them regularly.
  • So then we did the intermediary missions “Crystal Ball” and “Rise of the Hutt Cartel” which were so exciting I honestly don’t even remember what the deal was with “Crystal Ball.”
  • Mostly I remember hating the fact that you would periodically get stuck doing Flashpoint missions or you couldn’t advance in the story.
  • I hate Flashpoint missions, even though they made them so you can solo them, because there’s no way to save and if you have to leave in the middle, or in fact, right near the end, it makes you do the whole thing again.
  • Plus, they seem buggy as all get out.  A few times, after I died, my robot pal and my companion would periodically not resuscitate with me, or would start blinking out in inopportune times during the fight.  Alternatively, the bosses would reset after I had almost defeated them and would keep abruptly reappearing with full health again.
  • Of course, these were always the boss fights, which means if I quit and restarted, I’d have to go through the entire Flashpoint again.
  • So neg on that.
  • Plus, I thought you could really tell that the budget for these was clearly a lot smaller than for the main class missions, since the planets were not fully rendered, but had sort of islands of territory you had to transport between.
  • Also the animation on some of the characters was pretty rough.  Lana in particular always looked like they skimped on her face development a little.
  • I actually think there was another mission you could do before Shadow of Revan, but after starting it and realizing it was going to be another half-dozen missions before a bunch of flashpoints, I bagged it and moved on.

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

Spoiler Thoughts:

Chapter 1

  • And we’re off to Taris! Carth’s planet!
  • I pretty much know Carth’s monologue from KotOR 2 by heart. DO YOU WANT TO HEAR IT? HEY, WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
  • We get to find the Endar Spire! To find out what happened when the Sith razed the whole planet looking for the one Jedi that was hiding out there.
  • Er…what a jerk, eh?
  • Ok, finally found the poor guy with the Dark Side plague and cured him.
  • Apparently this is making me totally weak, but I haven’t noticed much of a change.
  • Maybe if you’re a better fighter to begin with, this becomes more evident, but I’m pretty much a flail before and after.
  • Off to Nar Shaddaa–home of the Hutts.
  • Ugh. Back to the Swoop Gangs.
  • I feel like this Hutt’s motives are not beyond suspicion.
  • Wow, there are a lot of people who want help on Nar Shaddaa.
  • Tharan Cedrax’s assistant Holiday seems pretty fond of him. Like that woman in KotOR 1 who was pretty fond of her droid.
  • Well so far, we took down a swoop gang, cured spice addiction, freed slaves, stopped an Empire infiltration plot, and stopped a genocide.
  • On the Smuggler’s Moon, we call that “Tuesday.”
  • Ok, lets go get the diseased Jedi.
  • Say, Tharan, who said you were coming?
  • Fain and Yuon? Yikes.
  • Oh, ok Tharan. I guess I’ll see you later.
  • Oh, hi again Theran.
  • Theran wants adventure in the great wide somewhere. He wants so much more than this provincial life.
  • I…didn’t actually say yes, Theran, but ok.
  • Man, the Fain family is a PITA.
  • Oh serious? Even after I shielded her, she didn’t turn off the droids attacking me?
  • Ok, does Syo know that each time I shield someone I die a little, because he’s pretty cavalier about continually sending me out for this.
  • And why is it I can’t teach someone else the ritual again? Did the holocrons just beam the information right into my head?
  • Well, off to Tattooine.
  • I like how we periodically run by some people obviously getting mugged, but have no option to do anything about it.
  • The Jedi Code is selective.
  • “Sand. Why did it have to be sand.”
  • Well so far, this guy who wanted to make an army out of the Sand People was the most lucid plague sufferer so far.
  • Ok, that’s twice I’ve insta-died walking into an empty elevator shaft.
  • Ah Czerka Corporation. The Star Wars equivalent of Cerberus.
  • This Czerka Corp guy looks uncomfortably like Kai Lang.
  • This poor old dude out in the desert is bewailing that he can’t fix anything anymore, and my Jedi jst said “remember, there is no emotion. There is peace. Remember that.”
  • “I don’t even know what that means.”
  • Oh the Rakata are back.
  • Hey, it’s the same guy that was locked in the box in the Ebon Hawk.
  • No, faux-Kai Leng. You don’t get the box.
  • Nice that Tharan wants a jedi to cheat on his hologram with.
  • Off to Alderan.
  • Organa is a troubled house.
  • That was the shortest hostage situation ever. Like I think I was a hostage for like less than a minute.
  • Man, I have to buy a car or something, because that was the longest walk to House Teral ever.
  • Wow. This researcher sent me all over heck and gone doing stuff, and then, because I wouldn’t bring back the research to let het torture animals, she said I never think of anyone but myself.
  • Alderaan deserved to blow up.
  • Basically all my money goes to taxis. So worth it.
  • This Lew Organa has a total death wish. Rescue him and no sooner does he get out, but he starts marching straight through all the enemy soldiers to the holo phone or whatever.
  • Alright peace restored for the moment, and another Jedi shielded. Back to the temple.
  • Look, Yuan. I can’t keep re-shielding you forever.
  • Wow, you guys really did screw over Parkanus.
  • Ok, off to fight Vivicar!
  • Er…Ha Ha. I don’t remember how to get off the planet again.
  • Ok, finally found the ship. Now off to fight Vivicar!
  • Parkanas is kind of a downer even after he’s himself again.
  • Just call me Barsen’thor, I guess.

