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Release Date: November 22nd, 2013
Developer: Twisted Pixel Games
Publisher: Microsoft studios
Platform: [Reviewed: Xbox One], Xbox 360
Rated: T for Teen
Twisted pixel has done it again with its newest release, LocoCycle. LocoCycle is an over the top crazy arcade title that put players not in the front seat, but as the front seat. That’s right you play as the motorcycle not Pablo. In an unexpected twist you not only drive the motorcycle but you are the motorcycle, literally.
In LocoCycle players take on the role of the motorcycle called IRIS. IRIS is a super advanced motorcycle that has become self-aware and is on mission to gain her freedom. In the process IRIS has managed to bring along a friend. Pablo has no choice and has been ‘dragged’ along for the ride, by the leg of his pants, literally.
LocoCycle is very basic and straight forward. And even though it provides you with cues to teach you the moves as you play through the game it isn’t really needed. You could get by simply by button mashing. As you control the motorcycle you launch yourself through the air to attack floating enemies. The big thing here is your use of Pablo. Pablo is basically your whipping boy. You throw him at the enemies and spin him around to attack and knock your enemies down. Although this is a new concept and is oddly funny it gets boring and repetitive extremely fast.
Graphically speaking LocoCycle is not bad. When you think about it it’s actually pretty good considering it is an arcade title. I will admit I did have higher expectations as I was playing it on my Xbox One, but lets be honest here. It is still an arcade title and it is also available for the Xbox 360. Having these expectations for games available on the new consoles as well as the old consoles is not realistic. Most of these titles were made with our older systems in mind. They also do provide some pretty awesome “Movie like” cut scenes. And I mean this literally. Not only do you get to play a game but you get to watch live action cut scenes between chapters.
Over all LocoCycle is a huge let down, especially when having Next Gen expectations in mind. There’s no skill to this title. It is an over the top button mashing title that although funny gets boring fast and is extremely repetitive. And if you are in anyway sensitive to language, politics, religion or racial views this title may be taken the wrong way. In my opinion this is the worst title I have played for the next generation consoles and wouldn’t consider paying $10 let alone the $19.99 it is listed for.
Overall Rating: 2.5/5
What’s better than reading a Review for a brand new game that you think you might want? Reading an article with 4 reviews in one! With the demand for next generation consoles being so high and difficult to find to boot we figured we’d give you a one stop shop for everything PlayStation 4. Everything Exclusive that is. And when you finally decide to grab that new system you will be able to walk in knowing exactly what you want.
Developer: SCE Japan Studio
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Japan
Rated: E for Everyone
In Knack players take on the roll of Knack, a creature composed of ancient relics with mysterious powers. Knack can pull relics he finds into his body making him both bigger and more powerful. The more relics you collect the bigger Knack gets, transforming him ino a 3ft. tall ginormous destructive creature.
As you play through Knack you will find relics to increase his size as well as Sunstone Crystals. These Sunstone Crystals slowly fill up the gauges on the top right of your screen eventually giving you the ability to use a super move. Once you fill up one of 3 gauges you can use one of your three super moves. You will also be able to collect elemental relics as well. These give you special powers depending on the element you pull into your body. For example if you find FROST elemental relics you will turn into a blue-ish looking Knack. This relic gives you a second bar that acts kind of like a shield giving you a better chance of survival. With the frost relics you wont actually lose any health until all the frost disappears. You almost appear to be melting which is a pretty awesome looking effect.
Over all Knack has really great graphics, simple gameplay and even though the voice work is not the greatest the story is really good. It has a very childish feeling and would probably be better for the kids in your house. But honestly me and my husband had a blast playing this title. It is the perfect title for parents to play with their children. You can set this game up for your child and the second they start having difficulties you just grab the second controller and hop in. It has a drop in feature and the secondary character is more or less a healer. You can give your life to player 1 healing them and ultimately making it much easier for them to play without dying. Which makes it perfect for young kids to play. And best of all they wont even realize you are helping them.
