Geek Citadel http://www.geekcitadel.com Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:58:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Bullet Point – Destiny: The Dark Below Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/12/18/bullet-point-destiny-dark-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/12/18/bullet-point-destiny-dark-review/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:54:39 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=6927 Oh hey Destiny it’s been a while since I p…holy crap what happened!? That was my exact thought as I jumped back into Destiny upon the release of its new expansion “The Dark Below”. It’s an unforgiving beast and if you didn’t level your character all the way to the cap, you are going to […]

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Oh hey Destiny it’s been a while since I p…holy crap what happened!? That was my exact thought as I jumped back into Destiny upon the release of its new expansion “The Dark Below”. It’s an unforgiving beast and if you didn’t level your character all the way to the cap, you are going to have as rough of a time getting through this as I did. Here’s my review of it…

Things I Liked

  • A new story to keep the players playing the game instead of just grinding it out in the crucible or making other characters (if they haven’t done that yet).
  • The new ride I got after downloading this expansion was pretty neat as well as some of the new weapons that helped me out a lot.

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Love/Hate Relationship

  • Difficult as all hell. I don’t normally use that word in a review but I felt like it was necessary for this one. As much as I love a challenge but I felt a bit penalized at the same time being your first mission is a LEVEL 24 Mission and I feel short by 4 at first before equipping some items and going in just 2 under. However it’s the next mission after that made me hate this expansion and how hard it is, like I was being punished for not going the extra mile and leveling to 30.

Things I Didn’t Like

  • The loot system to me hasn’t changed in the crucible, sure it’s more rewarding to play in the Iron Banner events but I still feel like every crucible match should be rewarding the GOOD players and not the ones who end up in last.

Conclusion

Overall it’s a pretty decent expansion for those who have been waiting for another story to play after possibly being let down by the main one (if you felt that way). If you start low, you might feel as punished as I did so I suggest being between levels 25 and up before starting this expansion to have a decent chance of running through this with a little ease. If you invested in the pass already, I would suggest downloading this plus the level cap was raised by 1.

 

A download code was provided by Activision for review purposes

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Bullet Points – Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series: Iron from Ice http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/12/05/bullet-points-game-thrones-telltale-games-series-iron-ice/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/12/05/bullet-points-game-thrones-telltale-games-series-iron-ice/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:29:48 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=6881 I want to warn anyone that has plans on seeing Game of Thrones to avoid this game at all cost. It spoils a few major scenes that were revealed in the show. The Forrester’s have been loyal banner men to the Starks for years. However, things have changed now that the head of the family […]

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I want to warn anyone that has plans on seeing Game of Thrones to avoid this game at all cost. It spoils a few major scenes that were revealed in the show. The Forrester’s have been loyal banner men to the Starks for years. However, things have changed now that the head of the family has been slain during a betrayal of the Starks. The Forrester family has now been targeted by the Warden of the North, Roose Bolton, who sends his son Ramsey Snow to obtain Fealty from the new Lord. Something simple turns into a big deal when the squire returns to the Forrester’s with a message from the slain Father of the House.

What we liked

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Interweaving story line – For the first time in a Telltale game, we get to play as multiple characters. In typical Game of Thrones fashion the tale weaves between three people in the lives of the Forrester’s House. Gared, the squire to the former Lord of the Forrester House. Ethan, the second son of House Forrester and the new Lord, and Mira, the eldest daughter of the Forrester’s and the Handmaiden to Margaery Tyrell.

Each of these characters have their own reasons for protecting House Forrester. A squire that just wants to protect his lord, a son that wishes to live up to the legacy of his father, and a daughter trapped in a foreign place forced to trust a nest full of vipers. Much like Game of Thrones, you never know what to expect from new people you encounter. However, when you encounter characters you’ve read about or watched on a show… you’ll try to use your knowledge to sway their favor or stay their hand.

Without a doubt the adventure game genre is the best avenue for Game of Thrones. Drama and reaction is a mainstay of the books and the show. We all know that combat goes down in Game of Thrones, but the best kills are those that happen when least expected. Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series weighs heavy dialogue and characters making choices that may or may not lead to their death. Think of the tale of Robb Stark and you’ll understand what the game is accomplishing here.

Unlike games like The Walking Dead or The Wolf Among Us. We’re not exactly stuck with a character who can make bad choices and reach the end of the game unscathed. I never feared for Lee or Clementine losing their lives or precious body parts. That is not the case in Game of Thrones, you are faced with choices over a long period of time that could call a trickle-down effect. You may have saved one character with your actions, but the next character could suffer for that mistake. It’s the hard life you’d expect out of this series, and Telltale has done a great job at bringing us into that world.

