Game Completion 2021 #3 – Assassin’s Creed: Rogue

  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

I spent the first third of Assassin’s Creed: Rogue feeling like it was merely Black Flag DLC. Yet, as Shay Cormac’s story escalated the more its own identity came to the fore, and the more I enjoyed it on its own merits.

I’ll talk more about that on a future N-Focus episode.

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Game Completion 2021 #2 – Freedom Cry (Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag DLC)

  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

Will talk about this when the N-Focus podcast returns later this January. The short version? Meaningful themes served in a non-meaningful and way.

Also included the Aveline DLC in this completion as it was only 40-odd minutes long.

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Game Completion 2021 #1 – Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag

  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft

I stopped playing the Assassin’s Creed series after hitting the mandatory tower defence section in the early stages of Revelations. At the time that felt a huge shame as its precursor, Brotherhood, was easily my favourite of the series, but I was already growing tired of the yearly release cycle and it felt like a good time to let it go. As a result, I haven’t touched the series since, even now with its recent hiatus, switch to a bi-yearly release schedule and new RPG revamp.

That said, remembering the positive buzz around Black Flag at release, I couldn’t a resist Boxing Day bargain price for The Rebel Collection (and Valhalla), which is a generous packaging of both pirate-themed releases and its DLC. The result? Me regretting dropping the series all those years ago. I’ll talk more in-depth about it when the N-Focus podcast comes back later this month.

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Game Completion 2020 #73 – Shady Part of Me

  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Douze Dixiemes
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive

A dark, thoughtful but always enjoyable puzzle-platformer. I’ll talk about it more in depth on a future episode of the N-Focus Podcast.

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Game Completion 2020 #72 – Burnout Paradise Remastered

  • Platform: PS5
  • Developer: Criterion
  • Publisher: EA

A terrifically varied open-world racer.

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Game Completion 2020 #71 – DiRT 5

  • Platform: PS5
  • Developer: Codemasters
  • Publisher: Codemasters

With the exception of Sprint Car races, DiRT 5 is a beautiful, enjoyable racer that’s elevated massively by the DualSense’s haptics. Unfortunately, it’s also a little buggy, including regular software crashes and trophies that do not pop, robbing me of the platinum that’s rightfully mine.

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Game Completion 2020 #70 – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales

  • Platform: PS5
  • Developer: Insomniac
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

More of the same but prettier, smoother and shorter (not a complaint). Miles is a great Spidey, and I loved that this was set at Christmas. ‘Tis the season and all that.

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Game Completion 2020 #69 – Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

  • Platform: PS5
  • Developer: Treyarch and Raven Software
  • Publisher: Activision

Decided to give this a go for two reasons. Firstly, the Modern Warfare reboot was pretty decent and did interesting things in regards to its subject matter, especially on the idea of sides in conflict. Secondly, I really wanted to try a shooter with the DualSense controller. Both things held up pretty well, though Cold War also pulls the same revisionism that tugged at Modern Warfare.

There were a couple of positive surprises in Cold War, however. Allowing me to make important decisions that affect the story was not something I expected from a series that largely keeps you on rails. I also wasn’t expecting to need to grab a physical pen and paper to solve puzzles to get access to (and the best results) side missions.

Overall, I think I’m just enjoying the mindless rhythm of CoD again after swearing off it for years. The core mechanics, as they’ve always been, are just dumb fun.

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Game Completion 2020 #68 – Astro’s Playroom

  • Platform: PS5
  • Developer: SIE Japan
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Low key one of the of the best games of the year and a delightful run through the history of Sony’s PlayStation.

Game Completion 2020 #67 – Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity

  • Platform: Switch
  • Developer: Omega Force
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Improves on the original Hyrule Warriors in almost all areas, but especially in its expanded combat systems and tone. Some… less than ideal story elements prevent it from being the true Breath of the Wild prequel it was billed, but remains incredibly entertaining throughout.

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