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Assassins Creed: Origins Fan Review

The player takes on the role of a Medjay named Bayek as he works to protect the people of the Ptolemaic Kingdom during a time of widespread upheaval: the Pharaoh, Ptolemy XIII, struggles to maintain his rule whilst harbouring ambitions of expanding his kingdom; his sister, the recently deposed Cleopatra, begins marshalling loyalist forces to launch a counter-coup against Ptolemy; and frequent incursions into the Kingdom by the Roman Republic under the command of Julius Caesar lead to fears of an imminent invasion. Bayek’s role as a Medjay brings him into contact with the secretive forces manipulating these events and sees him become the first Assassin.

Assassin’s Creed Origins is an action-adventure stealth game played from a third-person perspective. Players complete quests—linear scenarios with set objectives—to progress through the story, earn experience points, and acquire new skills. Outside of quests, players can freely roam the open world environment on foot, horseback, camel-back or boat to explore locations, complete optional side-quests and unlock weapons and equipment.

The “eagle vision” mode, which was used by the franchise to give players the ability to scout an area by highlighting enemies and objects, has been replaced by a Bonelli’s eagle named Senu as a companion. Players are able to take control of Senu and scout an area in advance, highlighting enemies which will then be visible when they return to controlling Bayek, the game’s main character. Players can also tame various predators which will serve as a companion for the players and assist them against enemies. Naval combat, underwater exploration and tomb raiding return to the series. However, unlike previous games in the series, Origins Does not include many tall structures for climbing to unlock areas of the map.

The game also features revised combat mechanics. Previous titles in the Assassin’s Creed series used a “paired animation system” whereby the player character would engage with an enemy and combat would be dictated by a series of predeterminted animations based on player inputs and scripted AI movements. Assassin’s Creed Origins will move to a “hit-box system”. When the player wields a weapon, they will strike at whatever is in range, allowing them to hit enemies directly, injure individual body parts, and creating the possibility of missing an enemy entirely. Complementing this is the way weapons fall into different categories and are rated on their damage dealt, speed and range. Enemies will be drawn from several basic archetypes that use a variety of tactics in combat which, combined with the hit-box system, will require players to learn the attributes of individual weapons and tailor their playing style to succeed in combat. As enemy combat is also dictated by the hit-box system, the player will be equipped with a shield and will need to balance their offensive and defensive capabilities. Locations within the game world will be designed to enable players to choose their playing style by offering stealth and open combat as equally-viable choices for completing objectives.

Origins introduces an arena-based combat system where the player fights waves of increasingly-difficult combinations of enemies culminating in a boss fight. While the introduction to the arena is incorporated into the main story, the arena mode stands alone from the wider narrative. The game world features several arenas, with a variety of enemy combinations and unique bosses not found in the game world. Players will be able to unlock additional weapons and equipment by completing arena fights.

A future update to the game will add “Discovery Tour”, a sandbox mode allowing players to freely explore the open world with no objectives or combat, and embark on guided tours that highlight aspects of Egyptian history.

Fan Review : 82% Excellent
Good: 12% | Average: 6% | Poor: 0%

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Persona 5 Review

After the protagonist defends a woman from being molested by powerful politician Masayoshi Shido, Shido uses his connections to have the protagonist charged with assault and put on probation, resulting in expulsion from his school. The protagonist is sent to Tokyo to stay with family friend Sojiro Sakura and attend Shujin Academy during his year-long probation. After his arrival, he is drawn into the Velvet Room, where Igor warns him that he must “rehabilitate” to avoid forthcoming ruin, and grants him access to a supernatural mobile app that leads the protagonist into the Metaverse and the Palace of the school’s manipulative volleyball coach Kamoshida. The protagonist meets Morgana, who convinces him to change wicked people’s hearts by stealing their “treasure”—the emotional root of their behavior—from the Palaces ruled by their Shadow selves. After successfully reforming Kamoshida and having a second brief encounter with Shido, the protagonist and Morgana form the Phantom Thieves, stealing corruption from the hearts of adults in an attempt to reform the city.

