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GAME STATUS: Desmond has died saving the world, and Juno has risen.
ACHIEVEMENTS EARNED: 23 out of 50 (450 Gamerscore)

For my original review of Assassin’s Creed 3 click HERE.

While making my travels through Colonial America I decided to make a quick stop at the local tavern. As I walked inside I realized that I wasn’t alone. No, I’m not talking about the patrons drinking and sharing stories. I’m talking about my horse. Yes, Mr. Ed glitched his way inside the tavern flickering all about, and was blocking my way to the bar so that I can get an ale or two. So I left the tavern in disgust hoping that my horse would leave as well, but low and behold he stuck around flickering everywhere with no intentions of leaving. This eventually led to a the game freezing up on me. This absolutely drove me insane, but this was only a small fraction of the glitches and bugs that Assassin’s Creed 3 brings to the table that also included invisible walls, floating animals, and dead NPCs on the ceiling. Didn’t Ubisoft patch this recently?

I just don’t understand how a title that is this highly anticipated can end up being released to the public in such a mess. I did mention in my review that I felt that there was a “glitch in the Animus.” However, I didn’t think it was going to be this buggy. Now none of these glitches and bugs considered a game breaker, but there were moments where I just wanted to scream out in anger, throw my controller across the room, and stop playing the game. Well, I didn’t. Instead all I did was have a good laugh, skip all the side missions, and quickly trudge my way through the main campaign all the way to the end.

Speaking of the end, let me chime in on the game’s ending. This was one of the shittiest endings to a game that I’ve ever seen in my life. Now let me just state for the record that Desmond is one of the most boring characters in the history of video games, but to this point I’ve been invested in him for five games. The Assassin’s Creed series may focus in on the assassins themselves, but the main story has always been about Desmond. Like I stated in my review “This is Desmond’s story.” However, what really pissed me off what’s how they end his story. Desmond goes from being a bartender, to an assassin, to dead. What the fuck! Desmond saves the world, but dies like a useless bitch. The ending even chimes in on having to make a choice, but the choice is already made for me with Desmond dying. What Ubisoft Montreal should have done was allow me to make my own damn choice instead.

Now I know that part of this final cut has turned into quite a rant, but there was a couple of features I really enjoyed about Assassin’s Creed 3. One would be the backdrop of the American Revolution. Chatting it up with historic American figures including George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere was amazing. It almost made me feel like I was a part of history. The other feature is the naval missions which helped break up the monotony of just running around and killing. Captaining the Aquilla was amazing as I would deploy the sails for navigation and speed and man the cannons in battle. In a way I felt like I was channeling my inner pirate as I would give orders to destroy British ships. I was addicted to naval missions. Sometimes I would take a break between trudging my way through the campaign just to head to the Harbormaster so I can get back on my boat. maybe Ubisoft can make a game just using this concept, because it would kick ass.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE LEFT FOR ME TO SEE IN THE ANIMUS?

With the Animus glitching the way it is, and Desmond already meeting his rather unfortunate fate, I would say that returning to this Animus is not feasible. Now when Assassin’s Creed 4 arrives my opinion will quickly change, although with Desmond dead I wonder who will be next in line to step up. Maybe it will be Desmond’s bastard father. Perhaps there is another assassin out there. My other question is where will the Animus take me. The French Revolution? The Civil War? I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. Overall, Assassin’s Creed 3 was a pretty decent game, but not worth all the countless hype it received. Remember the trailers where Connor carved his way through waves of British soldiers just to get to his target? Well that wasn’t in the game. I really wanted that. Instead what I got was a game that was a big step below my favorite game in this series, Assassin’s Creed 2. Time for Ubisoft to head back to the drawing board and start planning out the next adventure. This time make sure you have a better ending.

Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: Xbox 360
Players: 1-8 (online multiplayer)
Price: $59.99

Well it’s that time of year once again. The holidays are coming to an end and it’s once again time for me to pick the best games of the year. I’ve played a lot of games this year. Some of which I finished, and some which I’m still battling through. There are the games that are from franchises that I’m familiar with, and there are those sleeper games that flew under the radar and surprised me. It’s been a good gaming year. Now it’s time to see what were some of my favorite games I played this year, and what game takes home the honor of Game of the Year.

5. Spec Ops: The Line

Sure it plays like a generic third person cover based shooter, and it’s multiplayer is garbage, but it’s the twisted story that kept me playing Spec Ops: The Line. I wanted to see what happened next in the sands of Dubai. Who knew that Captain Walker was just fucked up in the head? By the time I reached the climactic ending and chose how I wanted the game to end I felt more than satisfied with the outcome. Then I went back and experienced the other three endings. Honestly, down the road I would like to see more games like this where the hero is not really the hero at all. It’s the grey line that blends the actions of heroism and villainy thats worth traveling.

