Assassin's Creed 3 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Assassin's Creed 3 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Best Games to Play Over Thanksgiving https://www.gameskinny.com/crud5/best-games-to-play-over-thanksgiving https://www.gameskinny.com/crud5/best-games-to-play-over-thanksgiving Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:31:54 -0500 Sarah Elliman

There have always been traditions similar to Thanksgiving, sending prayer to whoever for the bounty and harvest you have received in the year. A lot of Thanksgiving traditions we practice today go as far back as the English Reformation. People seek the spiritual, in the hope that’ll give them direction, and good fortune for the next year.

Thanksgiving has been popularized by North America, with other countries following similar traditions. So to get you in the Thanksgiving mood for 2017, we have searched high and low, for the best video games to get you ready for the holidays.

Assassin’s Creed 3 (2012)

Assassin’s Creed 3 covers a lot of North American culture from the French and Indian Wars, to the very end of the American revolution. Furthermore, you get to experience these important events of American history through the eyes of Connor, a Native American, helping the country to gain its independence. The tradition and history will prepare you for the Thanksgiving festivities and give you a fresh perspective on American history. The treatment of Native Americans is certainly eye-opening with Assassin’s Creed 3.

There has always been continued debate on which state held the first Thanksgiving, this is mainly an argument between New England (where Assassin’s Creed takes place) and Virginia. Thanksgiving proclamations also used to be given by the local clergymen up until 1682, where it was then handed over to the state. George Washington, who is a featured character in the game, was known for issuing these proclamations within his time, amongst other notable achievements. So when you see George Washington you can think fondly of Thanksgiving.

Sid Meier’s Civilization IV: Colonization (2008)

As the title may indicate, this stand-alone Civ title focuses on colonization, specifically of Middle and South America. You take control of a colony under one of four countries -- England, France, Spain or the Netherlands, while your goal is to declare independence and win against your motherland. While building your colony's trade and resources, your monarch will slowly make more and more demanding tributes from you. This will keep increasing until you declare your independence.

This game will take you back to the moment of American conception, right up to the fight for independence, so you can witness the story in your own way. What better game to play to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving?

Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs (2006)

This is the first expansion to the world renowned, Age of Empires III. The expansion is based around Native American civilizations. You get vastly different units, supports, and improvements that are focused on Native American culture. There are 16 tribes within this expansion including the Sioux, Iroquois, Cheyenne, Apache, and Navajo. Each Native civilization has different unique technologies that are specific to that tribe.

This expansion offers you the option of focusing on an integral part of American culture and history -- the Native American tribes. Without the help of the Native Americans, Thanksgiving may never have become the prominent holiday it has. Beginning to understand Native culture, even in a basic way, pays tribute to the wonderful people who showed undeniable kindness and integrity.

Empire: Total War (2009)

This installment in the strategy-based Total War focuses on the period of European growth and colonization. You choose an 18th century faction, with the goal to achieve domination over various countries and continents. Aah the sweet, deadly scent of Imperialism rears its head once again. The interesting aspect of this Total War installment is that is has a special campaign mode that purely focuses on the United States. This campaign starts from the settlement of Jamestown through to American Independence.

The United States campaign is especially fitting for your Thanksgiving festivities as it presents you with the very early history of America. Furthermore, this version of Total War was praised at the time of release for being one of the most sophisticated strategy games on the market. You can enjoy your Thanksgiving festivities along with a highly recommended game.

Town of Salem (2014)

This browser-based game swept everyone up in a fervor when it was released. Town of Salem is highly addictive and if you win as one of the baddies, there is a huge sense of achievement. You can also purchase it on Steam if you want to add it to your library. My greatest moment was being in the Mafia three times in a row and winching each time, some of the same people carried over into each game so it was incredibly entertaining.

We chose Town of Salem because it’s incredibly easy to pick up and get to grips with, without having to spend any money. Furthermore, all the characters are dressed up in period clothing, giving you a Thanksgiving-esque vibe and preparing you for the joys of the holiday. Hopefully you won’t have to re-enact the game at your Thanksgiving dinner.

South Park (1998)

The popularity of The Stick of Truth and The Fractured But Whole can’t be understated, but what you may not know, is that there was a South Park game released way back in 1998 for the N64, PC, and PS1. If you own any of these platforms, including the PS2 as it's backwards compatible, then you can play this game for only $6.99!

South Park is a first-person shooter that sees you facing off against a variety of enemies from the TV show after a comet crashes into Earth. You mostly deal with rabid mutant turkeys that you must destroy after they run rampant through the town of South Park. Considering that Thanksgiving is normally celebrated with turkey, this is the perfect game to get you in the holiday spirit.

Seasons After Fall (2016)

Seasons After Fall is a visually stunning game that allows the player to traverse the world through its different seasons. Your ultimate goal is to reunite the lost spirits of each season. You start in fall, running around as an adorable fox in a beautifully crafted, platforming environment. 

The colors are vivid and the landscapes are incredibly diverse. The artwork is so incredible that you'll feel as though the magic of the seasons is with you in your home. This will undoubtedly prepare you for Thanksgiving.

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Those were some of the best Thanksgiving games to play over the holiday this year. Have you got any favorite games you enjoy playing over Thanksgiving or think that we've left something glaring off our list? Let us know in the comments.

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How Game Publishers Employ Misleading Marketing Tactics to Burn a Hole in Your Pocket https://www.gameskinny.com/yv9af/how-game-publishers-employ-misleading-marketing-tactics-to-burn-a-hole-in-your-pocket https://www.gameskinny.com/yv9af/how-game-publishers-employ-misleading-marketing-tactics-to-burn-a-hole-in-your-pocket Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:00:01 -0500 blake_1321

As long as products have been sold, there has been misleading marketing. It has become somewhat a known fact that, at least in part, the products you see on the ads aren’t exactly what you get. While there is a line between misleading and false advertising, it is a very thin one. Marketing firms devise various misdirecting tactics that manage to stay legal while getting a not-so-true point across.

When it comes to video games, coming up with a marketing campaign isn’t easy, as the game is in constant work-in-progress state, and the final product is most often very different from what it looked like at the beginning. However, does this make up for the false advertising tactics that game publishers come up with to get their product sold?

Bullshots

Screenshots are the easiest way for a developer to show off their game. However, the problem arises with big companies who actually hire people just to take good looking screenshots. What they do is use various assets to manipulate time, view the game’s world from a free camera, downsample from high resolutions, and use various Photoshop methods to make them look the best they can. In 2005, Penny Arcade coined the term for this -- bullshots.

This happens more than you think, and such heavy use of game tools and Photoshop in order to achieve fantastic screenshots crosses the line. Steam has even banned the use of misleading screenshots on their platform. While creating screenshots is, in a way, a form of art, using ultra high-resolution screenshots probably taken when the game was running at about 5 fps to sell your product leaves a bitter taste when you get to actually play the game.

One of the games that is notorious for this and received heavy criticism is No Man’s Sky. The screenshots that were posted on Steam presented different creature sizes, buildings, ship behavior and combat than the actual game has to offer. Next to that, they show the game with higher quality graphics than what you get with the final product.

The vertical slice

The vertical slice is a term used in the game industry for a demo that is a showcase of all the game’s features. This method has been criticized because when developers come up with vertical slices at an early time, it means that they are building most of the game around a fully featured chunk that is its starting point. Focusing on the slice first, instead of coming up with a sketch of the entire game, is an approach that can lead to obvious issues. What worked for the demo doesn’t have to work for the entire game.

However, it is a fact that untextured demos with placeholder elements won’t get the investors interested in the game. As a completely realized chunk of the game, the vertical slice is what trailers and screenshots are based on. Still, it isn’t uncommon for game developers to show a vertical slice at E3 and say that the game is going to be released in a couple of years. This most definitely means that the slice will undergo a lot of changes, and that a lot of ideas will be rejected.

An example of the vertical slice being misleading is 2011s presentation of Bioshock Infinite, which showed the game with different characters, HUD and powers than the final release. Even the story changed, characters were discarded and entire scenes were left out. While the game was a success in the end, the vertical slice was clearly a misrepresentation of the game.

Downgrades

A common problem with vertical slices is that they end up being more visually impressive than the final game. This is where the term downgrading comes in. The game developers come up with a visually stunning showcase, which is far away from the final product, and are then forced to downgrade its features in order to make it work as a whole. Sam Cyrus, an SEO expert from Perth, says that the biggest mistake a marketer can do is to mislead potential customers by making them believe the product is far more superior, because then they will have to face an exhausting and expensive ORM process.

An example of downgrading is the 2013 E3 presentation of Watch Dogs, which misrepresented the game’s graphics, when the final product was visually inferior due to being downgraded because of PS4 and Xbox hardware. Downgrading might be forgivable if we’re told about it before the game gets released. Otherwise, don’t trust the trailers for a game that’s going to be released in a few years.

Target footage

Vertical slice’s predecessor, target footage, is a render of what the game could be. It might even be devoid of any game systems running it. Quite often it is merely an animation that shows what the game is supposed to be and how it should play, while being nothing more than a pre-production product. Such was the case with Assassin’s Creed 3 target footage.

While it’s not necessarily a form of marketing, as it is generally used by game developers to represent the game’s vision, it is often shown or leaked to the public, which is another misleading marketing strategy. Therefore, if you come across anything marked as target footage, view it as an idea for a video game and nothing more.

Final words

The current trend of releasing games in Early Access -- showing them off as work-in-progress with all their flaws on display -- is a great alternative to misleading marketing tactics. The solution to the problem is to either show everything about the game from the start so that the audience knows exactly what they’re dealing with, like it was done with Minecraft, or to do what Bethesda did with Fallout 4 and announce the game just a few months before the actual release. The line between misleading and false advertising is a thin one, so why not try an honest alternative to these solutions?

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7 Awesome Mount Cosplays to Start Your Week Off Right https://www.gameskinny.com/h5ile/7-awesome-mount-cosplays-to-start-your-week-off-right https://www.gameskinny.com/h5ile/7-awesome-mount-cosplays-to-start-your-week-off-right Wed, 11 Jan 2017 03:00:01 -0500 Emily Parker

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Final Fantasy: Chocobo

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Cosplayer: Unknown
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Cosplaying was a thing even before video games were apparently.

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In all seriousness, mounts in video games come in all shapes and sizes. As mounted combat becomes easier to implement and story is given more importance in developing titles, it's easy to predict that we'll have many more interesting cosplays to gawk at in the years to come.

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Brave: Merida and Angus

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Cosplayer: GreatQueenLina
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While Merida might be ready to take on Mor'du, it looks like Angus is ready for a snack.

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GreatQueenLina brings us right back to medieval Scotland with this shoot. Duke the horse is a Shire from England, and that's Lina's real hair. If only there was a budget for three bears cubs.

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While Merida and Angus aren't well known from their video game, this cosplay is so well done it needed to be included.

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Shadow of the Colossus: Wander and Argo

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Cosplayer: Headclouds
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Agro really shines in this Shadow of the Colossus cosplay. Headclouds looks like she's ready to take down some colossi and is clearly a skilled rider judging by the rest of the shoot.

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Agro is one of the first mounts I ever remember really connecting with in a video game, and it's nice to see him represented so beautifully.

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Skyrim

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Cosplayer: Ewenae
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It's too hard to get across Skyrim without a mount and this Dovahkiin has the right idea. I wonder what mod she's running for the armor?

