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Setting sail is more compelling than stabbing in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag

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Setting sail is more compelling than stabbing in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag

I’d guess I got halfway through Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, and I still couldn’t give you a succinct plot summary.

It’s not that Black Flag is lacking in interesting characters or topics. If anything, the game is crammed over-full with features and potential plot arcs, many maddeningly under-explored. Black Flag is overflowing with things that would, in a more restrained title, be enough to carry it on their own – naval battles! Stealthy assassinations! The story of the short-lived Pirate Republic of Nassau! The exploitation of the New World by imperial powers!

And let’s not forget the modern-day conspiracy drama, just in case there wasn’t already enough material in the historical narrative. Better still, let’s – it’s not bad by any means, but it’s mostly a cheeky tweak at the gaming industry itself.

Protagonist Edward Kenway is a layabout on a rambling mission: get rich quickly. Whenever you’re at the helm of his stolen Jackdaw, Black Flag picks up the pace. But whenever he gets dragged back into the hoary old conflict between smug Assassins and sneering Templars – usually after some bizarrely self-righteous criticism about following a higher purpose by carrying on an endless and to all appearances pointless clandestine war – Black Flag, well, flags behind.

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Ubisoft Confirms Assassin’s Creed IV

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Ubisoft Confirms Assassin’s Creed IV

Ubisoft has confirmed a new Assassin’s Creed game is coming soon. The confirmed cover art has been released today.

Titled Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, it appears that the new installment will focus on pirates and more ship battles. This is a divergence from Ubisoft’s normal development, as Assassin’s Creed III was just released at the end of last year. Some fans are expressing frustration and concern with what appears to be such an abrupt end to the third installment and an immediate move to the fourthso quickly after the initial release of the third game.

Ubisoft states they will provide more details at the official announcement on Monday, March 4th.

[via Geek Scoop]

Assassin’s Creed 3 trailer release

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Assassin’s Creed 3 trailer release

The world has its first, eerily The Patriot-esque glimpse of Assassin’s Creed 3, now firmly confirmed to take place during the American Revolution.

Ubisoft’s next entry in the Assassin’s Creed series, starring a Native American-English protagonist, will be released on the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and the upcoming Wii-U. Predictably, the tale will include the clash between the armies of George Washington and the British redcoats – no bets on who’s going to represent the good guys and who the dupes of the Templar oppressors.

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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations hasn’t many new revelations

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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations hasn’t many new revelations

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations feels tired.

In part, this is a thematic choice. Ezio Auditore’s an old man now- a genuinely old man, not simply artificially aged or decrepit, which makes him relatively unusual among game protagonists. We’ve seen a lot more of Ezio’s life than most of his counterparts, and I have no doubt that Revelations, like Brotherhood before it, is little more than an engine for Ezio to show up and be charming.

But is the weary, resigned tone of Revelations symptomatic of its aged protagonist, or does it come from an overworked development team who had to throw together another sandbox narrative in a year’s time? I suspect it’s a bit of both – and more from the latter than Ubisoft wants to admit.

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OnLive offering Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood pre-order bonus and sweepstakes

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OnLive offering Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood pre-order bonus and sweepstakes

Customers who pre-order Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood for OnLive are eligible for free upgrades to the Deluxe Edition, along with a chance to win an OnLive Game System and a 47-inch television.

Two lucky Grand Prize winners will win a frankly luxurious 47-inch VIZIO XVT Full 3D HDTV, with Full Array TrueLED backlighting and VIZIO internet apps. They and three runner-ups will also win an OnLive Game Console with two free games and two controllers.

For everybody else, the OnLive Deluxe Edition of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood comes with a selection of special features. These include two single-player areas (Trajan’s Market and the Aqueduct), two multiplayer characters (The Harlequin and the Officer), and the fearsome Helmschied Drachen armor skin for Ezio in single-player.

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Spare Change: Assassins Creed Brotherhood Collector’s Edition

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Spare Change: Assassins Creed Brotherhood Collector’s Edition

Are you ready to take a leap of Faith for Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Collector’s Edition or will you hug the wall and play it safe ?

“All around the mulberry bush, the Assassin chases the Templar.” The collector’s edition comes with specially constructed Jack-in- the Box that varies dependant on the retailer. The Jack-in-the-Box is either a doctor (available from Amazon) or a Harlequin (retailing at GameStop). Rest assured that both are equally terrifying.

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[E3 2010] Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – Multiplayer Demo

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[E3 2010] Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – Multiplayer Demo

While browsing around the E3 show floor, we stopped by the Ubisoft booth.  At that moment they were just getting started with their multiplayer demo of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.  In the video past the break, you’ll see how the multiplayer action really works well for this franchise. In the demo, we were shown that you could choose between several different characters.  Each character has a different set of weapons at their disposal which could be switched out while waiting for respawn. (Think Team Fortress 2.)  The object of multiplayer isn’t as much as getting as many kills as you can, but making unique types of kills to earn more points. (Think style points.) Kills like a discrete kill, a kill jumping from a higher ledge than your prey, or even get points for successfully running away from your predator.

Check out the 6 minute video past the break to see how the action unfolds.

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