Destiny

Destiny is a game design by Bungie the makers of Halo and although I never played Halo (I’m team PlayStation) I heard a lot about its merits and therefor I wanted to play Destiny since I first heard of it. 

Destiny is a game different than any other I’ve played. It’s still familiar for me in the sence it plays like most FPS such as Call of Duty or BioShock but has some MMO elements like World of Warcraft. 

When we start the game we can choose between Warlord, Titan and Hunter. I chose the Titan since it seemed to be more adequate to my play style. 

As usual I started by playing through the story mode and made it to the end alone even though I could have got into a team to help. The story is interesting but Peter Dinklage is a complete miscast as the voice of the Ghost. 

There are different enemie races and each as diferent classes and ranks within them. These enemies can be very powerful and hard to kill and even be able to regenerate or they can be weak and only pose a threat if a big amount of them get too close. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

Destiny is set in the 28th century, a post-apocalyptic future. The setting follows a prosperous period of exploration, peace, and technological advancement known as the Golden Age. In a universe where humans have spread out and colonized planets in the Solar System, an event known as “the Collapse” saw the mysterious dissolution of these colonies, the end of the Golden Age, and mankind teetering on the brink of extinction. The only known survivors of the Collapse are those living on Earth, who were saved by “the Traveler,” a white, spherical celestial body whose appearance centuries before had enabled humans to reach the stars. The Traveler now hovers above the last safe city on Earth, and its presence allows the Guardians — the defenders of the City — the ability to wield an unknown power, only referred to as “The Light.”

Upon mankind’s first attempt to repopulate and reconstruct after the Collapse, it is discovered that hostile alien races have occupied mankind’s former colonies and civilizations, and are now encroaching upon the City. Throughout the game, players have to combat aggressive aliens who have occupied the Solar System. There are four separate races in the game, each occupying different planets. The Fallen are an insectoid race of nomadic pirates who scavenge ruined settlements on Earth, the Moon, and Venus for resources. The Hive are a macabre race of ancient aliens who have created massive underground settlements beneath Earth and the Moon’s surface. The Vex are semi-organic androids who are attempting to seize control of Venus, Earth, and Mars by turning them into their machines, which they have already done to Mercury. Finally, the Cabal are a military-industrial empire of massive amphibians who have established massive fortifications on Mars. Every race utilizes different strategies and weapons in combat. The Fallen possess cloaking and short-range teleportation technologies to increase their mobility. The Hive use superior numbers to overwhelm their opponents in close quarters while more elite units attack from a distance. The Vex utilize hard-light shields and teleport units of infantry into the battlefield en-masse. The Cabal rely on heavy armor, ballistic shields, and jump packs to combat players. All of these races are hostile towards each other, as they can often be observed attacking one another in-game for territorial dominance. The player takes on the role of one such Guardian, and is tasked with reviving the Traveler while investigating and destroying the alien threats before humanity is completely wiped out. Destiny centers on the journey of the Guardians, the last defenders of humanity, set to protect Earth’s last city.

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The multiplayer side of the game is really well done and each class has their signature moves allowing for diferent ways of fighting. My Titan as the Fist of Havok which can be a particularly useful on Control games wich surprisingly became my favorite play mode. I usually like to play Team Deadmatch games more. 

Through the multiplayer games and the missions we can do on the planets we visited during the campaign mode we get weapons, armor or engrams that can later be traded for weapons, armor, strange coins, mote of light,… The weapons and armor have diferent levels going form comum to exotic. Most of my weapons and armor are rare with only one class armor and a machine gun being legendary. 

Destiny comes with an app for iPhone that proves to be very useful to see statistics and weapons as well as news and updates from Bungie. This app is lot better than the one that comes with Call of Duty. 

I enjoy playing Destiny but I eventually left to play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. I will come back to Destiny eventually but not before I achieve Prestige level in CoD:AW. 