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It takes a pretty serious monetary commitment for a new player to buy a mount in Skyrim, but it's worth every penny. Some of us even went for Shadowmere right out of the gate, and had a pretty awesome dragon tank for the rest of the game.

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Ewenae is a professional cosplayer with a commitment to documenting her process over on her Facebook (linked above). You'll also find the rest of this Skyrim shoot there.

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The Legend of Zelda: Malon, Link and Epona

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Cosplayer: The Zelda Project
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Malon, Link and Epona come to life in The Zelda Project's Lon Lon Ranch shoot. Epona is a legend among video game mounts, and a favorite part of the games for many. It's great to see her hanging out with the gang before her and Link head out to take on Hyrule.

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We all know Link is heading straight for those cuccos.

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The Witcher: Geralt and Roach

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Cosplayer: Drawer513
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Geralt and Roach have a special relationship, possibly the best of 2016. Drawer513 has a great shoot that captures the magic, in fact they were the runner up in The Witcher 3 cosplay contest. It takes a really special mare to be a Roach.

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If you'd like to learn more about Roach and her development, check out this really informative and 'serious' behind the scenes video:

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Wonder Woman

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Cosplayer: Spring-Steel
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I hope to see an incredible amount of Wonder Woman cosplay with the new movie coming out, but will any be able to compete with this photo shoot from cosplayer Spring-Steel?

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She's got a spear, a shield, the Lasso of Truth and an adorable dapple grey mare. This Wonder Woman doesn't seem to have any use for the Invisible Plane.

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This cosplay is a hopeful image for the gaming community. The direction Wonder Woman is headed in should lend to some great games. 

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Assassin's Creed 3: Connor

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Cosplayer: Eyes1138
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Conner may not have a lot of buildings to climb in AC3, but the horse combat was a welcome update.

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Our assassin is pictured riding into the Battle at Bunker Hill LARP in Italy. Connor looks pretty calm scanning the field for his target Templar John Pitcairn.

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The bond between a video game player and their trusty mount can be a special thing. Whether the collection of pixels that moves you more quickly from one zone to the next becomes something more is up to you and the game designers, and there's nothing that's more of a testament to their impact than including them in your cosplay.

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While the majority of us don't have the resources to manage much more than a foam replica, these cosplayers take it to the next level.

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“Your Possible Pasts”: A Fan’s Retrospective on the Assassin’s Creed Series https://www.gameskinny.com/cwb96/your-possible-pasts-a-fans-retrospective-on-the-assassins-creed-series https://www.gameskinny.com/cwb96/your-possible-pasts-a-fans-retrospective-on-the-assassins-creed-series Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:00:02 -0500 Neal Cox

Before we begin: I want you, the reader, to know that this article will spoil all of the games in the Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection package (Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed Revelations), as well as various other games in the series (Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed III, etc...).  If you are interested in these games, The Ezio Collection is the perfect way to jump into the series, and you should pick it up now (or when most convenient). Now, back to the Article.

What’s worse: Waiting a long time for a cliffhanger ending to be paid off, or knowing that the payoff will suck?

This was a problem I was confronted with when playing Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection recently. This may sound like I don’t like the games, but I do. In fact, I would say that, like the title hints, I am a fan. I have beaten The Ezio Collection (II, Brotherhood and Revelations) thoroughly before, I have beaten Assassin’s Creed III, and I have played the other mainline entries within the series (Assassin's Creed, Black Flag, Unity and Syndicate), but I haven’t beaten them due to some problems that I will be discussing in this article. I have read the wiki, the codex pages, the in-game library, the whole nine yards. I love these games,  but after re-playing Assassin’s Creed II, I have to admit that they don’t make them like they used to.

PART I: Assassin’s Creed II

Assassin’s Creed II has aged okay. I mean this with love and caring, but its controls were always a mess. They hit the highest highs, making you feel like you are soaring across Italian Cityscapes like a renaissance Flash, and the lowest lows, sometimes giving you the impression that you are driving a car that has four flat tires and a wrench instead of a steering wheel. The “Back Eject” move has given me more grief than I’d care to admit, especially in the challenging “Assassin’s Tomb” missions. But when it worked, especially in the late game, it was a great feeling that has rarely been matched today. The Graphics leave something to be desired, but it’s a Ubisoft Game from 2009; what can you do?

What really makes this game though, is the story. Unlike the other entries in this collection, Assassin’s Creed II was more obviously planned ahead of time. It had a solid base to build off of with the original Assassin’s Creed, and with the proper feedback, development team and setting, the series was transformed into a critical and commercial success. This improvement, this confidence, was present throughout the game.

The story, following main Character Ezio Auditore Da Firenze on his path of revenge throughout Renaissance Italy, had a good mix of freedom and linearity that made the story feel epic, yet focused. It also used various in game items and quests, such as the “Glyph” puzzles and collectible “Codex” pages to help inform the player about the world outside of the game. The only thing that this game failed at, story wise, was fleshing out the modern day characters. But that is a gripe for another section.

The eponymous Ezio is not only a good character for games as a whole, but he is easily the best character in the series, period. He had range (angry, sad, romantic, funny), he had depth, and, most importantly, he had an arch. Not to skip ahead too much, but this is something that many characters in later entries lack. Ezio was not a wise-crackin’ Master Assassin at the beginning of the game. He was an angry and afraid kid, doing his best with the tools he had to avenge his brothers and father. At the end, however, he was no longer angry or afraid.

He was tired, but happy. He had done his job. He had killed the men responsible (minus Rodrigo Borgia, who he should’ve killed, but didn’t due to historical reasons), and now he was at peace.

While Assassin’s Creed II’s ending did leave a few confusing plot holes -- how will Ezio get out of that Vault under the Vatican? Why did he let the most powerful Templar in Europe, Rodrigo Borgia, live? What is the deal with these alien guys? -- it gave us enough to not need another Ezio story. To quote Minerva, the hologram of a long-dead alien who resides in the Vault, when she is speaking to Ezio at the end: “You’ve played your part.” It was time for a new character, a new setting, and a new struggle for our characters in the modern day.

PART II: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Oh, we’re playing as Ezio again. I can’t say that I am too disappointed by this continuation. Actually, I would say that Brotherhood is my favorite game of the three. I am also a self-avowed member of the Ezio Fan Club, so it was nice to see him again at the height of his power. But, there are some problems with this game, and it starts with this: All of his stuff will arbitrarily be taken away from him again.

This is to be expected in sequels, but that doesn’t make it right. And on top of that, it also symbolizes another problem with this game: This didn’t have to happen. The game didn’t have to take away all of your stuff, but it did. It didn’t have to exist, but it does. Why?

           

Money. Plain and Simple. I may love this game, but if the entries after Assassin’s Creed II was decided purely by artistic merit, that entry would have been Assassin’s Creed III. No, not the real one. Another one that chose a different time period (16th century Japan), a different character (A ninja, or samurai, or something cool) and was, you know, Good. Ubisoft had seen that their gamble had paid off, and now it was time to play it safe and make some more money. They had their character and setting, now all they needed was a story and a new engine to put it all together. This may sound like I am hating on them for doing this, and I do hate them somewhat, but you have to make money in the games industry. Why throw out a popular character and setting for “artistic merit”? Artistic merit doesn’t always bring home the big bucks.

Again, it’s not like these games are all bad. Actually, as I have been saying over and over again, they are pretty good. While Ezio’s a little more static this time around, he still has the same charm and charisma that makes him, well, him. Rome was fully-realized, fun to explore and full of secrets. Constantinople was also beautiful and fun to explore, but, like Revelations as a whole, wasn’t as fun as its predecessor.

The real saving grace of these entries, the things that made them all worth it, were the modern day segments. Most people don’t like them (they actually hate them with a passion), but that’s what I liked so much about the older games. These two entries gave the other main characters (Desmond, Lucy, Rebecca, and Shaun) more personality, more life. They also expanded on infamous and unseen Subject 16, AKA Clay Kaczmarek. He is ghost and predecessor that haunts you throughout the first three games, first with his blood and then with memories that he hidden within the Animus, before finally confronting Desmond in person. While the character developments for Desmond, Lucy, Shaun and Rebecca weren’t paid off in the next entry of the series, Clay’s story was. Revelations was his last game, and I thought that they handled him and his story well. Not great, but well. It's better than what the others got.

In the End, Brotherhood and Revelations were the last two games in the “original” sequence (AC I - AC III) that were any good. They had their faults, and I do blame them for taking up all of the good writing and characterization from the rest of the franchise, but they were worth it. They are games worth playing.

PART III: Where it all went wrong

Well, we’ve finally arrived to the bad years of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Revelations to many was thought of as the weak link, the one that would be remembered for its holding-pattern story and terrible tower-defense game. Then Assassin’s Creed III came out.

This failure hit me especially hard. I was really amped for this game before it released. I had the collector’s edition, I waited in line at PAX East to see a live demo of it, and even though I was worried about the creative licence that the game was taking with the Battle of Bunker Hill (they turned the battle from one right outside of Boston to one in the middle of some primordial jungle-forest), I was convinced that things would work out in the end. A little creativity never hurt anybody.

Well, that is true, and it is the lack of creativity that hurt Assassin’s Creed III. Connor was not a proper follow-up to Ezio. They thought that a lack of emotions would make him cool, like the Man with No Name or some other emotionless hero. Instead it made him annoying and, worse still, boring. He didn’t change. He started angry, and he ended angry.

New England, the place I love and call home, was not a proper follow up to Renaissance Italy. While it was fun to traverse and fight in, it was samesy and overall the game suffered for it.

The game-play changed, going full action-game on everyone. It made it fun to play, but at the cost of what made Assassin’s Creed... well Assassin’s Creed. Brotherhood and Revelations also, in my opinion, strayed too far into action territory, but Assassin's Creed III finally took us into full-on God-Warrior territory. Assassin’s Creed, the first one, was a stealthy game with hit-and-run action. I like fighting my way out of failed stealth situations (something that happens to me often), but now Assassin’s Creed had gone too far. Through a long and barely noticeable process, the series had become something entirely different. Something generic.  

The worst thing about this game, however, is its treatment of Desmond and the gang. By Revelations, Lucy was dead (and revealed to be a Templar Double Agent), Desmond’s dad had joined them and they were all ready to stop this world ending event once and for all. The stakes couldn’t be any higher. Naturally, all they did in the game was stay in a cave until another alien ghost guilts Desmond into dying so he can “save the world.” It sounds heroic, but when you see it play out with Desmond grabbing these two Pillars that essentially electrocute him, it feels anti-climatic. Like the writer of this game also hated Desmond, and wanted to give all of those in the “We Hate Desmond” Camp a real big victory.

There were some out of cave diversions, but they were just that: diversions. We got to see the modern world, and see Desmond in action, but never in full. Desmond came close at the end of the game, with him finally being able to kill people -- even though he’s had a hidden blade since AC II -- but he never truly turned into the Master Assassin that the series had promised us. To drive this home, the two reasons that the history segments exist, story-wise, is to:

  1. Find ancient artifacts called Pieces of Eden.
  2. Train Desmond so he can be an assassin (after AC1 at least)

But now the fans got what they wanted: A dead Desmond and a future for their beloved franchise.

And ever since, the series has been in a holding pattern. People like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. They also like the Sailing Sections in Assassin’s Creed III. I liked neither of those things. Nobody really likes Assassin’s Creed: Unity, and for good reason. It’s bland, it makes the Assassins bland and its main character, Arno, like Connor before, is also bland. Paris was nice, and the game looked good (when it worked), but that wasn't enough to save it from itself. What’s worse still is that it took place during The Reign of Terror, one of the most interesting time periods in human history.

