Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Vague Hype!

I've been remiss about pasting lately.  Part of it is illness related, part is Fallout 4.  Anyway, so the big psuedo-news of the day is that there is a SWTOR producer's stream coming on December 1st.  There will be some kind of BIG announcement.  They capitalized it, not me.  The tweet specifically mentioned subscribers, but who knows if that is meaningful or not.

That brings us to the problem of vague hype.  It's really only useful for angering your customers.  People's imaginations will run wild, then when the truth ends up being much more low key, rage!  a BIG announcement could really be anything.  Hell, it could be bad news.  Maybe the game is shutting down, that's pretty big.

It's too early to talk expansion, and that's the only thing I'd consider BIG (except for the game shutting down).  So yeah,  I really don't know what this could be about.  I'm going to go with some new subscriber incentive.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Chapter 5 of Fallen Empire (Spoilers)

I managed to break myself away from Fallout 4 and get some SWTOR time in.  I'm still doing a chapter a week, which brings me to #5.  The Gravestone ship is almost fixed up, but Arcann's forces have found us.  We fight them off to give Koth time to finish repairs.  We are then join by a new character.

Sanya, a former Zakuul Knight, is helping us out.  She also hunted Koth after he disobeyed orders, which makes things interesting.  I'm not a big fan of hers, or Lana for that matter.  The big decision in this chapter was whether to accept the Emperor's help when Lana was in danger.  I turned him away, mainly because I wouldn't have been sad if Lana was lost.  She was ok though.

I'm not really a fan of force users like Sanya or Lana.  I much prefer the normal folks, like Koth.  So,  if it comes down to it they will be the first to go.  Sanya was giving some foreshadowing that I may have to choose at some point.  It'll be an easy choice, Koth stays.

We ended up escaping the planet and were confronted by the Eternal Fleet.  Turns out the Gravestone has quite a weapons system and dispatched a bunch of their ships before entering Hyperspace.  We ended the Chapter by approaching Asylum, a port where we'll be 'safe.'

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fallout 4 Impressions - Spoiler Free

It's good.

I'm not a crazy Fallout fan, but I do like it quite a bit.  I think I played 2 and I definitely played 3. So far, this feels very much like Fallout 3, just newer.   That's a good thing, a lot of people liked it.  So far I have put about 3 hours into the game.  I've left the vault and done a little exploring.  There are a few things I like, a lot.

1)  Seeing the world before the war.  That was very cool, and really made the tragedy hit home.

2)  Crafting.  I never liked crafting in Fallout 3.  It is much better now.  I like finding junk, since it is easy to get that into usable crafting materials.  You can do quite a bit with it too, instead of just a few special weapons.  Most of my time has been playing with this stuff.  I modified my 10mm pistol to have a longer barrel, better grip, and a larger ammo clip.  Very cool.

3)  Building.  I just started to learn about how to manage a settlement.  It seems pretty awesome.  One of my tasks today is to clear out a gas station for materials.  I still don't know if there is a real purpose behind it.

I have barely even touched the main part of the game yet.  I think that's a good sign.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Halo 5 Completed

I managed to finish up Halo 5 just in time for Fallout 4 to get here.  Yay!  I'm not a huge Halo fan, although I have played most of the games.  I do like the story, style, and environments.  Halo 5 was no different, which is what I was hoping for.  There are so many epic moments that don't even involve cut scenes.  That's what makes Halo for me.

I don't usually play multiplayer, but I kind of want to try out their new Warzone mode.  It looks like it could be fun.  If I only had the time.  I wonder where Halo will go from here?  They definitely will have more content, will it be a DLC or do we have to wait for Halo 6? Kinda stinks we may have to wait 3 years for the next installment.  If only good things came quickly.

It was a good single player experience, well worth the money for me.  On to Fallout 4 today!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Chapter Four of Fallen Empire (Spoilers)

We left off with our craft crash landing into the Zakuul swamp.  HK-55 found some interesting debris, which when investigated revealed another crashed ship.  This chapter was mostly about getting information from Lana and getting to know Koth and HK-55.  It was actually longer than the previous sessions, taking me about 2 hours.  That was a nice surprise.

There were no major decisions,  just Koth impressions up for grabs really.  He's a soldier, I'm a soldier, so I think we'll get along.  It turns out the ship is legendary for defeating the Eternal Fleet a long time ago.  Interestingly, the fleet is controlled by mysterious bots and not Zakuul itself.  The Emperor just gained control.

What happened next was awesome.  There was an 80's work montage to fix up the ship, which some nice comedy from HK-55.  Check it out:

Once we got the ship up and running, I did some exploring.  I found a strange chamber and the Emperor appeared.  That's where the chapter ends.

This one was pretty good, mostly saved by the montage.  The Zakuul swap isn't very appealing.  It's nice when you look up and see the city, but that's about it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Variety is the spice of life

While SWTOR is my primary game, I am mixing things up pretty well lately.  I do a chapter of Fallen Empire every weekend, run a Tactical Flashpoint, and do heroics throughout the week.  That will likely change once I complete the expansion and I start doing alts again.  But it leaves me with a lot of free game time. So I am spreading it around.

I am still working my way through Halo 5.  I tend to do a mission a day on weekdays.  It's really well done,  even if I am a little lost.  I think I finished Halo 4, but I never did the DLC.  So there is a gap in my lore knowledge.  The game has some very epic moment which are not even cutscenes.  That's one thing I love about Halo.  I should be coming up to the end, just in time for Fallout 4!

