On Assassins Creed Unity

So I know that this game came out around a month ago, but I wanted to finish the game before I posted anything on it. Granted I finished it a couple weeks ago, I’ve just been really busy with work. With that, I’d have to say this is probably my favorite game in the series since any of the Ezio trilogy. I just wasn’t a big fan of Assassins Creed 3, and while I thought Black Flag was fun I felt it relied heavily on the naval combat to make up for a lack of side quests. Granted there was quite a bit of collectibles to find, and assassin contracts to do, but I felt like I spent more time doing these things than I did actually doing main story or side quests. It has been a while since I played AC 2/Brotherhood/Revelations, so I don’t remember all the content … 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…

On Console Exclusivity

This week E3 is going on and the big companies are showing off their new games and product pitches. Yesterday both Microsoft and Sony held their big presentations talking about upcoming titles and how focused they are on providing content. Both companies tend to talk about their console exclusive titles, but also talk about cross console releases as well. The thing is both companies kept talking about how they’d have this title first or have this amount of exclusive content that you won’t get anywhere else. Every time I heard that I want to get a rolled up newspaper and whack the presenter on the nose saying “Bad presenter, stop withholding content from your players!”. I think it is dumb to separate what players get just because they may choose one console over another. Personally I own a PS4 (for arguments sake keeping this next gen). I don’t own a … Read more…