While some expanded universe stories have been omitted for the sake of clarity, this timeline covers all of the major events from the entire Halo franchise: As with any retrospective, there are plenty of spoilers ahead — if you haven't gotten a chance to play through the story yet and don't want the endings of each game not including Halo 5 spoiled, proceed with caution. The Flood-Forerunner war begins. As a last resort, the Forerunners fire the Halo rings, a series of weapons designed to wipe out all sentient life, denying the Flood of its food source.
Both the Forerunners and the Flood are annihilated. They begin their hunt for Forerunner artifacts, as well as absorbing other species into their massive war machine. Of the original 75 candidates, only 33 survive the augmentation process and remain active. If capture is inevitable, captains must destroy their ship's A.
However, the Covenant plant a tracking beacon on Keyes' ship and discover the location of Reach. Cortana successfully makes it aboard and reunites with the Master Chief. After jumping to slipspace, the Pillar of Autumn arrives at a massive, ring-shaped facility. Keyes crash-lands the Pillar of Autumn into Halo. The Chief is too late, and learns of the Flood. Guilty Spark promises to help the Chief wipe out the Flood by activating Halo, but Cortana reveals that this would wipe out all life in the galaxy. Cortana and the Chief escape and plan to destroy Halo by detonating the Pillar of Autumn's reactor.
The local Flood infestation and most of the Covenant fleet are wiped out in the ensuing explosion. Refining the complex touch-based interface was complicated due to the Unreal Engine's incomplete status and the native iOS code library's lack of support for fast touch-based gameplay. The game's swipe-based swordplay was based on Donald Mustard's desire for an uncommon gameplay based on nuanced sword fighting and parrying.
They felt that many other developers accustomed to consoles were wrong to make iOS games that required long playing experiences to feel meaningful, and so Chair developed the bloodline concept as a natural breakpoint. While Chair itself spent little on marketing, Apple used the game extensively in advertisements for its devices.
The music for the game was composed by Josh Aker, who had written the music for previous Chair games. The soundtrack was intended by Aker to be "intense" during combat, but to vary between "serene" and "otherworldly" outside battle. It is a mixture of live and synthetic instrument performances. Cello and nyckelharpa were the primary instruments used. Aker wanted to have "avant-garde performances" for the recordings. The soundtrack was sold as a digital album, Infinity Blade: Original Soundtrack , through several online music retailers.
They intended only to add new monsters and features, but added the ability to purchase gold due to customer requests. Chair did not rebalance the game to incentivize in-app purchases. Work on The Deathless Kings update began immediately afterwards. Chair felt that releasing several large, free updates to the game would increase their overall user base and result in more total sales due to word of mouth. Infinity Blade was reviewed by several major gaming sites in addition to mobile game-focused sites. Critics praised the game's graphics heavily. IGN reviewer Hilary Goldstein said that it was "an absolute stunner for any handheld device and ushers in a new era of possibility for high-end graphics.
The gameplay was generally praised by reviewers, who typically found the combat engaging but were split on the repetitive aspects of the game. Destructoid's Chester described it as addictive and IGN's Goldstein agreed, but Erickson's review for Pocket Gamer said that the game had problems with repetition and Wired 's Meyer dismissed it as "repetitive Nicholas Geist, writing for Kill Screen , focused his entire review on the cyclical nature of the game, treating its nature of repetition with small changes between each bloodline as a metaphor for life.
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The game is played on a inch screen rigged with optical sensors so as to mimic a large iPhone or iPad screen. Each arcade stand contains up to three screens, and players can play against each other or in the single-player game. It was released on December 1, , and features enhanced graphics, a new storyline, and new fighting styles.
Awakening was released as an e-book on October 4, to correspond with the announcement of Infinity Blade II. The story gives the protagonist of the first game a name, Siris, introduces the idea that the God King was one of multiple Deathless in the world, as is Siris, and has Siris and the assassin Isa journey to find the Worker of Secrets in order to kill the resurrected God King and the other Deathless.
