• Charity Stream Shoutouts and thanks by NEXUS

    Charity Stream Shout Outs and Special Thanks from N3XUS by KSI N3XUS 7 Twitch Team Lead   If any of you reading this article have ever planned a massive party or a big event you know the struggles and the stress entailed with getting all of your metaphorical ducks in a row, especially when there are so many ducks to manage. This event was the first that I had personally planned and managed and even though we hit 22% of $2500 goal we had a lot of fun and activity in stream, but it wasn’t all just me behind the scenes and this is what this article is for. There were a lot of inside influences and some outside influences that helped us reach our goals that I want to take some time to recognize here today.   Our outside helpers come in the form of some awesome streamers from Twitch that have built their own follower communities for quite a while.    The first one is a Partnered Streamer that I have personally followed for almost 3 years, who makes her living off of her stream, and keeps up with her Subs and Followers to an awesome point (just don't ask for push-ups). I am going at our channel like I’m starting a new one, and every bit of help no matter how small goes a long way. So Echoics, on behalf of KSI and the Twitch Team, I want to thank you for taking time to help us with our stream by hosting us during our charity stream.   Check out Echo here: https://www.twitch.tv/echoics     There is also one other streamer that deserves an honorable mention. FransKiss helped get the word out about the event across her follower base on social media and we would also like to thank you for this. Check out Fran here: https://www.twitch.tv/franskiss   Help like this isn’t to be taken likely or for granted. These two were using the channels they build daily to help ours out.    Now internally we had a massive influence from within this community. With all the effort DoubleOh and I put into this event, with marketing and spreading the word.. One leader really rose to the occasion calling to his division to flood the chat. For this I personally would like to give a huge shout out to KSI Huckleberry 7 and all those from his division that came to hang out.   Lastly I want to give a shout out to all of the streamers that planned out their weekends to do their part and stream. You all did an awesome job and were super flexible. From here, there is only good things to come from the Twitch team, so let's keep the hype up.

    A New Type Of Leadership Training

    A New Type Of Leadership Training
    By: Chaoticz
    News Team Writer
     
    KSI ZEUSWRATH7 and his team have been working hard to give out a new set of leadership classes to members in KSI.
     
    There are 5 seperate classes;
    -Choose the right people
    -Make sure they understand their role
    -Building and listening skills
    -Motivation
    -Vision
     
    Those are only Level 1 of the course. Additionally, Zeus is also preparing a second level and set of classes for those who want to go even further and learn more!
    This isn't like any other class or workshop where you simply attend, listen, and learn. KSI ZEUSWRATH 7 pushes his attendees to their potential. Each class consists of alot of detail and teaching, thus, students are expected to take notes.
     
    After each class, Zeus would issue homework assignments. Many of which were follow-up questions to ensure that students were taking correct notes. By talking to others that participated, I can see that nobody had an issue with doing any extra so-called homework.
     
    At the end of the course, a final test with 10 questions would be issued. Students have 24-hours to turn it in. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to assist KSI ZEUSWRATH 7, KSI 1NSAN1TY, and KSI Ezekiel UD in discussing and marking these question papers.
     
    Those who got over 60% were passed on the course. Those who got under 60% were spoken to about where they can go to retake the course and learn from their mistakes. Every attendee passed the course. Additionally, instead of simply giving a % and saying well done, we have back what questions the attendees got wrong and what the correct answer was.
     
    From what I got to see of the course, everyone participating benefited. Whether it be the students being taught, the Co-Teachers assisting, or me watching. We all learned some valuable information.
     
    “I joined this training because Zeus believed in me and thought I would make a good leader”, said KSI HedgeHog.
     
    “I came to a random training done by Zeus that turned into this, but I did it because I wanted to learn more about leadership and KSI.”, said KSI SunlKitty.


     
    The upside of Zavala’s class was it wasn't just any old class where the students pay no attention and take nothing from it. The students that I spoke with gave me some insight into what they took away from the class. KSI HedgeHog stated, “I learned it takes more than just energy and basic skill set to be a great leader - it takes vision and motivation as well as listening to your lower comrades and the ones that are above you, in order for you to become a great leader.”
     
    When asked if they feel more confident as a leader in their squad after this training, KSI Martidodgers stated, “I do feel a bit more confident in my squad, because we don't all have the answers to everything in life, but I can take the stories or situations that other members in this class had and the way they resolved it and maybe use it in my squad to resolve the issues I have.”

     
    This course allowed members to feel good about themselves and inspired to grow as leaders. Overall, it went well, everyone passed, had fun, and learned a lot. I highly recommend KSI ZEUSWRATH 7’s training to anyone willing to learn. Congratulations to everyone who took part and good luck to anyone in the future.

    The next set of classes are due to start sometime in the next few weeks.

    Charity event

    Letter from Nex Addo on Charity Event

    Thank you everyone who planned, participated, and donated to this amazing charity. I am always so thankful when KSI comes together to make a difference in the community big or small that is why even though we did not hit our goal we still made 22% of it for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 
    This topic is not an easy one for any one person to talk about and that is the reason I am saying thank you to everyone who shared their story or wrote about something involving this topic. Thank you to the donors who took time out of their day and shared what they could for this amazing organization. 
    Of course thank you to those who planned the event as well as the streamers for their outstanding effort in bringing attention to this event because without you we wouldn’t have known or pushed further.
    Thank you to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for their amazing work and talent for pushing education, research, advocating for public policy, and much more.

    Nex Addo (Vincent B )
    Director of Web Operations, KSI Global

    May 2017 Of The Month AAP Winners

    May 2017 Of The Month AAP Winners

     
    The May Of The Month Winners are in! May was a successful month for KSI, we had an IW tournaments, squad splits, high-end promotions, a division split, and most importantly everyone had fun. Listed below are the elite members of their designated rank, team, and/or position for that month. Congratulations to all, no matter what rank, no matter what division, you have helped make this community stronger. If you did not win this time round, you and only you can make it possible next time round.
     
