Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

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Star Wars, The Old Republic “Hope” Trailer

June 15, 2010

Maybe it’s a bold statement, but I think Star Wars is getting better and better all the time, especially since the birth of The Old Republic, now spanning multiple genres.

Then, of course, there’s BioWare:

The Battle of Alderaan. The Republic’s gravest hour. Recently promoted to Darth, Malgus launches the first of many surprise attacks that would become his trademark during the Great War, perfectly timing the assault with a feint that pulls the Republic fleet light-years away. Thousands of assault droids and hundreds of Sith set the heart of the Republic ablaze, and Alderaan’s few defenders are swept away with ease.

Unknown to Darth Malgus, small groups of Republic Troopers are stationed on Alderaan, some recovering from wounds, others are awaiting orders. As these brave soldiers take to the forests and mountains to fight a guerilla campaign against Malgus’s forces, the Republic fleet rushes back to repel the invasion. With time running out and Alderaan’s capitol threatened, it falls to Havoc Squad, the elite Republic Special Forces unit, to coordinate one last desperate stand against Malgus’ vastly superior numbers.

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Star Wars: Death Troopers

October 28, 2009

death-troopersWith Star Wars, The Clone Wars Season 2 firing on all cylinders, and BioWare’s The Old Republic on the horizon I’ve had Star Wars on the brain and was looking to find something fun that would coincide well with the chill in the air as Halloween approaches — so to that end Joe Schreiber’s Star Wars: Death Troopers was recommended to me and having purchased a copy it will be all that’s on my plate this week as I take a break from Dune (which I’m about 3/4ths of the way through) and jump back into a galaxy far, far away:

When the Imperial prison barge Purge–temporary home to five hundred of the galaxy’s most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves–breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back–bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

And death is only the beginning.

The Purge’s half-dozen survivors–two teenage brothers, a sadistic captain of the guards, a couple of rogue smugglers, and the chief medical officer, the lone woman on board–will do whatever it takes to stay alive. But nothing can prepare them for what lies waiting aboard the Star Destroyer amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn’t really empty at all. For the dead are rising: soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry.

Beyond the blurb I’ve heard good things about Death Troopers (what a great backdrop for a horror story an Imperial ship is) so I’m really looking forward to spending the next several days with it.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic Cinematic Trailer E3 ’09

June 3, 2009

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Like so many youth of my generation, I still remember sitting back in awe as the opening scene in Star Wars: A New Hope played out.  John Williams score proudly announced “Star Wars” and following the text intro (that I probably couldn’t read at the time) we were treated in epic fashion to the huge stark white Imperial Battlecruiser moving ominously and methodically  through space in pursuit of a starship, seemingly stretching for miles before coming into full view.  And after a quick battle in the corridors of the captured ship we met one of the greatest villains in any entertainment medium, and the character that would shape one of the most memorable sagas of all-time, Darth Vader.

Well, I was hooked, and I’ve been a huge fan through thick and thin ever since.

There have certainly been highs and lows in my experience with the enduring Star Wars franchise, but one of the brightest periods in the franchise following the original trilogy was Bioware’s treatment of the mythos in its Action/RPG video game series Knights of the Old Republic, a 2-game epic that masterfully fleshed out the Star Wars saga in time long before the name Skywalker rose to prominence, fleshing out new characters, settings and ideas as original and compelling as much of what we’d seen and enjoyed previously.  Well, Bioware is back and once again teaming up with LucasArts has brought the Old Republic back once more in the form of a massive MMO (Massively Multi-player Online) game for the PC that is set to release (to much hoopla)  in 2o1o.

I mention it here because Star Wars played a huge role in developing my love for epic, fantasy and science fiction, and honestly, I’m pretty dang excited about it!

Hope you enjoy the trailer!