What we didn’t like

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Art Problems – The interactive storytelling is always the best part of a Telltale game, the art on the other hand is hit or miss. The Wolf Among Us looked to be pushing a new art direction for the company. The characters in this title manage to provide of us with gratifying likenesses of Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Iwan Rheon and Natalie Dorner. It even creates some convincing new characters for us to lose. It’s the scenery that lacks polish and looks completely out of place with the world they are trying to convey.

The backdrops feature a weird blur during dialogue cutscenes, the blur can be spotted at the edge of the actors faces. It tries to hide the badly textured environments with an oil painting style that completely fails to do so.

Conclusion

I don’t want to talk too much about this game, it doesn’t deserve to be spoiled in the least. A Telltale game has not impacted me this way since the first The Walking Dead. I’m a big fan of the books and the show, but I wasn’t particularly hyped about this game. Now I’m itching for the second episode, and will try to play the game multiple times for different endings. Even though the art style isn’t that great, this is a must for fans of the series.

*This title was provided to us by the Publisher*

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Bullet Points – Far Cry 4 Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/12/03/bullet-points-far-cry-4-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/12/03/bullet-points-far-cry-4-review/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 00:26:24 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=6873 Ajay Ghale returns to his Mother’s home to take her ashes to the temple of Lakshmana. He’s intercepted by Pagan Min the insane ruler of Kyrat minutes after he arrives. Pagan intends to keep Ajay locked away with him in his fortress, but the Golden Path frees Ajay before he becomes a victim to Pagan’s […]

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Ajay Ghale returns to his Mother’s home to take her ashes to the temple of Lakshmana. He’s intercepted by Pagan Min the insane ruler of Kyrat minutes after he arrives. Pagan intends to keep Ajay locked away with him in his fortress, but the Golden Path frees Ajay before he becomes a victim to Pagan’s madness. Ajay learns that the Golden Path was once lead by his father, and that the Golden Path has had a leadership problem since his death. Ajay must help the Golden Path take over the territory from Pagan Min so that he can reach Lakshmana.

What we liked

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Take me to Lakshmana – Kyrat is a mountainous region filled with descending slopes and unexpected beauty. This a place of weathered culture and that is both dark, hopeful, and layered with an abundance of nature’s bounty. On the other side of the coin, the Himalayas bleaches out the area with oxygen depriving snowfall. It’s a stark difference from the beach driven wilderness of Far Cry 3. You’ll find yourself halting a killing spree to take a moment to feel the wind in your hair. I mean that figuratively though, because you can’t actually feel wind on your face from a video game. You know that… right?

Take Flight – The Gyrocopter and Wingsuit compounds a new sense of elevation to the Far Cry series. The Gyrocopter allows for an easy way to float above the Island, while the Wingsuit allows us to whistle through the air with reckless abandon. The moment you’re hovering over a body of water fishing with a grenade launcher – you’ll know you’ve experienced true freedom.

Hunter and Prey – Animals are more aggressive than any human in Kyrat. You’ll be walking along minding your own business, and BAM a pack of dogs has descended upon you. You are as much as a hunter as you are prey, so prepare to face the invincible Honey Badger and flee from the powerful Rhino like as if you were wearing a Spider-Man costume.

Cooperative Play – Far Cry 4 allows you to free-roam in the world with your friends blazing away at bad guys and hunting wild animals. Even if it doesn’t allow you to play the story missions with your pal, you can do all the side-quests. It can be a blast to take down a base with a pal, and at times it’s fun to watch them fail horribly as well.

More Missions – After playing Assassin’s Creed Unity, it looks like Ubisoft is dedicated to throwing loads of content at players. Far Cry 4 follows this trend with tons of collectible items, hunting missions, and even fortresses to take down. It doubles the amount of missions from Far Cry 4 and gives you plenty to do.

Love/Hate Relationship

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Multiplayer – Far Cry 4 also features competitive 5 vs. 5 multiplayer. It’s a series of game modes using the Spies vs. Mercenaries formula. The three types are Outpost, demon Mask, and Propaganda. Which is basically Defend, Capture the Flag, and Search and Destroy. The Golden Path depends on the standard run and gun approach, but the Rakshasa have the power of the spirits on their side. They can vanish into thin air, ride elephants, and summon animals to do battle for them.

