This article is covering the single player aspects of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. The multiplayer is not mentioned and does not effect the overall score.
My initial thoughts on Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood were great. The improvement on animation and game play was astounding, coming along way from Assassin’s Creed II. replaying Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, I began to see the flaws in the game.
Ubisoft has done a fantastic job recreating the Rome we found in Assassin’s Creed II, improving on what was and expanding for the Assassin’s Creed veteran. even with the improvement, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood still has its flaws.
In Brotherhood you are still the fabled Assassin, Ezio, from Assassins Creed 2. you are on a mission to destroy the Borgia family and army once and for all.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood’s setting and character list is similar to that of Assassin’s Creed II, providing a Deja vu experience until the dust settles. Immersing yourself with the improved game play and a incredible story, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will whisk you away to renaissance Rome.
The character models have also been improved, giving each character more facial personality, making the game feel more realistic than previous entries in the series.
Ubisoft has introduced a town defence mission, wherein Ezio and a range of other characters defend their villa from opposing forces. Having the ability to now fire cannons at moving ground targets is a feature that should not be looked over.
The Hand to hand combat has greatly improved since Assassin’s Creed II. Ezio flows from one enemy to the next, stringing together lethal combos which will make even the violence tolerant players cringe.
The controls are probably the worst part of the game, making for a frustrating experience. When you are trying to climb a building or over a fiery lake and Ezio jumps backwards killing himself like a suicidal maniac, little forgiveness is found.
The mission descriptions are brief and confusing, leaving out important details as to what you are supposed to be doing.
Voice dialogue, although not a game breaking glitch, is annoying when 5 second time lapses in between characters speaking are present, leaving you unsure as to when a conversation actually ends.
Occasionally you will find scenery/Non-playable characters still loading in while you are fleeing. at one point Ezio was stopped by unknown forces, which, once loaded in, were quickly revealed to be 5 guards.
Another problem the game presents is you are running place to place like a chook with its head cut off. Ubisoft has integrated a fast travel system, however running on foot is still easier. While playing through the game you will find the missions to be similar, causing for stale game play towards the end.
Overall, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has beautiful graphics, good gameplay and the ability to ride horses in towns – which is awesome. The towns have been expanded and add more detail, making it one of Ubisoft’s best environments for the Renaissance. The world of Assassin’s Creed continues to improve, and it seems Ubisoft is getting the hang of the genre. The flaws are still present, but not game breaking. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a solid game, and a stepping stone into a great franchise.
Listings have popped up on the Korean and Brazilian ratings boards that mention a PS4 version of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is in the works, which was announced earlier this year at E3 as an Xbox timed exclusive.
The ratings, which were spotted by Eurogamer, list that the game is on its way to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Brazil and Korea also gave it a rating, Brazil stating that the game is not suitable for those under 10 and Korea went for PG. If this is true, it may mean the period of exclusivity might not be as long as we’ve previously thought.
Garden Warfare is due for arrival on Xbox 360 and Xbox One on February 20th. A PC version was also confirmed, but not dated.
For all the North American PlayStation Plus subscribers, Sony has an early Christmas gift for you! They’ve revealed the four new games that will be available free for you to download in December 2013.
The biggest one of the bunch is Borderlands 2, Gearbox Software’s critically renowned shooter. The rest of the pack includes racer GRID 2 for the PlayStation 3, and Urban Trial Freestyle and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed for the PlayStation Vita.
And like always, these free games will be added to the Instant Game Collection, a free catalog of downloadables, as we move through December.
I have never really been a fan of any Tennis games: particularly new ones: but Topspin 4 really wins me over.
Being released early in 2011 Topspin features completely new gameplay and tournament modes.
In this game you are able to completely customize your player to your heart’s content ( upgradable cloths, racquet, and other tennis equipment) and you can also customize the way you hit certain tennis shots. You are also able to choose from a huge number of tennis coaches who give you certain challenges based on your skill level. Being on the court playing against pros really feels like you are a professional yourself which is a great feeling. In the start of the game you start as a rookie competing in the amateur tour until you are offered a spot in the pro tour. Right from the beginning of this game I felt right at home because the controls are easy to use and the game does a great job of gently sliding you into the gameplay.
