The Assassin’s Creed Series: What’s Next?

Assassin's Creed

What began as an innovation from Ubisoft with Assassin’s Creed in 2007 became an award winning series with over 28 million units sold. Among the awards given to Ubisoft for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood were IGN’s E3 Best Action Game and the Writer’s Guild Award for Best in Video Game Writing all in 2010! The same year Brotherhood also raked in the Best Action-Adventure game of the Video Game Awards. They even added in a little humor for the character winners of their respective awards: Ezio Award Winner Humor.

So…what now? Revelations! According to an interview of the lead writer, Darby McDevitt on CVG, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will NOT be the end of the series, because it will not answer all our “burning questions.” It is not mentioned in this interview if Ezio’s story will end, however.

Another interesting article that backs and adds to this claim I came across was one in which the AC: Revelations lead game designer Alexandre Breault said that there is no way creating an annual Assassin’s Creed series could “fatigue the franchise”. He more specifically says that “As long as each iteration is better than the previous one, we believe players will want more of it. They won’t say ‘enough of Assassin’s’ as long as the game is better than the previous one.” More of the interview can be seen on Gamerzines.

As much as I would love to play a successful AC game every year, fans have their doubts including I. A few more comforting quotes I want to get down before I end this article are some by the production manager Jean-Francois Boivin:

“We know what we’re doing, we’ve had a plan for a long time where this license is going to go.”

“Assassin’s Creed 3: new setting, new hero. That’s the way it works.”

“Assassin’s Creed 3 is yet to be officially announced. Don’t be surprised to see it next year.”

I’m extremely excited, but a little worried as well. By the way, these quotes pretty much make the end Ezio’s trilogy a certainty.

In the meantime, enjoy the Assassin’s Creed Revelations E3 trailer that brings this gamer tears to her eyes every time she watches it. This is from Machinima’s youtube page:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo6Q14vBB1c[/youtube]

Games Coming Out February 2011 For PC

Games Coming Out February 2011 For PC by Honorabili

My list for games I’ll play on PC for February 2011, which mainly boils down to a few real picks.

Dungeons, February 8 2011

This game sounds and looks a lot like Dungeon Keeper which I guess is a good thing because many people no longer remember that game these days.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 Box
Test Drive Unlimited 2 Box

Test Drive Unlimited 2, February 8 2011

Test Drive Unlimited 1 was a pretty fun game, with a ton of cars, authentic car sounds but it was played with a laggy multiplayer that was basically unplayable. As a single player experience it was similar to the original Test Drive in the sense that it felt like you were driving the real versions of each car but it lacked the police factor from the original, with some Need For Speed games now beating it in that sense. Still, it was a really pleasant driving/racing game to have, and this game promises more of what the original, with a world 2-3 times as big, more cars, more options, etc. I will play this.

Two Worlds 2, February 8 2011

Two Worlds 1 was fun to me although everybody bashed it. This one includes a co-op function which would make exploring the vast map a much more enjoyable experience. Not many RPGs do this these days and it brings me back to the days of playing Final Fantasy 6 on the SNES!

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, February 22 2011

Ubisoft will probably implement their draconian DRM on this game AND chances are that if you are enough of a Assassin’s Creed fan you already have this or have played this on console anyways. Well, at least the pirates will certainly not be able to play this version unless they come up with some crazy workaround like they did For Assassin’s Creed 2, although that was only a single player experience…

Bulletstorm, February 22 2011

The unique theme of this game makes this look like a mix between Borderlands, Fallout 3, and Serious Sam. Since those games all sold well, this might as well, so long as it’s not a nest of bugs. Could be fun…

UPDATE! Actually, I will have to get this game. Just watch this trailer!

Everquest 2: Destiny of Velious, February 22 2011

I don’t understand how they expect to sell a $40 expansion for a play-for-free MMO.

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Conclusion:

A lot of sequels to games you either love or hate OR that are based on stuff you played already are coming out this month. Could be a good month to go back and play old games you love instead.

