assassin’s creed

The Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed

A Review From Hidai Moya

As someone whose played the last 8 AC games but never the 1st one I finally came full circle to experience it. Half expecting it to be some “rudimentary” title as some led me to believe I was somewhat stunned by what I found. Not only does it have outstanding writing & dialogue but I can confidently say it has what are some of the most memorable assassination sequences of the entire series.

Altaïr is an instantly memorable character as a brash & arrogant Assassin. Even if AC1 lacks the complexity of latter titles I felt it more than held its own as the core experience of parkouring across a wonderful historical city to escape the guards worked very well here.

The story was quite intriguing & the city of Damascus floored me with its beauty & became one of my favorite AC cities.

Amazing how Ubisoft took the real world history of Christian Templars and Islamic Assassin’s during the Crusades & made that into a blockbuster series. This is an innovative & groundbreaking game.
Grade B

The Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed – Syndicate: Jack The Ripper

A Review By Hidai Moya

Marginally better than the main game, this DLC has a more interesting plot with an improved sense of urgency than Syndicate’s original story.
With Jacob Frye gone missing, & Jack the Ripper on a murder spree, Evie Frye must find her brother & uncover the identity of one of histories most famous killers.

New combat mechanics are introduced in the form of fear gas, Indian impalement spikes, & brass rings which you can beat your opponent to a pulp with. The new fear system allows you to scare off multiple opponents as they witness you impaling one of their comrades. It’s a welcome change to Syndicates bland combat. Surprisingly you also get to play as Jack the Ripper himself too in a couple of sequences.
Although I wasn’t as satisfied with the end of the story, it is definitely a step up from Syndicate’s uninspired campaign.
Grade B-

The Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed – Unity: Dead Kings

A Review By Hidai Moya

In this DLC, Napoleon Bonaparte begins his rise to power by seeking a piece of Eden buried somewhere in Royal necropolis of St. Denis. You must find it before he does by exploring its deep labyrinth of tombs & catacombs underneath the town.
St. Denis is a burnt out worn out locale whose beautiful monuments have seen better days. It’s gloomy atmosphere contrasts perfectly with the bright elegance of Paris.

Dead Kings introduces a new enemy type in the form of tomb raider gangs who bunch up on you like ants, but thankfully the game gives you a Guillotine Gun, the 18th century version of a grenade launcher, to combat them all at once (also introduced are some of the best cosmetic outfits of the game).
Continuing with inspiration from Alexander Dumas swashbuckler stories this is a solid spin off tale that adds more depth the world Unity.
I really thought it ended well & gave Arno a good send off.
Grade B

The Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed – Odyssey: The Fate Of Atlantis

A Review By Hidai Moya

Ditching the historical realism of the Peloponnesian War, this DLC ventures fully into Greek Myth across 3 dazzling realms: Elysium, Hades, & Atlantis.
Atlantis being the highlight of the 3 with its stunning architecture & waterways make it one of the most beautiful locales of the entire franchise.

Each realm tells its own story, the weakest being the 1st chapter but by the time we get to Hades & Atlantis the story becomes far more rewarding. New powerful Isu enemy types provide more challenging combat especially since we get to unlock new Isu enhanced abilities that truly make you the feel like a Demi God in a fight.
Admittedly its weakest point is the modern day stuff but ignoring that, fighting enemy outposts across gorgeous backdrops from Greek Myth is very epic & tons of fun.
It’s AC at its most fantastical.
Grade B+

The Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed III – Liberation

A Review By Hidai Moya

The important thing to remember about this game is understanding it was meant to be a bite sized AC game originally designed for the PS Vita. For the most part it does succeed in being that with some varied level design & locales.
It’s Colonial New Orleans base isn’t really that special however the inclusion of the Louisiana Bayou & Maya territory in Mexico is more exciting to explore.

There really isn’t a satisfactory explanation for the story as the writing could’ve been much better but the character of Aveline is important as being the first female protagonist in the series & I really loved her voice acting. She can disguise herself as a Lady, slave, or Assassin depending on what the situation calls for & her enemies react uniquely to each of her personas.
This is an average AC entry.
Grade B-

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