I did not play Assassin’s Creed: Liberation or Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. I would like to play Rogue, its story intrigues me, but I don’t have much hope for it. I did play a substantial amount of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, and I found some of its characters initially interesting. Jacob and Evie Frye make for a good double act, but, as I brought up earlier, they both stay the same for way too long. Never are they unsure of themselves, never do they change or grow as people.

To be honest with you, I lost interest in the game halfway through. Maybe they do change and become entirely different people at the end. But Ezio -- my main man -- had already changed substantially, both age-wise and maturity-wise, by the midpoint of Assassin’s Creed II. They may be funny (at least Jacob is), but they aren’t dynamic. And that’s where they fail.

Back in September of 2016, Ubisoft was in danger of being bought out by French Media Company Vivendi (and they still are). Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, spoke to several news outlets, discussing the state of the company during these hard times. Guillemot was concerned that a potential merger with Vivendi would hurt Ubisoft's "creativity, agility, and risk-taking" which was  "intrinsic to our industry." However, I think they lost those things around Assassin’s Creed II. Sure, Rainbow Six: Siege is fun, so is Steep (to an extent), but what have they really done that’s knocked people’s socks off since Assassin’s Creed II? Far Cry 3 was daring on the narrative side, but game-play wise it was the blueprint for all of Ubisoft's other open world games. More Call of Duty than the daring and brutal Far Cry 2.

Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft

I hope Assassin’s Creed finds its way again soon. The gameplay in the last few games has improved, probably to the best it's ever been, but a steep price has been paid. I miss that crazy Ancient Alien/Conspiracy/2012-inspired story that was both a "risk-taker" and "creative." I miss Rebecca and Shaun actually being important characters to the story, rather than being some C-3PO/R2-D2-esque side characters that appear in every game because they have to. I miss the Assassins being good, and the Templars being bad.  The whole “we’re actually the good guys” thing the Templars tried pulling in AC III didn’t work, not because it wasn’t interesting, but because, to use Revelations as an example, the Templars will literally throw their henchman off of a carriage and to their deaths if they don’t ride fast enough.

If Ubisoft wants to make a million games set solely in the past, fine. I get that I am the only person who liked Desmond and the modern day stuff. Just give me one thing in return: more characters like Ezio Auditore. Not just one character, but several that grow and change throughout their games. Ones that have emotions, strengths and weaknesses. I would trade all of the conspiracy-laden modern day stuff for one more game with a main character like that.

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3 Reasons Yearly Franchise Releases Should Go the Way of the Dinosaur https://www.gameskinny.com/ux8i2/3-reasons-yearly-franchise-releases-should-go-the-way-of-the-dinosaur https://www.gameskinny.com/ux8i2/3-reasons-yearly-franchise-releases-should-go-the-way-of-the-dinosaur Wed, 04 Jan 2017 03:00:02 -0500 chopchamen

Yearly released franchises. We all know about them. We've tweeted about them, read articles about them, and even paid the money for them up front by preordering them. But when will they stop? As good as these franchises could be, yearly released franchises (yeah, we're looking at you Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty) are slowly ruining themselves.

There are a few good reasons why it would be good for yearly releases to take a hike. Let's take a look.

1. More Time Between Development Cycles

Every year, there's that "new" Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed showed off at E3, but it looks relatively the same as the last installment of that respective franchise (Granted, AC has changed on that a bit, but really, the games look and play the same).

If there were a bigger gap between each installment, these games would look much better graphically and would (hopefully) play better overall -- or at least bring something new and exciting to the table.

There would also be more time to observe the community, see what problems persist within the core mechanic of each franchise, and really prevent any glitches from happening at all (I'm looking at you, AC Unity).

If developers were to brainstorm longer on ideas, it would result in better and fresher gameplay features for each successive installment.

2. A Good Mix Up in Story

By now we know that yearly releases have stories that seem pretty much recycled. They boil down to similar plots, like in Assassin's Creed, chasing down each member of the Templar order, follow each crumb in the trail until it leads to the head honcho of that area. They also have nearly unchanging mechanics and gameplay styles -- all of which can grow stale pretty quickly, Assassin's Creed 3 probably had the most change to the series.

After Assassin's Creed 3, there was really not much of a point in continuing the franchise, seeing as Desmond's story line had pretty much ended, if they re-established a new story line, with a new character in modern time, focusing on another conspiracy, or at least a different angle on the same situation, that would certainly rekindle older fans out there.

And in Call of Duty, while the story can be diverse enough, there are moments that you can almost tell will be in every game until the end of history. Helicopter crashes, a major character dies, somebody takes an enemy out epicly with a knife, and the bad guys seems to just get away again, and again. Not to mention that single stealth mission in each game. (It would be better to have an overall stealth option.)

3. Premium Memberships Being More Worth It

We've seen this from every developer, so it's not just in the case of yearly releases. But when devs put the same game out there year after year and then put out a season pass for it? With literal re-skins of old maps from previous games? They never uphold these games for longer than a year anyway, so why is it even worth buying? It makes them seem even more money hungry than before.

If they would support a game for longer than a year and keep a freshness to it, going so far as to add little stuff, like weapon skins, emblem parts, etc. exclusively for those participating in the season pass, the fire in fans would live a whole hell of a lot longer.

When will games become unique again? Would people be more willing to shell out the big bucks if every game didn't look like an expansion of the previous game? We might not ever know, but maybe after the Assassin's Creed developers taking a step back, they will develop an even better game (Provided they are actually working on it at all), achieve more sales, and that would hopefully influence the other companies to do the same, or at least something similar.

Do you agree, or disagree? Or do you have something to throw into the subject yourself? Let us know in the comments!

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4 Villains (Who Weren't Really Evil) https://www.gameskinny.com/9ivnp/4-villains-who-werent-really-evil https://www.gameskinny.com/9ivnp/4-villains-who-werent-really-evil Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:11:22 -0400 SmellingBeeWinner

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In Conclusion
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These fellows all have some solid backstory and goals which make them seem less villainous in the end. Remember, not everyone you try to shoot is scum of the earth. Maybe, just maybe, they think they're right.

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1. The Templars (Assassin's Creed 3)
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I'm sticking with the AC3 here, because it makes the strongest arguments for the Templars' cause. The Templars are the main rivals of the Assassins, so they engage in a clandestine war, kill each other, and somehow change the course of history. However, the Templars have noble and lofty ambitions. They want to create a perfect, peaceful world.

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The Assassins feel this is somehow not a good thing, and they're not exactly wrong. Who are the Templars to decide how the world goes? However, they are the best possible people to be pulling the strings. They are simply after peace, order, and unity. Their methods may not be immaculate, but neither are those of the Assassins. Heck, their name is literally "Assassins", as in the guys who kill people. What the Templars want isn't exactly a bad thing.

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2. The Imperials (Skyrim)
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In Skyrim, of course there is no one story to follow. There are many different quest lines you can undertake. One of these will put you against the Empire, who have subjugated Skyrim, so you, like the good freedom fighter you are, will overthrow those pesky conquistadors!

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Barring the fact that most soldiers of the Empire don't even want to be there, the Empire are really just puppets to another faction also present in Skyrim, the Thalmor. Prior to the events in Skyrim, the Empire was losing a war against the Aldmeri Dominion, so they signed the White-Gold Concordat, which rendered them pretty much powerless. One of the things outlawed by the Concordat was the worship of Talos, which is one of the main reasons the Stormcloaks (those fighting for Skyrim's independence) are rebelling in the first place. They're not wrong to rebel; they're just attacking the wrong people. The Empire has nothing to do with anything.

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3. Wallace Breen (Half-Life 2)
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Somewhere between the first and second Half-Life, Earth was subjugated by the alien race known as the Combine. Wallace Breen is the administrator of the whole Earth, and the foil to your heroic actions. Let's talk about how he got the job, though.

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When the Combine invaded, they conquered the whole world in seven hours. This was known as the imaginatively named Seven Hour War. All of mankind would have died, if not for Breen. Breen successfully negotiated for the surrender of Earth, and humanity was not destroyed. He's the only reason there are still people on Earth. As for the Combine cruelty, Breen is powerless to stop them, as he is a figurehead for the Combine.

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4. The Russians (Modern Warfare 2)
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In Modern Warfare 2, one of the many subplots is that the Russians have invaded the Eastern Coast of the United States of America, and several missions involve you slaughtering lots and lots of said Russians to achieve your objectives, like recapture the White House. However, the Russians aren't invading the States just because they're evil or anything like that.

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A previous mission (the controversial No Russian) shows a massacre at a Russian airport, and your character, an American undercover agent, is killed, which leads to the belief that America sponsored a terrorist attack on Russian soil. The Russian soldiers you kill aren't so bad because they think they are getting vengeance for their country.

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Chances are, if the video game has a story, it's got an antagonist -- a bad guy who is trying to stop you from whatever it is you're doing. More often than not, the villain is a truly despicable person who deserves to be wiped off the face of the Earth (see: the terrorists from Counter Strike). There are a few villains, though, who aren't necessarily the worst people ever. They were pretty alright, as far as people go. Here are 4 bad guys who weren't exactly bad.

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Check Out These YouTubers' Renditions of Our Favorite Tunes! https://www.gameskinny.com/191s6/check-out-these-youtubers-renditions-of-our-favorite-tunes https://www.gameskinny.com/191s6/check-out-these-youtubers-renditions-of-our-favorite-tunes Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:49:58 -0400 ChocolateCat42

From the orchestral magnificence that is Nobuo Uematsu's Final Fantasy themes to the whacky Portal tunes from GLaDoS, music plays a large role in the realm of video games.

Fans migrate towards mimicking that which inspires them -- and now, thanks to the internet, performers with amazing talents are able to share their video game covers with the rest of us. Listed below are a few of the greats -- give them a listen! If you like what you hear, don't forget to visit their channels and subscribe.

1. 331Erock

From Halo to Final Fantasy, 331Erock takes the songs we've come to know and love and gives them a metal makeover. He doesn't just stick to video game music, either -- anime, television, movies, you name it! (No, really. He likes getting requests from his listeners.) Software handles the accompaniment while Erock shreds on guitar. 

2. FamilyJules7X

On the topic of guitars, next up is FamilyJules7X with a mix of electric and acoustic renditions from several games. FamilyJules7X does covers, single-game medleys, and multi-game medleys. He even holds votes in the comments to make medleys from viewers' favorite themes, such as the battle themes in the video below.

3. Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling's violin is taking the world by storm, but did you know that she has done several covers for video game music? Dragon Age, Legend of Zelda, Halo...the list goes on. One of the draws to Lindsey is how much fun she has in her videos; full costumes, great scenery and/or effects, and dancing. 

4. Peter Hollens

Not all performers use instruments -- some can make magic with their voice alone. Almost all of Peter Hollens' covers are made up of layer upon layer of vocal tracks. His voice makes up both instrumental parts and lyrics. Most of his video game covers are collaborations, including the below World of Warcraft medley featuring his wife, Evynne Hollens, and his cover of Portal 2's ending theme.

5. Smooth McGroove

Also in the realm of acapella, we have Smooth McGroove's covers. Smooth covers a lot of classics in addition to more current themes. Various themes from franchise games like PokemonFinal Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, and Super Mario make up a portion of his repertoire, but he has also covered songs from games like Undertale and Tetris. 

