Let me first get this out of the way. To many people this will sound like an article from a Wii U fanboy who’s whining about their favorite system not getting support it deserves and saying that Ubisoft owes me something. That’s actually far from the truth. I know there are many other Wii U owners out there who have pledged their support and voted with their wallets that think every game player should be able to get the same experiences no matter what platform they own. This is my own personal opinion and yes it’s going to be a little rantish, but I think everyone is entitled to that every now and then.
If you were a Wii owner in the last generation you know things were pretty slim when it came to third party support. If you got games with the same title as other consoles it was very often a completely different game only loosely tied to the “proper” console release of the same name. They were very often feature incomplete. Games like Call of Duty left out entire levels, had minimal online support, if any or were cartoonified like Madden to fit the platform. Ubisoft was one of the few publishers that pushed support of Nintendo’s little white box and even they had a tendency to create sub-par experiences for Wii owners (I’m looking at you H.A.W.X. and Ghost Recon).
Assassin’s Creed is one of those franchises that you continue to be surprised by when Ubisoft shows it off. The gameplay has remained fairly consistent over the years, but tweaks and changes to the formula allow them to keep it somewhat fresh or revitalize it when it starts to get stale.
Ubisoft showed off some of the first game play footage for their new game Assassin’s Creed: Unity today and I’m quite excited by it. The biggest change to the game this year is the addition of four player co-op and some of the things they do in this demo might get you interested in a franchise you’ve checked out on.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity is coming to PS4 and Xbox One later this year. Check out this demo of the new co-op feature.
Reports coming from Kotaku showed leaked screenshots of an upcoming game in the Assassin’s Creed franchise currently codenamed Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The screenshot shows off a blue clad assassin, whose identity is currently unknown, walking around Paris with landmarks like Notre Dame cathedral in the background. That is one of two Assassin’s Creed games rumored to be debuting this year and is set to hit the Xbox One and PS4, with a PC release probably as well.
The other game is codenamed Assassin’s Creed: Comet and is rumored to be heading to the Xbox 360 and the PS3.
What you’re not seeing is the Wii U being listed as a release platform for either rumored game. Of course, when I reached out to Ubisoft they said they had no comment at this time. It’s possible that one or both of these games could still come to Wii U, but with the track that Ubisoft releases have been taking towards the platform recently there is also a good possibility the franchise will skip Wii U altogether.
Wii U did see releases of Assassin’s Creed III and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, but did not see the release of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation HD, which also released on Xbox 360 and PS3. I would love to see Ubisoft continue to support Wii U and I would like to see whatever the next entry in the AC franchise come to the platform. We’ll have to wait until later this year when these games are officially unveiled for more information, but you can bet we’ll keep you up to date on all the AC info as it becomes available.
2013 has been quite the year in gaming, especially for me. We finally got the sequel to a game that I’ve been waiting to play for over a decade. Another game went from being one of the franchises I was least interested in to one I think is a fantastic franchise. Other games let me take character from completely different franchises and put them into scenarios only your imagination could have dreamed of. New consoles have been released. Handhelds have proven that they still have what it takes to compete with the up and coming cell phone market.
Regardless of what type of games you like to play it’s been a great year for gaming. Digital markets have been growing to the point where the games you find on places like XBLA and Nintendo’s eShop are undistinguishable from the games you get in retail stores. I played a bunch of games this year, but here are the ten titles that I think stood out above all the rest this year.
To let you know how I came about this list. I started by putting down all of the games I played for the first time this year (as that’s the criteria we have for our End of the Year Lists on the site). I played 65 different games for the first time this year. I whittled that down the to the list of games that I would have considered for a spot on my GotY list and that brought it down to 23 titles. Of those eleven were 3DS games, eleven were Wii U games, two were Xbox 360 games and one was a Wii game. Then I whittled that down even further by going over any that I reviewed, thinking of the experiences I had playing those games and which ones stuck out with me most.
The one time Wii U exclusive Rayman Legends will be available on its sixth and seventh different platforms in February when the platformer heads to Xbox One and Playstation 4. February 25th will see Rayman and his cohort one the two most recent platforms available with new exclusive content. This time you’ll get to see Globox decked out in the style of Vaas from Farcry 3. Rayman will be getting his own unique outfit, the robes of an Assassin. Other costumes available are Ray Vaas and Splinter Ray.
That’s not all that will be improved when the title hits current-gen platforms. Ubisoft has promised that the load times will be improved, the visuals will be getting an upgrade and touchpad support will be available on the PS4. The Xbox One version of the game will get new time-limited achievements from 10 exclusive challenges.
At this point are there any systems that the game won’t be available on?
I’ve been playing the Assassin’s Creed franchise since the beginning. I thought every game got better from the beginning until the series hit its best during the events of Brotherhood. The story continued with Ezio in Revelations before moving on to a new setting, time period and hero with Assassin’s Creed III.
What You Need to Know
Ubisoft has decided that they want to continue to explore the history of the Kenway family, this time moving the setting back in time for the first time. Set during the Golden Age of Piracy, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag depicts the events that took place during the life of Edward Kenway, father of ACIII antagonist Haytham Kenway, and grandfather of Connor Kenway. You’ll take on missions both on land and at a much expanded sea. Exploring places like Havanna, Cuba, Kingston, Jamaica, and Nassau, Bahamas. Edward must fight his way through both sides of the Assassin and Templar’s centuries long conflict. Many historical pirates like Benjamin Hornigold, Anne Bonney, Jack Rackham and Blackbeard will make appearances befriending or fighting Edward along the way. There are dozens of islands to explore and hours upon hours of content to keep you busy for close to 80 hours if you do everything there is to do.
I’m just going to start this review by coming out and saying it. “I’m a 33 year old man that actually enjoyed my time with Just Dance Kids 2014.” There’s it’s out there. Now I can get on to talking about the game. Ubisoft has made a pretty good business out of getting people up off their couches and dancing. Yearly releases of these games including some of the biggest songs of the year mean people are dancing away, many of them using them as a supplement to their workout programs.
What You Need to Know
Just Dance Kids 2014 is pretty much exactly what the title says. It’s a dancing game featuring songs that younger kids will recognize. You hold a Wii Remote in one hand and dance along to the motions being displayed on the screen. The closer you come to recreating the dance accurately the more points you get. That’s pretty much all there is to it.