Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Review *Spoiler Warning*

“I am one with the Force. The Force is with me.” – Chirrut Îmwe

 

Even after leaving the theater, these words still leave chills in me, and it brings up a well of emotions i haven’t felt in a long time.

Star Wars: Rogue One delivers some much needed unique story to the Star Wars franchise. Little was known about the team that acquired the Death Star plans, and not much was known aside from Leia Organa’s statement in Episode IV that “A lot of good people died getting their hands on these plans.” and now its been made clear just how big a tragedy this story arc is to the overall Skywalker-centric universe.

Felicity Jones – You’ll love her in Rogue One!

The events take place between Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and Episode IV (A New Hope). The tale unravels the life of Jyn Erso, daughter of the scientist behind the creation of the Death Star’s main weapon. It also details how the events leading up to Episode IV show a much greater threat from the Empire, and how the Rebellion seemed like a lost cause. It paints a clear picture that past the events of Episode III, the Empire is at the brink of succeeding in their galactic quest for order and peace (through fear and death).

Commence primary ignition… Pew Pew!

But just like real life, there will be victims of such a campaign. Those that wish to rule with an iron first will find that the descendants of those they have “quelled” will rise up.

Much can be said about Jyn, who was ok with the current Galactic Order that the Empire was doling out. But as events and relationships unravel, her, and her rag-tag band of rebels see that there is indeed no other way out but to fight. Much to the disagreement of the Rebel Alliance, they eventually banded together to back-up Jyn’s mission to Scarif.

Seeing Jedha as the first victim of the Death Star echoed some of the horrors to come when her power is unleashed on Alderan.

Some of my favorite scenes come from Yavin IV, the rebel base Vader seeks to stamp out in Episode IV. We had bits and pieces of it, but seeing the drama unfold in a shakey alliance rings too close to home. A desperate people, merely wanting to live out in peace. But their ideals will soon be stamped out by the power, might and oppression of a Galactic Empire ruled by evil.

All in all it was a very refreshing take on the Star Wars franchise. Especially with the story revolving around non-force users and the sad tragedy that the most they have to offer are their lives to a cause. But what glorious lives those were.

Special mention goes to Donnie Yen’s character; Chirrut Îmwe. A guardian of an old religion. Not powerful enough in the force to be a Jedi, but in-tune with it enough to know when the Force has a direct hand in all things. Its through his eyes (or lack thereof) that guides us viewers that the force is, indeed, a power that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together (or at least each integral portion of the saga known as Star Wars).

I am one with the Force. The Force is with me.

But hey, this review is only a scratch at the surface of what is an awesome take on the universe. It gives us much more depth to the desperation and darkness the Empire has over the galaxy. That and the definition of “A new hope” wherein hope is not defined by a Skywalker, but rather the selfless actions of Jyn Erso vkox4qn.

We could surely use more of Rogue One’s members in real life. Especially in this day and age where dark times surround us once more.

So go see the movie! It’d rate it 8 out of 10 stars. I’d have given it a higher rating if not for the slow start for character build up. But to see Donnie Yen immediately create a stand-out character, well some balance could have been struck in the first part of the film to make her move faster.

Here’s another review by some friends of ours at the Rule of Nerd.

Blizzard Servers under DDOS attack

So I attempted to log in-game and ran into a message from Blizzard that certain network providers are under DDOS attack.

The Poodle Corp has just hired Mr. Robot to DDOS Blizzard with the Dark Army.

The Poodle Corp has just hired Mr. Robot to DDOS Blizzard with the Dark Army.

A group calling themselves “The Poodle Corp.” claims responsibility to the DDOS attack of Blizzard’s network providers. Seems that only their servers are affected. Other games we play are currently working fine so it seems only they are affected at the moment.

 

They released a statement earlier on twitter;

 

Blizzard CS says “It wasn’t us! Its your network provider”.

 

“We continue to actively monitor an ongoing DDOS attack against network providers, affecting latency/connections to our games.”

I think its sad that they’re vulnerable to their service providers. Then again, when your electricity goes off, blame the electric company right? Probably not that bill you forgot to pay or are bullying your provider to drop their prices to spec so that you can make a wider margin Activision-Blizzard? Kiddin. Those are just possible plots you might see in this new series i’m watching on netflix called MR. Robot. Its good therapy. To see a mirror image of myself portrayed breaking the 4th wall.

In any case, Bliz, Puleaze, get them servers back online. I’m still trying to get “prepared” for Legion!

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review Rave

 

This is the laptop replacement you are looking for!