This man's range is incredible, and I can't help being a little partial to his constant guest star. Don't know who I'm referring to? Look at my username again, then check out his videos. (Hint: upper left square in the video below.)

6. Collaborations

What's better than one amazing star sharing their talent with the world? Two or more getting together, of course! For instance, Peter Hollens and Lindsey Stirling have done several videos together, including their amazing Skyrim collaboration.

I had to be choosy picking which videos to share on this post, but each performer has several that you should check out if you enjoyed these samples. 

Have a performer you enjoy? Heard a cover or medley that you just have to share? Give us a holler in the comments below!

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Happy birthday America: Save your nation from invasion in these 11 games https://www.gameskinny.com/a1j98/happy-birthday-america-save-your-nation-from-invasion-in-these-11-games https://www.gameskinny.com/a1j98/happy-birthday-america-save-your-nation-from-invasion-in-these-11-games Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:30:02 -0400 Ty Arthur

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If you aren't bleeding red, white, and blue after playing these 11 ultra-patriotic games, then you need to go drop a couple of hundred dollars on unnecessary fireworks and try again.

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What's your favorite pro-America game, and how many of the titles we mentioned have you managed to beat? Let us know what other 4th Of July-friendly games we should be dusting off this summer in the comments below.

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Homefront: The Revolution

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A re-imagining of the occupied America presented in the previous game, second title The Revolution switches to an open world style as you run a guerrilla resistance against the Korean invaders. 

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While sadly the game had a bit of a bumpy start and still suffers from some frame rate issues, if you like open world games along the lines of Far Cry 3/4, you should make a point of checking this one out.

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Modifying guns on the fly or building makeshift explosives out in the field is a cool twist, and there's some iconic characters to meet in this dark dystopian future.

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Everything Duke Nukem

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What better exemplifies America than lowest common denominator misogyny and a love for all big guns and bigger jugs? Duke couldn't be any more American if he shat bald eagles!

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Sure, these games are awful and several of them are essentially unplayable, but America does things the hard way damn it, and you should too.

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Saints Row IV

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Not only do you become President of the grand old U. S. of A. (by totally legitimate and not at all ludicrous means), but you also get to avenge the country's death at the hands of annihilating aliens. Eat your heart you Bill Pullman!

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Rather than seeing the new Independence Day flick no one asked for, just play Saints Row IV instead. It's not often you get to be a nude Matrix-style savior while beating gang members and aliens to death with a big floppy dildo – and after all, isn't that what America is really all about?

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Assassin's Creed III

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In the never-ending Assassin's Creed series, Ubisoft went a very unexpected route in entry #3, allowing you to be part of the founding of America itself, but as an assassin of course.

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The glorious American revolution can't succeed without your stealth take downs, so sharpen up those tomahawks and get on birthing the greatest nation in the world already.

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Both the Revolution and later Civil War period of history are rife for gaming, and that really begs the question: when are we going to get an Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter video game adaptation?

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Christian Founders 3D Computer Game

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This amazing little title – which lets you know its in 3D straight in the title! - is (sort of) a platformer where you run around a mansion covered in full-wall size portraits of various American history personalities.

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While traveling through this bizarre fun house of horror, be sure to grab all the flag collectibles and and read all those tiny commentary text boxes. Personally, I'm convinced this is satire and making fun of exactly the sort of person who would un-ironically buy this, but others aren't so sure.

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What clinches it for me (other than the hilarious graphics) are the notoriously inaccurate quotes used to teach the lessons, like perpetuating the myth that George Washington said “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” Despite the fact that such a phrase never actually appeared in his farewell address, the urban legend lives on anyway.

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Grand Theft Auto IV

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What's more patriotic than a down-on-his-luck immigrant coming to Liberty City by boat and achieving the American Dream?

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He works his way up from nearly homeless drifter to driver at a cab company and then breaks out as an entrepreneur trying his hand at many diverse and lucrative businesses.

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Best of all? Nico Bellic is very second amendment friendly. GTA IV is as American as apple pie, and just as kid-friendly.

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Patriotic Pinball

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For the true patriot who already has a flag draped across his wall and never goes out unless he's sporting some stars and stripes duds, there's the game-changing Patrotic Pinball.

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It's exactly like regular pinball, just, you know, with more patriotism. It even has a whole whopping TWO different levels to play: “America on Duty” and “Roadtrip Coast To Coast.”

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Broforce

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Remember those extremely outlandish pro-America cartoons you can watch while flipping through the television channels on the later Grand Theft Auto games? Developer Free Lives turned them into a side scrolling, platforming shooter, and we can't thank them enough!

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When the world is in trouble, the over-powered Broforce is called in to annihilate evil, bro style. Just how patriotic is this game? The top Steam review simply reads “Bought this game as a European. Now I'm an American.

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Bioshock Infinite

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A legitimately awesome game even independent of the story and themes, Bioshock Infinite also has its fair share of social commentary on the past and present state of America.

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The people of the floating city of Colombia absolutely adore John Wilkes Boothe, and they have more than a little in common with a certain wing of American politics... so much so that a tea party group in Florida once made headlines by un-ironically using the above image as their Facebook banner.

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The fact that “It is our holy duty to guard against the foreign hordes” and a very clear focus on white purity didn't tip them off the negative nature of the image is mind-bogglingly hilarious.

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No matter where you fall on the political spectrum though, Bioshock Infinite offers an amazing FPS experience (maybe the best the Xbox 360 had to offer?) that is way outside the norm and has a mind-bending story to keep you intrigued from beginning to end.

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Great Wall Of America

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Make America great again by building a yuuuuuge wall (a beautiful wall, the best wall) out of the heads of your political rivals! You don't want to be berated for having small hands, do you? Better build that wall even higher then.

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Best of all, it's completely free on mobile devices, since they made Mexico pay for it.

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Pick it up here, and don't forget – if a blond woman beats your high score, you are duty bound to tweet that blood must be coming out of her “wherever” when you throw your losing temper tantrum. Anybody else desperately ready for November to be over already?

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It's not just Android developers getting in on the Trump action lately either, as even the latest Pokemon to be revealed is clearly inspired by his iconic hair cut!

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Turning Point: Fall Of Liberty

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Although certainly not without flaws (for some reason your aim is better if you AREN'T using the iron sights), this perennially underrated FPS is actually a pretty good time, and it does have a unique setting and premise.

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In this shooter, America actually fell to Nazi invasion (making it a perfect accompaniment to Amazon's The Man In The High Castle series), and you as a simple construction worker in the '50s get drafted into rebelling against the German invaders.

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More than just trying to reclaim your homeland, the story shifts to preventing the Nazis from finishing the atomic bomb before anyone else does, radically changing history forever.

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While grilling up your 10% beef hot dogs with a side of greasy Freedom Fries this 4th of July, why on earth would you try to save a place like Sera or Reach from invasion? Don't you know there's a gob of games out there that let you keep America safe and beautiful while kicking some star-spangled ass?

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Ditch those alien frontiers or European battlefronts and go for the gold. With these 11 games you can repel Nazi invaders in alternate timelines, build a wall to keep out the foreigners, play only the most patriotic of pinball machines, achieve the American Dream, and even become President!

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Assassin's Creed Ideas: Modern https://www.gameskinny.com/72rlf/assassins-creed-ideas-modern https://www.gameskinny.com/72rlf/assassins-creed-ideas-modern Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:50:33 -0500 BlackTideTV

Welcome back to Assassin's Creed Ideas, where we look at possible settings for the next Assassin's Creed game each and every Tuesday -- there are a lot of possibilities after all...

If you missed any of our previous entries, you can catch up with the following links:

Before we talk about a possible modern setting in Assassin's Creed's future, we need to talk about the modern setting that we've already seen in the series. Part of the AC games usually takes place in a modern world with a  character using a special machine - an Animus - to relive ancestors' memories through DNA. If you're new to the series or only started playing since "next-gen" consoles came out, you probably haven't experienced a lot of this, as the games have been slowly waning out of their original plot.

Desmond Miles

Desmond Miles Assassin's Creed Trilogy

In what I like to refer to as "the original trilogy" (Assassin's Creed 1-3 including Brotherhood and Revelations as Assassin's Creed 2.1 and 2.2) Desmond was the main character and pushed the rather confusing story forward in both modern and historical times. Let's take a look at this guy's backstory, how he changed Assassin's Creed, and why he isn't in the games anymore.

Originally part of the modern-day Assassin's Order, Desmond decided to "pursue his own dreams" and ran away to become a bartender (it's as ridiculous as it sounds). In September of 2012, a Templar organization known as Abstergo Industries kidnapped and forced Desmond to relive his ancestors' memories through the use of the Animus so that the Templars could find "Pieces of Eden," extremely powerful weapons/artifacts. Here marks the beginning of the original Assassin's Creed game. 

After some time, Desmond breaks out with the help of an undercover Assassin. He then joins forces with her Italian-based Assassin cell and begins to train his abilities with the help of a new Animus in Assassin's Creed II.

Ezio Auditore di Firenze Assassin's Creed II

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Cut to Assassin's Creed III and Desmond has become a fully fledged Assassin; players even get to bring him on a few missions throughout the game. He has learned of an impending doomsday (December 21st, 2012... no, really) and enters a special temple where an ancient device capable of preventing this disaster is held. Using yet another Animus, Desmond relives a different ancestor's memories and finds the key to unlock the artifact.

When he goes to retrieve the device, Desmond is confronted by two goddesses (real talk: the original AC games were all over the place). He has the option to save the world now, releasing the goddess Juno's power on it (killing everyone in the long run) or not save the world, get preserved and essentially become a god himself. Being the great hero that he is, he opted for death by releasing the Juno, stating that the remaining Assassins will deal with her. Thus ends Desmond's story. 

Other Modern Gameplay

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Abstergo Entertainment Desk

Apart from Desmond, the only modern day gameplay we've had access to is as an unnamed Abstergo Entertainment employee capturing footage from Edward Kenway's memories in Black Flag, and as a gamer playing through the memories of Arno and the Frye twins in Unity and Syndicate.

But is that truly it? Some die-hard fans believe that we've already had a modern day Assassin's Creed in the form of Watch_Dogs. Check out this YouTube video on the subject as it can provide a better description of the supposed Ubisoft shared universe than I can:

The Time has come for a Modern Assassin's Game

Whether you prescribe to the shared universe conspiracy or not, it is far past time we got a modern day Assassin's Creed. With Desmond's dying breath, he asked the remaining Assassins to fight off this goddess...so where are they all? We know a couple of them are running around trying to find more Pieces of Eden, but the Assassin's Order is supposed to be this huge thing - so I ask again, where is everyone?

Sure the battle between Templar and Assassin is one that takes place in the shadows of the world and everything they do or say is kept hidden from the public eye, but the shadows are where these two forces live.

Let us take control of a modern day Assassin and send us into Abstergo to take out some high value targets and disrupt the Templars' plans! Give us access to some crazy powerful black ops Assassin team armed to the teeth with weaponry and let us go wild! 

CIA Black Ops Lego Minifigure Team

Critics claim year after year that the Assassin's Creed franchise is getting tired, but that doesn't need to be the case. With a modern setting, anything could be possible. 

That's it for today's Assassin's Creed Ideas article. If you enjoyed, agreed with anything you read, found something wrong, have any input, or an idea for a future article, let me know in the comments section!

