I didn’t intend on writing about another Assassin’s Creed game. This isn’t because I don’t like the series. It’s pretty obvious that I have a certain fondness for it. I wasn’t going to write about it again because I thought I had said pretty much everything I needed to about it. I thought that, to be quite frank, the series didn’t have any surprises left for me anymore. I thought that playing through new games in the series was going to continue to be a seasonal comfort food for me: something I could rely upon to be a constant experience that was continually refined in each new game in the series. And while that’s a nice thing to play, it’s a relatively boring thing to write about.
Well, I was proven wrong, and not for the reason you’d probably think. While everyone has been talking about how much of a mess Assassin’s Creed: Unity has been, what with all its bugs and various parts of the experience not living up to expectations, I’m going to write about the other game in the series that came out at the same time, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue.
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Child of Light is a twist on a very classic method of storytelling: the fairytale. With a storyline that seems familiar, and yet different enough to stay engaged, the narrative arc of this game is one that is as broad-sweeping as the tales from our childhood. This is a coming of age story, where our protagonist Aurora learns her life lessons through an epic journey. At first, she strives to go home to the familiar and safe. As the story progresses, she makes hard decisions and grows, mentally and physically. Aurora has her trials and finds friends in he most unlikely of places.
Child of Light is a game for one or two players. Player one takes on the role of Aurora, the princess far flung from her family and home. If there is a second player, they take on the role of Igniculus, a spirit of light (‘firefly’). This co-op mechanic allows one player to control the heroine, and the other to shine the way and help get to places that the heroine cannot travel alone. Without the second player, a singular player must control both Aurora and Igniculus.
Ubisoft Montreal developed this piece, and it was published by Ubisoft. Released in early 2014 , Child of Light can be played on Windows, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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I’m sure that anyone who reads this site, other sites, or has been on the internet at all in the past few days knows that there have been some pretty negative things that have been happening in the video game industry. I feel like there have been a great many other people who have been a great deal more personally affected by these things than I have been, and those people do a much better job of addressing the situation than I ever could.
So, I’m going to do the only thing I feel that I can do. I would like to list, briefly and in no particular order, the things related to video games that have made me and others happy, and which I think are positive things happening in the industry right now. Some of these things involve games I intend on reviewing at some point, and some of them are just observations I’ve made in the past month-ish.
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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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Assassin’s Creed is definitely a series that is known for it’s writing. Contained within every game is a veritable library of dialogue and lore, and that’s to say nothing of the books, comics, and some very well-done live-action videos that exist outside of the games themselves. Therefore, it really came as absolutely no surprise to me when the Writers Guild of America announced that Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (an entry in the series that I liked quite a bit) had won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing. Of course, none of this is possible without dedicated and talented writers, and in the case of Liberation, the pen was in the hands of Jill Murray and Richard Farrese. Continue reading “Writing the Creed: An Interview with Jill Murray”
It’s hard being a side-game. Too many people concentrate on the main series and side-games are usually hastily put together as afterthoughts, especially if the main series is on a console and the side-game is on a portable. That is why, as excited as I was about Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, I was afraid that it had been given just as little due by the people developing the game as it had by the people marketing it. However, since I was picking up a Vita anyway, I got myself the nice Assassin White model, which came bundled with Liberation, and gave the game a shot. What did I think about it? Well,
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Reviewing the latest entry in an ongoing series is hard. One reason for this is that by the time you stick the number ‘3’ at the end of a game’s title, most people will have already decided whether they like the series or hate it, so you’re not really saying anything new to anyone. Either they’ll continue to like the series, or continue to hate it, and most of the time this opinion does not really change. Another reason for this is that usually the series itself doesn’t change all that much. Sure, there might be minor improvements or changes, but when people come to expect something from a series, well, the boat tends to not be rocked all that much. However, perhaps that means that reviewing the latest entry in a series is just as important. At least, I tend to think it is, because I really want to make sure that Johnny Job and Christina Career (remember them?) know what they’re getting into, whether they start a series from the beginning, or just sort of pop in right in the middle (I know there are people who do that. It bugs me to death). And that, friends, brings me to my initial impressions of Assassin’s Creed III.
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