Sweet Christmas Gift Guide – Star Wars: The Old Republic


I know, I know; I am the biggest swtor fanboy this side of the internet, but BioWare’s beautiful MMO has definitely earn it my fanaticism. Excellent characters, excellent connecting story lines, making an MMO feel like a single player experience(which before swtor I didn’t think it was possible), voice acting in an MMO (not just sound bytes – ‘work work’), and those were the default pluses at year one. Over the years the game got better with various improvement, added features (strongholds and space fighter combat), and new planets. Now they just released their greatest DLC ever: the Knights of the Fallen Empire. Which basically is a sequel to swtor – and amazing, and free, all of it. So if your MMO happy friend/family member hasn’t tried the Old Republic due to reasons – please for all that is good let them know and get them started on their own adventure a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.





Gameroween 2015: Video Game Characters that make good costumes (Blizz)



Ok I know this is a bit of a cheat since we just suggested Darth Malgus not to long ago but, whatever, I like Blizz so he’s my suggestion for today. People – before the Ewoks or ball droids the Jawa was the cute, small race of Star Wars fame. Adorable robes, bright luminescent eyes, baby like language, they hit all the spots for lovely-dovely feelings. Sadly throughout Star Wars history they’re often abused because of their weak, childlike appearance – despite being masters of machinery. Now there’s Blizz, a dreamer and adventurer he wanted to make more out of life. While still a Jawa and the love of tech is strong, Blizz won’t take getting kicked a gut lying down as he’s armed with rocket launchers, blasters, flamethrowers, and other weapons of mass destruction. I love the duality of Blizz where he’s still the shortest thing walking but carries a big stick so he earns his place today (plus who wouldn’t want a Blizz plushy?). As for who would have the honor of this costume? Why babies and pets of course, who in your household would have the cuteness factor but them?



Gameroween 2015: Video Game Characters that make good costumes (Darth Malgus)




The next Star Wars movie is right around the corner which means nothing but that galaxy far far away will be on the people’s lips. Might as well get a early drop on the whole thing by become Darth Malgus from swtor for this Halloween. In addition to being one of the toughest and well respected Sith in the game, but he tried to create a more perfect Empire by naming himself Empire and tried to take over. Betrayal and ambition aren’t uncommon within the Sith (why do you think there’s only two in the movies) but Malgus had the foresight to do away with the ran pent racism and political in fighting when he took over. Sadly his reign didn’t last long and ended up dying – or did he? Anywho Darth Malgus has the coolness of Vader without the stigmata of the prequels to tie him down, fought a Jedi Grand Master and a hardened trooper commando at the same time, and looks good in black. He’s a lock for this years’ choice.





Game Preview: Star Wars – Knights of the Fallen Empire gameplay preview


The ‘Fall of Games’, a glorious time of the year where some of the most anticipated game titles are let loose to an eagerly waiting populous (usually during the autumn), is so close you can practically taste it. So to fan the flame of awesomeness game developers, publishers, and the like are giving people a little sample of what’s to come. This time around it’s BioWare and their next DLC ‘Knights of the Fallen Empire’. Set five years after the current game your character, recently freed from carbonite, is all that remains of the old. Because the galaxy has been effectively conquered by the Zakuul and their Immortal Emperor. Now you would think you can go all hero mode, start and revolution and save the galaxy from the super dark side (and you totally can). However according to the story you might actually be able to join the Zakuul and really 180 this whole thing (while that’s just a guess). BioWare says in this DLC “choices matter and impact outcomes” and they haven’t disappointed me yet. However a twitch stream showing some live (-ish) gameplay also doesn’t hurt either, enjoy!




Armada’s E3 picks: Star Wars – Knights of the Fallen Empire (10/27/15)