Don't forget to read up on the last three articles: Assassin's Creed Ideas: Ancient EgyptAssassin's Creed Ideas: World War One, and Assassin's Creed Ideas: 1920s America. For all of the hottest Assassin's Creed Ideas articles, follow the ACI landing page .

For the best of Fallout 4, Assassin's Creed, and Guitar Hero Live news, guides, and opinion pieces be sure to follow BlackTideTV on GameSkinny! To stay up to date, head over to my Twitter page @BlackTideTV.

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Assassin's Creed Ideas: World War One https://www.gameskinny.com/ly987/assassins-creed-ideas-world-war-one https://www.gameskinny.com/ly987/assassins-creed-ideas-world-war-one Tue, 09 Feb 2016 09:25:00 -0500 BlackTideTV

Welcome back to the weekly Assassin's Creed Ideas column! Every Tuesday we talk about another possible setting that the critically acclaimed series could delve into. Be sure to catch up if you missed last week's article on Ancient Egypt

This week's topic: World War One or the Great War

Traditionally the Assassin's Creed series deals with two timelines in each of its games: past and present. There is often a modern day person using an "Animus" to relive the memories of their ancestors through accessing their DNA. In the original trilogy, Desmond Miles, who was the modern day hero, actually became an assassin himself. 

There are only a couple of problems that could arise with an Assassin's game set so near to the present:

  • It might not fit with the overarching story of the series. The Animus may not allow memory travel to a time frame so close to the present.
  • Modern weaponry was used in the Great War. Modern weaponry would put an assassin at a severe disadvantage, and the series isn't about to turn into a shooter.
  • An Easter egg found in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag presented all of Ubisoft's future Assassin's possibilities at the time. What it also revealed was the fact that Ubisoft in no way wants to add the ability to drive in the "Animus." In other words, we won't be steering any tanks or dogfighting the Red Baron.

The Red Baron's Bi-plane

For the sake of this article's continuance, let's step away from the possible setbacks, talk about what actually happened during this time in history and how an Assassin's Creed game could become a part of it.

The Birth of World War One

Although it was one of the most tragic times in world history, the Great War is all but forgotten in contrast to the Holocaust and battles of the Second World War. In case you didn't take history class in school, or maybe you did and just didn't go, I'll shortly recap what happened. 

Straight from the get-go, Ubisoft would be able to relate the events of World War One to an Assassin's game. The entire war happened because of a single assassination.

On June 28, 1914 a group of six assassins (five Serbians and one Bosniak) led by Black Hand member Danilo Ilić succeeded in taking the life of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne. The goal of this assassination was to break off Austria-Hungary's South Slav provinces (shown in blue in the image below) so that they could become part of a Yugoslavia. 

South Slav provinces (Yugoslavia)

This action led to political outrage, as assassinations tend to do, and an ultimatum was sent to the Kingdom of Serbia. When the Serbs rejected some of the terms, ta-da! World War One.

Where does Assassin's Creed fit in?

I hope I'm not the only one that can see the obvious twist that Ubisoft could put on Ferdinand's assassination. The Black Hand could be a subset of the Templar Order, or the Templar Order itself, simply taking on a fresh new name.

Haytham Kenway Assassin's Creed III (3)

We've seen through the eyes of Haytham Kenway in Assassin's Creed III that the Templars perform almost identically to the Assassins. Perhaps it was the Templars that issued the assassination with a larger agenda at hand. Maybe they were framing the Assassins or someone within their ranks? 

Could the World War have been the result they were looking for? They could be trying to root out the base of the Assassins by leading the world's armies through the general location. Another possible option is that the Templars needed the world focused on a fixed point so they could stealthily operate outside of it. 

This is yet another time frame where opportunities are positively endless. Four whole years the Great War spanned. That gives the writers plenty of time to create a mystery for players, allow a generous helping of open world, trench warfare assassinating, and conclude the story. 

What to Expect

Depending on the route Ubisoft could take with this subject, expectations would be completely up in the air. We would most likely see the traditional World War template of Axis versus Allies with Assassins taking one side and Templars the other.

World War One Machine Gun

Automatic weapons are still less popular than semi-auto rifles in this period, so there wouldn't be too many guards shooting 900 bullets-per-second at players, however, the existence of more powerful ranged weapons would make stealth an even larger part of the game than it has been before. 

Trench warfare would be a staple of the game. In the off-chance that a soldier would cross into an enemy trench in war, hand-to-hand or other melee combat would be used to dispatch anyone sharing that quarter of the trench. It was much too cramped to use ranged weapons, making running through the trenches ideal for an assassin.

Atop all of this, a World War One Assassin's Creed could set the stage for a new "series" of Creed games à la Assassin's Creed II, Brotherhood, Revelations, etc. Returning from war, the United States launched into the "Roaring Twenties" where, due to prohibition, gangsters like Al Capone ruled entire cities. Soon after, the Second World War began with the uprising of Nazi Germany. But such are topics for future Assassin's Creed Ideas columns.

The Roaring Twenties 1920 

What do you think about an Assassin's Creed game set in World War One? Do you know of any issues that would arise that I missed? Perhaps you have an idea for how the story would go? Let me know in the comments section down below.

Remember to check out the first Assassin's Creed Ideas article on Ancient Egypt if you missed it, and to follow BlackTideTV on GameSkinny for weekly editions of this very series! See you next Tuesday.

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No Assassin's Creed in 2016? Good. https://www.gameskinny.com/xrq3h/no-assassins-creed-in-2016-good https://www.gameskinny.com/xrq3h/no-assassins-creed-in-2016-good Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:15:36 -0500 Nick Harshman

This past week, Kotaku posted a story claiming they heard rumors that the next main entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise will not only be set in Egypt, but will also be released in 2017 instead of 2016. In other words, Ubisoft has decided to give the series a much needed rest. I for one cannot help but feel thankful that they have chosen to let the franchise catch it's breath.

Should this rumor be true, this will be the first year since 2009 that fans will not receive a main entry in the Assassin vs. Templar franchise. Of course fans can still look forward to Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India and Russia, which are due out January 12 and February 9 respectively, but those games serve more as spinoffs than entries in the main franchise.

Don't get the wrong idea, I enjoy Assassin's Creed quite a bit. Unfortunately, I also feel that since the decision to annualize the series, its quality has taken a dive year after year. This culminated in the debacle that was the Assassin's Creed Unity release: littered with bugs, a lackluster ending to say the least, and a love story that at times felt shoehorned in. 

Fast forward to Syndicate's release in 2015 and you'll find the game feels much the same as its predecessor - minus the bugs - and arrived with a resounding thud. Much of the gameplay is similar, combat is tedious, and the recycled combat animations are disappointing. This iteration could be considered the very definition of playing it safe. Designers eliminated the bugs, nixed the multiplayer and focused on a single player experience in Victorian London, one of the most popular time periods in fiction. As they continue to pump out new sequels every year, Ubisoft can't make the drastic changes the series so desperately needs.

If Ubisoft does take 2016 off, what changes should we expect in 2017's Assassin's Creed? First and foremost, the developers face a hard decision: do they continue to incorporate the present day storyline? If so, they need to expand upon it and move the story forward - as it is now the plot has plateaued. It almost seems as if they had no plan for after Assassin's Creed III and have been winging it since then. Taking a break will allow them to flesh out the plot for future games. 

Ubisoft also needs to completely overhaul the combat system. The foundation is there for Batman Arkham style combat, but the clunkiness and poor enemy AI prevent the current system from coming into its own. Combat akin to Shadow of Mordor would be ideal for the Assassin's Creed franchise as it allows for the free flowing combat style the developers could be looking for. 

Fixing the minor problems that have been plaguing the series for years resolves some of the fans' remaining complaints. Issues such as sticky jumping and inconsistent character movement, NPC characters lacking personality, and creating a realistic environment are just a few of the possible improvements Ubisoft should focus on.

Assassin's Creed is not a bad series and I would go out of my way to recommend it to others, but it continues to test my patience. Ubisoft would be well served taking a year and getting their head on straight. Here's hoping 2017's Assassin's Creed is the redemption the series needs. Who knows, maybe we'll even get a game set in Feudal Japan.

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A look at the Assassin's Creed series from best to worst https://www.gameskinny.com/e1sbj/a-look-at-the-assassins-creed-series-from-best-to-worst https://www.gameskinny.com/e1sbj/a-look-at-the-assassins-creed-series-from-best-to-worst Wed, 04 Nov 2015 09:00:32 -0500 Ty Arthur

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Floundering franchise or wellspring of ideas?

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While each title had something to make it stand out, it does seem like there's only so many ways to refresh and revitalize the same gameplay before you run out of ideas, and it may be time for Assassin's Creed to take a few years off and come back in a whole new format.

What do you think of our ranking of the games, and do you want to see a new title every year or agree that the series needs to take a break?

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Worst: Assassin's Creed: Unity

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Assassin's Creed unquestionably stumbled with its first faltering steps into the next generation of console gaming. Frankly the endless stream of bugs made people want to take up assassination as a profession and target certain game developers...

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If you went with the PC version you could look forward to crashes galore, but any edition had an absolute avalanche of technical problems crushing any hope of a good game experience. Bodies would contort in insane ways, parts of your face would disconcertingly vanish, sometimes you'd just fall through the floor, objects would float in the air for no apparent reason and you'd be taken with the irresistible urge to dance while climbing ladders or running across ledges. It was sort of like being in a horror movie, but not on purpose.

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The game was so bad that Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallet actually issued a formal apology to fans for the bug-ridden release and even handed out free DLC as a mea culpa. We can only hope a lesson was learned here and the series never dips this low again.

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Assassin's Creed III

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Just as it seemed like Brotherhood couldn't work, this entry in the series seemed destined for greatness, and both of those assumptions ended up completely incorrect. The setting had everyone excited – medieval European assassin game series heads to the American revolution? - but the end result was anything but gripping.

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I remember the excitement felt when the first video teasers landed was only matched by the disappointment of the end product as the main character isn't particularly exciting, the intro segments are way too long and the game was very buggy upon release. Although they don't get mentioned often, there were actually some graphical shortcuts used here that really didn't sit right, especially the foliage and leaves that looked like flat cardboard cutouts.

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The DLC is worth mentioning however, as the idea of George Washington becoming a tyrant who has to be taken down was incredibly interesting. Even with new animal-inspired powers for your Native American assassin, the end result was a little lackluster though, ending up quite repetitive with a weak ending.

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Assassin's Creed

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If you weren't aware of the twist ahead of time (and I wasn't when I first popped that disc in), the sci-fi/modern day twist at the very start of the game really messed with your head. Like “Sixth Sense” messed with your head. I first played the original Assassin's Creed on Christmas Day 2007 after having imbibed quite a bit, and honestly I thought at first that someone at the factory had messed up somehow and put the wrong game in the case. Those who trolled all the forums or stayed on top of the gaming magazines at the time actually missed out there.

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Opening mindscrew aside, there's no question this game has aged, and perhaps not very well. More interesting features and smoother gameplay have been added to most of the games since, so while this one has nostalgia going for it, its definitely among the weaker entries with quite clunky controls. For some fans, the placement of this game so low on the list might be a bit of a controversial one, and it really could be swapped with the previous entry for those feeling a little more generous.

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Assassin's Creed: Revelations

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Assassin's Creed: Revelations is the game that almost wasn't – originally set to be a handheld game for the 3DS, it was scrapped and an announcement was released from Ubisoft that there wouldn't actually be an Assassin's Creed game that year... until it was resurrected for the main consoles of the time as Revelations and came out anyway.