Far Cry 3.5 – We love the Wingsuit, Co-op, Gyrocopter, and the healthy amount of new content. Yet… there is a familiarity to the gameplay that remains similar to Far Cry 3. Be it the recycled animations, or the return of the scalable towers, there is a tinge of acquaintance in the gameplay of Far Cry 4.

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Dislikable friends – Ajay Ghale is being hunted by Pagan Min who seems intent on keeping him by his side. He escapes and joins up with the Golden Path who continually use the death of his father to manipulate him. He the meets up with a gun runner who sends him off to find things to help the Golden Path that shady at best. The real kicker is that Ajay doesn’t have the personality to ask questions, or refuse any available request.

His gullible belief that somehow helping the less-than righteous Golden Path will help him spread the ashes of his mother, is well… stupid. Not only that, but Pagan doesn’t seem all that keen on capturing Ajay or even pursuing him. He usually just gives Ajay a friendly call to remind him that he’s still in the game.

Bug Issues – I don’t know if I can play an Ubisoft game without encountering a bug issue anymore. It’s not as bad as Assassin’s Creed Unity’s issues, but there are some wild bugs that will ruin the fun. Luckily, most of them were cosmetic and didn’t seem to impact missions.

Multiplayer Woes – I can’t for the life of me… get into a game using the matchmaking system. Okay, that’s not true, I was able to get into a single game after trying fifteen times. I was met with disconnect after disconnect simply trying to play with random players. Multiplayer suffers from a few lag issues that can impede the gameplay. Let’s just say you’ll get shot around corners during many a game session.

Conclusion

Far Cry 4 works on an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it but add a lot of content and some cooperative play to make up for it” basis. It works for the most part, but let’s hope this doesn’t start a trend for the next game. The story failed to resonate with me on a personal level, but the cooperative play and wealth of content kept me from caring about it. Geek Citadel recommends that you buy Far Cry 4. The story is formulaic and the main character is boring. It’s just lucky that running around being chased by a Honey Badger elevates game way above its faults.

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Bullet Points – Dragon Age Inquisition Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/26/bullet-points-dragon-age-inquisition-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/26/bullet-points-dragon-age-inquisition-review/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:46:41 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=6863 The breach appears in the sky of Thedas and spills demons and ghosts into the world to terrorize the citizens. You wake up with the only weapon that could seal the breach attached to your hand. The breach may be the main problem, but there are other troubles to deal with across Ferelden and Orlais. […]

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The breach appears in the sky of Thedas and spills demons and ghosts into the world to terrorize the citizens. You wake up with the only weapon that could seal the breach attached to your hand. The breach may be the main problem, but there are other troubles to deal with across Ferelden and Orlais. The Templars and Mages are fighting to a standstill, The Wardens are missing, and the world is in general disarray with political indecision. It’s time to form an Inquisition and take the troubles of the world in the palm of your hand… literally.

What we liked

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Dem VisualsDragon Age Inquisition is a fantastic looking game, the hair could use some work but the environments and character models shine. What it does extremely well is pepper massive amounts of detailed foliage around, and provide impressive particle effects in the form of snow and magical flourishes.

Tactical Combat Dragon Age Origins was a bit too old school for some people, and Dragon Age II took the challenge out of the game by being a bit too casual. Dragon Age Inquisition combines the best of both worlds by providing unique A.I. types and the return of tactical combat. Rogues are quick and use stealth to sneak up behind the party and attempt to take out the weaker classes, while mages and rangers will stick to the distance and drop powerful damage.

Warriors on the other hand stand in the thick swinging gigantic weapons or soak up damage with shields. Once you get used to the system, it is an absolute blast to play. Some classes are a bit more fun than others, I found the Rogue to be significantly more active than a Two-Handed Warrior in my opinion.

Customization Bonanza – You can make your character from scratch and spend as much time as you want making a handsome or ferocious Inquisitor. There are tons of settings and sliders to choose from for each of the available races. Now if only they could fix the hair and the beards… peeyew!

Exploration NationDragon Age Inquisition has one of the most open worlds I have ever played. Each hub is gigantic and has tons of mysteries and collectibles to discover. You will find people in need of help everywhere, dead bodies that lead to hidden treasure, or a hidden valley that reveals the home of a very aggressive dragon. There is so much to find in Dragon Age Inquisition that I spent 15 hours running around the very first area… ridiculous.

Hunter Gatherer – To go along with exploring the vastness of the world, players can slay enemies for materials or find metals on a Cliffside to create items. You can make anything from Potions to Armor and even choose a specific material to apply different attributes to gear. You will discover tons of recipes for modifying and creating weapons, and we can even name our creations.

