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Average User Score: 7.5Apr 1, 2016This is the first game in the Assassin's Creed series that qualifies as a disappointment. Though fun in a familiar way and intrinsicallyThis is the first game in the Assassin's Creed series that qualifies as a disappointment. Though fun in a familiar way and intrinsically interesting in its setting and mechanics, the game has a tired, uninspired vibe about it throughout. The gameplay is really a re-skin of Black Flag, which in itself is fine - Black Flag was good. The problem lies in the story and in the main character.
The story, meant to explain the downfall of the Colonial Assassins, feels perfunctory and hastily thrown together. It is short, too. The shortest of all the main storylines in the Assassin's Creed cannon. The main character, Shay Cormac, is a whiny twerp who is constantly saying crap like "I make my own luck", which has to be the single douchiest phrase in the English language. His conversin to the Templars and emotional struggle as he hunts his former friends never feels real.
The repetitive nature of the Assassin's Creed games has always been mitigated by interesting settings and characters. "Assassin's Creed; Rogue" suffers from an empty world and an even emptier protagonist, which cripples the game.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Mar 2, 2014A worthy and fun addition to the Arkham series. Playing as a younger, more reckless Batman is a real treat and playing through his firstA worthy and fun addition to the Arkham series. Playing as a younger, more reckless Batman is a real treat and playing through his first encounters with several supervillians is an engrossing journey of discovery. The acting and writing rise to the standard set by "Assylum" and "City" and the gameplay is familiar without being routine.
The problems "Arkham Origins". Has are mostly technical. There are frame-rate issues with the game, and there are glitches that will break the flow, especially when ending a combat encounter. The game even crashed on me more than once during its autosave. As far as gameplay goes, the game is stingy with its grapple points, and that bogs down the navigation. Also, some of the achievements are blood-boilingly difficult to accomplish; the combat achievements being extremely tough and the stealth achievements difficult because the game won't give you the maps you need to fulfill them.
But for everything the makers get wrong, they get three things right - and "Arkham Origins" is a good Batman game that will more than tide one over until Rocksteady returns to Gotham.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.1Jan 22, 2014Another winner in the ASSASSIN'S CREED series. A sprawling, open world experience that is as fascinating as it is fun. The graphics, sound,Another winner in the ASSASSIN'S CREED series. A sprawling, open world experience that is as fascinating as it is fun. The graphics, sound, and acting are, perfect and the missions are well designed and interesting. The naval combat has been vastly expanded and is so amazing, it would be easy to simply discard following the story and just pillage on the high seas all day. The game's balance is fantastic, too - never letting the various treasure hunts and side missions muddy the flow.
The only real problems the game has are in the main storyline. Pirates are simply not as interesting historical figures as those we find in Renaissance Italy or Colonial America. The Templar/Assassin conflict is treated as almost an afterthought and the game does not further the mythology of the AC universe very much. Also, Edward Kenway didn't really do it for me as a main character. His eventual conversion and redemption with the Assassins feels perfunctory and happens far to late in the game to really believe it. I find myself far more interested and engaged in the Black Flag characters when I play as Adawale.
If you like ASSASSIN'S CREED, you will love this game. It is one that will keep you happy for a good long time.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Dec 15, 2013A good arcade-style game for younger players. This game follows the Phineas and Ferb movie just enough to recognize the source material, butA good arcade-style game for younger players. This game follows the Phineas and Ferb movie just enough to recognize the source material, but anyone looking for any depth or challenge will not find it here. It is clearly geared towards players 10 and under, so keep that in mind when considering this one.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Dec 15, 2013I wanted to love this game. I really did. "Dead Rising 2" is probably the most disappointing game I've ever played. While the generalI wanted to love this game. I really did. "Dead Rising 2" is probably the most disappointing game I've ever played. While the general gameplay is fun and the crafting of weapons is cool, everything else in the game just faceplants. A respawn rate that will make your head spin. Impossibly difficult bosses. An IDIOTIC save function. Really, the list of broken elements in this thing is almost endless.
