Assassin’s Creed Unity – You say you want a revolution

Assassin’s Creed: Unity has always had the reputation of being the black sheep of the franchise, and it had big shoes to fill. Coming out after the superb Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, which took the series to the high seas, and Assassin’s Creed 2, which many fans still consider the best, it may never have been possible to reach the top.

However, Assassin’s Creed Unity also was a massive undertaking. It was the first game on a new series of consoles. It added multiplayer and attempted to expand the map to a massive city, and all this while trying to return the series from the pIrate adventure of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, to the original core experience of crowded city streets.

Assassin’s Creed Unity has problems, but what struck me as I’ve finally played it in 2021 is that there are so many different and distinct parts of the experience, nothing was like what I heard anyone describe. When it came out Unity was considered unplayable, but now it seems Unity has been refined into a flawed but full experience.

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Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap Review – Reviving a classic Sega title in its best form

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap was originally made for the Sega Master System and ported to the Game Gear and Turbo Grafx-16.  It involved the main character, Wonder Boy, fresh from his last adventure getting cursed by a dragon’s curse and then roaming the land to try to fix that curse.  

It also was a fantastic game that rivaled entries like Metroid and allowed players to return to areas they had been in before to find new rooms with abilities earned over time.  It was essentially a predecessor to what would be known as a Metroidvania. 

And so in 2017, Wonder Boy: The Dragon Trap was released, remaking the original title, but also improving it and giving it a more interesting overhaul to mesh with modern gamers.  While the original game can still be seen in the new release, the improvements will welcome gamers who aren’t looking for a replica of what a Master system was limited to. 

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Humble Choice June 2021 Review – Civilization 6 and more.

I’m Kinglink. It’s the first week of the month so it must be time for the Humble Choice for June 2021 Review. 

Remember I only play one hour per game to get a sampling of them all, and I’ll tell you who is going to enjoy each title, and who might want to skip it.  It’s a big month with another massive headline so let’s dive in again. 

Our first game is one whose base game has already been in a Humble Monthly, in the February 2019 Humble Monthly Bundle… 

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Yakuza 6 – So long Kiryu, thanks for the memories

So my time with Yakuza finally ends.  After 8 games on PC, I’m caught up and ready for wherever the series will take the player in the future.  While Judgement and now Lost Judgement is hopefully coming to PC, for the moment I’ve arrived at the temporary end of the journey. 

And Yakuza 6 ends what I consider the main arc of the franchise, ending the games that star Kiryu Kazuma in one final epic tale, at least that was the hope. 

Yakuza 6 is probably not what fans expected, and unfortunately may not be what fans want, but many issues with Yakuza 6 come from this potentially being the final time players take on the role of Kiryu Kazuma in the franchise. 

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I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger-Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator Review

I honestly don’t know what to think of KFC venturing into gaming. It seems like the weirdest pairing. Recently KFC announced a new gaming ‘console’ which can cook chicken and play games, but people forget KFC was already involved in gaming before that point.

In 2019, a game called I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger-Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator was created out of nowhere, published by none other than KFC.

To call this a strange move is an understatement. There have been collaborations between video game companies and fast-food restaurants before. Mcdonald’s has previously had MC Kids, and Global Gladiators, and Burger King had the trio of Sneak King, Big Bumpin’, and PocketBike Racers that could only be purchased from their restaurant.

Yet I Love You, Colonel Sanders is an otohime, or as it’s known in English, a dating simulation, one in which you attempt to romance Colonel Sanders, and attempt to win his heart.

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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm Review – An amazing prequel, if a bit weaker.

Life Is Strange was a unique but well-made game that took the Telltale Games’ formula and improved on it to make an amazing experience, but its major accomplishments feel unique to the point that a return to the same game could never live up to the original.

At the same time, prequels can be extremely hard to pull off. It’s worse when the story is the key component of the game, and players already know the results of the character’s arcs. Yet Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is a prequel that tries to do just that and seems to succeed.

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm revolves around Chloe, Max’s friend from the original Life is Strange. In Life Is Strange, Chloe is a punk dropout of a prestigious academy, and much of the game revolves around Chloe and Max. In addition, there’s a missing girl known as Rachel Amber, who is unseen and unknown though Life Is Strange does explore and explain her disappearance.

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Let’s talk about Emulators and Roms; A former dev talks about legality and uses

I’m Kinglink and this week we’re going to talk about Emulation. It’d be really easy to talk just emulators, but instead, we’re also going to have to talk about ya know… Piracy. That means this week it’s time for Emulators and Roms. 

I want to cover this in three acts. First, we’ll talk about what emulation and ROMs are at a high level. Second, we’ll talk about why people emulate and play ROMs. And finally, we’ll talk about my thoughts on it. I can actually address this from multiple angles, as I am a gamer, but I also was a game developer, I’ve even had people tell me they pirated my game. True story, and hopefully that will be an interesting angle. 

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Halo: Combat Evolved – The game the franchise left behind

Twenty years have passed since Halo: Combat Evolved first appeared on the Xbox in 2001, and over the years the franchise has grown into a true juggernaut.  With the release of Halo Master Chief Collection, it gives new players a chance to go back and replay the entire series.

It seems worthwhile to look through each game’s offering over time and to start with the originator.  This review will mainly focus only on the single-player offerings, though the Halo Master Chief Collection offers the multiplayer for Halo Combat Evolved.

But given the potential to remake Halo: Combat Evolved into a brand new version, players are instead getting the already existing PC version.  The Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary edition came out in 2011, and while that’s the 10th anniversary of the original game, 10 years after its release the game feels like it could use another update.  

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Yakuza 5 – Too much of a good thing

Yakuza 5 takes what Yakuza 4 accomplished and amplifies everything in it to create a brand new experience that is bigger and better than before. It is the most jam-packed Yakuza title yet, the longest-running in the Kiryu saga, and contains the most playable characters. 

But it also is a case where it becomes too much of a good thing that finally reaches the series’ breaking point, and causes some issues for the franchise. 

Yakuza 5 has returning characters from the previous game with Kiryu, Saejima, and Akiyama, but adds in two new playable characters, an ex-baseball player, Tatsuo Shinada, and for the first time in the series, Haruka Sawamura, Kiryu’s adopted daughter. Each of these characters gets their own section of the story, with Haruka and Akiyama sharing their portion, giving players four distinct parts of the game, with a rather large finale at the end.

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