Star Wars: Uprising -Tips for Beginners

So you created a new character, spent a few minutes to customize your face and race. Good job. Here are a few things you should know:  Continue reading Star Wars: Uprising -Tips for Beginners

How to Reset a Mission in Star Wars Uprising

RileyIf you’re new to Star Wars: Uprising, it is a mobile freemium RPG game that is available on iOS and Android. You have limited opportunities every day to earn XP, gear or crystals to upgrade your gear in the game. You get 5 Assault Missions that are done on any planet you unlocked, one daily credit mission per planet and the daily opportunity mission. You get an extra mission as cartel opportunity if your cartel is level 20.

The rewards for each mission are set when you start the mission. So the drops that you get do not reset if you quit and restart the mission. Here are the steps to make sure that your drops reset:
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Star Wars Uprising: Review

Star Wars: Uprising Review

Star Wars Uprising

I’ve been playing the Star Wars: Uprising mobile game on my iPhone for a few weeks and these are a few of my thoughts on the game.  Continue reading Star Wars Uprising: Review

Assassins Creed: Revelations Review

I realized that I had never written a review for the Brotherhood game even though its a significant game in terms of Desmond’s story. The storyline for Ezio in Brotherhood was more like a pause before the eventual finale in Revelations. I did not like Brotherhood a lot. It was more of the same and the story wasn’t very long. The game won me over in the multiplayer segments though. I am not the kind of gamer who loves to get online and play with others but I found myself staying online late nights to increase my level. It wasn’t a great game but it was a still a good Assassins creed game.

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Quick Tips for Visual Basic in Excel

I use primarily Fortran for my research and I teach Visual Basic for the undergrads. It’s very rewarding because I’ve been able to learn a lot of tricks in Excel as well as VB that I wasn’t previously aware of. Let me start with Excel first.

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Assassin’s Creed 2 Review

What do you do when your Professor is away for a month? Well, you can work hard to get ready to graduate or complete the backlog of games that has been hounding you for an year or two. Since I am not the best of the students and lack motivation to do things unless my Professor is around, I decided I will finish some of the games I’ve been playing for awhile. I finished Oblivion after nearly spending 200 hours in the game. It was a relief but that game is way too old to write a review anyway. If you haven’t played it by now, you probably won’t play it.

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Red Dead Redemption Review (WITH SPOILERS)

This is probably one of the best games I’ve played this year. It is a tough pick between Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead Redemption. Both of them are top-notch games but Red Dead Redemption wins in a way because it affected me more in the end. There are very few choices you can make in the game unlike Mass Effect 2. The world is huge even if it doesn’t span universes. It has the right elements and an intriguing story. You get to ride a horse and be a cowboy. Seriously, you can’t ask for anything more. I had just spent a lot of time going from point A to B on the horse for no good reason at all. I just loved being a cowboy.

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Assassin’s Creed Review

I recently saw a trailer for the new Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and was really impressed by it. I heard some good things about the second game and not so good things about the first game. I have an odd habit of always starting from the beginning of the series no matter how bad the reviews are. I could never dive into a series midway. I decided that I needed to buy Assassin’s Creed first before I venture to play the latest iteration. I got the used copy at GameStop for $10 and it begun really well to keep me occupied.

The good stuff: I really liked the concept of animus and using the DNA as memory strands. The concept was simple enough to wrap your mind around it and the missions seemed really interesting in the beginning. The way you can seamlessly free-run on top of the buildings by just holding two buttons was amazing and very intuitive. The graphics were okay even if it was devoid of color, the game looked gorgeous. Especially when you do the viewpoints, the highest points in the game give you an amazing view of the locales. The story also seemed interesting enough to keep me pushing for the next mission.

The bad stuff: The missions seemed really innovative in the beginning of the game. Pick pocketing, climbing view points to get new missions, saving citizens, collecting flags, doing assassinations and eavesdropping are fun when you do them the first time. But seriously that is all this game has to offer for the whole game. There are about 9 assassinations in 3 cities (Damascus, Acre, Jerusalem). Each of these cities is divided into three areas: Rich, Medium and Poor. New areas in the city becomes accessible as you progress through the game. The biggest complaint I have about this game is that you have to do the same things over and over again. It is not fun at all. I often felt bored and the only thing that kept me going was the story.

The controls also felt a little sticky at times. He doesn’t hold on to the ledges I want him to and jumps on to the wrong ledge. Also lining up the jumps in the water areas was extremely hard knowing that a fall into the water was an instant death. Who knew that assassins can’t swim? Nothing game breaking but was frustrating a few times because he would fall down on a soldier initiating a fight sequence instead perfectly jumping from one rooftop to another.

The Ugly stuff: Combat was the biggest issue I had with this game. It felt really unreal seeing people just stood around waiting to attack one by one. If there are 10 soldiers and one assassin, isn’t the easiest thing to take him down at all once? Instead they just dance around waiting for him to attack. Once you learn the counter move, that is the only move that you would ever need in combat. Especially in later stages of the game when attacking mean getting countered. It is just easy to wait for them to attack and do a counter kill.This made the combat extremely easy. This meant that I would rather stand and kill 10 soldiers than evade them. I thought the assassins were supposed to lurk in the shadows and kill people quietly. Granted you could still play the shadow assassin but the combat route was easier than the stealth route most of the times because it required less planning.

Even with all the complaints, the game was okay. I would’ve never paid full price for this game. At $10, you can’t complain much. I still think this was a mediocre effort. I hear that a lot of these issues have been fixed in-game 2. I just started playing Assassin’s Creed 2 and the game rewarded me 60 achievement points for just putting the disc inside it.

My rating: 6.5/10

The Brotherhood trailer that caught my attention