Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed – Reflections #1

Lots Assassin’s Creed comics dropping March 8, 2017.  I’m looking forward to this new Assassin’s Creed series Reflections.  Templar agent Otso Berg’s work takes him to 15th century Florence.

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Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed – Uprising #2

There is rift between the Black Cross and Templar Order over the Project Phoenix.

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Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed – Awakening #4

acawakening04001This manga mini-series takes place during Assassin’s Creed Blag Flag timeline.  The Black Cross is on the hunt, while Charlotte might change sides!  Find out more with Awakening #4.

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Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed – Uprising #1

asuprising0101Assassin’s Creed gets a new series Uprising as the Phoenix Project nears completion.  Charlotte and her team readies to save the world with new reveals and insights on these characters from the Assassin’s Creed universe.

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Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed – Templars #9

act0901Ubisoft’s popular video game Assassin’s Creed over the years have used the comic book medium for more stories in this world.  The final issue of the 9-book Templars run is here.  Adding the to Assassin’s Creed canon, Dre has only one way to go now.

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Watch Dogs Review

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I picked up this game a few days ago and I was a bit excited to see how this game was going to be. Played the game for a whole day and came to the conclusion that this game is exactly like another popular game – Infamous. Now I’m not saying that that’s a bad thing. I love the three Infamous games and they’re a ton of fun to play, I just didn’t expect Watch Dogs to play like them.

The two main differences between the games are 1) you traded in your superpower abilities for some awesome hacking abilities and 2) that you can drive a car in this game which is, oh boy, let’s just say the driving feels awkward. For instance, the first time I hit the gas I crashed into a wall. I thought I’d get better as time went on, but even as I got near the end of the game, I still can’t drive from point A to point B without crashing into a minimum of five things. You will be driving to a lot of places since there are a total of 39 missions in the game split into five Acts. Frankly, this is probably one of the longest games I have played so far this year, which is a good thing since most games you play nowadays can be beaten in a little over ten hours.

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The Art of Watch Dogs

watchdogsThe video game media went bonkers when Ubisoft unveiled Watch Dogs at E3 2012.  The much anticipated and delayed game is now finally out and does it live up to the hype?  I don’t know yet, but will get on my hands on a copy for my Xbox 360 soon.  Just a quick note, you can also look for our review of Watch Dogs by our Retrenders video game guru Ramon Angel soon.  But for now, I’m reviewing the release of The Art of Watch Dogs published by Titan Books.

watchdogs 00In Watch Dogs, the GTA-type game, you play hacker anti-hero Aiden Pearce.  Now on the path of revenge he uses Chicago’s Central Operating System (ctOS) to hack into security cameras, lock doors, control traffic lights, locate targets of interest and grab information on his enemies.  The city of Chicago is now your playground.

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Review

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So here we are with another Assassin’s Creed game. They seem to be coming out with a new one every year just like all of the Call of Duty games. After playing the the previous game, Assassin’s Creed 3, I wasn’t so sure if I would be picking up this game at all, but I ended up getting my hands on it anyway. Right from the start I didn’t like the protagonist. He didn’t seem that likable during the beginning of the game, but after a few hours, he sort of grows on you.

The story in this game was pretty good, even if I did have a few questions at the end of it all, but I wasn’t able to get as invested in it as I did in the previous games in the series. The main reason was because of who you controlled in the modern time; it was just some random guy. You play him in first-person mode while out of the Animus and are never given a name and you aren’t able to even see what you look like. The one character I enjoyed the most out of the whole game was the I.T. guy, John. He made the modern portion of the game bearable and had an important role in the story. The characters Rebecca and Shaun showing up was also a plus – it was nice seeing and hearing them bicker again.

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Besides that though, the real fun was when you were able to sail your ship all around the seas. Taking on little gunboats for small loot or attacking the large Man o’ Wars for some better salvage, it never got old. There was so much to do out in the ocean; sail to a nearby island and search for treasure, go deep sea diving, harpooning for sea creatures like whales and sharks, or just have fun destroying ship after ship. Finding floating pages of shanties was pretty neat also. Singing songs while sailing around was like listening to a pirate song radio station – and it did get annoying pretty quick. One could probably get really drawn into all the pirating or even the side-quests and forget all about doing any of the story missions. And to be honest, is that such a bad thing?

I give Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag a 7/10.

The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

ACBF00It’s been a busy couple of weekends just button-mashing in the living room after big releases like GTA, Arkham Origins, Battlefield 4 and now comes Assassin’s Creed IV:  Black Flag.  This new installment takes you back to 1715 where Pirates rule the seas and you are thrown into the dark, gritty world of pirate life.

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Assassin’s Creed in China

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Well, if the next Assassin’s Creed game takes place in China, you can thank artist Chaoyuan Xu for inspiring it.  This is not just any old fan art, his Assassin’s Creed China collection is something to look at.

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Assassin’s Creed Graphic Novel Volumes 1-3

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When Ubisoft launched their video game hit Assassin’s Creed II in 2009, they also released a French-language trilogy of comics to fill-in the gaps and expand the Assassin’s Creed universe with writer Eric Corbeyran and artist Djilalli Defali.  Now for the first time, Titan Books has translated the graphic novels to English.

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