There are plenty of tutorials available if you need to learn the ropes, and they certainly helped me. Basically, you need to be aware of timing and positioning. Returning to the centre after hitting a serve, avoiding the middle ground and knowing when to approach the net. You don’t need to be an expert to make these decisions, skill and understanding comes naturally with play and soon enough you’ll be battling it out in thirty shot rallies. Controlling your player is very straight forward, and each face button applies to a specific type of shot (lobs, slices, etc.). You can alter the style of these shots by playing with control or with power, and that’s determined by how long you hold the button. But if you’d prefer not to have a giant blister on your thumb, try to avoid abusing those power shots. The shoulder buttons add even more variety with your stance, but you can get away without using them if you’re a casual Tennis fan. It’s a shame that 2K hasn’t employed the EA tactic of mapping the controls on to the right analogue stick, as it would have been an interesting experiment to try out. Top Spin 4 still feels perfectly fine without it, but it would have been a nice option to have.
Not only does it feel right, Top Spin 4 also looks the part. As I mentioned earlier, the presentation is top class, and this is complemented by superb in-game visuals. The animation really stands out; The graphics are crisp, the character movement and personalities are very good, and the gameplay is fantastic meaning that you get a spectacular sporting experience every time you turn this game on.
Players move naturally and their behaviour is incredibly realistic. It’s all about the details. Example; your opponent hits the net and you end up losing a point, he or she will then gesture an apology. That’s exactly what happens in a real game of Tennis, and these moments really do improve the overall quality of Top Spin 4. As the match continues, players will grow tired and beads of sweat can be seen running down their foreheads. The official players look like their real-life counterparts too (terrible hair styles included). To accompany all of this, Top Spin 4 has some of the most impressive courts that we’ve ever seen in a Tennis game. It really is quite astonishing in places. Some of the venues can be a little absurd and far-fetched, especially in Dubai, but once again the attention to detail shines through. Footprints are visible on the clay courts of France, and rough patches are scattered around the green lawns of England. Top Spin 4 ticks all of the boxes, and we haven’t even discussed the multiplayer yet. This game however does have some bad points meaning that there are some frustrating parts. There are only two licensed music tracks in this game meaning the music is very repetitive. Also the controls for on the court are sometimes confusing meaning that you sometimes run in the wrong direction. But apart from some minor setbacks this game is hard to fault.
There are also a number of game modes that you can play through in this game as well. They range from great fun multiplayer modes, through to arcade single player events. 2K have also added some fantastic new challenges to the single player career experience, seeing you compete for sponsors, challenge up and coming beginners who think they have what it takes, or relax and participate in a two week Yoga course.
The multiplayer gameplay in Topspin 4 is fantastic and fun seeing you compete against friends in either singles or doubles matches where all of your skills are tested. I spent hours playing matches against a friend just for the fun of it.
All in all this is a fantastic Tennis game (the best to date) that really shines through. The graphics, gameplay and animations are very well done however there are a few problems, lack of music, poor controls.
Introducing… Living in the Past – A DigiBytes Original Feature Series
And so, the dust has finally settled. Although the PlayStation 4 won’t release in Europe for another week, both SONY’s console and Microsoft’s Xbox One are now available to gamers to purchase and play in the US. The build-up is over and the consoles are here.
Unfortunately, I can’t afford either of them.
Which is why, here on DigiBytes, I’m introducing a new feature series known as “Living in the Past“. It’s fairly self-explanatory, but I’ll give you the lowdown anyway.
Essentially, I’m going to be playing some of the oldest games from the 7th generation consoles (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), and talking about them on here, discussing how they handle by today’s standards. We’ll talk about the visuals, the technology and my experiences with the game. At the end of the day, I want to be looking back at and playing older games when all the hype is surrounding the Xbox One and the PS4, because here at DigiBytes, we want to give you the best of the past, the present and the future.
New Living in the Past “episodes” will be published on the first day of every month as a written article, talking about the game(s) I have been playing that month. You’ll find that video features are going to be created more often on DigiBytes and other gaming websites now that the Xbox One and PS4 enable recording of gameplay, so we thought it would be nice to retain some good old fashioned written pieces. First on the agenda is The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion for the Xbox 360 – perhaps the first essential, system-seller game to release on Microsoft’s console back in 2006. You can expect to see this article published on DigiBytes on the 1st of January 2014, so we’ll grandly be kicking off the series at the very start of the new year.
