The Cole Protocol (Halo #6) Review

The Cole Protocol (Halo #6) is a 2008 science fiction military novel written by Tobias S. Buckell and published by Tor Books.  Set in the first, desperate days of the Human-Covenant War, the UNSC has enacted the Cole Protocol to safeguard Earth and its inner colonies from discovery by a merciless alien foe. Positives: Great characters Complex story Good writing Good pacing Good setup Negatives: Too many characters Too many subplots Plot:  There are four basic storylines.  One is the Spartan Gray Team sent to the Rubble to destroy any data concerning…

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Gears of War: Judgment Review

Gears of War: Judgment is a 2013 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and People Can Fly, published by Microsoft Studios, and released for Xbox 360.  Serving as a prequel, the story revolves around Lt. Damon Baird and Kilo Squad during a hearing at a COG military tribunal during the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day after a battle against the Locust in Halvo Bay. Positives: Graphics are solid Great voice performances Interesting story Great characters A lot of replayability Good soundtrack Fantastic multiplayer Fun, challenging…

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Gears of War 4 Review

Gears of War 4 is a 2016 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by The Coalition, published by Microsoft Studios, and released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One.  Serving as the fourth main installment in the Gears of War series, it is set 25 years after Gears of War 3, and focuses on the son of Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud, J.D. Fenix, who, alongside his friends Delmon “Del” Walker and Kait Diaz deal with a new threat to humanity’s survival. Positives: Extensive campaign Awesome soundtrack Great characters…

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Gears of War 3 Review

Gears of War 3 is a 2011 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games, published by Microsoft Studios, and released for the Xbox 360.  Serving as the third installment of the Gears of War series, the game is set two years after the events of GOW2, Marcus Fenix and the members of Delta Squad lead the final assault against the Locust as well as a new foe, the Lambent. Positives: Challenging gameplay Graphics are pretty good Awesome story Solid voice performances Tons of replayability Good soundtrack…

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Halo Series Discussion | Breaker Debates Ep.40

Welcome to the 40th episode of Breaker Debates.  Halo, one of the biggest and most know video game franchises, as definitely helped to shape the world of gaming (particularly the first-person shooter genre).  Narik and Ken sit down and talk about Master Chief, Cortana, and the events surrounding them in the Halo Universe.      

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Gears of War 2 Review

Gears of War 2 is a 2008 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360.  It serves as the second installment in the Gears of War franchise and follows Sergeant Marcus Fenix as he leads Delta Squad into the depths of the planet to try to stop the Locust during the assault upon Locust territory known as the Hollow. Positives: Competitive multiplayer Compelling story Extensive campaign Great characters Good soundtrack Great voice performances Exciting gameplay Good graphics…

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All You Need Is Kill Review

Title: All You Need Is Kill Release Date: 2004 Original story by: Hiroshi Sakyrazaka Storyboards by: Ryosuke Takeuchi Original illustrations by: Yoshitoshi ABe Art by: Takeshi Obata Positives: Great characters Interesting story Great writing Great action Great art style Negatives: n/a Plot:  Keiji Kiriya gets recruited into the war against the invading alien menace called Mimics.  However, he dies on the battlefield only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again.  However, he forms an alliance with a female soldier, Rita Vrataski, who could be the…

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Gears of War Review

Gears of War is a 2006 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and The Coalition, published by Microsoft Game Studios released for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.  It is the first installment of the Gears of War series and set on the fictional planet Sera, focuses on a soldier named Marcus Fenix and the troops of Delta Squad as they attempt to save the remaining human inhabitants from a genocidal subterranean race known as the Locust Horde. Positives: Great story Great score…

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Halo: Combat Evolved Review

Halo: Combat Evolved is a 2001 first-person shooter video game that was developed by Bungie Studios and released for the Xbox, Xbox 360, and PC. It is the first game in the Halo franchise and details the story of a super soldier named the Master Chief and his A.I. companion, Cortana, as they explore the artificial ringworld called Halo while combating the Covenant, a group of aliens bent on mankind’s destruction. Positives: Extensive campaign Great voice performances Great soundtrack Competitive multiplayer  Interesting story Negatives: Dated graphics Linear campaign Campaign:  Features…

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The Flood (Halo #2) Review

The Flood (Halo #2) is a 2003 military science fiction novel written by William C. Dietz, published by Del Rey Books, and based on the 2001 video game Halo: Combat Evolved. Set as a sequel to Halo: The Fall of Reach, the story follows a super soldier named the Master Chief and his A.I. companion, Cortana, as they explore the artificial ringworld called Halo while combating the Covenant, a group of aliens bent on mankind’s destruction. Positives: Great characters Great suspense Good story Good writing Negatives: Writing could be better…

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