The War Room – The War Room is a game within a game. It’s similar to many of the social titles you would see on Facebook. You send people out on timed missions to earn the inquisition reputation, items, and even new recruits for your army. It also supplies us with a significant amount of missions to discover and solve on our own. So we can bring more people to our throne to pass Judgment over them like an episode of Game of Thrones.

D&D Multiplayer – The Multiplayer is like a video game version of Dungeons & Dragons. You choose a class and proceed to find plunder loot, slay enemies, and earn coin. The mission structure switches between various objectives and features narration from some of the cast. It’s very similar to the main game except that you play with three other people, and the missions are structured around class skills and teamwork. There are some minor latency and disconnection issues as of release, but It’s just another way to add on to an already addicting title.

Love/Hate Relationship

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Jesus Complex – YOU WERE THE CHOSEN ONE, IT WAS SAID THAT YOU WOULD DESTROY THE TROPES NOT JOIN THEM! Dragon Age Inquisitions’ story uses a double trope for the main character. The hero wakes with amnesia and is the only person that can stop the breach. Our hero becomes a spiritual figure in the world, and later on they become Thedas version of Moses with some Jesus mixed in. It’s bland and makes all the story moments predictable. I mean… there is even a reference to the hero dying and coming back from the dead… come on!

Horse Animation – I’m happy to have horses in the game, but they could use some better animations. I’m not asking for Red Dead Redemption type fidelity or anything, but maybe something that looks a bit more convincing. Simply putting wind trails behind my character as he rides a slow horse is bad form.

What we didn’t like

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Bug issues – There are some bugs that mar the visuals and get in the way of the gameplay here and there. The visual bugs can ruin some of the experience, and there are a few control bugs that can border on frustrating. There were a few times where I couldn’t switch between my party members or disrupt a rift that I was standing right underneath.

One button to rule them all – The select button is used for too many interactions. You use it to mount, jump, loot, open doors, and so much more. However, it is likely that you’ll jump instead of interacting or vice versa. This is a pain in the butt, and I wish they could have figured out how to separate these buttons.

Foraging mess – There is a beacon that you can use to highlight nearby items. That’s all well and fine until you realize you have to search for the glow in the world. The item only remains highlighted for about three seconds, so you’ll spin the camera around and smash on the beacon frequently to find the item. It’s frustrating and dilutes the act of searching for materials.

Crappy Mini-Map – I get that this game is huge and the large quest map works wonders for keeping track of all the quests. What doesn’t work wonders is the mini-map while you’re wandering around. It doesn’t show you were you are on the map, it doesn’t highlight items when using the beacon, it doesn’t even give you some sort of GPS like arrow for highlight waypoints. It’s a minimalist circle with some blips inside of it that barely helps at all.

Loading Times – This game takes forever to load new areas, at least this is how it feels on PC. I can get up and make a sandwich and it would finally load up when I walked back into the room. I think this is a flaw in the Frostbite 3 engine, because Battlefield 4 has similar loading problems.  The frame rate also drops to 30 fps whenever a cutscene is active.

Conclusion

Dragon Age Inquisition is a game that boasts 200 hours of gameplay, and it is easily one of the most addicting RPG’s I have ever played. I’ve played this game for about 80 hours and I continually find new ways to distract myself. The overarching story isn’t the best thing in I’ve ever seen in an RPG, but side missions and the engaging companions keep me entertained. There is a wealth of history in Dragon Age that can be unearthed from listening to different citizens. We recommend that you buy Dragon Age Inquisition. It brings back that tactical feeling of Origins while adding some Skyrim like adventure to the mix.

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Geek Citadel Plays – Dragon Age Inquisition http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/21/geek-citadel-plays-dragon-age-inquisition/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/21/geek-citadel-plays-dragon-age-inquisition/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:42:13 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=6858 I take to the Storm Coast in Dragon Age Inquisition and slaughter a few bears and demons for fun. Check out this 20 minute preview of the game in glorious 1080p 60 fps.

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I take to the Storm Coast in Dragon Age Inquisition and slaughter a few bears and demons for fun. Check out this 20 minute preview of the game in glorious 1080p 60 fps.

