Thanks Cheapy! Sorely tempted on Far Cry 4 (PS4 version currently out of stock though), would also get AC: Unity if it's $10 on PS4 also
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Posted by black_hand313 on 31 March 2015 - 08:11 PM
I've never pre-ordered a system through Amazon, do they charge my card now or hold a "deposit"?(I'm aware they don't ACTUALLY charge until it ships).
In my experience, no - they never hold a deposit, and they don't charge your card until it ships
Posted by black_hand313 on 28 March 2015 - 11:35 PM
Now that I have finally played and beat Assassin's Creed Unity, I can give my opinion on it. I have played all of the main games in the series, AC, AC2, Brotherhood, Revelations, AC3, AC4, and Rogue. I have played the PSP game as well which was called Bloodlines I believe and the only game I have yet to play is Liberation on the Vita/PS3.
I played the game on PS4 and had the most recent patches. I can say that the game looks fantastic and I had experienced minimal glitches while playing. There were a few like a character I was following kept running into a wall. As in, the character had the running animation and was facing a wall. I was able to fix it by pushing the character over.
That was the biggest glitch I faced, but the most concerning thing was the fps. It was pretty good in general, but I did notice drops in the main story missions, but free running seemed fine. There is a ton of pop ups though, but that makes sense because of how much is on the screen. I was seriously impressed by how many characters are on the screen at once. The game also looks fantastic while on top of buildings and the draw distance for the npc characters walking around is actually a pretty good distance. So it was cool going to the top of a building and seeing all the little characters walking around.
Now the most important part is the gameplay. I think it is pretty good. They had removed the counter kill move and replaced it with parry. You can parry when the enemies health bar turns yellow(turns when they are about to strike you) and you will block their attack and usually have an animation play where you hit them with your fist/leg/whatever. The game keeps the free aim guns from AC4, which was one of the best additions to the AC series. With the removal of counter kill, this game is much harder than the previous games. I would say it is the hardest of them all just because it is very difficult to kill large groups of enemies. I have died many times from trying to take on too many enemies.
This game brings back more traditional assassinations so if you liked AC1, you will like this. They have a very open way of doing the assassination missions. You can run in for the kill and do a deathly close kill or you can be more creative and poison their wine. I was really impressed on how they revamped the assassination missions and I think this way everyone will be pleased. One other thing is that you have to complete the assassination in one attempt. This means you must kill your target then escape. If you die during the escape, you have to start all over. As you can imagine, this is annoying, but it does make you feel more like an assassin in that their is no room for mistakes.
Some complaints I have about this game is that it is not as easy to perform air assassinations. I remember being able to easily target the enemy I wanted to air assassinate and then jump off in AC4, but in Unity, I find my character killing the wrong enemy. This mostly happens with moving enemies, but it is something I would like fixed for the next iteration. Also, ground kills are not really there anymore. There have been plenty of times where I have pushed an enemy to the ground and it would not allow me to hit him and perform a finisher. Instead, it would pull out my sword and make me wait for me to stand up. This was highly annoying. The game seems to only allow you to one hit kill if you are in stealth.
Climbing in this game can be incredibly frustrating. I have had my character go in every direction, but the direction I wanted him to go. There was this one time I was right in front of a window and I wanted to go in, but my character kept climbing up the sides of it. I have found that in Unity, running on the roof tops is not so common. I just find myself running on the ground since it seems to be easier and takes less time, which was a bit strange for an AC game.
With all of this said, I would say Unity is a good step for the direction of the series to take. I would have liked to play some more of the game since I only touched the main story missions. The co-op missions seems like they would be fun to play. When I rent the game again, I will try out everything else.
Terrific review, very thorough and I agree with all your points. I think it's worth $20 for someone willing to forgive the flaws, though history buffs and those looking for a strong main plot may be disappointed. I'd like to add a few notes (some I may have mentioned earlier:
-Note that you CAN perform finishers after downing enemies, but you have to unlock the ability to perform ground executions with 'Creed points' earned by completing main missions.
-The game does encourage you to use stealth, which I consider a plus. You can finally crouch in addition to using cover, though you can no longer whistle in the hopes of attracting a guard to your position. Unity takes a page from Splinter Cell, and shows a silhouette of your "last known position" if a guard sees you - you can use this to lure him into a trap. The cover system can be touchy, leading to some annoying incidences where you get detected - but I thought it wasn't nearly as frustrating as the navigation.
-Unity did an impressive job recreating Paris and the atmosphere with the crowds and revolutionaries in the streets...but it's a shame that the main story doesn't take advantage of the setting. The focus is on the love story of the main character and his love interest, a Templar out to avenge her father's murder...but history buffs will likely be disappointed as the main plot is definitely NOT the highlight. The ending was also a bitter disappointment.
