Monday, December 15, 2014

Assassins Creed Unity review: Starting all over agian

Assassins Creed has seen many characters and settings from Ezio Auditore during the Renaissance to pirate, not really assassin, Edward Kenway. Each installment would build on the last by adding new features but not really changing the core gameplay. Assassins Creed Unity is the complete opposite and reinvents the whole Assassins Creed formula. This reinvention is very welcome but sadly it is overwhelmed by a plethora of game breaking bugs.

Story

You are recruited by the present day Assassins to relive the life of Arno Dorian during the French Revolution. This time around the present day stuff takes a step back to focus on Arno's story. Most people like this but I'm one of the few that enjoyed the convoluted sci-fi story. I am very happy that they finally created a semi-likable person. Arno is confident, but is always ready to make a humorous smart ass remark. He is indeed the best character since Ezio. Arno simply wanted to get revenge for the death of someone close to him but gets thrown into a whole Templar plot. The story also follows the love life of Arno and Elise who is a Templar. This story element is fine because both characters have a good script and are acted out pretty well. Elise is a very strong and likable character. The only problem is that when Elise is on screen  during gameplay she can be annoying. When you don't do what she wants she will constantly repeat it until you do. Kind of like the Call of Duty AI. She also runs head first into problems and I felt like I had to chase her around for half of the game! These are  the only two developed characters in the whole game. There's Bellec, your Assassin trainer, who seemed like an interesting character at the beginning but was then forgotten until his climax. The other characters don't really get a lot of attention. Even the main bad guy is just a generic Templar. The plot has its ups and downs but it isn't cringe worthy. It's just the average story that you would come to expect from Assassins Creed.

Free Roam

The game lets you run around Paris and it's the best free roam that an Assassins Creed game has offered. The city is very alive and there can be thousands of people on screen at once. This is a good and bad thing. It gets tiresome to run through these people especially since you can't shove them out of the way anymore. You can't do anything with the civilians besides the side activities. One of the best parts about free roam games is messing with the stupid AI. I miss being able to shove and punch them. I guess that's not really the point of the game but its still fun definitely when they get annoying, like when they get in your way!!!!! The map of Paris is amazing and a perfect representation of the real place. The beautiful graphics also supplement the setting. This truly is the biggest and most filled Assassins Creed playground in history. Outside of the campaign you get to collect a bunch of stuff. This includes cockades, chests, and artifacts. If you get tired of collecting things you can solve the nostradame riddles. These are a welcome break from the constant stabbing and will give you a new outfit after completing all of them. If you want to get into action do the Paris stories side missions. These are very plentiful and offer a new mission type every time. They are not like the Assassin contracts from past games. You also get a change to solve LA Noire style murder mysterious. You have to gather evidence and accuse the right person. Lastly you get to manage your cafĂ© which includes exclusive missions, renovation, and buying shops around the map. Once you finished all of these the most amount of income will available to pick up every few hours. This is the type of free roam I have been looking for in an Assassins Creed game.

Gameplay

Now lets talk about the actual gameplay. This is where everything has been redesigned. The climbing is a lot easier and more fluid but still faces some of the same old problems. The most noticeable addition is descending which makes going down buildings as easy as going up. This is rarely as cool as they advertised it to be but it works well... most of the time. Most of the time is the key with Assassins Creed gameplay.  Most of the time Arno will jump where you want him to jump. Most of the time Arno will kill who you want to kill. Most of the time isn't really a good representation. Most of  the time means about 50 % of the time. You will find yourself saying: " I didn't tell you to do that!" I have said that many times throughout my gameplay. The next component of Assassins Creed is stealth and it has been improved immensely. Now there is a cover system which is something I have been asking for. This is very welcome but overall feels clunky. This installment is more stealth centered and there are many options of how you want to go about doing something. Now stealth doesn't mean hide in tall grass; it has grown into something much more which is a very welcome sight.  Lastly is the combat which has seen many different forms across every installment but this is the most drastic change. I really enjoy this new combat system because it brings back skill and timing. Arno's fighting style is very graceful and fluent Unlike someone like Conner who is very brutal. This also brings many new kill animations which are satisfying to watch. Arno also brings new tools to the arsenal like the phantom blade which basically shoots hidden blades. This is pretty cool but not much different from other projectiles from past games. Its helpful in tough situations if you have the ammo! Missions are now more open and lets you pick your path. Now you can complete optional objectives to open up different assassins opportunities.

