Normally, I don’t review multiple versions of the same game. These days, if a game comes out on multiple platforms, a) those versions aren’t terribly different from each other, and I’ll note any differences I do know about in my original review, and b) I usually only have time to play a game all the way through once. It’s only in a very special kind of circumstance when I play the same game through more than once on more than one platform.
It does happen though, and this is one of those times. I happened to come across a copy of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls: Ultimate Evil Edition for Playstation 4 (which from here on I will just call Diablo III for ease of conversation). I knew that the game was different now than the original was when it launched, so I was looking forward to seeing just what those differences involved.
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For some reason, I never got into the Tomb Raider games when they first came out. Part of that was probably because I didn’t actually own a Playstation during that time period, and they just kind of got lost in the backlog when I got a Playstation 2 and started playing through the original’s library. And part of it was probably because even back then, I was a bit cynical about inclusion in games. I had likely always thought of Lara as some kind of gimmick, a genderswapped Indiana Jones who was marketed toward a player base that was at the time considered male in the most unapologetic way.
So, when the series was rebooted last year, I still found myself with no real desire to jump into it. It was only after hearing that the game was actually pretty interesting that I decided that I’d give it a fair shot and see if it could impress me. As many of you know, I do have a thing for well-developed and realistic female characters, and while I don’t generally have a lot of hope that video games can deliver on that front, I was really curious as to how close this game could get.
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When a series reaches a certain age, there are really only two types of opinions regarding it. There are the people who say ‘enough already’ and who lose interest in it, and there are the people who continue to buy into the series no matter how much or how little has changed about it. When it comes to Assassin’s Creed, I will admit that I am the latter. I eagerly crave another new historical setpiece to run, jump, and stab people in. However, that also means that I tend to judge each new entry in the series not on its own merits, but on how good it is relative to the games that have come before it. It is, I will freely admit, impossible to be completely objective at this point. So really, this review is probably more for people like me: people who have not lost interest in the series, or people who want to be told whether or not there is a reason to come back to it.
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