Ubisoft were sneaky bastards and they added another video to their YouTube channel several hours after their conference at E3. I love this one over them all too. So far we’ve only really had 1 female assassin, Aveline. I have no words for how much I loved Aveline and I’m really excited to be playing Evie in Syndicate. We know that you can play as both Evie and Jacob, but it hasn’t really been made clear how much choice you have between the two. I hope that I can choose to play Evie at any time and point.
Until then though we do have this prety awesome little show of Evie in action.
The Ubisoft conference has just ended and for me the highlight was Assasin’s Creed Syndicate. This really isn’t a surprise to anyone who has been following me over the years. I’m really excited to be playing a female assassin again. I loved playing Aveline in Liberation so much and I really want a full console AC game with a female. For now though I’ll just have to settle playing Evie.
So below is the AC section of the Ubisoft presentation, but also a new gameplay trailer. Enjoy.
So a few of my own highlight from yesterday’s announcements and I’m going to start with my top of the heap favourite. When I heard this news today I actually whooped a little. They’re remastering Grim Fandango.
Of course we have the beauty of the next Assassin’s Creed game. I’m really excited for this. It looks like the free running and combat has been changed and it looks good. I’m also happy to see more building interiors and a floating waypoint.
Then we have the wonderful news of another Uncharted and another Far Cry on the way for our loving joy.
And lastly we have a little puzzle game with some lovely art and should be with us soon; Valiant Hearts. Visually very stunning and just my sort of game.
I finally did it. I finished Assassin’s Creed. This was not an easy task I tell you. One of the last bosses is a terribly unfair fight. You have to fight about 8 of his minions, which are harder than the normal guards, then you have to fight him. The problem comes in with your health bar. You have to have enough health left after fighting the minions to take him on because your health bar doesn’t regenerate when he starts coming at you. It took me about 15ish times to finally stop cursing loudly and do my little victory jig. Thankfully the 360 controller is wireless.
I’m so very much looking forward to the next one in this series. The story had me hooked from moment one. I love the twists and turns it takes. The way they’ve ended this one it’s anyone’s guess when and where the next will be placed. At the end there are clues, but which one is the real clue?
Overall I think I got around 30ish hours of play out of the game and I’m a bit of a completist. I didn’t collect all the flags or kill all the crusaders because it didn’t amount to anything, but I did enjoy both of those things when I came across them in my wandering around the cities. As I said before the world is beautful, but to me the story is so kick ass. I really have enjoyed playing it.
Okay so it’s been nearly 2 weeks since my last post, but I did warn you. Assasin’s Creed kinda sucked up my life. Well that and the day job has been a bit insane this past week.
I don’t know where to start with this game. I haven’t thoroughly enjoyed a game this much in a while. At least not a console game. The graphics are beyond stunning and the gameplay is smooth and fitting. The story is so good it makes me wish the next one was out now so I could play it.
I was not disappointed in the beuty of this game visually. All of the trailers and screenshots I’d seen lived upo expectations. So much detail in everything from faces to clothes. Where most games actually cut for cut scenes with special cgi graphics, this one didn’t have to. When a cut scene happened you jsut lost your UI and the scene played out and you were still running the in game graphics. This of course also saved on loading times of going back and forth too which was good for the flow of the game.
The controls take a bit of getting used to, but they aren’t difficult once you know what you’re doing. In combatthe controls require a bit of coordination, but it’ll become second nature pretty fast. Executing counter moved and combos becomes second nature and the fights will jsut flow. There are almost countless different counter move sequences and general fight action sequences. Meaning that a fight visually won’t get boring. They have put a lot of thought into the execution of the fight visually as well as gameplay-wise.
The free running is very well executed. Gone is the getting the jump exactly right to go from one rooftop to another. Combine the good controls with a very well laid out street level and rooftop level and you’re completely sorted. You really can go anywhere and getting there has never been so easy. There were several instances when I was running from guards across the rooftops and ended up all the way across one of the cities without even noticing I’d gone so far. You really can climb anywhere there is a handhold.
I don’t want ot give away the story. Suffice it to say that it’s brilliant. The sci-fi elements are wonderfully executed and really add to the story. This is a world I’m really looking forward to playing in.
I haven’t finished the game yet. I’ve gotten to the end boss but was having some difficulties so put it down for a couple days to let my frustrion cool down. There are some irritating things like setting off the guards unintentionally. Or the beggars and crazy people that are endlessly a pain in the ass when you’re trying your best to pickpocket some guy for some throwing knives. But the problems with the game are massively outweighed by the goodness of the game.
Go play it. You won’t regret it.
Now to go play Mass Effect some more. I have many side quests awaiting me.
I did the unthinkable today. I pre-ordered the two big games coming out for the Xbox 360. I couldn’t help it. Both are special shiny editions too. Because we all know that jsut buying the normal version just isn’t done. So what did I buy? Assassin’s Creed and Mass Effect.
Now the truly evil thing about this is that they are being released one right after the other. Assassin’s Creed is coming out on the 16th, a Friday. Mass Effect is coming out the following Friday on the 23rd. Evil I tell you, pure evil.
Usually I’m very sensible about these kinds of things. I don’t buy on release day and I certainly don’t buy two very big games within a week of each other. Usually I manage to not succumb to the beautiful special edition, but who am I kidding? I want the shiny figures and lovely art books jsut as much as the next guy and the marketing has worked on me.
So as of the 16th I may cease to exist.