Retro Game Friday: Star Wars Obi-Wan

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a relatively obscure Star Wars game. It’s Star Wars: Obi-Wan!

Plot Synopsis: It takes place in around 32 years before the Battle of Yavin, in the weeks prior to and during the events of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Plot: Yes it was a prequel to the first prequel movie. Frankly I don’t remember the story being all that great, but at the time I was obsessed with all thing Star Wars, and was only a kid, so cut me some slack.

Gameplay: The gameplay was pretty interesting in that you used the Xbox’s two thumbsticks to control both Obi-Wan and his lightsaber. It was a pretty bold move, although it really didn’t save the game, which if you haven’t ever heard of it isn’t surprising since it got a fairly low score from critics back when it released.

Art: The art is really aged, but that’s pretty expected given that it’s 3D.

Music: I remember it being classic Star Wars music, other than that I don’t remember anything.

Overall: An easily skippable game, unless one is incredibly bored don’t bother with it even if you get the chance.

For those who like: Star Wars, Lightsabers, Action

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: Queen Millenia by Matsumoto Leiji

Hey all, I’m back with my first Manga Monday in a while, and it’s a Quick Review for a really old series. It’s Queen Millenia by Matsumoto Leiji!

Plot Synopsis: The series takes place in the (then) futuristic year 1999. Professor Amamori discovers a 10th planet in the Earth’s solar system, which he names La-Metal, while at his observatory in Tokyo. Its diameter is 9 times that of Earth. Amamori notes the planet has a highly eccentric orbit and, as it emerges behind the distant Pluto, Amamori realizes that La-Metal is on a collision course with Earth. He calculates that the planet will impact Earth on 9 September 1999, at 9 o’clock, 9 minutes and 9 seconds.

Plot: So yea this series was written way back in 1980, and was serialized in an actual newspaper (rather than a magazine). It’s definitely one of the earliest series out there, but it’s related to the authors previous work Captain Harlock.

Characters: Yayoi, our heroine, is an incredibly mysterious girl, who just happens to know things for reasons even she doesn’t know. Hajime, the male lead, on the other hand is a spunky kid who has a huge interest in anything related to space.  The rest of the cast is very eccentric as well, although that might just be me projecting onto them because of the artwork.

Artwork: Speaking of which, the artwork is definitely some of the earliest I’ve seen, and frankly I was a bit appalled at how off the art was until I learned that this originally ran in two different newspapers, instead of a magazine like most series do today. This means that the lack of detail you see in these chapters is totally intentional to save ink. It also leads to some really hilarious art. Characters look like totally deformed monsters sometimes.

Overall: This is worth a read, if you can get over the sometimes awkward looking artwork.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Seinen Series, Mystery, Early Manga.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Bookish Wednesday: Star Alliance by Ken Lozito

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This week I’m covering the third book in the Ascension Series. It’s Star Alliance by Ken Lozito!

Plot Synopsis: A daring rescue resulted in one of their own being captured. A soldier desperate to prevent the enslavement of humanity. Held prisoner by a vicious alien whose race is determined to conquer the galaxy, Zack wakes to find that he is cut off from everything. Zack must figure out a way to escape his captors and a prison full of dangerous aliens to get back to his ship. Did his friends even know he was still alive? Kaylan commands the Athena, Earth’s most advanced spaceship. The crew is far from home and caught in an intergalactic war. The Boxans demand that they leave the star system, Xiiginn warships are hunting them, and the Athena is hopelessly outclassed. Kaylan must choose between leaving Zack to his fate or risk the lives of the crew for the slim chance of rescuing him…

Plot: The plot of this entry is pretty good, although there were parts that I wasn’t very happy with, particularly the sudden love triangle between Kaylan, Katy and Zack that popped up at the end of the last book.

Characters: We get introduced to a few newcomers, but mostly it’s still the same cast as the previous book. That being said I enjoyed the Boxans quite a bit. Though Klaadamore is a bit of a pessimist….

Overall: A good entry, marred with some really frustrating plot devives.