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.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Thoughts: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Playset

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Spoiler Thoughts:

Warning:  Potential spoilers for the film “Star Wars:  The Force Awakens” as well.

  • Wow, I am controlling this tie fighter in the intro as much as I always thought I was on the motorboat ride at Disneyland.
  • Well this was a succinct way to summarize the first half hour of the film.
  • Ok, taken ownership of Rey.
  • The first skill I always upgrade is health, because I tend to die a lot.
  • The second skill I upgrade is ranged attack, because personal bubble.
  • BB-8 is so kawaii in every incarnation.
  • Ugh. I can’t find the holding pen for this mouse droid.
  • I must say, I think this Playset is doing a better job of demonstrating the basic commands than the previous ones.
  • Or else, I was too confused to notice last time.
  • So far the beginning money/salvage collection mission is pretty similar to the beginning of the others.
  • I am a pretty poor shot as a starship gunner.
  • Like Henry Jones Sr. bad.
  • HAN.
  • Wow, Han got older looking digitally than in real life.
  • Poor Emo Vader.
  • Han took us to Takodana. Where, judging by the appearance of the building, we’re going to go eat at the Rainforest Cafe.
  • Oh, already died. Finn’s up next.
  • Oops, Finn was apparently poorly trained for this type of combat.
  • …The flailing around, button-mashing combat, that is.
  • Ok Kylo. Your turn.
  • Wow, Kylo darts around like a rabbit on speed.
  • There’s something pretty satisfying about seeing Kylo Ren dig around in the garbage, salvaging.
  • Hm. It appears you can’t do all the missions with every character. Kylo Ren can’t do this hacking mini game.
  • Oh man, this land/water speeder steers like the Mako.
  • This is a lot of stormtroopers.
  • Sheesh, the stormtroopers keep coming.
  • The stormtroopers with shields are pretty crappy.
  • I like how I can shoot a guy nine times and then suddenly Rey will decide she’d rather aim at a wall or a hapless bystander.
  • Ok, I can only hit these tie fighters if they actually fly into my shot.
  • Fortunately I can use that against them, because the only way I can hit the target areas is to fly into them with my ship.
  • Oh man, I cannot figure out how to get up to this ledge.
  • I’ve destroyed everything in this room nine times over.
  • Ok, finally got to the ledge.
  • Oh, the big platforming sequence.
  • I totally suck at the platforming sequences.
  • OMG, I hate this jumping segment.
  • Died as Finn.
  • Died as Poe.
  • Actually, you are better off dying than missing the last jump, because the last one puts you back at the beginning again.
  • Oh hey, turns out I actually did not know how to activate the super jumping ability.
  • So, a little easier with that.
  • Kylo Ren, you are one Pain in the Force.
  • How many times do I have to kill you?
  • Died as Rey.
  • I could not kill Kylo Ren with Kylo Ren.
  • Died as Darth Vader.
  • Ok, maybe you can’t kill him conventionally.
  • Finn, you’re back in the game.
  • Finn is doing a lot of dodging.
  • You might not be a Jedi, and you might still be level one, but you got the job done, Finn.
  • Yay, we won this battle!
  • Hm…wonder where Han went. Oh, he’ll probably turn up eventually.

