EDGE newsletter mar. 2012

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Fire Emblem The Sacred Stones Chapter 5x Part 1
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video game review: Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones  by mr.rmercenary

Developer: Nintendo

Release Date: May 23, 2005

Rating: E (Everyone)

Platform: Game Boy Advance

Genre(s): RPG (Role Playing Game), Strategy

       Warning. May Contain Spoilers.

                                                  Storyline

 In an age long past… evil flooded over the land. Creatures awash in the dark tide ran wild, pushing mankind to the brink of annihilation. In its despair, mankind appealed to the heavens, and from a blinding light came hope. The Sacred Stones. These five glorious treasures held the power to dispel evil. The hero Grado and his warriors used The Sacred Stones to combat evil’s darkness. They defeated the Demon King and sealed his soul away within the stones. With the darkness imprisoned, peace returned to Magvel. But this peace would not last… The continent of Magvel. For some 800 years, a quiet peace reigned in the absense of the terrible darkness. The Sacred Stones have been passed from generation to generation. Nations have built around their power and their legacy. The kingdom of Renais, ruled by Fado, the peerless Warrior King. The kingdom of Frelia, ruled by Hayden the venerable Sage King. The kingdom of Jehanna, ruled by Ismaire, Queen of the White Dunes. The Theocracy of Rausten, ruled by Mansel, the Divine Emperor. The Grado Empire, ruled by Vigarde, the stalwart Silent Emperor. These five countries house the power of the Sacred Stones. They are joined by the emerging mercantile republic of Carcino. In these times of peace, tales of past conflict have drifted into legend. And memories of the ancient dark arts have all but evaporated. It is now the year 803… In an instant, the whole of Magvel is threatened by an unexpected atrocity. The Grado Empire, the largest of the Sacred Stone nations, has invaded the kingdom of Renais under orders from Emperor Vigarde. A longtime ally of Grado, Renais is caught off guard, unable to mount any resistance. Grado’s forces move quickly, seizing one territory after another. Compounding King Fado’s worries, his son, Prince Ephraim, has gone missing. Grado’s momentum carries its armies to the gates of Castle Renais itself. Renais will fall… It is inevitable.  Storyline: 9/10

                                                  Gameplay

 The gameplay in this video game series is pretty unique. Instead of controlling a single hero, you command Medieval armies. The gameplay shifts between a “Player Phase” and an “Enemy Phase”. First, you command your army through a map and decide what you want each character to do. There are 33 playable characters in the main story. If a character runs out of health, they’re gone forever! If your main lord dies, it’s game over. The type of characters you own in your armies can be upgraded to different classes through your play-through. Battles are fought when you are caught in battle with enemy troops or monsters. The battles you see in the video are much harder than they look. The one-hit-kills don’t happen like that. For example, Joshua was in the class of Assassin: Assassins have a skill called Silencer, which, when activated, no matter the enemy’s defense, is a one-hit-kill. However, this rarely happens, as it is based on luck, whether or not it happens. And Cormag, by chance activated a Critical Hit, which also happens rarely, although it can happen with any unit. It is also not a one hit kill, though this depends on the attacker’s strength, and the enemy’s defense. It triples normal damage. Also, Cormag and Joshua were using Killer weapons, which increase the chance that you will land a Critical Hit. The game-play is divided into Chapters, which are almost read like a book. Most likely half of the time you will be reading, although this can be skipped (but if you do, you’ll miss alot of the epic story.). In each chapter you will be required to fulfill a certain task, like keeping at least your main lord or the selected character alive for a set amount of time, clearing the map of enemy troops or monsters, seizing a gate or throne, or defeating (a) boss(es). Their are 21 chapters in each play-through, and four parts, though each file you play through, you only go through 3. The first part of the game always consists of the main heroine, Eirika, also the princess of Renais, trying to find her brother, Prince Ephraim. In chapter 8, the two find each other again, and once you finish the chapter, the royal twins will split up, although this time you will choose whether you want to go with Eirika to Rausten, or with Ephraim to Grado. Either way, the entire army you gathered with Eirika , along with the two riders originally with Ephraim, will go with you. At chapter 15, the twins reunite. If you went with Eirika, you will meet up with Ephraim and two other new allies, and vice-versa. You then proceed with the final part, consisting of solving the dark and creepy mystery of the main antagonist. I won’t spoil the end, but the ending is sad. Chapter 5x  Gameplay: 9/10

                                            Music

This game has some pretty darn good music for the GBA. While others disagree, I really like it. The cool thing was that it would start up or shift at the perfect time, completely fitting the situation. There is a 69 track music list, which can can listened to in the Sound Room under Extras. Here’s some samples:Indignation  The Final Battle Their isn’t much else to it… 

(Indignation is anger or annoyance provoked by unfair treatment.)                                         Music: 8/10

P.S. I learn some of these songs on my piano by ear, so if anybody wants tutorials or videos I can do that.

