Meet Iden Ersio, the commander of an elite TIE Fighter squadron called the Inferno Squad, merging aerial superiority with commando tactics on the ground. The story begins when she sees the second Death Star explode, and things progress rapidly from there. Join her on a thirty-year journey across the galaxy far away, and see if she manages to complete the Emperor's final order. Characters you know and love make their guest appearances, letting you play as Kylo Ren or Luke Skywalker in missions tailored to these characters. It's an excellent singleplayer experience bridging the gap between Episodes VI and VII.Specialised classesSW: Battlefront II brings class-based gameplay to the multiplayer to diversify your experience. Pick an Assault Trooper to push the frontlines with a rifle and devastating shotgun to thin out the enemy ranks. Roll Heavy trooper to lay down suppression fire with a minigun and push through thanks to powerful shields. If you enjoy long-distance support and harrying your foe pick the Specialist for sniper rifles and handy traps. If you choose Officer you'll provide your team with extremely useful abilities boosting their resolve and survivability on the field of battle.Iconic locations, famous battlesVisit a large number of the planets you know and remember from the Star Wars movies. Explore Theed, Crait, and many other locations drawn from the long history of the galaxy far away. Join armies from several periods: Clones, Droids, Rebels, First Order, and others are recruiting and in need of your gun arm and keen eye.Heroes and machinesThe token system from the first game was reworked from the ground up. Gather points during matches by scoring points for your team in various ways, and unlock access to more powerful units with them. Heavily armored battledroids, Imperial walkers, and powerful heroes are ripe for the taking. Star Wars Battlefront II allows you to experience duels previously unseen in the movies. Test Darth Maul's speed and ruthlessness against Rey's charge and mind control. Teach Kylo Ren the true command of the Force as Master Yoda, or help Captain Phasma catch the traitorous Finn. There are even more heroes for you to discover and work your way towards.Stunning visualsStar Wars Battlefront 2 pushed the limits of visual fidelity in games. The photogrammetry technology reaches new heights in DICE's space shooter, provided you have the machine to run it, of course. Crisp textures, realistic models, detailed facial expressions. It's a visual feast worthy of large screens.Receptions and opinionsBefore buying Star Wars Battlefront 2 you probably want to know what the other players, as well as critics, have to say about the game. Especially after the scandal connected with loot boxes, which damaged ranking of the game. However, the idea of loot boxes was quickly changed in order to become more friendly towards players. Most video game score aggregate websites have rated the game at ~7 out of 10. Providing use/r ratings is pointless due to the fact, that the game was ostracized after the scandal.The reason why we decided to point this out is to show that not all opinions about Battlefront 2 are going to be reliable. Since the model of loot boxes was changed, the game reception is much better. Players are enjoying the gameplay and possibility of becoming almost everyone from the Star Wars universe. If you want to be a Darth Maul or Darth Vader, here is your chance.
No one expected that the American colonies might seriously consider fighting their British masters until the infamous Boston massacre of March 1770. On 26 October 1775, George III, King of Great Britain, spoke to Parliament, declaring the American colonies to be in a state of rebellion. Here, for the first time, the use of force was authorized against the rebels. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Iain Cartomb. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/yurt/001030/bk_yurt_001030_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The battle has been won, but the war has just begun! Sgt. Kind continues to fight the aliens. This time, it's on Earth and the stakes are nothing less than the Earth itself. Years have passed, and Sgt. Kind finds that there has been a ceasefire called between the invaders and the nation that was once called America. But is it a ploy to get the rebels to lower their guard as the invaders continue to take over the planet? Find out here, as Sgt. Kind leads a new team into battle against the invading army that was created by alien beings to wipe out humanity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Skyler Morgan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/065290/bk_acx0_065290_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The largest and most detailed Total War: THREE KINGDOMS DLC to