The founding members are the protagonist, Morgana, Ryuji and Ann. On subsequent heists, they are joined by Yusuke, Makoto, Futaba and Haru. As their numbers and successes grow, they attract the attention of public and police including public prosecutor Sae Nijima, Makoto’s sister. They learn that a secret conspiracy is manipulating events behind the scenes, and is directly connected to some of the Phantom Thieves’ reasons for joining. Haru’s father tries to reveal this group’s leader after he is reformed, but an assassin kills him. In their pursuit of the conspiracy, the group is joined by Akechi, and goes on a mission into Sae’s Palace when she discovers their identities. Following her defeat, the group is forced to split up when they are confronted by police, and the protagonist is arrested. Akechi is subsequently revealed to be a traitor working for the conspiracy. The protagonist hatches a scheme to use the reality within Sae’s still-intact Palace to save himself when Akechi attempts to kill him in a staged suicide. Failure to complete any Palace prior to this point results in Akechi killing the protagonist.

Escaping into hiding with Sae’s help, the protagonist convenes with his friends, Sae, and Sojiro; they determine that the conspiracy’s leader is Shido, who has been using Akechi’s ability to infiltrate the Metaverse to remove obstacles to becoming Prime Minister and imposing his reforms on Japan. The group infiltrates Shido’s Palace, and there they face Akechi, revealed to be Shido’s illegitimate son bent on revenge towards Shido for his years of neglect. Once defeated, Akechi sacrifices himself to allow the Phantom Thieves to reach Shido. Shido is defeated, and in the real world confesses to all his actions. The game then skips forward to just before Christmas; the general public has turned on the Phantom Thieves, and Sae’s efforts to prosecute Shido are failing. The Phantom Thieves make a final heist to seal the Treasure of the Mementos, the people’s Palace at the Metaverse’s core. Inside they find the imprisoned Shadows of their targets and other Tokyo residents, who have chosen to give up making their own decisions. The Phantom Thieves are then ejected from Mementos by the Treasure—a giant Holy Grail—and subsequently vanish after witnessing the Metaverse merging with reality.

Fan Review: 78% EXCELLENT
Good: 13% | Average: 0% | Poor: 9%

Mass Effect: Andromeda Review

Ryder awakens in the Andromeda Galaxy in 2819, following a 634-year journey on the Ark Hyperion. After having a checkup performed on them by Dr. Lexi T’Perro, Ryder meets SAM, an AI that is in charge of the Hyperion. While the crew are getting ready to awaken Ryder’s sibling, the Hyperion strikes a dark energy cloud, knocking out its power temporarily and interrupting Ryder’s sibling’s wake-up protocol. Ryder, along with Cora Harper, is called to the bridge where their father, Pathfinder Alec Ryder, is arguing with the captain of the Hyperion. Ryder discovers that the planet that they were sent to scout out, Habitat 7, is drastically different from what the long-range scans told them.

Ryder gets ready to be deployed as they are part of the Pathfinder team, led by their father. While on the shuttle down to Habitat 7, Ryder gets acquainted with Liam Kosta, a former security officer. The Pathfinder shuttles are suddenly struck by lightning, and Ryder and Liam end up separated from the crew. As they attempt to explore Habitat 7, they come into contact with an unknown hostile alien race, as well as many strange alien structures. After performing a search and rescue for other crew members, Ryder and Liam eventually reunite with Cora, and fend off another alien attack. They later join Alec, who previously went ahead to scout out the monolith. They storm in an alien structure, hoping to be able to shut it down and cease the lightning storm. Ryder and Alec find a hologram inside the structure, which Alec interfaces with to shut down the monolith. A large blast blow the two off an elevated platform, smashing a hole in Ryder’s helmet. Alec uses his helmet to save his child, sacrificing his own life in the process. Ryder is later brought back to the Hyperion and saved, and in the process, also merged with SAM. Ryder also learns that Alec, before his death, has made them the new Pathfinder in his place.

