Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag brought us the man with the plan, the big ol’ boat and more tattoos than you can shake a Kat Von D forearm at after Edward Kenway’s grandson, Connor Kenway, starred in a less than stellar turn in Assassin’s Creed 3 which was a likeable but mediocre romp as the Native American protagonist took on everyone including America, Britain and even his poor old dad. AC3 was a bit rubbish (although I did like Connor Kenway who you lot apparently hated so maybe you’ll disagree with me on the game’s quality) but this didn’t deter anyone from buying the next game as some mightily impressive Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag sales figures have been released by Ubisoft. Find out more after the break.
The day is finally upon us! Laugh in the face of PS Vita early adopters and marvel in the popularity of HD upgrades as Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD has finally made its way to the PlayStation Store and the Xbox Live Marketplace. Fronted by the series’ first female protagonist, Aveline de Grandpré, the game makes the jump to the big screen, after an exclusive stint on PS Vita, bringing with it all of the charm of a tale about a woman fighting for both her heritage and her people. Ubisoft have just released the Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD launch trailer which you can see after the break.
We’re barely 4 months away from the release of the last Assassin’s Creed game, Assassin’s Creed 3, but already, Ubisoft have announced the next game in the series, Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag.
Not a lot is known about Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag, but we do know a few pieces of information, for example, the ‘Black Flag’ in the title and the image on the box art is a reference to the fact that Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag will have a heavy emphasis on sea-based missions. However, we don’t yet know what or who you’ll be fighting against at sea, other than (presumably) a heck of a lot of scurvy.
Other Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag tidbits that we know this far are that the game the game is set in 1715 and it will be introducing you to an all new protagonist. You’ll play as “Edward Kenway”, who is the father of Haytham Kenway and the grandfather of Connor Kenway (the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 3), albeit, this member of the Kenway family thankfully has a more easily spelt name (Ratohnhaké:ton, anyone?)
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What’s better than one Assassin’s Creed 3 trailer? Two Assassin’s Creed 3 trailers of course!
Developer and publisher of the franchise, Ubisoft, really know how to to warm our hearts, offering up two instances of HD freedom sequences to give us an added ‘kick’ to your 4th of July highs.
If anyone tells you that you can have enough Assassin’s Creed 3, tell them that they are wrong and then show them these two ace videos which celebrate the hard work and brutal firefights that had to take place in order for the recent American holiday to take place.
Happy (belated) Independence Day everyone.
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Rather than waxing lyrical as to why Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation is a more-than-worthy addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise, following in the stabby footsteps of Ezio and Altair who came before him, let’s just talk about the fact that the inclusion of a female assassin in Ubisoft’s leading series is really cool, shall we?
As a woman, I’m absolutely delighted that finally, a leading game character of a leading game franchise is a badass woman, showing everyone that we are just as capable of carrying a game franchise as our male cohorts. On the other hand, as a critic of video games, I feel that Ubisoft’s decision to make the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation a woman is just as fantastic because it means that the conversation on women in games doesn’t have to be dominated by talk of the entirely ridiculous (and completely unrealistic) cup size that lady adventurer Lara Croft has been sporting for the past few Tomb Raider titles. No, instead we can all rejoice in the fact that a top video game developer has finally realised that a woman with a vengeance is just as lethal as a man with a vengeance and boy, oh boy, will she vent that anger.
And I know that plenty of people have criticised Ubisoft for the decision to star Aveline as the lead in Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation because it’s a handheld title on a console (the PlayStation Vita) that has yet to come into its own and frankly, I think that’s wrong. While I don’t think Aveline is a representation of me or any of the brilliant ladies I know, I think this because Aveline is fearless and brave and we are (for the most part) awkward and cowardly. But despite this, it’s terrific that Ubisoft understand that there is a woman out there (less inept than I) who is capable of embodying the role of a stone cold killer, regardless of the stage that she’s killing on. The fact that she’s in the spotlight at all is a huge step forward for the industry.
In turn, people have also been heckling Ubi for Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation because ‘women can’t be assassins, the protagonist should be a man!’, well, I tell those people to shush. This isn’t a case of ‘women deserve to star as the lead!’ (okay, it sort of is) but it’s a case for thought out and engaging protagonists too. Ubisoft cannot regress to the shaven-head, muscleman, hunky athletic archetype that so many male leads fall into, instead they have to really think about the character that Aveline is because this woman just wouldn’t fit that meathead soldier role – not down to her womanhood, just for the fact that it wouldn’t make any sense.
