assassin’s creed

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed: Origins – The Hidden Ones

A Review From Hidai Moya

Whereas AC Origins established the creation of the Assassin Brotherhood, this Downloadable Content story, set a few years later, finally has us see the Brotherhood as the full fledged organization we’ve come to know them for. It is amazing to see the Brotherhood we know from later games, operate in its infancy.
As Egypt’s Nadir is at hand, the might of Rome expands its reach into the Sinai Peninsula oppressing the people. With the Sinai in conflict & members of the Brotherhood dead at the hands of the Romans, Bayek must kill the occupying Roman forces & refine how the Assassin Brotherhood must operates from the shadows.
It is an excellent & memorable story with original & distinct new challenges & set pieces not present in the main game. It didn’t explain everything about AC lore to satisfy me completely but it is still good enough to buy.

Grade A-

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – Legacy Of The First Blade

A Review From Hidai Moya

I was disappointed with this Downloadable Content.
AC fans know that Darius of Persia was the first person to wield the hidden blade & finally having a game that would feature him was something special to look forward to. When he finally appears we get an excellent but far too brief look at his past & then it quickly shifts focus to an uneven story about yet another group of masked baddies, with Kassandra doing all of the action. Ideally this would have solely focused on Darius & his backstory, but instead we get more family drama with him & Kassandra.
Some of the beats later in the story are touching, but meagerly developed. It is also disappointing we do not get any new regions, especially considering that Origins gave us two new maps for each of it’s DLC’s!
I still had some fun with it but this could have been so much more than it was.

Grade B-

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate

A Review From Hidai Moya

There is nothing necessarily wrong with this game, but after a completionist playthrough, I can see why it is seen as the “Nadir” of the franchise.
It has new gimmicks; a GTA like vehicle system, a Batman-esque grappling gun, & the ability to switch genders anytime are amusing, but they do not amount to much.
This is a very by the numbers AC game without any of franchise’s trademark sex appeal or great original music. The writing is unimaginative & generic & it shoe horns in icons of history like Darwin, Dickens, & Queen Victoria. Industrial London may have changed the world forever, but it does not change the fact that it was an ugly, dull, & bleak place with hardly an ounce of beauty. Traversing cotton mills, smoke stacks, & foundries is not exactly rich historical escapism. I was amused but never amazed.
The Anglophile in me was disappointed.

Grade C+

Late Gamer Plays Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

A Review From Hidai Moya

The Peloponnesian War between Athens & Sparta in the late 5th century BC provides the background for the largest, most complex, detailed, & ambitious AC game in franchise history. A marriage between the open sea exploration of ACIV & RPG elements of Origins, it may very well have the best story since ACII (and the funniest). It certainly bewitched me on multiple occasions with it’s captivating leads & evocative drama. The very idea of befriending giants of Western Civilization such as Sokrates, Herodotus, Hippocrates, & Perikles alone is worth the price of admission. Combine that with some seriously badass Spartan action, incredible boss fights, the deepest quest system of any AC game, & this becomes a benchmark for all future titles. It’s the Ancient Greece RPG gamers have always wanted & finally got! Grade A

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