This is a list of the weapons and armor that my level 24 Titan has:
Subclass: Striker
Primary: SUROS JPS-55 (Pulse Rifle) or Shingen-E (Auto Rifle)
Special: Amina-E7 (Sniper Rifle) or Dämmerung FR5 (Fusion Rifle)
Heavy: Disruptor 5000 (Rocket Launcher) or THE SWARM (Machine Gun)
Helmet: Knight Type 4
Gauntlets: Knight Type 1
Chest: Knight Type 2
Leg: Knight Type 3
Class: Mark of Chaos (Future War Cult)
Shader: Jester Apogee

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Fury

With nothing better to see I chose to see Fury even considering it stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Jon Bernthal that I don’t particularly like. 

The opening sequence made me fear that I had made a wrong choice but then the action picked up I ended up liking this movie a lot. 

There’s many memorable moments but the big fight between the 3 tanks against the bigger and better German Tiger 1 was fantastic. The tank Fury is really well portrayed and the scenes inside it are made in a way that allows us to feel what it would be to be there. 

The acting is great with the trio I mention above doing a great job as well as Michael Pena and Logan Lerman. 

Fury was a good surprise in what could have been yet just another World War 2 movie and Pitt surprised me like Clooney surprised me in Monuments Men or Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

As the Allies make their final push into Nazi Germany, a battle-hardened U.S. Army Staff Sergeant in the 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division named Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands an M4A3E8 Sherman tank named Fury and its five-man, all-veteran crew: Boyd “Bible” Swan (Shia LaBeouf), gunner; Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis (Jon Bernthal), loader; and Trini “Gordo” Garcia (Michael Peña), driver. The tank’s original assistant driver/bow gunner has been killed in battle and his replacement turns out to be a recently enlisted Army typist, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman) who, it transpires, has never even seen the inside of a tank before, let alone experienced the ravages of war. Norman later earns the nickname “Machine”, given to him by Grady Travis.

The surviving crew, who have been together since the North African Campaign, despise the new recruit upon meeting him, for both his lack of experience, and for his reluctance to kill Germans, especially the teenagers of the Hitlerjugend in cold blood; a decision which results in the destruction of one of the Allied tanks and its crew. Wardaddy is furious and in an effort to brutalise the young man and ‘educate’ him to the realities of war, he violently attempts to force Norman to take his weapon and shoot dead a captive German artilleryman, who was wearing a looted American trenchcoat). When Norman refuses to do so, Wardaddy forces the gun into his hand and makes him execute the prisoner.

This bond between Norman and Wardaddy becomes stronger after capturing a small German town, where Wardaddy and Norman meet a German woman, Irma, and her cousin, named Emma. Norman (presumably) has sex with Emma, then joins Wardaddy and Emma’s cousin for breakfast, during which time Norman discovers that Wardaddy has sustained horrific burn scars on his back at some point. However, the rest of the crew barge in and cause tensions while at the table. Shortly afterwards, a German bombardment hits the town, killing Emma and some of the American forces.

The platoon of tanks, led by Wardaddy, gets a mission to hold a vital crossroads (protecting a clear way to supply trains), but after encountering a German Tiger I, only Fury remains, the other vehicles being knocked out. The vehicle is immobilized after hitting a landmine; shortly afterwards, a battalion of three hundred Waffen-SS infantry approaches. Wardaddy refuses to leave, and the rest of the crew, initially reluctant, decide to stay and plan an ambush.

Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men nevertheless inflict heavy losses on the Germans using both the tank’s and the crews’ weapons, but gradually, one by one, Grady, Gordo and Bible are all killed and Wardaddy is wounded by a sniper. Norman and Wardaddy retreat back into the Fury where they share their last words. Wardaddy tells Norman to escape through the bottom hatch of the tank and he hides in the crater made by the landmine explosion, while Wardaddy stays behind and is killed by soldiers after they drop two grenades into the tank. A young German Waffen-SS trooper finds Norman, but does not turn him in, leaving the assistant driver hidden safely beneath the destroyed tank as the surviving German soldiers move on.

The next morning, U.S. Army units discover Norman, and it is implied that the German offensive failed because of the crew’s actions. Norman is taken off to safety while he looks back at the carnage of dead German SS troops and the destroyed Fury.