Customization

Unity adds an RPG style customization system which lets you add new hoods, chest pieces, pants, and gauntlets. You also get to choose from a vast array of color choices. There are 4 weapon types: one handed, long, heavy, and rifles. Each offers a new play style in combat and each weapon has their own stats that greatly effect its usage. For the first time you get to upgrade your character. This ranges from more lock picks, health, melee, items(poison bombs), and agility. It works like any other upgrade system but is easy to use and not overwhelming.

Co-op

The biggest thing for Unity was the new co-op mode but this is a big let down. If you can find a match you will see the most un- assassin like gameplay ever. People run around like crazy people and it's not at all as organized as the demos. This can be fixed by working with a friend but co-op still encountered an overwhelming amount of glitches and lagging. Sometimes to the point of unplay ability. ( Random story: Me and 3 other people swim out to a distant boat to find it filled with cats! It was kind of freaky. To bad I was stupid enough not to take a screenshot of it.) Co-op is only available through certain missions and includes heist which lets you try to still treasure. The more silent you are the more money you get but this incentive doesn't really work for most people.  I have talked bad about co-op but I have to be honest: it is really fun. Just watching the stupidity is a blast. When you get a good partner and actually play like an assassin its still a blast. So Co-op is not that good but that's what makes it fun LOL

The Big Problems

1. The frame rate is bad

2. The glitches: This is just unacceptable. The game should not have been released in this type of state. You have the same old AC problems which should have been fixed after six installments on top of new problems. Problems like falling through the ground, civilians walking in air, and not being able to kill people. It's just ridiculous and I bet Alberto could write a long essay about what his thoughts are on this issue. Ubisoft has fixed many things through numerous patches but its the idea of releasing the game in the first place that bothers me. I understand minor improvement patches but the future of gaming looks bleak if we have to rely on patches to fix broken games. Ubisoft has offered a free DLC for those without the season pass and a free game for those with the season pass.

Rating

Underneath all the problems I really believe Unity is a gem. It could have been game of the year worthy because there hasn't been this much improvement to the franchise since AC 2. Sadly it is bugged down by game breaking bugs. So I'm going to give this game two ratings: one if it didn't have these bugs( to show that underneath everything it is a pretty good game) and one with the bugs

Without game breaking bugs: 9.0 out of 10

With game breaking bugs: 5.5 out of 10- The game is still good; its just the idea of releasing a game with so many bugs that bothers me. Some bugs are ok but this many is unacceptable

What a disappointment. It really bothers me because I love this game but Ubisoft had to go on their yearly schedule to release Unity. I really don't understand, because the testers should have recognized this therefore making the game be pushed back. I'm ready for Ubisoft to spend a long time (atleast 2 years) and blow us away with an Assassins Creed game. It works, just look at the many other developers out there. But this probably won't happen since the next AC has already been leaked.

Entering the Assassins headquarters for the first time

Entering another time period



A cover kill

                                   
                                         You can see the number of people on screen at once


                                                       


                                                             These guards are so stupid


                                                   I enjoy the new combat system


                             An example of a glitch: this guard saw me then just froze in that spot


Sorry for this huge delay in posts, we have been busy and missed being able to write about some big video game announcements. We will start posting more often. Next is the Assassins Creed Unity review, Advanced Warfare review, another section of news( trying to catch up on what we have missed), and 2014 video game rewards!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Star Wars the Force Awakens Trailer


This is the first glimpse of what J.J Abrams has done with the Star Wars brand. I am really impressed and cant wait to see more. At the beginning we see a guy in a storm trooper outfit that looks like he is on the run. He might be discussed as a stormtrooper like Luke and Han did before. Then we see a new droid that looks like a soccer ball??? A woman gets on a stupid looking speeder, this may be Han and Leia's daughter, maybe? We also get a glimpse of who may be the new sith or apprentice with a lightsaber that has two little daggers coming out of each side. These may be hand guards. We all know this is needed because people always seem to get their hands cut off in star wars. The end of the trailer is the crown jewel as we see the milleniun Falcon flying through the air.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Some Walking Dead stuff!!!This week and last week show! and other thingy!

