Assassin's Creed II: Bonfire of the Vanities (PS3) - Review
19 February 2010
Excerpt: Bonfire of the Vanities is the second downloadable expansion to Assassin’s Creed II. It picks up the story from where the first expansion (Battle of Forlì) left off, and fills the hole in the story between Ezio’s losing of the Apple of Eden in the first expansion, and Memory Sequence 14 (the final...
Excerpt: Folklore is the Playstation 3’s first, first-party developed Role-playing game, and it shows. It’s unfortunate but true. There are some very rusty edges underneath all the High Def gleam. But moreover it’s just plain weird!
Conclusion: If it wasn't for the relatively fun combat that forms the bulk of the gameplay in Folklore I would have been much more harsh on this game. There's so much in the game design that seems a decade behind the best games that are showing up on the new systems.
Excerpt: There’s something about Folklore that we’re confused about. When it was initially announced, a mixture of fear and loathing speared through our hearts upon noting the developers – Game Republic, responsible for the offensive-to-the-senses dirge that was Genji: Days of the Blade.
Excerpt: A murder in the village of the dead! Writers comment: I can not promise that this review will be spoiler free so if you do not wish to have anything ruined before playing this game please do not read on, otherwise enjoy having the game spoiled!
Pros: Over 100 monsters to find and harvest, Excellent story sequences using 3d comic book styles, Beautiful graphics and worlds, Excellent monster design, Downloadable Content
Conclusion: What comes of all this is a reasonably uniquely paced game in that investigating top-side, while fighting and navigating in the Netherworld, gives the adventure a somewhat wet and dry charm.
Conclusion: And so Folklore turns out to be one part boring adventure game, one part underdeveloped collect-em up, and one part standard dungeon crawl. The only aspect of the game that rises above the mundane is its technical polish and the vibrant creativity with which its imaginary worlds have been created -...