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Cast:

Brad Pitt as US Army S/Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier
Shia LaBeouf as T/5 Boyd “Bible” Swan
Logan Lerman as Pvt. Norman “Machine” Ellison
Michael Peña as Cpl. Trini “Gordo” Garcia
Jon Bernthal as Pfc. Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis
Jason Isaacs as Cpt. “Old Man” Waggoner
Scott Eastwood as Sgt. Miles
Xavier Samuel as 2nd Lt. Parker
Brad William Henke as Sgt. Davis
Anamaria Marinca as Irma
Alicia von Rittberg as Emma
Kevin Vance as Sgt. Peterson
Branko Tomović as German Corporal
Iain Garrett as Sgt. Foster
Eugenia Kuzmina as Hilda Meier
Stella Stocker as Edith

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Interstellar

“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.”

I’ve been waiting for this movie since it was announced. I liked what Nolan did with Batman (given the third could have been better) and I really liked Inception so a “space opera” directed by Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey seemed awesome. 

I really liked the movie until the scene where Cooper goes inside the black hole. That’s not to say that the movie was perfect until then. I didn’t like the ghost thing in the begining but I was thinking that it would be the result of some scientific experiment at the NASA lab and both Brand father and daughter are weak characters with Anne Hathaway being a clear miscast. It says a lot when I see characters sacrificing themselves and the one I care the most is the robot TARS. 

After Cooper gets inside the black hole everything crumbles but the seeds for that disaster where laid before by Brand. The speech “Love is the one thing that transcends time and space” is completely out of tone with the rest of the movie and the fact that Cooper is found alive outside Saturn later ruins the sacrifice he made earlier. 

One of the most anoying things in the movie is the excessive scene switching that happens every once in a while where we keep going back an forth between Cooper and Murph each time interrupting the previous scene action and breaking the momentum of it. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

In the near future, the earth is no longer able to sustain humanity. Crops are routinely ravaged by blight, dust storms scour the land, and mankind has regressed to a stateless, agrarian society. Cooper, a former NASA test pilot and engineer turned farmer lives with his family, including his father-in-law, son Tom, and ten year-old daughter Murphy—better known as “Murph”—who believes their house is haunted by a ghost that is trying to communicate to her. Challenging Murph to prove the ghost’s existence through scientific inquiry, Cooper discovers that the ghost is directing them to a secret NASA installation led by Professor Brand.

Brand reveals to Cooper that humanity’s fight to survive is a losing battle, and proposes that the solution is to colonise another galaxy. Cooper is recruited to pilot Endurance, an experimental spacecraft in search of a viable home world by way of a wormhole that has formed off Saturn. Endurance will follow the Lazarus Mission, a series of manned probes sent through the wormhole to survey potential planets as to their long-term sustainability. The data from Lazarus has given NASA three potential candidates: Miller, Edmunds and Mann, named for the astronauts who carried out the surveys.

Cooper’s decision to join Endurance breaks Murph’s heart, and the two part on bad terms. He joins Brand’s daughter Amelia, physicist Rommily, geographer Doyle, and a multi-purpose robot designated TARS on a two-year trip to Saturn before crossing over into the new galaxy. While traversing the wormhole, Amelia encounters an extra-dimensional presence that she believes has placed the wormhole to save humanity.

Once through, Endurance follow the signal left by Miller’s expedition, but quickly encounter a problem: the candidate planet is in close proximity to Gargantua, a nearby black hole, and due to its gravitational pull, time on the surface is distorted. Cooper proposes a solution to minimise the amount of time spent on the surface. They discover that the planet is inhospitable as giant tidal waves race across its surface. Doyle is killed and the ship inundated with water as the crew attempt to retrieve Miller’s probe, and they return to Endurance to discover twenty-three years have passed.

Back on earth, Murph is now an adult and has joined NASA where she attempts to solve a physics problem that has troubled Brand for years: the question of how humans can escape the earth’s gravitational pull en masse. Brand’s health deteriorates and he admits that there is no hope Endurance will ever return, instead putting his faith in “Plan B”, a mass repopulation project using fertilised embryos to start humankind over.