I think the guy that was with Daryl is  Noah ,he runs into Daryl and Carol and they come up with idea where Carol pretense to be hurt,so she would be inside.Beth was going to take out the Doc whom I wouldn't trust at all.Until she see Carol ,I think the two would join together and kick some ass! Carol has show us she can deal with stuff without guns and etc,she will used what she find around!
Ok last week show where they get rid of Gareth,they had too.Rick is a guy of his word and kill Gareth and his little group. Like I said in many place Bob was bitten and the terminus people eat tainted meat.But since people are already infected I don't know if it made any difference eat tainted meat. I forgot what I was going to said...I think Glenn and Maggie got a little upset when they saw Rick,Sash Abraham Ford, and Michonne kill the terminus people in that away.I think they deserved to be kill that away. I knew what Father Gabriel Stokes done.He kept the door lock up at the church and heard his people getting kill.I wouldn't trust him because he might lock the door on Rick and his group somewhere else.I would leave him there and leave because he is none good,he get freak out when they kill the walker,so if he can't kill anything what good is he? Would you allow him to be with you? But I think Rick would allow him to come with them if he want too, because he show them where to find food!
The next show clip. I think the people in the hospital just grab people like they done with Eugene Porter,now Abraham group will run into Ricks group after Both Carol and Beth already took care of everyone!!AHAH LOL.Because in clip sometime ago,it show the bus crashing.around the 2:14 time line on the clip and they are after Eugene to save him!!
There might be more or not!???

Monday, October 27, 2014

The News

1. Assassins Creed Unity season pass
This includes a single player story called Dead Kings that takes place after the game. It should be the darkest story in Assassins creed history. There is an underground labyrinth to explore with new outfits and a gun that shoots explosives. It also brings new missions and 30 new weapons, items,and outfits. Lastly it will offer a downloadable title called Assassins Creed Chronicles: China. It is a 2.5D  action platformer set in 16th century China.


2. GTA 5 
It is coming to ps4 and xbox one on November 18th with a PC release date on January 27th. The additions will be better graphics, movie making, new animals, new tracks, new easter eggs, and more random events around the city. It is rumored that the game will offer a 1st person view when on foot and driving.

3. Playstation 4 update
This new update gives new ps4 additions that sony promised a long time ago. You can now customize your background and listen to your music while playing games(about time)! It also adds better organization to the whats new section and new features to the friends list. Lastly it will enable share play which lets you virtually pass the controller to one of your friends even if they don't have the game. They will not have to download the game but it will be a timed session. This update is coming October 28th 2014

4. Microsoft dropping Xbox One price
Microsoft is already preparing for Christmas by dropping the price of the Xbox One on November 2nd. This is a $50 price drop for every type of system and bundle. So far there is an Assassins Creed, Sunset Overdrive, and Cod Advanced Warfare bundle. This discount will last until January 3rd 2014.

5. Xbox One achievement art can be your background
You can choose out of any achievement you have unlocked. This comes with a November update that also adds many more features like sharing your game clips on twitter. The full list for the update is here: http://news.xbox.com/2014/10/xbox-one-november-preview 

6. Far Cry 4 gets new trailers   
Far Cry 4 comes out November 18th








6. Avengers 2 Age of Ultron trailer
The first trailer for the 2nd Avengers is here. Quicksilver and Scarlet Which join the team. James Spader plays Ultron which is really awesome because Ultron is a cool villain and James Spader can deliver great bad guy role.


Whats your favorite part of the news?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Walking Dead show 2

