You do okay for a mongrel squad

Originally posted at GameSpot on February 14, 2008

Another one bites the dust – Star Wars Republic Commando: True Colors is done. I would have to say I liked this one a little more than Triple Zero, but again there was a sense of build-up. The fourth (and last) novel in the series comes out this summer, so I’ll be looking for that.

This story dealt a lot more with the reoccurring theme of loyalty, which always makes for high drama. This sets up Order 66 nicely, and I am curious how this is all going to pan out.

It was nice to see the Nulls get a little rough – there is so much reference to how unstable and violent they are, but they never actually do anything that crazy…until now.

Also explained more of the war, how the Jedi are and are not involved in it, and Palpatine’s ambitions for himself and the clones.

A great read and yet another reason I’m glad I decided to try it out.

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Brothers All

Originally posted at GameSpot on January 29, 2008

Finished Star Wars Republic Commando: Triple Zero, the second in the series inspired by the game. The story just keeps getting bigger and better, with both Omega and Delta squads now involved in the story. An urban setting this time for the clones, and even a little emotional pull for me by the end of the book.

I already have True Colors sitting on my shelf, but I’m trying to hold off on that so I can get some other reading done. The fourth book is due out this summer, and I’m really looking forward to continuing the story.

The question I still don’t understand: how did Sev get back to Deta Squad after being left behind in Star Wars: Republic Commando? At the end of the game you don’t know what happened to him, but he shows up alive and well in Triple Zero.

It may be a time-line thing I just don’t understand yet, but I would like to have that one answered.

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The Squad is your Weapon

Originally posted at GameSpot on January 11, 2008

I just finished reading Star Wars Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss two night ago. I promised myself I would never get into Star Wars novels because there are so many of them, but since this series is connected with the Republic Commando game, I wanted in – and so far so good.

An interesting story; as with most books of this type, it took a while to get going – but when it did I really wanted to see how things would turn out. I knew this going in, but the book doesn’t deal with Delta Squad from Republic Commando – rather you follow Omega Squad, made up of four clone commandos named Darman (RC-1136), Niner (RC-1309), Atin (RC-3222), and Fi (RC-8015). I’m still a little fuzzy on the connection between the two squads, but I think I’ll find out more in the next book (Triple Zero).

As I knew would happen, I now want to play through Republic Commando again. I know I won’t have time in the near future to do so, but I know I’ll get more out of the game having read this book.

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