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While not an explicitly bad game, the formula was getting pretty stale by the time Revelations showed up, and those new features added in didn't really resonate with fans. The hook was kind of nifty, but looking back it didn't actually add a whole lot, and the minigame of defending areas against waves of Templar reinforcements wasn't particularly compelling. This wrap-up to the Ezio storyline was a middling experience that just didn't manage to knock it out of the park.

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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

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With Syndicate only out for a few days now it's tough to make a real call yet as to where it really lands in the ranking of the series, as viewpoints are going to change as a game sinks in over repeated plays. Assassin's Creed III is probably the best example of that - it received stellar reviews from the major game sites at launch but is now universally reviled.

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We'll have to see with AC:S finally lands, but right now it seems to be sitting in the middle of the pack: there's some great stuff going on, but it certainly isn't the peak of the franchise. Carriage chases and top hats aren't quite as innovative as being a pirate.

As a standalone, side-story title it gives a brief glimpse into Victorian era assassins, again slightly changing the formula and abandoning multiplayer, but leading some to wish for another multi-game arc featuring a character we can love as much as Ezio.

Personally, I'm a fan of the top hats, mutton chops, flintlock pistols, and high speed carriage chases. With the organized crime aspects and shooting from a carriage while chasing down other horse-drawn vehicles, sometimes the game almost feels a bit like you're Nico Bellic in old time England. It probably won't ever be heralded as the best entry in the series, but it does sit solidly in the middle.

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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

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No one expected this game to work, and everyone thought an epic flop was brewing over at Ubisoft. How do you take single player stealth assassin gameplay and tack on multiplayer to it? Somehow it worked, and while the experience isn't quite the crazy wild west of say something like GTA 5 multiplayer, it definitely had solid appeal as you wondered whether the person next to you was a simple peasant... or an assassin with a blade ready. Honestly, it's still fun today, if you can find enough people for a match, that is.

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On the single player front, exploring Renaissance-era Rome (a much larger city than the previous games) while battling the corrupt Borgias family was quite satisfying, and adding in the ability to recruit followers added a welcome new dimension. Being an assassin is a good time, but leading a whole cabal of assassins is even more so.

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Assassin's Creed: Rogue

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How weird is it that the bone thrown to previous gen players who hadn't upgraded to the Xbox One / PS4 yet ended up being superior to the current gen counterpart? Rogue was almost an afterthought, put out because not everyone was ready to throw down the cash for a new console and pick up Unity (and as we discovered, those poor gamers actually came out with the better end of the deal). Culling out multiplayer and using a very clear template from the 360 / PS3 days might have actually made this a better game with the focus on tweaking and improving the formula.

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Of course, it's also worth noting you finally get to take up the cause of the other side and carry the torch for the Templars instead! Long range kills with the rifle and causing mayhem with a grenade launcher add in unexpected elements as well, offering a solid follow-up to the amazing Black Flag.

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On the downside, Assasin's Creed: Rogue is overall very similar to that previous game, but since that's one of the best entries in the series, that's perhaps not such a bad thing after all.

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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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Everybody knows that pirates and ninja are mortal enemies, but apparently pirates and accidental Caribbean assassins go together a bit better. Black Flag moved us away from the story's roots a bit by throwing in a protagonist who didn't even intend to ever be an assassin and had no real knowledge of the war against the templars. He just found a cool outfit, put it on, and got down to the business of killing and looting!

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The emphasis on ship combat is what entirely makes this game great (so something good finally came out of the maligned third installment, which first introduced the idea). Between the island exploration, tense naval battles, and typical city assassination elements, Black Flag is one of the most straight-up enjoyable entries in terms of game play.

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Best: Assassin's Creed II

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Opinion is overall divided here, with fans about split as to which game is really the best, and I have to admit even I waffle sometimes on which is currently my favorite. Honestly, this and the next slide could be swapped on any given day and they'd probably still be right, as both Assassins Creed II and Black Flag are very solid high points. But, looking back across the entire series, the sequel to the original title just does so much right that it's worth being counted as the pinnacle.

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While the original title offered a previously unknown mix of historical stealth combat and modern day sci-fi shenanigans, the first direct sequel improved on nearly every aspect in major ways. There was no more running back and forth from the safe house constantly, significantly improved combat, better storylines, and the most loved protagonist in Assassin's Creed history: Ezio.

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The dynamic environments for fleeing (or stalking an assassination target) still hold up today even after so many iterations, and there was tons of fun to be had hunting down all the feathers, video segments, and statuettes. Granted, by today's standards it may not have the graphical flair (or the ship-to-ship combat that's become so highly acclaimed), but this is still one of the most fun, polished games in the entire series.

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For a series that only started in 2007, somehow we've reached a staggering 20+ titles already (if you count all the spin-offs, mobile entries, and social media web browser games). That's on par with the Call Of Duty franchise that everybody likes to rag on for having an endless stream of yearly installments.

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Like clockwork, the official 2015 entry Assassin's Creed: Syndicate just finally arrived, this time culling out the modern day elements in favor of a more straight historical narrative and offering up dual protagonists in 1860's London.

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It goes without saying that with so many different games coming in such a small window of time, there's a pretty big gap in quality between them, with some significantly more worth your time than others.

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If you want to know what games are still up to snuff and which should be relegated to the bargain bin, you've come to the right place. We'll skip all the mobile phone and handheld games and instead focus on the core console titles that compose this rapidly expanding series.

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Assassin's Creed series debuts on PlayStation Now, today https://www.gameskinny.com/rx7ar/assassins-creed-series-debuts-on-playstation-now-today https://www.gameskinny.com/rx7ar/assassins-creed-series-debuts-on-playstation-now-today Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:47:16 -0400 Courtney Gamache

PlayStation has announced that five of the Assassin's Creed games will be available to play on PlayStation Now. The streaming service PlayStation Now will provide a service of renting games using on-demand, which is how the early Assassin's Creed games will be played. 

Assassin's Creed Games Available on Streaming

While only five of the earlier Assassin's Creed games are debuting, PlayStation already has announced that they're adding Assassin's Creed: Syndicate once it's release date of October 23rd, with full compatibility with the PlayStation 4. Below is the list of earlier Assassin's Creed games that are debuting:

  • Assassin's Creed
  • Assassin's Creed 2
  • Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations
  • Assassin's Creed III

A catch in the system

Although some Assassin's Creed games are now available to play on the PS4, the only way to do so is through the streaming service of PlayStation Now. The PlayStation 4 is currently not backwards-compatible, which is slowly bottle-necking the way gamers are allowed to play their oldies but goodies. 

What do you think of the PlayStation Now service? Would it be easier for PlayStation to just develop backwards compatibility with the PS4? Give us your thoughts!

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Unmet expectations: games that failed to live up to the hype https://www.gameskinny.com/aaav6/unmet-expectations-games-that-failed-to-live-up-to-the-hype https://www.gameskinny.com/aaav6/unmet-expectations-games-that-failed-to-live-up-to-the-hype Tue, 18 Aug 2015 04:51:59 -0400 katlaborde

Every year, there are games we get so excited for we end up putting them on an impossibly high pedestal. Whether it's because the earlier titles in the franchise were stellar or the developers behind them could seemingly do no wrong, we are sometimes let down by ridiculous hype. These titles are not necessarily bad games, but due to overwhelming hype from the eager public, these games were put through the wringer and tarnished in the process. 

Final Fantasy XIII 

Before the release of Final Fantasy XIII, every addition to the franchise was always hyped to be the next big JRPG. However, with the let downs that came with the thirteenth entry, people's excitement for new Final Fantasy games have become more reserved.  The previous installment, Final Fantasy XII, was well-received with a sprawling world, making the linearity of Final Fantasy XIII disappointing in comparison .

From it's either bland or beyond irritating characters, I'm looking at you Vanille and Hope, and utterly confusing plot, people were lost in a spiral of nonsensical exposition. Not all was lost though. The game was beautiful and boasted a fast paced, in-depth battle system that could be exhilarating when you were taking down a boss. The thirteenth addition to the long-lived franchise may go down as one of the more forgotten iterations, failing to live up to more popular entries such as Final Fantasy VII or Final Fantasy X.

Assassin's Creed III

Sure, looking back now, the original Assassin's Creed was pretty lacking, but it's sequel, Assassin's Creed II was one of the best games from that year. With the follow ups Brotherhood and Revelations completing Ezio's story, the next numbered entry was finally revealed in Assassin's Creed III. With fans craving a shift from Ezio, the game showed a lot of promise and garnered lots of attention. Its setting during the American Revolution to its Native American protagonist, Connor, this title looked as if it was going to take everything the franchise had done so far and expand upon it.

Now, Assassin's Creed III is by no means a bad game, but what the public got was a brooding and uninteresting character with Connor that could hardly carry its ultimately uninteresting story. Although fans were sick of Ezio, Connor lacked any form of personality. Luckily though, all was fixed with the great follow-up, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.  

Destiny  

Admittedly, I didn't play Destiny beyond its demo, but that's all I needed to see to turn me away from the ultimately underwhelming addition to Bungie's previously grand resume'. I wasn't too surprised when the scores hit the big game sites, scores like 6.5s and 7s, definitely not the amazing reviews everyone would have expected a few years before.

Destiny ultimately proved to be a hodgepodge of other games thrown into something that resembled a MMO. From Peter Dinklage's bland voice work to the "been there done that" gameplay, there really wasn't a reason to explore the post apocalyptic world, no matter how gorgeous it looked. The game felt way too limited and nowhere near as grand as it wanted you to believe. 

Watch Dogs

When Ubisoft showed off Watch Dogs at E3 2012, gamers were excited to explore the tech heavy sandbox of Chicago. The trailers showed off a free roaming, open world environment similar to Grand Theft Auto, but with a heavy emphasis on hacking the world around youAfter a six month delay, Watch Dogs was met with mediocore reception when finally released.

Gamers were expecting a unique gameplay experience, but were met with an unsatisfying Grand Theft Auto clone instead. Although the game had a variety of missions, the game's story and main character were underwhelming. The release of Grand Theft Auto V a few months earlier might have been why games were ultimately unimpressed with Watch Dogs. However, the franchise does have the potential to become a formidable opponent in the open world sandbox genre.

With more hyped games like Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and Final Fantasy XV arriving later this year and next, let's hope that these titles can live up to the hefty expectations we've put on their shoulders and not crumble under the weight like some others.

Did I miss any overhyped games that you think should have been included on the list? If so, let your voice be heard in the comments below! 

Sources: Game Informer, Kotaku, Forbes, Nintendo Life

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Top 10 Most American Games Ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/oj1kn/top-10-most-american-games-ever Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:37:44 -0400 Matt Amenda

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1. Metal Wolf Chaos

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Truly, this is Japan's revenge for the atom bombs. Why else would they make the most senseless, stupid, cheesy, gloriously American game of all time and never release it stateside? It even had horrible English dialogue and everything! How could you do this to us!?

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Sigh...just look at it: 

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There is nothing more I can say. This is the most American game there ever was, is, and will ever be. I rest my case.

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What do you think are the most American games? Let us know in the comments below!

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2. Broforce

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You play as Rambo, Mr. T, Robocop, Walker Texas Ranger, Neo, and a huge roster of other action movie stars to liberate Vietnam from a terrorist army led by Satan. 

