Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag review

Yo Ho a pirates life for me

Assassins Creed 4 left a lot to be expected after playing through Assassins Creed 3. The previous game really was the black sheep of the entire franchise, suffering from so many issues and just overall not being much fun. It is not just me that thinks that, many a fan of the Assassins Creed franchise agree that 3 was not as good as it could have been, and that Black Flag had to be the game that redeems the franchise. While I will say that Black Flag has many issues of its own it does redeem the franchise and turns out to be a good new entry.

The first matter of business in this respect, was ensuring the main character wasn’t as boring as Haytham or Conner. The person you play as, is often very important in whether you will enjoy a game or not, that was half of Assassins Creed 3’s problem, it had pretty boring characters, for Assassins Creed 4 we see an entirely different character to what we have seen before. Edward Kenway is not out to do things for honour or even revenge, all Edward wants is money, and throughout the entire length of the story he often goes on about money and the right price, but still this doesn’t make him a bad character his dedication to the pirates and his ambitions are what help to drive the game.

For the full review of Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag click here.

 

 

 

Take Two explains the reason for Evolve’s delay

We have just found out that Evolve one of the year’s most highly anticipated games of the year has been delayed by Take Two but the only explanation we have been given in regards to this delay was it was in regards to financial results, however even if this was the case Take Two has delivered a statement to explain why they decided to delay Evolve in the first place. Take Two’s Interactive chairman Strauss Zelnick has given s the following reason during an analyst call:

“We decided the title deserves more time to be polished to reach an optimal state. Historically, we have always benefited from letting the creative teams have more time. We are very excited about this title. It felt like the right thing. I am glad we have Evolve coming in February for any number of reasons.”

This is certainly one of the best reasons to delay a game and hopefully this delay will make Evolve into an incredible game but only time will tell if it turns out well.

Unless another delay happens you will be playing Evolve in February of 2015.

Source: Take Two PR

Capcom has announced Resident Evil remake

The original Resident Evil had so much love for it even if it was annoyingly slow but of course that added to the fear and tension of the game and improved it, the game was that good that Capcom even did a remake for the game that was probably the best version of the game which was on the Gamecube. Now Capcom has announced a remake for the Remake with them using the Gamecube version of the original Resident Evil to create an advanced version of the classic Survival Horror game simply titled Resident Evil. The game has been announced for release on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC with the Wii U being once again ignored. Capcom has also provided a statement about the game  telling us what is new about this remake and you can find that below:

Using the latest resolution enhancement and 3D model technology, game resolutions and textures have been significantly upgraded, including 1080p support on next-gen consoles, resulting in characters and backgrounds coming to life in greater detail than ever seen before in Resident Evil. Not only will the graphics impress but the tense sound effects have been fully remastered with 5.1 surround support for a greater gaming atmosphere. Players are now able to choose not only between experiencing the terror at the classic 4:3 ratio or a stunning 16:9 widescreen mode but also the type of control scheme they play with. The classic control scheme remains for fans of the original play style or there’s an alternative scheme where the character moves directly in the direction of the analogue stick, utilizing the standards of the current generation of gaming. Both the control scheme and the display options can be toggled between at any time during gameplay.

Personally they have already lost a sale from me by ignoring the Wii U and I find that really sad because ZombiU proved how amazing Survival Horror games are on the platform.

Evolve has been delayed into 2015

It seems like a good portion of games are being delayed at the moment and being pushed back into next year for their release and sadly enough it seems like it is some of the most anticipated games that we are all waiting that little bit longer for. Now I could create an entire list of all the delayed games moving to next year for release but I really can’t be bothered with that and so I will just provide announcements as they come.

The latest game to be delayed is the upcoming game Evolve this decision was made by Take Two the parent company of 2K following the recent financial results. Take Two has slated the game for release in February 10 2015, it was previously on track for release October 21st this year. No other reasons were given for the delay.

What would you like to see on Discussing Games

Hello people out there if you have read my blog before you will know I deliver reviews, opinion pieces, news and a whole lot more, the only problem is that I want to deliver to you readers what you want to see or read about. As you may have noticed I have been delivering a whole lot of different ideas in my writing, I have done 2 parts of my Pokemon Y diary, I do regular opinion pieces, I do different reviews and there is still a whole lot more. My question is what do you want to see done, do you want to see something else from reviews, do you want to see my opinion on a specific topic, is there a certain game or topic you want me to cover and bring you more on. I want to improve this site and I need your help so let me know in the comments what you want from this and I will try to deliver those things to you. I also want to know if you want more opinions or even reviews and I will try to do more.

