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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Review

If you played the original Assassin’s Creed, you most likely remember a monotonous checklist of events which had roughly the same impact on your brain as taking a Valium. Only when you actually had to assassinate someone – which only occurred a handful of times – did the game become interesting. Then you were treated to a philosophical mishmash of pretentious conversations… and then sent back into repeat the experience over and over again. Furthermore, the core story wasn’t even really the period piece we were meant to believe… you were playing out someone’s ancestral memories through some kind of Matrix-esque technology.  Everyone wrote the game off as an ambitious failure and hoped Ubisoft would learn from their mistakes the next time around. When Assassin’s Creed II debuted, the shift in quality stunned gamers everywhere. The pacing became faster and more even. In addition, Ezio proved to be a far more compelling character than Altair. Most importantly, the ludicrous present day storyline was kept to a minimum. Now, a mere year after the second installment is released Ubisoft brings out Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, a conclusion to Ezio’s tale. With a multiplayer component (a first for the series), many thought the single player would be glossed over. Fortunately, the single player remains quite lengthy, but not as well plotted as its predecessor. Minor spoilers ahead. (more…)

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Tron Legacy Review

Growing up, I seemed to have missed seeing the original Tron. It seems like once you hit a certain age, it has a different meaning. When released in 1982, the movie became a commercial disappointment, but has somehow managed to become a beloved cult classic. To the millions of kids growing up in the days of early computing, Kevin Flynn became a hero and idol. I personally viewed Tron for the first time back in March. I’m sad to say I wasn’t very impressed with the film, as it seemed like they spent most of the run time describing the why’s of the plot rather than acting out a story with character arcs… which are very, very thin. Still, Tron has a certain charm that I’m sure is only enhanced with nostalgia. So, while I understand why someone might love the movie I find it difficult to share the sentiment. (more…)