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#Star Wars #DarthMaul: Shadow Hunter mini review

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Being only my second journey into the world of Star Wars Literature I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Michael Reaves 'Shadow Hunter'. I'm glad to say I thoroughly enjoyed this story, set immediately before the events of 'The Phantom Menace' I find it incredibly intriguing to delve into the intricately woven back stories behind the six films.

Compared to 'Darth Plagueis', I felt Reaves book was much easier to read and I was through it in a few evenings. The book is made up of 3 points of view, neatly intertwined and finally converging towards the conclusion. These are that of the Sith Apprentice Darth Maul, who's wholly devout to the eradication of the Jedi and pleasing his Sith master; The shady character Lorn Pavan, who has a blackened history with the Jedi; And a Jedi Padowan, Darsha, who is sent to the underbelly of Coruscant as part of her Jedi trials. Nothing seems to go to plan however, and the swapping between perspectives keeps an exci…

#StarWars #DarthPlagueis Mini Review

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I am glad this book has come into existence. To find out about the events pre episode 1 was extremely intriguing to me, and more so to discover about the rise of Darth Sidious to Sith Lord.

The book is well crafted, and begins with the accession of Darth Plagueis, a tall and wealthy Muun, from apprentice to Sith Lord, following the murder of his master, Darth Tenebrous.

Darth Plagueis has an obsession with the Midi-Chlorians within all living things, and in particular learning the skill to manipulate them to prolong life, even his own. Whilst experimenting with these force techniques, he discretely manipulates Sidious's rise to political power, from an angst teen on Nabboo to the senate on Coruscant.

I was completely glued to this book and it's revealing story until I had to finally admit that I'd read it all. It does use a multitude of characters, company names and occasionally feels like Luceno was writing with a thesaurus never too far away, which sometimes caused me to…

#Xenoblade #Wii Impressions

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Xenoblade Chronicles… …is one of the most beautiful games ever. Anyone who believes otherwise is quite simply, nuts. Never mind it’s not in 720p. If anything the choice of hardware just shows how much of an achievement it is, and how much effort the developers monolithsoft have put into getting these astounding results from the wii. You can see from my screenshots (which were taken just using my iPhone camera) how pretty the environments are. There’s occasionally some slowing in the frame rate when battles get hectic and some of the textures did hurt my eyes from time to time, but this is probably more down to me not being able to tear myself away from playing. The voice acting can also be shocking in some places, but most of the time I welcomed it and felt it added to the story.  Xenoblade is also astonishing value for money. I eventually poured over 90 hours into the game by the time the end credits rolled. In a time when most single player campaigns seem to be getting shorter and sho…

#KingdomsOfAmalur #PS3 Impressions

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A couple of screenshots taken with my (at the time) 5mp phone camera just to illustrate how beautiful Kingdoms Of Amalur is throughout the adventure. I loved playing this game; a fantasy action RPG where you play the first and only hero to have been resurrected by a device known as the Well Of Souls  before said device is destroyed. I'm a big fan of games like this and immediately comparisons to games like Dragon Age and Skyrim can be made. KOA as you can see is a lot more colourful than said games, and there's a lot more button pressing to execute quick paced real time combos with your choice of the wide variety of weapons on offer. The scale of Amalur is big, though falling short of the expansive lands of Skyrim, yet the unique art style make it a welcome break from the more serious looking offerings. I would highly recommend this game to anyone who's a fan of fantasy RPG's in any capacity, especially now it's been out for a while as it's a steal from most on…

#GamesIPlayedThisHalfTerm

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This is certainly an upside to working for a school. Half term. The workload drops, leaving in its wake a glorious time for respite (code for getting drunk) and recovery from the traditional October man flu (code for hangover). This for me, means getting in some well deserved gaming sessions. Well, why not? A week after being back, here’s what I played over half term… Dragons Dogma - PS3
A glorious Monster Hunter-esque game from Capcom. RPG with lots of mythical creatures to slay, and an interesting online character share function. Being able to latch on to larger creatures to continue the onslaught is especially good fun. Super Mario 3D Land - 3DS 
Typical Mario 3D outing for our plumber friend, with glorious visuals and interesting use of the 3D. More Mario 64 than Mario Galaxy, which is a good thing for a handheld game. Another solid platformer. a Legend of Zelda: OOT - 3DS 
Great remake that I didn’t really give the time it deserved through half term. A game I have played many times on t…