Reviews by Echoingmoon

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Assassin’s Creed III is a Great Game

Echoingmoon | May 25, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed III

Assassin’s Creed III is a great game, but like every other great game; it’s not perfect.

Graphically, it’s gorgeous. The towns and environments seem lived in and the engine allows for many highly detailed characters to be present on the screen at any time. Walking around the streets of Boston or New York will leave you feeling much more connected to the world than most other games. Sound is perfect too, particularly when at sea with the wind in your virtual face and cannons roaring.

Controls can be frustrating on the PC, even with a gamepad. I found myself grabbing onto walls by mistake often or jumping in the wrong direction occasionally. This is because the buttons for running and for climbing are one and the same. This is only a minor annoyance but still, at times can become frustrating.

Story is good, if not confusing for anybody joining the game at this instalment and the setting is brilliant. It’s refreshing to see something new and famous characters are tied in well.

My only real problem may have been down to personal skill but often I would fail a mission 15 minutes in and be placed back at the start. Most checkpoints however were good, it’s a shame that the game was let down in a few places.

  • Setting
  • Graphics/Sound

  • Controls

  • Frustrating in places

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More Assassin's Creed III

Echoingmoon | May 25, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed III: The Hidden Secrets Pack

Assassin’s Creed III: The Hidden Secrets Pack adds three new missions to game, as it states above it can take around an hour to complete them all. They take place both on land and at sea and reward the player with DLC weapons (some previously seen in pre-order deals). This is where the meat of the DLC is, although a few new skins and objects are also added.

The missions themselves are fun and add to the overall experience of the game, however they are short. For £3.99 (the current price) the pack isn’t a bad add on, provided that you purchase it before you complete the game as they’re not really worth coming back for – although that is possible.

The gameplay included is simply an extension of the main game with nothing added in terms of mechanics or theme. If you’re interested in spending more time in Assassin’s Creed then I can recommend this pack to you, however you’d be getting a much better deal if you were to purchase the season pass. Although more expensive it will unlock all DLC, including the Tyranny of King Washington – each of which is much larger in scope and perhaps more enjoyable in terms of new mechanics than this DLC.

If you have the money, this is worthwhile – but consider looking into the Tyranny of King Washington or Season Pass first.

85

Tomb Raider (Recommended)

Echoingmoon | May 25, 2013 | Review of Tomb Raider overflow 3

First of all I have to admit, if you’re fan of Tomb Raider games you might be a bit surprised or even disappointed at the lack of puzzles in this new iteration of the franchise, although a few traditional puzzles do exist they are sparse and mostly optional.

However, that being said what you’re left with is a great, high budget action game with easy to master platforming and an intuitive cover system which automatically responds to environment and enemy.

Enemy AI are able to take cover, search and flush the player out of hiding with the use of grenades and other weapons providing challenge and re-playability in combat. Unfortunately although backtracking is allowed (through a fast travel system) there is little reason to do so apart from collectables. The main story is thrilling but linear and for me, one play through was enough.

The story itself pushed me forward as the characters were engaging and I genuinely wanted to see the conclusion. Character design, art and animation especially are all stand out features.

Multiplayer isn’t terrible but it isn’t anything new, don’t expect to spend much time there. Come for the story and atmosphere. Recommended.

  • Great Graphics/Animation
  • Great Story
  • Believable Character (Vulnerable)

  • Sudden change from innocent to killer

  • Less Puzzles (Easier)
  • Boring Multiplayer

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More Assassin's Creed III... But With Supernatural Powers!

Echoingmoon | May 24, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed III: Season Pass

The main reason to buy this pack should be to gain the 3 "Tyranny of King Washington" DLCs, as they are the only substantial part with the exception of the Hidden Secrets DLC which adds a few fun, but short missions (and weapons) to the main game in which you search for Kidd's lost pirate treasure.

The Tyranny of King Washington is a fun experience, although perhaps not worth the asking price due to it's short length. However, the added supernatural powers (which I wont spoil here) help make for the most fun I've had playing an AC game.

My advice is to get this pack on sale for with a voucher, as it's cheaper than buying the Tyranny of King Washington DLCs separately and comes with several other small bits. It's definitely worth owning, it's just a bit expensive at two thirds of the price of the full game.

  • More AC III
  • Great Fun (Powers!)
  • Short
  • Expensive

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More Fallout 3, But is That a Bad Thing?

Echoingmoon | May 24, 2013 | Review of Fallout: New Vegas DNS

If you liked Fallout 3, you'll likely enjoy New Vegas.

The game itself is more of a standalone expansion than a sequel in terms of engine/graphic improvements, however, the world and storyline are as large as you would expect from a fully flushed out sequel.

Although personally, I enjoyed the story and characters from Fallout 3 more, the game-play in New Vegas is definitely a winner. In particular it is now possible to actually kill things with guns in first person without resulting to using VATS as accuracy seems to have been tweaked, a large improvement in my opinion.

High replay value, a good time sink and plenty of free-roam/sandboxy shenanigans to be had.

The only thing worth mentioning on the negative side is that the graphics haven't aged overly well - but at least the bugs have been fixed (for the most part!).