Opinion – Origins Is Not A Good Assassin’s Creed Game

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Opinion – Origins Is Not A Good Assassin’s Creed Game

After taking a year off from its annual release schedule, Assassin’s Creed Origins marks the return of Ubisoft’s acclaimed open-world series. To inject new life into the formula, Origins experiments with elements we haven’t seen in previous installments. This includes gear and progression systems heavily influenced by RPGs, revamped combat, and a more freeform approach to exploration and missions. These risks paid off, creating an immersive and interesting adventure that has enjoyed positive reviews and solid sales. But if Origins is a such a success, why does it leave me so disappointed?

I have been a fan of Assassin’s Creed since its first entry back in 2007. In the 10 years since, the series has established a variety of pillars that distinguish it among its open-world peers: elegant combat, crafted assassination scenarios, compelling villains, and modern-day intrigue set against a historical backdrop. Not every installment has every element represented in full force, but for me, the appeal and identity of Assassin’s Creed is wrapped up in how these concepts are implemented. That’s the root of my problem with Origins; whatever good it achieves in other areas, Origins fails to represent the core aspects of the franchise. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad game – just a bad Assassin’s Creed game.

Opinion – I Don't Trust EA With Titanfall 3

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Opinion – I Don't Trust EA With Titanfall 3

I love Titanfall 2. Respawn Entertainment's second entry in its velocity-focused first-person shooter series is one of the best games I've ever played. Yesterday, news hit that another title "in the Titanfall franchise" is on the way. Under normal circumstances this would overjoy me. Titanfall's universe deserves to be explored further with another game that embodies everything that made the second game incredible: tight level design, fun and powerful mechanics, and one of the best multiplayer modes around. However, it's extremely difficult for me to ignore the context in which this news occurred. EA, which published the first two Titanfall games, announced that it has acquired Repsawn Entertainment. Why is this disturbing?

Funny To A Point – The Dreaded Question: Vol. II

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Funny To A Point – The Dreaded Question: Vol. II

A little over a year ago (good lord, has this column lasted that long?), I shared what has become something of a tradition in my house when it comes to video games: My wife sees me playing a new game, asks me what it's about, and then I spend a few minutes bumbling my way through a plot summary that I don't fully understand myself because my brain stops working as soon as I get a weapon in my hand. Her follow-up questions invariably tear apart my explanation like a dumb-as-rocks criminal under cross-examination, but I still appreciate the exchanges; not only do they offer us an opening to discuss video games (other than the stupid Bubble Witch game she's obsessed with), they also help me parse my own thoughts about what I'm playing.

I've played a lot of games since my last round-up, and despite having never been able to muster an adequate plot synopsis, my wife still asks for one every time I start a new game. My ultimate takeaway from the previous collection was that I need to pay more attention to narratives while I'm playing – but have I actually followed through with that revelation over the past year? Of course not Let's find out!

Note: This column may or may not contain spoilers for some recent games. I'm not really sure.

60 Questions And Answers About Monster Hunter: World

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60 Questions And Answers About Monster Hunter: World

With Monster Hunter: World, Capcom is taking a leap from the 3DS to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Naturally, fans have a lot of questions about what's in store with this ambitious, new entry. Our new cover story on the game is filled with details, but this feature hopefully covers any gaps that we missed. While visiting Capcom's headquarters in Osaka, Jeff Cork asked Monster Hunter: World's game director Yuya Tokuda and Ryozo Tsijimoto as many questions as time would allow.

Watch the rapid-fire interview below to learn more about the developers, the game, and why they changed the cooking song.

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MachineGames Opens Up About The Big Scene In Wolfenstein II Featuring You Know Who

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MachineGames Opens Up About The Big Scene In Wolfenstein II Featuring You Know Who

There's a lot of zany, memorable stuff that happens in Wolfenstein II. However, one scene probably towers above the rest of them in dramatic effect as well as absurdity. If you haven't played the campaign and you don't want to be spoiled on what happens, now is the time to leave.

A little more than halfway through the game, B.J. finds himself on the planet Venus, trying out in disguise for the starring role in a propaganda film to play...himself. The producer of the film shows up and it's none other than Adolf Hitler. The scene is grossly comical and uncomfortable, with a mentally declining Hitler ranting as well as urinating and puking all over the place (when he isn't shooting actors). You can watch the whole NSFW shebang right here if you want.

We talked with Creative Director Jens Matthies earlier today and he broke down how MachineGames approached crafting the scene as well as their characterization of the Führer himself:

Here's Where To Find Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Free Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Clothing

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Here's Where To Find Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Free Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Clothing

Today, an update for the The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild added free DLC that adds Xenoblade Chronicles 2 clothing to the game. It's a cool crossover, especially considering Xenoblade Chronicles 2's developer, Monolith, lent a hand to the development of Breath of the Wild. Here's how to find the add-on.

The first step, and arguably the most important, is to make sure the game is up to date. Highlight the game in the Switch's home menu, press the + button and click 'Software Update' and then 'Via the internet' to check for the latest update. If you don't have it, the download will start automatically.

Once that's all taken care of, start playing the game and after a few moments you will be alerted towards a new side missions called, [Xenoblade Chronicles 2]. The description has some hints.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 9, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 9, 2017)

Mario seems to be on the brain of the community in this week's short and sweet Blog Herding. 

Community Blogs For November 2 – November 8:

Which Games Have Fully Met Your Expectations? ConnorTrinske was prompted to ask this question after enjoying Super Mario Odyssey. In fact, he writes that it is the first time in a while that a game met his expectations. I usually don't watch trailers or read much about upcoming games, so I am usually pretty stoked when a new game comes out. But that's not always the case. So, what games have met your expectations?

Watch Us Mess Around In Sonic Forces' Character Creator

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Watch Us Mess Around In Sonic Forces' Character Creator

Sonic Forces is out now, and one of the biggest additions is custom characters being thrown into the mix. As well as controlling Modern Sonic and Classic Sonic, you also craft your own custom avatar hero.

Kyle Hilliard, Leo Vader, and I decided to see what we could do with the character creator. In addition to going through our options and putting them together to make our very own creation, we also fool around with the random generator, seeing our creation in action, and see him in a cutscene alongside other characters from the Sonic universe.

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New Gameplay Today – Star Wars Battlefront II's Campaign

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New Gameplay Today – Star Wars Battlefront II's Campaign

Star Wars Battlefront II is out in a few weeks, but EA Access members can get an early look at the upcoming game. As luck would have it, we just happen to be members of EA Access. Wow! This morning, Kyle Hilliard, Andrew Reiner, and I checked out the game's campaign to see what we're up against. As it turns out, it's a whole lot of Rebel scum.

We skip past the game's first section, showing the first main gameplay segment on Endor. It's set during the period of Return of the Jedi, which becomes fairly clear early on. In addition to showing some of the on-foot action, we also check out some of the game's ship combat, featuring a backdrop that Star Wars nerds may freak out at. At least, Reiner did.

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