If you want me to return to certain features let me know as well, if you would like I can start doing game trivia again, expand on my quote of the week and even why I love features.

Trials Fusion Review

Platform: Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Developer: Redlynx Studios

Publisher: Ubisoft

Score: 8

There is a certain level of skill and frustration that is created as a result of the  Trials games, and its easy enough to say that it is probably what brings people to purchase them time and time again. We can be happy in knowing that the latest game in the franchise is just like those of the past and remains just as enjoyable. The latest game in the franchise, Trials Fusion, is the first of its kind to get a proper release on blu-ray and it offers plenty to new and old alike.

The game takes place in the future. A time where apparently motorcycle stunt courses exist in public places and in high traffic areas. Trials Fusion is just like all past Trails games as the goal is to achieve gold medals in every course given. The world of Trials is filled with varying locations and a variety of skill based challenges to complete and a game so packed full of content that it can keep you busy for a number of hours.

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The main mode of the game is the career mode, which is all about achieving the goal presented to you. The main part of career mode is about going through puzzling courses and trying to get the best possible time without crashing. Each course you are challenged with has a series of obstacles that become increasingly more challenging as the course continues. Ensuring the correct landings are made and proper speed is used up hills becomes a major challenge, but in the long run it is what makes the game enjoyable. Figuring out the best course of action and the fastest way to get over obstacles is a key challenge in the game and it becomes more enjoyable as the game progresses.

The difficulty of all these courses have increased from the previous games. Initial courses are simple to beat, but remain hard to master. Likewise the further you progress, the more the challenge of each course becomes. Some of the harder tracks are simple enough in concept, but the game does get deceptively challenging the further along in the game you go. At points however, I do feel that the difficulty of level did ramp up a bit to much and some courses felt unbalanced from the others in terms of difficulty. For example, I completed a good selection of the medium difficulty courses achieving gold in almost all of them, however at times I did encounter one or two that were almost impossible to complete without trouble. The hard courses I also found the same problem with, some were easy enough to get through even if achieving gold is a challenge, some other courses seem almost impossible to beat.

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As well as offering speed and skill based courses the career mode also offers a series of stunt challenges. These require you to perform flips and a series of other motorbike stunt challenges in order to strive for good scores. Mastering these tricks is not easy and requires being able to acknowledge correct landings, bike positionings and knowing how to perform all the different stunts possible. To learn these you are initially given a basic tutorial which tasks you with performing specific tricks in order to learn how to do them, then performing them across the course. Of course mastering how to perform the tricks and moving the joystick in that particular way is simple but it really get’s challenging in trying to make good landings and achieve the best score. When doing this I did come across an issue even when I had my joystick, bike and person in the right stunt position the game would only respond to the stunt and provide a score every so often which did get really frustrating and did break a good run and mess with my final score.

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Expanding on the game is the excellent create mode which is where a lot of Trails Fusion fun is to be had. The community behind the game is full of creative minds who sit there and build excellent courses to be played and enjoyed by other players. Likewise the developers RedLynx have created a good selection of tools for building great courses. A selection of ramps, hazards and environmental features are all available to be used, but notably there is quite a challenge possessed in building individual courses. While in theory it sounds easy enough and there is definitely many hours of playability possessed by the game. At times some of what is offered with the creation may be a bit to challenging for some to complete. The creation mode is set on a 3D plain so ensuring you line up all your ramps and everything correctly is part of the challenge. Since stages only exist on a 2D plain confusion can arise if they are not lined up and you end up riding on nothing. For the creative minded this is still perfect, all the tools given and the freedom you get when creating your courses mean you can easily enjoy the mode and I suppose part of the fun is learning how to create courses. Trying your best and creating a really challenging course of your own design and performing at the course is quite the accomplishment, and the game rewards you for that. I will still say I am pretty bad at making courses but I have enjoyed trying to accomplish something good.

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Trials Fusion is just like it’s predecessors, it is stressful, it’s challenging, but it is enjoyable none the less. The amount of hours the game offers are essentially endless and the game continues to be vastly enjoyable even late into the game. The little issues do break some of the value and bring unnecessary frustration to the game but it can be forgiven as most of the time things do work out. I don’t ordinarily play these type of games but I will say what the game offers will definitely offer people a good amount of fun regardless of whether or not they enjoy this particular type of game.

Could Call of Duty Advanced Warfare be coming to the Wii U?