There is also an app you can download for Knack. It is a mini-game you can play on your phone or tablet that you can unlock new gadgets to use in game. You simply link your PSN account to the app on your phone and away you go. Everytime you log into you PS4 to play Knack all your new items will be added for you to use in game.
Overall Score: 4.5/5
Developer: Guerrilla Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rated: M for Mature
We have all seen the trailers, gameplay footage and screen shots prio to the release of Killzone 4 Shadow Fall. So we all have witnessed the graphical potential of the NEW gen console, the PlayStation 4. And this is the true selling point of Killzone.
Killzone 4 Shadow Fall, just like the previous 3 titles, is a first person shooter. Fans will see the return of some of the regular weapons such as the stA-52 Assault Rifle and the stA-18 pistol as well as view new ones like the OWL. The OWL is an hovering attack drone that can attack and stun enemies. It can also deploy a zip line to allow the player to escape enemies or access other wise unaccessable areas. It can also hack terminals or alarms to prevent the enemy from sending reinforcements. This can all be done by simply sliding your finger along the newly added touch pad on the PS4 controller. A new feature which definitely takes some getting use to.
The story In Shadow Fall takes place about 30 years after the story of Killzone 3 and shows the tension between the Vektans and Helghast reach its boiling point. But for some reason even though you would expect it to be an exciting on the edge of yours seat story, it just isn’t. It isn’t captivating at all. I did not find myself drawn into the story and actually I quickly lost interest.
Overall Killzone is just as over dramatic as its predecessors. It is a graphical phenomena. It is simply beautiful. But this can only make up for what it lacks in story for so long. If you are not a KillZone fan this game will fall flat, beautifully flat.
Overall Score: 4/5
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Side scroller, shooter
Rated: T for Teen
Resogun is the succesor to Super Stardust HD and Super Stardust Delta. And has that classic “Asteroid” feeling, but with better graphics and 3D animations. It is also very reminiscent of other Classic Arcade titles like Space Invaders. Resogun was not only an exclusive launch title but also a freebie for all PlayStation Plus members. Or for you non PlayStation Plus users a mere $15.
Resogun is an awesome game in which you find yourself flying around a map, literally, shooting and dodging enemies. Your goal is to complete each level, save all the humans, and destroy the boss all without dying and collecting the largest possible score. And yes there is a leader board. So if you think you don’t care about high scores think again. Cause when you get your hands on this game and see all your friends highscores you are going to have a hard time putting the controller down.
First you must choose a ship. Either the Nemesism, Ferox or Phobos. Each of which have their own benefits. There are also 2 different game modes to choose from, Single level and Arcade Mode. Single level allows you to choose 1 of the 5 levels. Your goal is to complete it with the highest possible score. In Arcade Mode, however, you only get so many lives to complete all 5 levels. You must complete each level in order to move onto the next level and your score will continue to add up until you either complete all 5 levels or you die. You can also choose your difficulty setting which are Rookie, Experienced, Veteran, and Master.
At the end of each level you will receive a bonus score for various things. For example the more humans you save the better your bonus. You will also want to keep your eyes open for boosts in game. These boosts help you to complete your levels easier and can be speed boosts, overdrive and Nova Bombs.
Overall Resogun is one of the best free PlayStation Plus games I have played. It is also my favourite game currently available on the PS4. And even if you don’t have PlayStation Plus the measly 15$ for this title is a steal. It is more than worth every penny.
Overall Score: 5/5
Now don’t forget there are also plenty of other titles available for your PS4 that are not exclusive titles like, Call of Duty Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Assassins Creed: Black flag, Madden 25, Fifa 14, etc. Another important reminder is to pick up a PlayStation plus card. If you don’t already have a PlayStation plus account you will need one for your PS4 to play any of the multilayer games you purchase. Now this is similar to the Xbox Live membership in that you need it to play multiplayer games but it is also so much better. It is 10$ cheaper a year, 49.99$, and provides some pretty awesome NEW FREE games each month for you play. And as long as you Download the game to your Hard drive it is yours to keep.