OK I told you guy this the Rick was right about going and killing all the people from Terminus but the people said you don't have to worry about them. You see what happen poor Bob's lost his leg!! I think the reason why Bob was crying was he got bitten by the walker at the food bank. I think after this the group would go after the hunter. Like in the comic books Rick  kills them all!
You also see that Rick  know that Tara Chambler used to be with the Governor 2 nd attack group that destroy the jail. Tyreece don't want Carol to tell them about Lizzie and  Mika. Remember Lizzie was a crazy kid she kill her sister and she was the one feeding the walker at the jail.Also Tara told Maggie that she was with the Governor group. Carl had also change a lot he when from someone that would just shoot someone to saving people like Gabriel Strokes. You see when all this walker stuff hit this good old guy locked the door to the church and there for people was kill.Did you see people try to get into the church from the thing Carl find!This was the show for people to get catch up. Rick decide to go to Washington DC! I was expecting more of a fight between Rick and Abraham. I think Carol want to leave the group,she was ready to leave until they saw the same car that took Beth. Any way I might do more whenever I feel like it
What will happen the next show Rick and com will have to deal with  Gareth and his people and I think Rick will win with him killing Gareth with a red handle machete!!!LOL I will have some pic later on I just wanted to get this done just after watching the show.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Crazy A's Talk: The Walking Dead No Sanctuary (spoilers)

         OK, the last episode had our group back together in a railroad car. I was kind of disappointed  when Rick had to say  "they screwing with the wrong people" what he wanted to say is "they fucking with the wrong people" they had to use the word screw because the FCC would have beeped them out .Its kind of like watching Breaking Bad when they were beeped out. Come on FCC take your head out of your ass for a minute and listen to kids they already know the fuck word. Come on the FCC don't have a problem with them raping, killing, or even ripping people's throats out. I think the FCC should be closed down and allow people and TV shows to say what the fuck they want too. All the kids already know every bad word..... PS I heard at comic con New York that the BlueRay DVD version of The Walking Dead season 4 had "They are fucking with the wrong people" I don't know if its true,if anyone got the Blue copy please tell us if this is true.
       I was expecting them to do away with the Terminus place and most of the people by the first show and I was right. These people were a group of cannibals. They had cannibals in the comic as well and Rick dealt with them and he wanted to deal with them on the TV show and he was right but the people around him was saying you don't need to go after them they must be dead. Rick was right from my viewpoint he and all of them should go and wipe them all out. By letting them live you are opening the group up for problem with the cannibals. And from the video clip it show them and Gareth talking. I'm so glad they didn't do a whole season of them in the railroad car LOL. They had been building up to Terminus for half of season4 ever since they lost the prison. So they had to make a big impact at the end when Carol blew up the gas tanks, and Than Rick sprang into action. Its also good to see the rest of Rick's group doing their own DIY weapons out of what they have to work with. The Terminus people messed with the wrong group.
       I don't think the terminus people knew who they were dealing with here. Rick took out people with a piece of wood. I just hope that Michonne gets her sword back. Gareth knew that Rick had a bag and he asked Rick what is in it and he said “A machete with a red handle. That’s what I’m going to use to kill you.”And Rick was all tied up than Carol blew up the gas tank and walkers started the trip into the Terminus compound. Carol and Mary got together and she tells her about what they went through and how it gave them the right to kill people - to eat people. AT first Terminus was a safe place but it was over run by bad guys. But does this give them the right to eat people . I say hell NO! After the group got free and met up with Carol she told them to come with her and Rick and Carl is reunited with his baby,the whole Grimes family is together... Now I think there will be a power struggle between Rick and Abraham who wants them to go to Washington DC  and I don't think that will be accepted by the whole group because they know that large cities are "CITIES OF THE DEAD"
         I see lots of things hung around to be resolved. Where do they go? I think that Rick noticed one of the girls was with the Governor. Carol is now a member of the group again,so much had changed since Rick told her to go and most of those changes was with Rick whom now gets it. I like Rick when he is this way: a warrior because in this world he has to be like everyone else.Tyreece also had to kill. That evil man who threatened to kill the baby.Also where is Beth? the video clip did show her in a place she don't like and she wants to leave.
        Now it is also good to see that Morgan got his act together and he was going to Terminus until he saw the sign Rick put there "No Sanctuary"I see Morgan becoming a major force with Rick. I don't know this I'm thinking up some things I would do.And also the thing that Eugene Porter plan to do: a virus within a virus to kill the dead,since its the virus that is keeping the brain working and another thing is we don't know if its a virus ,a germ, or fungi, bacteria, it could work! Or you could take a sample from a walker but we all know our body co operate with lots of bacteria,just look inside you're gastrointestinal tracts ,they break down the food and change it to energy ,so you would need to ID what made the body to get up and walk. We learn from the first season that it acts like bacterial meningitis and than once your body is dead it reawakens the brain but it stops where memory and thinking happens. I think I wrote this on another site I said something about using a virus to kill another virus  maybe on my facebook page,who  knows.