                                          Graphics 

The graphics, as you saw in the videos, weren’t all hi-tech HD graphics, as the GBA can’t do that. The characters, enemies, and monsters, have their own animations, which also vary depending on their gender. For example, if you are using a female Sage, she will be wearing a dress and have long hair, when if you use a male Sage, he will wear a robe and have shorter hair. Since the videos I gave you pretty much show the graphics, there isn’t much else to it. 

Graphics: 7/10

                                          Overall

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, while many claim it to be the worst in the series, is still a great game to be tried. it has a great story, unique gameplay, epic music, cool graphics, I don’t see how this can be the worst in the series.(just watch a video for the first Fire Emblem) I give Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones 9/10.

 the Adventures of Tintin Director: Steven Spielberg.  producers: Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg , Kathleen kennedy.

     the adventures of tintin review  By:aarona2u    Graphics:9/10 The movie was made up of computer generated images and over all the graphics were good, although the cartoonieness of some scenes (which was probably made while trying to make it more like a comic book)ruins the realistic appearance of the graphics. storyline 8/10 the story starts out with tintin and snowy walking through an open flea market and tintin spotting the model of the unicorn. he takes it back home and leaves.Then returns only to find the Unicorn missing and his apartment ransacked,i will not tell any more because it would ruin the movie. Movie vs. Book, Their are some major differences between the movie, and the books it’s based on which  are: the crab with the golden claws, the secret of the unicorn ,and red Rackham’s treasure. some of the differences include  ,that in the original the treasure wasn’t captain haddock’s ancestor’s,it was red rackham the pirate’s! in the book also when they open the globe it supposedly contain s all of the treasure ,while in the movie , it included   SOME of the treasure  and a clue to were the rest was hidden! music:9/10.The music was overall a pretty important element to the film. it give the audience more of a feeling of what’s going on The opening was one of the best parts of the movie, because it was reminiscent of 1960″s and 70’s openings for live action shows and cartoons such as the classic batman tv show. Overall:10/10 The movie over all is Excilent

Star Wars: Episode 1

The Phantom Menace

Illustration depicting various characters of the film, surrounded by a frame which reads at the top "Every saga has a beginning". In the background there is a close-up of a face with yellow eyes and red and black tattoos. Below the eyes are a bearded man with long hair, a young woman with facepaint and an intricate hat, three spaceships, a short and cillindric robot besides a humanoid one, a boy wearing gray clothes, a young man wearing a brown robe holding a laser sword, and an alien creature with long ears. At the bottom of the image is the title "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" and the credits.

 

Developed by: Lucas Films Ltd.

Directed by: George Lucas

Produced by: Rick McCallum

Written by: George Lucas

 

Rating: PG

By: Lord Sinister

STORY:

     A long time ago…in a galaxy, far, far away…..

     The Galactic Republic is in a period of decline. In response to a taxation on trade routes, the Trade Federation organizes a blockade of battleships around the planet of Naboo. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum dispatches two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn, and his Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi to negotiate with Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray, in hopes of resolving the issue. However, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious orders the army to kill the Jedi and invade Naboo with an army of battle droids. The two Jedi escape: by climbing aboard a ship and escaping to Naboo. There, Qui-Gon saves a Gungan named Jar Jar Binks from being crushed by a Federation tank. Indebted to the Jedi, Jar Jar leads them to the underwater Gungan city; there, the Jedi unsuccessfully attempt to persuade the Gungans to help the people of Naboo, though they are able to obtain a transport to reach the Capital city of Theed on the surface.