-There is very little present day plot, and no present day sections like in previous Assassins Creed games. It's a plus if you didn't like those parts, but it does make the game feel disjointed from the rest of the series.
-I didn't particularly like or feel for any of the characters, except perhaps Marquis de Sade (who seems woefully underused). Your main character, Arno, has some of Ezio's traits but lacks his charisma imo and I didn't connect with him. Napoleon and Robespierre - two historical figure I was really looking forward to seeing - also have interesting parts but hardly factor into the main story
-The side missions fare better, and the murder mysteries are interesting. This is definitely a game better played roaming the city streets, doing optional missions and playing with friends.
-I mentioned before: despite the fact Unity was made by a French company about the French Revolution, the characters have British accents. With their dialogue, you'd think you were in London instead if they hadn't done such a great job recreating Paris. You can change the language to French and play with subtitles. The only downside is the subtitles only cover main dialogue, you may miss out on some of the dialogue that clues you in to dynamic events happening in free roam
Posted by black_hand313 on 23 March 2015 - 02:41 AM
Hardline, Far Cry 4, and New Super Mario Bros 2.... comes out to be about 76. Need to leave out a game, idk which one though.
Hardline - Enjoyed the beta and I havent played a good fps for the ps4. played AW and wasnt for me.
Far Cry 4 - Never played the series but looks like a fun RPG.
NSMB 2 - Played the first one and enjoyed it. Wanted for my 3DS collection.
I picked up Hardline for the same reasons. I hated AW online and wanted a good fps for the PS4 (Call of Duty and Killzone weren't doing it for me). I'm pretty happy with Hardline. Single player offers something different when you want a break from multiplayer, nice mix of stealth gameplay with the option to go guns blazing. Note that Far Cry 4 has no competitive multiplayer mode though it's fun for solo and co-op
Posted by black_hand313 on 23 March 2015 - 12:25 AM
Not to mention that although the game's settings take place in France, the voice acting is British. You can't row a boat, or visit any other scenes like before on Black Flag besides France. It was just an egregious, woeful and lazy attempt at making the game.
Forgot to mention that: yeah the accents are an immersion breaker. The devs' explanation made no sense either: they've had characters with French accents in past games!
It's a shame because Revolutionary France was such a great setting for an Assassin's Creed game, yet they don't take advantage of it. Some very poor/lazy design choices there. Still, I had enough fun with the game after all the patches that I'd recommend it at $20 or less
Posted by black_hand313 on 05 March 2015 - 10:51 PM
A lot of AC fans seem to consider AC3 to be the low point of the series and AC2 & Brotherhood to be at/near the top.
Assassin's Creed II was a huge improvement on the first game: people had lower expectations. It had a great story, but the gameplay hasn't aged as well. Combat is still very easy: that's one area where Brotherhood was a big improvement, but the main story was weak imo. Assassin's Creed Revelations was a good end to Ezio and Altair's story, but most of the game was just filler.
I would disagree that Assassin's Creed III was the low point of the series, especially after last year's entry. I think the disappointment was mostly due to how hyped Assassin's Creed III was, as well as the slow pace at the beginning of the story. Some also found Colonial America a more bland setting than Renaissance Italy - that's understandable, though I love that setting. Assassin's Creed III did improve the main combat and the side missions gave the game some more replay value. Assassin's Creed IV definitely improved on the core gameplay, albeit with a weaker main story.
At any rate, I would recommend both trilogies - I certainly think the Americas collection is still good value, especially for $20.
Posted by black_hand313 on 15 April 2014 - 01:21 PM
Lol the rage is strong with this one, but I sort of agree...or at least I'm surprised that people sell all their old stuff and put that money towards only the newer consoles that only have a few decent/good games, but I'm a collector and I'm always playing old games on just about every console. Of course I'm not against what anyone else does with their money, in fact I know I spend way too much money on video games even if I typically wait till they drop to $20 or below.
Well said. I was thinking of buying an Xbox One this summer for Titanfall and Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, but the Xbox 360 versions look and play great. I may even end up buying a PS4 instead so I can play Last of Us. Halo and Quantum Break are the only Xbox One exclusives I'm interested in
Hoping to pick Tomb Raider back up with this sale...amazing game for $10, btw! I highly recommend Splinter Cell: Blacklist as well!
Posted by black_hand313 on 03 April 2014 - 01:22 PM
Hey everyone, in case anyone wants the Definitive Edition of Tomb Raider with the artbook-style packaging, it's on sale (no PS4 version - sorry). $44 at Best Buy with free shipping (shipping only though). Thought I'd put this deal up since the Limited Edition seems hard to find online now:
If you just want the standard version, Amazon has the TR:DE on sale for $39.99 on PS4 as well as Xbox One