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Star Wars The Old Republic: Annihilation – AKA the Hunt for the Ascendant Spear – REVIEW March 17, 2013

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wow.

just wow.

Some Star Wars books are good.

Some Star Wars books are great

and then there is Annihilation, which redefines the word: Awesome.

From beginning to end, author Drew Karpyshyn, weaves a tale of intrigue and amazing action that just kept us turning page after page.

This book really could have simply been called the Hunt for the Ascendant Spear – instead of Annihilation, cause that’s what it’s all about. Well that, and the final reunion of Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan, her baby’s daddy and Theron Shan.

This of course, continues on the Lost Suns storyline from the Dark Horse comics series that premiered in 2011.

Instead of the typical three concurrent storylines merging into one approach of most Star Wars books, this mostly a one or two storyline book, making the action easier to follow and the chronology very fluid. We have Theron’s plotline – and then we get bit of what is going on in the Sith Empire. Yeaah we’re maybe a little shortchanged on the Sith bits, but it makes for a better story this way.

The amazing Theron and how he gets into and out of trouble with his brains and (non-Jedi) skills along is something to behold.

Easily the best Star Wars book we’ve read so far in 2013.

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#swtor Bioware Won’t Let Players Move Characters across Servers – and That sucks – esp on KiTaren February 17, 2012

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We’re big fans of Star Wars The Old Republic – except for the fast that two of our characters are stuck on the works FRAKing server.

It never has any players on it – yes i’m talking about KitaRen.

So we asked the fucktards at Bioware if we could move and this is bantha poodo they told us:

I am Protocol Droid W6-L3 of Human-Cyborg Relations…

I have received your transmission regarding your request.

I understand how you feel right now and I do apologize for the inconvenience this issue caused.

I regret to inform you that transferring character from one server to another is not yet implemented or applicable in the game. However, Our development team are currently working on this option to be implemented in future patches. Kindly wait for further notices and updates in forums regarding this option.

Please do not hesitate to contact us again if there is anything further we can help you with.

Galactic Support is our specialty…

Sincerely,

Protocol Droid W6-L3 (aka Jhayz)
Star Wars: The Old Republic Customer Service

That’s right Bioware doesn’t care about us, they just want our $$. Good news is that they will eventually allow this, but for now it sucks.

Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan – REVIEW – what a sad, sad story December 2, 2011

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After playing Knights of the Old Republic we all know Revan. The Jedi that went after the Mandalorians then was turned to the dark side as Darth Revan, then back to the light to destroy Darth Malak.

But what happens after that?

That’s where the new Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan comes in, right after those games.

The first half of this book is pure AWESOME. We see the real Revan, the human, the husband and the man.

Then by way of his friendship with the Mandalorian Candorous, we begin to see the Revan we all know from the game.  Match that up with the parallel plot of Darth Scourge on the other side ..and wow this was a book that we just could not put down. Scourge was headed the other way from the dark to the light …

until…

well (spoiler alert)…………….

Meetra (the Exile) returns to save Revan and then WTF happens? what a sad, depressing ending. This is much worse than Han Solo trapped in Carbonite. Revan was close to ending the Emperor and then instead he suffers in stasis, never knowing his son.

Then again, I suppose since this is all lead-up for the new Old Republic game what this book does is it set up the return of Revan. Since he’s not dead…it would make sense that for the Jedi one mission would be to retrieve Revan from stasis to help defeat the Sith…

Anyways…another awesome old republic book..and hey the game is out soon too…and we can hardly wait.

Star Wars The Old Republic : Deceived – THE BEST TOR Book EVER! May 1, 2011

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From beginning to end, this is one of the best Star Wars books EVER written.

Sure, we kinds knew what to expect in the beginning, the good folks at BioWare have produced an awesome trailer showing Darth Malgus sacking the Jedi Temple and Coruscant.

But that’s only a small part of the story.

Who is the Sith on the cover of this book? Who is Darth Malgus?

That’s what we get insight into in a brilliant tour de force. Reading about Malgus alone would have made this book awesome, but author Paul Kemp has also given us the flip side, a Jedi deceived with Aryn Leneer. Her story of attempting vengeance and then giving mercy is the perfect foil to Malgus’ Sith mastery.

Along the way we find out about multiple layers of deception and truth with some solid dialogue and plot along the way.

This book is so good, we can hardly wait for more from Kemp and hopefully more on Darth Malgus sooner rather than later.

Sith Teneb Kel – has the Blood of Empire on his hands in Star Wars The Old Republic #6 January 10, 2011

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The first half of the Star Wars The Old Republic comic book series from Dark Horse was kinda lame.

the second half is AWESOME.

Teneb Kel is an awesome Sith. He is cunning, he is ruthless and he know how to defeat those who are stronger than he is.

This final issue of the Blood of Empire story line brings Kel to the pinnacle of power — but only after he kills his friend — maggot and barely escapes the emperor’s first apprentice.

Astounding story, brilliant art combine for the best Old Republic comic book yet!

This review first appeared on our sister site: showmescificomics.com

Star Wars The Old Republic Threat of Peace comic isn’t as Epic as the video game trailer September 7, 2010

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Like everyone else, we’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Star Wars The Old Republic MMO game this year (we hope!).

So we’re gobbling up every little tidbit we can, including the Dark Horse comic book series.

The first story arc of the Old Republic comic, a three issue set titled, “Threat of Peace” has now wrapped up — and we’re not too impressed.

The basic storyline is solid, a Sith/Jedi truce and the various factions, both Sith and Jedi that want to see the truce ended before it really begins.

The problem is that the story as told in this comic is very disjointed and is extremely difficult to follow. Don’t bother trying to read individual issues of this series, they simply don’t make sense. As a complete story arc – that’s a bit better as the single cell (or page) context makes more sense across three issues.

Long story short is that the Jedi themselves were trying to undercut the Sith/Jedi treaty. That part of the story was kiinda cool, but the delivery overall is weak.

The art is also relatively weak in this series and isn’t at the same level that we’re used to from Dark Horse. Perhaps we just have unrealistic expectation for this series, since the LucasArts/BioWare trailers for The Old Republic have been so awesome so far.

This post first appeared on our sister site: ShowMeSciFiComics.com

Star Wars The Old Republic will be FULLY VOICED!! July 18, 2009

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Doesn’t it always suck when you’re playing a game and you have to read the text the character is supposed to be saying?

It kills the mood of the game doesn’t it?

That won’t be the came with Star Wars the Old Republic – the whole shebang will be fully voiced!

Bioware has a new documentary vid about the voice stuff – in which they show some new gameplay footage too. Looks great!