dateBegin a campaign in 182 CE just before the Yellow Turban rebellion……Then play through the conflict and deep into the Three Kingdoms periodNew characters and six new playable warlords including the Zhang brothers and Emperor LingUnique new campaign mechanics, events and objectives40 new battlefield units and new unit abilitiesPlay the origin stories of legendary characters such as Cao Cao and Liu BeiThe year is 182CE. The Han Empire is in turmoil, and China is slipping towards chaos. The Emperor’s court is paralysed by corruption, and a great famine has ravaged the north. In the eyes of the people, Emperor Ling has lost the Mandate of Heaven – and with it, the right to rule.Across the land, the people band together in opposition. Led by the three Taoist brothers Zhang Jue, Zhang Liang and Zhang Bao, they don yellow turbans and take up arms. Their aim: to tear down the unjust Han and replace it with their own dynasty of harmony and peace. They are thousands strong, with more flocking to their cause by the day.Warlords sworn to the emperor rally to his banner; warriors of great influence and fierce ability. Yet the wiser, more ambitious of them harbour their own desires… if the Han becomes too weak, who then will take the reins of power?The Total War: THREE KINGDOMS – Mandate of Heaven Chapter Pack depicts the events of the Yellow Turban Rebellion, enabling players to engage in the conflict from either rebel or loyalist perspectives. Introducing a number of new characters and playable faction leaders, the campaign begins in 182CE, but players can choose to continue well into the Three Kingdoms period, with familiar characters entering the campaign as the timeline progresses.The Han DynastyAs part of the free Total War: THREE KINGDOMS game update for all players which activates when Mandate of Heaven launches, Han Chinese factions may adopt the new Empire government style (Emperor Ling of course has this from the outset of the campaign).The Emperor and his allies are in an alliance where the Emperor holds total power. The Emperor has mandated powers to prevent his allies from voting on diplomatic deals such as war and peace. However, as this is effectively an abuse of power, such actions may cause schisms in the alliance…In Mandate of Heaven, Liu Hong (Emperor Ling) has a unique form of this Empire government style, in that he must request these mandated powers from his imperial allies in order to battle the Yellow Turban threat. In addition, he may also construct the Imperial Palace, a grand undertaking in both time and resources, which delivers powerful factionwide bonuses to the Emperor, and houses the single most powerful garrison in the game!Victory ConditionsThe victory conditions of all Han factions match those of the 190CE campaign. Timing in this period is crucial however, given the power-blocs in play. It’s very much about picking your moment to start your race for the throne and finding rebel-held commanderies to attack opportunistically. The only exception is Liu Hong (Emperor Ling), whose victory conditions will change depending on how he reforms his government.Han FactionsLiu Hong (Emperor Ling)Liu Hong is Emperor of the Han Empire, and presides over a swiftly deteriorating situation. Rebellions are rising and there is discontent amongst his own vassal warlords. His court is controlled by corrupt and self-serving eunuchs who are quick to silence any who question them. The formidable Empress, his wife, fights tooth-and-nail against the eunuchs’ power-grab, but her efforts are hindered by the Emperor's inaction. The vast Han vassal lands are Liu Hong’s to maintain, but the situation is rapidly falling apart, and controlling all of them may be impossible as discontent and open warfare erupt…Unique Faction Mechanic: The Imperial CourtWithin the Imperial Court, three factions vie for supremacy.The Bureaucrats: Led by the eunuchs, their supporters seek to centralise power into the hands of the politicians.The Warlords: Supporters of this group seek a decentralised government where each local leader controls their own lands, answering only to the emperor.The Dynasts: This group seeks all power to come from the imperial family itself.The Emperor sits in the middle, trying to balance these power blocks. He can wield his Political Influence to enact changes within a court that has been all but crippled by the eunuchs’ power-grab…Political influence grows over time and is generated by administrative court buildings within the player’s major settlementsPolitical influence can be used to remove corrupt ministers from the courtVery high levels of political influence can be expended to annex entire factions within the Empire.Liu ChongLiu Chong is the Emperor's kin, but not heir to the throne. Unlike his family, he is happy to focus on managing his