Assassin’s Creed Lineage

Assassin's Creed Lineage
Assassin’s Creed Lineage

Assassin’s Creed Lineage

Enjoy the 36 minute prequel to Assassin’s Creed 2, starring all the actors that got used as models for the game.

In this movie, your father, Giovanni Auditore is investigating the murder of the Duke of Milan and gets involved in trying to uncover a sinister conspiracy.

Watch the entire film here:

The Assassin’s Creed franchise is my favorite action assassination stealth kind of games with a historical feel to them. Great prequel to a game. Give the games a chance if you want to play something that makes you relive history.

Ubisoft DRM Servers Attacked?

Server is down
Server is down

Ubisoft DRM Servers Attacked

Remember back in late February when we brought you the story about Ubisoft DRM? The idea was to combat piracy and provide a better gaming experience to its users so Ubisoft would require an always on internet connection to its servers so you can play their games? Well over this past weekend the DRM servers went down due to overload because of the recently released PC version of Assassin’s Creed II or at least that is what we thought it was.

ACII was one of the first games to utilize the new DRM policy and it has been plagued with many server issues. Posters on the ACII forums complained of connection outages and not long after the DRM servers went down not allowing anyone else to connect to them and play.

An official response on the Ubisoft forums stated:

“Due to exceptional demand, we are currently experiencing difficulties with the Online Service Platform. This does not affect customers who are currently playing, but customers attempting to start a game may experience difficulty in accessing our servers. We are currently working to resolve this issue and apologize for any inconvenience.”

At this point it looked as if Ubisoft had just underestimated how much traffic they would receive and was underprepared for the server load then this tweet appeared on the Ubisoft twitter page.

“Apologies to anyone who couldn’t play ACII or SH5 yesterday, servers were attacked which limited service from 2:30pm to 9pm Paris time 95% of players were not affected, but a small group of players attempting to open a game session did receive denial of service errors.”

So it looks as if someone or someone’s were not happy with the new DRM policy and launched an attack. Later an official gave a statement to IGN saying:

“All players with an open session during the attack were not affected. We also confirm that, at this time, no valid cracked version of either Silent Hunter 5 or Assassin’s Creed II are available.”

Well I am glad most of you fans of Assassin’s Creed were able to play but the fact remains that the DRM servers had issues before the attack. Simply put, people are not happy and I have seen more frustration than praise from the playerbase.

Ubisoft can boast about no cracked versions of their games being on the net, but what they should be talking about is how to make sure that the 5% who did not get to play will not have to worry about outages, connection issues and attacks in the future.

It’s gonna be a long road people.

Let’s hear your feedback ACII and SH5 players, how did playing on the Ubisoft servers fair you this past weekend?

Games coming out March 2010 for PC

Supreme Commander 2
Supreme Commander 2

Games coming out March 2010 for PC by Honorabili

A lot of people were interested in this kind of article so here are my picks for what might be good coming this March 2010, for PC.

Supreme Commander 2, March 2 for PC

Battlefield: Bad Company 2, March 2 for PC

Sam and Max 2 Beyond Time and Space, March 9 for PC

Assassin’s Creed 2, March 8 for PC, March 16 via Steam for PC

Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 2 Chaos Rising, March 11 for PC

Command & Conquer 4, March 16 for PC

Metro 2033, March 16 for PC

Dragon Age Origins: Awakening, March 16 for PC

Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom, March 23 for PC

Just Cause 2, March 23 for PC

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City, March 30 for PC

Mount & Blade: Warband, March 30 for PC

Description/Feedback/Why do we care?:

Supreme Commander 2
I want to see what sort of influence Square-Enix will have on the development on this RTS game. I also wonder if I will need to buy another PC just for this one. ;-]

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Battlefield always competes (on PC) against Call of Duty. Will this take the crown from COD:MW2?

Sam and Max 2 Beyond Time and Space
More Sam and Max insanity and humor, which most adventure gamers crave.

Assassin’s Creed 2
Will Ubisoft remove the online only DRM that they claim to have implemented on this PC release? We’ll see. That will dictate on whether I will buy it or not. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here.

Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 2 Chaos Rising
I’m looking forward to this expansion pack making up for all the downfalls of the first game that many purists of DoW1 complain about. I have no beef with DoW2 so if they don’t, I’ll still probably enjoy this.

Command & Conquer 4
The C&C series is a money maker for EA. Let’s see if they will have the action of the first game. I didn’t like C&C 3 that much. I find the Red Alert titles more fun.

Metro 2033
Stalker, Fatherland, and Iron Storm come to mind when I saw the trailer for this game. Let’s see if it will blend the atmosphere of those movies and games correctly.

Dragon Age Origins: Awakening
I didn’t like the first game because I found the dialogue to drag on and the A.I. to literally be annoying and retarded. However, a lot of people like this game. Just giving you a heads-up on it and maybe, just maybe, the A.I. will be fixed on this one.

Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom
People in the States don’t know Settlers much but this is a huge series of classic RTS games that are very popular in Europe. I’ve played the original on Amiga a lot and Settlers 2 and 3 a lot back in the late 90s.

Just Cause 2
More GTA clone with a Tropico/Mercenaries 2 twist to it? Sign me up.

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
Kind of sad that this is finally coming out for PC but since I didn’t play this one on console and a lot of people like it, it might be good.

Mount & Blade: Warband
A ton of multiplayer functionality and more has been added to this expansion pack for Mount & Blade.

Games coming out February and March 2010

aliens vs predator new
aliens vs predator new

Games coming out February and March 2010

A lot of big games have been coming out this early 2010. More great games are coming out soon as well. The following are the ones that I like for the next 2 months:

Aliens vs Predator, February 16 for PC

Napoleon: Total War, February 23 for PC

Supreme Commander 2, March 2 for PC

Battlefield: Bad Company 2, March 2 for PC

Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 2 Chaos Rising, March 11 for PC

Assassin’s Creed 2, March 16 for PC

Metro 2033, March 16 for PC

Let’s talk a little bit about them.

Aliens vs Predator
The original AVP is one of my favorite FPS games of all time. It’s actually quite scary and FAST as all hell. The new game is a remake of that game and looks to be done as its spiritual successor.

Napoleon: Total War
The Total War series is always great for (most) war gamers. I look forward to yet another title to this great series.

Supreme Commander 2
Supreme Commander 1 among my friends is known for how badly it killed their systems. I hope 2 is optimized for performance and continues the brilliant interface that part 1 had for handling your big armies. I hope they kept the awesome zoom GUI.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2
I wonder how strong this game will be. Can it compete with everybody out there playing Modern Warfare 2?

Warhammer 40k Dawn of War 2 Chaos Rising
The Dawn of War series I always love. They are the RTS games I usually play the most. I’ve been looking forward to this expansion for a while. Now that more of my friends got DoW 2 I have more people to play with and the game needs more content/factions, so keep them coming Relic/THQ.

Assassin’s Creed 2
Finally! I keep hearing how good this is from my console gamers. (ahem) Well maybe it will be like with Mass Effect 1 where the PC version turns out to be superior later. Either way, I will still play the living hell out of this game, at least until I destroy it.

Metro 2033
This game reminds me of a mix of the game Stalker, the movie Fatherland, and the game Iron Storm. Looks nice!

Assassins Creed 2

Assassin's Creed II Ezio
Assassin’s Creed II Ezio

Assassins Creed 2 Review by Darknight630

Assassins Creed 2 is the sequel to one of the fastest selling new IP’s of all time, Assassins Creed. As was with the original Assassins Creed 2 has two distinctive story lines thrown in. One is of Desmond Miles, who you might remember from the original game. While the other story line involves the new assassin, Ezio. Unlike in Assassins Creed you played as Altair, the dedicated assassin. Ezio’s story is one of betrayal and revenge, the more Ezio goes into getting revenge the more he becomes tangled in the same war between the Assassins and Knight’s Templar. Assassins Creed 2 has been in development for over 2 years now, so how have those two years served to fix all the issues that plagued the original Assassins Creed? Let’s find out.