You know what it seems stupid that after all these years of Activision providing Nintendo players with Call of Duty games that seems to be coming to an end. I understand franchises like Battlefield by EA games ignoring the Wii U because they have never really supported Nintendo platforms at all with that particular franchise but Call of Duty even through the underpowered Wii era has always had a place for Nintendo gamer’s so to this point not having an announcement that Advanced Warfare the latest game in the franchise is coming to the Wii U is sad and disheartening to those like myself who have played the last two entries on the Wii U. For all that I have said though hope may not be lost for us Wii U fans who want to play the game on their preferred console.

People have been able to find multiple instances of the word “wiiu” in the source code for the official website of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare; many have taken this as a sign that Advanced Warfare will release on the Wii U in addition to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. So there might still be hope, I know that Call of Duty has not been a great seller on Nintendo platforms but why stop supporting them now when they are just getting better on Nintendo platforms. Lets just hope we find out something soon.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare collector’s editions announced

A collectors edition for the upcoming Call of Duty Advanced Warfare has been announced and Activision has given a public announcement for you to read which you can find below for all the details on the announcement.

Santa Monica, CA – July 29, 2014 – Prepare for a new era of combat. Today, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), revealed details on three collector’s edition versions of the highly-anticipated Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare. The Atlas Pro Edition, Atlas Limited Edition and Atlas Digital Pro Edition are infused with specialized content sure to immerse players in the high-tech, advanced future Sledgehammer Games is bringing to Call of Duty this November.

The Atlas Pro Edition and Atlas Limited Edition are now available for pre-order while supplies last. The Digital Pro Edition will be available for pre-order at a later date. Full details follow.
◾Inspired by the Atlas Corporation, the leading Private Military Corporation (PMC) in 2054 and lead by the influential Jonathan Irons, the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Limited Edition features an extensive array of both digital and physical content, including a bonus multiplayer map Atlas Gorge, a collectible SteelBook™, the Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual, and the Atlas Digital Content Pack, a collection of digital content that includes an Atlas-themed exoskeleton, Atlas-themed weaponry, and more. (SRP $79.99)
◾Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition is the ultimate package, including everything available in the Atlas Limited Edition version (bonus multiplayer map Atlas Gorge, the collectible SteelBook™, the Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual, and the Atlas Digital Content Pack), as well as the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass featuring four action-packed DLC Map Packs*, each delivering a collection of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer content and more (SRP $119.99)
◾Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Digital Pro Edition is perfect for fans that prefer to access all of their content digitally. The Atlas Digital Pro Edition includes all of the same bold digital content as the Atlas Pro Edition, including the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Season Pass, bonus multiplayer map Atlas Gorge, and the Atlas Digital Content Pack. Also included with this version is the Atlas Digital Edition Personalization Pack, with more details to be revealed soon. (SRP $99.99)

All three versions include the following:
◾Atlas Gorge Bonus Multiplayer Map – Atlas Gorge re-envisions the fan-favorite Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare® map, Pipeline, re-imagined for the new Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare exoskeleton abilities. The Atlas Corporation has commandeered the world’s largest power source, the Three Gorges Dam in central China, creating a gripping setting for a multiplayer battle. Combatants will navigate the shadows and control a map-based turret scorestreak that overlooks the dam and helps to keep enemies at bay, all while leveraging new abilities and tactics enabled by exoskeleton technology, such as vertical combat, new sightlines, and strategic vantage points.
◾Atlas Digital Content Pack – Atlas Corporation-themed, in-game content including:
◾Two (2) Weapons – The Bal-27 AE Assault Rifle and the Atlas 45 AE Pistol: Trick out your loadout with these two sleek weapons fitted with an Atlas Corporation theme to match your other custom content.
◾Atlas Exoskeleton: Strike fear into competition with your PMC-issued, white, red & black custom Atlas exoskeleton, and ensure opponents remember who took them out.
◾Atlas Helmet: A state-of-the-art custom Atlas helmet.
◾Atlas Player Card: Leave your mark on any killcam with an Atlas player card, featuring both a custom Atlas calling card and custom Atlas emblem.
◾Five (5) Bonus Supply Drops: Supply Drops are part of the revolutionary changes in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare that Sledgehammer Games is bringing to Call of Duty multiplayer. You’ll be well-prepared for battle as soon as you boot up with five bonus supply drops, which unlock a variety of game-changing, in-game content from player customization gear to weapons. More information on Supply Drops and the full suite of multiplayer options will be revealed on Aug. 11.
◾Single Player Exoskeleton Upgrade Token: Over the course of Campaign mode, players unlock exoskeleton perks and abilities that help tackle various obstacles and challenges. This token provides an extra upgrade for your exoskeleton, so you’re already at an advantage when jumping into the Campaign.

