Once again I find myself in the middle of a trio of games conveniently giving me an excuse to write up another of these little ramblings. Two of these games I started in 2010, and the other is also from last year but I decided to endure the inexplicable 5 month delay for the PC version… Assassins Creed Brotherhood was very much worth the wait, I have a few missions left of Starcraft 2, and I’ve honestly no idea how many more zombies I’ll be killing in Undead Nightmare, but I just unlocked the blunderbuss which should make everything a lot easier from here on.
Assassins Creed Brotherhood
This series has evolved quite nicely in its relatively short lifespan. From the shady loner Altair of the original, Assassins Creed 2 introduced us to Ezio, the lovable Italian, and its with him that the story of Brotherhood continues. The setting has shifted to Rome, which has been intricately recreated in sublime detail. I visited this city on holiday a few years ago and its a fun experience to explore the virtual version and see how many buildings and locations I recognise. The gameplay has been tweaked even more and most of the additions make for an even varied experience, which can only be good. The recruitable assassins which form your brotherhood can be sent off on missions which earns you money and special items. They level up with XP and can be upgraded using a simple menu system, which then reflects how powerful they are in the field. I’m focusing on getting a couple of them fully maxed out so I have a strong backup force at the ready whenever I need to dispatch a tough enemy fast. I’m not even half way through the story but have invested a good 10 hours already – simply exploring the city and searching for hidden secrets is keeping me thoroughly entertained.
Paul reviewed this ages ago, but I’ve still not managed to finish off the singleplayer. Its probably the most expensively made and well-polished strategy game in existence, and it shows. The story mode is full of unique missions and varied gameplay mechanics that no sooner have you gotten the hang of one unit and its special tactics, the following mission will usually give you some new toy to play with. The story is the right side of cheesy, with plenty of amusing characters and melodramatic dialogue. I’ve just been so distracted with other games since its release, I’ve not got around to beating it. It’s quite good though.
Released in time for Halloween last year, I’ve managed to go through the entire winter without finishing this. This huge bit of DLC for Red Dead Redemption transforms the entire game world into a B-movie style zombie apocalypse. Featuring a lengthy story mode and numerous new challenges, its one of the best value for money DLC’s out there. So far I’ve rescued a heap of villages from the undead plague, met up with various familiar faces form the regular game (hint: don’t play this before you finish the main game’s story) and tamed 2 of the 4 horses of the apocalypse – the horse known as War is covered in fiery flames and can set alight to anyone you happen to gallop into – but I still have plenty left to do. Might review this if I manage to finish it in time for this year’s halloween…