Shortly after the launch of the NEW “next generation” consoles I wrote an article titled “How the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge Got Me an Xbox One AND a PS4“. This was simply an article about my last years New Years Resolution and how it got me both new systems at Launch. Since being a gamer is a costly hobbie any extra money you can save is extremely useful.
Since it is officially 1/1/2014 and everyone is planning their 2014 New Years Resolutions I figured it was time to revisit the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge. As well as give you guys some of my own personal tips to achieving your goals.
So I guess we should start with what exactly the 52 week money saving challenge is? It is actually super simple. Each week you will save the same amount of money that corresponds to the number of that week. So for Week 1 you will save $1, giving you a total of 1$ saved. For week 2 you will save $2, giving you a total of $3 saved. As you continue to do this through out the year the amount gets higher and higher until you reach week 52 were you will save 52$ giving you a grand total of $1,378.00 saved. And even though looking at week 52 you will likely think trying to save 52$ will be impossible, having a goal will make it so much easier. Hence my motivation last year of getting the “Next Gen” Consoles.
There are plenty of charts online that you can print as a way to keep track of your savings, but the one I have posted above is my favourite. The reason I like this chart the best is because the amounts you save are all on the left side and do NOT correspond to one DATE. This leaves you the flexibility to choose when to save what amount of money you want. You simply choose your amount, say $25, you cross off the 25 and write it next to which ever week it is and then keep adding up your total amount.
You can start by saving all the large amounts first to get them out of the way. Or you could start with the smaller amounts and work your way up. Or just save whatever you are most comfortable with saving each week. AND even though the dates still say 2013 it still works. The dates are only 1 off from last year and you can put the money in whichever day that week you want. Or if you really want just white the dates out and enter in the date that you put aside the money. I personally like to put my money aside on Friday right after I get paid. That way I’m putting the money away immediately and I am less likely to spend it.
Keep in mind nothing here is set in stone. AND is all completely subjective to what you want. Which is perfect! Don’t want to save 50$ on week 50? No big deal save what you can, or make your own amounts. I personally chose to make a 20$ a week minimum. That way I always saved at least 20$ but if I couldn’t afford more than 20$ I didn’t feel guilty. The other nice thing is you will have extra money. Lets say week 33 your car breaks down, well now that you have been doing the money saving challenge you have at least $500.00 already put aside. And if absolutely necessary you can take the money from there instead of directly out of your pocket. I have found this super useful as I am no longer pinching pennies as much when something comes up out of the blue. And if you can, later on you can always just put back whatever you had previously taken out.
The big thing I want to point out is the cost of video games and systems. Since one game is usually 60$ this can hit your pocket pretty hard when a new game comes out. Not to mention on a week when there is 2 or 3 big releases at once. I often find myself choosing the one I want the most or waiting until I have a bigger pay check to get my games. But since doing the money saving challenge I always have the extra money saved if I can’t afford to get the new release I want.
The other option you have, if doing the money saving challenge is out of the question, is pre-ordering your games. I do this in addition to the money saving challenge. Some people think it is tupid to run out and pre-order a game in advance but in all actuality if funds are tight it is a really great idea. I am not to sure how other stores work as I only get my gaming stuff from Gamestop. At Gamestop you only have to put down 5$ for a game . This guratees you a copy on release for up to 48hrs after its launch. And if you pre-order a game early enough you can go in every couple of weeks and put 5$ down until its paid in full. When it finally releases and you go in to pick it up it’s like getting a BRAND NEW game for free. In reality it isn’t free, but paying 5$ every week over a stretch of 3 months doesn’t feel like anything. Smokers spend at least that a day on cigerattes. What’s 5$ a week for that awesome new game you want?
Just like last year I will be doing the 52 Week Money saving Challenge and here at IRB Gamer we are curious how many of you will too.