Don’t be mistaken, I’m not actually going to be “living” in the past. At least, not to the extent of pretending there is no electricity and heating, or going down the garden to relieve myself. But I’ll certainly be playing the games of yesteryear – the games that may be long forgotten but still deserve more praise. So join me in my adventure – together we will remember, reminisce and commemorate the great 7th generation of consoles – treading where others are too focused on the future to realize.
Dust off that helpless controller, plug in the power brick, and put Summer of 69 on vinyl, for we’re going back in time!
You can follow Steve’s progress on a regular basis by glancing over his Playfire page, where he will frequently update you with his latest thoughts on the games he’s playing: https://www.playfire.com/FishPips
Alternatively, you can add him as a friend on Xbox Live by sending a friend request to the gamertag: Fish Pips, where you can also keep track of his progress.
With plenty of people switching to next-gen, there are many people who are still using the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360. Even though there will mainly be talk about the “Next Gen” from now on, it’s always great to talk about games from the past. Throughout this article, I’m going to tell you about five games from the last generation that you probably never played.
5. Alan Wake
Alan Wake is my favorite game of this generation. While it was successful and popular among fans, this was one of Microsoft’s exclusives that didn’t sell as well as others and that’s a shame. When we think of horror games, gore and violence seem to take center-stage, but that doesn’t mean a game is particularly scary. The thing is with Alan Wake is that it’s terrifying without having any gory moments.
Alan Wake is a psychological horror game from the creators of Max Payne that puts us in the role of Alan Wake, a writer who has been having a severe case of writer’s block. While on a trip away from home with his wife, she is captured and it’s up to Alan to solve the mystery of his wife’s disappearance. We fight “The Taken” which are things possessed by the darkness. Alan Wake was equally suspenseful as if was terrifying. Alan Wake is the Microsoft title that got away. You should go and play through Alan’s journey through darkness.
4. Lollipop Chainsaw
Lollipop Chainsaw isn’t a great game, but it sure is fun. Lollipop Chainsaw is created by Suda 51, the genius behind Killer 7, No More Heroes and Shadow of the Damned. It’s also written by James Gunn who directed Slither, Super and Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. We play as Juliet Starling, a popular cheerleader that has to worry about all the important things in life; her boyfriend, cheerleading, lollipops oh and did I mention the zombie apocalypse? Juliet is a zombie hunter in addition to being the high school dream girl.
The biggest appeal is the visual style that Lollipop Chainsaw has. Zombie games are usually bleak and depressing, but Lollipop Chainsaw is vibrant, full of energy and very comedic. When Juliet gets into her super mode, zombies actually bleed rainbows. Throw in insane boss battles, memorable characters and an infectious soundtrack and you have the recipe for fun. It’s flawed, but Lollipop Chainsaw is a treat.
Catherine is one of the most bizarre games in recent memory. Strangely enough, it’s a morality tale about a young man named Vincent who is torn between his girlfriend Katherine and the sudden charm and sexuality from a younger woman named Catherine. The gameplay consists of tower climbing, but each tower is a puzzle. The player moves blocks around trying to reach the top of a tower before it collapses sending Vincent to his death.
While the story isn’t always perfect and the gameplay can be very difficult, Catherine is a blast from beginning to end. With multiple endings to discover, plenty of difficulties and characters to converse with, Catherine is the type of game that must be played by all gamers. It’s a unique experience that only emerges in the gaming world every once in a while.
2. Charlie Murder
Usually Microsoft knocks it out of the park with their Summer of Arcade every year, but this year many people believed that Microsoft dropped the ball. Honestly, I thought three of the four games were excellent and Charlie Murder was my favorite of the bunch. If you’ve ever played Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, then you’ll feel right at home with Charlie Murder. Created by the man behind The Dishwasher games, Charlie Murder finds us escaping Hell to find an even worse fate on Earth. Charlie Murder is the biggest band in the world.
Everyone loves them except for one person. You see, Charlie was supposed to start a band with his best friend, but when Charlie had an opportunity to succeed, he took it and left his friend alone. His friend made an unholy union with The Devil and created the most powerful band in the world. Charlie Murder has the players try to stop this force once and for all. From all of the horror influences such as Saw, The Ring and Friday the 13th to all those fun old school beat em’ up games, Charlie Murder is one of my favorite Xbox 360 games.