    Director of the Month
    KSI Cali 7, RD, SR
     
    Division Leader of the Month
    KSI HUCKLBERRY 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Co-Division Leader of the Month
    KSI Mactheripper, Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    Founder of the Month
    KSI QUEENPINK 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Co-Founder of the Month
    KSI ZEUSWRATH 7, Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    General of the Month
    KSI Ezekiel UD , Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    Officer of the Month
    KSI Kinghellish, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Member of the Month
    KSI OJs Glove, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Global Member of the Month
    KSI MONKEYY 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Streamer of the Month
    KSI BotKiller, Twitch Team Streamer

    Sega Genesis Flashback

    Have you ever played the old Sega Genesis gaming system? If not you will get a chance with the new; revamped Sega Genesis flashback console. A new console being released in September from AtGames. The console itself will have 85 built-in titles, along with also having a cartridge port that will support all original Sega Genesis cartridges. Which is something that Nintendo’s throwback console greatly lacked after its release... Something that could greatly help it sell is that it looks relatively like the original Sega Genesis which could attract collectors. The gaming system also comes with two Genesis style 2.4GHZ wireless controllers, but also for ancient gamers it comes with 2 controller ports for gamers who like using classic wired controllers. The console also features a 720p HDMI output and scan line filtering which could greatly increase the graphics of the system. AtGames is hoping not to fail in the gaming market like the Nintendo NES Classic did, having to discontinue production earlier this year 

    Charity Stream! Gaming PC or $100 Xbox Card up for grabs!

    Charity Stream Giveaway! Gaming PC or $100 Xbox Card up for grabs!
    On June 10th the KSI Twitch Team - led by KSI N3XUS 7 - will be running a 48-hour livestream on Twitch.TV. The aim of this stream is to raise not only awareness - but funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
     
    During this stream there will be many activities: spokesmodels from our Sirens group, the championship match of our CoD: IW tourney, and finally a giveaway for all those who have donated!
     
    Anyone who donates between now and 2pm Eastern on Sunday 11th of June will be entered into a draw for one of following prizes, both provided by KSI Lillypad!
     
    -If you live in the United States you will receive a gaming PC with the specs below.
    http://www.pcrichard.com/CyberPowerPC/CyberPowerPC-Gamer-Supreme-Liquid-Cool-SLC9920-w-Intel-i7-7700K-4-2GHz-Gaming-Computer/SLC9920.pcrp
     
    -If you live outside of the United States you will receive a $100 Xbox gift card or equivalent currency.
     
    If you donate, you must send PROOF of your donation to a member of the KSI Twitch Team.
     
    The prizes will not be given out until at least a week after the stream when the donations can be verified by the receiving charity.

    IMPORTANT: Do not donate to KSI or to our stream channel. The following link is for any and all donations. https//tinyurl.com/ksiasfp
    Please also be aware that no donations go into our pockets, every single one goes straight to the charity.

    April 2017 Of The Month AAP Winners

    March 2017 Of The Month AAP Winners

     
    The April Of The Month Winners are in! April was a successful month for KSI, we had tournaments, squad splits, promotions, and most importantly everyone had fun. Listed below are the elite members of their designated rank, team, and/or position. Congratulations to all, no matter what rank, no matter what division, you have helped make this community stronger. If you did not win this time round, you and only you can make it possible next time round.
     
    Senior Leader of the Month
    KSI BIGG PAPA 7, Senior Director
     
    Director of the Month
    KSI Space Ops 7, HF, IE
     
    Division Leader of the Month
    KSI N3XUS 7, Twisted Reality {TR}
     
    Co-Division Leader of the Month
    KSI SugarMama 7, Hell Fire {HF}
     
    Founder of the Month
    KSI QUEENPINK 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Co-Founder of the Month
    KSI ZAVALA 7, Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    General of the Month
    KSI Anubis 7, Lost Empire {LE}
     
    Officer of the Month
    KSI Nizzy, Lost Empire {LE}
     
    Member of the Month
    KSI Scoobybear, Arcane Kings {AK}
     
    Global Member of the Month
    KSI MONKEYY 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Forums Staff of the Month
    KSI Mizz Airy 7, Asst. Web Ops. Dir.
     
    Streamer of the Month
    KSI Chaoticz, Hell Fire {HF}

    Congratulations!

    There have been some incredible changes recently that are very deserving of recognition. 
    As of Sunday, 21 May 2017, the following occurred:
    - KSI Cali 7 was promoted to Senior Director,
    - KSI N3XUS 7 was promoted to Director over Reality Dynasty and Synthetic Reality,
    - And Twisted Reality split to create Arcane Kings!
    All of these changes show the great progress KSI continues to make. Arcane Kings will be led by KSI Red Fox 7 and KSI DrWaddles66, overseen by KSI Silvu 7 who will continue to be the Director over Twisted Reality and Lost Empire. 
    Congratulations again! 

    Call of Duty: Black Ops III DLC 5

    Everyone has taken notice. It's been talked about since last year. And it is finally coming out - the Downloadable Content (DLC) #5 for Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

    With several news articles recently and a live reveal, the makers of Call of Duty announced that BO3 will be releasing their 5th DLC, called Zombies Chronicle. It will be released for PS4 and Xbox One only, with PS4 releasing first on May 16 then Xbox One sometime in June. DLC 5 will be separate from season pass holders and will cost $30.

    However, it will include 8 remastered zombie maps from World at War, Black Ops, and Black Ops II.
    - Nacht set Untoten, Verruckt, and Shi No Numa from COD World At War,
    - Kino der Untoten, Ascension, Shangri-La, and Moon from COD Black Ops,
    - and Orgins from COD Black Ops 2.
    These were the most popular maps from the whole side-story which began as a secret level at the end of World at War.

    Also included with the DLC is a number of other items that can help you survive the undead hordes. These include 20 bottles of Liquid Divinium which helps power up Gobbleguns that you can use in-game, 2 new types of gobblegums, and exclusive Zombies Pack-A-Punch Weapon Camo. There is also a dynamic system theme for your PlayStation if you pre-order it.

