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Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed Unity

A Review From Hidai Moya

I was wary of what to expect of ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ since it’s a game that was perpetually haunted by its botched release. However after spending about 110 hours in it I can attest it’s nowhere near as bad as its perceived to be, but there are still some odious sins it commits.
First off the city of Paris is a wonder. Even in 2019 its still without a doubt one of the best cities the franchise has ever depicted. The enduring romance of Paris is that of a global cosmopolitan beacon of culture, history, & art with a dazzling array of Parisian architecture dotting the map. Notre Dame Cathedral, the games architectural north star, serves as the cities primary landmark and it’s equally one of the most beautiful & lovingly rendered landmarks of the entire franchise. Exploring it’s sky high bell towers, it’s gorgeous facade, and it’s beautiful interior are some of the best memories I have of this game.
Everywhere you turn in Paris there’s some new and fascinating history to be discovered, a castle here, a fortress there, and historical neighborhood full of secrets. Enter the fact that Unity also has the best parkour animations of the series never made me care that there were literally no mounts in the game. The city also has a unique feature not present in other AC games which are crowds. Really large crowds of people that serve to make the city feel more vibrant and alive during the French Revolution, however it’s annoying how hard it is not to lose your enemies in them. You think with so many people there, anyone looking for you would lose you quickly but very often they can spot you easily which undermines the purpose of these crowds, as beautiful as they are to see.
This brings me to point out the game’s truly appalling sins, the NPC voices & dialogue. Though this game takes place in France inexplicably all of the NPC’s have English or Irish accents which kills your historical immersion & can make for bizarre experiences. What’s unforgivable is that the studio that made Unity is in based was Ubisoft Montreal. A city where French is the official language (I hope someone got fired for this).
Beyond that, the overall game and the intro have this cool swashbuckler feeling to it with its combat. The fighting choreography is neat, though simplistic & repetitive with not many variations in moves.
Overall this story had a lot going for it, but tragically never fully used its French Revolution setting to delivery a memorable ending, opting instead for a somewhat cliched unimaginative ending. There is a lot this game gets right but also things it botches, but overall I don’t think I would’ve played it for as long as I did if I didn’t enjoy myself throughout most of my experience.
Grade B

Late Gamer Plays Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

A Review From Hidai Moya

“The Old Blood” is yet another violently fun entry into the classic Wolfenstien franchise. This game is soft remake of 2001’s “Return to Castle Wolfenstein” where you first must escape the titular locale & then put an end to Nazi occultists digging up undead secrets of a supernatural past. One thing this series does so well, better than many FPS franchises, is that it really puts in the effort to create outstanding shooting gallerys. Wether on a bridge, a cable car, or a charming bavarian town, it’s adrenaline pumping run & gun play is very satisfying. It’s weak point is that its story is nowhere near as emotionally impact as its other entries but its serviceable. For dedicated fans there’s even multiple levels of 1992’s “Wolfenstein 3D” hidden around the game world to find. Not as good as the 2001 version, but still very fun. Grade B

Late Gamer Plays Horizon Zero Dawn

A Review From Hidai Moya

Though imperfect, with room for improvement in the sequel, there is a considerable amount of love & passion that emanates strongly from this game.
It is the dazzling mechanical creatures, apart from its alluring heroine, that are the real stars of the show. The machines here are unequivocally some of the best creatures in gaming history. So incredibly lifelike in their movement, the combined great AI & the best animalistic animations I have ever seen, are a marvel to behold & are a labor of love. This, in turn, makes the combat breathtakingly cinematic, especially when paired with the game’s phenomenal bow, a weapon that makes all other bows near shallow by comparison.
It also has the added advantage of having some of the most beautifully manufactured landscapes of any open world title.
This is the birth of a new & phenomenal must play franchise.

Grade A-

Late Gamer Plays Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Beta

A Preview From Hidai Moya

After playing the Modern Warfare Beta I don’t think the franchise has been this good in years.
It already tried & failed to capture the original magic of the series with its mediocre WWII reboot in 2017 & many other games since ‘Advanced Warfare’ have been fun but forgettable ‘Black Ops’ entries. It’s a nice change of pace to get back into the boots of a contemporary solider in a more realistic setting.
The maps I tried were pretty good, certainly better than the maps of the last two games & it’s 64 player ground war is chaotic fun even if its a far cry from a true ‘Battlefield’ experience.
After the classic ‘Call of Duty’ era from ’03 to ’06 it was the ‘Modern Warfare’ games that made CoD into the mega franchise it is today & it seems going back to that is the right move.

Late Gamer Plays Far Cry: New Dawn

A Review From Hidai Moya

This is not even the best post apocalyptic Far Cry game. That honor is held by the hilarious & amazing Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
This is really just the diet version of FC5 that serves as a semi sequel to it wrapping up its loose ends that didn’t matter that much anyways. Still, at its core, it nonetheless is a true Far Cry experience with its classic outpost system.
Its new expedition mode is also a lot of fun; going off map to different places in the US to capture packages & escape just in time is rewarding.
I’m not sure I’m a fan of the new RPG leveling system though; whereas before you could kill anyone or go anywhere in FC, now you do have to do some grinding to level up your weapons.
It is an average game that does just enough right to be entertaining but it is definitely my least favorite installment in the franchise.

Grade B

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