This SHOULD have been the ultimate zombie carnage game. Instead, it is an exercise in constant frustration. Pass on it.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.9Nov 12, 2013A terrific sandbox game set in a fictional old-west. Everything you've heard about the graphics and sound are true. Good voice acting and aA terrific sandbox game set in a fictional old-west. Everything you've heard about the graphics and sound are true. Good voice acting and a compelling storyline keep things moving while the side quests and mini games keep everything interesting. The game is only marred by a sloppy control scheme that takes a LOT of getting used to, and a ridiculous, cumbersome save system. I would have also liked it if the setting had been based on actual places in the old west instead of a fictional southwestern state. In all, though, a fun, gigantic game that very much lives up to the hype.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.9Oct 30, 2013This game does not live up to its potential at all. The idea of a psychic assassin taking down a group of tyrannical usurpers in aThis game does not live up to its potential at all. The idea of a psychic assassin taking down a group of tyrannical usurpers in a semi-steampunk setting should be enough to fire the imagination of a good group of game programmers. This game, however, misses the boat on every level. The story is pat, the missions are way too linear, the controls are flabby, and the visuals are far too cartoonish to take the setting and story seriously. The balance is off too. If you decide to fight your way through the game, you will get through it in a few hours. Go for stealth, and you will die a thousand times.
Imagine what this game could have been if they had taken a little more time with it. Imagine this concept with a grittier atmosphere in a truly open-world setting. Instead, we get what should have been a ground-breaking experience ending up being just kind of... Meh...… Expand
Average User Score: 5.0Jan 26, 2013Bad graphics, bad level design, bad controls... Just a really bad game altogether. Too bad, because "Wall-E" was a brilliant movie thatBad graphics, bad level design, bad controls... Just a really bad game altogether. Too bad, because "Wall-E" was a brilliant movie that desereved a much better game.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Jan 26, 2013Easily the game of the year, "Assassin's Creed 3" is a exciting, emotional roller-coaster of a game. The setting and storyline are compellingEasily the game of the year, "Assassin's Creed 3" is a exciting, emotional roller-coaster of a game. The setting and storyline are compelling and the new main character, Conner, has a character arc that equals that of his predecessor in this series, the much-beloved Ezio. The gameplay is top-notch as well, with streamlined combat and free-running. Also, the naval combat (which was the element of I was most skeptical when reading about the game) is amazingly fun. Seriously, they could do an entire DLC of just naval mission and I would be happy.
The only things that stop this amazing game from receiving a 9 or 10 from me is the side games, economy, and rewards. In many of the places you go there is the option to play a board game with someone. These games are obscure, boring, and ultimately pointless as they don't really add much to the overall experience. The crafting and selling of goods is terribly cumbersome and takes far too long to get even one trading caravan on the road (a menu redesign for this element is all it would take for the next AC - the idea behind it is solid). The big problem I have with this game, however, is the fact that you have to subscribe to Uplay in order to get the extras that are promised in-game. I don't have a problem with wanting to make some extra money and all, but if you have a slot for Conner to have a new outfit in the $60 package I've paid for, shouldn't the outfit or weapon that goes there be unlockable in that package? I found that aspect to be the most troublesome of all.
These quibbles detract only slightly from the game, however. Assassin's Creed 3 is the game I hoped it would be and I look forward to seeing Conner take part in other events in American history. The war of 1812, perhaps?… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Jan 23, 2013A sprawling, epic role-playing game that is as vast as it is dense. You can play this game dozens of times and still find new things to do.A sprawling, epic role-playing game that is as vast as it is dense. You can play this game dozens of times and still find new things to do. The world feels ancient and lived-in and the mythology surrounding the characters and events have a fantasy vibe that doesn't feel like a simple Tolkien rip-off - a rare thing, indeed.
"Oblivion" isn't perfect, though. Some of the character attributes are utterly useless and the menus are incredibly cumbersome. Also distracting is the voice work. Aside from important characters played by Patrick Stewart, Sean Bean, and Terrence Stamp, who do excellent work, it seems like the same 6 or 7 voice actors play ALL the other roles. Problem is, they don't even bother changing up their deliveries from character to character, and there are literaly hundreds of speaking parts in this thing. The result is that this very imprtant aspect of the game feels cheap.
In all, though, "Oblivion" is a really fun and immersive ride that you can return to for a long time.… Expand