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Bullet Points – Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox One) Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/20/bullet-points-grand-theft-auto-v-xbox-one-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/20/bullet-points-grand-theft-auto-v-xbox-one-review/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:28:14 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=6841 When Grand Theft Auto V was released on the last gen consoles (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) it featured very good visuals a good story and a fun online experience…minus the ever so highly anticipated feature of Heist. One thing that I always said (along with other mouth breathers) is that this game should be […]

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When Grand Theft Auto V was released on the last gen consoles (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) it featured very good visuals a good story and a fun online experience…minus the ever so highly anticipated feature of Heist. One thing that I always said (along with other mouth breathers) is that this game should be on Xbox One and PlayStation 4! The fans have asked for it and have received it as Grand Theft Auto V is now out for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in the same capacity as other remastered games from last gen that include Halo and The Last Of Us.

What We Liked

  • I seem like I always start a review talking about how good or bad a game looks, but it’s usually the first thing you notice when you load up a video game right? One reason I shared the same opinion as many that this game belongs on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 because even on 360 and PS3 this game looked fantastic. You can tell some of the updates to the graphics for this version, from the extra gloss on the cars to the updated textures. Even better the emotions for each character has been updated which is clear to see during the single player experience. It’s still a pretty game to look at and the update just made it even better!
  • One of the other first things I noticed was the update in the gameplay engine. It seems like everything carries its own weight when it comes to your character, cars or weapon play. What is really cool but weird to me at the same time was the introduction of First Person view in GTA 5. It’s an option and you don’t have to use it but I feel like it’s worth a try just for some of the features that are included with it.
  • New story elements added for returning players was an interesting twist and made it somewhat worth it to replay the story if you have already played this game on 360 and PS3. New things like a Murder Mystery plot for Michael or the Photo challenge for Franklin and some others I won’t spoil if you haven’t picked up the game yet. It’s pretty cool and they also come with some cool in-game rewards if you complete them. Always leave it to Rockstar to do something cool for their longtime players.

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Love/Hate Relationship

  • So I have to mention that I love the increase in player size for GTA Online. Up to 32 players are allowed on one server (30 actual players and 2 spectators) and that just make the online experience a little more like what we saw at E3 a couple of years ago. My hate…and I understand Hate is a strong word so I’ll dial it down to DISLIKE. My dislike is that the one mode myself and A LOT of other players have been clamoring for is not here yet. Yeah I’m talking about Heist, and yes I know they have promised at some point after this release it will arrive for us who have been waiting but I feel like this is a mode that should have been here by now and should have launched in some capacity with this version of the game. I know it’s frustrating for some and I have been one of those people who put down the game until now because of this features absence. I hope it’s here pretty soon because it would be a welcomed addition to the already massive online experience!

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What We Disliked

  • Even though I liked the story but this is more how some of these missions play out. During my original play-through I hated that they put the player in the underdog position in ALL of the chase missions. The person you chase is on a fast motorcycle and you’re in this beat up car that is in desperate need of Pimp My Ride. I was kind of hoping that they would update these type of missions not to hinder us during these chases but…it seems like it’s here to stay.

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Conclusion

Grand Theft Auto on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (Soon for PC) is a great upgrade from its last-gen counterpart and still features the same fun but with a fresh new coat of paint on it. Not just that, better gameplay and a bigger online experience should entice you to dump your 360 or PS3 versions and upgrade to a Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions. Make sure to transfer your character over if you have played this one the last-gen consoles and get ready to continue mayhem, I highly suggest going out and getting this game.

 

*This game was sent to us by Rockstar for review purposes*

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Bullet Points – Assassin’s Creed Unity Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/14/bullet-points-assassins-creed-unity-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/14/bullet-points-assassins-creed-unity-review/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 04:02:03 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=6831 Arno goes on a trip with his father, meets a pretty young girl, and soon finds his deceased father lying dead at his feet. He grows up into a roguish man with a fondness for getting himself into trouble. His bad boy ways catch up with him as he tossed into prison after he is […]

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Arno goes on a trip with his father, meets a pretty young girl, and soon finds his deceased father lying dead at his feet. He grows up into a roguish man with a fondness for getting himself into trouble. His bad boy ways catch up with him as he tossed into prison after he is framed for murder. Coincidentally, he is placed in prison with a man who served with his father as an Assassin. With this new knowledge he takes on the role his Father once held and starts on his path to revenge.

 

What we liked

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Splendid VisualsFrance is beyond gorgeous, and this is easily one of the most beautiful games I have ever played. The detail of each of the buildings is superb. The increased number of civilians are what truly steal the show, with over 100+ NPC’s crowding the streets and causing havoc. Each of the main characters are painstakingly detailed and have accurate and convincing facial expressions to match. This is easily the best looking and detailed Assassin’s Creed title to date.