     Meanwhile, the Federation has invaded the capital city Theed, and nearly taken over the rest of the planet. Queen Amidala is captured by the Federation army, but is rescued by the Jedi. The Queen escapes Naboo with the Jedi on her starship, which is damaged on its way through the blockade surrounding the planet, forcing them to land onTatooine, a nearby desert planet, for repairs. Qui-Gon ventures into the settlement of Mos Eisley with Jar Jar and the droid R2D2 to a junk shop to purchase a new hyperdrive generator. The queen allows Padmé, supposedly a handmaid, to journey along with them. There, they meet a slave child named Anakin Skywalker, a pilot and engineer who has created his own protocol droid, C-3PO. After spending time with Anakin, Qui-Gon senses a strong presence of the Force within him, and suspects he may be the “Chosen One” of Jedi prophecy who will bring balance to the Force. Qui-Gon makes a bet with Anakin’s owner, Watto, to enter him in a podracing tournament; if Anakin wins, he will be freed. If Watto wins, Qui-Gon forfeits his ship. Anakin manages to win the race and beats the doug, Sabolba, and then joins the group to be trained as a Jedi. They are then attacked by Darth Sidious’ apprentice, Darth Maul, who was dispatched to find, and eliminate the jedi. Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn battle each other on the sands of Tatooine, Qui-Gon, meeting his match, retreats, to his ship and disembarks the desert planet.

Having escaped the attack, the Jedi escort the Queen to the Republic capital planet of Corusant so she can plead her people’s case to Chancellor Valorum. Qui-Gon asks the Jedi Councel to train Anakin as a Jedi, but is rejected. Meanwhile, Senator Palpatine of Naboo convinces the Queen to make a motion of no confidence in Valorum in attempt to vote for a stronger Chancellor who will help end the conflict. She pushes such a vote, but grows frustrated with the lack of action by the Galactic Senate, eventually deciding to return to Naboo with the Jedi.

Back on Naboo, Padmé reveals herself to be Queen Amidala, the other “Queen” having been a decoy. Padmé convinces the Gungans to form an alliance against the Trade Federation. While Jar Jar leads his people in a battle against the droid army and the Queen comes in to capture by Gunray in Theed, Anakin pilots a vacant starfighter and joins the fight against the Federation droid control ship in space, and—using the Force—destroys the ship, deactivating the droid army. Meanwhile, Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon encounter Darth Maul once more and engage him in a lightsaber fight. Maul mortally wounds Qui-Gon, but is defeated by Obi-Wan; who cleaves Maul in two. Qui-Gon’s dying request is for Obi-Wan to train Anakin. Palpatine is elected as the new Supreme Chancellor, the Federation Viceroy is sent to stand trial for his crimes, Obi-Wan is bestowed the rank of Jedi Knight, and the Jedi Council accepts Anakin to become Obi-Wan’s apprentice.

ACTORS:

Liam Neeson

Ewan McGregor

Natalie Portman

Jake Lloyd

Ian McDiarmid

Pernilla August

And others…

PRODUCTION:

          The movie itself was created over a decade after Return of the Jedi. Lucas realized during the making of A New Hope that the world he created was too vast in scope to cover in one stand-alone film. He began writing a basic draft for his prequel trilogy that he planned on creating after the first three films. After Return of the Jedi, certain events occurred and Lucas lost over half his fortune. This made him drop the entire idea of starting a prequel trilogy. However, in the 1990’s Star Wars was still popular. Dark Horse comics began creating Star Wars comic books with back stories for Lucas’s different characters. This inspired Lucas to finally take up the task of creating another three Star Wars movies.

     Within three to four months of Lucas beginning the writing process, Doug Chian and his design team started a two-year process of reviewing thousands of designs for the film. Stunt coordinator Nick Gillard was recruited to create a new Jedi fighting style for the prequel trilogy. Gillard likened the lightsaber battles to a chess game “with every move being a check.” Because of their short-range weapons, Gillard theorized that the Jedi would have had to develop a fighting style that merged every swordfighting style, such as kendo and other styles, with other swinging techniques. While training Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor, Gillard would write a sequence to be an estimated 60 seconds long, meant to be among five to six sequences per fight. Lucas later referred to Jedi as being “negotiators”, rather than high-casualty soldiers. The preference of hand-to-hand combat was intended to give a more spiritual and intellectual role to the Jedi.

     When the movie premiered in 1999, the respond was outstanding! Thousands of companies had to shut down on the opening day, for thousands of employees reported they could not attend work for they were going to see Star Wars. The movie won back Lucas’s fortune and helped urge him to start on the other two.

     At the time, CGI was a big thing, but Lucas balanced the CGI enough with other camera tricks he used in the first three films that the movie still held the same charm as the others, EXCEPT for a few scenes. (i.e. Darth Mauls death)

OVERVIEW:

     When all is said and done, “The Phantom Menace” is still considered a great accomplishment in the modern day movie industry.

Star Wars Episode 1: 10.0

 

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