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I will not pollute that perfectly American sentence with further talk. Go check out the game, it's still in Early Access. There is only one game on the planet that can top it...

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3. Saints Row 4

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Volition was going to create this title, where you play as a President with superpowers saving the world from aliens, as DLC, but they wisely realized that this was a game too precious and patriotic to be limited in such a way.

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It is a game where you can truly do as you please: if you want to ride around in custom pimp cars and destroy the aliens with superior firepower, you can do that. If you want to fly around and destroy the invaders with orbital drop kicks and matrix powers, by God you can do that too. Whatever you want. You're free to do it all, because in this game you're not just American: you're Super American Gangster President.

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4. Duke Nukem 3D

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Look at that magnificent bastard. THAT is an American hero. Even after a terrible reboot, he's still the king, baby.

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He's a grenade-chucking, face-kicking, steroid-taking, piss-making murder machine. He mows down armies of alien pig-men and laughs in the face of restraint and good taste. His games are nothing but gratuitous violence and potty humor, and that is the American way.

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If only he could get a good modern game...

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5. Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

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In this game, you play as Sergeant Rex Power Colt, Cyber Commando Mark IV. You are every '80s action hero stereotype in the universe. He kills commies and terrorists with lasers and shuriken, and he doesn't do drugs. He's a real American hero, even if he never asked for this. 

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It's one giant love letter to terrible '80s pulp action movies, and it is all glorious. 

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6. Wolfenstein: The New Order

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You see that? That is the face of a man who's about to kill a lot of Nazis.

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We Americans have gained a name for ourselves for bombing terrorists, but it's just not the same as the glory days of bombing Nazis. BJ Blaskowitz loves depopulating the Third Reich so much that he transcended time and space to keep the tradition alive. He spent fifteen years sitting comatose in a chair in the corner, and the first thing he does when he wakes up is shank a Nazi in the jugular with a kitchen knife. That's so American it puts a tear in my eye.

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7. Bioshock: Infinite

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Boy, jingoism is a lot less funny when the results are this creepy. This is definitely the dark side of what it means to be American.

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But still, you can't deny it's bursting at the seams with twisted American weirdness. It's got gatling gun mecha-Washingtons in it! There are flags and eagles everywhere! And it's got...class warfare. And...imperialism. And racism.

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Ok, bad example. Moving on.

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8. Red Dead Redemption

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Cowboys: when regular American's aren't American enough.

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Being from Rockstar, this is a more cynical take on the American identity. But to hell with their pretentious, depressing plot: this is a game where you shoot like lightning, drink like a fish, and ride like the wind. It is the best representation of the harsh grandeur of the American West there is, and probably will be for generations.

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9. Earthbound

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America, as told by Japan.

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You play as a fat kid who beats the crap out of things with a baseball bat and blows things up with his brain. You battle kung fu cops, hippies, and obese women with handbags. You heal yourself by eating burgers, fries, pizza, and cookies. I'm getting the feeling we're being mocked.

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Still, it's up to a boy from Eagleland to save the world from an alien invasion, because that's one of the many sworn duties of every American. Godspeed and fuzzy pickles.

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10. Assassin's Creed 3

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Killin' redcoats in the woods: America's original pastime.

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Connor the Broad Daylight Assassin up there is considered exceptionally good at it. He would be too: getting lost in the plot as often as he does, he gets tons of practice aimlessly slaughtering the British for no reason. What else is he supposed to do when he can't find Charles Lee? Or when there's no Revolutionary War moments he can't take credit for at the moment? Poor guy is stuck in one of the worst Assassin's Creed games ever, and a man's got to occupy himself.

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But still: Founding Fathers! Dumping the Tea! Muskets! Paul Revere's incredibly annoying ride! All of this old-school American-ness is enough to almost make me like this game. Almost.

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Happy 4th of July, fellow Americans. If you're not American, don't worry about it; just like everybody's Irish on St. Paddy's Day, the 4th of July is the day everyone gets to be American. Be proud. Be tacky. Be shamelessly awesome. For today is the day for freedom.

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To celebrate, I give you a top ten list of the most American games ever made. I would normally do five, but nothing is done halfway on Independence Day. Enjoy, everybody. And remember: inside of every calm and sensible person is an American trying to get out.

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"Top 5" - The best franchises that have made it to 5 games https://www.gameskinny.com/zbsv3/top-5-the-best-franchises-that-have-made-it-to-5-games https://www.gameskinny.com/zbsv3/top-5-the-best-franchises-that-have-made-it-to-5-games Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:20:35 -0400 Dani Gosha

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Don't worry, this isn't a full list of games that have made it to the Top 5, just some of the most notable. So with that said, share down in the comments some of your all time favourite games that have gone on to 5 games or more. 

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Dead or Alive 5

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Developer: Team Ninja
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Publisher: Koei Tecmo
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Platforms: PS3 and Xbox 360
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The franchise title may be Dead or Alive but the game is certainly alive, even if DoA 5 is technically the last numbered title. However, there have been several spin-offs since the 2011 release including a love of the number five with DoA 5 Last Round, DoA 5 Ultimate, and DoA 5 Plus

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Assassin's Creed III

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Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
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Publisher: Ubisoft
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Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Microsoft Windows
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Despite the III in the Assassin's Creed name, this is actually the fifth game put out for AC. Not every game sequel has a number and this proves it. The AC franchise is currently on their eighth game Assassin's Creed Syndicate, which is set to release October 23 of this year. 

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Mortal Kombat 5

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Developer: Midway Games
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Publisher: Midway Games
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Platforms: Game Cube, PS2, Xbox, Game Boy Advance
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Mortal Kombat is another game, just like Final Fantasy that I just couldn't leave out on this list. Deadly Alliance is a follow up to Mortal Kombat 4 as we see Quan Chi and Shang Tsung attempt to revive an ancient army in order to take over Outworld and Earthrealm. While the takeover may not have worked out for them, the progressive and a bit of controversial gameplay offered by Mortal Kombat was enough to get it through a fifth game all the way to the recent tenth installment. 

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Street Fighter V

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Developer: Capcom
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Publisher: Capcom
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Platforms: Microsoft Windows and PS4
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From Namco to Capcom, arcade games have such old school roots and large followings that there is almost no way you couldn't make at least five games. Street Fighter is no exception to this rule and, as a Street Fighter fan, I'm more than happy. The game is set to release early next year. 

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Tekken 5

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Developer: Namco
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Publisher: Namco
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Platforms: Arcade, PS2
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If you're a fan of Arcade Style fighting games, then surely you are happy to see such games like Tekken come a long way. Tekken 5 isn't just the fifth installment but marks the ten year anniversary of the Tekken franchise. The game staying true to its roots, was originally released in 2004 for the arcades before debuting on PS2 in 2005. 

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Mega Man X 5

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Developer: Capcom Poroduction Studio 3
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Publisher: Capcom
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Platforms: Playstation, PC
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Before there was Mega Man X there was Mega Man and unsurprisingly, both titles have reached their fifth game and then some. Interestingly enough, Mega Man X was meant to be the final game in the saga but on second consideration the game went on to be continued through several other titles. 

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: ConViction

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Developer: Ubisoft Montreal, Gameloft
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Publisher: Ubisoft
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Platform: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Cloud, Android, Mac OS X, Bada and Windows Phone
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Conviction is Splinter Cell's fifth game that was released in 2010. While the game did get some negative reviews thanks to monotonous gameplay and being short in length, it didn't stop the franchise from being able to launch a sixth game in 2013 under the Splinter Cell title. 

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Final Fantasy V

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Developer: Square
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Publisher: Square
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Platforms: Super Famicom, Playstation, Game Boy Advance, iOS, Android
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If you were waiting to see Final Fantasy V on this list, then wait no more. There's absolutely no way I could make a list about games reaching no. 5 let alone surpassing it and not talk about Final Fantasy. The franchise is borderline unstoppable as it is currently on it's fifteenth installment. Not to mention the recent E3 announcement of a Final Fantasy VII reboot. 

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Yes, this franchise, no matter how long winded, is alive and well. 

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Grand Theft Auto V

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Developer: Rockstar North
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Publisher: Rockstar Games
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Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows
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When it comes to Grand Theft Auto, the franchise is without a doubt one of the best. While it may be controversial, it is a beloved title and GTA V has made GTA fans love it even more. Larger than life characters and a brand new city, GTA V has it all and we can't wait to see what the eventual GTA VI will have in store. 

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Developer: Kojima Productions
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Publisher: Konami
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Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows
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Two Metal Gear Solid Vs? Yep.

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While we won't get Silent Hills, we will still at least get Kojima's Metal Gear Solid V, so fans can rejoice. The game serves as a sequel to Metal Gear Solid V: Ground ZeroesThe game is set to release early September. 

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Developer: Kojima Productions
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Publisher: Konami
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Platforms: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows
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Metal Gear Solid V continues where Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker left off in the sub-series of prequels within the Metal Gear Solid franchise. The game was originally planned to be one full-length playable experience but was eventually broken up into two parts due to extended development time and Kojima wanting to get the game out to fans as soon as possible. 

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Call of Duty: World at War

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Developer: Treyarch, Exakt Entertainment, Arkane Studios
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Publisher: Activision 
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Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows Mobile and Microsoft Windows
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World at War is a 2008 follow-up to Call of Duty 4, making it the franchise's fifth game. While it is the fifth game, there isn't much different from CoD4 as it is simply a more enhanced version with increased audio and visual effects.  

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Halo 5: Guardians

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Developers: 343 Industries
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Publisher: Microsoft Studios
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Platforms: Xbox One
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After the first ever Halo, many people knew the game was going to be a success if it chose to continue and many gamers are happy they did. The game is now on its fifth installment and is set to release in October of this year as an Xbox One exclusive. 

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 

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Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
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Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
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Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3 and Microsoft Windows
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Out of all the Elder Scrolls games, Skyrim is one of the most popular and for many reasons including its majestic open world and the accompanying DLC. While Elder Scrolls Online may have been somewhat of a debacle, it isn't enough to keep this growing franchise down. 

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Don't let the title fool you, this isn't a Top 5, or at least not your usual Top 5. This is something of a best of the best. When you make a list, without a doubt whether it is about a person or thing, everyone wants to make Top 5. It is just the nature of the beast and video games are no different. 

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Some games are all about one good game, while others aim for a triple threat take over in the form of a gaming trilogy. But then there are games that want to transcend all of that. 

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For the purpose of this article. it is all about the number 5 and even the numbers that have come after. 

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Keep reading for a list of some of the most noteworthy franchises so strong they've made it to their fifth installment and then some. 

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How to Console Game on a Budget https://www.gameskinny.com/asmo6/how-to-console-game-on-a-budget https://www.gameskinny.com/asmo6/how-to-console-game-on-a-budget Sun, 10 May 2015 08:47:59 -0400 The Soapbox Lord

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There you have it! While some of the tips might seem surprisingly simple, I promise they can work for you too. The trick is to apply all of these and to be tenacious. Don’t be discouraged and press on for the deals! We fellow frugal gamers can reap the benefits of being thrifty.

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Use these tips and let me know of the deals you manage to find! Can you think of tips I misses? Sound off below. Happy hunting!

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Combine These Tips

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While each tip works individually, combining them all can lead to great success. Being patient while prowling Ebay or bargaining with a friend can lead to massive dividends for you, dear reader. By combining the tips presented here, you will be well on your way to finding plenty of budget-priced games.

