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Assassins Creed Unity: …and The Ugly

Assassins Creed Unity: …and The Ugly

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Call me a conspiracy theorist, but Unity’s story is so unusually bad for the Assassin’s Creed series that I get the impression no one actually wanted to write it. “Oh, you wanted the series to go back to the assassination spectacle it was to begin with? You wanted a setting with some intrigue beyond ‘When will the hero realize his wife back home has probably expired?’ Well fine, but don’t expect us to get excited about it.”

Assassins Creed Unity: The Good, The Bad . . .

Assassins Creed Unity: The Good, The Bad . . .

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This might be the most asterisk-heavy recommendation I ever give, so to everyone reading this, make free with your grain of salt. In my Rogue review, I said that I prefer Unity, despite its faults, because it’s different. That’s still true; but just because I prefer the broken game over the lazy one does mean I don’t recognize the broken game’s flaws.

Should You Buy? Assassins Creed: Rogue

Should You Buy? Assassins Creed: Rogue

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Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed…whatever am I going to do with you? I've mentioned numerous times that I’m a huge AC fan, and I have been since the beginning. I even played those horrible mobile games with Altair and Ezio. I make an effort to enjoy every AC game, so when I find as much to dislike in one as I did in Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, there’s a real problem.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Multiplayer Experience)

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Multiplayer Experience)

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I don’t think I’m really cut out for war games. I stopped playing the Advanced Warfare multiplayer because I wanted to spare everyone else the experience of playing with me. So the complaints I have could be put down to ineptitude on my part, and I wouldn't deny it. Still, I have the feeling that even some veterans will be able to relate to these criticisms.

Should You Buy? Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Single-Player Experience)

Should You Buy? Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Single-Player Experience)

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Honestly, I'm not sure why I even bother at this point. CoD’s single-player campaign exists solely as an extended tutorial for the toys we get to truly enjoy in multiplayer. I know that, and I wouldn't bother to give the campaign its own review ordinarily. But they got Kevin Spacey –Kevin Spacey!—to play a major character.

You Should Be Playing: Alien Isolation

You Should Be Playing: Alien Isolation

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Happy Halloween! In honor of America’s holiday of fear, I give you the only purchase you need for your video game scares this year: Alien: Isolation.

Coming Soon: Far Cry 4

Coming Soon: Far Cry 4

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Oh yes, November is going to be very busy. I’m going to do my best to get to all of the big games. If I can pull it off, I hope it’ll be as fun for you to read as it will be for me to play. I’ve got Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and finally Far Cry 4. I’m probably going to get to them in that order, too.

Coming Soon: Assassin's Creed: Unity

Coming Soon: Assassin's Creed: Unity

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I’m a big Assassin’s Creed fan, and, as with all things I enjoy, I've been very patient with this series. But I’m starting to get a little frustrated.

Should You Buy? Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

Should You Buy? Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

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Sometimes, such as with the Metal Gear franchise, I’m the newcomer at a disadvantage who has to tread lightly lest I criticize something that fans love. Other times, as with Frogwares’ Sherlock Holmes series, I’m in the fan position. I've been playing the Holmes games since Mystery of the Mummy and I've been a Holmesian since childhood. I give Crimes and Punishments my seal of approval, with some reservations.

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