1. Record of Agarest War
Well, we’ve made it to the end of the list and I’m pretty sure that many of you have never heard about this game. Part RPG like Final Fantasy Tactics and part dating sim, Record of Agarest War has up travelling throughout 5 generations of heroes. Tons of strategy comes into play through the combat and beyond.
Building combos and destroying enemies is key, but sometimes the best strategy is not easily found. We play as Leonheart a hero who with a group of characters must stop an evil force. The story is simple, but the interesting part is the chemistry between characters. When I mentioned that we travelled through generations of characters, I meant that at the start of every chapter, we controlled another descendant of Leonheart.
Strategy comes into play because through cutscenes and dialogue events, we grow closer to some of the girls in our party. Depending on how they like us by the end of the generation, we can choose someone to marry and their stats will blend together to create our next hero. It’s a long game that not many people will finish, but it’s a rewarding game all the way through. Record of Agarest war is one of the most memorable games I’ve played this generation and it’s a game that strategy fans should play.
Well there you have it. That’s my list of the five games you probably missed this generation. Tune in next week as I start reviewing the Xbox One launch lineup.
DISCLAIMER: This top 10 list represents the views and opinions of Steve Wright, editor at DigiBytes. In no way do they reflect the views of DigiBytes as a whole.
DISCLAIMER: I do no own a Nintendo Wii console, which is why none of the games for that platform are featured on this list.
10. Uncharted 2 Among Thieves
Ah yes, Uncharted 2; perhaps the most visually arresting game back in its day. Combining charming characters, exemplary voice acting, engaging story, beautiful visuals, solid gameplay mechanics, fantastic pacing and general wit, Among Thieves represents the highest point in the Uncharted series. The multiplayer always kept me coming back for more.
9. Portal 2
Portal 2 is the only game I have watched a full Let’s Play of on YouTube, and that’s before I even bought the game. I was so engrossed in the comedy, the story and the mind-bending puzzles that I could not stop watching. Then, I bought the game for myself and enjoyed playing it. As far as delivery goes, Portal 2 is the complete package, combining a superb single-player campaign with thoughtful and co-operative split screen that offers plenty of replay value. And shouting.
8. The Beatles Rock Band
Though I’m not too hot on music games, The Beatles Rock Band is the definitive game in the genre. With The Beatles Rock Band, Harmonix didn’t just take The Beatles greatest hits and synchronize them with button presses. They created a perfectly realized representation of The Beatles with authentic visuals and excellent atmosphere. They also made me love The Beatles’ music even more!
7. Racedriver GRID
Racedriver GRID is in my top ten list if only for one game mode: demolition derby. The amount of hours I used to sink into the multiplayer mash-up is insane. For a while, GRID was the only game I would play, forever signing into Xbox Live just to race around an 8-ball style course and smashing into other players. I think there’s a game outside of that mode too, but I wouldn’t know because I never played it.
6. Grand Theft Auto IV
Of course, if you asked me today if I’d rather play GTA IV or GTA V, I would pick the latter each and every time. So why does GTA IV make it into my top ten list? Again, it largely comes down to one brilliant game mode. Although the entire GTA IV package is superb with downloadable mission packs that are arguably better than the main game, it was the Bomb ‘Da Base multiplayer mode that kept me coming back. The mode involved the players driving to a helicopter, flying over to a cargo ship, before blowing the damn thing up! A overlooked mode that would never get old.
5. DiRT 2
I remember playing the DiRT 2 demo, downloaded from the Xbox Live marketplace and being amazed at how stunning the game was, in terms of handling, audio and visuals. Not only does DiRT 2 sport the best soundtrack in any racing game, it’s water physics, sound effects and adrenaline-fueled racing made every drift hugely exciting. As far as my favorite racing game, DiRT 2 just about takes the crown ahead of Forza Horizon.
4. Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain was the first game in which I realized that games could make you cry. Looking back, the clunky controls and fairly measly graphics add up to what should be a pretty mediocre experience, but the incredibly emotional story combined with innovative quick time events – making great use of the Dualshock 3′s unique features – create an interactive movie that will have you opening the flood gates.