Game Reviewed: The Legend of Zelda: A link Beteen Worlds
Release Date: Nov. 22nd, 2013
Developer: Nintendo EAD
Publisher: Eiji Aonuma
Platform: [Reviewed: Nintendo 3DS]
Genre: Action Adventure
Rated: E for everyone
Shhh… Do you guys hear that? That’s the sound of people talking GOTY. Yup that’s right. It is after all that time of the year again. And everyone is tossing around their predictions for Game of the Year. Here at IRB Gamer, we have been hearing a lot of talk about the new Zelda title “The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds” so we figured we better give this title a play to see what all the fuss is about.
The Legend of Zelda series is probably one of the best and most successful Nintendo video game series to date, next to the Mario/Super Mario series that is. And this isn’t an opinion based statement, it is fact! Just google it. A Legend of Zelda game always comes up. Zelda has been around since 1986 when the first title “The Legend of Zelda” was released in Japan. It was later released in the USA and Europe in 1987 and since then has sold over 67 million copies. That number alone speaks for itself. Now that’s no 788.61 million copies that the Mario series (combined with Super Mario and Mario Kart) sold, or even the 120 million copies that the Call of Duty series has, but it is definitely significant when it comes to Nintendo titles.
A Link Between Worlds has the same idea as all the other Zelda titles. Link must complete a set of tasks, defeat the enemy, then save Princess Zelda and the Kingdom of Hyrule. Pretty simple right? Well yes the basic idea is, but as we know from previous titles the Zelda games are known for their puzzle like dungeons. So be prepared to put some thought into this game.
In A Link Between Worlds fans of the series will notice that the story carries on from where “A Link to the Past” left off. And Because of the events which took place in “A Link to the Past” the Triforce was separated into its
3 pieces and separated. This was done in hopes to protect the Kingdom from evil, but as we know from previous titles, Like the Orcarina of Time, this is ever actually the case. Early on in the game it is up to you to Locate all 3 parts to return to Princess Zelda.
At the beginning of A Link Between Worlds fans will find themselves playing as Link, like usual, no shocker there. You are awoken by Gulley because you are late!!! It is up to you to deliver a sword for Gulley’s dad to the Captain before he leaves. But before you are even able to get the sword to the Captain you find him with Yuga, a very evil man, who turns the minister’s daughter into a Painting. A PAINTING… What the?
*Yawn* You awaken back home, but who is that? Some strange guy has brought you home only to tell you what has happened. So you weren’t dreaming after all. Ravio, a wandering Merchant, has likely saved your life. He is very important to you throughout the game as he is the source to your tools and weapons. He also directs you on your quest for the earlier parts of A Link Between Worlds.
Later on during your travels you come across Yuga again, but this time he wants to capture Princess Zelda. Your attempt to foil his plan is not successful and not only does he capture Zelda but he turns you into a painting as well. But unbeknownst to Yoga this is how you obtain your new found power of transforming into your 2D painting form. It is this power that allows you to access other areas of Hyrule that you would normally not be able to reachable, as well as another world, Lorule.
Lorule can only be accessed via cracks in the walls which can only be entered via Links 2D dimensional form. It is a parallel world to Hyrule sharing a very similar geographical layout, but is a much darker and very uninviting place. This is where you must obtain all 7 of the captured sages before it is too late and Hyrule is destroyed forever.
When It comes to Graphics The Legend of Zelda: A link Between Worlds is awesome. It features both 2D and 3D graphics and utilizes the awesome 3D feature of the 3DS system. Gameplay is all seen on the top screen where you can adjust the level of 3D effect and the bottom screen is for your map and backpack. It is here where you can switch between things and select items.
Both Gameplay and Controls are super simple. If you have ever played a single Zelda game before you will be able to figure it out no problem. If you are new to the series there is a lot of information given as you unlock stuff and acquire new items to teach you how to play, but if all else fails you can simply wander the large map attacking random characters to learn on your own.