    Zombie Chronicals should be awesome and will bring back memories for any zombies fans out there

    Community Focus: Rome LE / Olympus LE

    After an unexpected split from Twisted Reality {TR}, the resurrected Lost Empire - under KSI Mizz Airy 7’s leadership - has seen great growth, success, and achievement. Growing from around 100 members to over 200 within a month. The most recent example of their success is Rome LE, a Destiny squad that split in the early days of May.
    At the onset of 2016, Twisted Reality {TR} performed the first Destiny squad split. Darkness TR, with KSI Mizz Airy as General, split into Light TR, with KSI BlazeDaily taking Darkness TR as General and KSI Spoonz taking Light TR as Major. When Twisted Reality {TR} split into Lost Empire {LE} KSI Spoonz renamed Light TR to Rome LE and split the squad into Thinis LE. KSI Anubis 7 assumed control over Rome LE while KSI rave nite 7 took Thinis LE.
    Almost a month following the division split and KSI Anubis 7 has split Rome LE into Olympus LE, thus moving up to Co-Founder. We asked him how he felt about splitting his squad and being given this new responsibility, “I feel great and proud. I fully believe that both squads are going to be successful in every way possible. As for my responsibilities as a Co-Founder I am going to do my very best to help out everyone that I can and be the role model that the new leadership of both squads can look up to as well as other squad leaders”
    KSI PissedMoose was promoted from Major to General over Rome LE upon the split. KSI PissedMoose has been close to the General position multiple times before. Previously a Captain in Beowulf WD before it was shut down, he worked extremely hard within his squad. When we asked him how it felt to finally be given a squad of his own he said, “Honestly it's kind of surreal. I have been striving for this goal for a long time now and have worked my butt off to get where I am and I am just happy to see my hard work paying off.” 
    We were interested in what goals KSI PissedMoose had for his squad in the near future, he stated, “My goals for Rome are to create future leaders. Because of the way Destiny has declined in popularity and has made it very hard to recruit on, my intention is to focus more on moulding the future Leaders of KSI. Now that doesn't mean we won't be looking to build, that's a given, but my primary focus is those future Generals that I see in my squad."
    Additionally, KSI Tig3rs was promoted from 1CPT to Major over Olympus LE. Moving up from Captain to having his own squad is a big responsibility and step, from what I have heard about KSI Tig3rs, his patience and determination are what makes him the ideal candidate to run a squad. First recruited into Darkness TR by KSI Spoonz, KSI Tig3rs began to soak up knowledge about KSI pretty quickly. We’ve heard scary stories about his PvP skill too…
    Although congratulations are due towards KSI Anubis 7 and his team for splitting Rome LE, we cannot forget the person in the boss chair. KSI Mizz Airy 7 took one squad from Twisted Reality (TR), one squad from Final Reality (FR), and the remnants of Blades of the Eternal (BE) the PS4 Division. With these 3 squads, KSI Mizz Airry 7 has turned Lost Empire into a division with 7 squads. A remarkable feat in just over a month.
    Being the overlord of Lost Empire {LE} we asked KSI Mizz Airy 7 some questions on how she feels about the split and her division's general improvement;
    Q. “How do you feel about Rome LE splitting into Olympus LE?”
    “ I'm really proud of the effort put in towards getting Rome to split again. The dedication those members have, not only to their squad but to their brother squads (Thinis and Olympus) is exactly what I am aiming for in this build. ”
    Q. “Are there any members within the two squads that you would like to give a shoutout to for working hard?”
    “Every person in Rome did their parts. We have several members going through hard times personally, and one of the officers is even going through a military move, but it hasn't stopped any of them. Anubis has done an outstanding job at creating a cohesive and supportive environment for these squads to build.”
    Q. “Where do you see these two squads in one months time?”
    “In a month, I see all three squads as fully functioning in their own rights with a new set of officers trained and at the helm, possibly preparing Rome for another split.”

    Overall, it seems that Lost Empire is a tight division that likes to keep its members close together no matter if they split or not. KSI YinKo is even running a Destiny tournament that involves: Rome LE, Olympus LE, and Thinis LE! Great to see these three squads working well together and leading KSI on the Destiny front! Congratulations to Rome LE on the split, keep up the good work and we will see where Lost Empire {LE} stands in the near future!

    Bonded By Knowledge: A Perspective on Mentorship

    by KSI S0u1Gamerxx and KSI Zavala 7   A teacher, a trainer, a tutor. These are all words used in the same effect as a mentor, except, I feel that a mentor is more than that. They are a small minority of people, they who see potential and cultivate that. Like bees in a blossoming flower. Bees are a community; they live, work, teach, live, survive in the same hive. The mentor (bee) pollinates flowers but they specifically focus on blossoming flowers because they are the future. So just like the bees, mentors give there knowledge to the future for new leaders. To implant themselves into the men-tee but without destroying the ambition, passion and fire in their hearts. They have the ability to coach, these people into seeking and creating future goals. By having an open mind and a positive attitude, by being able to better themselves every time and create bigger goals as they grow.   Men-tees, on the other hand, are like an untouched canvas, they are there waiting to be painted. They are open minded; they are just waiting to gain Knowledge, Strength and Integrity. He/she must wear many hats throughout the process. I don't mean process like a robot being built in a factory, I mean the development of the mind of a men-tee. This is a vital step in making a successful leader. Men-tee’s work to build skills, knowledge and abilities and become successful in all these key components. Their ability to qualify for receiving and acting on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life.   Successful men-tees recognize that relationships between mentor and men-tee takes time to develop like a blacksmith with his skill. They know that communication is a two way street, they help their mentor and vice verse. They are flexible, they move around their mentor, making room, time, and effort. But most important they are open minded; they will always consider all sides of the options   An example of this is the relationship between myself (KSI S0u1Gamerxx) and Zeus (now known as KSI Zavala 7). I came into KSI, not knowing my ability, my strengths, my knowledge of KSI were very minimal, and my leadership qualities non-existent. Zeus was the person that I contacted and he instantly taught me about being a KSI member. He taught me to this day be who I am now - a leader. However the relationship between mentor and men-tee was built over a long period of time; it’s still growing today.   Zeus has taught me to lead and be successful. He has taught me to be precise and consistent, like a shooter always hitting his targets. He told me to always define expectations, what he means by that is to set goals, make your mentor know what to expect from you. Following on from this he always asks to be positive in all situations apart form those where you feel you need to step in and to change or tweak any issues. ‘You’re the Night-Wing to my Batman, and we need to get these guys going!’ I love this quote by Zeus because it really does interpret what a mentor and men-tee should be defined as. They should never by opposite, however you can get cases where opposites attract like yin and yang.    ---------------------------------------------------------------   The relationship of mentor and mentee is much like a gardner and his garden to me, KSI Zavala 7. Sometimes a mentor will have a few mentees, and sometimes, such as with KSI Cali 7 is to me, there is only one. A mentor is like the embodiment of a solution, he has done the necessary training to do so; up holds that title. It's not given to you, but it's something that chooses you. Mentors hold the knowledge of knowing direction, placing things in set for the men-tee to use, and figure out how. I can say it's like a flame to light their darkest path or, watering seeds in the garden water symbolizes what we know, and we pour that to help the mentee grow and they eventually become a stem so we kick up the ingredients of their development, because at this point he's needing more than the water (knowledge).   We now need Sunlight which is the motivation to get them going , fertilizer which is freedom, room to learn and experiment, then more water to aid in the phase of development. I can say Cali and I have mastered the relationship of Mentor and Men-tee. We share various ways of development like getting members to see their true potential, and communicating with our members to set a goal and accomplishing it without failure. This connection was built by trust and understanding our boundaries, meaning he's Ra's Al Ghul and I'm a very young Batman. I know I'm really good , but he can shape that greatness and focus it to a goal and not it being out of control. As you move into these two privileges you know that you play the Men-tee more than anything , because you learn from the experiences of your student that you teach. Let's embrace our learning and lead by example.

