Excerpt: It's a curious time to rerelease Assassin's Creed: Liberation . The one time PlayStation Vita exclusive takes the series back to a much simpler and understandably smaller scale than last year's Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and runs the risk of turning new fans off from the series.
Summary: Despite the slow start, Assassin’s Creed III remains fun and engaging throughout, especially when inside the Animus. I wish I could say the same about the wrap-around storyline, which is actually the least exciting aspect of the game and only serves to connect the previous titles with the next sequel.
Excerpt: The beginning of Assassin's Creed III is bound to hook almost anyone in. It's huge in scale, theatrical and incredibly dramatic, but unfortunately it's not able to keep that momentum going. Yes, Assassin's Creed III takes the series in a bold new direction, but it also takes away some of the key features that made previous games so much fun to play.
Excerpt: Far Cry 3 Review 1 After my Black Ops 2 Review , I was planning on playing catch-up on some games that I’ve missed over the past few months. Well, upon arriving home from Thanksgiving Dinner at the folks’, I found a copy of Far Cry 3 on my doorstep. Now, I haven’t ever played a Far Cry game and I really didn’t know anything about this title at all until I installed it. Well after playing through it, all I can say is “Holy shit it’s awesome!
Conclusion: In a sentence, Assassin’s Creed III is a fun game. It does not make as huge of a jump as the series did between the freshman and sophomore efforts, but it is clear that the game is the product of a development team that really loves the franchise they have created. Only time will tell if Conor will become as big of an icon as his Italian ancestor, but if he is able to receive the time and attention that Ezio did, this should not be much of an issue.
Pros: Excellent animations, a fresh setting, and satisfying multiplayer.
Cons: Pacing problems, occasionally loose controls, and an unremarkable story for Desmond.
Excerpt: series over the years. This franchise is so ambitious, so complex, so overwrought that the games often feel like they're barely being held together, that from a gameplay and narrative (and not technical) perspective, they could crumble under their own weight at any time. I feel nervous and uneasy playing these games, and the developers' move towards metaphysics and pseudo-scientific babble as an overarching plot have not really endeared me to the series, mostly because...
Conclusion: The PC version of Assassin's Creed III is above and beyond what you will find on the console version. It's got better visuals, smoother frame rate, easier controls and better gameplay mechanics. It's not a difficult choice whatsoever when deciding on a platform to play this 'Game of the Year' contender on.
Excerpt: Medal of Honor: Warfighter Review 3 With the large number of shooters that are constantly released each year, it’s tough to determine which one to pick up and hone your skills on. Of course there is the Call of Duty and Halo franchises that so many follow, but you don’t often here as much about Medal of Honor . I spent the last week playing through Danger Close’s latest franchise entry Warfighter , and I’ve got to say, I had a blast!
Conclusion: This week I have been spending time with the much anticipated Assassin’s Creed III, the latest free-roaming AAA title from Ubisoft. Now I’m a big fan of the original two Assassin’s Creed games, although I will admin I haven’t played any of the in-between games such as Brotherhood or Revelations. It’s hard to keep track though, as there are many Assassin’s Creed stories within the franchise ( click here to see what I mean).
Summary: Liberation is so-so, a cheap yet only moderately fulfilling title that throws back the curtain on the elderly systems of the Assassin's Creed franchise pre- Black Flag
Pros: Story becomes increasingly intriguing. Another interesting historical setting for the series. It's nice to see some character diversity. Tried and tested AC series gameplay triumvirate of stealth/combat/freerunning is still mostly enjoyable. Aveline has a sweet hat.
Cons: Narrative style is abrupt and choppy. Persona system is at best mostly pointless and at worst very annoying. Inherent weaknesses of the series all still present, and more tiresome than ever.