With the lengthy mission to retrieve Miller’s data having consumed valuable resources, Endurance is forced to choose between following Mann or Edmunds. Cooper and Amelia clash, with Cooper accusing her of being compromised by her emotional attachment to Edmunds. The crew seek out Mann, finding him on an icy, ammonia-saturated planet and reviving him. Endurance receives a message from Murph, who reveals that Brand lied to them about their mission, and Cooper realises Mann lied about the viability of his planet. Unwilling to admit defeat or live with the shame of it, Mann murders Rommily and attempts to kill Cooper before fleeing to Endurance. Amelia saves Cooper and the two give chase, arriving in time to see Mann attempt an improper docking procedure with Endurance, killing himself as the airlock depressurises. Cooper is able to dock with Endurance and get the vessel back under control.

Realising that there is a chance to help Murph and save humanity, Cooper and Amelia formulate a plan to pilot Endurance to Gargantua’s event horizon and jettison TARS into it to gather data on the singularity behind the black hole and slingshot themselves on a course to Edmunds’ planet. Cooper lies to Amelia and releases himself into Gargantua, allowing her to escape the gravitational pull. He ejects before his craft is destroyed, and comes to a halt in an extra-dimensional space where time is not linear, represented by Murph’s bedroom. Now able to witness every chapter of her life at once, he realises that he is her ghost and is able to relay the data collected by TARS through the dimensional barrier, allowing Murph to complete the equation.

His mission now complete, the extra-dimensional beings—an evolved form of human consciousness that has transcended the physical universe—close off the space, and he is released back into the Solar System through the wormhole near Saturn, where he is picked up by a NASA ship. He awakens aboard the NASA station, which is now serving as a waypoint to marshal the remainder of humanity to cross the wormhole, and is finally reunited with Murph, who is now an elderly woman. After saying good-bye to her one last time, he steals a NASA ship and enters the wormhole, searching for Amelia, who has located Edmunds’ expedition and with it, a planet that can sustain life.

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Cast:

Matthew McConaughey as Cooper
Anne Hathaway as Amelia Brand
David Gyasi as Romilly
Wes Bentley as Doyle
Bill Irwin as the voice of TARS
Josh Stewart as the voice of CASE
Jessica Chastain as Murph
Mackenzie Foy as Young Murph
Ellen Burstyn as Old Murph
Michael Caine as Professor Brand
Casey Affleck as Tom
Timothée Chalamet as Young Tom
William Devane as Old Tom
John Lithgow as Donald
Topher Grace as Getty
David Oyelowo as Principal
Matt Damon as Dr. Mann

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The Raid 2: Berandal

The Raid was a low-budget action movie where all the action happened inside a building and it got a huge success so The Raid 2: Berandal got a bigger budget wich gave the director more places to shoot and bigger scenes that include car chases. 

Berandal as amazing fighting scenes but it also takes more time developing the story behind it. We get to see a lot of the rival gangs schemes and the new additions to the cast like The Assassin, Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man up the stakes of the movie. 

The final fight scene where Rama fights Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man together and then The Assassin is incredibly well done specially considering the small space that resembles the first movie tight halls. 

It’s been confirmed that there’s going to be a third movie in the franchise but the director aparently wants to wait a few years to shoot so there’s no date for it to be released. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

Bejo, a self-made Jakarta gang lord executes Rama’s brother Andi in the fields outside Jakarta.

After the disastrous raid on Tama’s apartment building, Rama meets with Bunawar, a police officer that was assured honest by Andi. After sending Rama’s fellow survivor Bowo to receive medical attention and executing Wahyu, Bunawar invites Rama to join a clandestine anti-corruption task force which seeks to expose police commissioner Reza’s backroom dealings with the Bangun and Goto gangs. While Rama initially declines, he agreed to join them after learning of his brother’s murder by Bejo and the imminent threat to his family.