    One Gamer. ∞ re-spawns. One Life

    Each year, nearly a million people die from suicide around the world. As a global organization, supporting opportunities around the world, KSI feels this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Alongside daily support to our members, KSI will be doing special events throughout May-June 2017 to acknowledge and support suicide prevention.
    Link to Donation page: https://tinyurl.com/ksiasfp (For those that don't want to read the entire article)
    - A 48-hour stream to raise $2,500 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on June 10th
    - A tribute from our military members
    - Personal stories highlighting how people have overcome their struggle with suicidal thoughts
    ...and more.
     
    Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education, and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
     
    Being based on a militaristic structure, KSI whole-heartedly supports the men and women of the armed services in their respective countries. In 2014, a U.S. Navy studied confirmed that at least 20 veterans a day committed suicide. Brothers and sisters-in-arms stand together to support Got Your Six and other veteran mental health support programs.
     
    KSI Global Gaming Network is the result of several people who played together and decided to start a gaming community, which turned into the largest community on Xbox, as well as setting the foundation for many others. Dedicated to bridging age gaps between youth and older players, KSI focuses on building leaders for every age group to reinforce real life work ethics, build skills, and develop goal-oriented lifestyles. The global reach of KSI is limitless, providing opportunities and support to any member, regardless of their country.
     
    The KSI community has helped thousands of gamers around the world, and we are committed to furthering that goal.
     
    Our wonderful Twitch Team will be streaming different games throughout the support stream, showcasing a couple of tournament rounds, our newly revived all-girls group Sirens, and the various divisions found in KSI. All $2,500 and any extra donations will go directly to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention via a secure link. Donations will be accepted at the time of this article posting until the end of the stream, though any foundation can always use continued support.

    Be on the lookout for the coming events!
    Link for all Donations: https://tinyurl.com/ksiasfp

    Community Focus: X-Ray TR / Omega TR

    Community Focus: X-Ray TR / Omega TR
    By: Chaoticz
    News Team Writer
    X-Ray TR are smashing it with yet another squad split. Twisted Reality is killing as a whole also - seriously, someone put these people to sleep.
    Flash your minds back to the beginning of March, where you were most likely reading a similar article to this. Community Focus: X-Ray TR/Tango TR. It was an article outlining the split of X-Ray into Tango. Here we are -yet again- with another split X-Ray and all within the space of two months. KSI Silvu 7 - Director of Twisted Reality {TR} and Lost Empire {LE} - gave his feelings towards how effectively and quickly X-Ray has split, “I think the split has worked really well, it drove up the levels of excitement and dedication within the squad. It also appears to have lit a fire inside of people raising the moral.”.
    X-Ray has managed to split so well due to a number of different factors: good leadership, correct structure, massive activity, and excellent enthusiasm from everyone involved. KSI Dr Evil X was the General of X-Ray on this second split. We asked him some questions related to his personal KSI career and the splitting of this squad.
    Q. “Can you describe with one word how you feel about the split?”
    A. ”Accomplishment”

    Q. “Where do you see Omega and X-Ray in a month's time?”
    A. “I see both squads having their numbers up and activity in full swing in a month's time”

    Q. “Do you have any leaders that you would like to give recognition to for contributing towards this?”
    A. “I’m not usually one to ask for help but when I ever needed anything, KSIDr Waddles 7 - my Co-Founder - was always there to help and point me in the right direction.”

    Q. “What personal goals do you have for yourself in KSI?”
    A. “I’d just like to continue my success with splitting squads, training new members, giving them opportunities to grow, and become a reason that KSI is as great as it is.”
     
    As mentioned in the previous article, KSI Dr Evil X has great potential within Twisted Reality. He keeps his squad motivated, active, and enthusiastic. He never refuses a member help and has a true passion for doing what he loves, helping others. Congratulations to KSI Dr Evil X on splitting X-Ray and good luck with your future career in KSI, I am sure we will be hearing from you again in a future article.
    It came as a surprise to many that TR leadership opted for Omega as a squad name; mainly sticking to Phonetic Alphabet themed names for BF squads in the past. That hasn’t stopped KSI OneTerror from taking charge of Omega and working towards making it great. The previous 1CPT of X-Ray, KSI OneTerror has now been promoted to Major and has been charged with overseeing Omega. We asked him how we felt about being given this responsibility, “I’m very proud and honored by the responsibility I have been given.”
    Back in the original squad, let’s talk about KSI Blackout908. For those who do not know, KSI Blackout908 and KSI Dr Evil X are related. Not just some: Father-Son, Uncle-Nephew, or Cousin-Cousin relation. They are biological brothers. This is something that has helped pave the path of success for X-Ray. Having two leaders over your squad who communicate daily is exceptional and is the main factor contributing towards the squad’s success. 
    With KSI OneTerror departing for Omega, KSI Blackout908 remains in X-Ray as Major alongside his General - and brother - KSI Dr Evil X. From what we understand, KSI Dr Evil X is keeping tabs on both Omega and X-Ray whilst taking a step back to see what KSI Blackout908 is truly made of.
    We asked KSI Blackout908 where he sees himself and X-Ray in the future, he stated, “In the next few months I see X-Ray continuing to be the great squad it has always been. I also see myself being a leader of X-Ray within the next few months.”
     KSI Dr Waddles 7 -formally KSI DrWobbles - remains as Co-Founder over these two squads, as well as Echo and Foxtrot. After being asked how he felt about X-Ray splitting, KSI DrWobbles said he was “surprised” as he did not expect them to split so well and fast. We asked him for any extra advice he can offer to Officers, Generals, and Co-Founders aiming towards splitting their squads and he said;
    “Find a schedule that fits your squad for gamenights and meetings. Do not force anything on the, go around and help them because you are here to help develop and progress your squad, not solely to obtain your next rank. Also, listen to your squad’s ideas and complaints as it will help build trust and unity within the squad.”
     