The one thing I did not like about this title was how early on in the game when you go to Ravio, the merchant, to purchase new weapons you can’t actually buy anything. You can only rent items. This means you don’t actually own anything. And since Ravio owns every thing every time you die he sends someone to recollect them leaving you defenseless and forced to rent them yet again. This is annoying and can be costly if you don’t have potions, fairies or milk in your inventory to heal yourself while in battle. But thankfully you do eventually unlock the ability to buy all the items later on in the game.
Overall A Link Between Worlds is the best game I have played on my 3DS to date. And is the Best Zelda game since the Orcarina of Time, if not better. Yeah I did just say that. Orcarina of Time finally has some competition. You have piles and piles of collectible items to find that range from tasks to complete, to items to collect and upgrade. This gives you countless hours of gameplay. Not to mention the simple pleasure you get from just running around being Link.
For all you Zelda fans out there this game is a MUST have. And I must admit I totally get all the Game of the Year chatter.
*The “Sales” stats of Games listed above are all Sales up to 2011. And do not depict any sales that have occured since 2011*
Overall Rating: 5/5
It stretches the brain to know that you’re playing as a child. In a house with an entire new set of survivors, split personalities and secrets that yet to be revealed, season 2 leaves you with a handful of cliffhangers.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the best Zelda game since Orcarina of Time.
Beyond is a beautiful game to look at. Character models have always been one of Quantic Dream strong points, and it didn’t stop here. Ellen Page and William Dafoe characters are a masterpiece and the pinnacle of Beyond’s driven story. Using the likeness of Dafoe and Paige was monumental.
A big budget game that manages to spend every penny flawlessly is rare. But it’s something about Rockstar Games that defines perfection with every single title they launch. There’s no need to question why all gamers alike respect the brand. The fluidity of GTA V speaks for itself.
Disney Infinity is amazing. It has everything! You can collect and play as all your favorite characters. And once you are finished with all your play set stories, you have hours and hours of free and imaginative play time with the Toy Box. Like Walt Disney says, “If you can dream it you can do it”.
In preparation for the second season of the Walking Dead, 400 Days ends off being a great placeholder and tie-in as you must earn the 5 characters trust you the end.
~ VJ Platinum
The Last of Us is a superior game that is worthy of the Game of The Year title. And I would say so based on the story alone. But when you add the beautiful graphics, smooth gameplay, challenging environments and terrify feelings of suspense it is impossible not to say this game is a must have. And in fact The Last of Us is worth every single penny spent.
Metro Last Light overall experience is nothing less than extraordinary. The story build, survival and shooting aspects are all unforeseen, but the delivery is astonishing. It’s a shooter that’s NOT a replication of Call of Duty but mirrors its own previous success. Unquestionably a triumph for both 4A Games and Deep Silver.
~ VJ Platinum
Injustice is a crowd pleaser. It’s one of those games that all ages will enjoy; both fans of gaming and simply DC lovers alike.
~ VJ Platinum
Overall BioShock Infinite is as good as it gets and is definitely the ‘best of the best’. It has everything we loved about BioShock 1 & 2 with a new story that doesn’t disappoint and is so riveting it leaves you wanting more.
Tomb Raider was an experience I didn’t want to see come to an end. New life has successfully been breathed into the series. It’s the Lara Croft we should’ve been introduced to right from the beginning. The investment around launching a prequel and pulling it off, astonishing!
~ VJ Platinum
Devil May Cry is astonishing. Though many fans would like to ridicule Ninja Theory for the numerous changes, DmC is impressive, innovative and a true spark for the franchise.
~ VJ Platinum
Blood Bowl 2 is the sequel of a video game designed after a famous board game that combines the Warhammer fantasty world with America’s favourite sport, Football. In this awesome reveal fans will get to see the first Blood Bowl 2 Stadium. It was developed by Cyanide Studios and features an bunch of new features including an all new graphics engine.
Check out the Teaser trailer and screen shots out below.
Contrast is now available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 4, with the exception of you European PlayStation 4 owners. You will have to wait a little bit longer, until the 29th to be exact.