3. Just Cause 2
In no other game have I had as much fun taking off from an airport, flying across the map and landing in another one, as in Just Cause 2. The draw distance is phenomenal and the sheer size and scale of the world is quite breathtaking. Technically, the game is pretty sloppy with weak voice acting and horrible lip-syncing. But when a game is as fun and exhilarating as Just Cause 2 – offering a huge variety of things to do – you simply won’t care.
I’ll admit, I’ve dropped out of the LBP community in recent years. A shame, given how much fun I had within it. The offline campaign mode is worth the price of admission alone, combine that with a seemingly never ending supply of community levels and you’ve got one of the greatest bargains in history. Heading into Create mode with 3 other players to build a level for others to play is great fun, making LBP’s mantra one that will never go stale.
1. Mafia II
Once again, it seems like there are a number of games on this list that are perhaps not outstanding technically, but when a game has had such a huge affect on you, that doesn’t matter. With Mafia II, it’s the small details that added up to an enthralling experience. I remember walking out of the car at the start of the game, feet crunching through the snow, when suddenly the in-game radio switches to ‘Let it snow’. The World War Two setting is perfect for this type of game, and Mafia II is an incredible experience that I will never forget. I love it.
The Ps3 is home to a heap of fantastic new games like DMC, Ratchet and Clank series and a lot more.
But with this current generation of gaming coming to an end I decided that it was time that I did a top 15 list of the best PS3 games of 2013 so far. If any one of you readers think that there should be a game that I have missed in this list, please let me know in the comments below.
DEVIL MAY CRY
Seeing Dante with black hair for the first time ( rather than his iconic silver hair ) turned a few fans off (me included) but there was no need to worry because this game delivers like the other 5 or so other games in the series.
With a whole new story and backdrop this game is one of the best in the 2013 line up.
FINAL FANTASY XIV ONLINE
Final Fantasy XIV Online wasn’t a very good game when it first released on the PC a few years ago. It was buggy, lacked features, and seemed like little more than a bastard child of World of Warcraft and FF11.
The new version of the game, which is slated for release on both the PC and the PS3 is being helmed by an entirely new team at Square Enix which intends to fix all the mistakes of the previous team and create a new game almost entirely from scratch.
As one of the few MMORPGs for the PS3, FFXIV Online is one to watch.
Remember Me is a cyberpunk-themed game in which players take on the role of an amnesiac heroine named Nilin, who roams through the streets of Neo-Paris in search of her lost identity.
The game features a mixture of melee combat, platforming and exploration which is a very strange mixture according to me.
The game also introduces a mechanic of “memory remixing” which allows Nilin to enter a target’s memories and manipulate them.
Tomb Raider is the most realistic entry in the Tomb Raider series. Seeing players being stranded on a stormy island in the middle of the dragons triangle, it is your job (as Laura Croft) to meet up with your friends and survive the harsh conditions of the island.
With a brand new control scheme and fantastic looking graphics, Tomb Raider is a mixture of survival and third person shooting.
One of the best games of 2013
The Puppeteer is a strange yet fantastic video game that tells the story of a young boy who has been turned into a puppet.
Puppeteer is a platform game from the maker of The Getaway and the Siren series of games that’s playable in both 2D and 3D. It’s designed in the unique aesthetic of a puppet theater.
In the game, players assume the role of a boy named Kutaro who’s been turned into a puppet. Puppeteer offers a unique control scheme in which the left analog stick is used to control Kutaro, while the right stick controls a ghostly cat named Yin Yang.
METAL GEAR RISING REVENGENCE
Metal Gear Rising Revengence is hack and slash game that sees players slicing Cyborgs into Sushi sized pieces.
Having strayed away from the traditional Metal Gear universe, Rising tells the story of Raiden. A cyborg Ninja who is tasked with protecting the African President.
Once Raiden fails his objective he is then sent to hunt and track down an evil band of ruthless cyborgs.
SLY COOPER THEIVES IN TIME
Theives in time is the latest and greatest instalment into the Sly Cooper universe.
players take on the role of a sly fox who also happens to be a thief. Its stealth-based predecessors served as influences in many newer stealth titles, and the new game is expected to be just as stealthy when it comes out on both the PS3 and the PS Vita.
Dust 514 is a spinoff of CCP’s highly successful EVE Online, with players taking on the roles of boots on the ground in the vibrant online universe. As a massively multiplayer first person shooter, you’ll be tasked as one of the countless soldiers dispatched by your spacebound counterparts to take over planets and military installations with the support of spacecraft from EVE Online.