 

Stealthy – I always thought that for a game all about Stealth, Assassin’s Creed had one of the absolute worst systems for doing so. Someone using the Animus has played a little bit of Splinter Cell, because Arno has finally learned what other Assassin’s haven’t… how to sneak around and use cover. It isn’t perfect by any means, but at least the options have expanded significantly.

 

Wealth of Content Unity makes sure that you don’t ever have to worry about running out of things to do. There is so much content that exists in the game that it can be a bit overwhelming at first. Once that map opens up and each of those quests and collectibles appear on the screen, you’ll wonder if you will ever complete it all.

 Cooperative Play – I’ve been dying for an Assassin’s Creed to allow for some true cooperative play. Unity does a great job at setting up missions for up to four players, or allowing them to free-roam and take on the world with their pals. If only the game wasn’t a mess in pretty much every other way.

 

What we didn’t like

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Buggy – What would an Assassin’s Creed game be without bugs? From people sinking into the floor and regularly popping into view, to the odd appearance of textures forming in the background. This title is full of all sorts of nonsense that will surely create many a YouTube Blooper Reel.

 

Not Optimized – I have a GTX 980 and this game has all sorts of issues playing the game past the high setting. The frame-rate sporadically dips from 60 to 45 during cut scenes or anywhere there are tons of people standing around the city. This game was clearly was designed for a graphics card that will only appear when we get warp drive technology. It makes it a pain in the ass to configure for both looks and performance, and the random leap between frame-rate can get in the way of the experience.

 

The PS4 version on the other hand is filled with muddy textures, and basically becomes a slide show in most areas. This actually impacts combat and movement responsiveness which made it harder for me to parry attacks. The game had the nerve to freeze up randomly in some areas as well, while still sporting all of the buggy issues mentioned on the PC version. The console version is an absolute mess.

 

Terrible Story – The plot relies on the tried and true revenge trope and a lot of convenient moments so that Arno can kill people. Unlike the previous games in the series, assassinating a Templar figurehead will emit a wave of memories for Arno to pick up with his ESP or whatever godlike ability he possesses. The problem is that for some reason the story is led by his sudden visions and nthe meanderings of the Assassin’s running the animus from the outside.

 

The story outside of the animus highlights the Assassins finding a random hacker, and asking him to help them beat Templars. He has no choice but to help them of course, and that’s the whole back story. You play a random guy who has to stop the Templars from stealing history… go you! I feel like I’m playing a random episode of Carmen San Diego or something, nah… that would be cool.

 

Stiff Combat – There are a few changes that have made the life of an Assassin much harder. Enemies strike with a bit more precision and can kill an under-geared assassin in one or two shots. Other than that the combat remains strikingly similar to previous games in the series, and in some ways it takes many a step back. Arno can get hit while trying to finish animations, or fail to properly lock-on a target to attack someone at his back. He will often flail about attempting to fight, and the overall feel of combat feels slower and less refined. It looks bland in comparison to games like Shadow of Mordor, which proves that sword combat can be fast, fluid, and visceral.

 

Parkour fail Assassin’s Creed games are notorious for ignoring the problems with its automated navigation system. In fact, Ubisoft promised that Unity’s climbing system was “overhauled” for the Next Generation. If by overhauled they meant they add some pretty animations and kept the awkward loss of momentum issues… I’d agree. Anyone expecting quick and fluid animation as shown in E3 video will be sorely disappointed.

 

Outside content Assassin’s Creed Unity has a collection of content within the game that cannot be accessed without other apps. You have to download the companion app and sign up for the initiates’ website to access certain chests in-game. So unless you feel the need to get all these excess programs, you won’t be able to enjoy all the content.

 

Conclusion

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As it stands as of the very first week of release, Assassin’s Creed Unity is a technical mess full of bugs and performance issues on every platform. When you can get around the frame drops and the glitches, the gameplay doesn’t make great strides improve on the tried and true formula. Assassin’s Creed Unity earns a Fans Only from Geek Citadel. This franchise has taken a spiral due to the lack of attention paid to creating a working game.

The most volatile part of the problem is when well-known video game journalists like IGN, Kotaku, and many more don’t let us know these problems exist. They wait until we’ve all started boohooing after we purchased the game, but they have clearly had their hands on it a week ahead of schedule. Right after that they want to make an article saying “You should stop buying games early,” so they can fit into the mold. No guys, you should have created an article stating that this game is awful before release.