The Ark reaches the Nexus only to find it incomplete and no other Ark in sight. The crew find out from the leadership of the Andromeda Initiative that all of the worlds, including Habitat 7, were not viable for living, and the Initiative had been stranded in space for fourteen months, with dangers of supply shortage and civil uprising. As the Pathfinder, Ryder is tasked with finding a suitable world for the colonists of the Initiative, while also finding out what happened to the other Arks.

Fan Review : 31% Good
Excellent: 21% | Average: 22% | Poor: 26%

Ghost Recon: Wildlands Review

The game takes place in Bolivia in July 2019. The country has become increasingly unstable as the Santa Blanca, a previously minor Mexican drug cartel, gains more power and influence within the county to the point where Bolivia has become a narco-state and the world’s largest producer of cocaine.

The rise in power of this drug cartel concerns the United States Government, as Santa Blanca’s influence has begun to spread beyond Bolivia. The last straw comes when a bomb targets the U.S. embassy in La Paz and its intended target, DEA agent Ricardo “Ricky” Sandoval, is kidnapped, tortured and then killed by the Santa Blanca. As a result, the United States initiates Operation Kingslayer, a joint operation between the CIA, DEA and JSOC. The United States Army dispatches a fireteam of elite special operations unit called “Ghosts” to destroy the cartel and reveal the connection between Santa Blanca and the local government.[4] The Ghost team consist of Ghost Leader “Nomad”, Tactical Gunner “Midas”, Engineer “Holt”, Sniper “Weaver”. The Ghosts individually make their own way into Bolivia. They rendezvous and are brought to the mission area in Bolivia by helicopter along with their CIA contact, Karen Bowman. When they land in the province of Itacua thet are met with Pac Katari, leader of the Kataris 26, the only resistance against Santa Blanca. Pac Katari gives them their first mission – to recover Amaru, an older man who’s ideologies founded Kataris 26 along with Pac Katari who was captured by Santa Blanca. After this mission the Ghosts are, more or less, free to tackle the cartel in any way and order they see fit.

As the Ghosts dismantle the cartel piece by piece, they eventually are given the option to go after El Sueno. Ordered to regroup with Bowman, the Ghosts find her captive in the presence of the rebels. Told that Pac Katari has betrayed them, the Ghosts race to El Sueno’s fortress to capture him. After fighting their way through enemy opposition. The Ghosts and Bowman find and surround El Sueno, who has just beheaded Pac Katari. Despite surrendering to the Ghosts, Bowman receives a call from her superiors informing that El Sueno had made a deal with the Department of Justice to give up the heads of other cartels in exchange for immunity. The games ending will depend on whether the Ghosts fully dismantled the cartel or not. If the ghosts have fully dismantled the Cartel, Bowman takes El Sueno into protective custody, having taken down others involved with Santa Blanca. If remnants of the cartel remains, Bowman will instead execute El Sueno in cold blood, leading to her dismissal from the CIA and arrest for murdering El Sueno, although she has no regrets of doing so.

Fan Review: 35% Good
Excellent: 30% | Average: 15% | Poor: 20%

For Honor Review

127431bThe warlord Apollyon takes control of the knights of the Blackstone Legion after murdering his rivals, who fight for and protect the people of the land of Ashfeld, allowing her to sow the seeds of perpetual war and create stronger men to rule over the weak. During the Blackstone Legion’s attempt to bring another, dishonorable lord-turned-mercenary, Hervis Daubeny, to justice, his second-in-command, known as the Warden, helps to stop the Blackstone siege and battles the champion of the Blackstone knights. Upon defeating his opponent, the Warden is made a knight of the Blackstone Legion by Holden Cross, Apollyon’s lieutenant and leaves with him. During his time in Apollyon’s army, the Warden helps to defend against the Viking raiders of the Warborn, but soon realizes shortly after meeting with Apollyon that his commander cares nothing about protecting people and seeks to manipulate his enemies into endless battles. Starting with the Vikings, Apollyon and his warriors including Cross, the Warden and fellow lieutenants Stone and Mercy, attacks their settlements and sacks their strongholds in the northern land of Valkenheim, leaving only enough food and supplies to fight over, and sparing those who would eagerly fight for those scraps or are strong enough to do so. Sickened by this and by the senseless slaughter he helped to bring about, the Warden deserts the Blackstone Legion, soon followed by Holden.