Redemption , was released on September 9, just prior to the third game. In it, Siris and the God King escape from their imprisonment by the Worker of Secrets, while extensive flashbacks show the rise of the Deathless in a future-Earth analogue. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Infinity Blade App Store icon. Chair Entertainment Epic Games. Way to finish a series! Mostly in trilogies we've noticed the order goes from Awesome to Awful, mostly last books disappoint us but not here. In Hourglass series the case was completely opposite.
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Hourglass , the first one was an okay to good book with a very different concept but it just didn't do the trick, there was something missing. But a friend told me to continue the series and read the 2nd book, Timepiece , so I did. And it was bloody amazing. It was narrated by a different character Way to finish a series! It was narrated by a different character - who also is my favourite in the series.
I was a bit sad about this in the beginning but Ms. McEntire made up for it. Once I got engaged in the book, I didn't even think about others even for a second. I am shocked that I loved this book. I can't believe it, it's been so long since I've actually loved a YA book. This book was simple — good characters, solid plot, cute love story, well planned climax, great ending. A teeny tiny thing that I did not like was the writing.
Infinityglass is not an explosion of a book which will make you forget everything in the world. Same as its 2nd book, Timepiece. The concept of this series is so weirdly different and when I first read the book I was scared if the author would be able to carry it out properly, turns out, she could. I think if she's willing, she can create a bigger universe using this subject because I swear it's very offbeat, even resembles X-Men a little bit but it still is very distinctive on its own and it has the capability of turning into something far bigger and better.
Aug 19, Val marked it as series-i-dropped-out. Please, let it be Michael the narrator. I missed more of him in Timepiece. If not let's go back to Em and have lots of Em and Michael moments: Ich mochte die Perspektivwechsel, das hat dem ganzen etwas besonderes gegeben. Allerdings fand ich alles viel zu schnell abgehandelt. Sep 11, Ferdy rated it it was ok Shelves: Spoilers Meh, not awful but not great either. I was bored for the most part, the plot and worldbuilding was all over the place, and I didn't know what the hell was going on half the time. I did end up quite liking the heroine Hallie , she actually had some personality.
Althoug Spoilers Meh, not awful but not great either. Although, I would have liked it if the hero had been anyone other than Dune, he was bland in the first two books, and I barely remembered him, also his power over water was lame. I guess he wasn't all bad, he was rather charming and geeky but he was just a bit too mild for my liking. Hallie and Dune's relationship was pretty blah, they hardly had any chemistry.
There were some sort of bad guys whose motives were never quite clear, and then there were some weird-space-time-ghostly-rip-things that were fucking up the continuum or some rubbish, and then there was Hallie who was some sort of speshul-timey-wimey-ghostly-x-men that was destined to do something that would fix something else. Yea, it was confusing. I had no idea why Hallie was so important or why she needed protecting or why the bad guys wanted her.
I didn't know what the fuck was going on. It was all so poorly written. It made a nice change from the usual boring YA heroine. All in all, I wasn't impressed, the only thing I liked was Hallie and a few of the secondary characters. Feb 06, i. Probably the best book of the saga. The characters are really witty and the plot more interesting than ever. I would give it three and a half stars if it was possible. You make mine catch all the time.
Thus changing the space time continuum and uni 4. Thus changing the space time continuum and unintentionally alternating Hallie's abilities. Dune Ta'ala knew it was time to grow up sometime and this job opportunity is the chance he's been waiting for. He never thought being a bodyguard to ultimate power could even be possible and still shocked that the all powerful mythical object known as the Infinityglass is actually a person. But the ripples in time are quickly multiplying and taking over this world.
Dune and Hallie could repair it, but the question is, could they survive it? The Infinityglass is the final installment in the Hourglass series and what an explosive ending we got! Myra McEntire has such a fierce gift for storytelling. I love the voices she gives to each of her characters. It's always filled with good humor, witty dialog and amazing chemistry. Time travel and supernatural abilities are the perfect combination for a fascinating and intriguing concept.
It was so much fun seeing how this latest mind-blowing situation would all play out. I've really grown to love the outstanding cast and this freshly unique world and I'm so sad to see it end. Told in two alternative pov's, Dune and Hallie are a sharp and sassy pair that fans will fall in love with.