Rama assaults the son of a politician who opposed Bangun’s criminal family, earning imprisonment alongside Bangun’s son Uco. Rama, under the alias “Yuda”, saves the mobster’s life during a prison riot. Bangun subsequently hires “Yuda” when the latter’s prison sentence ends two years later. As “Yuda”, Rama proves his value to the organization and earns the family’s trust while rifts grow between him and the unreliable Bunawar, who withholds information from him. Meanwhile, Uco grows increasingly discontented with his father’s lack of faith in his abilities and placidity towards the Japanese, desiring to take on a larger role in the mob’s operations.

Bejo invites Uco to dinner, sharing rumours of a Japanese plot to turn Reza against the Bangun family and allowing Uco to personally kill his prison assailants. Uco subsequently hatches a plot with Bejo to start a gang war that would destroy the Japanese, letting Uco prove himself to his father while Bejo profits from the chaos. The pair use Bejo’s personal assassins to frame the Japanese for killing Bangun’s loyal henchman Prakoso and falsify a harsh retaliation by Bangun. When the families meet to reconcile, Bangun takes an apologetic stance that causes Uco to lash out against his father. Meanwhile, Reza’s corrupt cops attack “Yuda” in reprisal, leaving him incapacitated as Bangun harshly beats Uco for his disobedience.

Bangun’s adviser Eka calls for “Yuda” to rescue Uco from Bangun’s office. While “Yuda” is in transit, Bejo, the Assassin, and Bejo’s henchmen appear in the office. Uco kills his father and shoots Eka in the leg. Before Uco can finish the enforcer off, “Yuda” arrives, stalling Bejo’s men to cover Eka’s escape. After the Assassin subdues “Yuda”, Bejo commands his men to kill him offsite.

Goto, hearing of Bangun’s death and Reza’s betrayal which was organized by Bejo, declares war upon both Bejo’s gang and Reza’s corrupt policemen. After rescuing Rama in a highway chase scene, an injured Eka drives him to an abandoned slum, revealing that he knows of Rama’s true identity and was also an undercover officer. Before leaving the vehicle to Rama, Eka directs him to “put them all down”. Rama calls Bunawar, learning of the gang war’s ignition. Frustrated by Bunawar’s claims that Eka betrayed the police, Rama learns that Reza, his true target, is currently meeting with Bejo and Uco at the restaurant. After extracting a promise to keep his family safe, Rama breaches Bejo’s restaurant warehouse and fights his way through dozens of Bejo’s men.

While Uco and Bejo meet with Reza to discuss their terms, Uco discovers a bug Rama had previously planted in his wallet; he later notices that Bejo bears similar tattoos to the men who attacked him in prison. Upon realizing that Bejo originally tried to kill him to spark the war, Uco suspects Bejo and Reza of colluding against him. Meanwhile, Rama fights and defeats Bejo’s personal retinue of killers – Hammer Girl, Baseball Bat Man, and the Assassin – before disrupting the meeting. Bejo throws a shotgun towards Reza and fires his own gun at Rama, but Uco instead kills Reza and mortally wounds Bejo. Uco drops the planted bug on Bejo before executing him with a point-blank shotgun blast, and turns his attention to shoot at Rama, who has taken cover.

Rama, however, overpowers Uco and stabs him with the Assassin’s knife. Uco dies in Rama’s hands and the heavily wounded and fatigued Rama leaves. Slowly returning to the exit of the warehouse, he encounters Goto’s gang, led by Keiichi, Goto’s son. A silent dialogue takes place between Keiichi and Rama, which is also overheard by Bunawar and he learns of the night’s events. Keiichi gives Rama an approving smirk and is implied to make an offer to Rama to join the Japanese side, and the exchange between the two ends with Rama simply stating, “No…I’m done”.