Afterwards, in Valkenheim, the Viking clans fight amongst themselves, killing one another for the dwindling scraps left by Apollyon. One of the survivors of her final attack, a warrior known as the Raider, begins uniting the warriors of the various clans under his banner, alongside his warlord friend Stigandr, valkyrie warrior Runa and berserker Helvar, first by killing the brutal raider Ragnar, who steals what little remains from those who cannot feed themselves, and then Siv the Ruthless, who seek to conquer and plunder their own people. After killing his rivals, the Raider and his rapidly growing army retake a Warborn stronghold from knights of Apollyon’s army, and then set out to the land of the Myre to raid the Dawn Empire of the Chosen, a group of powerful Samurai, to resupply and feed their people after finding treasure in the stronghold. The Raider then leads the assault on the Samurai, and succeeds in overrunning their forces, causing them to retreat back to their greatest city. In the chaos, Apollyon strikes and kills the Dawn Empire’s ruler, killing his Daimyos that refuse to fight each other and setting free the ones she believes will kill one another and in turn become stronger.

Into this chaos is brought the Orochi warrior known as the Emperor’s champion, the strongest and most fearsome warrior in the Dawn Empire. After learning of the devastation of the Viking raid, she, fellow samurai Ayu, the Shugoki Okuma and Nobushi Momiji attempt to reunite the Daimyos under one banner, using the vikings as a common enemy to rally against. It is also during this time that the Emperor’s Champion learns of Apollyon’s manipulations of the various factions and rallies her allies to stop Apollyon, invading Ashfeld to attack Blackstone Fortress. During a scouting mission with Momiji, the Orochi is met by the Warden, now leading a rebellion against Apollyon with Holden by her side and, after dueling her, realizes they are allied against the same enemy. Both armies besiege the castle on separate fronts, with the Orochi searching for Apollyon. After finding Apollyon, the Orochi duels with and barely manages to kill her, but not before learning that she wanted to create eternal war to weed out the weak and create the strongest of men, making them evermore bloodthirsty like her. In the aftermath, the armies of all three factions attacking the Blackstone Fortress; Knight, Samurai and Viking alike all turn on each other, resulting in a terrible war lasting seven years. Realizing the war’s futility, Ayu, Holden and Stigandr meet after their respective leaders send them as envoys to end hostilities. Though all three people realize that the prospect of peace may be futile and they may all die in the attempt, they all agree that peace is worth fighting for and that it will make for an unforgettable tale.

The Fan Review Score is: GOOD (39% of Fan Vote)

Nioh Review

126481bNioh is an action role-playing game set in Japan during the year 1600, with players taking the role of a Western samurai named William.[2] The player guides William on missions through enclosed environments fighting both human enemies and supernatural beings called yokai: missions are self-contained, hold alternate routes William can navigate, and selected from a menu rather than reached by navigating an open world.[1][3][4] While navigating environments, William can find various collectables both in crates scattered through the environment and in other places within the environments such as fallen soldiers. These collectables include Amrita, the game’s experience points (EXP); gold, the in-game currency; new weapons and armor, and consumable items such as bombs. Weapons and armor found in the environment can be taken to a blacksmith, who are able to buy it from William or can break it down into base material.[1] Shrines scattered through levels act as checkpoints, allowing players to save progress, replenish health and raise William’s experience level through accrued EXP: doing this respawns all normal enemies within an area. Skill points acquired in combat are assigned at shrines

 

The Fan Review is: 100% EXCELLENT!