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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

Late Gamer Plays Splinter Cell

A Review From Hidai Moya

Ubisoft’s 2002 ‘Splinter Cell’ got so many things right in its series debut that much of it still holds up well 17 years & 3 gaming generations later.
It has an outstanding atmospheric tone with its use of light & shadow, hilarious “Kafka”esque writing, a fantastic stoic main character in “Sam Fisher” who was perfectly voice cast, by Michael Ironside, & an interesting espionage story.
This is a serious stealth game that leaves no room for error and offers no forgiveness for any mistakes. You have to move & operate like an invisible ninja to defeat your target & obtain classified data. In many ways it’s like the best “Mission Impossible” game we never got.
That being said what has aged terribly is its very cumbersome platforming mechanics which require exact positioning & are often frustrating to pull off in the heat of the moment. Some of the unwritten rules of the game, that you can shoot lights off, don’t always apply either, leaving for some frustrating moments & sometimes the checkpoint systems can be terribly flawed.
In the end though its the execution of the concept that is still impressive. Very few things in gaming have the type of sex appeal as Fisher grabbing someone by the head and pulling them into the dark at the point of a gun.
Grade B

Late Gamer Plays FARCRY 5

 

A Review From Hidai Moya

FARCRY 5 never aimed to be a “Game Of The Year” contender, however it more than deserves an honorable mention.
Ubisoft has a natural propensity to make really fun games from ideas that seemed really obvious and yet nobody does them. They proved that with the last two ‘Assassin Creed’ games and they did it again here by placing players in rural United States & make the traditionally castigated rural “American Redneck” the heroes of the story. Not only did this game improve on the FARCRY formula with considerable innovations, it also has the best gaming soundtrack of the year with its mesmerizing original cult songs…and for the record I genuinely loved its subversive ending.

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30 Days Of Night (2007) is vampire horror done right. The atmospheric sense of dread is palpable, and it really feels hopeless for the town’s residents as a horde of violent vampires rush in to feed. If you like gore, then this one is for you.

Sinister (2012) is one of those movies that just crawls under your skin. Filled with gruesome imagery & excellent sound design, the scares are brutal. The concept and design of Bughuul were a highlight for me, and that ending is hard to shake out of your mind.

The Visit (2015) is so strange & unsettling. I loved the documentary style set-up and the two teen actors were great onscreen. Watching events unfold was uncomfortable in the best ways, and when the twist hit, I audibly gasped! Theres something simple to it all, but still unique

We’re celebrating Halloween by having @tastelesspod back to throw 20 Q’s at Scream. What we wanna know from you is:

What’s the best horror film from the 90s?

Vote below, or sound off in the comments to let us know one of the many we’ve missed. Thx!

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