Hallie is such an awesome character and I'm glad that McEntire introduces her into this world. Hallie is quite the handful. She's a challenging character who's smart and demanding and knows what she wants and goes after it with a zest and zing. She likes to play with her toys when she's bored and all the teasing and flirting just comes natural, but when real emotions are behind it, Hallie is out of her element. I loved seeing the impact of how sincere emotions affected her. I also love her ability to transmutate. That little talent started to get a bit crazy throughout the story, it was impressively entertaining and completely unnerving at the same time, Dune has the ability to control water, the tides and even the moon phases.
It's not always easy to control and has been a haunting memory for Dune since he was young boy. I really just loved Dune in this book! He's the kind of guy who's clean cut, walks the straight line and always plays it safe, he's Mr. Dependable and morally correct. It was really great to see Hallie get under his skin, taking down each resolved layer and finding something they never thought could happen. I really loved the way these two brings out the best in each other. The banter was comical and the romance was a seductive little dance between sexual attraction and emotional need.
They made my heart happy. It was also really great to see Poe, Emerson, Michael and Kaleb again as well as some of the other characters from Hourglass. I loved what they brought into this installment. It wouldn't have felt complete without them. All in all, I really had a great time with this book.
It was action packed, pulse pounding with a steady stream of intrigue and excitement from the very first page till it's gripping conclusion. I'm looking forward to tackling McEntrie's next escape, what ever that may be. Till then, fans of the Hourglass series are going to love this final adventurous addition. What a brilliant way to end an amazing series. This is one world I'm truly going to miss! View all 4 comments. Feb 13, Juhina rated it really liked it Shelves: When I read Timepiece last year, I was slightly disappointed because I loved Hourglass but Timepiece didn't really leave a big impression on me.
Even with that, I had to give Infinityglass a try because a it is the last book in the series, and b Timepiece was still good, just a bit of a letdown When I read Timepiece last year, I was slightly disappointed because I loved Hourglass but Timepiece didn't really leave a big impression on me. Even with that, I had to give Infinityglass a try because a it is the last book in the series, and b Timepiece was still good, just a bit of a letdown. I have to say that Infinityglass was fantastic.
It brought back my love for this trilogy and I am so happy I picked it up and got introduced to such fantastic characters that have been neglected in the previous books. Following the format of the previous two books, the plot line continues in Infinityglass but with two somewhat new characters. The first is Dune, the teenage genius who has dedicated his life studying up on the Infinityglass as well as working for the Hourglass organization that Michael, Em, Kaleb, and Lily work in the main characters of the previous two books.
However the twist here is that we find out the Infinityglass is a human being, and not an object this is not a spoiler if you've read Timepiece. Of course we immediately figure out that that person will be Dune's love interest in this book. In terms of female protagonists, all the ones in the Hourglass trilogy have been kick butt.
From Emerson, Lily, and finally Infinityglass's Hallie. She is the daughter of a She has always had bodyguards and compares her house to Rapunzel's tower. However she is so kick butt and isn't afraid to speak her mind, and usually gets to do what she wants, when she wants. I instantly liked her as well as Dune because he was a perfect mix of nerd and hot guy. I must admit towards the end the plot went a little wacky and I just didn't know what the hell was going on. I was winging it. Reading more trying to see if everything will be explained and to a certain extent it was.
The solution and just the way everything was settled was too complicated. Even now, I don't completely understand what went down in the final showdown. However you can blame this on me or my inability to process words at such an ungodly hour, when I finished this book. This shows you that I couldn't put the book down until I reached the last page.
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All in all, Infinityglass was the perfect ending to this trilogy. I really enjoyed this installment so much and was so happy with the way everything ended. I would definitely recommend this to YA fans, even ones who aren't big on time traveling, because I am one of those. I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Hallie can change her shape and adopt different faces. Why are the time rips getting worse? Can Hallie sort this out?
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And can Dune protect her while she does it? This book was okay, but I expected more. The storyline was okay, but while I liked the beginning, I quickly lost interest in this story. Overall; not as good as the first book. May 23, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: Infinityglass is a strong, satisfying ending to the Hourglass series.