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Know Your Budget and Stick to It

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When game-hunting, make sure you know your limits and stick to them. While it may be tempting to grab that copy now for $50 despite your $40 budget, being patient and looking elsewhere can lead to a better price and money left over for you to do with as you please. Instant gas money!

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Your Friends Can Hide Deals

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We all have that friend who seems to buy every major release. They always have the newest games and usually within a week of release or sooner. Why not use those friends to maybe land some deals? Now this tip is not guaranteed to work as much as the others. This one relies heavily on your relationship with these people and your communication skills.

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I had a friend who purchased Mass Effect 2 on day one. Having the beat the game within two weeks, he was bored of it and was seeking to trade it. He offered to sell it to me for $20. I accepted. He was perhaps more desperate for money and willing to deal, but the principle still applies.

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Gamestop gives cash, but at a reduced price, and credit can only be used to buy things in Gamestop. So by making an offer or being approached by a friend like this, you can offer cold, hard cash or maybe even trade titles. Never underestimate a gamer who has grown bored of their purchase. 

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Ebay!

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Once upon a time, Ebay was a questionable place to search for games for a number of reasons. I am happy to report this is no longer the case. Gamers have taken to Ebay to find all sorts of great games for less. Ebay is where I found a pristine copy of Silent Hill 2 for only $5 on top of other bargains. Ebay is also a great place to get those Collector’s Editions you may have missed. I managed to find a Limited Edition of Mass Effect for $20 thanks to Ebay.

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The trick to successful Ebaying is to know exactly what you are looking for and to keep tabs on multiple auctions at once. Did that copy of Metroid Prime Collection get too high for your tastes? I guarantee you there are other auctions where the price has not hit that point yet. Keep a close eye on several auctions and their end times to ensure you are the highest bidder.

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Watch for Missing Price Tags

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In keeping with the retail theme, always check for price tags. Sometimes a store may not have a game labeled, due to it being so low or someone simply overlooking the title. Back when Circuit City had stores, I picked up a copy of Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction with a price of $20 and a copy of Beyond Good & Evil which was missing a price tag. I had money to spare, so I went to the checkout. My total?

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$23! BG&E was only $2!!!

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If a game piques your interest, but has no price tag, do not be deterred. You may just be onto a monster deal!

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Be Patient

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Wolfenstein: The New Order was released on May 20, 2014. In March of this year, I saw a copy in Target with a price tag of $15. While I would prefer the PC version, such a low price was too tempting to resist. So I asked the clerk to confirm the price for me. To my surprise, the clerk informed me the game was actually only $8! Needless to say, I walked out of the store as a very happy gamer that was eager to slay some Nazis!

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While gamers are no strangers to waiting for Game of the Year or Complete Editions, it is easy to forget just how quickly and drastically game prices can reduce. Restrain yourself from buying that game you so desperately want. Your wallet will thank you later.

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Look Often

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As I mentioned, I nabbed a Special Edition of Bioshock 2 from a local Walmart. However, I didn’t buy it the first time I found it. My initial discovery revealed an asking price of $55 - more than I was willing to pay. Over the next month, I checked on the game every time I was in the area. When the price was in my limits, I snatched it faster than a child nabs a cookie.

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When you find a game you want, check on it often. You may not always be the person who gets the deal, but looking often and waiting will do you more good than harm. Speaking of patience…

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Leave No Stone Unturned

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When I say look everywhere, I mean it. Don’t neglect your neighborhood chain retailers in favor of smaller shops - although those deserve your attention too. You never know what you'll find at the large stores.

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I managed to find a Special Edition of Bioshock 2 at a local Walmart and a Limited Edition of Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway at a Best Buy for $25 apiece. Many larger places order special editions of games, yet don’t always manage to sell them. Those stores are usually stuck with the ones which they don’t initially sell, which can lead to some great price reductions.

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If you ever go out of town or on a vacation, make sure to check the stores in the area there as well, both large and small. You never know you'll find. Also, never neglect your local thrift stores or salvage stores (such as Hudson's). While more of a shot in the dark, deals can occasionally be found. Just keep your expectations tempered.   

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Looking at the picture above, how much do you think I paid for everything in it?

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$300? $250? $200?

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Actually, everything shown cost me $135 total. Yep - these tips actually work. Before you know it, you’ll be finding great deals yourself! (Yes, that Bioshock 2 is still unopened!)

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Who doesn't like to get great things for less money? We all know the digital realm leads to some dirt cheap prices on games (here’s a guide from Elijah to tell you just that). However, I've noticed that most of these guides to cheap games focus almost exclusively on digital content.

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So today, I want to share my tips with you on how to get console and handheld games at rock-bottom prices! These tips are general and apply to all systems, for all time. So please make use of them.

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Now grasshopper, shall we begin? 

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Assassin's Creed Rogue Coming To PC https://www.gameskinny.com/6rz9e/assassins-creed-rogue-coming-to-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/6rz9e/assassins-creed-rogue-coming-to-pc Sat, 07 Feb 2015 15:23:42 -0500 Lampstradamus

Well all of those people in the PC Master Race Reddit are probably cheering again, because yet another console game is moving to the PC platform.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue originally released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 back in November 2014, at the same time as Assassin's Creed Unity. The game acts as a sequel to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, a prequel to Assassin's Creed III, and its final mission acts as a prologue for Assassin's Creed Unity. 

The player controls Shay Patrick Cormac, a member of the Assassin's Order who decides to defect to the Templars after growing disillusioned to their cause. The players are set against Cormac's former colleagues and meet a few familiar faces from the previous games.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue will release on PC on March 10, 2015. The customers who pre-order the game now will get free in-game content and a choice of one of several Assassin's Creed games.

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5 of the Most Unexpected Plot Twists in Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/o8rlb/5-of-the-most-unexpected-plot-twists-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/o8rlb/5-of-the-most-unexpected-plot-twists-in-video-games Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:15:58 -0400 Mary-Kate Wagamon

Video game developers are focusing more and more on making games with compelling storylines. After all, who wouldn't like the idea of not only watching a story unfold before you, but to have the chance to actively participate in the story? 

One of the traditional ways of making a compelling story is to throw in a few plot twists. However, so many plot twists are great the first time we see them used in a story, but are then used so often that we learn to expect them, and no longer enjoy them. 

Video games are also no stranger to these repetitive plot twists, though there are a few games whose twists make them stand out among the crowd of other video games. 

Warning: Most of the descriptions below will contain spoilers to their respective games.

# 5. Portal 2

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In Portal 2 Chell, the player character, is assisted by Wheatley, a small round robot, as she searches for a way out of the Aperture Science testing facility. In doing so, the two end up accidentally re-activating GLaDOS, the main enemy in the first Portal game. 

The twist is that it seems like once again the player will have to pass  increasingly harder tests that GLaDOS designs, in order to finally defeat the machine again. However, in an attempt to stop GLaDOS, Wheatley ends up taking her place as the robot in control of all of Aperture Science, and the power goes to his robot head. He ends up being the main antagonist of the story. What makes this twist even more out of the ordinary is that GLaDOS is the one helping the player stay alive, instead of trying to kill her, and even when GLaDOS regains control, she willingly lets Chell go.  

 

# 4. Assassin's Creed III

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Like its predecessors Assassin's Creed 1 and 2, Assassin's Creed III follows the story of Desmond Miles, this time as he experiences the memories of his ancestor Haytham Kenway, who travels from England to the American colonies in the 1700s. 

The twist is that instead of Desmond's ancestor being an assassin, as usual, he is a templar. This twist is significant because in the first two Assassin's Creed games, templars are treated as the villians to the heroes of the story, the assassins. The games are called "Assassin's" Creed after all. For the story to suddenly take that turn, was not only unexpected but it also gave an interesting viewpoint that the series' previous games hadn't explored, yet.

#3. Silent Hill 2

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Silent Hill 2 is the story of James Sunderland, who goes to Silent Hill to meet his wife, Mary. In Silent Hill he is continually tormented by monsters and the recurring appearance of a woman named Maria, who looks like his wife. 

The twist is revealed when James finds a video of him killing his wife who is already dying from an illness. Though the twist of the main character as "the bad guy" is common in stories, this particular twist stands out because of the guilt James feels for killing his wife, and how he uses Silent Hill as a way of trying to repent. 

#2. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

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In Knights of the Old Republic, the player character becomes a Jedi and travels with his or her companions to different planets in search of a way to stop Malak, a powerful Sith lord. 

The twist in Knights of the Old Republic is similar to Silent Hill 2's because the player character discovers that he or she is actually Darth Revan, the master of Malak. This twist is unusual because the Jedi Council were the ones who decided to take Darth Revan's memories and therefore manipulate him into changing his ways. Additionally, this revelation does not necessarily alter the player's path in the game. Despite your character's past, you can still choose whether you want to defeat the Sith or lead them in the end.

#1. Bioshock

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In Bioshock, you play as Jack, a man who recently survived a plane crash only to stumble upon an underwater city known as Rapture. Jack must uncover the secrets of the city, in order to find his way out, and throughout the game he is assisted by a man known as Atlas who wants to be reunited with his family. 

All three Bioshock games contain major twists, but Bioshock's twist is #1 on this list because so many different facts are revealed to the main character at once. Not only does Jack find out that he is the son of Andrew Ryan, the supposed antagonist of the story up to that point, but he was also kidnapped by Ryan's rival, Fontaine, who manipulated his genes to make him age from a child to an adult in only two years. But it doesn't stop there. 

Jack learns that he has been manipulated to do whatever anyone says as long as the instructions are proceeded by the phrase "would you kindly," and also learns that his friend, Atlas, is actually Fontaine who has been controlling him the whole time. All of this information is skillfully revealed in the story, and unexpected. 

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Ubisoft Says No More Mature Titles on Nintendo Wii U https://www.gameskinny.com/bsivl/ubisoft-says-no-more-mature-titles-on-nintendo-wii-u https://www.gameskinny.com/bsivl/ubisoft-says-no-more-mature-titles-on-nintendo-wii-u Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:49:05 -0400 PencilPusha

When you hear the word 'Nintendo', what do you think of?

Mario? Zelda? Kirby?

Apparently, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot is starting to think that way as well.

Watch Dogs is due for release on the Wii U at the end of the year and it will be the only Mature-rated game that Ubisoft will release on a Nintendo system. According to an interview with GameInformer.com, Guillemot said that Ubisoft will be focusing more on the types of games that Nintendo fans play because Assassin's Creed didn't sell well last year.

Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which was dubbed one of the Top 10 Games of the New Generation So Far, came out on the Wii U and Guillemot said that "Nintendo customers don't buy Assassin's Creed." Guillemot pointed out that Nintendo fans are more interested in games like Just Dance, so Ubisoft will focus more on what Nintendo fans want for Nintendo systems.

Guillemot also stated that, next year, Ubisoft plans to release more games for the next-gen consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This will help Ubisoft stay in competition since many people are quickly upgrading to next-gen consoles and creating newer, faster ways to get ahold of new games, according to the GameInformer interview. Guillemot believes that people help to recommend games in a retail setting, which is better and much more personal as opposed to buying a digital copy. But digital copies are easier and faster to get rather than driving to the store for a game you can get right off the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live Arcade.

Nevertheless, Ubisoft plans to keep an eye on EA's new Access feature on the Xbox One and see how it works before they jump into something similar. Digital copies seem like the new wave of the gaming future, but sometimes nothing beats opening the case to a brand new video game.

Keep in mind, Nintendo fans, that Ubisoft is listening to you!

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