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Assassin's Creed 3 | What Era Is Next?

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Felix Kemp
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Features
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Action Games, Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed 3, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Features, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games
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Assassin's Creed II | Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | PC | Playstation 3 | Xbox 360

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With Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood releasing to rave reviews - our esteemed editor awarded it a 10 just last year for building upon the brilliance of ACII - I think it's safe to assume Ubisoft is hard at work on a third entry in the epoch-hopping franchise. And before we're all privy to concrete details, it's fun to speculate and wonder on just what shape Assassins Creed 3 might take. Whose memories will Desmond plunge into next? And, more specifically, what era will we be free-running and slaughtering in?

Let the speculation begin!

London, 19th Century

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Victorian-era London is a setting I've hoped for since AC2 released and our attention subsequently turned to a sequel. Imagine leaping from thatch roof to thatch roof above gas lamp-lit cobblestones, diving into the Thames to escape guards and infiltrating Buckingham Palace to plunder the crown jewels. It would be enough just to hear the cockney villager soundbites and Oliver Twist-style vagabonds pinching wallets and robbing wealthy gentleman down shady back-alleys.

Click here to see what other eras and events Assassin's Creed 3 might encompass...

Best Video Game of 2010

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Best Video Game Awards 2010, Fallout: New Vegas, GOTY, Heavy Rain, Mass Effect 2, Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Battlefield: Bad Company 2 | Heavy Rain | Mass Effect 2 | Red Dead Redemption

Best Video Game of 2010

This was a close one. To be honest any of the games below could have taken the award and we would have been pretty happy. As it was it came down to a single vote. We've been blessed in the past twelve months to have seen a marked rise in the calibre of the games released, something that we're yet to fully adjust to as critics. we've delighted in a swathe of technically brilliant games, executed impeccably and delivered with thunderclaps of publicity and huge amounts of polish as you can see below. Perhaps looking forward into 2011 we should take that as a benchmark standard and aspire to higher heights of inventiveness and innovation, the blockbusters of 2010 have certainly made that an exciting possibility.

In the meantime, though, let's look back on some of the brightest stars of 2010.

Get your vote on below...and if there's a game you loved that didn't make it here, LET US KNOW ABOUT IT!


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Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Action/Adventure

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Bayonetta, Best Video Game Awards 2010, Games articles, God of War 3, Heavy Rain, Red Dead Redemption, Splinter Cell Conviction
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Heavy Rain | Red Dead Redemption

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Action/Adventure

Even if it hasn't necessarily been a groundbreaking, goalpost-moving year for video gaming, the list below is enough to make any joystick fiend quiver and salivate with delight. I'm drooling as I type. The past twelve months have seen some truly phenomenal releases. There've been some happy returns returns, from Ezio to Kratos, and some new faces too such as the grizzled John Marston and the flamboyant Bayonetta. We've seen some outstanding open, expansive worlds and locales, and also been treated to taut and focused action. Again, a tough assortment to choose from, and one that was hotly contested and debated.


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Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Multiplayer

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Best Video Game Awards 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Halo Reach, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, MAG
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Battlefield: Bad Company 2 | Call of Duty: Black Ops | Halo: Reach

Best Video Game Awards 2010 | Multiplayer

Let's be clear. we don't necessarily mean dedicated multiplayer games here, but rather the game that offered the best multiplayer experience this year. Unsurprisingly, a good number of nominees came from the FPS side of the room, though it should be noted that Red Dead Redemption and Kane and Lynch 2 came close to making the shortlist. Business as usual for Bungie and Activision, though Ubisoft threw us a curve ball by introducing multiplayer into Assassin's Creed....and making it awesome. Vote for your favourite below...


Click here to see our own shortlist and best multiplayer game of 2010...

From Python’s Online Ministry to Revealing Assassin’s Creed Survey – News Roundup 5th December 2010

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Casual Games, combat, DeathSpank, Dragon Age Origins, Facebook, Games news, Monty Python, Ron Gilbert, Surveys
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Monty Python’s ‘Ministry of Silly Games’ Coming To Facebook

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A few weeks ago we reported that casual games outfit Zattikka had acquired the license to make games based on the British comedic troupe. Well it appears more details have emerged online with the project being titled Monty Python’s Ministry of Silly Games and will consist of varying mini-games in an RPG-style environment. You’ll be able to relive some of the iconic moments in the Python back catalogue and it will even feature Terry Gilliam’s artistic styling for added authenticity.