4: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

No Bayformers here. These are the adventures of the G1 Transformers that I grew up with here. High Moon Studios once again hits the ball out of the park with another amazing story as the civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons continues. There were some great moments that took place in this game including one scene that was straight from the Transformers: The Movie that hit my nostalgia block. The additions of the Combaticons (forming Bruticus) and Grimlock helped make the game become more than just a transforming shooter. Multiplayer was still “meh” to me, but creating my own unique Transformer was pretty cool. Now I eagerly look forward to seeing what the studio has up it’s sleeve for the next game especially due to the cliffhanger ending.

3. Borderlands 2

I didn’t think it was possible, but Gearbox Software was actually able to improve on everything that made the original Borderlands awesome. A better storyline, improved enemy AI, and an arsenal of weapons that absolutely kick even more ass than ever before. However, Marcus still doesn’t give out refunds. Characters including Claptrap, the hilarious Tiny Tina, and the main villain Handsome Jack really stand out in this game. The four player co-op once again is a huge plus leading to lots of fun (as well as a few cheap shots for shits and giggles), and the DLC so far has been pretty good. Once again my gun porn addiction continues especially when Gearbox is so generous by handing out all those Golden Keys lately.

2. The Walking Dead

Telltale Games once again takes a popular property and turns it into one of the best stories of all time. Based on the comic book series, The Walking Dead took me on an emotional roller coaster while experiencing a full scale zombie apocalypse in the process. Key decisions throughout the game led to moments where I had to decide on who lives and who dies. Then there were the consequences that followed which really weighed heavy on not just my character, Lee Everett, but also on myself as I questioned whether I made the right choice. Of course I had another mission and that was to protect the young Clementine who just wants to find her parents. How do I tell here that her family is nothing more than just a couple of undead zombies? Better yet, do I give her a candy coated and “Disneyfied” answer of “Don’t worry. They’re just fine.” Choices, choices. Something this game has well executed.

Now It’s time for my pick for the 2012 Game of the Year. Now before I give that honor let me share what games won my pick of Game of the Year in the past:

2006: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
2007: Bioshock
2008: Fallout 3
2009: Batman: Arkham Asylum
2010: Red Dead Redemption
2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

And now it’s time…

2012 GAME OF THE YEAR
Halo 4

Five years. Five years I waited. Now 343 Industries has delivered to fans like myself the next big Halo game. Not only was it a new Halo game, but it was a sequel that marked the return of the iconic Master Chief along with a new threat that makes the Covenant look rather weak. Bungie has handed the proverbial torch and 343 Industries ran with it. Improved visuals, improved enemy AI, better weapons, a smart story, addicting gameplay, and awesome co-op and competitive multiplayer made Halo 4 not only the best Halo game (topping the original Halo: Combat Evolved), but the best first person shooter of all time. Halo 4 has now set the standard for where all future FPS games will be judged.

Honorable Mentions go out to:

Assassin’s Creed 3
Dishonored
Far Cry 3
Forza Horizon
Trials Evolution

So there you have it. My personal favorites of 2012. A new year is now on the doorstep and that means new games for me to tackle. I’m looking forward to 2013 to see what I’ll be playing and reviewing. Until then…Game on!

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, it’s up to Desmond Miles to save it. The big question now is can he? For five games I’ve been involved in Desmond’s life and now I’ve come to the epic conclusion of his story. Along the way I got to step in the shoes of his assassin ancestors Altair and Ezio Auditore. Now it’s a Native American named Connor, and the historic backdrop takes place during the American Revolution. America is fighting for it’s independence from the British, and Connor is on a quest out to wipe out all the Templars that stand in his way. History and the “End of the World.” If that’s not exciting enough then you might want to check your pulse.

PROS:

This Is Desmond’s Story
While I got to play as Connor while tapped in to the Animus, the game was more about the adventures of Desmond Miles. While I felt like Assassin’s Creed 2 was more about Ezio, the Assassin’s Creed games as a whole were always about Desmond no matter what happened in the Animus. Sure scaling tall buildings, making leaps of faith into haystacks, and stealth killing enemies was awesome, but it was the struggles facing Desmond in the modern world where the game took center stage. The actual assassins just made it popular. Besides I don’t think that Ubisoft would have sold as many copies of the game with Desmond on the cover right?