    KSI Dr Waddles 7 stated that his goals for Omega and X-Ray are to keeping building up, developing as a squad, and eventually reach another squad split. He believes that within a month X-Ray and Omega will have built their numbers back up to help the division prepare for an eventual split.
    KSI is a community that was originally built on Halo 5 and as it progressed into the early to mid 2010’s, began to move towards Call of Duty. We currently sit at over 2000 members officially within this community; over 600 of which are CoD: Infinite Warfare players and almost 400 of which are Battlefield 1 players. I believe that over the next half year or so, KSI could shift to a higher percentage of Battlefield 1 gamers. Almost every single division has at least one BF1 squads; Twisted Reality {TR} rocking four because they can! Here is what KSI Blackout908 had to say about the matter, “I think if we keep the recruiting and hard work going, anything is possible.”
    Only time will tell. Who know’s, in three months time KSI could be all Battlefield 1. Either or, Battlefield 1 will continue to be a popular game; both within and without KSI. X-Ray TR have proven it thus far.
    Finally, from me -KSI Chaoticz- as a fellow BF1 General, I would like to personally congratulate Twisted Reality on this recent success. Thank you to everyone from Private onwards for allowing this squad to continue it’s growth and truly witness the KSI experience.
     
    Below is a link to the article posted when X-Ray first split.
     

     

    Choosing A Squad Name

    Athens. Rome. Egypt. These are just many of the few Ancient Empires that embodied the qualities of what working as a team is. They upheld great armies and with those armies they ruled over an expansive amount of land; there leaders helped to navigate, organise, strategize, like a map they lay out the landscape. Except they changed it to how they like it. E.g. Egypt used pyramids to show great power – the bigger the pyramid, the more power they had.  With their armies they had great names 
    Of course, today. We don’t have Empires anymore, we developed democracy and with that removed monarchs and suppression of dictators. However, we still develop great leaders -e.g. Nelson Mandela - these people fight for a different purpose: one that helps the abused and relives the government of their control.  Now. With this being said, I’ve probably gotten you wondering what the heck this has to do with KSI? Well this directly links with KSI because as a gaming community certain members in the past have develop brutal reputations with themselves while playing games online, this made the whole community directly at the forefront of the battle and we had to rebuild to create what KSI truly is, Knowledge, Strength, Integrity.
    KSI is built upon the meanings of those words. Knowledge is the facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. Without knowledge we couldn’t have made the six all-inclusive divisions and to do to that we needed teamwork. Strength holds everything together there is a saying, ‘Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over. This for many squads is what each leader had to do. Rebuild. A city is not built in a day but the love for doing it will last a lifetime. Integrity, a word that has many interpretations. I see it as two meanings: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, while also being the state of being whole and undivided. This is significant in building squads and divisions; choosing a name for that has to represent KSI, its meaning and value. Like a symbol of god, it has to be something that is recognisable. 
    From my personal experience, I joined KSI late February into SPARTA, I made a choice to make a difference in KSI, for me, my mentor – Zeus – and everyone else in KSI; it was as if I had sworn my life over a bible – a bond which cannot be broken. – Since then, - I have worked with Zeus as he led SPARTA, he truly grasped what it means to be a leader. A king. and with every king there is always an heir to the throne. He taught me the ways of being a leader, the ways of becoming a great mentor and motivator and still to this day I have always shown gratitude for the things he has done. He took me up as a member, mentee and a good friend; form there on a choose not to disappoint. I became Major of SPARTA, tasked with the duty of resurrecting the ancient warriors. Sitting at 40 members in March 9th I have brought it up to 100 members, all showing true qualities of team work and know what hard work is.  Now that a am General I am now going to be splitting my squad. This is a huge honour and had me feeling like I was being knighted by the Queen and joining the house of lords. However, in my elapse of excitement and feeling like a small child that has just won a trophy, I remained calm and still had work to do including the burdan of choosing a squad name. 
    All over KSI, Generals/co-founders have chosen different squad names for different reasons, some hold an ancient meaning, while others hold a hope for the future. I however wanted to choose I name that I will come use to teach my mentee’s. I looked for an hour or so debuting different names when I saw how tough it was a then looked for motivation elsewhere. Imagination plays a huge factor when creating a squad, having a vision to be able to create an image of your squad and its members in your head is a quality that not many people develop and will always separate leaders from followers. Using my imagination, a looked for something to help me decide where to look. That’s when I saw a Greek God in the sky, which brought me to think about how the Greeks worshipped Gods, followed Gods, used Gods as motivation. I search the wonderful invention called the internet, I studied it as if I had no other purpose in life. 
    Of course there are obvious names probably flying around your head like Zeus – the god of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order, and justice. Or Ares - the god of war. Quite on the contrary in my 30 minutes of searching the internet I found out that there is 12 Olympian Gods: Zeus, Hera, Hephaestus, Athena, Hermes, Artemis, Apollo, Dionysus, Ares, Aphrodite, Demeter, and Poseidon. However, these Gods gave birth to separate gods that are just as important. Themis – God of Law, order and justice – was one of those options and as soon as a saw it I found it to be a perfect fit. Reasons? Certain reasons are that he is related to Zeus and Ares which interlinks the idea of power with reasoning. They act as the leaders are Themis follows them according like a child to a parent. 
    Moving on from the historical context of the squad, my new squad will be called Themis. But to make this decision I had to use ideas. Imagination. Integrity to get there. You have to choose the name based off what your vision is for the squad and not to follow your leaders above you, ‘Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk besides me and we can be equal.’ Certain things aren’t as they seem and if u follow them you will never find out what they actually are.  ‘Leaders are made; they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that’s is worthwhile.’ Themis will capture that element as a squad and will grow leaders forward as a Themis member. 

    Battlefield 1 - Spring Update: Platoons, Servers, and Weapons Info!