    The Terminus people are true evil.They are what is called institutional evil: Acts of evil often done among an organization, done with little or no sympathy and a lack of humanity due to its repeated process, like a system, or a daily job. Like the body on the metal table when they came close to killing Rick and others.The body was Gareth's brother,the guy whom Rick grabbed in season 4 and   shot someone at Terminus. Its just that in their mind set its nothing personal. Other ideas of this type of evil- ISIS they just kill anyone(men.women children) that isn't a member of their little church. The Nazis who kill anyone that wasn't a party of their little club.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Destiny Review



We at AlbertO'sVideoGamePlace are usually behind on reviews because we are slow at playing games. All those professional people get the games early and we don't. I'm happy to announce that we are on time for once! This review is being posting about the same time all the other people are posting their's. The servers weren't ready until the game released so the professional reviewers got to play on day one like everybody else. Enough with that(its just so exciting that were on time!) here is the review:

   Destiny reminds me of Uncharted 3 multiplayer. That is an odd comparison and a weird way to start a review but just hear me out. Both games are completely different; there are no similarities at all. Uncharted multiplayer is bad, but Alberto and myself love it. There are glitches, it takes forever to join a match, and you have to shoot people 5000 times. We love it because it is fun. It is fun to see people dancing in the middle of a firefight, people running in circles shooting at nothing, people blowing themselves up, and people that don't die because the rocket you shoot goes in between their legs. That's what games are supposed to be-fun. A great story elevates the game but it will be useless if it's not fun.  Destiny fits this perfectly because the game is a blast to play(definently with friends) but has many flaws.
   Destiny is a MMO with the action of a first person shooter. You are part of the guardians, a group of people that are supposed to fight back the darkness. This mysterious enemy came when humanity found the traveler, a huge sphere that granted us a golden age. A golden age not only on earth but in space as well. We were able to inhabit planets like Venus and Mars. The age of exploration soon ending when the darkness came. That's all a know about the story which is the worst part of the whole game. The story missions are fun but repetitive and don't leave a big impact in terms of story. This is very frustrating because Destiny's world is fitted for one great story. The game would get a very high score not only from us but other reviewers if Bungie spent more time developing the story and the the main missions. This is the main flaw of Destiny but the main point is having fun with friends and the game brings a plethora of ways to do just that.
  You get to travel to Earth, the moon, Venus, and Mars. On those planets you can do main missions, strikes, and patrols. Strikes are co-op only missions that have an extremely hard boss at the end. Patrol is basically like free roam. This is where you can find chests,do side mission, or just rack up on xp. The game is always online so you will always meet up with other players. You can also be part of a fireteam which is basically like your squad. Before you can do all this you have to pick a class. Either Titan, Hunter,or Warlock. Each one has their own set of abilities. You can upgrade these abilities when you get XP. The customization is great in Destiny. You can change your armor, guns, and powers in many different ways. There is even a sub class that unlocks whole new powers and abilities. There are many guns to choose from each one being unique in their own way. You can also visit the Tower. This is basically your hang out area. You can talk to other people,buy upgrades, and edit your vault. Destiny is about exploring planets, finding,upgrades, and shooting the Fallen all with a friend by your side. The gameplay is also spot on. The shooting is top notch as well as the melee, and powers. The best part about Destiny may be how fluent the combat is. The worst part about Destiny is it's story and the repetitiveness of it. If you are not obsessed with the plot then the lackadaisical story can easily be overcome. If you just run around with friends then the game will be a blast to play.
   Lastly Destiny offers competitive multiplayer. This is called the crucible which offers your average game modes. There is team deathmatch,  free-for-all, capture the points, and protect the relic. The stats you get in the story will correspond with the Crucible. That means people can use their powers in competitive multiplayer. This brings a crazy,but fun experience and that's just how we like it.  I just hate it when you run into one of those pesky Hunter who uses their ability to stab 20 people at once.
    If the campaign wasn't lacking this would get a 9.9. But at the end of the line video games are about having fun and Destiny delivers on that account. 8.7 out of 10