It’s A Revolution
Once in the Animus Assassin’s Creed 3 transported me to Colonial America during the time of the American Revolution. Cities including Boston and New York were filled with people along with a few nasty “Redcoats” making their presence with their pompous attitude. During my journeys I even met a few famous Americans including Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, and the man who eventually became the first president, George Washington. While playing the game I really felt like I was there living and breathing the events that would shape the birth of our great nation. I was so transversed into the story and felt like I was living history. It was amazing!

Naval Battles Are Awesome
Man the cannons! This Assassin’s Creed game is not just about stealth and killing Templars. Assassin’s Creed 3 now features actual naval battles where I captained an actual ship and took on other naval vessels in epic battles. I had my doubts in the beginning about the naval missions, but became addicted to it the more i played. Piloting the high seas on the Atlantic coastline is a lot of fun. Physics seem to play a big role as well with winds, waves, storms, and much more just to play out on the realism. I was also able to upgrade my ship making the battles just a little bit easier.

Multiplayer
I consider Assassin’s Creed to be more of a single player experience. Multiplayer was more of an afterthought and not needed. Well it looks like Assassin’s Creed 3 received a major overhaul in this department. No longer is it lame and boring. Here I found multiple game modes where I was able to put my skills to the test as I assassinate targets while avoiding the same. I enjoyed multiplayer the most in Wolf Pack mode where I worked as part of a team to eliminate enemies in increasing waves of difficultly. Assassin’s Creed 3’s multiplayer definitely gives me a big break between all the shooters that I have allowing me to engage in something different as well as have fun in the process.

CONS:

There’s A Glitch In The Animus
Here’s an example of what happened to me. So here I am roaming through Boston and I noticed one of the pages of Ben Franklin’s Almanac flying through the streets of the city. I was on my way to capture it when all of a sudden something was blocking my path. It was my horse that was glitching as I moved. I had a good laugh or two for awhile, but it then became a real pain in the ass for me as my glitched horse just followed me flickering around everywhere I went until I ran into a building. As I went through various message boards I began to notice that other players were also experiencing some random bugs. Assassin’s Creed 3 is filled with these random moments, but none of them are major game breakers. Hey Ubisoft, hopefully an update is in the near future.

IN CONCLUSION

As much as I have enjoyed playing Assassin’s Creed 3 so far I’ve come to the conclusion that this game is good, but still not as great as what Assassin’s Creed 2 was. There are plenty of improvements including a more fleshed out story, the naval missions, and fantastic multiplayer, but it still has a long way to go to match the greatness of what Ezio’s story was. The bugs eventually will be exterminated. and the King Washington DLC is something I’m really looking forward to. Ubisoft clearly has another big winner on their hands and I can’t wait to see what the next Assassin’s Creed game brings.

Developer: Ubisoft
Platform: Xbox 360
Players: 1-8 (online multiplayer)
Price: $59.99

What a week! I’m not even at the show this year and I’m exhausted. Press conferences, endless gameplay videos to watch, the NBA Playoffs, and spending time with my nephew at home has worn me out. I’ve basically seen everything I needed to see from this years big event. Now with the 2012 edition of E3 winding down it’s time for me to pick my winners and losers of what is considered as the video games “Super Bowl.”

Keep in mind that my main consideration centers around the Xbox 360 as well as iOS gaming on my iPad and iPhone, but I will say that the Wii U is pretty awesome. Anyway…moving on.

WINNERS

UBISOFT: This should come as no surprise. If any one company stole this show it would be this one. Ubisoft brought in the big guns with games that include Assassin’s Creed 3 and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Both of these games look amazing and are on my buy list. However, what really blew my mind was a brand new game that was not a sequel called Watch Dogs. The upcoming sandbox game centers around how the world is watching you, but also allows you to take advantage of today’s hi-tech electronics and use it to your advantage in key situations. Check out the demo below to see this game in action.

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HALO 4: 343 Industries sure had some big shoes to fill with original developer Bungie moving on to another project. I had my doubts about the return of the iconic Master Chief considering the fact that I thought I “Finished the Fight” back in 2007 with Halo 3. The game’s Legendary difficulty ending said otherwise. The storyline for Halo 4 was kept top secret for the last year so Since the debut of the teaser trailer at last year’s E3. This year the gang at 343 Industries needed to show something of the camapaign to get me excited. They did and they succeeded. Both new and old enemies, Forerunner weaponry, and Spartan Ops for some co-op action. Count me in.