I know a lot of these “video game journalists” are afraid to lose the free games they receive from companies. Yet people on YouTube go out of our way to buy a game, play it, and create a review without a handout from publishers. If we can take our time and do that without fear of being blacklisted by these companies… why can’t Gamespot, IGN, and Kotaku? They get paid to do this stuff, so where is the journalistic integrity when we need it most? Don’t be afraid to say before we spend $60 on a game that it is garbage.

Publishers also seem to think they can just push a game out the door because it “should be released by now.” That’s an easy way to push garbage onto us people who are paying for these games. It’s an unforgivable practice to ship a game as retail in such a broken state. Assassin’s Creed Unity is a game I want to like, but the more I try to play it the more the flaws hold back my experience. For a game branded as a full release, it absolutely feels like a game that belongs in Early Access.

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Bullet Points – Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/10/bullet-points-call-duty-advanced-warfare-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/10/bullet-points-call-duty-advanced-warfare-review/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:33:57 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=6812 Call of Duty is one of those franchises that has a love/hate relationship with its fanbase, much like a lot of other popular game franchises. This one however is between the regular FPS player and the “pro” players that have altered the future of the game for competitive gain. While some over the past few […]

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Call of Duty is one of those franchises that has a love/hate relationship with its fanbase, much like a lot of other popular game franchises. This one however is between the regular FPS player and the “pro” players that have altered the future of the game for competitive gain. While some over the past few releases have felt that this game no longer caters to the FPS gamer and has shifted to fit “e-sports”, others feel like it has only gotten better and better. Sledgehammer has taken the reigns for this Call Of Duty release and we’re taken into a much different war than “Modern Warfare” or unveiling the “Ghosts” of yesteryear. We…have finally hit the future, the future where combat is no longer left to the ARMY put together by THE GOVERNMENT.

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What We Liked

  • Graphically, this game is one of the best in the franchise. When you see Kevin Spacey and the supporting cast during the story as well as some of the environments that you’re placed in, the game looks fantastic. I’m not a big specs guy when it comes to what a game is running at on these consoles but I’m pretty sure it was 1080p.
  • Multiplayer has a little something for everyone as well, it has a wide range of playlists and over 13 playable maps (with more to be added through DLC). From my experience so far, the gameplay online has been pretty fluent and I have not encountered any lag. The thing I really liked about this games multiplayer is the fact that they have an e-sports mode for those who are into that type of thing as well as a playlist for those who don’t want to play with the new exo movements that are in this game and want to go a bit more classic.

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Love/Hate Relationship

  • Story, while the acting and the script are pretty good and I love the cinematic style that Sledgehammer has brought to this game. There are some moments in the story where it just seems cliché or as if they want to run with the gag of including the games’ title in the script. For instance, there is literally a point in the early part of the game where Kevin Spacey says “Advanced Warfare” and I couldn’t help but giggle. The story is intense and has its moments and in the end, you might feel a little satisfied to go through everything you just went through.

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What We Didn’t Like

  • There are still some flaws in gameplay, like it seems to take too long to take out an enemy during single player or sometimes your bullets don’t register online. I know I mentioned that I didn’t encounter lag while I played multiplayer, but I don’t think during that time it was attributed to lag at all but most likely something else that I can’t seem to put my finger. Much like the Gears of War effect where they admitted that there were blanks in the shotguns at random times. This coupled with how the controls can sometimes ignore your inputs, I witnessed a point where I wanted to dodge out of the way using the exo movements and at that exactly instance it wouldn’t execute. It could have been ME personally but it worked for me the next time I tried to use it.

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Conclusion

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a pretty darn solid game that Sledgehammer put together. It has great visuals that bring the story and the game itself to life. Some great dialogue despite some clichés being used, coupled with a great acting job by Kevin Spacey and crew. I feel like if you are the type of gamer who likes a cinematic approach to their shooters, this game is for you. Heck, even if you just like shooting people in the face multiple times you will like this game. It’s a fun game with some flaws intact but I think the good far outweigh the bad in this situation and you should pick up this game!

 

*This game was provided to us by Activision for review purposes*

Now that you’ve read the review, maybe you should…watch Kevin play the game here

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Bullet Points – Dungeon of the Endless Review http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/05/bullet-points-dungeon-endless-review/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/05/bullet-points-dungeon-endless-review/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 01:00:55 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=6805 I admit that I’m not a big fan of Tower Defense games. I don’t see the appeal but somehow Dungeon of the Endless drew me in. Maybe it’s the Rogue-Like tendencies and the dungeon crawling aesthetic, but I was instantly intrigued by what this game had to offer. You play as a slew of heroes […]

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I admit that I’m not a big fan of Tower Defense games. I don’t see the appeal but somehow Dungeon of the Endless drew me in. Maybe it’s the Rogue-Like tendencies and the dungeon crawling aesthetic, but I was instantly intrigued by what this game had to offer. You play as a slew of heroes who have crash landed inside of a strange dungeon. The goal is to explore and defend your ships’ power generator as you  head to the next floor. Does Dungeon of the Endless accomplish the combination of tower defense and exploration well? Let’s find out in this Bullet Point Review!

