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Assassin's Creed completed... mixed reactions inside.

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I'd beaten all of 2007's major console releases, except one. I didn't buy Assassin's Creed when it came out, because of some of the negative media attention it got. It seemed critics either loved the game, or not so much.

I honestly believe it was such polarity that inspired me to check it out. Well, that and the fact that it was on sale at Best Buy for $39.99. My most trusted source gave it an average of 5.83. So it was with hesitation, but curiosity that I began to play it.

There's no doubt it's a startlingly beautiful game. One of the most breathtaking I've seen, and like I said, I've played a lot of games this year. But I won't go into a full review here.

What I will say, is that it possesses both some of the most memorable and beautiful moments in any game I've played this year, as well as some of the biggest disappointments. The ending in particular was an excersize in lazy game design and tedium. Almost ruined the game for me. I literally went from giving this game a 9.0, to a6.5 because of the last 2-3 hours of the experience, which is one gameplay element repeated about 16 times in a row.

Which is interesiting because I didn't find the main portion of the game to be repetitive, which was the main crticism to begin with.

It's such a damn shame.

But I am happy I bought it, as I got about 10 hours of very entertaining gameplay out of it.

All in all, I believe it's worth playing, just to see where you stand on the matter.

Everyone Needs To Read This

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The controversy GameSpot has tried so hard to put behind it continues to resurface,perhaps stronger than ever.

Frank Provo, another veteran staff member leaves GameSpot, this time on his own will, and he's got a lot to say. None of it is encouraging, or positive for this site.In fact, he flat out says GameSpot is crumbling to pressure from CNET to review games based on advertising dollars. I figured I'd post this here because all of these topics are being locked in the forum.

Read, discuss.

And this is Frank Provo's actual Blog on GameSpot... where he says it straight out "GameSpot is corrupt". Check it out

While you're there... be sure to read his responses to the comments on his blog. Very incriminating stuff. Just nasty.

Mass Effect Completed. Impressions Inside!

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Not being the biggest fan of RPG's, I was a little hesitant picking this up. I thought it'd go the usual route of RPG's in my game library; I'dplay itand be interested for 10 or so hours, get bored, and switch to something else. Only to come back to it in a few months and play an hour here and there.

Well, the good news is... I played and beat Mass Effect. Not only did I play it all the way through, without ever getting bored, I didn't play anything else while doing so. Needless to say, it's an absolutely amazing game. I honestly want to start playing it all over again, right now. And since my experience would be largely new if I make different decisions, explore more of the galaxy, and play a different class, I just may. It is one of the most epic stories ever told in a game, bar none.

I may post a review soon but..

If you own a 360, you should definitely play this game!

New GTA IV trailer sort of.... lame?

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If you've got a pulse and are a gamer, you've probably seen this by now.

What are your thoughts?

Personally, I'm less excited about this game than I was 6 months ago, when more of it was a mystery.

The graphics look muddy. And blocky. Are you telling me this is the best they can do with next-gen hardware? While they look better than say, San Andreas (PS2), they aren't immediately impressive, and certainly don't look as good as something like Mass Effect, for instance. Is this why we're waiting an extra 6 months?

The voice acting needs work. Niko sounds like a white guy doing an impression of an European immigrant.I wasn't grabbed by any of the voices in the new trailer. Not even Seth Green...

New gameplay? I didn't see many traces of it in the trailer. I've only watched it twice, but where are the gameplay revolutions we've been promised?

Oh well. Perhaps I'm being overly harsh. But I feel like I'm just being honest. Guess we'll have to see what they do with the game in the next 4 months..

Wow, so the Jeff thing is true. Will you stay?

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Okay, so we all know it's more than speculation now (as evidenced by front-page news on every major gamesite). Although most people with any sense of integrity would be disgusted by this incident, does that mean we can't enjoy GS for the forums and news columns? Obviously the reviews can never be trusted. Or will people leave out of pure disgust?

What are your thoughts?