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TOMB RAIDER: Is it me, or does this game look a little familiar to another popular Playstation franchise. Uncharted maybe? Crystal Dynamics may be hearing the about the similarities, but this origins story of the legendary Lara Croft is outstanding. I’ve never been big on the Tomb Raider series as a whole, but this game has me wanting it right now. It’s mature oriented and has a sense of danger all around it as Lara fights for survival at every turn. It’s an awesome action/adventure game.

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Now it’s time to move to the ugly side of the show where I talk about what didn’t impress me one bit.

LOSER

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 2: This series is now officially “dead” to me. Last year, I didn’t buy Modern Warfare 3 due to no real interest in the campaign and the fact that the multiplayer absolutely sucks. I did enjoy the campaign in the first Black Ops game back in 2010, and of course there was the awesome zombie mode that carried over from World at War. I wanted to really give this game a chance, but after watching the uninteresting demo from the Microsoft Press Conference that mostly featured camping and sniping I felt that it was time to move on. This year’s zombie mode may be good, but I’ll wait until it’s on my iPad.

In just one week, the gaming world will descend on Los Angeles for the 2012 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo otherwise known as E3. It’s a week filled with big announcements, parties, and tons of games to play.  Back in 2009, I attended the E3 Expo and had one heck of a good time as I got the opportunity to meet and play some games with some of the big names of the industry. I also remember consuming a ton of alcoholic beverages as well. Still it was a great time that I hope to do again in the future.

Before the big show starts you get the keynote press conferences. Every year I check out the Microsoft press event to see what I can look forward to on the Xbox 360 for the rest of the year and beyond. Some things are rather predictable, but then there are times where they’ll throw in a surprise or two just to keep you on your toes and excited. However, don’t expect any news on a new Xbox console at least until next year. Well it’s time to make my predictions on what I can expect from Microsoft at E3 2012.

Right off the bat I’ll expect a demo of the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. For the past few years it’s been tradition for Microsoft to show off the game especially due to the fact that they have the exclusive rights to have the game’s DLC first before anyone else. Now it’s no surprise that I really have no interest in this franchise anymore, but I have to admit that I did like Treyarch’s previous Black Ops game especially in the single player and zombies mode. Call me slightly interested on this one, because if the campaign looks pretty good and zombies mode returns I might possibly buy this game.

Next up I have 343 Studios showing off the highly anticipated Halo 4. Last year at this time we got a teaser trailer letting us all know that Master Chief is back. I expect a demo of the campaign just to wet the appetite along with showing us some new features. I’m a big fan of the series even though the last two games in terms of the plot was a little far fetched. The multiplayer however is awesome and very addictive. I’m definitely looking forward to this game.

Next up I have Forza Horizon. This is a game that I don’t know much about. All I’ve seen was a teaser trailer with a few exotic cars (including the new Dodge Viper) and a crowd of people partying. So what kind of racing game is this? Arcade or simulation? Hopefully there is an answer on this one.

In the past few years Twisted Pixel has put out some amazing games for both XBLA and for Kinect including the Splosion Man games and The Gunstringer. Microsoft responded by acquiring the development studio. Just before PAX East last month Twisted Pixel hinted at a new game to be announced at E3. I would assume to hear what’s next from the studio during the press conference.

As usual we could expect plenty of Kinect announcements along with a demo or two hopefully free of fist bumping and terrible acting. I’m sure they’ll show  Fable: The Journey and Harry Potter Kinect, but what I really hope to see is Crimson Dragon. This game was worked on by some of the development team behind the Panzer Dragoon series. I know that most people hate the motion controlled add on, but keep in mind that Microsoft also wants to reach out to the casual players.

Finally, we can expect plenty of talk centered around the Xbox Live Dashboard as well as integration with Kinect. I also expect Microsoft to announce some new apps to make the Xbox 360 more than just a gaming console. Honestly, apps don’t concern me as much, because the only apps I really use is Netflix, UFC, and ESPN. I don’t see the need for anything else.

Other Games that may make an appearance include:

Assassin’s Creed 3
Rainbow Six: Patriots
Tomb Raider
Bioshock Infinite
Aliens: Colonial Marines
Rock Band Blitz
Deadlight
Avatar Motocross Madness

Well that’s my predictions for Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference. The spectacular kicks off E3 on Monday, June 4 at 1pm ET/ 10am PT. I’ll be watching this all unfold on Xbox Live, and see if my predictions hold water.

Oh wait…I just remembered. At the end of the show, Microsoft always surprises us with an unannounced game. It’s always a game from a popular franchise. Last year it was Halo 4. This year I have two possible predictions. One would be Left 4 Dead 3, but my money is on a prequel to Gears of War. Pendulum Wars maybe?