Additionally, the Atlas Pro Edition and Atlas Limited Edition both include the following:
◾Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual: The Atlas Corporation’s Advanced Soldier Manual ensures that all recruits are equipped with the necessary intel to become a tier-one Advanced Soldier with Atlas. The manual features original concept artwork from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer, Sledgehammer Games, as well as historical and tactical information that will bolster every soldier’s potential for success in the field and prepare them to carry out Atlas’ global mission.
◾Collectible SteelBook™: Limited edition steel case featuring premium in-game artwork.
◾Official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Soundtrack: Digital copy of the in-game score, featuring main title & themes by legendary composer, Harry Gregson-Williams as well as original music by Audiomachine.

Penned by the team of storytellers at Sledgehammer Games and boasting true next generation visuals, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare jolts players forward in a groundbreaking experience that’s ripped-from-the-headlines-of-tomorrow, envisioning a future where both technology and tactics have evolved to create a new era of combat for the franchise.

Fans looking for more information can tune-in Aug. 11 for the worldwide reveal of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare multiplayer. Catch the latest info from Sledgehammer Games on the advanced era that exoskeleton gameplay delivers along with a full debriefing on new maps, modes, weapons and more.

Comparing versions Batman Arkham Origins Wii U vs Xbox 360

If you read Simon’s Video Games you will be aware that I published a review of Batman Arkham Origins this week, the review I wrote was about the game itself and the key parts and features the things I didn’t take note of is how certain versions of the game compare, when I reviewed Batman Arkham Origins I played the Xbox 360 version since then I have also now played the Wii U version of the game. So with this I plan to compare what is different about the two versions so you may be able to determine which version might be better for you if you are still yet to play the game, but keep in mind that while I mention the Xbox 360 version of the game this version is basically the same as the Playstation 3 and  PC versions but I am referencing this version because that is what I played on.

The major difference I will mention between the two versions is the multiplayer, those who seek further things to do with other people outside of the main story will be disappointed with the Wii U version of the game with it lacking the multiplayer activity. While I would not say this is a bad thing as the multiplayer in the game is not that great, it is still sad that the Wii U version lacks this mode and only gives it’s players the single player campaign but there is still a positive that beats all other versions of the game.

The difference that makes the Wii U version superior is how the map is displayed, arguably one of my biggest frustrations with Batman Arkham Origins on the Xbox 360 was having to constantly pause the game to look at the map, when going to an individual objective this wasn’t so bad as the game would still direct me to the story objective. Where as when I was searching for many of the things to do with Enigma I was frustrated with having to almost constantly check my map to ensure I was in the right area. The Wii U version is certainly more enjoyable with the Gamepad permanently displaying the map which meant it was easier to do or find anything I needed while still playing the game. There is also a gamepad only option which while it does bring back my main issue with the other versions it does mean you can watch a movie or television show while you play which is always good.

It is a small thing that really makes the difference being either a not so great multiplayer or a really great map that is permanently in sight and accessible. I guess for anyone it probably comes down to what console they own and what they would prefer to play, I personally prefer the Wii U version and find the gamepad controller to be the preferred option but again it really is a matter of self preference and others might enjoy the other versions more. I hope this was helpful to you in showing the difference between versions in case you missed it here is the link to the review.

Simon’s Video games reviews update

Here at Simon’s Video Games I am constantly trying to bring you new Opinion Pieces and Reviews for your enjoyment to maybe provide you with a bit of insight as to what a game is about so you can decide whether the game might interest you. Over the past couple of weeks I have been adding a number of reviews of games and I have also been bringing you opinion pieces. I hope to bring more opinion pieces soon but I am also trying to get games played and reviews written and I have a couple in the works at the moment. I wanted to take this time to provide you with an insight as to what I have going at the moment and the reviews I plan to put up as soon as possible or by a certain date because they were published on another website first where I also write for. So here is my list for reference:

Lego City Undercover (Wii U)

Pokemon X and Y (3DS)

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Game & Wario (Wii U)

Call of Duty Ghosts (Wii U, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Wii U Version

Watch Dogs (PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

Infamous Second Son (PS4)

Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

Splinter Cell Blacklist (Wii U, PS3, PC, Xbox 360)

The Legend of Zelda the Wind Waker HD (Wii U)

The Legend of Zelda A Link Between Worlds (3DS)

Donkey Kong 64 (N64)

The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)

The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask (N64)

A Dog’s Life (PS2)

Ratchet & Clank 2 (PS2)

Pokemon Black 2 (DS)

Trails Fusion (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC)

Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

There is also a whole lot more coming up then that this is just a preliminary lineup of what is to come and I am not certain when all these reviews will be published however a few are coming very soon.