For those of you who don’t know Contrast is a 2D/3D puzzle platform game where the player has to shift in and out of the shadow dimension. It is said to draw you into a 1920′s world influenced by magic, intrigue and deception. In Contrast you play as a you girls imaginary friend “Dawn”. Since every imaginary friend is special and unique to there own creator, Dawn is no different. She has special powers that allow her to shift from a 3D universe to a 2D Shadow universe.
Guillaume Provost, the creative director and founder of Compulsion Games, had this to say:
“Creating Contrast was a journey, and ultimately a celebration of our craft. It is a story that came together by the efforts and support of our team, our partners, our fans, and by the dedication of everyone who helped propel the game to such unexpected heights. We are deeply grateful and humbled by the community’s reactions, and the overwhelming enthusiasm that at long last, helped bring Contrast to light.”
In honor of it’s release Compulsion Games has released a Launch Trailer giving you an awesome sneak-peak. Check it out below.
Everyone new at the end of last year that the “Next Generation” consoles were among us. And rumors were flying that they’d be releasing sometime during the holiday season of 2013, but nothing was confirmed. I, despite the lack of confirmations, was determined not to be left behind with my “current” generation consoles. So here’s how the 52 Week Money Saving Challenge helped me get an Xbox One AND a PS4.
Shortly after Christmas I came across the “52 week Money Saving Chellenge”. I originally just wanted to do this to save money. It was going to be my New Years Resolution as a way to control my spending, teach me to budget and ultimately reward myself for actually being able to do it. There is no better reward than a bunch of money! However, with all this talk of “Next Gen” Consoles that became my primary goal. I had to save for my new Xbox ONE and PlayStation 4.
So what is the 52 week money saving challenge? Well it is actually super simple. Each week you will save the same amount of money that corresponds to the number of that week. So for Week 1 you will save $1, giving you a total of 1$ saved. For week 2 you will save $2, giving you a total of $3 saved. As you continue to do this through out the year the amount gets higher and higher until you reach week 52 with a grand total of $1,378.00 saved. And even though looking at week 52 you will likely think trying to save 52$ will be impossible, but having a goal will make it so much easier. Hence “Next Gen” Consoles.
When I first heard about this challenge I talked to a lot of people. Some of which had done it, others who were going to, and even more who thought it was unrealistic. The biggest complaint I heard from people was once you get half way threw the year saving money would be too hard. “I can’t afford to save $40 a week” people where saying to me, my husband included. But talking about it made me realize you don’t have to follow this plan to a T. Change it to suit your needs. I decided $20 a week would be reasonable. I set a goal to save AT LEAST $20 a week and if I could afford more I’d save more, if not I didn’t feel bad about only saving 20$.
As the year went on I realized that even though more than $20 a week was tough I really wanted to complete the challenge 100% and my determination thus far has helped me to save the proper amounts each week. As of right NOW week 47 I had over $1100 saved and was able to go in and pay off both my Xbox 1 and PlayStation 4 pre-orders with money to spare. So even though I had to budget each and every week to save that money it was more than worth it. And that sense of accomplishment I got walking out of the store alone, made it more than worth it.
So I guess I just wanted to tell everyone who thought it was impossible or too hard that it isn’t. It is possible, and I have an Xbox One and a PlayStation 4 to prove it!
Release Date: October 29th,2013
Platform: [Reviewed: PlayStation 3], PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, & PC
Genre: Action Adventure
Rated: M for Mature
It’s that time of year again. Time to equip your hidden blade, hood, cape and get your snacks ready for the countless hours of gaming you are going to get on. Well, maybe I’m the only one who likes to get in character, but no matter your poison it is time!
Just like with the other Assassin Creed titles, Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag features two separate stories that are intertwined together. You have the present day story in which you play a man hired to explore the memories of a historical figure using the Animus. And then you have the world within the Animus. This new world in Black Flag is not unlike the other worlds within the other titles in the series. As a matter of fact it is very similar. In the first city you explore, Havanna, you will get a very similar feel to the other cities you explored in the other Assassins Creed games. However, you will also get some other types of areas to explore as well.