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Cast:

Iko Uwais as Rama/Yuda, a rookie SWAT unit member turned undercover police officer.
Arifin Putra as Uco, Bangun’s only son.
Tio Pakusadewo as Bangun, a feared mob boss who runs crime in Jakarta.
Oka Antara as Eka, adviser and consigliere to the head of the biggest crime family in Jakarta.
Alex Abbad as Bejo, a young, self-made gangster.
Cecep Arif Rahman as “The Assassin”, Bejo’s top enforcer.
Julie Estelle as Alicia a.k.a. “Hammer Girl”, a ruthless hired assassin who is especially gifted with claw hammers.
Very Tri Yulisman as “Baseball Bat Man”, “Hammer Girl’s” brother.
Ryuhei Matsuda as Keiichi, Goto’s son and successor.
Kenichi Endo as Hideaki Goto, boss of the Goto family.
Kazuki Kitamura as Ryuichi, Goto’s translator and adviser.
Yayan Ruhian as Prakoso, Bangun’s most loyal and dedicated assassin.
Cok Simbara as Bunawar, the chief of Jakarta’s anti-corruption task force.
Roy Marten as Reza, a corrupt police commissioner.
Epy Kusnandar as Topan, a pornographer.
Donny Alamsyah as Andi, Rama’s brother.
Tegar Satrya as Bowo, Rama’s fellow SWAT member and survivor of the initial raid.

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Assassin’s Creed 3

I’m not the biggest fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise having played only the AC2 and just like this one only when it reached a 20€ price tag.

That was a good decision since the game isn’t worth the 70€ they asked initially. 

I enjoyed the second game a lot more than this one because of the story and the location it takes place on. I enjoyed Rome and Venice a lot more than Boston and the forest area. Maybe Americans can relate to these characters and events but a lot of these are unknown to me in clear contrast with the second where I knew a lot more about the events and characters. I don’t recall a game where I ended up skipping most of the cutscenes. 

The thing that annoyed me the most was when I assumed control of the character after a loading time only to walk 3 steps and find myself in another loading screen. There’s too much loading time in this game. Another thing I didn’t like was the distance I had to travel between places and even the stealth doesn’t work properly and I almost quit the game in one particular mission because of it. I also miss the rooftop moments I had in the second and that for some reason it seems to have gotten worse in this game (the scenes in the treetops are ridiculous). 

The naval scenes were interesting and I may end up buying the fourth Black Flag for this reason alone. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

Desmond, William, Rebecca, and Shaun find the Temple in a cave in New York and access it using their Apple of Eden. After partially activating the temple, Juno uses it to communicate with Desmond. Desmond is placed in the Animus where Juno’s influence causes him to experience the life of his ancestor in 1754 England: the Templar Grand Master, Haytham Kenway.

Haytham assassinates a patron at the Royal Opera House and steals a medallion; the Key to the Temple’s inner chamber. Haytham is dispatched to the American Colonies to locate the Temple. While in Boston, he kills a slave trader, freeing a group of Mohawks including a woman named Kaniehti:io. She helps Haytham find the Temple in exchange for him killing General Braddock. Haytham and Kaniehti:io find that the Key is not able to open the temple itself. The pair develop a romantic relationship during their time together. The perspective then shifts to Ratonhnhaké:ton’s childhood in 1760. His mother dies during an attack on his village led by the Templar Charles Lee. Years later, the village Elder informs a teenage Ratonhnhaké:ton that their tribe’s duty is to prevent the Temple’s discovery. The Elder gives him a transparent Sphere which allows Juno to communicate with him; she tells him of his importance and shows him the Assassins’ symbol. The symbol leads him to the retired Assassin Achilles Davenport, who reluctantly begins training him as an assassin.

Achilles suggests Ratonhnhaké:ton rename himself “Connor” to enable him to move more freely throughout the Colonies, in fear that some colonists might reject him as a tribe member. While seeking supplies in Boston, Connor is framed by the Templars for instigating the Boston Massacre. Over the following years, Connor kills several Templars, and aids in the Revolutionary War between the Patriots and the British. Connor meets with his father, and the two forge a temporary alliance to eliminate a rogue Templar. Later, Haytham uncovers a letter detailing George Washington’s plan to remove the Indigenous population, including Connor’s tribe, from the frontier to prevent them supporting the Loyalists. Connor returns to his village and learns that Lee has recruited several Mohawk warriors to turn back the Patriots sent to eradicate them. Connor neutralizes the warriors to avoid conflict, but his childhood friend Kanen’tó:kon cannot be reasoned with and Connor is forced to kill him.

