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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced
21. Re: Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced Jun 13, 2017, 07:58 Kxmode
 
Numinar wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 06:48:
The top 3 you list, AC1/2/3 are the only ones I finished and would recommend though. I notice 3 is not on your list, but I loved that one.

Whoops. I did! Maybe I forgot it because it sits somewhere in the middle. Neither excellent nor bad. It's just... meh. I did enjoy the American history stuff. Learned a lot about famous landmarks. I was also really impressed with the environments, especially how walking in the snow left a visible trail.

Revised rank:
1. Black Flag
2. Syndicate
3. Brotherhood
4. Revelations
5. AC1
6. AC3
7. AC2
8. Rogue
9. Unity

Edit: Moved AC3 above AC2 simply because the controls in the PC version of AC2 made the game unplayable. However, overall it is higher than Unity because Youtube has plenty Let's Play to watch the entire game. For me, the story is most engaging.

Addendum: My rank is purely subjective and based how I view a video game.

#1 Story - How engaged was I with both the modern Abstergo and virtual history? How much they connect to the ongoing Assassins-Templars conflict. In other words, does the story move forward in a good way?
#2 Controls - If my Assassin leaps off the ledge of an eight-story building because reasons, then I blame the developer for creating a suicidal assassin.
#3 Gameplay - How much variety is there to do?
#4 Graphics - Obviously a game released in 2015 should look significantly better than one published in 2009. Case in point, Mass Effect 1 is hands downs better than MEA when it comes to facial animations.
#5 Adventure - Does the game creating an engaging hook and able to carry me through its unfolding narrative? If the adventure is not epic, is it still fun?
#6 Sound - This is everything but music. It is all the little details the help create atmosphere. The subtle drips falling off a grate into a small pool of water. The sound of the wind hitting a bush being different from the leaves of a tree. The background of people conversing helps make a bar seem bigger. The changing weather diminishing a crackling fire. I am keenly aware of these things, and when developers give their sound designers time to put this level of detail in that always gets a nod from me.
#7 Details - Everything else. Did the rain fall on the deck of a ship? When ramming into ice flows do bits of ice fall on the ship? Can the wind tear off a flag? When the light hits the sheen of my sword, does it create a bloom reflection on my character? Do people speak in their native dialect? (bummed that Ubi decided to have most of the French-speaking citizens in Unity talk in London accents)?
#8 Motive - There are the Acclaims and EAs of the world who appear the create games purely motivated by profits. Then there are the CD Projekt Reds who always focus on quality and reap their just rewards over time.
#9 Message - Being an apolitical non-mainstream Christian I do not like playing gamings that try and push social agendas on me.

Hopefully, that helps explain the rank.

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News Comments > The Crew 2 Announced
1. Re: The Crew 2 Announced Jun 13, 2017, 07:46 Kxmode
 
The Crew 2: Terry's Crew: Super Spicy Deroaderant Edition! Race  
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News Comments > Skull & Bones Announced
10. Re: Skull & Bones Announced Jun 13, 2017, 07:26 Kxmode
 
Retired wrote on Jun 13, 2017, 04:05:
Has Black Flag for along time, firing it up to see what all the hubbub is about.....

/I assume previous comments are sarcasm, but after about 30 mins of game play I was able to do the following:
-Captain a ship and destroy 5 ships
-Swim
-Kills animals
-Chase mission
-Clear an island
-Find secrets
-Get into what AC is normally about, running and climbing

Seems about right.....fun game. Might play through it.

