Review – Assassins Creed Rogue

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I’ve been called names before. Many names, but never before have I been called a name so frequently by a jerkface in a videogame. I’m looking at you Jerkface security chick from Abstergo. Anyway, I digress. Assassin’s Creed Rogue is 1 of 2 new games in the long running series. Rogue is available on last Gen systems Xbox 360 and PS3 while Unity is out on PS4 and Xbox One.

This time, instead of playing an Assassin, we get to see the other side of the coin and play as Shay Patrick Cormac. A young Assassin turned Templar who hell bent on hunting down the people he once called brothers. The setting of Rogue takes place after the events of Black Flag but previous to the events of Assassin’s Creed 3. During this time, players will take Shay to from New York, to Portugal and up to the great white north us Canadians like to call home. Along with the new locales, Shay’s adventure will cross paths with some very familiar characters from previous games which is amazing because it actually puts some backstory into context of some of these people. Personally, I would LOVE to see a certain someone from AC3 featured in his own game because I need to see who he was and how he became the character we know. Without giving away too much, I found the ending to be particularly satisfying. Also – stay tuned during the credits.

The gameplay itself is exactly the same as the previous games and mostly feels like a redressing of Black Flag which is by no means a bad thing. You will spend a lot amount of time on dry land exploring looking for Native totems as well as a few other secrets which I won’t go into, but like Black Flag, a vast majority of your time will be spent travelling the North Atlantic finding settlements, hunting grounds and supply caches. One notable mission type that I noticed Ubisoft had dialed back(not sure if that was by design or accident) on are the follow while staying hidden missions. I didn’t miss them in the least bit. Here’s hoping that trend continues. Another type of mission that’s actually new to the this title is the Assassin Interception missions. Naval battles are plentiful though early in the game some they felt extremely mismatched often resulting in some massive warships joining the foray sending me with my tail tucked firmly between my legs. The map is quite large and broken up into smaller sections. Not sure if it’s the same size as Black Flag but it sure felt like it was pretty damn close.

When major plot points are complete, the player takes on the role of a faceless nameless Abstergo employee who gets called names by the jerkface chick back in the Abstergo offices. If I’m right, these moments take place directly after the events of Black Flag and begin with the whole system in a locked down state with a majority of the staff having been ushered out of the building except for a select few. During these moments, as in other games, you’ll be tasked with switching on servers and unlocking systems by participating in a mini game with a sphere and some rings with light. During these moments, you will also learn of other details key to the story of Abstergo Industries/Entertainment.

Along with the standard Assassin gear we’ve all become accustomed to, Shay brings along some new weapons and accessories. The Air gun can shoot berserk/sleep darts and firecrackers, as well, he gets a new grenade launcher that can take out multiple enemies at once turning them berserk, putting them to sleep or just plain blow them to smithereens with the frag grenades. The new toys don’t just stop there though. While navigating the dangerous oceans of the North, Shay’s boat, the Morrigan is also equipped with an icebreaker to help break though the ice during your time spent there. Further to that The Morrigan is also equipped with a puckle gun – which is similar to the cannon that Edward Kenway used in Black Flag but this is more like a gatling gun and now instead of dropping barrels of explosives behind you when being chased, now we get to light the oceans on fire. Just like previous games, you can raid boats for supplies and use them to help upgrade things like you armor, the number of cannons the ship is equipped with as well as the power to up your various attacks.

All in all I would rank this in the top 3 for the Assassin’s Creed series. It took me about 20ish hours to complete the campaign during which I rarely stepped away from the main story. It was the first game in the series where I actually said “Holy Sh!t!!!” out loud multiple times during one game shaping scene in particular that happens rather early in the game and another that happens later. I was literally blown away by this moment.  Big props to whoever came up with that moment because wow. Another year another entry in what I deem to be one of my absolute favorite franchises of all time. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough so I can sink my teeth into Unity.

Feed Your Console gives Assassin’s Creed Rogue an 8.5 out of 10

Pros:
More naval exploration and battles
Great story – Finally we see from the Templar point of view
New weapons and gadgets

Cons:
With Unity looming, it’s hard to not look at the graphics with a critical eye.
Some Naval battles felt extremely mismatched with much more powerful boats joining in.

Psy Gangnam Style is coming to Just Dance 4

Today Ubisoft release news that South Korean Music sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style will be available as DLC for Just Dance 4. Now unless you’ve been under a rock or living with out electricity for the last couple of months you’ve either seen, heard or watched Psy TV or the internet. Gangnam Style has ranked up over 480 Million (yes 480 Million) views on YouTube and the video have launched parodies and covers from the likes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Oregon Ducks Marching Band and the Stratford Festival Casts of 42nd St and Pirates of Penzance.

Psy was quoted in the Ubisoft release as saying “Gangnam Style and Just Dance 4, I can’t wait to see all the YouTube videos”.

Imagine this in your living room – maybe with a few less Horses…

Oppa Gangnam Style!

Gangnam Style will be available in November 2012. Download details and pricing will be similar to previous Just Dance DLC. For the latest information on Just Dance 4, please visit: www.justdancegame.com.