    On April 24th, 2017 DICE livestreamed the official reveal and a teaser for the BF1 Spring Update; giving details about weapons, vehicles, dog tags, and much more - excitement was high and anticipation was huge.
    Battlefield 1 has definitely secured a foothold within our gaming community over the past 4-6 months. Looking back to when the first Battlefield 1 squad was opened in KSI and comparing it to now where many divisions are now supporting this game: TR, IE, HF, and SR all have Battlefield 1 squads, with a combined number of 6 squads. What do all these squads have in common? Teamwork!
    DICE stated that the theme of this Spring Update is teamwork. Honoring those that go out their way to: revive, heal, resupply, repair, and more.
    Platoons
    One of the most anticipated features for this update is the addition of Platoons. Platoons -featured in Battlefield installments in the past - are a big part of teamwork within the game. It gives players the ability to be a member of something bigger. How do Platoons work?
    Think of Platoons as an in-game clan. Within a Platoon, you can have 100 members, including those with administration abilities. The General has full access over the Platoon, they can: change the emblem, change the clan tag, remove members, approve members, and much more. The Colonel has near enough the same access as the General but does not have the ownership status over the Platoon. Lieutenants have some administrative abilities, such as approving members to join the Platoon. Privates have no administrative abilities.
    You have the ability to choose who can join your Platoon through three different privacy settings: Open means that anyone to join the Platoon, Apply-to-Join means that anyone can apply to join the Platoon but only those approved are accepted, and Closed means that nobody can join the Platoon.
    Players have the ability to join 10 Platoons maximum, including Platoons with pending join requests. Players, however, can only choose one Platoon to be their active one. The active Platoon is the one that you represent when riding into battle.
    If you have a squad with all Platoon members, the name of that squad will be changed from Apples, Butters, etc to the name of your Platoon.
    When capturing a flag point on a map, the Platoon that contributes the most -minimum of two Platoon members present- receive a smaller flag on the flagpole which shows the Platoon emblem.
    Server Changes
    For those that own servers or have played on a private server, you will know how irritating it can get at times due to different factors. DICE have heard our pleas and implemented some changes in an attempt to make the servers worth their price and more enjoyable as a whole.
    Server owners now have the ability to make their server PRIVATE - done by adding a password requirement to the server upon joining. This change has been added to allow more control over personal servers and to make clan events/tournaments simpler.
    You can now appoint other players to be server administrators, giving them limited abilities.
    You can now turn off Aim Assist in servers.
    You can change the required number of players to start a game.
    Medic Changes
    We’ve all witnessed it and we’ve all done it. When a Medic runs through a battlefield to get to a player only for them to press the skip button and respawn. DICE have noticed the rising hate directed towards medics of recent and have implemented a fix of sorts.
    They're calling it Revive Intent. Medics now have the ability to “spot” a downed enemy by aiming and double tapping the spot button. Instead of only showing Nearby Medics on the fallen player's screen it will now also show Incoming Medics.
    New Weapon Variants
    Players have been calling for an increase in the number of weapons for some time now. DICE have answered their calls. Each class has an upgraded variant of the current Rank 10 weapons:
    -Hellriegel 1915 Defensive. Includes a larger magazine capacity, a bipod, and an optical sight. (Acquirable by getting 300 kills with the original Hellriegel and 25 kills with Anti-Tank Mines)
    -Martini Henry Sniper. Includes a telescopic sight and a bipod. (Acquirable by getting 300 kills with the original Martini-Henry and 25 kills by Bayonet Charging)
    -Huot Automatic Optical. Includes an optical sight and a foregrip. (Acquirable by getting 300 kills with the original Huot Automatic and 25 kills with Limpet Charges)
    -Selbstlader 1906 Sniper. Includes a telescopic sight and a bipod. (Acquirable by getting 300 kills with the original Selbstlader 1906 and 25 kills with Rifle Grenades)
    Other Changes
    19 new ribbons have been added into the game, all focussed on teamwork. Additionally, 5 new dog tags have been added into the game.
    -Battlefest 2017
    -Answers HQ
    -Sakura & Murata
    -Regimental Stein
    -Play to Give
    A change to grenades has been made. If you throw a grenade, you previously would gain another after a designated amount of time. Now if you throw a grenade, you must go to an ammo crate to gain another, but within a certain amount of time. If you fail to get another grenade from a crate then you will not get another one until your next respawn.
    Kill Trading will now be available in the game. Previously if you shot a bullet it would disappear when you die. Now if you shoot a bullet and die it will continue along its natural path without any disturbance to the shot - meaning that kill trades can be made.
    Previously Map Voting was only available on Private Servers. It is now an official feature on all multiplayer games.
    DICE confirmed that they are working on bringing the Community Test Environment (CTE) to Xbox One. They have a deadline that they are working towards but will not release it at this time.
    Live Service Updates will now occur monthly, bringing new content and bug fixes to help improve the game.
    Many more changes were made. See the Official Patch Notes here;
    https://www.battlefield.com/news/update-notes/spring-update
     

    A Force To Be Reckoned With

    A story of triumph, determination, and glory. A war that we all can connect to at one point in time within our designated divisions; a division that faced the trials and tribulations of a deserted Empire.  A warrior who was appointed to this division by higher leaders, believing if one man can rebuild this ‘Huck' can. KSI Huckleberry 7 (also known as "Huck") came into a troubled Synthetic Reality, but not to take over the division right away. He was there to help the current Division Leader of SR conquer these hardships.   SR was a lingering 170 member division still struggling with booters, fluff, and drama. The members understood the severity of their situation and faced the challenge with the mentality that "Nothing Fails Unless You Give Up!" Huck and his team never back down from a fight, no matter the casualties.    When Huck got the reigns of SR he made a very bold step to get rid of Kik, gossip, and drama.  This was put in place so members could focus on the goal at hand and making sure they followed the standard operating procedure - never say SOG in a SR party. They believe in making risk and, if it fails, they know they have the talent to fix it. The division staff even created their own squad, showing that, no matter the rank, they can go in and recruit and train with the squad officers.  This Resurrection was not easy physically or mentally, but with Huck and his team's mentality to never give up, to trust and believe in their members, and putting this division of people first, they were soon on the road to recovery. SR is compared to an estate that burned to ash, until Huck's gallant noblemen took it and didn't look at it as work but as a home that needed loving and care. They build on the key values of loyal, valuable, and passionate members. Huck believed that SR needed a foundation first, motivating the members to do their best as he would for them. The resurrection was helped along by many knowledgeable members of that division who all knew that it's ok to take 2 steps back to go 3 steps forward.
    Huck connected to the division in a way many people don't realize. He has always wanted to achieve one of the coveted Resurrection awards, and he says, "I don't want to leave SR if my higher ups don't think it’s ready." But if it is, he believes that it is in good hands. This resurrection is a huge stepping stone for KSI, as it shows no matter how hard and tough the struggle in a division may be, if you utilize your resources and trust in each other no matter what division you hail from, it strengthens us and KSI as a whole. 

