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Backlog Challenge: Assassin's Creed

March 28, 2019 @ 7:32 am

At around November or December 2014, one of my friends gave me a whole bunch of his PS3 games that he didn't want anymore. Among those was the original Assassin's Creed, the first game in a a series that I have been very interested in ever since I first heard about it. As someone who doesn't care much for huge AAA Western games, it's rare for me to be interested as one, especially one from a series that most people don't have a lot of respect for. In light of this,, I was extremely excited to try this game out and started playing it the same day. Fast track five years later and in March of 2019 I finally beat the game.

First off, I loved this game when I started playing it. It was like nothing I had played before and I have some fantastic memories of exploring the cities of Damascus, Acre and Jerusalem during the early game. So, that begs the question. Why did I take five years to beat the game? The answer: the horrible combat system and wonky controls. As soon as you get father in the game and the difficulty rises, the flaws of this game become all too apparent. From 2015 to 2018 I struggled my way through this game and had little too no fun at all playing it. A game that I had once thought was fantastic quickly dropped to something I'd give a strong 5/10. It was depressing to play. The endless deaths, the annoying real world sections and the free-running controls that often sent me to the opposite direction that I wanted to go pushed me over the edge to the point where I considered abandoning it. Then in March of this year, I picked it up again and tried once more to beat it. The funniest thing about this experience is that only now did I discover how easily exploitable this combat system was. After I discovered that using endless counters could take care of any enemy, including bosses, I breezed through the game all the way to the unfulfilling ending. I beat it and ticked it off the list of games in my backlog giving it the final rating of 6.5/10.

Assassin's Creed is a game that hasn't aged well at all. Not only in the graphical side but the gameplay that was downright broken at points. Am I still interested in playing the series? Yes. The games seem to have improved a lot over the years and I am excited to play all of them. Despite the idiotic story, this is quite a humble beginning to such a popular and over-saturated franchise that was a very interesting and surprising experience to have. It even managed to change my opinions on AAA Western games, making me open my mind to all of the franchises I at laughed at before. Is it a good game? Kinda. Is it a fun game? Not all the time. But is it an enjoyable experience that I'll never forget? Yes, unforgettable for all the right ways and all the wrong ways.

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Replaying Games: Devil May Cry 3

March 28, 2019 @ 7:16 am

Considering I only beat this game late last year, I'm glad I'm having the same amount of fun playing it again, maybe even more thanks to the ability to play the game again as Vergil. DMC3 stands as not only the best in it's respective series, but also as one of the best action games and best games ever made. I can't think of a single flaw in this game apart from very, very minor nitpicks like the lack of direction in one of the early missions. This game is over 10 years old and it still not only looks great but has stood the test of time, spanning 2 gaming generations at this point, with another one soon incoming. It's an easy 10/10 for me and I guarantee that anyone who plays it will absolutely love, if you're into action games that is. It's amazing that even after I just bought six games within the last week, the only game I really want to play is DMC3. And considering that I've been looking forward to playing a lot of my new games, it's a pretty big testament as to how good DMC3 really is.

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