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Youtube LP Playlist: Assassin's Creed Unity
Systems: PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Assassin's Creed Unity is the 2014 release of Assassin's Creed.

The game starts with you playing a nameless "initiate who is a player of "Helix" a gaming device produced by Abstergo that allows access to many different genetic memories.

You begin play by watching some backstory with the Templar de Molay and then forward to 1776 as Arno Dorian, a nobleman's son (and Assassin). Your father is killed and you are adopted in by a Templar Grand Master and his daughter Elise. The story skips ahead and you are seeking revenge for the death of your adoptive father and you are estranged from Elise. The story is about your seeking out who killed your adoptive father and seek revenge while you join the Brotherhood.

The story itself is nothing to write home about. I don't want to go into details and spoil any possible surprises (not that I found most of them actual surprises). The missions themselves based on the story were lacking in any real depth and were fairly repetitive. I know I shouldn't compare it to ACIV Black Flag (my favorite in the series) but it isn't even close.

The story about you "the player" when you surface out of Arno's memories is even more blasé, no meat, no outside interactions, just additional "in machine" machines with those in the brotherhood talking to you via audio. Definitely not a lot of story.

The controls themselves were just as horrible as they ever were. The fighting is unwieldy, but they did make the free-running a bit easier so that is something.

For character building they broke your abilities up into some weird leveling system even more in depth then Black Flag.It became a frustrating exercise to try and raise up yourself to do things you could do out of the gate in the prior games. The worst part is Ubisoft went even more overboard with the collectables. It was bad enough that I quit collecting less than halfway through. It just is a cheap way to say your game takes longer than it really does.

Oh, and they push the multiplayer even more. However, it was so bad I didn't even really touch it so I can't say anything more than I hated it.

Pros: The free-running is a bit better (I did get hung up on things more), and it is what you expect, more Creed.
Cons: The leveling system and flag/item collection has to stop. It is just getting worse.

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Youtube LP Playlist: Valkyria Chronicles LP
Systems: PS4, PS3, Microsoft Windows

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered is a facelift on the PS3 Valkyria Chronicles where you follow a plucky group of soldiers in Squad 7 as they try to fight off one of two large Empires that wish control over the resources of the small country of Gallia.

You play Gunther Welkin, a peaceful scholar who only wants to be a teacher. The problem is he is the son of a famous general and he presents a conundrum for those who know of his father but not him.

The other members of Squad 7 include Gunther's sister, Isara, a Darcsen (the stand in for Jewish people during World War II). Alicia the apprentice baker and possible love interest. Largo, a large old school soldier and Rosie the racists bar singer who hates Darcsen.

The story unfolds as Squad 7 is formed and they fight back the overwhelming Eastern Imperial empire. The game utilizes a visual novel format with a few cutscenes in a very linear fashion. The big "attraction" to this game is that each chapter has a tactical battle where you command different types of units that you can build up as you go. The game even involves a couple of traditional JRPG type creatures.

Overall the story I liked a lot. Its set in a World War II type era. It involves big personalities, romance, a weird pig thing. The story itself can get very adult and very dark, ranging from racism, concentration camps, death, despair. I was caught off guard by it, and I do have to say onions were cut during the game (that means possible tears). There was some inner meaning on war and what it does to people. I wasn't expecting that at all.

Oh, as a side note, the cell shading style of the game was unusual and I enjoyed it a lot. I wouldn't like it for all my games, but it served its purpose well here.

What I was disappointed with was the actual tactical combat. I play a lot of tactical and strategic war games, so I do have a skewed point of view. I seek out realistic combat that feels like a professional war-game. These were not bad battles, but they were much more simplified then I was used to.

Some of the missions were not satisfactory for me when playing. I also was disappointed that while you can replay the visual novel/cutscenes at any time, you could not replay the battles. I also disliked the experience points and research. It felt like it was similar to Xcom, but not in the good ways, when building your troops there was no specialization other than any individual weapons you may have found. The combat wasn't horrible, but it was far more basic then what I seek out.

Pros: Very intriguing story. I want to know more about the world.
Cons: The tactical combat was not what I was looking for.

Big Daddy

Jan. 23rd, 2011 09:22 pm
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I finally finished Bioshock on Friday. I have to say I think it was an awesome game, I am extremely happy I played it. Of course I ended up with the good ending. I saved all the little girls and never even considered harvesting one for the Adam. The ending almost made me cry and there were no regrets. I am like this with video games, I really do not enjoy playing an evil character. I have to actively work at it to do anything bad and I get this weird sense of guilt.

The theme however stuck with me. I think its because I have always felt connected to that theme. In the games I ran the most recent of which in my Project Hidden game were whispers (young girls touched by something greater) were protected by guardians. In a lot of my other games there was a theme of protecting children, especially little girls with end of the world powers needing protection by a large adult in other games. In real life I do not believe I would even blink to step in front of danger for a child I didn't know.

I am not sure where this theme started with me. Maybe I developed being protective over my little sister when I was young. Don't get me wrong, I would do whatever it took to take care of any child, but little girls seemed the strongest focus (no I don't think I have any weird perversions). Imagery of Big Daddy, or similar themes is pretty common in my desktop images.

I still am not really sure where this post was going except to say Bioshock was a good game and that I don't know if I can play Bioshock 2 (since the first ended so well), although playing a Big Daddy trying to find his girl does have an attraction.

Here is a clip of the ending, but it is a spoiler if you plan on playing it


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