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AC rambles

July 16th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

I reached my goal! I caught up in the Assassin’s Creed series before AC3 came out! Here are my thoughts on each one…

Assassin’s Creed 1
features Altair, an assassin from Masyaf during the High Middle Ages, and it’s my least favorite of the games. It was too repetitive since you did the same thing in every city. I didn’t like Altair in this one; I thought he was boring, unlikable, and very poorly voice acted. The combat didn’t feel smooth, and the guards were way too sensitive. I don’t like being attacked because… I didn’t ride my horse slow enough?

After AC1, I did enjoy every game Ezio was in. I thought he had more personality and a more interesting story, starting with…

Assassin’s Creed 2
is the first game with Ezio, an assassin from Florence during the Renaissance, and it’s my favorite in the series so far. It was paced and balanced well, such that the main story was easy to follow, even if you did side quests. It felt open, yet still guided you by not opening everything up at once. This was also before they started adding a lot of stuff in, so while Ezio could do more than Altair, AC2 still kept it fairly simple. A lot was improved compared to AC1. The fighting felt much better, and the quests were more varied. Overall, this game just felt… right. It flowed well, and it was really fun to play.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
takes place immediately after AC2 in terms of Ezio’s story. This time, it’s in Rome, which is huge. I spent more time riding around on horses than climbing buildings.

Brotherhood felt super bloated. While I still had fun, there were way too many things to do, and some sidequests weren’t even in the same time period or storyline. It became confusing fast, and after a while, I didn’t know what was going on in the main story anymore. Plus, quests had optional objectives for “full sync”. For example, don’t be detected, kill only your target, don’t take damage, etc. I had mixed feelings about them. While it added a nice challenge, some were so annoying that I didn’t even bother.

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
takes place some time after Brotherhood (again, in terms of Ezio’s story) and mostly in Constantinople. Ezio has gotten pretty old by now, and the game ties in Altair more. I didn’t like Altair in AC1, but I liked him in Revelations.

Revelations “fixed” a lot of complaints I had about Brotherhood. It keeps you in one smaller city that is denser. No more riding around on horses. There were far less side quests, so it was more main question oriented. The optional objectives were also more natural to do.

However, I thought it was odd that it opened up almost all of the map in the beginning, leaving you to pace the game as you wanted. I typically do as many side quests as I can before the main quest. Well… I ended up with the best armor and some of the best weapons before I even reached the halfway point of the game. I went from the lowest level armor to the very highest. It made it pointless to even check the blacksmith anymore.

Revelations also continues to add onto what Ezio can do. At this point, I’m glad that AC3 will feature a new assassin. While I love Ezio, it’s gotten to be too much. I’m now carrying multiple ranged weapons, a small weapon, a big weapon, multiple bomb types, hidden blade, a hook, parachutes, poison, and medicine. How much more can you really add…?

Assassin’s Creed 3
features Connor and takes place during the American Revolution. If you haven’t seen the E3 trailer, I recommend checking it out! It makes me really excited for it!

Cat

ME3 multiplayer rambles

April 26th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Hello? Anyone out there? *crickets* Well, I haven’t had much to talk about lately when it comes to games. I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood but wanted to make a larger Assassin’s Creed post later. Other than that, I’ve just been playing Mass Effect 3 multiplayer.

I’ve learned that I play best with characters that I can spam powers with. For example…

Human Sentinel is my favorite and best class right now. I like that I can quickly set up my own biotic explosions, and I spam the hell out of Throw.

I play Human Vanguard occasionally. Even though I charge into troublesome spots sometimes, I tend to score well with this class too.

I know I’m not that great with Engineer, but I think it’s so fun. I’m not a fan of the Quarian one, but I like the Salarian one, and the Human and Geth ones are my favorites.

I like staying on Hunter Mode on the Geth, even though it makes me squishy. (I make sure I have my shield regen turret nearby.) The view was weird at first, but it’s pretty cool to be able to see through walls, smoke, and stealth.

I also play Drell Adept occasionally, but I try not to because… I believe Reave can drive a person insane. (Will they ever fix this bug?)

The Asari Adept is on my wishlist. I unlocked her in the demo but still haven’t been able to get her in the real game. I want her sooo bad D= I also wouldn’t mind getting the new Asari Justicar.

What about you guys? Which classes are your favorites?

Cat

ME3 co-op demo

February 27th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

This post is overdue, especially since Mass Effect 3 releases next week. (ZOMG SO SOON.) This is because I’ve been busy playing the co-op part of the demo over and over. In other words, the ME3 co-op is addicting.

I had doubts about adding co-op to the ME series, but it’s pretty great so far. I hope there will be more modes when it comes out because it does get a little repetitive. The format in the demo is in waves of enemies, and a few waves have special objectives attached to it (kill targets, hack computer, etc). You’re not playing as any of the story’s main characters, just generic versions.

I definitely had to adjust my play style which took me a while to get used to. I play the single player more like a RPG than a shooter. I pop up the HUD often and figure out who should do what. That doesn’t work in multiplayer since it doesn’t pause. I eventually adjusted to playing it mostly like a shooter, and I’ve stopped popping up the HUD completely, using the number keys for my skills instead.

I’ve been playing a human character the most because I haven’t been that lucky in unlocking alien characters (unlike my husband who almost has all of them). I’ve only gotten a Turian Sentinel and an Asari Adept so far. I’m glad Veteran packs are easier to get at Silver and Gold, but most of my unlocks have been for weapons I don’t use >.<

We’ve been playing the PC version, and it seems like the demo was built more for consoles. It’s annoying that there’s no text chat in the game lobby. I’m also still not a fan of being on Origin. I know it’s new and all, but it’s definitely lacking some nice things Steam has. Even the chat boxes are formatted in an annoying way.

We’re having a lot of fun playing co-op though, and this is only the demo. I’m super excited for the real thing to come out. I’m just hoping that I don’t play it so much that I get tired of it by the time it releases XD;;

Cat

Just here for the free stuff

January 25th, 2012 by Cat

Categories: PC, PS3, Xbox 360

So, I played the Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning demo to get extra items for Mass Effect 3. It’s hard to judge a game by its demo since… well, it’s just a demo, and in Amalur’s case, you’re also starting from the lowest level, so it’s hard to see its potential. Here are my thoughts anyway. (I kind of forgot to take screenshots and only have a few from the beginning)

In Kingdom of Amalur, a war is raging on between the Tuatha and mortal beings. Your character died but happened to be the first success in an experiment for immortality. In other words, you wake up from the dead. You start with an escape sequence, and then get put into a more open world where you can explore, complete quests, and whatnot.

– It’s an action RPG with the usual elements – armor, experience, abilities, etc. There are different playable races and your usual class systems: brute, rogue, and magic type. When you level up, you can spend points on talent trees.

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Cat

Gaming Year in Review: 2011

January 1st, 2012 by Cat

Categories: 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360

Happy New Year everyone! It’s that time again where I briefly review games I played in the past year. First, here are my favorites from 2011!

Favorite single player: Dragon Age: Origins
I know Dragon Age:Origins didn’t come out in 2011, but that was when I played it. I spent 100 hours on this game and loved it all. Though it was very buggy, I thought the combat and characters were great.

Favorite multiplayer: Portal 2
The co-op in Portal 2 is the best I’ve played so far. Using more than one portal gun just opens up new challenges and cool things to do. The single player was great too, but I thought co-op was even more fun.

Favorite download/indie: Bastion
Bastion is one of the best download/indie games I’ve played. I liked how the storytelling was through the narrator. I liked how the upgrade and difficulty system worked. The soundtrack is also excellent.

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