Meanwhile, Desmond is occasionally roused from the Animus to retrieve power cells from Manhattan and Brazil, necessary for activating the Temple, before the Templar Daniel Cross can take them. William goes after the final cell himself, but is captured by the Templars’ modern day front, Abstergo. Desmond assaults the facility, kills Cross and Warren Vidic, and rescues his father.

Connor becomes conflicted about eliminating the Templars, and hopes to work with Haytham towards a common vision of peace and freedom. However, Haytham remains convinced of the chaos of freedom and the necessity to control the nation by replacing Washington with Lee. Lee is disgraced by Washington for attempting to sabotage the outcome of a battle and takes refuge in the heavily fortified Fort George. Connor infiltrates the fort and is confronted by Haytham; they duel, and Connor kills him. Connor later kills Lee and recovers the Key. With the Colonial Templars eliminated, Connor returns to his village only to find it empty, and the Sphere left behind. Using it, Juno instructs him to conceal the Key where it cannot be found; Connor buries the Key in the grave of Achilles’ son, Connor Davenport.

In 2012, Desmond retrieves the Key and accesses the Temple’s inner chambers. Juno informs him that activating the pedestal will save the world, but at the cost of his life. Minerva appears before them, opposing the plan as it will free Juno, who was sealed away in the temple to prevent her conquering humanity. Juno and Minerva explain that if the solar flare occurs, Desmond will be one of the few survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. After Desmond’s later death, he will become revered as a god, whose well-intended legacy will be manipulated to control future generations, restarting the cycle. Desmond chooses to save humanity and give them the opportunity to fight Juno rather than be destroyed. William, Shaun, and Rebecca leave the temple as Desmond activates the pedestal; a global aurora protects the planet from the solar eruption. Juno commends Desmond’s choice and declares that it is time for her part to begin.

In the epilogue, Connor witnesses the last of the British ships leave New York and a trader selling slaves, a reminder that his fight for freedom is not over. Connor then returns to his village only to discover that the Mohawks have gone west after the newly formed Congress sold the land to settle war debts since, he is told, bringing in taxes so soon after a war fought to remove them would only serve to portray the newly formed US government as a continuation of its predecessor.

Following this, a modern-day voiceover can be heard directing the listener to locate a number of ‘pivot points’ that have been spread out across the memories’ graphical representation of the Colonial America. Once collected, the voiceover returns to congratulate, and informs that they have now connected to the cloud.

Here’s an article from Kotaku about the game. 

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Stuck in Love

I don’t remember when and why I downloaded this movie but it feels that it’s sitting on my hard drive forever so I finally decided to watch it. 

It’s not the worst movie ever but it sure is boring, predictable and bland. Sam has one-night-stands so she doesn’t fall in love and then one guy shows up and is nice to her and she immediately falls in love for him and both her parents end up together. That’s a big shock that nobody saw coming. 

Kristen Bell is usually a fun actress but she had very little screen time and Jennifer Connelly is capable of more than this if given more screen time as well. 

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Here’s the plot from Wikipedia:

Novelist Bill Borgens (Greg Kinnear) has been struggling to keep it together after his wife Erica (Jennifer Connelly) left him for a younger man three years ago. Instead of working on a new book, he obsesses about his ex, spies on her and her new husband while pretending to be jogging, and insists that their sixteen-year-old son, Rusty (Nat Wolff), set a place at the Thanksgiving table for Erica every year, even though she never comes.

This Thanksgiving, their 19-year-old daughter Sam (Lily Collins) comes home from college with momentous news: her first novel has been accepted for publication. Bill is thrilled, since he has been raising his children to be writers since birth, and annoyed, since she wrote the book without any help from him. When he suggests that Sam share her good news with Erica, she balks, refusing to have anything to do with the woman she believes betrayed her father.

Deeply wounded by her mother’s departure, Sam has constructed a wall between love and her. She pursues only one-night stands and uncommitted hookups to protect herself from being hurt. When her classmate Lou (Logan Lerman) tries to initiate a real relationship with her, she ridicules him and leaves before she has to reveal that he has touched her. When Lou stops coming to the writing seminar they both attend, Sam tracks him down and follows him to the house where his mother is dying. Not even cynical Sam can resist Lou’s gallantry in the face of tragedy.