    People Come and Go...

    ...BUT KSI WILL NEVER DIE
    After over a decade of being around this community, a lot of things start to come into perspective. One of the sayings heard around KSI, even years ago, was "People come and go, but KSI will never die." 
    Seems kind of insensitive at first, doesn't it? After all, every person should matter. And they do. Every person has the ability to contribute great things to KSI and to better themselves through those efforts. But that's the thing, it's up to each individual to decide how much energy they want to put forth. And, in the end, if they want to depart from KSI, that's also their choice. 
    There is so much potential brimming in this community. People from literally all over the world and tons of skill sets take part in the various divisions. Thousands of people are bonding together, learning together, and gaming together. Those bonds can mean you make the best friends in your online life. And if one of them leaves, it can be really painful, more so than you'd think possible with this being an online community. Then you're faced with a decision to follow your friends out the door or stay and continue to push forward with KSI and make other friends. 
    Either way, KSI will survive to see another day, another month, another year. And, for the most part, the community will welcome back those who decided it wasn't for them at that point in time. They'll come back someday. Or they won't. But KSI will never die. 
     
     
     

    Community Focus: Lost Empire

    Community Focus: Lost Empire
    By: Chaoticz
    News Team Writer
     

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    Guess who’s back… back again? Lost Empire’s back! Tell a friend…
    For those who did not hear, very recently Lost Empire was revived from the ashes of KSI History. LE was a division many years ago, a flagship division of sorts at its time. They are back once again and with some familiar faces!
    Lost Empire is an old division, but just how old are they?
    GIVEAWAY TIME! Comment below what year LE was first created; the first person with the correct answer wins a 14 day Xbox Live Gold Code.
    Originally created by KSI Legacy 7, Lost Empire was not a split division; divisions started from scratch were not uncommon in this time and Lost Empire proved that it works. Throughout the many years that LE existed many leaders were created - KSI TEX 7, J3xRG, KSI JO3 7, KSI Lil Cutie, KSI Truth 7, and KSI CadJuice 7, to name a few. KSI Legacy 7 eventually moved on to become a Co-Creator.
    KSI TEX 7 was one of many legends in the making who started out in Lost Empire. Recruited into Sparta LE in 2006, TEX eventually moved up to as high as Director. She was either in or over: Lost Empire {LE}, UnderGround {UG}, Most Wanted {MW}, Elite Unit {EU}, and Krime Syndicate {KS}, contributing to the builds of each division. TEX was described as being a very respected and strong female figure in KSI. In the Web Operations side of KSI, TEX also achieved the following: Chief Information Specialist {CIS}{2011}, Chief Advisor {CA}{2009-2011}, Chief Operations Officer {COO}{Date Unknown}, and Information Officer {IO}{2009}.
    In the history of Lost Empire, there was a consistent pattern of squads being closed, then reopened, then closed, etc. This therefore, has resulted in not too many squads existing in Lost Empire’s history. Squads that have previously existed in Lost Empire are as follows:
     
    Aztec
    Maya
    Pompeii
    Rome
    Vanguard
    Athens
    Sparta
    Mongol
    Atlantis
    Olympus
    Babylon
    Greek
    Troy
     