As of this writeup, the game is currently in open beta on the PS3.
Watch dogs is the next best thing as far as gaming goesWatch Dogs is the latest Ubisoft franchise that’s set to grace the PlayStation 3 and its next-gen counterpart, the PlayStation 4.Set in the modern day, the game is expected to play much like the Assassin’s Creed series, but sees the protagonist endowed with the ability to hack and twist technology to his whim as he strikes fear into the hearts of evil men who’ve escaped—or operate within—the long reach of the law.
First announced at E3 2012, the game has seen numerous demos played on the PlayStation 3, which gives us good reason to believe that the game will be everything it appears to be when it comes out next year.
NI NO KUNI WRATH OF THE WHITE WITCH
Ni No Kuni is the next best RPG.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is Studio Ghibli’s first ever foray into videogame making. The studio is sometimes called the “Disney of Japan” and is beloved for its animated films like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. Teaming up with the makers of Jeanne d’Arc, Ni No Kuni is the only game to feature the designs, artwork, and animation of Studio Ghibli, with a storyline and characters also written by the studio.
Players take on the role of a small boy who loses his mom, and ventures into a magical parallel universe in order to bring her back. Like any Studio Ghibli film, you can expect to cry—a lot.
Infinite is the latest and greatest instalment into the Bioshock series
Seeing players take on the role of Booker de wit. You are tasked with collecting a mysterious girl called Elizabeth.
Once you make your way up to the floating city of Columbia, you go head to head with the cities police and military if you want to call it that.
a game set in an imaginary world of the early 1900s. It takes place aboard the flying city of Columbia, a city of American ideals that’s
plunged into civil war by two main factions that are not unlike the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement in the real world.
BEYOND TWO SOULS
From the makers of Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit comes a new adventure game starring the talents of Juno actress, Ellen Page. Beyond is set to be one of the most emotional experiences ever delivered in a videogame, according to its creator, David Cage, who sees videogames as a new medium for storytelling and not just for relieving boredom for those with an attention deficit.
The game is set to tell the story of Ellen Page’s character, whom we’ll follow throughout her entire life and grow to empathize with instead of being told that she’s someone we have to care about. To be sure, the game will offer a brave, new approach to storytelling
GOD OF WAR ASCENSION
It’s yet another God of War game, in which you cut people up with the twin Blades of Chaos. However, instead of being set after the events of the third game in the trilogy, Ascension is a prequel set before the events of the entire God of War series, and leads up to the events of the first game.
This time around, the developers say that they’ll be giving Kratos a personality beyond “murderous psychopath” to allow players to empathize with a much more human character. That doesn’t mean Kratos can’t still brutalize everything he encounters, though.
GRAND THEFT AUTO V
I would’ve listed GTA 5 has number one on this list, but it’s not a PS3 exclusive. That said, not being a platform exclusive doesn’t mean we want it any less. As the latest major title in the long-standing Grand Theft Auto series, GTA 5 is expected to be the last game from Rockstar for the current generation of console hardware and one that makes full use of everything the PS3 has to offer.
Instead of playing one character, you’ll experience the stories of three main characters for the first time ever in a GTA game, and experience San Andreas like never before.
THE LAST OF US
The Last of Us comes from the makers of the Uncharted series of games, and is set to offer a new take on the post-apocalyptic genre in a future where humans have been zombified—more or less—by a terrible fungus.
The game follows the story of two survivors, Joel and Ellie, as they traverse through the post-apocalyptic urban landscape, avoiding both the zombified plague victims and hostile scavengers alike.
Unlike the Uncharted series, The Last of Us has its roots in survival-horror, so engaging hostiles head-on is something you’ll probably not want to do very often. Both characters are extremely vulnerable, and their strengths lie not in their ability to fire a gun, but in stealth.
So there you have it. As the PlayStation 4 releases in the US today, with the Xbox One hitting the shelves globally on 22nd November, the curtain closes on the seventh generation of console gaming. So what better time than now to look back at the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3, to tell you some of my stories from the seventh generation.
In a way, it’s what I’ve grown up with. Today – as a 16 year old – the seventh generation consoles are all I’ve really known. Of course, I had an original Xbox, a PS2 and a Gameboy back in the day, but I was too young to really understand what they were aside from entertainment. My brother and I got an Xbox 360 on Christmas day 2009. I remember playing Project Gotham Racing 4 for the first time as part of the bundle.
