Ben’s Best of 2015 – Playstation 4

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Yes, I know, the PS4 came out in 2014. Luckily, this is my blog, and I make the rules.

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How Burial At Sea Redeems Bioshock: Infinite

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After watching my significant other polish off the campaign from Bioshock: Infinite last week, I found myself itching to play the DLC, which I’d hitherto ignored on the basis that I thought it’d be mediocre at best. The first episode of Burial At Sea was, sadly, almost exactly that. If you ignore the plot, it’s basically just the combat from Infinite transplanted into Rapture, really nothing more than a change of scenery.

But Episode 2 is something else entirely.

Fair warning: I’ll be discussing plenty of mechanical spoilers here. I’m not going to discuss anything story related, but if you’re really keen to stay spoiler free then I’d recommend finishing off the episode before reading on.

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The Time Machine: Where Assassin’s Creed 3 Went Wrong

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The following article is massively out of date.

It’s a big ol’ rant I wrote well over a year ago on Assassin’s Creed 3, fresh off the back of having finished it. Despite having spent quite a lot of time on it, the half-finished article has been my drafts box for ages, mostly because finishing it would’ve involved going back to play more of the game, and I’d had quite enough of that.

Recently, though, I’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag which is, thankfully, really quite good. I then remembered that I’d written a good thousand words or so on how much I’d disliked AC3, and didn’t want them to go to waste. So, before I write up my thoughts on AC4, here are those ancient words, tidied up and made all presentable like those Christmas decorations you’ve been using for a few years too many.

Get ready to party moan like it’s 2012!

Cue wibbly time-travel effects…

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Reality Check, or Why I Cancelled My Playstation 4 Preorder

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Anyone who knows me will know I’ve been quite excited about the PS4. I loved the controller when I got the chance to play with one at Eurogamer, I really liked the idea of smooth, 1080p/60FPS gameplay in my living room, and I was completely behind the Sony ethos – that the PS4 was a gaming machine, and wasn’t trying to court the all-in-one entertainment demographic that the Xbox One was chasing.

With all that in mind, it may come as quite a surprise that I’ve just closed an Amazon tab, in which I cancelled my pre-order of the Playstation 4/Killzone Shadowfall bundle. A pre-order which I have held since July.

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Assassin’s Creed Sails Again

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Just a quick post here, as it’s fast becoming traditional for me to at least mention every new Assassin’s Creed game. Last week, Ubisoft announced the latest title in the series – Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.

Or, as Lewie Procter would probably call it, AssBlag.

Today, the hype machine whirred into second gear, with the release of the first trailer. More thoughts after the break, along with the trailer itself.

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Impressions of a Rushed Writer

I realised recently that I’ve not done an actual decent sized piece of games journalism for a while now. That made me sad, but what with exams and such, I don’t really have the time to write a full piece right now. Instead, I’m just going to briefly talk about the games I’ve been enjoying recently, and why.

I hope you’re in the mood to be rambled at!

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