    Where did it all go wrong? What happened to Lost Empire? As far as history shows, Lost Empire was one of many divisions that departed KSI Global in 2011 when KSI FuzzyMeeps 7 created his alternate KSI gaming community, more commonly known as “.org”, in reference to their website ksiglobal.org which contrasts to our website ksiglobal.com. As to what happened to Lost Empire over there, we don’t know the details, simply that it failed and eventually died off.
    However, Lost Empire is back and kicking a**, but where exactly did it come from and who is in charge?
    Lost Empire in this current day has four squads. Atlantis, Rome, Knightswatch, and Sentinel -  Rome and Atlantis being squads in the previous Lost Empire. -  Lost Empire is a mixture of both Final Reality {FR} and Twisted Reality {TR} squads.
    Final Reality, a division of people that up until being shut down were dealing with some struggles; Twisted Reality, a major flagship division in KSI currently, put their heads together for a solution.
    Twisted Reality sent one squad - Light {a Destiny squad}, which was ready to split. - KSI Spoonz, General of Light TR, split his squad and created Knightswatch whilst renaming Light to Rome. Final Reality sent its remaining squad Supreme {a BO3 squad} over, which was renamed to Atlantis upon creation of the division. Sentinel {a Destiny, CoD, and For Honor squad} is a PlayStation 4 squad within Lost Empire which consists of the remaining members from the division Blades of the Eternal, which until its recent shut down was the sole PS4 division of KSI.
    KSI Mizz Airy 7, - Co-Founder over: Light, Chronos, Valenwood, and Darkness -  within Twisted Reality, was promoted to Founder over Lost Empire. LE’s two Co-Founders are: KSI Bojangles 7 {Over Atlantis} and KSI Spoonz {Over Sentinel, Rome, and Knightswatch}.
    I asked Mizz Airry 7 how she felt about bringing back old divisions in KSI, she replied, “I love the idea of resurrecting some of the old flagship divisions because it restores a sense of our history and identity as KSI.”
    “I also want to highlight how new and old can come together to bring KSI back to the forefront of gaming and create an environment that will set the foundation for the next generation.”
    In KSI we have leaders and members from all sorts of old divisions. However, we have very few LE ‘oldies’ still in our midst. KSI Stylez, KSI Anatomy 7, and KSI Anubis 7 are some of the few that remain.
    KSI Anubis 7 had something to say when I asked him about Lost Empire, New vs Old, “It's a great idea! Veterans like myself know KSI from their old divisions especially the old flagship divisions. Those divisions are what made KSI great with the people in them. It's nice to see them return. I would like to see more return so that the new members can be a part of the history these divisions have. LE holds a dear place in my heart it's where I started and I want to be here when I retire.”
    KSI Anubis 7 was in Lost Empire nearly 10 years ago; he will get to experience the new Lost Empire whilst comparing it to his old experience. In one word, Anubis described Lost Empire as “Memorable”.. A division where he was able to grow as a leader up to the point of Division Leader. Now sitting as Rome LE General, I have no doubt that Anubis will make it to the top again.
    Everyone's least favorite User Support Admin, Anatomy 7 was even in Lost Empire! As stated in his history topic, Anatomy and his best friend at the time KSI Ranger 14 illegally transferred to Sparta LE, - which at the time was a dead squad that someone had brought back without notifying leadership. -  Anatomy 7 was a 3LT at the time before he was then found out in regards to his illegal transfer; KSI Chaos 7 transferred him back to Last Strike {LS} and mercifully avoided a DNH.
    Together with the current leadership and the history of the old leadership, KSI Mizz Airy 7 and her team will make Lost Empire greater than it previously was!
    I interviewed KSI Silvu 7, - previously Director of Twisted Reality {TR} and Final Reality {FR} - , but now Director over Loster Empire {LE} and Twisted Reality {TR};
    Q: “What is your opinion on bringing back old divisions from KSI’s history?”
    A: “I think that bringing back some of the older divisions is a great idea, it allows members to experience some of the history of KSI and get to grips with the legacy which we have.”
    Q: “What are your goals for Lost Empire as a Director?”
    A: “I think that moving forward there are a couple of goals which I would like to see achieved: firstly is a growth which is steady and well managed coupled with training that will see some of the future leaders of KSI blossom and come into their own. I’m also looking forward to seeing regular game nights and social aspects so we can really enjoy what matters most here at KSI. having fun.”
    Q: “Are there any current leaders or upcoming leaders in Lost Empire you would like to give a shout out to?”
    A: “I could go on for hours as there is a whole host of great people in LE that deserve to be mentioned but I will limit myself. First is KSI Mizz Airy, she’s the founder leading the way in LE, and with a wealth of experience she really has the skill set to take these guys straight to the top of the pack. Second is KSI Spoonz, I haven’t had the most to do with Spoonz but when I have been around him I could instantly tell that he has a lot of energy and some great ideas, a real force to be reckoned with. Last but certainly not least is KSI Beat 7, Beat is a guy that you can easily approach when you have a problem, he’s a natural leader and I expect we will see some great things from him in the future.”
    There you have it. Look out for Lost Empire in lobbies and parties, they are going to be a strong force.
    For nostalgia sake, below are old Lost Empire forums banners:
     

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    March 2017 Of The Month AAP Winners

    March 2017 Of The Month AAP Winners

     
    “What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.” 
    ― Norman Vincent Peale
     
    The March Of The Month Winners are in! March was a great month full of great achievement, teamwork, leadership, and gaming. Listed below are the elite members of their designated rank, team, and/or position. Congratulations to all, no matter what rank, no matter what division, you have helped make this community stronger. If you did not win this time round, you and only you can make it possible next time round. In the words of Norman Vincent Peale, if you desire something and work hard enough for it, you can achieve it.
     
    Senior Leader of the Month
    KSI BIGG PAPA 7, Senior Director
     
    Director of the Month
    KSI Cali 7, RD, SR
     
    Division Leader of the Month
    KSI HUCKLEBERRY 7, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Co-Division Leader of the Month
    KSI MacTheRipper 7, Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    Founder of the Month
    KSI Red Fox 7, Twisted Reality {TR}
     
    Co-Founder of the Month
    KSI ZEUSWRATH, Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    General of the Month
    KSI Ezekiel UD, Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    Officer of the Month
    KSI Sou1Gamer, Reality Dynasty {RD}
     
    Member of the Month
    KSI Bruin, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Global Member of the Month
    KSI Xiledxsokarx, Synthetic Reality {SR}
     
    Forums Staff of the Month
    KSI Anatomy 7, User Support Administrator
     
    Streamer of the Month
    KSI Dr Wobbles, Twisted Reality {TR}

    KSI Plays - Mass Effect: Andromeda

    KSI PLAYS
    Mass Effect: Andromeda
    The year is 2819, and Ryder has awoken in a new galaxy after a 600-year journey from the Milky Way. Ryder is aboard the human Ark called the Hyperion on the way to a central station called the Nexus which awaits the arrival of the Asari, Salarian, and Turian Arks as well. Upon first awakening, the feeling is excitement, anticipation of a new life, a new system to explore as part of the Pathfinder's team. Never mind that the Pathfinder is dear old dad. However, when they arrive on the first planet, it becomes quite obvious that this is not the world they were expecting. Ryder is then left to forge a way through new enemies, new environments, and new challenges to find new homes for thousands. 

    After five years of anticipation, multiple delayed releases, the game finally came out on March 21, 2017. Several of the original trilogy's team members contributed to the project, trying to recreate the aspects that players loved but in a new approach - exploration, rather than war. There were huge expectations for the game, and some need for the redemption of the original ending of Mass Effect 3. So the question stands, how does it stack up? 

    "The game is solid," says UnearthlyNave (Private), "Very well written story [with] in-depth characters and detailed planets to explore." There seemed to be a consensus among surveyed members that the animation could use some improvements, even after the recent patch that was supposed to fix some of the problems. Conversely, the introduction of new species helped offset some of those disappointing features. 

    Although the new characters on the Pathfinder team have their own unique stories and styles, KSI YinKo (Sergeant) says, "...to be honest, the characters don't stand out except for PeeBee. She kind of does, but no one like Garrus or Liara or the others." This seems to be a generally common opinion. The missions can be fun, and some even tug on the heartstrings a little bit, but it still can't quite compare to the connection felt with the original Normandy crew. 

    In addition to a very lengthy campaign, the game features a multiplayer option similar to that of Mass Effect 3 but with smoother gameplay and a variety of new weapons and the return of some old favorites. The skill leveling system is also close to the way it was but with the slight change of the profile system. Rather than being locked into the Biotic, Tech, or Combat role, Ryder can swap between play styles depending on the specs desired. For the most part, it would seem that Bioware made changes where they needed to in order to make Andromeda a new entity within the old beloved universe.