Those of you that wish to get into the action (or just want to tear yourself away from Farmville) as soon as possible you can even sign up for the beta program at the official site. [Joystiq]

Gilbert’s Wishes For “More Intellectual Combat” In DeathSpank

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While the return of Ron Gilbert’s gaming-making ways with DeathSpank was an enjoyable enough affair, Mr Gilbert recently told Wired that he wishes that the combat had been more of a puzzle-solving experience than the hack & slash that it was, citing Dragon Age: Origins as an example of what he wished it could have been like.

It shouldn’t be about beating your head against it. It should be about assessing the situation — asking, ‘what tools do I have?’ You might say, ‘Hey, I can crowd-control people or maybe for this particular thing I need to get some ice-resistant armor.’

I really like the intellectual component to the combat in Dragon Age… The RPG stuff fits a little more with the adventure game, puzzle-solving pieces of the game. Not in its turn-based nature. More of the intellectual element.

You see a little bit of that intellectual component come out in the game, but not a lot. I would probably have spent a lot more time making that stuff come out a little better.

While Matt’s review did suggest the combat was repetitive after a while, whether it would have been a more enjoyable experience mixing up the combat is up for debate. Do you agree with Ron’s assessment of his own work and feel it could have done with a bit more thought in the combat system? Perhaps you think it was just fine and dandy as it was hacking away at your foes? Share your thoughts in the comments below! [VG247]

Online Assassin’s Creed Survey Reveals Possible Future Features

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Hot on the heels of the success of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood it appears Ubisoft are already cooking up ideas for the next instalment. Users over at NeoGAF have discovered an online survey asking participants what features they would like in the next entry in the series. The suggestions range from an enhanced Eagle Vision, the ability to craft items, the option of keeping the story with Ezio or moving it along to a new timeframe, and upgraded multiplayer features including a deeper online experience.

Of course, there’s a chance none of these will end up in the next game, and it’s not even stated if it will be Assassin’s Creed 3 or another ‘spin-off’, but it’s an interesting look at what we might be getting the next time we’re leaping across rooftops. [1UP]

Video Game New Releases: November 15th - 21st

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Matt Gardner
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New Releases
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, EA Sports Active 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, iCarly, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, New Releases, Split/Second
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Video Game New Releases: November 15th - 21st

Harry Potter fans can get into the groove this week with the film tie-in for part of The Deathly Hallows, there's good news for all Airwolf aficionados as Apache Air Assault finally gets a release, Need For Speed: Burnout Hot Pursuit hits the shelves and, timetable willing, this Friday sees the highly anticipated return of one Ezio Auditore di Firenze in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.

NB. Release timetables have been rumoured to shift the minute no-one’s watching them, so be vigilant, this data might change slightly.

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19th November 2010
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EA Sports Active 2
19th November 2010
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
19th November 2010
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iCarly 2
19th November 2010
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Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet
19th November 2010
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Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
19th November 2010
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Pictionary
19th November 2010
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Prince of Persia Trilogy HD
19th November 2010
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Split/Second Velocity
19th November 2010
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Truth or Lies
19th November 2010
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Wheel of Fortune
19th November 2010
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From Killzone 3's "Ramped Up" Story To The Winter Uprising! - News Roundup 14th November 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Assassin's Creed: Ascendance, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Guerrilla Games, Killzone 3, News, Tomb Raider, Xbox Live Indie Games
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Killzone 3

Guerrilla: KZ3 Story Has Been "Ramped Up"

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Plenty of leaked details and Brendan's hands-on preview have given us a good idea of what to expect in Killzone 3, but one of the most intriguing aspects of the game hasn't received much coverage until now. Early reports suggested that the story would explore the "humanity" and "language" of the Helghast... and in an interview with D'Toid, Killzone 3 producer Steven Ter Heide has revealed that story be much more interesting this time around. Absolute morality will be thrown out of the pram- and apparently a Helghast civil war will play a role in the narrative.

You can learn a lot about its universe by carefully reading between the lines,” said Ter Heide. “When you listen to all the bits of Helghast dialogue in the previous game, for instance, it’s clear that they don’t consider themselves villains at all. From their perspective it’s the ISA pursuing the aggressive imperialist policy; they’re just defending Helghast interests.