Bookish Wednesday: Star Divide by Ken Lozito

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the sequel to Star Shroud. It’s Star Divide by Ken Lozito!

Plot Synopsis: After initial contact with an alien entity leaves Kaylan unconscious, she wakes up to discover that she’s now in command of the Athena mission stranded in a star system far from Earth. The ship’s computer is malfunctioning and former hacker and astronaut trainee, Zack Quick, is the only one who can fix it. If he can’t figure out what’s wrong, they have no hope of getting back home.

Plot: The plot of this second entry was pretty awesome, but it had some hiccups. The relationship between Zack and Kaylan and Katie leaves a lot to be desired. I’m getting tired of these love triangles/polygons. Except for that, this entry was excellent.

Characters: We get introduced to a bunch of new characters, but I won’t spoil and say who. Katie is still my favorite side character of the bunch, for being a bad ass woman. Redford is still an ass.

Overall: A great sequel, this is a must read in a must read series for Space Opera lovers.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Exploration, Drama, Action, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or love polygons.

Manga Monday: Buster Dress by Sadamatsu Ryuuichi

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review for you all. It’s Buster Dress by Sadamatsu Ryuuichi!

Plot Synopsis: At the end of the 22nd century, the human race has created a new colony called Second Earth. After a mysterious terrorist attack, a unit made up of Buster Dress, an incredibly intelligent A.I. mech, have been deployed to investigate. Aoi Haruto , along with his BDD-223 Gunhawk embark on a journey to solve this mystery.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, it’s a very interesting twist on the Boy becomes Giant Robot pilot trope, as Gunhawk is pretty much his only friend. The action wasn’t as intense as it might be in later chapters but what was present in this first chapter was pretty good.

Characters: We get introduced to Haruto and Gunhawk in this first chapter, but we also got to meet a couple other faces, including a young girl mechanic who obviously has a thing for Haruto. Frankly I liked her quite a bit, but we don’t even get to know her name.

Art: The artwork is amazing, if I didn’t know that it wasn’t I’d say it was published by Shueisha for the excellent quality.

Overall: This looks to be a pretty interesting series, give it a shot if you love Sci-Fi and/or Giant Robots.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Mecha, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: Yami no Aegis by Nanatsuki Kyouichi

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Yami no Aegis by Nanatsuki Kyouichi!

Plot Synopsis: Karito Tate is a bodyguard who takes on various jobs to protect VIPs using martial arts, various firearms, or high-tech gadgets…

Plot: The plot is pretty great, though considering that this is by the same guy who wrote Jesus I’m not surprised at all.

Characters: Karito is a good lead character, he’s smart and he’s a bad ass. Anna on the other hand is our female lead and she’s pretty mysterious. We don’t get to meet any other characters really in this first chapter, but still it’s a great introduction to Karito.

Art: I don’t enjoy the art style of this quite as much as I enjoyed Jesus’s art style, but it’s not terrible either. It just isn’t my favorite.

Overall: Again like Jesus, if you haven’t the series, you really ought to give it a chance. You’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Great Plot, Badass Lead, Good Art.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Bookish Wednesday: Star Shroud by Ken Lozito

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering a new series I came across recently. It’s Star Shroud by Ken Lozito!

Plot Synopsis: Kept secret for 60 years, the discovery of an alien signal forces a NASA pilot and computer hacker to team up to investigate an alien structure discovered in the furthest reaches of the solar system.

Plot: The plot of this first entry was pretty good, it was very engaging and it got me hooked almost instantly. That’s a pretty rare event these days for me, so I know that this series has some potential. There were some plot points that weren’t super original, but for the most part I really enjoyed this book.

Characters: Zack Quick is one of the main characters we get to experience in Star Shroud and he’s probably one of my favorites. He’s smart, and likeable. Most of the cast is very good, although some like Jonah Redford I just can’t stand. Our other “Main” character, Kaylan is also interesting, if somewhat naive and stubborn.

Overall: If you love Sci-Fi at all you’ll love Star Shroud.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Exploration, Astronauts, Action, Adventure, Great Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.