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It's no secret that last year's Assassin's Creed Unity disappointed a lot of long time fans (myself included) with its abundance of glitches, inconsistent controls, and poor mission design. The team behind this year's industrial revolution-set entry, Ubisoft Quebec, has been making all the right moves with Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Excising the series' multiplayer in favor of polishing up its single-player roots and playtesting the game heavily, early, and often have done much to restore my confidence in the series, and the game looks more polished and exciting every time it's shown.
Ubisoft and the Assassin's Creed Syndicate team have done a fine job of promoting the game so far, bringing it in playable form to every major gaming event you can imagine. All this playtesting goes a long way in boosting our confidence in the game after last year's Unity launch debacle, and a fresh batch of screens show that the game has come a long way in a short period of time.
Check out the screens below and let us know what you think in the comments!
If you've missed out on a few Ubisoft games and have PS Now, you have a chance to play them.
Another title focusing on Victorian London and the Industrial Revolution.
Get ready to stab some Templars once again.
As previously reported, Ubisoft's sidescrolling/stealth Assassin's Creed Chronicles spin-off is now a trilogy of games taking place across China, India, and Russia. Ubisoft has unveiled a host of screens from the three games, which you can browse at your leisure below.
The series' first installment, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, is set to release April 21st on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
A new trailer for Ubisoft's sidescrolling/stealth spin-off reveals that Chronicles will no longer be just one downloadable game focusing on the exploits of Chinese Assassin Shao Jun and the Fall of the Ming Dynasty: we will also be following the exploits of Indian Assassin Arbaaz Mir during the war between the Sikh Empire and the East India Company, and Russian Assassin Nikolai Orelov following the events of Red October in two additional Chronicles games.
The gameplay continues to look for all the world like a successor to Klei Entertainment's innovative XBLA and PC title Mark of the Ninja, blending stealth and traversal together under the unique constraints imparted by a 2D, sidescrolling perspective. In addition to playing differently from a traditional Assassin's Creed experience the Chronicles games also look quite different, with less of an emphasis placed on realism and visuals that make use of bold colors and artful textures and filters, looking more akin to the stylization found in Capcom's classic Okami.
The trilogy's first entry, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China, will be arriving April 21st for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can check out the trailer below!
Monolith Productions, the developers of last year's outstanding "Orc Murder Simulator" Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, have released an infographic containing a wide variety of stats about what players have collectively been up to in the wilds of Mordor. Hint: we've killed/dominated/otherwise maligned lots and lots of Uruks.
Haven't played Shadow of Mordor yet? The innovative new-generation action game slinked its way onto our Editors' 2014 Game of the Year Awards list (CLICK). It is arguably the single game that best leverages the power of the new-generation systems in delivering a genuinely fresh experience and was a far better Assassin's Creed game than Unity was. You can check out Monolith's infographic below and feel free to leave a comment about your own adventures in Mordor.
2014 has been a great year for games. I say that every year. I'm an optimist, a glass half-full kind of person. The realist in me knows that this has been kind of an odd year though, and for good reason: it's a transitional period. We are watching the industry sort itself out as the greats struggle to transition from being the masters of their craft on technology they have a deep understanding of to being fledglings once again. The wave of new technology is the great equalizer: it's anyone's game to win at this point.
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