When you first start Assassin Creed IV: Black Flag you will find yourself in the mist of a battle way out at sea. It is up to you to guide your ship and destroy all the other ships before they destroy you. Or so you’d think. Until you find yourself swimming in the debri of multiple destroyed and burning ships. And once you make your way to land your true journey actually begins.
Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag continues on from the story in Assassins Creed III. However, you find yourself playing a new character this time around as Desmund died previous to this title. This is only possible as his DNA was saved allowing others to continue exploring the memories within his genetic ancestry. So who exactly is this genetic ancestor? Well this time around you get to play a pirate named Edward Kenway! You have been informed you are searching Edwards memories for material to make an Animus-powered film, but this isn’t actually so.
On the Island you will notice that the newly introduced hunting, from Assassins Creed III has made it’s returned. This is not my favourite feature but it does come in handy if not for anything else at leats you will get some extra money. So make sure you take the time to kill some wild animals and skin them so you can sell their hides at a later time. There are plenty of boars roaming around and they make some pretty easy kills, but if you want a little bit of a challenge there are also monkeys and wild cats lurky in the palms too.
The gameplay in Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag is the same as all previous titles. You will spend the majority of your time running around, climbing buildings, looting treasure chest, assassinating enemies, syncronzing view points and collecting every single last one of the collectibles. And if you are partial to sailing your own ship and partaking in Naval battles your in for a real treat. Not only is this probably the most exciting addition to the Assassins Creed series it was executed extremely well. You can easily manouver the ship, aim the cannons and fire onto your enemies.
Let’s not forget about collectibles. This is the part of the game that keeps me coming back. A little obsessive compulisive maybe, but I must have every single item. And since this Assassins Creed title is Pirate themed I have the perfect excuse. So what kind of collectibles should you keep your eye out for? Well there is actually quiet a few things as simple as Animus Fragments to the newly added Shanty. All in all you will want to look for Animus Fragments, Letter’s in bottles, Manuscript’s, Treasure Maps, Shanty’s, Templar Keys, Mayan Stones and finally a few collectibles which can be found in the present day around your office.
The controls, just like the gameplay, are the same as previous titles. They are super easy to learn and master. The only downside I noticed, which again is the same issue I had when playing ALL the other Assassin Creed’s, is the “accidental run up the side of the building” when trying to escape your enemies. This happens because you use R1 when climbing as well as spriniting. If you do not guide your assassin perfectly around the buildings, crates or other objects you will find yourself, very often I might add, hanging from the side of a building you were simply trying to get around. Although this is super annoying and will likely cause a few F bombs to fly out your mouth, it in no way will effect your opinion of the game.
Visually Assassin Creed IV is about as good as it gets, when it comes to current generation consoles that is. I honestly don’t think it could get much better. I never saw any graphical bugs or choppiness. It plays smoothly and is beautiful, especially when you find yourself in the jungle environments. How much of a graphical difference will we see between current gen and next gen consoles? We will still have to wait a couple days for PS4 and a little over a week for the Xbox One to find out.
I never thought I’d say it, but Ubisoft has reached the same point Activision has with the Call of Duty series. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as Call of Duty is the highest grossing gaming series to date. And still continues to break records year after year. The problem is there really is no surprises. You never get that same feeling,excitment, anticipation or curiousty of playing a bran new game. Of course there are few changes each year but really it is still the same thing. Assassins Creed is Assassins Creed, no matter the console. It is the same game over and over. It does have different environments but they all feel the same. Even with a few newly added features, like hunting adn naval batltles, and the new story with new characters, it is still same game.
Despite the repetition, Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag is awesome, just like all the other Assassin creed titles. It is old faithful. That one friend you can always count on when you are having a bad day. It won’t let you down. It is the most confident you could be spending $60 and even if you don’t get that rush of a brand new title you won’t enjoy this one any less. And for all of you getting a Next Generation system, the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, you will be able to pay a measly 10 bucks to upgrade your game to the new console.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5