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A blog about life in general, in as many languages as I can manage. Ενα ιστολόγιο περι ζωής, πολυγλωσσο - σε όσες γλωσσες εχω μεράκι να γράψω.

Review: The Last Best Hope

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The Last Best Hope The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a prequel novel that takes place before the first season of Star Trek: Picard.  The story shows us the other side of the preparations to save Romulans (and Remans?) from their fates which are doomed due to the Romulan Star going supernova.  I was hoping for some more congruence between the ST09 Countdown comics and this (given the same production folks) but there are things that are different. The ST09 Countdown comics focused on Spock, the Jellyfish, and Red Matter, while this focused on refugee relocation and the internal politics of the federation (as well as some internal Romulan politics that really screwed up the rank and file Romulans). It's amazing how much the Tal Shiar f*cked things up for their people (and how selfish some federation worlds can be).  It seems amazing that the Federation lasted this long given all the me-me-me worlds...


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Double Dragon Neon | Tried

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When Double Dragon Neon came out on gamepass, I thought I'd give it a try. When I was a kid, I rather enjoyed playing double dragon on my monochrome Gameboy, and it always seemed like a fun game - even though I never think I beat the original.  Since it was practically free to try on my Xbox, I thought: why not?

On the surface the game seems like a nice reboot of the original.  Updated graphics, updated music, and some additional mechanics like "gleam" (short term powered attacks) that should, in theory, make the game more fun.  However, the game was rather disappointing in most aspects.

The story is almost non-existent.  It starts off with Marian, the damsel in distress, getting kidnapped, and Billy and Jimmy Lee are off to rescue her.  The original game, in the 80s, had some constraints which didn't allow for storytelling that answered the: why was this person kidnapped?  And why the heck is there a skull-looking-person in space perpetrating this, but for a game released in 2012 there should have been a little more care taken for the story.  Even if you approached this as just a beat-em-up there are still technical issues that prevent this game from being a reimagined brawler.

It seems like hit/collision detection is really a problem with this game (as it was with some game of that era on gameboys and NESs).  Unless you're lined up almost perfectly you can't score a hit, but it seems like your enemies don't always suffer from that impediment.  Furthermore, when you lose all your lives you restart the game from the beginning of that stage, which is mildly infuriating.   I really wanted to get through to see if there is a payoff for the story, but I only got to level 3 (a space station), out of a total of 10 levels.  This is when I decided to give up (maybe around 7 hours of gameplay in total).




I do like the art of the game, and I absolutely love the music (to the point where I'd buy the soundtrack), but the game itself is just not all that enjoyable. In the end, this game is really a 4/10 for me, and most of the points are for the music :-)

Gamerscore: 6/400
Achievements: 2/30

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Some more STO accolades

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I've been saving this post and keeping track of accolades I earned since the last time I posted about my accolade hunt in Star Trek Online.  Since a few of them are now collected - here is what I've earned. These are in the order I got them (2019-2020).


Time Bandit
This was one of the few Red Alert accolades I was missing.  To earn this one you need to save the entire cargo fleet from being destroyed by the Na'kuhl time travelers in the Na'kuhl Alert. I didn't play the Na'Kuhl red alert a lot when they first launched.  Then they were retired with new seasons coming out, and then red alerts went away altogether...so...I waited patiently for a red alert weekend to earn this one (around 2019 sometime).

Ice Ice Baby
This was a while back.  On Prior's World,  after you first enter the cave, activate a [Subspace Party Amplifier] just before you "Check on Lorca.".  Seeing as I never use the Party Amplifier (I never buy them, never have them, never use them), this seemed rather obscure.  I discovered this accolade in a list somewhere, so I tried it out.

Gingerbuddy
As you can tell, this is back from the Winter event around Christmas time.  To earn this you need to help 50 gingerbread people on the Winter Invasion map.  After 4 years I finally helped 50 gingerbread folk (and even now it took a lot of replays!)

A good day to rectify
This was part of the annual STO event a while back. To earn this you needed to show that your belief of "Good" aligns primarily with the Klingon Empire in mission Measure of Morality (Part 1)

Prime Selective
This was part of the annual STO event a while back. To earn this you needed to show that your belief of "Good" aligns primarily with the Federation in mission Measure of Morality (Part 1)

The Best Onfence
This was part of the annual STO event a while back. To earn this you needed to show that your belief of "Good" aligns primarily with neither the Federation nor the Klingon Empire in Measure of Morality (Part 1). This was the first one I got from this trio of accolades


Four score and seven kills ago
This was part of the annual STO event a while back. To get this accolade you needed to defeat 87 enemies alongside Abraham Lincoln in mission Measure of Morality (Part 2) - which took around 4-5 replays.