What we liked

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Pixel Perfect – The visuals in Dungeon of the Endless excels at providing a fluorescent sci-fi atmosphere to lose yourself in. The sleek pixel animations of characters and minimalist level design convey a truly splendid artistic wonder.

The Sound of a Journey – Without a doubt the wispy tones of the soundtrack carry the heroes on their way to adventure. It’s a euphoric tickle of the ears that saturates us in unique and calming melodies. It reminds me of a few Chrono Trigger songs, and that my friends is high praise!

Engrossing Exploration – The combination of RPG elements, Rogue-Like mazes, and Tower Defense feels just right in Dungeon of the Endless. Each door leads to a room that is randomly generated on each play session. The use of a power grid structure to illuminate the area and fortify a room is fanciful fun. Hunkering down to begin hoarding resources and plotting your escape is highly addicting. I always wanted to see what the next room had in store, even if it only lead to more monsters.

No don’t open that door – Opening doors count as turns that activate enemy waves, complete research, and restore skill based moves for the heroes. It’s an interesting take on turn-based strategy.

Smart Automation – Combat is an automatic affair but it isn’t the type to frustrate you with dumb A.I. routines. The heroes will not allow enemies to stand on the other side of the room and destroy the precious generator. They make sure to keep all essential hostiles dealt with, so that you don’t have to break out into a rage festival.

Tons of characters – The heroes aren’t necessarily deep characters in terms of backstory, but each of them have specific skill sets, designs, and animations to represent their personalities. It feels good to find a new survivor in the dungeon and bring them into the fold.

Bring some friends – The Multiplayer allows up to four people to go online and survive some dungeons together. It copies the single-player fairly well, and gives each player their own resources for surviving the harsh monster attacks.

What we didn’t like

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Weapon bug – Players can only pick up 4 heroes in the Dungeon, and. the only way to recruit new heroes is by dismissing the one currently in the group. The problem is that any gear removed from the dismissed cannot be placed on the newly recruited hero. It can’t even be sold to the merchant and basically clutters up the inventory window until the next dungeon is reached.

Selecting Characters – Multi-tasking can be in a pain the butt when you’re playing alone. Not because it’s difficult to move the heroes, but because you can’t always easily select them. The character portrait highlights are not easy to see, so at times a hero will be highlighted that you didn’t wish to move. Maybe a patch can allow us to scroll over the heroes to select them in Real-Time Strategy games.

That looks familiar – Even though there are tons of variations on rooms, the areas begin to look extremely similar really quickly. This tends to be a problem with Rogue-Likes in general with the need to focus on indoor grid design. It can bog down the exploration experience when one place looks a little too similar to the last.

Multiplayer FlawsDungeon of the Endless allows for players to reach 12 floors before completing the game. Players can stop and save anytime with one player, but Multiplayer does not have the option to save. This cuts down on the idea of exploration because games can take hours to complete. Also, items in chests are not distributed to multiple players. This would not be an issue if you could trade or door loot for a dungeon companion. Lastly, players can invite players to join a game but the option to create a private much does not exist.

Conclusion

The story is a little light but that’s typical of the genre. What you have instead is a fun time waster that quickly becomes addicting. Searching around for various characters, stacking resources, and exploring for loot is a blast! We recommend you go out and buy Dungeon of the Endless. Find four friends and explore the endless mystery that awaits you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Geek Citadel Plays – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/04/geek-citadel-plays-call-duty-advanced-warfare/ http://www.geekcitadel.com/2014/11/04/geek-citadel-plays-call-duty-advanced-warfare/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 05:07:16 +0000 http://www.geekcitadel.com/?p=6799 We head to a funeral and become starstruck by the awesomeness of, Kevin Spacey. Soon he convinces us to go off and shoot bad guys for money and heroics in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Come watch the bullets fly!

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We head to a funeral and become starstruck by the awesomeness of, Kevin Spacey. Soon he convinces us to go off and shoot bad guys for money and heroics in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Come watch the bullets fly!

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