As many people know, during Gamescom, they announced a playable teaser for a mysterious game that turned out to be a new Silent Hill game made by Hideo Kojima (from the Metal Gear Solid series) and Guillermo del Toro (Director) (from and will star Norman Reedus (From The Walking Dead; The Boondock Saints). I found out about it through an article on IGN saying that its a new Silent Hill being worked on by these 3 gentlemen. Going into it, I knew nothing about it, besides that. I thought, “Yeah, it can be scary but it can’t be THAT scary.” I was wrong.
The demo starts off in first-person view with you waking up in a poorly lit room, with darkness filling the room behind you and a door right in front of you. I go through the door and it leads, to what seems like a friendly hallway, which is really suspicious. You turn the corner to see a door opened in front of you, with 2 closed doors on the way. The open door seems to lead to a basement and I really don’t want to go to a basement but I have no choice. I go through only to be looped back to the beginning of this hallway and everything still looks the same. I go through the door only to be looped again and everything seems to look the same as the first 2 times. As I am making my way towards the open door at the end, it closes on its own. I try opening it but nothing, then I try the other 2 doors and still nothing. I make my way back to the beginning of the hallway and try that door but it didn’t seem to work. I make my way around the corner only to see that the door is now open, i guess going back to the beginning triggered it. I loop back to the beginning, everything looking the same but as I’m making my way to the open door, there is a loud bang on the first door to my right, which just startled me. I keep walking and not looking back, only to be looped again. I make my way to the end, only to find out that the door is once again close. As I try getting it open, i hear a door opening behind me but I am terrified to look behind me. I finally turn around to see that the door that made the loud bang before, is slightly cracked open with a baby crying coming from inside. I look inside only to see that its pitch black. I try getting it open but I can’t, I look around but can find anything. I find out that i can zoom in by clicking R3 and I try that at the door, only to have, what looked like a ghost, popping out, looking at me and quickly slamming the door shut, which opened the door to start my loop.
By this point, I’m already pretty scared and it didn’t help that my next loop started in a dark hallway. I made my way through it like every other time but this time, the door that the ghost shut was now wide open with a blinking flashlight sitting on the floor. I go to pick it up with the door shutting behind me and I am now trapped in the bathroom. Sounds like that R.Kelly video. Its completely dark with only the flashlight on. I look around and found a fetus in the sink crying. After a while of trying to see what to do, the door finally opens and I can now leave towards the door to start my next loop. At one point, when I turn the corner in the hallway, there was now a red light with a swing fridge hanging from the ceiling, right before making my way towards the door, as usual. After a couple loops or so, as soon as I turn the corner, there she was. The ghost, known as Lisa was standing in the middle of the hallway. I got closer, and she quickly lunged at me, scarring me in the process and killed me, making me start in that dark room but this time I had the flashlight so I thought that was what supposed to happen.
I decided to look up a walkthrough on IGN so I can know what to do and where to go and warn me if there’s any jump scares, to prepare myself. Later, I found myself, not walking but running through the same hallway but this time, without having to go through the door to start the loop. The walkthrough said to look for a frame that fell to the floor and right above it has a hole I can peek through. It was just the same bathroom but you could hear the fetus talking again, about something that might have been vital to the story. After it ended, I went around into the bathroom to find that there was nothing there. Continued on and soon, found the normal hallway with the same door to go through. I kept finding myself going through loop, after loop, after loop. It seemed endless! And although, the walkthrough was kinda helping, it still wasn’t enough and I paused and pressed the home button, chickening out of the game. I was considering going back into the game and keep going but before I would make up my mind, the PS4 went back to the game and kinda freaked me out. I then got a message saying that the game had crashed, causing me quit and watch the ending online on Youtube.
The game legitimately scared me and even when I wasn’t playing, it still creeped me out. I would watch videos or read articles regarding it causing the game to come back to my cerebellum. Its at night when everyone in my house is asleep and its completely dark, when my imagination gets the best of me, because I’m a fucking asshole. Regardless of that, it still looks like it will be a really good game and even if it scared me, I’m still very interested to see how it’ll turn out. I just hope its not completely 1st person because that just makes the scares worse. Hideo Kojima wanted a game that would, and i quote: “Scare the shit out of you.” Well Mr. Kojima, I think its safe to say that the shit has been scared out of me and many other players that have tried out your playable teaser.
