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Assassin's Creed: Unity Review

Iconic Performance Issues


Assissin's Creed Unity

HIGH 22fps.

LOW 3fps.

WTF The recurring quirk of hitting the map button and going to the IE app.

Watch Dogs Second Opinion

Feature Creep

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HIGH "Tailing" a target by jumping from camera to camera.

LOW The pointless sideplot with Defalt.

WTF Why did we even have that bit with Jordi in the finale?

Watch Dogs Review

Hacking Into My Heart

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HIGH Remote-triggering a guard's grenade and watching him accidentally throw it at another guard.

LOW The game's story is a total afterthought.

WTF Was this really the best licensed soundtrack Ubisoft could throw together?

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Review

Skewed Futuristics

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HIGH When "Power Core" plays during intense moments.

LOW Dying because the healing animation takes too long to finish.

WTF Pretty much the entire game, but in a good way.

His name is Buck…

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Buck is a peculiar hitman in Far Cry 3. Apparently employed by the game's big bad, Hoyt, Buck has an interest in men, and in ancient Chinese artifacts. As it happens, he presently "owns" one of protagonist Jason Brody's male friends, and will exchange him if Jason retrieves a ceremonial knife originating from the treasure ships of Zheng He. Since Jason needs the knife for another purpose, it is obvious from the beginning of the adventure that he will come away from Buck's tasks with both friend and knife. That's how these games work, and Far Cry 3 is relentlessly conventional in that respect.

The flaw in the design

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Several weeks ago Seb Wuepper posted a critique of Far Cry 3's design at Gameranx that I did not find compelling. Wuepper's argument reads less like criticism of Far Cry 3's design per se than a complaint about the fact that this game is not Far Cry 2. I am sympathetic to his point because I also prefer Far Cry 2. However, I don't feel that not being some game I like more is a fundamental argument against design quality.

Far Cry 3 Second Opinion

The Easy Way Out

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HIGH Taking out an entire encampment of privateers at close range without being detected.

LOW The final mission in the "Buck" sideplot is just gross.

WTF Can I please face one major boss I don't kill in an apparent hallucination?

Far Cry 3 Review

Bloodbath Island

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HIGH Leaping off a zipline and driving a machete into one pirate, then slashing his friend's throat before he realizes what's happening.

LOW Being asked to make one of the stupidest endgame choices in history.

WTF Okay, that's a lot of Komodo Dragons all in one place.

My little jungle: Tattoos are magic

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So, Far Cry 3. I can't say that I've been a fan of this series, but all the pre-release chatter had piqued my curiosity, and it seemed as though the game was going to attempt to tell a more serious, darker sort of story.

Assassin's Creed III Review

Everything is True. Nothing is Permitted.

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HIGH Swimming around a pier, climbing a ship, and using a rope dart to hang a target from a yardarm.

LOW As I walk past two men on a bench, I get notified that I have my first pursuer. The whisper noise starts just as one of them gets up and stabs me for 700 points.

WTF Approaching a fort, I found I could no longer hide in shrubs even though I wasn't observed. When I reached the captain, I found only an indicator hanging in the air, without a body to stab beneath it.

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