My honest assessment is that it is the best game in the AC series. Ironically, the most fun isn't even the assassin stuff but all the pirate shenanigans. Yar! Pirate
 
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News Comments > Skull & Bones Announced
9. Re: Skull & Bones Announced Jun 13, 2017, 07:24 Kxmode
 
Or you could play Assassin's Creed Black Flag and be amazed by everything. You also get to met famous figures like Blackbeard, Benjamin Hornigold, Mary Read, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack, and a host of other memorable characters!  
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Free Week
12. Re: Titanfall 2 Free Week Jun 13, 2017, 07:20 Kxmode
 
Doing launch title demos must be tough on digital distribution platforms that give control to publishers.  
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News Comments > Beyond Good and Evil 2 Trailers
8. Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2 Trailers Jun 13, 2017, 07:07 Kxmode
 
The song at the end gave me chills. BGE's theme track! I like the concept. It looks like the narration is to have Jade and her ragtag band find a place of freedom beyond the reach of good and evil.

Oh, and the first half of that trailer was a total nod to The Fifth Element. Even the music was quite similar. Thumbsup
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced
19. Re: Assassin's Creed Origins Officially Announced Jun 13, 2017, 06:00 Kxmode
 
It took me six months to go from AC2 to Syndicate.

In order of best to worst:
1. Black Flag - Fantastic setting, story, pirate ship mechanics! IMHO the pirate ship stuff is hands down the best gameplay in the entire AC series.
2. Syndicate - A vast improvement over Unity's clunky controls and "pay 2 win" cash shop.
3. Brotherhood - Love the Roman Renaissance! It was handled quite well in this chapter.
4. Revelations - Great story cliffhanger! Also, provides continuation and closure of AC1.
5. AC1 - Good start to the series.
6. AC2 - Another great cliffhanger plot.
7. Rogue - basically a substandard clone of Black Flag with no attention to detail (e.g. when the pirate ship rides over big waves and crashes down there's no wash upon the deck as there is in Black Flag. Rains never hit the ship's deck, which is especially weird during a storm.)
8. Unity - TL;DR below.

Unity remains the worse in the series. It looks amazing, but the controls. Oh, my goodness, they suck! I am performing what I believe to be a "walk over and enter drain hole entrance" and instead Arno skips all over in the middle of an army that I "smartly" called over with smoke bombs; because, you know, stealthiness. The main issue is Ubisoft decided to add bizarre mechanics that require constantly aiming Arno where to go (e.g. you have to turn him 90 degrees to move in a particular direction). All past AC games used a kind of "fuzzy logic" to determine where to go and it worked 95% of the time. Unity created many sighing and bewilderment moments. Of all the AC games, Unity had the most checkpoint restarts. I believe one mission alone required about ~35 restarts. I would not have minded this, but some of the missions (especial the final) took a couple of hours to complete. The significant glaring issue is Ubisoft's removal of two fundamental mechanics that they established in AC3 and AC respectively: whistling and always-on eagle vision. Without those UbiSoft did not make Unity harder, they just made gameplay more annoying. Contrast with Unity; Syndicate is a vast improvement. Just the control improvements alone is welcomed. Whistling is back, and eagle vision is a temporary thing, but at least it will mark targets that remain marked after the image fades away. Eagle Vision II adds the ability to mark targets behind walls. Additional skills add quality of life features which make the game feel like an AC title.

I am REALLY looking forward to ACO! Syndicate ended on an excellent cliffhanger. Spoilers: At the end, Juno said she was ready to reenter the world. Be sure to play the World War II fracture to see Juno's backstory. I made the mistake of skipping that and didn't understand the context when she suddenly appeared in the post-credits.

As much as I like the series, I hope it comes to a good end. We are up to 10 main series titles. How long can the Templars and Assassins fight one another. They need to hug and chill out!

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 11, 2017, 00:41 Kxmode
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 11, 2017, 00:31:
Retired wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 21:34:
Can someone explain to me why people would counter protest a protest AGAINST sharia law? There is a counter protest here in MN and I am utterly confused.....

Because people are both stupid and insane?

And twice that on Sundays.
 
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News Comments > Free Weekend for STEEP, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Trials Fusion
5. Re: Free Weekend for STEEP, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Trials Fusion Jun 10, 2017, 20:51 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 03:18:
Kxmode wrote on Jun 9, 2017, 23:01:
Relatively easy to do these free weekends months after release, and yet release day demos are just too impossible. Hmmm...