Once again Assassins Creed 2 takes place in both the future and the past. The game begins at the exact spot where the first one ended with Desmond Miles escaping Abstergo Industries. Desmond still sits on the sidelines for most of the story, but in the few times that you do play as him you do a lot more then walk around a small room. Desmond must use the animus to watch the memories of ancestor Ezio in order to both train him to become an assassin and find an incredible secret. Unlike Altair (who was an assassin from the get-go), Ezio starts out as a simple nobleman whose seemingly perfect world is shattered when his family is betrayed and killed. Thus begins Ezio’s quest to seek revenge against those who betrayed and killed his family. However the deeper Ezio goes in avenging his family he becomes more and more tangled in a war between the Assassins and Knight’s Templar. Everything in Assassins Creed 2 is much deeper story wise. Whereas the original Assassins Creed had you repeating the same tasks over and over again to reach an assassination, AC2 actually has a story that fleshes out each character and has you actually seeing what is going on in this war between Assassins and Templars. Once more unlike Altair, who blindly followed orders from whomever, Ezio has his own agenda and plan. There is no one pulling the stings so to speak when it comes to Ezio. Plus without getting into spoiler territory AC2 also goes into explaining the “creation of man” in the AC universe and thus leaving you with the begging feeling to play Assassins Creed 3.

Assassins Creed 2 has made an incredible improvement from the first game in terms of game play. No longer do you walk around cities quickly doing three of the exact same missions. Ezio has specific people to go to that provide him with a large variety of missions that never once become repetitive. The original idea for Assassins Creed was to be a mixture of Prince of Persia and Grand Theft Auto, however the first game never delivered on that. Assassins Creed 2 definitely delivers. Combat has been improved in a big way making it so much more fun. You have about 30 weapons to choose from now rather then just three (including using enemies weapons), and each have different styles of killing enemies. You may also disarm enemies now and even do actual combat with your hidden blades. Ezio has many different assassination techniques such as pulling guards over ledges, jumping on them from roofs, stabbing them from a hay bale, and more. Other new gadgets include a hidden wrist pistol, smoke bombs, and poison.

Graphically Assassins Creed 2 is amazing. Ubisoft did a real nice job of bringing all the cities of AC2 to life. Considering the game takes place in Italy you can tell how detailed all the cities look. Everything has pretty much been accurately recreated to match what could be found in Italy during the AC2 time frame. The inhabitants of the cities also add to the effect and don’t look as bland as they did in the original game. The same goes for all the main characters in the game, they actually show emotions and actually make you feel for these characters as you meet them throughout the game. Also for all you fans of blood and gore those effects are definitely nice in AC2, in some cases they are good enough to even make you cringe at the sight of some of the assassinations. Soundwise Assassins Creed 2 is much better over its predecessors. There is a simple soundtrack to be found in the game, nothing to really get excited about. However the sounds of weapons hitting each other and even the sounds of weapons being impaled into flesh all sound great. Also a grand addition to AC2 that the original game didn’t use, character accents!

In terms of replayability and value Assassins Creed definitely has both of those over the original. Unlike the original game who’s only form of replayability was collecting flags scattered around the land, AC2 adds far more options in this sense. Such missions include finding hidden treasure chests in the land and helping your mother find 100 feathers scattered around. These two are in the same vein as the original games flag collecting, however AC2 adds one more thing that greatly improves replayability, the ability to assist your Uncle Mario (Yes, there is a Super Mario Brothers joke in the game) in rebuilding his city. Using any money you earn throughout the game you can donate and repair things such as the Mansion you live in, the Weapons shop, the Art shop, the Tailor shop, etc. All these repairs go into giving you discounts for weapons, armor, art pieces, and more. Also added to the game to increase replayability are the clues that explain something I cannot go into for fear or spoiling the game. They serve as clues that explain Subject 16…and that’s as far as I can go.

So to sum it up Assassins Creed 2 is a great improvement over the original game. It’s a rather lengthy game as well spanning well over 25 hours or so depending on your skill and if you choose to do the side missions. I completed the game in about 27 hours playing it on the Xbox 360. There are no major differences between playing this game on the 360 or PS3 aside from the controller.

Final Score: 8/10