Live-at-the-Time Blog: “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”

Spoiler Thoughts:

  • I don’t think I’ve watched this since it came out in the theaters the first time.
  • These Trade Federation aliens always seemed suspiciously Asian to me.
  • Cowards, eh?  Qui-gon seems a little dismissive.
  • Oh hi Padme, downfall of the Republic.
  • Man, Padme is pretty determined not to see the writing on the wall here.
  • Her white-haired advisor is all “WTF?!”
  • 11 minutes. That’s how long we were able to go Jar-Jar-less.
  • Those were some nice 11 minutes.
  • You know, I hope that theory that Jar-Jar was going to be the Dark Side Yoda is true. Because otherwise, you’d have to think that everyone connected with this film was too afraid to point out his resemblance to a caricature from a minstrel show.
  • Ugh, the Gungans are kind of a repugnant race in general.
  • The scene from Star Tours!
  • I can’t understand half of what Jar-Jar is saying. Not sure that this is a disadvantage.
  • Well that was the fastest planetary takeover in history.
  • I mean, those two trade dudes literally conquered the whole Nabooean government in the time it took two Jedis to get there. And they came on the same ships!
  • Maybe this planet would have been better off with the Trade Asians.
  • R2:  MVP in any age.
  • I think you’ll be sorry if you land on Tattooine. Just saying.
  • What in the name of Yoda is Qui-gon wearing?  It doesn’t even look like a poncho, as much as a blanket with a hole cut in it.
  • Like those Jedi robes weren’t style-y enough.
  • Thus begins a long history of me never being able to tell Natalie Portman and Kiera Knightley apart for the rest of their careers.
  • Damn it, why would they take Jar-Jar with them?  What possible help could he be here?
  • Why doesn’t Qui-gon just mind trick some other poor sap on this God-forsaken planet into exchanging his credits, and then give those to Watto?
  • Qui-gon is not so stealthy, given that he can’t hide who he is from a five year old.
  • Glad they don’t feel bad about coming in and eating all the food these poor slaves have.
  • These are kind of fatalistic folk.
  • This seems like a pretty poor bargain. Qui-gon might not be the best ambassador ever.
  • Huh. For some reason I had totally forgotten that Anakin was a product of parthenogenesis.
  • You’d think people would be more excited about Vader being born Jedi Jesus.
  • Ah, the Ben-Hur scene. Little more impressive when there was more than one real person in it.
  • This is a really long race for something that we have almost no doubt of Anakin winning.
  • If I had any clue as to what he was doing when he’s flicking the switches, it might be more meaningful.
  • Even the Hutt didn’t care about that race.
  • “Why do I sense we’ve picked up another pathetic life form?”
  • Obi-Wan could tell even then that this was a bad deal for him.
  • Poor C3-PO. The true martyr of Star Wars.
  • Meanwhile, Darth Maul has been standing around on a sand dune for like, a day.
  • Maybe if any of the other senators did anything, Palpatine wouldn’t have had such an easy time. He’s the only one out there hustling.
  • That is one young-looking Samuel L. Jackson.
  • While Padme is looking like a sap here, she has been pretty much backed into a corner.
  • Well ok, if she wasn’t going to wait around for their help, then she really was kind of a sap to just show up, do Palpatine’s bidding, and then leave.
  • Glad Qui-gon’s going to take this kid that he’s not allowed to train on this dangerous mission.
  • No, I think this kid is kind of dangerous. Qui-gon might not be the best Jedi.
  • 95 minutes in, and he’s going to explain midichloridians now.
  • Actually, it sounds sort of like Scientology.
  • Even Anakin doesn’t look like he’s buying this.
  • Oh freaking Jar-Jar.
  • If I knew Padme’s plan was to recruit the Gungans, it wouldn’t be the Chancellor for which I’d be voting no confidence.
  • Serious. There was literally no safer place Qui-gon could leave this kid?
  • Glad Padme doesn’t even look back to see if the kid who just saved her bacon was ok.
  • Well that could have gone better.
  • Man, don’t you hate it when people keep blowing up your stuff from the inside?
  • Oh Darth Maul. That was not your finest hour.
  • Geeze Qui-gon. Nothing like “bye” to the guy you’ve been training for years.
  • Holy Moly, it’s an actual Jedi thing that you have to have a mullet and a side braid?
  • I see Padme went all the way to Spencer’s Gifts for the static electricity globe she gave the Gungans.