All posts by William Main

Videogame reviewer and student videogame developer, located in Scotland. Founder of the Gaming Advance blog. Can be reached at the email address: CrashScreen@GamingAdvance.com.

Lack of Updates: The Reasoning

I’ll make this short and sweet. I’m currently having difficulty keeping a solid connection thanks to a combination of both of my internet provider’s awful customer support and awful hardware. Hopefully this will be resolved soon.

Edit: I accidentally “broke” the site last night. It has now almost entirely been fixed, but the slider will need sorted as well. This will be rectified soon.

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Assassin’s Creed III

Assassin's Creed III Box Art ReviewI’m not going to lie. I was a fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, up until the launch of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, the fourth iteration of the game in five years,  and three consecutive years. It was at that point that I found myself tired of the series, but Ubisoft’s promise of something new and great resurrected my interest. The trailers made Assassin’s Creed III seem rather fresh. With hopes that the new title might revitalize the decaying series, I entered the title into my PlayStation 3’s disc tray.

Assassin’s Creed III is the penultimate title in Desmond’s story. The world is nearing its end, and the present day Assassins are nearing the end of their quest to save it. Unfortunately, a key stands between them and salvation, and the answer lies in Connor’s memories which can be visited through the Animus device. Connor is a half Native-American and half English Assassin who played a significant role during the American Revolution.

Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action-Adventure, Historical, Science-Fiction
Platforms: PlayStation 3 (Reviewed), Xbox 360 (Related), Wii U, Windows PC
System Release Date:  October 30th, 2012 (NA); October 31st, 2012 (EU)
Rating: 18 (BBFC)

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Pressed for Release (Issue 1): Up to 19th November

I figured I would introduce another new feature, because I’m keeping up well enough with the other features. Rather than regurgitate press releases and call that news, I figured it would make more sense to regurgitate the important press releases for the readers that cared and clump them together in one post, leaving more room for me to work on the more important stuff. Press releases just rarely offer more than what they initially deliver. 

This feature also makes it easier for me to deliver the news while I work on my Honours degree. You can see the origin of the name from that, I’m sure.

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Clan of Champions

Clan of Champions Review ArtClan of Champions is an an action game with underlying role-playing game mechanics launched on Steam, and soon the PlayStation 3 too. As part of the Gladiator series, originally titled Gladiator Vs, Clan of Champions is the third game in the series. The Gladiator series has gone generally under the radar, with each previous title simply passing as an underwhelming release. But how does the recently localized title fare?

Developer: ACQUIRE
Publisher: NIS America (EU/NA)
Platforms: Windows (Steam), PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Network)
Genre: Action
Release Date: October 30th, 2012 (Steam), November 20th, 2012 (PlayStation Network)
Rating: 16+ (PEGI)

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PlayStation Plus PlayStation Vita

Sony Unveils PlayStation Vita’s PlayStation Plus and 2.00 Update Details

PlayStation Plus PlayStation Vita

Sony has announced the details of what PlayStation Plus subscribers can expect for the PlayStation Vita. North American subscribers can expect six free games on November 19th, whilst European members will receive four free games on the 21st of November. The support will be included amongst other new features of the 2.00 Update.

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Way of the Samurai 4

Way of the Samurai 4 Review Box ArtI was often recommended to try playing the Way of the Samurai franchise, but I never did get the chance. With Way of the Samurai 4 just released, it was now time to truly play the game for myself.

Way of the Samurai 4 sees the player take the role of a samurai during the period of transition in Japan, when the small country started to become influenced by western powers. The player may freely choose to side with the Japanese military, isolationists, or even the foreigners themselves. As a foreigner to the franchise, would I feel isolated?

Publisher: NIS America (Europe), XSEED Games (North America), Spike (Japan)
Developer: ACQUIRE
Genre: Action, Adventure
Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: October 5th, 2012 (EU); August 21st,  2012 (NA); March 3rd, 2011 (JP)
Rating: 15 (BBFC)

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