A female-led platformer with RPG elements and a story told entirely in rhyme, to say that Child of Light is a weird one is putting it lightly. But in this case weird meant wonderful. Other than its unlikely concept, it was an also an unlikely title for Ubisoft who are known for the popular (and sometimes broken) Assassin’s Creed games, the bombastic Far Cry franchise and stealth shooter series Splinter Cell. However, after taking a gamble on such an unusual yet delightful game, Child of Light has turned a profit and a sequel may be on the cards now too.
Like the ridiculous faux-willy waving antics of Saints Row, or the inevitable controversy surrounding every BioWare title, Assassin’s Creed Unity like every other AC games before it, will include a whole lot of stealth. This time though the latest game in Ubi’s stab now, loot later franchise will include stealth and co-op. What can we expect from the Assassin’s Creed Unity co-op gameplay? If you’re expecting to play as a woman, then expect to be disappointed but if you’re happy with a male-only cast of ragtag death dealers then you’re in for a treat. Watch a demo of the mode, complete with shadows, murder and Templar intrigue after the break.
The plague, accidentally dropping your chocolate digestive in your tea and microtransactions. Ask most gamers for our pet peeves and we’ll give you that list in that order. In free to play titles like Candy Crush we’re willing to accept having to pay extra for more plays in an allotted time because the thing didn’t cost us a dime to download and play in the first place. But is it just fundamentally wrong for publishers and developers to shoehorn microtransactions into full price games that not only sell for $60 but make paid-for DLC available too? That’s a very good question and a blazing white hot topic too so the microtransactions in Assassin’s Creed Unity are only going to fan the flames even further.
It suddenly occurred to me this morning that I failed to cover the new Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer last week although like the wary gamer I am, with a fondness for stabbing virtual bad guys in the beck, I watched it. Even despite the controversy. You probably watched it too so if you want to watch it again I don’t blame you, or if you landed on this post by some miracle of a search engine, please join me as I join the throngs of others with a bone to pick with Assassin’s Creed Unity and the Ubisoft team(s) behind it.
In the run up to Ubisoft’s E3 2014 press conference, French Revolution stab-em-up Assassin’s Creed Unity was set to be one of the biggest moments of their briefing, if not of the entire event. We knew that it would be a hot topic and we knew that the next Templar-ousting game in the series would be led by a male protagonist. However what we didn’t know was that Assassin’s Creed Unity would exclude playable female characters entirely and as for Ubisoft’s downright offensive statement to justify the lack of playable ladies? None of us could have ever seen that coming.
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.
Ah, E3, otherwise known as ‘video game Christmas’ or ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ due to its glorious abundance of new shiny games to lust over is in just a few days. But what about the games that we missed out on? The Editor’s award receiving, high review score garnering blockbusters that for whatever reason, we didn’t get a chance to play? With the sequels to some of these cracking titles set to be revealed at E3’s LA-based event in a few days, there’s no better time than now to pick up the brilliant games that came before that further helped to cement as franchise’s status as ‘ace’ and buy the games on a budget as Ubisoft’s massive pre-E3 sale has now gone live. Find out more after the break.
Licking my wounds over The Division being delayed into 2015? Not me (ok, maybe just a little bit) but I’m still chomping at the bit to see what the ambitious New York spanning MMO fromUbisoft has to offer. Furthermore, I’m keen to see the publisher explain itself after the recent Far Cry 4 cover art controversy and I’m looking forward to seeing whatever sneaking, sleuthing and fleshy-bits stabbing action Assassin’s Creed Unity and its (rumoured) last-gen counterpart have in store for us. Luckily, they’ll all apparently be on show during Ubisoft’s E3 2014 press conference so you can find out all of the details (and what else they’ll be showing off) after the break.
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.
Child of Light has me scared. Terrified actually, that no other game this year will be able to capture this level of video gaming magic and that every game I play afterwards will be dimmed by Child of Light’s overwhelming sheen. But I think I can live with that and if I can’t then I’m willing to try my damned hardest because what Ubisoft Montreal’s upcoming platforming RPG seems to be offering isn’t anything I’ve seen before in over a decade of gaming. Already being introduced to Aurora’s story of being a young girl having no other choice than to rescue her world from an evil queen who has stolen the sun, the stars and the moon, I was already taken by its premise, but the Child of Light A Modern Fairy Tale trailer pretty much sealed the deal. You can watch it too after the break.