To me, the seventh generation is special because it’s led me to great things; it’s helped me develop my writing skills, it’s helped me understand the industry and the businesses within it. It’s made me happy when I’ve been upset and it’s helped me to understand the concept of money. It’s taught me an awful lot about life, as well as providing me with endless entertainment. When I grow up, I’m sure I will consider the Xbox 360 and the PS3 as what some people consider the N64 today; retro. Without further ado, let’s talk about some of my favorite moments, games and memories from the seventh generation consoles.
So I already mentioned that my first game was Project Gotham Racing 4, and I’m sure I spent lots of time with it. What I also used to spend lots of times with were demos, for I could not afford full price, retail games. I used to play the demos from the demo discs in the Xbox magazine. As for some of my most memorable moments in actual games themselves, here’s a selection…
- Being obsessed with achievements and trophies
- Using the chainsaw gun in Gears of War, and nothing else
- Playing “Beat It” by Michael Jackson on Guitar Hero World Tour
- Generally laughing at how crazy Saints Row is
- Buying Forza Motorsport 2 for £2
- Buying Ridge Racer Unbounded for £5 shortly after release, because the retailer made a mistake!
- Getting stuck on Tomb Raider Legend, using a walk through for every single section of the game
- Jumping onto a Scarab Tank with a Warthog in Halo 3
- Messing about in the skate park in Skate
- Singing “Paradise City” by Guns N’ Roses whilst playing Burnout Paradise
- Giving my brother a high five in Army of Two
- Impersonating the terrible voice acting in Call of Duty 2/3
- Constantly going on dates with Michelle in Grand Theft Auto IV
- Playing the drum set on Rock Band, which would lead to me playing the drums for real!
- Exclusively playing the demolition derby multiplayer mode on GRID
- Laughing at the story in Battlefield Bad Company
- Blowing so much s*** up in Mercenaries 2
- Learning about World War 2 in Brother In Arms Hell’s Highway
- Playing my friends on FIFA
- Giving my wife numerous presents in Fable 2, because I’m a good husband
- Endlessly playing Quantum of Solace multiplayer, especially the Golden Gun mode
- Not understanding how Fallout 3, or any role playing games worked
- Humming the Mirror’s Edge theme tune
- Playing zombies in Call of Duty World At War with friends
- Borrowing games off of friends, just so I can get achievements without having to pay for them
- Being wowed by the weather effects in FUEL
- Learning more great The Beatles songs in The Beatles Rock Band
- Loving every single song on the soundtrack for DiRT 2
- Creating custom cars on Forza Motorsport 3
- Getting stuck on the same mission in Borderlands, but never giving up. To this day, I can’t progress past the mission!
- Making fun of the Assassin’s Creed II voice actors. “Money, money, money!” “I guess that’s one way to stay in shape!”
- Falling in love with the World War 2 setting, music and cars in games like The Saboteur and Mafia II
- Trying to have sex with Miranda in Mass Effect 2, bless my little pubescent self
- Riding quad bikes everywhere in Battlefield Bad Company 2
- Taking off and landing planes at the airports in Just Cause 2, being amazed at how big and beautiful the open world is
- Struggling to complete the co-op missions in Splinter Cell Conviction
- Getting my first 1000G in Alan Wake!
- Learning more great Green Day songs in Green Day Rock Band. They’re now my favorite band!