Now we’re talking! As a lifelong swtor fan this is always a pleasant sight, especially in E3, a new DLC for the best MMO on the market. However with the Knight of the Fallen Empire it be different: as the Galactic War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire raged on a new force enters the conflict – Eternal Empire. Not spoiling the story for players not up to the point (like me sadly – I’m working on it) but basically the imps and pubs got 0wned. Five years later Eternal Empire is now in charge and the only hope the galaxy has now is you. As this DLC starts you waken out of carbonite to find everything changed; you’re allies, your resources, even your name have been taken from you. Now known as the ‘Outlander’ you must survive in a galaxy where chaos and the Dark side truly reigns. That my friends is only the beginning; BioWare (the masters of video game storytelling) promises not only our choices will have impact on outcomes throughout the Fallen Empire arc, and you can recruit (or betray) new and old allies, but you can determine the fate of both the Sith Empire and Galactic Republic within the expansion. I’ve played a lot of BioWare games people and even though they weren’t perfect, never once did they disappoint me, and I expect no different from Fallen. It might be their version of WoW Catasyism but I know like swtor they’ll manage to outdo them again with their titanic DLC. If you like MMOs or Star Wars please download & play this free-to-start masterpiece, then when kotfe (cof-fe?) drops this October you’ll be ready. Or wait and just start a level 60 character from the get-go, whatever works, just don’t miss out.




Gift guide for great gamers: Star Wars: The Old Republic



It’s the holiday season, the holiday season – and that means that some non gamers need a little help getting some awesome titles for their loved ones. Worry not the Video Game Armada has got your back with the ‘Gift guide for great gamers’ – starting with a vet suggestion from yours truly. Yes, I know I’m a swtor fanboi. Yes, I know I’ve talked about this game more than once, but you know what people, I just can’t help it. Star Wars: The Old Republic is now, what I said then,  everything I hoped it could be and more. Over the years (years… I can’t believe it) the game has gotten better with the updates, new worlds, operations, items, quests, characters, and of course the free to play model. Now in its reason addition, Galaxy Starfighter, it will address the biggest compliant most players have with the game: non-rail space shooter – which to say now the game will have non-rail PvP space shooting action. So there you go, a perfect PC game just waiting to be played, at no cost ever.






This just in (Or not): Swtor Digital Expansion – Galactic Starfighter



Well people I hope you’re happy, I’ve been hearing people complain about this almost since the release Star Wars: The Old Republic – non rail ship combat. As always BioWare complies with the whineyness of certain gamers because they’re cool like that. Seriously though the digital update entitled ‘Galactic Starfighter’ will allow players to own their own space fighter and wage dog fights against other players in asteroid fields, near large suns, and of course space stations just waiting to be blown to bits. Wait, there’s more! If you subscribe to swtor before November 1st you’ll get early access to the digital goodness before anyone else and a whole slew extra neat stuff too. So I expect all those people talking smack about the space missions to subscribe, it’s put up or shut up time now.



In other news…


I’m sad to report that the killer new IP ‘Watch Dogs’ won’t be releasing until 2014, which is a bummer; but you know what? They can take as long as they need to prevent another GTA Online. I’ll still not over that…




This Just In (Or not) – Game Update 1.7: Return of the Gree


Sorry all this one’s got to be short; but Star Wars: The Old Republic has just released Game Update 1.7: Return of the Gree. Meaning more options, missions, Cartel gear, and faction reps that help you earn more sci-fi goodies. I’m playing it right now, and you should too.




This just in (Or not) – Star Wars: The Old Republic’s first expansion announced – Rise of the Hutt Cartel



Star Wars: The Old Republic is one year old today, yay! You know the first year is always the hardest, and like a Boss swtor came from smelling like a rose in the end. Servers are always packed, content leaves people contented, and now it’s free to play from beginning to end. So how do you follow up? By announcing their first digital expansion ‘Rise of the Hutt Cartel’; so remember the Hutt Cartel? A group of business men (slugs?) who profit from everything from slavery to supermarket in the Star Wars universe? Ok, good. Now imagine that same Cartel decided to, oh I don’t know, try to become the next great superpower in the galaxy and willing to challenge both the Republic and the Empire into to do so. Yeah, those slugs have been asking for it for a long time now, you get to punch their ticket – in the spring of 2013. Yeah I know it a wait but with new enemies to fight, a new world to explore, new gear to earn, and a raised level cap (level 55) waiting is something I can do for swtor. Oh! And you preorder now too, it’s cheaper if you subscribe, and you can get an early start in you do it by January 7.




Game Gifts of 2012 – Star Wars: The Old Republic



For the next gift idea is, in my humble opinion, is a no brainner – Star Wars: The Old Republic. Why? Well let’s see: it has stellar personal stories for all the eight classes in the game, fanatic voice over work (and in a MMO no less), an impressive universe to explore, competitive PvP, HK-51, and now the best reason of all its free to play. I have no idea why anyone hasn’t played this game yet but now you have no excuses; on Christmas Day celebrate Life Day in a galaxy far, far away.