Reviews by MPixels

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The Decent Start to the series

MPixels | Nov. 18, 2013 | Review of Assassin's Creed

If you haven't heard of this series, I'd be surprised. This game spawned a successful series of murder-them-ups but the first game is slightly different. Whereas in its sequels, you can happily (and easily) fight your way through hordes of enemies without faltering, the missions in AC1 fit the theme better, You stalk your target, finding out the perfect way to sneak into his inner sanctum and slay him before he knows you are there. This is the game's greatest strength and greatest weakness. From an immersion standpoint, it is fantastic to be placed in the shoes of a medieval assassin, stalking his target for the right time to strike. From a gameplay standpoint, it often turns into "Sit on a bench: the videogame". But that doesn't take away from the fact that there's nothing like Assassin's Creed on the market and even the first one, for all its niggling faults, is definitely worth playing

82

You will die

MPixels | Nov. 16, 2013 | Review of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition

This game is set to hard mode. There is no option or point in lowering the difficulty as the difficulty is in the nature of the game. In Elder Scrolls, you climb a tower to find a shiny box of loot. In Dark Souls, you climb a tower to find a colossal brute ready to crush you to a pulp. The aim of the game is to gain levels and skills in order to combat such giants, twin gargoyles, undead dragons and all manner of beasts. Around every corner is a new peril ready to kill you. This is a game that strips you of any feeling of power so that every single victory is a triumph. If you can get past the difficulty, it is an enjoyable game. But you will die. A lot.

90

Easily the Greatest Total War

MPixels | Oct. 31, 2013 | Review of Total War: Shogun 2

I had the good fortune to pick this up for nothing in a sale, not expecting anything quite so solid as I was treated to. The game easily immerses you into Feudal Japan. Naval combat is neatly implemented and land combat is robust as ever. It's simply the best you can expect from a Total War game and none of its expansions fail to impress either!