And will you stay or go? Why?

Don't forget everyone, it's still JUST A RUMOR (Jeff)

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With the entire site in a frenzy, it's hard to keep a level head here. But look at the facts, people:

Jeff Gerstmann does NOT work at Gamespot anymore

No reason has been disclosed

No one knows if he was fired, or just left for his own reasons

Internet rumors spread quickly with absolutely no validity

Facts get twisted, misinterpreted, and absolutely neglected in the midst of hysteria like this

People are likely overreacting (on the Internet?! WTF?)

Let's all take a deep breath and realize that while Gerstmann was a good journalist, we don't know the real reason he doesn't work at GameSpot. Until we hear from him directly, or Gamespot, let's take a deep breath and move on, OK?

Mass Effect & Other Thanksgiving Thoughts

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I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. Mine was fun, 'cept I was away from my games most of the day, at my sisters house. Before I went went over though, I managed to sneak in my first hour of playtime in Bioware's highly anticipated Sci-Fi epic RPG Mass Effect.

No spoilers ahead, don't worry. ;)

I first noticed the soundtrack of the game, which is very incredible and unique. :shock: Call me a dork, but the soundtrack to a game is very important to me, especially in an RPG.Anyway, the title music is very atmospheric. Not what you're used to, either. Hard to explain, but great.

I chose the option to create my own character, rather than choose the premades. It was awesome. :P Pretty deep. Reminds me of Oblivions' character creation, but possibly deeper. In the process, you choose background info on your character before the facial editing begins, which I assume effects your options. I noticed, since my character was the sole survivor of an alien attack when he was younger, I had extended options for scars on my face. So freakin' cool! :o My character actually LOOKS like a battle-worn bad***.8)

When the game began, I was real impressed with the graphics and voice acting. Never played a Bioware game before (sacrelige, I know), but the dialogue trees really impressed me and added to my immersion. The whole game has a very cinematic, believable feel to it. So far, I'm pretty ga-ga as you can tell. :)

Now I just gotta finish SMG so I can devote all my attention to ME.

How was everyone else's holiday?

R&C: TOD - Best PS3 game?

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First AAA title for PS3?

You betcha. :)I've long been a fan of the series, and it is such a refreshing change of pace to play a colorful, funny, old-school game in this age of FPS's. If you're a PS3 owner, you really, really need to check this out.

See why in my review.

Zelda: Phantom Hourglass impressions

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Looks JUST like Wind Waker, from an overhead perspective.

Yeah it plays great, even with the stylus-only controls.

But....

I just can't help shake the "been there, done that" feeling that's ALL OVER this game. I mean.... the gameplay is like every other Zelda game. Not that I wanted a drastic change, just maybe a few things to freshen up the experience. The graphics are right from Wind Waker, the play perspective from A Link To The Past. The only thing really original about the game is the controls. While they are unique, they are not superior to any other version of the game, and one can't help but wonder if the game would've played even better had they just stuck with the traditional control scheme, with some stylus touches (for the boomerang, for example).

Anyway, it IS early, and don't get me wrong; I am having fun with the game, but I had to get that out of my head. . .

I'll post a full review later.

Anyone else played it yet? If so, what are your impressions?

Super Mario Galaxy, damn you

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Looks like Miyamoto-san has done it again. I think many of us lost the enthusiasm we once had for 3-D Mario games after Sunshine was only very good and not spectacular.

Silly of us to doubt. New, hands-on impressions of the game are pointing towards this game being one of the best Mario games ever created. This makes me mad. Why would I be mad at an incredible Mario game coming out, you may ask? Well, the answer is simple.The Nintendo Wii is the only next-gen system I haven't bought yet.

Paper Mario was tempting, Metroid Prime 3 even moreso. Now, how can any old-school gamer resist a top-tier Mario title? The answer is obvious: They cannot. I cannot. And this may mean I have to buy a Wii.

Damn you, Nintendo. Damn you. :)