Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.
Where there’s a pirate captain with a thirst for rum and a penchant for golden booty (as well as a journey to free enslaved peoples and help rid the world of Templar presence), there’s a way. A way to get you in on the Assassin’s Creed fun that is, as Ubisoft have now announced the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition, the definitive edition of the game that took to our consoles last year. This version of Edward Kenway’s path from frivolous pirate captain to unlikely dogooder comes with more DLC and extra content than you could shake a Man O’ War* at and if that comparison doesn’t make any sense to you, read on and find out more about the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition.
Video game consoles aren’t ‘video game’ consoles any more, they’re fully fledged media boxes, with TV shows, movies, games and music ready to sap away our free-time and attention like a leaky dam at the touch of a button and a flick of an analogue stick. We shouldn’t have to decide between a quick gaming session or catching up on our favourite show when both are available in the same package. So with that in mind, what would happen if the two types of media merged and 20 hour gaming epics were whittled down to concentrated 40 minute bursts of television entertainment? It would be incredible, that’s what. Read on to find out our top picks for the best games that would make brilliant TV shows.
“I was born into slavery, deprived of any right, of any faith. I was sold, traded for labour, forced to watch the suffering, treated like a beast and burden. With no future ahead of me, I forged my own and I knew blood would be the price”. This is Adewale’s tale, a man who escaped the hands of vicious slavers after being born into the slave trade to become Edward Kenway’s right hand man and an esteemed member of the Jackdaw’s crew. His story is an important one and it’s being told in Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry, which is now being released as a standalone title, after a stint as DLC. Find out more after the break.
Breathing fresh air into the Assassin’s Creed series is what Ubisoft needs to do to keep the series original, because eventually, sticking yet more daggers into the backs of even more Loyalist Lobsters is going to grate on us. That’s likely the reason why they’ve recently put out a survey asking players for their thoughts. But this isn’t your average run of the mill ‘did getting blasted to smithereens by a Man O’ War in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag make you cry like a wimp or spur you on?’ as Ubi’s suggested changes could be completely mind blowing or utterly disastrous for the series. Having taken the survey, I’ve rounded up the juiciest bits of info from it, which you can read about here.
The decade-long reigning Queen of young adult literature, J.K Rowling’s name is as synonymous with globally loved media as Michael Pachter’s is with fundamentally wrong analysis. Of course, you may not think that the insanely talented mind behind the Harry Potter series (and the reason why millions have spent billions on books and movie tickets) would have some sage advice for the video game industry but that’s where you’re wrong. Read on to find out why.
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.
Have you yet to take interest in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’s pirate antics and shanty singing? If incredible sea-based battles and the most rich, diverse landscape the series has ever seen aren’t enough, Ubisoft have released the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag ‘Accolades’ Trailer, to give you at least three good reasons to buy the critically acclaimed title. You can watch the video after the break.
Featuring female protagonist, Aveline de Grandpré, in a series first, Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD makes it way to PS3 and Xbox 360 in January, 2014, after a smallscreen outing on the PS Vita. Previously being a one-platform game and featuring a diverse character who challenges social norms in both her world and ours, Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD is obviously a big deal. You can find out more about the game and its release date after the break.
Think that last week’s glimpse at Edward Kenway’s tattoos in the game’s TV spot was all that we’d get to see of the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag story? Think again as Ubisoft’s pirate themed sandbox epic is back to explain the historically accurate tale that will make up the game’s plot.
In a brand new trailer from the game’s publisher, we’re learning about the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag story from a trailer that can only be described as ‘incredibly intriguing’ and ‘graphically delicious’. Main character Edward Kenway (grandfather of Assassin’s Creed 3 protagonist Connor Kenway) is the pirate turned assassin at the helm of this fine and sturdy open world ship and the game fully intends on showing you just how he became the stealthy killer that we’ll soon know him to be. It’s likely as insightful as we’re going to get before the game’s release so it’s definitely worth a watch after the break.
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