- Admiring the setting for Singularity
- Dropping my jaw when “Let It Snow” comes on the radio in Mafia II when it’s snowing, because it’s the small touches
- Trying to move the analogue stick with great precision in the F1 games, then spinning out
- Loving the demo of Enslaved Odyssey To The West
- Deleting my Fallout New Vegas save because I didn’t know that you were supposed to be collecting the bottle caps
- Seeing the lights of New Vegas in Fallout New Vegas for the first time after an hour long walk on foot
- Proudly being British when playing Fable 3
- Learning how to mix some tunes in DJ Hero 2
- Enjoying only one Japanese game – Vanquish
- Doing all of the side missions in Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
- Escaping the cops in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit
- Travelling across the map in Test Drive Unlimited 2
- Kicking folk in the genitals in Bulletstorm
- Being hurt by the opening cinematic in Homefront
- Being amazed by how good looking Crysis 2 was
- Watching a walk through of Portal 2 online, without owning the game, getting the game, knowing how to beat the puzzles
- Telling whether a witness is telling the truth or not in L.A. Noire
- Uploading videos to YouTube in DiRT 3
- Playing Call of Juarez The Cartel, for some reason
- Finding the end of Driver San Francisco far too difficult
- Buying Bodycount because it’s made by Codemasters
- SPOILER – being upset when Dom dies in Gears of War 3 with Mad World playing
- Having a great time in the TV Studio mission in RAGE
- Coming across more places in Skyrim
- Playing some classic Sonic in Sonic Generations
- Playing an adrenaline-fueled set-piece race in Need for Speed The Run
- Switching between the original and updated visuals in Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary
- Adoring the art style in Rayman Origins
- Mucking around in co-op in Saints Row The Third
- Wishing “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” would feature at least once in The Darkness
- Getting angry at almost every level on SSX
- Winning the star letter in a PlayStation magazine and getting Binary Domain for free!
- Not really caring about the Mass Effect 3 ending
- Embracing the return of FIFA Street!
- Thinking that the sex scenes are the best part of The Witcher 2
- Grinding through Max Payne 3, failing despite playing on the ‘easiest’ difficulty
- Loving the licensed music in Spec Ops The Line
- Uploading a video tutorial for a side mission on Sleeping Dogs, currently standing at 10,770 views and 109 likes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAcN0pGYmbM)
- Splashing out on the rare Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition
- Strategically commanding my troops in XCOM Enemy Unknown
- Enjoying the soundtrack on Forza Horizon, being introduced to great new bands like The Enemy
- Getting to see what a ship looks like below deck in Assassin’s Creed III
- Reading all of the pieces of information in Assassin’s Creed III regarding the theatre, the churches and so on
- Speeding everywhere in Need For Speed Most Wanted
- Enjoying LEGO Lord of the Rings without watching the films
- Taking everything in in Far Cry 3
- Being amazed at all of the set-pieces in Tomb Raider
- Being overwhelmed with things to do in Grand Theft Auto V
- Playing a massive amount of community levels on LittleBigPlanet
- Wondering how Killzone 2′s visuals are still better than most games today
- Playing crazy set-pieces in Uncharted 2 and 3
- Playing Journey with an unknown player
- Realizing what the Dualshock 3 can do with Flower
- Watching buildings destruct in Motorstorm Apocalypse
- Crying at the story in Heavy Rain
- Driving go-karts in Grand Turismo 5
Wow, that was a pretty extensive list, but that just goes to show how many fond memories I have of the seventh generation consoles. There were other great things that happened during the life cycle of those consoles, because of those games. For example, had I not played Rock Band and Guitar Hero, I might not have gotten into playing the guitar and the drums in my band.
Another great memory is how I used to work for a LittleBigPlanet fansite called LittleBigPlanetGalaxy. Unfortunately the website is closed down now because the domain expired and the owner didn’t want to commit to it anymore (but you can still check out the YouTube channel: LBPGalaxy). On the website, I used to run a weekly series called Picks of the Week where I played through lots of LittleBigPlanet community levels each week and wrote about which ones were best. It was a great way to develop my writing skills, but also made me feel like part of that games community. Sometimes the creators of the levels would come onto the website to thank me for mentioning them, which is why that will always be one of my favorite memories. I felt like I was rewarding people, and when they came to thank me and tell me how great the series was, that was rewarding for myself.
Of course, nowadays I write for DigiBytes. It’s great to be here because not only can I talk about the things I’m interested in, but it’s also very satisfying when your features or your reviews reach out to people who might want to agree or disagree with you. It’s great when it leads to discussion.
Everything I’ve talked about, none of it would have been possible without the seventh generation consoles, which is why I personally ow e a huge debt to them. Not only have I had a great time playing all of my games on the Xbox 360 and PS3, but it has done a lot for my life outside of gaming as well. Therefore, the seventh generation deserves to be talked about more, which is why I’m setting up a new monthly feature here on DigiBytes which will be revealed on 22nd November.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as excited for the future of video games as you are, but sometimes it’s good to look back, remember and reminisce about how great things have been. Thank-you, seventh generation, and fond farewell.