Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Video Game Review

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Sometimes in life, you see something so crazy that no one believes you. How would you go about handling this situation? Would you start to question what you saw, or would you challenge your friends because you know you're right? This is the internal conflict of Assassin's Creed: Rogue's central character, Shay Patrick Cormac. As an Assassin of the Colonial Brotherhood, he gives a mission report that no one believes and the story goes from there. Assassin's Creed: Rogue was the last in the series released on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. It released side by side with Assassin's Creed: Unity for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Assassin's Creed: Rogue is set in the North Atlantic region during the Seven Years' War. It allows for more exploration…
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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Throwback Video Game Review

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Pirates have always entertained me. Everything from their devil-may-care attitude to their constant search for adventure and treasure interests me. Though, it wasn’t until I grew older that I realized this was a romanticized version of how pirates acted. While Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag isn’t necessarily an exact representation of the life of pirates, the developers did take true stories of pirates into the narrative that they were crafting. Like all Assassin’s Creed games, we start as a person living in the present day. No longer playing as Desmond Miles, we are now an unnamed research analyst working for Absturgo Entertainment. As we play, we shift through the memories of Desmond’s ancestor Edward Kenway, grandfather of Assassin’s Creed 3 historical protagonist Ratonhnhaké:ton Setting Edward is a pirate during the…
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Assassin’s Creed 3 Throwback Video Game Review

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I can remember a time when it felt like every other year there was a world-ending prophecy. Remember Y2K and the end of the Mayan Calendar? Neither of them would cause the end but, with these events, it's fun to see how some stories can come from what they were expected to be. Assassin's Creed 3 is a video game that uses the Mayan Calendar as a catalyst for our character to continue researching history. In the aftermath of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Desmond is searching for a way to stop a coronal mass ejection that could fry the earth. Historic Setting After being told where to go and what to look for at the end of Revelations, Desmond would need to find a key.  Using the memories of his ancestors that…
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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Throwback Game Review

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Some characters just make you excited when you get to revisit them. Characters like Batman, Iron Man, and Spider-Man are a few that have come up in film over the last ten years that get people excited to see what they're up to next. In the world of video games, there are some characters like this as well, such as Mario, Link or Master Chief. If you play Assassin's Creed from the beginning, starting with the first game, you get that feeling of wondering "what's next" for Altair and Ezio. Assassin's Creed: Revelations will give you that answer. In this game we have Ezio searching for what lays within Altair's library, and that search eventually leads him to Constantinople. A city that at this point is not only the capital of a…
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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Throwback Video Game Review

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When you see a development studio take a series to a yearly release, you almost expect the quality to drop. When Ubisoft Montreal released Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood almost a year to the day after Assassin's Creed 2, this was a worry. Though it turns out as unnecessary, as gamers often consider Brotherhood as one of the best games in the series. Continuing the story of Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood makes advancements on just about everything that came before. Side characters that we don't see much of in 2 make bigger splashes within Brotherhood. And the combat allows for quicker and more fluid battles. Characters The story of Assassin's Creed is set within two different time periods, giving us two sets of characters. The modern-day story is anchored by four characters, all…
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Assassin’s Creed 2 Throwback Video Game Review

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There's only been a handful of video games that have touched me to the point that I have replayed them almost every year. Usually, those games come from my youth; games like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Rock 'n Roll Racing. Assassin's Creed 2 started to creep into that playlist when it released in November of 2009. While part of that replay comes from being an installment in a yearly series, the most significant part of my replays came from the mixture of my love of history and science fiction. Assassin's Creed 2 has two main settings. One, which we do not spend a lot of time in, is 2012 with Desmond from Assassin's Creed. This time, instead of revisiting the Third Crusade, he visits the Italian Renaissance and his…
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Assassin’s Creed Throwback Video Game Review

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What would you do if you could relive the memories of your ancestors? What if you could see what other periods of history were like without having the point of view of the person who wrote the record? What if things were not the way you remember from the books? It is this idea that is one of the core story aspects of the Assassin's Creed series as a whole. In each game, we play a person in a modern setting that has a special connection to the past. Using a machine designed to relive significant world events, a connection is made to someone who lived them. The game that introduced this thought was the first in the series titled Assassin's Creed.   Historic Locations The story of Assassin's Creed revolves…
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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Game Review

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After spending so much time on Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, I was excited to hear that a sequel was in development. As we got closer and closer to the release of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, there were multiple stories about the loot box system that was integrated within the game. Long story short Shadow of War's loot box system would allow you to purchase orcs for your army and skip the main selling point of the game, the upgraded nemesis system. This option and the problems I had about the loot box system in Star Wars: Battlefront 2 lead me to stay away from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. It wasn't until the announcement of the removal of this system and the free play weekend that I even considered playing it.…
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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Game Review

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I first read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien about 20 years ago, and ever since I've enjoyed the stories in the world it created. Middle-Earth has known a lot of stories, be it the novels that were written by Tolkien or the six films that were directed by Peter Jackson, but it has also been the setting for numerous video games over the years. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of those games. Originally released on September 30th, 2014, it was made for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It tells the story of a Ranger from Gondor who seeks revenge for the end of his family after being banished from death. Developed by Monolith Productions, who were known for games like F.E.A.R. and Condemned: Criminal Origins, and published by Warner Brothers Interactive…
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Mass Effect: Andromeda Video Game Review

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I must admit that while I have considered myself a gamer since the early 90's, I do not have a vast history with Mass Effect. What I do know is that before Mass Effect: Andromeda there was a trilogy of games in which the last ended in a way that required the DLC to change the final ending. There are also a few things from the lore that I know about, most predominately being the Krogan genophage. Andromeda starts in 2185, which is during the middle of Mass Effect 2. This is when they start the 634-year journey from the Milky Way galaxy to the Andromeda galaxy. So things that happened in the latter half of the trilogy, like the curing of the genophage or Reaper invasion, is not known to the…
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