REVIEW: Assassins Creed III

Assassins Creed III marks the closure of the originally announced and then extended to five main game trilogy and a further three handheld spin-offs by taking players between the American Civil War and Present day in an effort to stop the sun melting the planet on the 21st December.

A few of you may remember my scathing review of Assassin’s Creed Revelations from last year so to be fair, AC3, had an absolute mountain to climb to get me back on board with this franchise but quite frankly I feel this entry never really left base camp.

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REVIEW: Call of Duty: Black Ops II

The yearly addition to the Call of Duty franchise is always a landmark in the gaming calendar as retailers up and down the country throw open their doors at midnight and play host to the swarms of people looking to get their hands on a copy as soon as the clock strikes twelve.

The only time you could catch me at a midnight launch would have been when I worked for GAME/Gamestation as I would have been one of the people forgoing sleep to sell you a copy, you die hard fans you.

My history with Call of Duty has been limited to everything after Modern Warfare but not including World at War, pretty much when the series took a jump in popularity really.  The only time I’ve felt compelled to actually spend money on the title was for the launch of Modern Warfare 2 but swiftly traded it all back in to recoup my money, opting to play future titles in marathon sessions of six hours on a Sunday in the stock room on an old dusty 15″ CRT.

Times have changed now though.  Borrowing a copy, pumping it through the DPX21 and sitting as close as possible to my 32″ Samsung without burning a hole in my retina, I marathon-ed Black Ops II last night to bring you this review today.

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NEWS: Persona 4 Arena

 

The news broke today that Persona 4 Arena will be delayed until roughly sometime in the future.  To be clear, it’s not soon.  The vague forecast is now early 2013 which has angered Persona and Zen United fans the world, just Europe.

Criticism of the title first peaked when Atlus revealed that this would be one of the only games to be region locked on the Playstation 3.  Forcing people to buy the game in their native regions citing that exchange rates between the Japanese Yen and the American Dollar would significantly impact the game’s success should it be imported.  Even though this title would be region locked, Atlus made it clear that this was something they would not be looking to do on a regular basis.

In theory the European version was expected to drop between September and November but now it has been confirmed that the game has slipped until 2013, date pending.

Zen United who are looking to publish Persona 4 Arena in Europe  have offered up a FAQ highlighting some of the steps publishers have to go through before they can release a game in a given territory to try and keep fan backlash to minimum although after today’s news, it seems that damage limitation might be a better option from here on out.

The main argument is that by the time the European version is rolled out, online play will be almost non existent as the rest of the world will have moved on to something new and no one will care anymore.

I myself can understand the frustration but remain on the fence about it all.  I guess that’s £30 still in my bank account until next year right?

If you can’t wait for your Persona fix go buy yourself a Vita and pick up Persona 4 Golden as that will be shipping from the end of the month!

Requests Anyone?

 

Sadly the above picture doesn’t come close to what I have or even what I would like to achieve in my lifetime, although I’d like to think my collection has some significance.  I’ve posted a few pictures of my bits and bobs before and have even compiled a video game database to keep track of what I have and what I’m missing.

Rather then throw out opinions on the new blockbusters hitting the shelves, I thought it would make a change to take a look back at the games I have in my collections and why they are there.

Feel free to comment a letter, game or genre and I’ll pick something from the collection to write about.

Here is a list of my current collection

Review: XCOM: Enemy Unknown

I’d never heard of XCOM and gave it a wide birth at Eurogamer, which in hindsight probably did it some favours as playing XCOM in an expo environment wouldn’t do it justice.  Never the less, persistent mention of it on Twitter peaked my interest and i’m so glad it did.

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IMPRESSIONS: Dishonored

Right from the off I was skeptical about Dishonored.  To be fair, it’s not a game I would usually go for and it’s not a genre I particularly like, but, I’ve seen a few mixed reviews and thought, well, let’s try it and maybe I will like it.

I did not.

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REVIEW: Rocksmith

I have waited for this game for just over a year due to licensing issues but with them now resolved, I look to Rocksmith to teach me more then I’ve taught myself in the last 5 years to see if it can actually make me better then I am now.

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