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 does take the cake for best possible laptop replacement out there. Based from the specs and performance, Microsoft outdid itself with the 4th generation of Surface Pro. I’ve had the privilege to use varied laptop devices out there but this one takes the cake. From its previous successor the Surface Pro 3, you can see that all Microsoft focused on were refinements of an already great design.  So here are a few pro’s and cons to this i7 256GB version of the Surface Pro 4;

 

Pros;

  • Really thin. And i mean THIN!
  • Device feels liberating being able to have a full operating system and not just a limited spec tablet device.
  • Surface Pen is beautiful. From how its constructed up to how it interacts with the screen.
  • With Office 360, you will be FULLY mobile with that 1TB of cloud storage.
  • Battery life is more similar to an actual laptop. Pretty sure its got the same battery life as a Macbook air. Clocked about 4 hours on each device with heavy use.
  • The magnesium finish is just to die for.
  • Rear stand can withstand abuse. It won’t feel loose-tread unless you broke the actual hinge.
  • Can play games! like Xbox One compatible games!
  • Seamless switching between horizontal and tablet mode.
  • Special mention goes to the Microsoft Support Team who helped me get it working to top shape.

 

Cons;

  • Limited amount of peripherals (then again you don’t really need them with this baby).
  • Some out of the box errors on the system. (Thank God the Microsoft Support team is up to spec). They got me up and running with the right settings quick!

 

Microsoft Did it Right!

All in all the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 i7 is really the right one! Just the right amount of power, battery life, and sexiness to boot!

Surface pro in review was a 256 GB 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 with 8 GB of RAM.

If you want a more in-depth review, checkout TechnoBuffalo’s Review!

 

Review: Warcraft The Beginning

Welcome to the n00bgamer’s review of Blizzard and Legendary Pictures‘ movie “Warcraft The Beginning”. Here we’ll discuss some spoilers, insights, what they got right, and what they left us in the dark with.

First off, i’d rate this picture a 3 out of five. Mostly because it was like they were filing out a template based (loosely) from Warcraft 1’s story-line. So from the choices of playable characters, it felt like they just went ahead and picked off their favorite artists to produce this movie.

Check it out before it's gone!
Check it out before it’s gone!

Don’t get me wrong, I’d really recommend people see it, and then experience the World of Warcraft game. The movie tickles you a little bit, but the real magic and content is already in the game. Much of the experience you’d actually want to play through rather than be spoon fed the details in a single 2 hour sit-down.

What it really is, is an extended introduction to jumping into World of Warcraft. Now for movie-goers, this isn’t good enough. Much is proven how little people were in the theater, but hey, it’ll take more than a movie to really get warcraft going again.

What it doesn’t talk about is the awesome community behind the players of World of Warcraft. Where you get in on the action of taking down a corrupted Blackhand in Draenor along with 40 other like minded individuals, each with their own personality and quirks.

Other thing i found out was that, female Orcs are so Hot! Garrrrrrroooooownah!

Garona
Orc lady pretty!

All in all though, the R13 restriction was very limiting. I remember being part of a 10 year old crowd into games when Warcraft: Orcs vs Humans first hit the shelves. Those 22 years of following that IP has grown into quite the story. Its pretty epic also counting you can live through those experiences in a virtual world for hours and hours on end.

Hey and if you won’t give the movie a chance? Go for the free battlechest!

SM North Edsa 3D movie giveaway!
SM North Edsa 3D movie giveaway!

Its basically a free World of Warcraft Battlechest with 30 days. Already confirmed it works with the Recruit a Friend program also, so it really works to bring a few friends and introduce them to Azeroth! It’ll only be around till Sunday so grab em while they still have ’em!

 

 

Total War Warhammer Limited Edition. An Unexpected Unboxing

So i was walking along my favorite mall and decided to visit my favorite game retailer. I was totally not expecting it. But lo and behold, there was this little game clad in aluminum that didn’t seem to get display preference on the shelf. I squinted, and looked again. Rubbed my eyes and looked one more time. It was a gaw-darn-nit Limited Edition of Total War: Warhammer!!! I couldn’t believe my luck! I asked the sales lady when the item shipped and she said last night. They literally haven’t stacked it up yet so i was one of the first today to get a limited edition copy. And as stated, this leads to an unexpected unboxing of this juicy little morsel from Sega.

Total Warhammer!
Total Warhammer!

Pretty standard for a limited edition. Embossed box art. A protective cardboard sleeve of some sort with the game details.

But what really got me was the embossed symbol on the back.

For Emperor! For Sigmar!