I've also been playing with the STO Admiralty system.  It has some interesting variety, but there isn't much gameplay.  So I just end up spending about 15 minutes a day in there messing around.  I'd like to start playing for real at some point, but just haven't lately.

Thanks to expansion hype, I have been spending some time in Guild Wars 2 as well.  My Engineer (of course) is still only level 26 I think.  The zone exploration theme really supports short gameplay, so I hope in for short amounts of time.  GW2 does some things really well.  I love how easy it is to sell items on the Trading Post.  

ESO is on the outside looking in right now.  They have a new DLC which looks really cool, but I just don't have time right now.  I want to be playing more of this game.  Someday ESO, someday.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Chapter Three of Fallen Empire (Spoilers)

This post will contain spoilers. We left our hero in dreamland, frozen in carbonite.  He was just released by Lana, the Sith.  My Trooper is not a fan of Lana.  He's a soldier who has been fighting the Sith for a long time, so being buddy buddy with one isn't going to fly.  Personally,  I don't care for her much either.  She seems rather bland.  I like my Sith with a megalomaniac personality.  If she happens to be one I lose, then I won't be too upset about it.

This Chapter was all about escaping the facility.  It wasn't a prison really, more like a trophy room.  We were being chased by Vaylin, the daughter of the Emperor.  She seems like a murderous psychopath, which is always fun.  She is also very powerful with the Force, putting Lana to shame.  We also met Koth and HK-55.  Don't know much about them yet.  Although HK-55 is funny, he has a nice Eeyore moment.

Vaylin ended up ripping the side off of a building to throw at us, which happened to be this Sun Reactor thing that then proceeded to go critical.  We could save the day, or just make our escape.  I chose to help, which opened up a small area where we had to shut it down.  Lana wasn't pleased.  Oh well.  This is my show.  Then we ran into some Zakuul Knights to fight.  I made Lana spare the one who got left behind.  Again, she wasn't happy.

Koth arrived just in time with the ship, Vaylin was about to destroy us I suspect.  Great cut scene with the ship's Gatling guns.  We escaped the city, but crash landed in outside in the swamp.  That's where Chapter Four starts.

This was another good entry.  The Zakuul city environment was fantastic.  Kind of like Coruscant, but a lot different.  I'm still really impressed with the quality of everything.  I'll likely continue my adventure next weekend.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A couple of SWTOR things

I have been really pleased with Knights of the Fallen Empire so far.  I've still only completed the first two chapters.  I need solid uninterrupted time to enjoy them, which is kind of rare on weekdays.  I may only do a chapter a week at this rate.  Instead, I do things like run Heroic missions or do a Tactical Flashpoint.  It's nice to have options.

There are a couple of things I would have liked to see from the expansion.

1)  Monolith and Fury Operation bosses in the Group Finder.  These single bosses are the only kind of raid content I have time to do.  Sadly, without them in the Group Finder, it's not worth the hassle.  Put them in the group finder and you'll have a fan of some Operation content.  Then make more single boss fights  :)

2)  Ambient sound decorations.  I think these should be on by default.  They are pretty neat, but I shouldn't have to turn them on every time I enter my stronghold.  They are background noise, not a loud jukebox.  Please make it happen.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Should you play SWTOR: Knights of the Fallen Empire?

Are you a new or old player thinking about jumping into SWTOR's Knights of the Fallen Empire today?  Let me help you make your decision.


1)  You like Star Wars.

2)  The new storyline is very high quality.

3)  You get an instant level 60, if you want so you can check out the new stuff right away.

4)  It's only $15 for the first 9 chapters, so you'll probably get you monies worth.

5) The base game is still free to play and now has streamlined leveling (always on 12xp, kind of).

6)  There is more group content available than ever before.

Don't Play

1)  You don't like the combat.  It hasn't really changed.

2)  You played all the old group content to death. They made it more accessible rather than adding new group instances.

3)  You don't like cut scenes.  KotFE has a lot of them.

4)  You are only interested in PvP.  Nothing new lately.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Chapter Two of Fallen Empire (Spoilers)

This post will contain spoilers.  I finally had a chance to continue on with the Knights of the Fallen Empire story.  We left off with my Trooper 'killing' the Emperor and being placed in carbonite by the traitor Arcann. I entered a dream sequence, where I was greeted by none other than the Emperor I just shot in the back.  

There was a good amount of talking, which was nice.  Clearly the Emperor just reverted to his incorporeal form.  He seemed rather normal in this sequence, talking about his life in Zakuul.  Turns out, he wants me help to help him stop his renegade children.  He also did a fair amount of taunting/pressing.  There was a lot of class specific dialog scenes in this chapter.

Most of the action in this chapter was fighting the hibernation sickness.  Apparently I was not frozen properly, so I'm dying.  As this is a MMO, I need to fight something to represent that.  Things got really interesting when they put me on a ravaged Coruscant.  Apparently, they think I abandoned them.  So I had to fight them.  Not much choice here.

At the end of the Coruscant scene I had to face General Garza, one of the main characters in the Trooper story.  There was only one choice, that I can remember.  I faced a giant Monolith from Ziost, and I had the option of asking the Emperor for power.  I chose to do it myself.  The consequences of this action are unclear right now.

The chapter ended with us visiting the Zakuul throne room, ghosts of Christmas pasts style.  However, Vaylin could sense me apparently, but did not tell Arcann.  That probably means she'll turn on him at some point.  She also struck me with a lightsaber, which corresponded with Lana waking me from the carbonite.

Knight of the Fallen Empire launches for everyone tomorrow.  Jump on in, just $15.