land. The people he governs love him, due to a combination of his own bold personality and his skill in battle. He is determined to make his holdings a place of peace and prosperity for any and all who wish to seek haven there. He feels confident that his imperial kin will get the situation under control, and whilst he will defend them, he is more concerned with keeping his people and his territory safe. Owners of Mandate of Heaven will also be able to begin a campaign in 190 CE as Liu Chong, and his historical conflict with Yuan Shu.Unique resource: FortitudeLiu Chong has a unique resource called fortitude. This rises as he fights battles, and confers a suite of increasingly powerful military bonuses for his troops.Unique Faction Mechanic: TrophiesBy achieving a proscribed series of feats in battle, Liu Chong can unlock trophies which grant unique bonus effects. Liu Chong can choose a limited set of trophies to display in order to gain these bonuses.Lu ZhiOne of the most preeminent scholars of the Han Dynasty, Lu Zhi made a name for himself as an excellent teacher, with such students as Liu Bei and Gongsun Zan studying under him. He was a pivotal figure during the Yellow Turban rebellion, leading many successful assaults against the rebels. While a master of scholarship and the sword, he was less prepared to compete with the Eunuchs.Unique Faction Mechanic: The Great LibraryBy achieving a prescribed series of civic feats, Lu Zhi can collect a range of unique works to populate the library. Up to five works can be displayed at any one time with each work offering unique bonuses. Some works belong to sets and offer further bonuses if displayed together.Yellow Turban RebellionUnique MechanicsThe three Zhang brothers, architects of the Yellow Turban Rebellion, each get unique missions to energise the movement. Some of these missions will improve their own factions, whilst others will enhance their allies. A few missions may even bring you into contact with faces old and new...Unique resources and effects: Zeal and FervourZeal represents the flames of rebellion, which must be stoked for the rebellion to succeed. This resource is shared across all three Zhang brothers’ factions, but depletes over time. As Zeal falls, the rebellion can falter, causing your counties to rise up in favour of the Han cause. Zeal is maintained by capturing counties and fighting battles.Fervour represents the rising support of the common people for the rebellion, and the growing instability this causes the Han. Fervour increases in a region due to the presence of Yellow Turbans forces and buildings, causing increasingly punitive public order penalties for Han factions. At high levels, fervour begins to cross boundaries and affect adjacent regions. Han factions can mitigate the Yellow Turbans’ Fervour by improving their public order infrastructure and capturing nearby Yellow Turbans counties.Victory ConditionsAll followers of the Way of Supreme Peace are united in a common goal: overthrowing the Han Empire. The flames of rebellion will not be quenched until this goal is achieved!Some turns into the campaign the Mandate War will commence in earnest, driving the Yellow Turbans and the Han into relentless conflict. Victory in this war is the ultimate victory for the Yellow Turbans, and they must capture 50 regions or Luoyang itself.ReformsAll Yellow Turban factions have access to the new Yellow Turbans reforms tree. The tree contains four major branches, reflecting:Infrastructure & EconomyPhilosophy & TradeMilitary PowerMilitary DoctrinesYellow Turbans FactionsZhang JueA renowned healer in his native Julu commandery, Zhang Jue is known as the General of Heaven. His discovery of the Scriptures of Great Peace, detailing the connection between heaven and earth, have set him on the path to raising a righteous rebellion against the corrupt Han Dynasty. Zhang Jue has mustered his brothers and their followers to his cause and sparked a flame in the hearts of the people.Zhang LiangZhang Liang, the General of the People, is an artisan of defensive strategies. As such, his aim is to build an impregnable defence against the Han as they attempt to stamp out the rebellion. In fact, the Han warlord Lu Zhi has been dispatched with precisely this directive, and Zhang Liang has been tasked with defending against him. The result of this clash could dramatically shift the balance of power!Zhang BaoKnown as the General of the Land, Zhang Bao hones naked aggression into a force for change. He forms the spear-tip of the rebellion, hurling himself boldly into the fray. He seeks to rapidly expand the rebels' sphere of influence and is in the best position to achieve this.Other Factions also playable in Mandate of HeavenYou can also play this campaign from the perspective of several notable Three Kingdoms