The Sparta Kick!

One of the most fun abilities in video games, I give you the Sparta Kick!
That satisfaction when looking at your foe fall to their doom.

Assassin’s Creed Unity – Completed

Ubisoft always use the same copy & paste formula with a map full of icons in the Assassin Creed & Far Cry games.

It's a formula that is beginning to tire & I ignored most of the icons to focus just on the main campaign. This time you are running around the Paris rooftops, the game has lost of all future sections from the previous game which is a shame.

There were obviously lots of issues with this game at launch, waiting six months meant the issues were all fixed & I experienced no problems during the game.

After completing the main campaign, I have started the Dead Kings DLC which was given away free by Ubisoft. I've also purchased Battlefield Hardline so will be playing that next.

Assassin’s Creed Unity – Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark Gun vs Sword

New Game – Assassin’s Creed Unity

I tried Metro Redux but I just could not get into it, not sure why but I was not enjoying it. So I went with Assassin's Creed Unity instead, Paris looks lovely & thankfully the game has been patched a million times so I've had no issues playing.

Yes it's more of the same but I'm enjoying it so far running around Paris rooftops. This time round you play as Arno, so far he has experienced his father dying, being adopted by a Grand Master (Templar) who is also murdered with Arno being accused & thrown into Jail.

Yes it is the same old formula with the map fully loaded with icons etc but it's enjoyable pleasure getting the various viewpoints, taking part in a crowd event & lock-picking the odd chest or door. It's a formula that Ubisoft have used for quite a few years in many games but the story is what changes, this is what keeps me interested & coming back to the AC Series.

I've played quite a bit of the game now onto Sequence 4, the story moves along at a swift pace but I've taken time out to focus on the Cafe Theatre side missions & upgrade my various weapons & armour.

Assassins Creed 4 – Completed

The past few years, Assassin Creed games have been Christmas gaming for me & this year AC4 did not disappoint with a swash buckling pirate adventure. It is the Journey of Edward Kenway from a man leaving England looking to make riches whatever the damage he may cause to eventually finding a purpose & a meaning to his life.

I did not enjoy the ship battles in AC3 but in this game they have been redesigned & you have full control of your Jackdaw. All the weapons are available with easy access from he mortar, fire barrels & heavy shot. Once you have damaged an enemy ship enough you get the option to board which then involves you killing a certain number of the enemy crew & other small tasks depending on the ship. The option to repair your Jackdaw after a boarding is an easy way to avoid your ship getting destroyed when taking on a fleet.

There are so many side quests in the game from Assassin contracts, Mayan puzzles, Treasure Maps, Underwater wrecks, Kenway's Fleet mini game & much much more that you can very easily get distracted from the main quest. I managed to complete most of these with only a few shipwrecks left to explore, on the world map you can also collect animus fragments & chests but these don't really reward you much in the game & I had begin to tire of the 'gotta collect them all' gameplay.

Playing the game on the PS4 with all it's hardware prowess really made the experience that much more enjoyable & the share ability allowed me to take screenshots & create videos with ease.

The Ubisoft formula (main quest will added pointless filler collectibles) being applied to almost all of their releases like the AC, Far Cry & upcoming Watch_Dogs is getting very predictable but where do excel is in the main quest & relevant storyline which is why I expect that next Christmas I will be playing the next assassin creed game in the series.

Assassin’s Creed 4 – Ahoy !!

I am sailing across the Bahamas with the crew singing “Drunken Sailor”, looking through my spyglass I see a Spanish Brig in the distance which is carrying some Metal. Full speed ahead to chase it down, I fire off the chase cannons to grab it’s attention & launch a few chain shots at the mast. Pull up alongside & pummel it with two shots from the broadside cannons. Time to board but before I do a quick use of the swivel gun to take out some soldiers, then swing across for some sword based combat. Defeating the crew I send the Brig to join my fleet & return to the Jackdaw.

Ubisoft have jam packed this game with side missions, collectibles, assassin contracts, hunting & treasure maps that I have not progressed much in the main story. I have spent the majority of my time just looking at the map picking a location & sailing to that destination whilst getting distracted along the way by many ship battles to loot materials required for upgrading the Jackdaw or getting another ship to join my fleet. Kenways Fleet is a mini game which has you controlling a fleet of ships to send to various locations across the oceans. You mainly sell goods to gain money but you will also discover various items like treasure maps, ornaments & new routes The companion app that comes with this game you can use to control your fleet, check your treasure map & whilst playing the game doubles up nicely with a game world map.

Through the main mission the game slowly introduces tutorials explaining a new distraction for you, I have not yet taken on any of the various forts on the world map or any harpooning. I also do not know what else the game has hidden to surprise me with but for now I am just happy being a pirate. The Jolly Roger is waving in the wind, time to drink back some rum & set sail for my next adventure.

New Game – Assassin’s Creed 4

Pirates & that is all you need to know. Now go enjoy...