Gangnam Style

Assassins Creed III – Naval Warfare Trailer

Just published today, Ubisoft presents the Navel Warfare Trailer for Assassins Creed III. Watch as Connor takes to the sea and battles with all cannons blasting. Board your enemies ships and lead your crew to the decks for some salty-wet hand to hand combat all along the Eastern Seaboard of Colonial America.

Every time I see a new trailer I get more excited for launch October 30, 2012 – which can’t come soon enough.

Assassin’s Creed III AnvilNext Trailer

The team over at Ubisoft releases a new trailer for Assassin’s Creed 3 yesterday showing the power behind AnvilNext – a new gaming engine from ubisoft. AnvilNext’s power boast support for up to 2,000 NPC characters in a single sequence (pretty amazing if you ask me) and dynamic weather conditions staying true to all the seasons experienced in North America’s frontier.

These screens look crisp, clean and smooth in the video, and a show a number of fantastic looking environments to explore. This clip also gives a sneak peak into the Pre-order bonuses for AC3 (via Gamestop) that include:

  • Single player Mission: The Lost Mayan Ruins
  • Unlockable Weapon: Sawtooth Sword

Can wait to see this game in action.

The Expendables 2 Videogame – Now Available

Today The Expendables 2 Videogame hits the PlayStation®Network for $14.99*. Get behind four of the world’s most legendary mercenaries – Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) and Yin Yang (Jet Li) – as they blast their way across the map in a way that only the mercenary fouce of the Expendables can. The Expendables 2 Videogame will be available for download on the Xbox LIVE Arcade on August 17.

This games ties in the time between the first movie and the upcoming release, puts gamers behind the wheel as the Expendables team sets of to rescue an extremely valuable, kidnapped billionaire. As part of the franchise formula all hell breaks loose through out the game leading up to a huge climax that paves the road right into where the new movie begins.

Let the explosions begin!

Watch the Gameplay trailer:

For more information on The Expendables 2 Videogame, visit: http://theexpendables2film.com/.

* PlayStation Plus members can purchase The Expendables 2 Videogame for $11.99

Ghost Recon Future Soldier Tech Trailer

With the launch of Ghost Recon Ubisoft has released the latest Tech Trailer showing the gadgets and advanced technology at the disposal of the Ghost special Ops Team.

Ubisoft also announced two companion games; on Facebook Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Commander, where players will be able to unlock exclusive weapons, weapon skins and bonuses to use while playing Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and a mobile application the Ghost Recon Network site for iOS & Android devices are now available.

See you on the battle field.

Also while you’re watching video’s take the time to review the Live action short film Ghost Recon Alpha.

Ghost Recon Future Soldier available now!

Silent Hunter Online Announced

Ubisoft just announced the upcoming beta for their long running submarine series Silent Hunter. This will be a new browser-based multiplayer game inspired by the original series only evolved into a new multi-player environment.

Dive into history and take the battle under the Atlantic as you command a submarine and influence the tide of marine warfare. Play the loner or team up with your friends and build your own Woflpack to jointly protect caravans or launch strategies attacked against your enemies.

“This is the most innovative Silent Hunter experience ever created and we can’t wait to let our fans dive into the game,” said Christopher Schmitz, Head of Production at Ubisoft Blue Byte.

Players can get early access to the game by visiting www.silenthunteronline.com and applying to be part of the closed beta.

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Rocksmith DLC

Rocksmith - Ubisoft

With the number of tracks Ubisoft has been recently releasing for Rocksmith guitar fans are not lacking for fresh content.

Recent tracks released include:

  • “Space Oddity” by David Bowie
  • “Barracuda” by Heart
  • “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
  • “Black” and “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam
  • “Dammit” “What’s My Age Again” and “All The Small Things” by Blink 182
  • “The Thrill Is Gone” by B.B. King
  • “Born Under a Bad Sign” by Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • “Soul Man” by the Blues Brothers

Songs are available for purchase for $2.99 each on the Playstation network and 240 Microsoft points each on Xbox Live.

Crank the volume and rock on my friends.

I Am Alive now on iOS

Ubisoft’s upcoming release of I Am Alive coming soon, April 4th to be exact, and gamers need to properly prepare for this post-apocalyptic adventure.

The I Am Alive Companion for iOS is a FREE iOS companion App, featuring:

  • A ‘photo mode’ that let you create your own I Am Alive-themed photos
  • Original game soundtrack, including 6 tracks exclusively composed for the App
  • A Street map of the main game area with exclusive hints from the developers
  • List of all resources from the game detailing the level of rarity and effects on health, stamina and stamina capacity
  • List of all Achievements and Trophies with check/uncheck tracking feature
  • 5 videos including a trailer, a making and the 3 “survivor tapes”
  • Over 50 production concept arts, promotional artworks and screenshots.

To download the App, here

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Far Cry 3: Stranded Trailer

Think a stop on an uncharted island is a good idea? How about with your best friend and girls friend, still want to make a stop? You may not after watching the trailer for Far Cry 3.

*Strong Language, Violence may offend some viewers

Far Cry 3 | Stranded Trailer:



Far Cry 3 | Official Trailer:



Far Cry 3 will be released in North America on September 4th.