Demos require a lot more effort. Better ROI on free weekends. Also, you can control exactly how much someone plays on a free weekend.

Never said "Free Weekend" for release demos. I was pointing to the ease of providing free play for a limited time then removing access. Access could be a weekend or a few hours. Doesn't matter. What is important is publishers can determine how long someone plays the demo their product. Steam and other distribution platforms make it possible.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 10, 2017, 19:34 Kxmode
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 17:59:
RIP Adam West.

Holy tears Batman! Who's cutting these onions?!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Driver attempts to parallel park in generously-sized space for 6 minutes. Jun 10, 2017, 14:44 Kxmode
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 10, 2017, 13:44:
That is some seriously bad parking ability...

Agreed. Pardon the expression, but that video drove me nuts!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Epistory - Typing Chronicles Jun 10, 2017, 06:59 Kxmode
 
If you're looking for a new game try this one. Great fun typing adventure.  
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News Comments > Kingdom Come: Deliverance in February
1. Re: Kingdom Come: Deliverance in February Jun 9, 2017, 23:05 Kxmode
 

Read that headline as Kingdom Hearts coming in February. YES! Then reread the headline. Oh, well. One day I'll get to play that series...
 
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News Comments > Free Weekend for STEEP, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Trials Fusion
1. Re: Free Weekend for STEEP, Tom Clancy's The Division, and Trials Fusion Jun 9, 2017, 23:01 Kxmode
 

Relatively easy to do these free weekends months after release, and yet release day demos are just too impossible. Hmmm...
 
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News Comments > Shenmue III Delayed
4. Re: Shenmue III Delayed Jun 8, 2017, 19:28 Kxmode
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 8, 2017, 17:09:
Yeah, that's not how Japanese society works though.

If the vast majority of funds comes from American and European backers, then they better learn fast.

Also, I think it's a stretch to compare a crowdfunded video game to a nuclear disaster.
 
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News Comments > Shenmue III Delayed
2. Re: Shenmue III Delayed Jun 8, 2017, 12:01 Kxmode
 
Without the happy talk.

"Greetings, backers. Today, I have something important to announce. We have decided to delay Shenmue III's release until the second half of 2018. Here is the reason. New technologies have provided us with new possibilities. To utilize this, we need more time. We have revised the development schedule and will provide details in our Backer Report later this month. Thank you very much for your patience, understanding, and continued support."

People need to lay off the fluffy pillow talk; especially for crowdfunded projects with other people's money on the line.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 8, 2017, 11:22 Kxmode
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jun 7, 2017, 23:36:
Don't suppose you had your religion removed?

Sorry, couldn't resist! Whatever the situation, I hope you have a full recovery.

LOL. No problem. And thanks, me too!

BobBob wrote on Jun 8, 2017, 01:26:
Please don't become addicted to the painkillers.

Not a fan of them. They blur my thinking and make programming difficult. It's all good.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2017, 22:57 Kxmode
 
So glad to see Gunnar gets to hang out with a real-life, authentic Jedi!

In other news, I'm on day three of post-surgery and feeling better. The narcotics help, but I'm still sore.
 
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News Comments > SOYF: S#!T ON YOUR FRIENDS
11. Re: SOYF: S#!T ON YOUR FRIENDS Jun 7, 2017, 22:52 Kxmode
 
The developers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.  
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News Comments > Old Steam Forums Closing
20. Re: Old Steam Forums Closing Jun 1, 2017, 08:56 Kxmode
 
aka_STEVE wrote on May 31, 2017, 15:19:
Yep, a text database history just takes so much money to keep around.

I'm sure it has nothing to do with that and more to do with creating a clean slate for developers and publishers with games that have been skewered on their forums. Sean Murray is going to be happy... I guess.
 
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