Thanks to all the hype, rumours and trailer build up to Assassin’s Creed 3, the only way this game could have surpassed my ridiculously high expectations is if it jumped out of the box and put itself into the console. But it didn’t.
Patience is required because the opening hours are very drawn-out and feel fairly pointless. You actually start the game as Haytham Kenway, who, disappointingly, is far more likeable than the protagonist Connor. When you do finally take control of him, Connor is difficult to connect with, although this may be intentional as the game insists ‘there’s no one path through life that is right or fair,’ forcing you to question Connor’s actions in a way you never did with Altair or Ezio. There just aren’t enough moral crises in games anymore. This instalment also has some of the most bugs and glitches of the series. I found many a guard with a bayonet up his arse, and was often stuck between two trees, irritatingly forcing me to reset the sequence.
Yet, I have two words for you: Pirate Assassin. Yeah, now you want to play. The new naval battles are some of the most exciting parts of Assassin’s Creed 3 and the sailing controls are almost seamless. The free-running element has also improved, becoming so simple and streamlined you’ll find yourself shouting ‘PARKOUR!’ victoriously as you land a tree branch. Visually, the game is stunning with astonishing attention to historical detail and lots of little things that make you want to stop and just observe the bustling cities.
Assassin’s Creed 3, being so ambitious, was bound to miss the mark sometimes but overall, it has an involving narrative, with some incredible visuals and well-expanded gameplay. If you’re already a fan of the series it’s a must-own.
How could a film with so much potential, such a reputable director, and the most terrifying trailer I have seen in a while fall so short of expectation?
Don’t get me wrong; it was still a good film, if you like tension building jumps and graphic violence. The main problem with it was that I think it was trying to be too clever. Scott Derrickson, the director and co-writer of this, and the only film to chill me to my very core – The Exorcism of Emily Rose – tried to make a horror film using every quintessential trope that the genre contains while still trying to make it scary. Unfortunately he failed.
Ellison, a washed up true crime writer, knowingly moves his family into a house that was the scene of several murders (even after several people tell him not to). He then has to suffer the consequences of unravelling the mysterious deaths, while being terrorised by something which, I won’t lie, looked like a cross between the V for Vendetta mask and the tribal ‘First Slayer’ from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
This, coupled with about every stupid mistake a character could ever make in a horror film, (e.g., moving your family into an ex-crimescene of unsolved murders, searching the attic during a blackout, getting friendly with the simple yet well-meaning cop who just wants to help), detract from an otherwise nail-biting thriller. This film really has it all. I was on the edge of my seat trying not to scream at the screen: “DON’T GO LOOKING FOR THE LOUD NOISES IN THE DARK!”. Has he not seen Scream?!
All in all, this film is for those of you who want to jump out of your skin, but still get a good 12 hours sleep at night. I would say about a “Ahhhhh”, on the scary scale and you may be a wee bit creeped out, but most horror movie fans will recognise the common pitfalls of the lead character, and those who don’t, will leave the cinema a little wiser.
The man who is responsible for clogging your news feed for the past couple of weeks was found ‘in his underpants’ around 11.30am Thursday morning.
Calls to 911 suggested Jason Russell had been vandalising parked cars, was under the influence and had been masturbating. In public.
While most people have agreed with the lofty aims of the Kony 2012 project, it has been met with criticism almost since its inception.
Will the actions of its founder leave Invisible Children the subject of more ridicule? Or will it be an opportunity to reassess its methods, goals and contributors?
The father of two is apparently NOT being charged with any crime by local police forces and is currently ‘recovering’ from what Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey calls ‘exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition’. Sounds a lot like ‘tired and emotional’ to us.
For more coverage, check out the Huffington Post
and TMZ for a developing timeline.
If you somehow still haven’t seen the video. The Kony 2012 website can be found by clicking here.