That said, we’ve considerably ramped up the pace of the story for Killzone 3. We will show more of the Helghast side, their motivations and background. With Visari out of the picture, several potential successors are vying for control of the Helghast Council. Meanwhile, the remnants of the ISA invasion force want to get off the planet before their window of opportunity closes. These story arcs converge for an explosive finale! - Steven Ter Heide

XBL Indies Unite For Winter Uprising

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After the latest dashboard debacle, a crew of Xbox Live Indie developers have banded together to make a stand the only way they know how. By making awesome games. Fighting back against "massage apps, clones and garbage," several studios will be delivering an incredible seven days of gaming during the first week of December. Developers include Radiangames (winner of one of our previous XBLIG roundups) and Jason Silva of I MAED A GAM3 fame. Cthulhu Saves The World is also going to be awesome, courtesy of one of our Hidden Gems developers.

The Indie Marketplace isn't just full of crappy avatar cash grabs- like many would have you believe. There are loads of fantastic games to be found on the service, and hopefully this promotion will help draw some attention to this fact. Here's the full list of games, which you can check out in more detail here. [Indie Uprising via S4G]

  • Soulcaster 2
  • Cthulhu Saves the World
  • Radiangames Crossfire 2
  • Chu's Dynasty
  • Alpha Squad
  • Epic Dungeon
  • Break Limit
  • Decimation X3
  • Asteroids Do Concern Me
  • Hypership Out of Control
  • Aphelion: Episode Two: Wings of Omega
  • ZP2KX: Zombies & Pterodactyls
  • Ubergridder
  • Rickenbacker vs. the Aliens

While we're on the subject of Xbox Live Indie Games, remember that there's still time to enter our Steam Heroes giveaway. Two codes, two chances of winning!

New Tomb Raider Reveal Imminent?

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We brought you a rumour about a new Tomb Raider title back in September. Our intel suggested that Crystal Dynamics were working on an open world reboot where Lara would have to explore and survive on a mysterious island after being shipwrecked... and the latest issue of Game Informer is teasing something uncannily similar for a 6th December debut.

Well, okay, it's just a boat. But considering the key themes of shipwreck and survival, we reckon this announcement will probably turn out to be the next Tomb Raider. Watch this space.

Assassin's Creed Ascendance Unveiled

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Assassin's Creed Brotherhood will be hitting the shelves in 5 days, continuing Ezio's rampage through Renaissance Italy on the trail of the mysterious Templars. However, there'll apparently be a narrative gap between the end of AC2 and the start of Brotherhood- so a short animated film will be bridging the events between the two. Previously known as Secret Project #3, Assassin's Creed: Ascendance will coincide with Brotherhood's release date.

Eurogamer Roundup: Games We've Already Seen - Part 2

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Def Jam Rapstar, Eurogamer Expo, Games articles, Games previews, Halo Reach, Killzone 3, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, PES 2011
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | Halo: Reach | Killzone 3

Not quite everything on the show floor is exclusive material and there's some stuff here that we may have seen before. However, to help those of you out who weren't able to make it we've assembled a barrage of overlapping links to jog the memory...

Halo: Reach

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Playable on the floor of the Expo, Bungie's farewell to the Halo franchise is an epic that's not to be missed. Need more proof? Check out Jon's review to find out why Bungie will be missed.

Def Jam Rapstar

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Regular readers will know just how much Def Jam Rapstar impressed us out at Gamescom. Well, 4mm brought their hip-hop revolution to London this weekend, along witha  big fat stage and bustling crowds on both days. Whether you've got rhythm or not, here's the reason why Rapstar's making a lot of justified noise.

PES 2011

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With both Konami and EA vying furiously for floor space, it's been good to see the public courting both with their sporting attentions. Our FIFA review is on the way, but if you're yet to make up your mind, you can start off with our review of PES 2011 and find out how the series is bouncing back.

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Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Hands-On Preview: Multiplayer Assassinations & Brotherhood Commands

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Assassins, Brotherhood, Games previews, Gamescom 2010, multiplayer, Squad mechanics, Ubisoft, Wanted
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

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Ubisoft's decision to include a multiplayer mode in Ezio's latest adventure was both unsurprising and fairly exasperating. Publishers seem to be pushing an online multiplayer component on every decent singleplayer experience, and when I was invited to try out a few rounds of AC Brotherhood's new competitive gametype, I was genuinely expecting a tacked on little distraction.

