On Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (Review)

So over the last couple of weeks I have been playing through Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on the PS4. This is the 9th main series game, there are more handheld games but going off of the PS3/PS4 games it’s 9th. This is the follow up to Unity which came out last November. The story this time takes place in Victorian London starting in 1868 and follows two assassins siblings, Jacob and Evie Frye. The story is pretty standard Assassin’s Creed fair, hunt Templars, kill Templars and get collectibles. Overall I would say the story is good, but it feels a bit short compared to older games. The number of memory sequences has dropped down to 9 main story sequences this time. These were split between the two characters, so while you can do free play roaming as either character missions are specific to characters. I think if you just focused on … Read more…

On Weekend Roundup

This weekend, like most, went by pretty quickly. I’m currently sitting at my desk at work dreading actually starting my day (thanks a lot upcoming 5 hour meeting). So here’s a quick run down for the weekend. Friday afternoon my copy of Assassins Creed Syndicate came in the mail so every minute after that was spent counting down the time left before I could go home and play. I was expecting a day one patch because that’s just a thing I expect now, even if I really shouldn’t. Most games have a hefty patch but this one seemed pretty small. I didn’t check the download size because by the time I put the disc in and came back a couple minutes later it was already done, so it couldn’t have been that big of a download. So most of my weekend was spent playing this, and right now I’m thoroughly … Read more…

On Weekend Round-Up (10/17-10/18)

So as most weekends do this past one went by pretty quick. As usual I really didn’t get anything accomplished, unless you count watching movies and playing games as getting things accomplished. This weekend consisted of three games, and six movies. Game wise I tried playing some more Destiny, and continue to struggle with it now that I’m at the “farming” stage of the game. Maybe it’s me but I really don’t feel like I enjoy farming in this game. Not really much to this as I probably only played it for an hour or two all weekend. I’m just having a hard time with the game. I feel like it could be much better than it is, and maybe my lack of enjoyment comes from only being able to do the solo content. The second game is Assassins Creed Unity. I want to play through the story again before … Read more…

On Scheduling Game Time

As of today now there are 6 days left in August (not including today), getting close to the end here. Today I thought I’d talk a little bit of a mixture of gaming and personal stuff. So bear with me here. So if you keep up with me on twitter, or have seen other times I have mentioned this you’ll know that early in July I lost my best friend in the world to depression. It’s been a difficult period in my life because frankly I’ve never had to deal with losing anyone I cared about. To say it’s been difficult is a bit of an understatement but it’s hard to describe how hard it is to come to terms with something like this. The one thing that seems to help is by keeping myself distracted. Now I don’t mean to say I’m not pretending things didn’t happen, I just … Read more…

On Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China

Last week Ubisoft released the first of three downloadable Assassin’s Creed games. Unlike previous Assassin’s Creed titles this one is only available through digital download. Initially part of the Assassin’s Creed Unity Season Pass, this game is now being offered to anyone for around $10. I feel this is a good price considering the length of the game. Personally I got it for “free” since I had purchased the season pass for Unity. The thing to keep in mind about this game is that it is short. I’m not saying just the story is short, the whole game is short. There are not a ton of side activities to do like what you would see in a full release title. I think I beat the game somewhere between 4 and 6 hours. There is some replay value to the game though. Going back to get collectibles you missed, or playing … Read more…

On Final Thoughts On Assassin’s Creed Rogue

I would strongly suggest reading my first post on this game before continuing. It covers some thoughts and initial frustrations I had with this game. With that said, here we go. I’m not changing my opinions on what how I think the game was rushed, because after having finished the game I still think that is a valid observation. I think a lot of the assets from previous games were re-used, but later in the game you do have some “new” areas. The thing about this game is that it is very much more of the same. I don’t feel like I can talk about the controls or side missions in this game because I’m sure I’ve said it about other Assassin’s Creed titles. Or if you’ve played any of them for yourself you’ll know what to expect. I also burned through the story because I wanted to finish before … Read more…

On A quick note on Assassins Creed Rogue

So, first off, I haven’t gotten very far in this game yet. Not even two hours of gameplay so far. I’m a bit behind in even starting this game because it’s been sitting in my “to-do” stack since it came out. So to start off with, I’m pretty aggravated at this game, and so this is not going to be a kind post. From what I’ve played so far this game should have just been called “Black Flag 2” (the subtitle to Assassins Creed 4 was Black Flag). The reason I say this is that it is almost exactly the same game. Which is not saying much because I’m sure most of the games in this series are all pretty much the same game. That isn’t to say I am not a fan of the series as a whole. This game by itself just seems to be very much a … Read more…

On Microtransactions

Recently I have been reading reports that say there is speculation about microtransactions appearing in the next Mortal Kombat game (Mortal Kombat X). Whether or not this is true has yet to be determined. Personally I hope that this is not true for one reason: I don’t think that full retail games should require them. Now I understand the reason for cash shops or microtransactions in mobile games, or really any MMO that is based on a Free-To-Play system. For mobile games that is the most common source of revenue. Most of the popular game are free to download and the developer has to have some means of compensation. Same as MMO’s such as ArcheAge where you don’t pay a monthly subscription fee. I’m totally fine with that. Those items generally are only cosmetic and don’t give any kind of advantage. My problem with games like Assassins Creed Unity, Dragon … Read more…

On Engaging Fictional History in Games

In a couple of weeks two new Assassins Creed games come out, Unity and Rogue, for the PS4 and PS3 respectively. I’m a huge fan of the series so I have both games on pre-order and am very excited to play through the story and meet the new characters as well as to see how it ties in to the overall story. So in preparation of this I have spent the last few days replaying Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag (aka AC Pirates). I think I’m currently at the midpoint in the game. Far enough in that I have upgraded the ship and can handle most sea battles, which means I’m taking a break from the story to work on completion. While playing there was a cutscene involving a fairly minor character and I thought to myself how most of the characters are based on an actual person so was … Read more…