For Sigmar!
For Sigmar!

So for you warhammer fans out there, this is totally a game to get! Get it?

So if you want to get your fix of the game (buy original only), hop over to your favorite Datablitz retailer to get a copy. And yes, i am not ashamed to shamelessly plug my favorite game retailer in the hopes that they eventually let us review their games to augment to their marketing exposure!

Special note to Sega, this franchise has been going along for years now. I’ve been following their Total War series up to Atilla. Though some of you naysayers who just can’t take strategy would look low on the repetitive manner, my hat still goes off to SEGA. I miss their dreamcast but hey, i’ll always pump quarters into their arcade games and whatever they’ve got. (Missing my Megadrive x64).

I find it odd though that this game shipped right before the launch of Blizzard’s Warcraft movie here locally. But then again i’d rather think Bliz got the idea from the ahem, somewhere else. Dungeons and Dragons of course! And of course those space marines aren’t a rip-off from Warhammer 40k.. of course not! LOL

Enjoy gaming toonheads!

Things you need to know about Xcom 2

Xcom 2 is about to hit the shelves this February 5, and as the sequel to the 2012 remake of his fabulous franchise. Here’s a few things you need to know before it hits the shelves;

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7, 64-bit.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4700 2.6 GHz or AMD Phenom 9950 Quad Core 2.6 GHz.
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or better.
  • DirectX: Version 11.
  • Storage: 45 GB available space.
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card.

Does’t sound too beefy. Of course having the recommended specs would render the action sequences mid-combat as awesome since there’s melee now in the game.

 

The Story so Far

We lost. Plain and simple. The pure humans who haven’t fallen sway to our new alien overlords have been reduced to a group of rebels fighting a losing war of occupation of earth. The rest of the human race is undergoing a full assimilation into alien culture with a little help of their mind control ethereals. Xcom 2 promises a fast pace sequel to Xcom with this installment to the francise.

What to look forward to

  • The overwatch camera angle is awesome. It brings in a new depth to sitting in wait to frag some alien butt.
  • Firaxis made sure to go overboard on details (graphical and gameplay wise).
  • Soldier customization is now more detailed than ever.
  • Fire can now spread and blow up parts of the environments like cars, tankers and fuel depos.
  • Item drops are now part of combat. If you want something really good, you might need to loot bodies that would otherwise leave your soldiers exposed.
  • Navigating a battle map is now more dangerous. Expect to run into hidden enemies when placing those snipers or support soldiers.
  • Did i say there’s more detailed melee combat now? Well it deserved a second mention!

Media

Here’s some tasty videos from the publisher 2k and developer Firaxis;

If you can’t wait like me, you can grab a pre-order on steam and count the seconds as we near February 5 2016. Hopefully we don’t get invaded by real aliens till we get some practice.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – is coming to town

The next sequel to the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens, is coming up in just a few days and we’re seeing campaigns on facebook to not spoil it for anyone, or speculate as it might ruin the overall effect of the movie. With JJ Abrams at the directors helm, we can expect to see a lot of action on-screen as well as a smattering of old vs new in this target-all cinematic experience by that 10 Ton Gorilla, Disney.

With all the Star Wars fandom coming out of the woodwork for this one, it was a task and a half to secure day one screening tickets with the rest of the world. People were lining up at any cinema that was selling advanced tickets for the 17th of December and buying blocks of seats. Even heard a story of one of our Askals buddies buying out a whole movie theater’s seats just to make sure the whole family sees it on time and no spoilers affect anyone.

Millennium-Falcon-drone
Millennium Falcon Drone – Take my money now!!!

Of course, there’s a lot of old Star Wars toys out there being sold in anticipation of the new movie. But the most juicy tidbits of those are the overpriced BB8’s and drone X-wing/Millennium Falcons and are controllable via apps.

All in all though, even George Lucas himself has commented that “This is one that the fans will love” which could hint at how he disagrees with using action as an overall selling point of the movie. He created the first Trilogy with a heavy focus on drama and character interaction. Some purists would agree to that point of view but then again, its a different decade where in the 70’s they were dealing with some different social issues.