Atmospheric
In the Rhi Atmosphere shuttle mission there is a cave that you have to flu through to get this accolade.  While this TFO has been around since the introduction of the Romulan faction I never ventured far beyond the walkers that  I needed to take care of...so... now (with fewer people playing shuttle missions) it took a long time to queue up for this TFO to get this.  I guess it's better to get things when missions are fresh and many people play them.

Rebellious Elements

This accolade was a total surprise.  You earn it by taking out 100 "rebel" Klingons (I guess Klingons that don't align with the KDF). However, unlike other big bads in this game, there is ONLY GROUND ONE REBEL in the entire game...so you'd have to play the mission 100 times to get them.  Back when there was a foundry, the rebels weren't an option for creators to add to their missions, so you couldn't even farm them there!  Luckily, the Arena of Sompek gives you 7-10 rebels sometimes, and during the "No win scenario" period a few weeks ago there was also no cooldown, so on an off chance I got this accolade.  Only 900 more rebels to go in order to earn the top tier of this accolade...

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Review: Star Trek Blood & Honor

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Star Trek Blood & Honor Star Trek Blood & Honor by Mark Lernard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good story that takes place early on in DS9's run (Sisko is still a commander). It's interesting to see a Romulan-Bajoran cooperative that seems to start to take place. I wish we had seen more Romulans in the actual show. Anyway - an artefact is found in the gamma quadrant, quite a few want it, and it's assumed that it is connected to the prophets. There is a nice connection to TOS, and we see Kirk's descendant, who ultimately becomes a cultural attache to the Romulans as a way to reconciliation. Cool story. I would like to see more followups.

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Review: Assassin's Creed: Revelations

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Assassin's Creed: Revelations Assassin's Creed: Revelations by Oliver Bowden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a good ending to the Ezio storyline (and it wrapped up the Altair line as well). It follows the events of the game with the same name, but I think the author adds some more details to fill out the story. I like that they've also added the events of the short film "embers" in this book, but again - lack of modern-day timeline is a big miss for me :-)

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Review: Double Time

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Double Time Double Time by Peter David
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not a bad story. It involves the timey-whimeyness of time-travel, and a crew that I am not all that familiar with, but connector characters like the timeship Relativity and Captain Braxton make an appearance which make it feel more connected to other parts of Trek. I was way more excited that I probably should be when I turned the page and saw the Relativity.


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Review: The Looking Glass War

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The Looking Glass War The Looking Glass War by Mike W. Barr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an interesting mirror universe (but not THAT mirror universe) story. Mirror Odo is murdered and this kicks off an armed conflict between the dominion and the federation. Someone comes from the mirror universe to enlist Odo-prime's help to stop the war, and to unmask the murdered. Who dunnit?


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Review: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Celebrity Series, The Rules Of Diplomacy #1

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Celebrity Series, The Rules Of Diplomacy #1 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Celebrity Series, The Rules Of Diplomacy #1 by Aron Eisenberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is more of a review for the collected story (not just #1).  I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this much, but it was a rather fun tale of Nog playing host to a Klingon ambassador's kid (an ambassador in training?) and showing him around Ferengi culture on DS9. Not sure that I liked Sisko essentially blackmailing Nog to do this was a good portrayal, but whatever.
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Review: Lightstorm / Terok Nor

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Lightstorm / Terok Nor Lightstorm / Terok Nor by Mark A. Altman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of the stories was about the building of Terok Nor, a joint effort between a Bajoran prisoner and a Cardassian architect, brought together by their interest in building things. A tentative "friendship" (perhaps understanding is the word?) flourishes, and in the end they both die. The Cardassian having been erased from all records, as is the case with Cardassians who are deemed to have gone over to the other side. Not a bad story, and the visuals/drawings are pretty good.
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COVID travels

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Every month Google sends me a note indicating what data it has collected about my comings and goings. I guess Google also likes to remind me that I don't go very far these days due to the COVID emergency 😜. Considering that I usually walk this distance (and that I didn't have a car in May), this ain't bad at all.


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