Meanwhile, Rusty is just the kind of guy his sister abhors—romantic, needy and hoping to rescue a damsel in distress. He gets his chance when Kate (Liana Liberato), the secret crush he dedicates his poetry to, has a fight with her abusive boyfriend; he steps in. Even though Kate has drug addictions, Rusty is so blinded by love that he can’t see how troubled she is.

When Erica attends a launch event for Sam’s book, she is devastated by her daughter’s rejection. As the Borgens family reopens old wounds and inflicts some new ones, Kate spins out of control. When Sam gives Kate champagne—even though she’s underage and unaware of Kate’s addictions—Kate goes back for more and goes home with Gus, a guy who was at the party. The Borgens track her down; Bill and Erica find her in Gus’s apartment, asleep in his bedroom after a night of drinking and doing drugs. Kate is loaded into the car. Rusty lifts the blanket covering her body, and realizes she also had slept with Gus. He cries over her. Distraught, Rusty turns to alcohol and comes home drunk almost every night. Rusty encounters Kate’s ex- boyfriend one day in a convenience store. Rusty is badly injured in a fight with Kate’s ex. In the background narration, Kate writes Rusty a letter telling him how sorry she is and that she’s in rehab. She says she wishes that one day, she could be worthy of somebody like him. Bill, worried about Rusty, grounds him. Rusty writes a story and finds that it’s helped him heal the wounds. Later, he gets a call from Stephen King, who is an author he highly admires. Rusty’s new story was put into a magazine.

Bill reveals to Sam that when she was a baby, he left Erica and she waited six months for him. When he came back, she accepted him. He promised that if she ever left him, he’d give her a second chance. Lou’s mother dies, and Sam realizes how much her mother means to her. She makes up with Erica. Erica comes back that Thanksgiving, where Lou has joined them for dinner.

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Cast:

Greg Kinnear as Bill Borgens, a famous novelist
Jennifer Connelly as Erica, the ex-wife of Bill who left him for a younger man
Lily Collins as Samantha, Bill and Erica’s college-age daughter
Logan Lerman as Lou, a classmate of Samantha’s and potential love interest.
Nat Wolff as Rusty, Bill and Erica’s 16-year-old son and a hopeless romantic
Liana Liberato as Kate, Rusty’s love interest with a troubled life
Stephen King as himself
Kristen Bell as Tricia

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The Good Lie / St. Vincent

Both this movies reviews have been in my to do list for 2/3 weeks so let’s just get this out of the way. 

None of the movies impressed me that much. I had higher hopes for The Good Lie but it clearly tried too much and ended up failing where it counts and St. Vincent is interesting whithout being exceptional.

Both movies have an interesting cast lead by Resse Witherspoon and Bill Murray but not even this helps them. 

The story of The Good Lie is interesting and is well told. The journey of the refugees is impressive but too much is rushed after they make it to America. St. Vincent story is predictable but there’s a few touching moments here and there. 

Both movies are worth watching but a few changes would make them both better. 

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The Good Lie:

Here’s the synopsis from Fandango:

Fifteen years after being orphaned by the civil war in Sudan, 3600 displaced refugees known as “The Lost Boys” get a shot at a new life thanks to a massive humanitarian effort that aims to bring them to America.

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St. Vincent:

Here’s the synopsis from Wikipedia:

Vincent, a drunken, gambling war veteran retiree, gets recruited by his new single-mom neighbor Maggie to watch over her small grown 12-year-old son Oliver. Vincent’s ideas of after-school activities involve racetracks and strip clubs, but eventually the mismatched pair begin to help each other grow up.

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Cast:

Bill Murray as Vincent MacKenna
Melissa McCarthy as Maggie Bronstein
Chris O’Dowd as Brother Geraghty
Scott Adsit as David
Naomi Watts as Daka
Jaeden Lieberher as Oliver Bronstein
Kimberly Quinn as Ana
Terrence Howard as Zucko

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