I’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
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)
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.
Clan 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?
Publisher: NIS America (EU/NA)
Platforms: Windows (Steam), PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Network)
Release Date: October 30th, 2012 (Steam), November 20th, 2012 (PlayStation Network)
Rating: 16+ (PEGI)
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.
I 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)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Platform: PlayStation 3
Release Date: October 5th, 2012 (EU); August 21st, 2012 (NA); March 3rd, 2011 (JP)
Rating: 15 (BBFC)
I realise that the blog has been inactive lately, so I understand I should comment. I will continue writing tomorrow. Life has been extremely busy these past couple of weeks, but most of the chaos is now out of the way. We will resume our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. That is all.
Mark Pincus, CEO of the social gaming giant Zynga, announces that the company is laying off five percent of their entire work force.