I'm pleased with how things turned out but I'm super sad to say goodbye to the eclectic cast of characters. I'm a definite fan of Myra McEntire and I can't wait to see what she does next. Infinityglass branches away from both Hourglass and Timepiece in the setting. Infinityglass brings readers to New Orleans and it's a fabulous setting. I've wanted to go to New Orleans for quite some time and Infinityglass just made me even mor Infinityglass is a strong, satisfying ending to the Hourglass series.
I've wanted to go to New Orleans for quite some time and Infinityglass just made me even more eager for a trip there. Myra McEntire managed to seamlessly blend a contemporary feel with fun historical facts about New Orleans. Dune and Hallie take center stage in Infinityglass. Dune took a bit of a background role in the earlier books so readers will know a little about him. Hallie, on the other hand, is a complete mystery at first. She is the daughter of the head of Chronos and there's a lot more to both her and Chronos than readers will originally predict. Dune is quite the gentleman and I loved him.
He's dedicated, sincere, and funny although not quite as funny as Kaleb. He and Hallie are the perfect combination. They definitely show why opposites attract. Hallie is fun, bold, and a huge risktaker. She's a kick-ass heroine, for sure. Oh and you'll definitely get some cameos from the first two books which were perfect! The plot is fast-paced from beginning to end. There were quite a few surprising plot twists and some not so surprising ones that really kept things going. The stakes were higher for everyone and I was on the edge of my seat for quite some time.
I wanted to see all my favorite characters get their happy endings and I really didn't know how or if that would happen. Myra McEntire pulled everything together flawlessly in the end though. Overall, Infinityglass will really please fans of the Hourglass series. It was a much anticipated finale for me and I'm happy to say that it did not disappoint. May 26, Taschima rated it really liked it. After Timepiece I am really expecting anything from this series.
Who will narrate next? Let's take a look at the contestants. She is pretty fucked up right now, it would be interesting to see what is in her mind, but unless she has a pretty big role in the future book I find this not happening. Will Em come back? Or will Michael take the reins? Maybe the'll get a new cat and then the cat will take over narration, after all they can see Review to come Maybe the'll get a new cat and then the cat will take over narration, after all they can see everything and be anywhere!
Exciting but at the same time kind of terrifying, this little game of changing narration by book could potentially blow out in our faces when we find someone who we really dislike narrating. Other than that, great series! Last one was kind of okay, when compared with Hourglass, but I have high hopes for this one. View all 5 comments. Jan 22, Shelby rated it it was amazing. I am love this series! I love the characters and the writing of it. It took me a few days to finish but I finished it. I could read the whole series all over again.
It is so good. I just wish there was more in the series. I just want cry because there are no more books in the series. I am so sad! May 25, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you've been following the blog for a while, then you know how big this series is for me. You know how much I utterly adore this series. It's kind of seeped into my life, really. In the past couple of years since I began this trilogy, I've wanted to wallpaper my room with the covers.
I've named my Kindle after the main character in the first book. Hourglass is my go to recommendation for people 'Scuse me, I'll be in a corner crying forever. Hourglass is my go to recommendation for people who want books. I've connected with the characters in this book in such an intense way, that I think I'm kind of in denial that this series is over.
To say the least, I absolutely loved this book. Myra's writing never fails me and it was, again, engaging and really drew me in. She still had that same, fantastic banter between the characters and the book was full of sarcastic one liners that made me grin. Their inner thoughts really enabled them to jump off the page. In Infinityglass, if you haven't heard, there are two narrators.
Both of them were fantastic and very much their own person with their own voice. Then the characters themselves. Dune and Hallie were two very different characters. Dune was sweet and patient and came from this wonderful support system that was more of a family. Hallie was sharp and jaded and overprotected as she grew up. Both characters had these aspects that made me connect with them right from the get go. And as a couple, they were a team. I think that's the best way to describe it.
It really felt like they were working together and improving each other and it was all incredibly sweet and swoony.
And I can't not write about the nerdtastic references all throughout this book. Each reference made me giggle a little bit because they're subtle or small but they're very much there and you know that it shows a little bit about Myra and a little bit about the characters and a little bit about the reader who catches them. Infinityglass also has this wonderful balance of older characters we already love to go with Hallie and Dune.
There's a healthy dose of my beloved Michael, Emerson, Kaleb, and Lily. Poe and Ava and Nate and Clarissa rounded out the little crew that was so important to the book.