characters, each of whom has unique start-positions and missions reflecting their early (and in one case, deeply humble!) beginnings:Cao CaoLiu BeiSun JianDong ZhuoNew campaign features:Regionless RecruitmentIn the Mandate campaign, a faction’s armies may now recruit troops when in non-hostile territory, even if they own no regions. Units and retinues may be recruited, but new armies may not be formed.Emergent AI factionsAs time passes in the Mandate of Heaven campaign, notable factions from the 190 CE campaign will begin to emerge according to key historical conditions. For example, Yuan Shao may appear, but only if The Emperor is deposed, while Zheng Jiang will begin to terrorise the northern Commanderies around 189 CE.New battlefield units (highlights)With 40 new units available, playable factions get a range of new options for recruitment. Here you’ll find a list of some of the most notable elite units.Han EmpireImperial Conscripts (Liu Hong)The elite Imperial Army of the Han Empire, these units represent all five elements of the Wu Xing, and are all heavily armoured. All Imperial units have a unique ability granting them increasing armour and damage bonuses while fighting as long as another Imperial unit is nearby.Chen Peacekeepers (Liu Chong)The finest melee cavalry of Prince Liu Chong’s army, clad in heavy golden armour and also armed with crossbows.Chen Royal Guard (Liu Chong)Heavily armoured Crossbow Infantry, ready to switch to shield and spear in defence of their emperor.Destroyer of Traitors (Lu Zhi)A very effective Shock Cavalry unit with splash-damage attacks.Yellow TurbansMessengers of Heaven (Zhang Jue)Zhang Jue's messengers bear forth his prophecies and instructions. These very fast, unarmoured, fear-causing melee cavalry have good morale and are Ideal for chasing missile infantry down, killing them swiftly and moving on before others arrive.Zealots of the Way (Zhang Bao)Zhang Bao’s all-purpose infantry, equipped with two-handed polearms. Their unique ability improves their combat prowess over time at the front of the unit, though they become more vulnerable to the flanks and rear.Yaoguai Hunters (Zhang Bao)Zhang Bao’s Archers, armed with poisoned arrows. They can be deployed outside of the regular deployment zone before battle commences, and can only be detected from up close. They are deadly while they remain hidden, but the enemy must be kept at arm’s length as they will fall swiftly in melee.Tyrant Slayers (Zhang Liang)Zhang Liang’s Shock Cavalry, they have a very hard-hitting charge, and a unique damage bonus when fighting heroes and generals.
Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive, because he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his younger self how to be a good copper, and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. But there's a problem: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future. Here is a Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, ladies of negotiable affection, rebels, secret policemen, and other children of the revolution. Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a Hard-boiled Egg! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Robinson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/000189/bk_rhuk_000189_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Veronica Cecil was 25 years old when her husband was offered a job at a large multi-national company in the Congo. Filled with enthusiasm for their new life, the couple and their 11-month-old son set off for an African adventure. Very soon, however, Veronica began to realise that life in the Congo was not what she had imagined. Food shortages were an everyday occurrence; she felt like an outsider at the club in Léopoldville, which only the Belgians and other expats frequented; and flickers of violence were starting to erupt everywhere. Six months later Veronica and her family were sent to Elizabetha, a remote palm oil plantation on the banks of the Congo River. But even here paradise didn’t last. Civil war broke out, and the rebels captured the neighbouring town of Stanleyville and took all the whites hostage. Despite the fact that Veronica was on the verge of giving birth, the situation was so dangerous that she and her toddler had to be evacuated. Leaving her husband and all their possessions behind, she and her son began on a two-day journey through the jungle. But on the plane back to Leopoldville, the first labour pains began.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Imogen Church. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010314/bk_adbl_010314_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At seven years old, the young Brian Armstrong was captivated by the pages of an old, yellow-bordered magazine. It wasn't just the bare-breasted tribeswomen that attracted his attention. Pictures of far-off jungles, exotic wildlife, and intrepid explorers prompted the boy to declare, "That's what I'm going to do when I grow up." Twenty-five years later, that dream came true. The boy from Bendigo found himself travelling from one death-defying adventure to another as a seat-of-the-pants expedition filmmaker for the same company that produced those yellow-bordered magazines. Coping with deadly snakes, volcanoes, acid lakes, malaria, armed rebels and even a helicopter crash became part of a day's work. Time and again Brian asked himself the same three questions: "How did I get here?", "How do I get out of here?" and, most importantly, "What's to drink?" Against his employer's strict anti-alcohol policy, this irreverent larrikin started the Exotic Booze Club. Brian exhorted fellow filmmakers and explorers to return to the office to share strange liquors and wild tales of daring exploits. This audiobook gives you the true stories from behind the scenes of Brian's most dramatic films, framed by the rise and fall of the one and only Exotic Booze Club. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Armstrong. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001993/bk_boli_001993_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bronson Haley lived life so fast - one filled with crime, violence, alcohol, and conducting business with the Mexican drug mafia - that he’d sometimes wake up in a jail cell without having a clue as to how he got there. As one of the most feared street fighters in Shreveport, Louisiana, Bronson had a reputation that preceded him - and usually made people get out of his way. After a miraculous and well-publicized conversion to Christianity, Bronson ended up in an affair with a deacon’s wife in the megachurch in which he was saved. That’s when Bronson committed what he describes as spiritual suicide - what takes place after a fallen Christian or sinner believes they have made decisions that place them beyond the boundaries of redemption and reconciliation with God. Not only did he turn back to his old way of life, but he took his sin to exponential heights with drugs, violence, and an increase in lawlessness with his fellow millennial rebels. In his audiobook The Depth of Grace: Finding Hope at Rock Bottom, Bronson shares the highlights - and lowlights - of his life...and he pulls no punches. All the raw, gritty details are here, showing how Bronson failed miserably time and again. After his public and disgraceful failure with God, Bronson isolated himself with the Bible for three years and endured terrible suffering. What he found is breathtaking and will no doubt shake up the religious institution and the world of rebels, as the true love of the resurrected Jesus comes to light. In addition to sharing his personal story of a painful childhood, a tumultuous lifestyle, and finding Jesus a few different times as a disgraced millennial himself, Bronson includes “Rest Stops” throughout his audiobook. These Bible teachings contain raw revelations of grace that penetrate deep enough into the hearts of today’s sinners to capture their souls. The rest stop chapters dig deep into the word, but the content does not beat down the listener a 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. Bronson Haley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/145327/bk_acx0_145327_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
War has a way of breaking everything... especially your heart and the rules of attraction. Lieutenant Thea Haven is still heartbroken that her king, betrothed to her since their youth, chose a human as his lifemate and queen. As warrior-tough as she is beautiful, Thea is unsure whether any other man will ever awaken her again... until she encounters royal guardian Marco McKinley. With secrets as forbidden as his powerful sensuality, the king's brooding protector quickly takes command of Thea's darkest fantasies and casts a hypnotic spell over her body and heart. Years ago Marco was pledged to protect Jared Bennett, his people's king, now living in exile on Earth. Here, in a world that's alien to them all, a secret war between human fighters and otherworldly rebels is growing hotter every day. But Marco lives in fear not of this epic war, but his own future destiny: He has been warned that he will turn traitor, and his love for Thea Haven will be the direct cause. Now Marco is faced with the ultimate choice - break his vow to his king or lose the woman who has claimed his mind, body, and soul for her own. One of those choices could mean the destruction of them all. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Richards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018402/bk_adbl_018402_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.