Just like Dead Space did for IPs, hopefully Aveline will lead the way for better written characters, eschewing stereotypes and pre-conceived ideals that the marketing teams of publishing houses think we want and will rather use their smarts to lovingly carve more characters that we will actually care a toss about after the credits roll.
And with that, I present to you the Assassin’s Creed 3 Liberation E3 reveal trailer.
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However lazy of me it would be, I almost just want to post the video and let you chew over this new footage of AC3 – Assassin’s Creed 3 looks, sounds and, if we’re living vicariously through Ratohnhaké:ton~ or, Connor’s virtual spirit, it feels amazing too.
Everything you expect to be in the video of the Assassin’s Creed 3 E3 gameplay demo is there but I must have had to watch it back several times simply because it exceeds what I thought Assassin’s Creed 3 would be capable of.
I’m going to liken it to reading a book and having your visions of its scenes performed exactly how you imagined them in the movie adaptation, or – watching the Assassin’s Creed 3 E3 gameplay demo is like having your video game dreams realised.
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Do you know what was nice? The Assassin’s Creed 3 teaser trailer. But do you know what would be nicer? What would be the lovely blood red cheery on an undoubtedly death-rich cake? Footage of Assassin’s Creed 3 gameplay.
Yesterday we were busy comparing Dishonored to Assassin’s Creed and today we see exactly how starkly different the two games are as Ubisoft have just released a trailer including our very first taste of Assassin’s Creed 3 gameplay, taken from a pre-alpha state of the game.
You won’t believe that it’s pre-alpha though. AC3 just looks that good. Few things have looked this incredible before release since the frozen pizza was invented. You can see this bit of extraordinary gameplay after the break.
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DISCLAIMER : The author is looking forward to both Assassin’s Creed 3 and Dishonored, both of them stand the chance of being incredible. This post just takes a look a how Dishonored will best certain aspects of what we’ve seen AC do before and is not meant to hate on either upcoming titles.
One is a slice of globe-trotting, stab and stealth action where freedom and a fight against the power-hungry Templars take the lead, whilst the other is based around a dystopian Industrial-era society that has you using supernatural powers as you battle for your innocence against the corrupted leader(s) who framed you for a crime you didn’t commit.
Although they include a much different range of methods to get to their end-goal of putting the warped members of the aristocracy in their places, both are centred around the idea that they must kill for what is right.
These games? Dishonored and Assassin’s Creed.
As the two assassin genre supertitles go head to head later this year (the latter in the form of Assassin’s Creed 3), it’s inevitable that comparisons between them are going to be drawn. But how deep do the similarities go? That’s what we’re here to find out.
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It makes perfect sense for Ubisoft to release a brand new batch ofAssassin’s Creed 3 screenshots that mainly feature snow as its primary focus – Assassin’s Creed 3 does it beautifully.
Compared to a game like EA’s SSX, in which the sole premise is to dash through tonnes of the white stuff, taking in the sights and scoring points a long the way – Assassin’s Creed 3 is the victor.
There’s little that these new screenshots tell us other than the fact that Assassin’s Creed 3 is really, really pretty , though the fact that in two of the screens, lead guy Connor (also known around these parts by his full name Ratohnhaké:ton) is seen chasing deer, suggests that hunting will definitely factor into the gameplay at some point.
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The last time we set our eyes on some Assassin’s Creed 3 screenshots, they were so gorgeous that my head nearly fell off.
Half a tube of super glue and a roll of sticky tape later, Ubisoft have done it again, – just when I was keeping it together, they’ve gone and released a brand new batch of Assassin’s Creed 3 screenshots, triumphing in their mission to decapitate everyone.
As always, killing is the name of the game ; killing from rooftops, killing in forests, killing an enemy’s buddies before you’ve even finished killing him. Good stuff then.
There’s also the big reveal of the Assassin’s Creed 3 Collector’s Edition – both of them, which look so well-crafted that I’m honestly considering forking out for both (something I have done with this series before, I’m proud to admit).
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