Well shut my mouth. As it turns out, it's really rather good.

Rather than a straight deathmatch, Brotherhood's 'Wanted' mode is a microcosm of the series' most satisfying singleplayer kills. You'll choose your character from a selection or archetypes that resemble the gormless peasants that mill around the expansive city maps... and will be tasked with hunting. You'll be given an picture and a rough compass locator- but since there are plenty of identical NPCs to blend in with, you'll need to closely watch the characters for any signs of suspicious behavior. Sprinting, climbing or pushing through crowds is a sure indicator of your human opponent- and you'll need to approach them without alerting them to your presence (preferably dispatching them with a diving assassination stealthy crowd infiltration).

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Here's a motley crew of archetypes. They all look identical to their NPC counterparts... so prepare for some detective work before the kill

Read on... and discover how the hunter becomes the hunted!

From Kinect Blowout to AC Brotherhood's Release Date - News Roundup 14th June 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, EA, FIFA 11, Games news, Kinect, Microsoft, Natal, rare
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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood | FIFA 11

Natal is Dead. Long Live Kinect!

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The first major bomb of this year's E3 festival is has been dropped courtesy of Microsoft's lavish Experience Natal event. Natal has been officially rebranded as Kinect, which is... still a fairly nonsenical name, really.

But what's in a name, right? It's the games that we care about. Let's take a look at the lineup! [courtesy of USA Today]

Joyride. Gripping an imaginary steering wheel, you'll mime your way through a number of courses and dance around to perform stunts.

Kinectimals will let us train, play and otherwise interact with 20 virtual cats including a lion, cheetah and tiger. Miaow!

Kinect Sports. Can you say minigame collection? This Rare-developed (as we predicted) bundle will contain six sporting activities including boxing, bowling, beach volleyball, athletics, football and table tennis. Naturally, the Kinect peripheral will be used to mimic the actual motion of kicking/heading a football or smashing a volleyball- and will serve as an excellent tech demo of Kinect's mocap capabilities. With any luck, this will be bundled along with the camera...but we've heard disturbing early reports of lag and latency issues. Sort it out, Rare.

Kinect Adventures includes a river-raft time trial and obstacle course that will require cooperation by up to four players. Rafting, for example, will require timed strokes and weight distribution.

Dance Central, in development by Harmonix and MTV Games, is set to be massive. Apparently, it will have a killer setlist and will facilitate intuitive "full-body dancing" without a dance pad peripheral. Whilst this certainly isn't my cup of tea, the buzz is overwhelmingly positive- and with Harmonix at the helm, it should handle fairly well. According to early hands-on reports, it's lag free and fairly natural.

Star Wars and Disney will have their own third party outings. With any luck, we'll be set for 1:1 lightsaber duels and... Disney minigames? Shame it isn't a crossover, really.

We can expect a few more third party announcements (including Kojima Productions' Metal Gear Solid Rising) over the next week.

Hmm. Not a stellar lineup by any means, and frankly, Kinect Sports and Adventures really ought to be a bundle package in my opinion. However, the sticking point is price. Microsoft has yet to announce both dates and price point (though they've promised to do so over the next 48 hours)... but they need to remember that you can buy a Wii bundle deal for around £120 these days. If Kinect launches around this bracket, many gamers will actively consider buying a Wii to get their motion control fix (as well as access to Nintendo's game library and web browser). Stay tuned for our updated (and in-depth) Kinect roundup later on! [Thanks to USA Today, Eurogamer]

FIFA 11's Personality+ Feature Explained

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Confused by FIFA 11's new Personality+ feature? Unsure exactly how a player's individual personality will factor into the gameplay? Well fret no more, as EA has released a developer diary explaining the whole thing.

Assassins Creed Brotherhood Dated and Trailered

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Ezio has some unfinished business with the Templars- and will be stalking the shadowy backstreets and rooftops of Renaissance Rome this November. According to Ubisoft's latest announcement, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood will be released on November 16th.

Have a gander at the updated trailer below. It's light on gameplay footage, but very easy on the eye. [Joystiq]