But enough of the huff-and-bluff. It’s time to speculate! So here are some questions you can pickup from just watching the trailers (hundreds of times during toilet time);

  • Is Rey a Skywalker? We’ve a feeling Daisy Ridley was cast because of her resemblance to the Skywalkers.
  • With the Emperor gone and Vader dead, who gave Kylo Ren the idea that its his destiny to rule? Wait!?! Is he a Skywalker too? Anakin you sly dog…
  • Something’s up with the Empire’s financing. With all the personnel and resources lost with 2 Death Stars, how is it they can even operate on an organized scale with its Third Reich depiction on one of those scenes.
  • What the heck is “The First Order”? Lemme guess, aged Stormtrooper Vets who march to the tune of AC/DC’s Thunderstruck?
  • The Resistance is still not an organized force? With all those wins against the Empire campaign, you’d think they’d have brought things back into some sort of Galactic Republic once again or some such organization. The use of the word “resistance” still has a connotation of small organization only.
  • Star Wars in itself has a cult following, how much of this was influenced by the fans?

Oh and for those of you who need a character guide here’s a nifty link from screenrant: http://screenrant.com/star-wars-7-vii-force-awakens-character-guide/?view=all

And here’s some even niftier desktop wallpapers!:

Wallpapers and Google Hits!
Kylo Ren and his ancient lightsaber? Is it a functional weapon? Or is it a key to something bigger?

 

To the Hack that’s trying to hack this website

First off, we’re really flattered for you to think that there’s something of value here. But sorry, all you’ll see here are a bunch of people having fun (without you). You may think you’re very clever, but our administrators have reported your activities to the police.

Even if you try again, we’ll just block and report you to the authorities. So if one day the police come knocking on your door, please show them to your computer where we’ve submitted both your masked IP address, as well as the MAC address of the computer you use.

So to you sir, who probably doesn’t have much of a future aside from petty theft, we bid you good day and thanks for visiting our website.

For you i give you a Yao Ming! May all your presents have this face plastered all over them.

Sometimes you're just so desperate.
Sometimes you’re just so desperate.

So if you find yourself feeling good about something you did, or you need to have that feeling of a pat on the back, rest assured that we’ll think of you each time we need to scratch our scrotum.

Warcraft Legion: Estimated launch date

Activision-Blizzard recently gave us a semblance of an estimated launch date when they announced that you can now order the new World of Warcraft expansion Warcraft: Legion!  Based from when we were redirected to the pre-order page, you can definitely tell that this company is milking the consumers for their financing of the expansion (not to mention the monthly dues aside per 30 day access). From there, it gave us that lovely disclaimer in the fine print; “…on or before Septtember 21, 2016.”

Legion Launch Date

Now that’s what i’d call anticipatory revenue right there. In any case, Blizzard has been known to always send out their titles with spit and polish only that 10 ton gorilla can produce. But i’d happily part with that monkey knowing its going out to developers who spent years keeping us in this game.

So there’s a year to decide just how worth it with this pre-order. You get an instant level boost to 100 and continue on the grind to level 110. 10 years and counting and let’s see if they can still keep us around. As it stands, the days of the 11 million population are gone. Its more like 5 million active users lately and you can notice the difference. With freemium MMO’s still continuing to pop up here and there, they’re hard pressed to keep the subscription model going.

If you’re looking for more information about the upcoming game, read it here!

Total War: Warhammer Developer Walkthrough Battle of Black Fire Pass

So it has finally been announced last April that there’s an upcoming Total War: Warhammer from Sega. Not just that, but there was a severe lack of footage back during the E3 Announcement teaser. Now they’ve finally posted up a developer walkthrough. But not just any tidbit.. they went the whole 9 yards and gave us a gander of the Battle of Black Fire Pass.

From there on, it was a bit of a waiting game to see what Sega had in store for us. Luckily the time has finally rolled by and we’re able to get a glimpse of what the game could be through this developer walkthrough you can spot on youtube.

If anything, this game will totally do the Games Workshop IP justice, unlike some two-bit developers out there that think they can make a great game in their dreams through free IP licensing… Bleh!

So to the schmuck that though he can pull off warhammer, here’s what can happen when Sega puts their mind and money on it… I’m in a full geeky nerdgasm moment as we view some of the footage available on youtube.

Been a fan of their Shogun franchise for years. Now they’re marrying two of my favorite IP’s into one mega load of Orks, Chaos, the Imperium of Man and their allies will all make bring the culmination from miniatures into the digital form more appropriate for Warhammer.

The footage is gorgeous and we’re still waiting to see what the turn based tactical map would look like.

Next up’s their cinematic announcements and other related juicy tidbits you must have in one go..

This next one’s from their initial E3 teaser earlier this year. More of a recap of their best Total War cinematics and a smattering of in-game footage. I must say though, if Total War: Atilla is any indication, their engine has gone a long long way from the first Shogun game.

 

So just check back for more news on this great Total War title. We’ll be putting up a steam link the moment we spot it.