Backlog Redux 2014 #5 – Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

Assassin's Creed Brotherhood

Stabbed in the Back By My Best Intentions

Like a growing number of people out there, I was one of those who look down on the Assassin’s Creed franchise by sheer virtue of it having turned into a corporate cash cow, an annual sacrificial offering to the gods of capitalism and greed. With its churning out of sequels at a fixed pace, its reputation has fared no better in the eyes of many of us gamers than, say, the new Call of Dutys or Battlefields each year. (Of course I realize that this sentiment in no way reflects their ungodly sales numbers and revenue generated by a gamer base all too eager to greedily lap them up.) Continue reading

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Top 5: Frustrating Moments

Top 5 Frustrating Moments

Tough Luck

Some games are tough, some are easy. And then we have those games that just absolutely make you want to wrap that controller cord into a noose and end your suffering the manly way. Continue reading

Top 5: Game Endings

Top Game Endings

All’s Well That Ends Well

It’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game, right? But sometimes, even the best gameplay experience can be made or broken by the game’s ending. Continue reading

Top 5: Sidekicks

Top 5 Sidekicks

You Got a Friend in Me

The games that we love best are packed to the brim with larger-than-life heroes of every sort and walk of life; from steel-nerved space captains to secret agents and spies on Her Majesty’s payroll, from musically inclined elf boys to chubby plumbers. But what about the unsung heroes without whose aid and assistance no heroic deeds would ever come to pass? Continue reading

Top 5: Videogame Weapons

Top 5 Weapons

Pew! Pew!

As gamers, all of us know that feeling of grinding for hours just to get that one more weapon upgrade, or the thrill of felling a brutally tough foe with over-the-top firepower. Continue reading