The latest installment of the Assassin’s Creed series. Does it live up to its hype?
Story: The ‘Assassin’s Creed’ series is always split into 2 parts.
Present Time: It follows Desmond Miles, a modern day assassin who needs to find pieces of Eden and stopping an evil corporation, Abstergo, the modern day Templars, who wants to rule the world. In this one, the world is coming to an end, its up to Desmond to find the pieces of Eden and stop it!
Ancestor’s Time: The second part is reliving the past through Desmond’s ancestors, the Assassins and their fight against the Templars. ‘AC3’ introduces a new assassin, a half Native American, Half British, Ratonhnhake:ton (Ra-doon-ha-kay-doon, i believe is pronounced) or Connor Kenway. We follow him through his struggle and fight against the Templars during the American Revolution.
Presentation: The series is known for its open world gameplay and platforming, where you can climb pretty much any building you want. You could do the main story missions or go exploring and get secrets. There is always many secrets to discover in the games, taking advantage of the open world and being able to explore.
Graphics: The graphics in this game are amazing! Everything just looks nice. The towns look like the towns back then and forest, even though there isn’t anything too exciting there, it still looks amazing. There are a few graphical glitches and other kinds. I killed a bear with a poison dart and he went flying off the cliff, one time, i got shot and Connor went flying, there is also a guy at a bar that he is sitting in mid air and every 5 secs, he spins around. Some of this glitches are noticeable, some not so noticeable but its not anything too bad, they’re actually more funny than anything. Just as long as it gives you a laugh and isn’t a game breaking glitch, like the one in the early copies of ‘Twilight Princess’, then it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. It’s a huge game so you will most likely expect some glitches, kinda like ‘Skyrim’.
Sound: The voice acting in the game is good. Nolan North as Desmond, who does an amazing job, as always. Actor Noah Watts voicing the new assassin, Connor, does a good job. The recurring voice actors, as Desmond’s team, do a good job. The other VA as some of the game’s characters, do a good job. Talking like how people talked back then during the American Revolution.
Gameplay: The ‘Assassin’s Creed’ series is known for its open world, of being able to run anywhere and being able to pretty much, climb any building and that is no different with AC3. Now, not just can you climb buildings but cliff sides. The controls are pretty much the same but some parts feel different. Running is a 1 button push, instead of pressing R1+X(PS3) or RT+A(360), which can make it easier and you can pick up a weapon while running without missing a beat. The combat has been slightly changed. No more countering like the previous games. Now, you hack and slash through guys and now there is a combat system, which is not too difficult to do, its just a 1 button push but boy does it look awesome! Some of the kills are awesome too watch but are also brutal. I actually said 1 time “damn Connor, relax” lol. There is also a feature that when 2 guys are gonna attack, you can counter and watch a cool animation of Connor killing both of them. Now, guards have guns so they will shoot, especially during combat. To avoid getting shot, you can actually grab another guy and use him as a human shield, leaving you unharmed and doesn’t slow down the fight. There’s also new features like the Naval Battles which is boat fighting, which is actually fun!
Replay Value: Assassin’s Creed always has a lot of replay value and that is no different with AC3. Whether you decide to do it, after you beat the game or during and you just wanna take a break from the main story missions, you can collect secrets. There is many side missions, some that make you beat or kill some guy or go and collect some stuff or turn in something. Some are pretty dumb and/or pointless but are crucial to getting 100%. They brought back the 100% synchronization where, during the main story missions or any mission, they have bonus objective, which will make you do certain tasks: don’t be detected, kill a certain amount of people in a certain way and stuff like that. These can be fun and challenging but some can also be down right hard. AC3 actually has harder ones compared to Brotherhood and Revelations. You can go back and do them to get 100% completion of the game. Another thing you can do is the Naval Battles which are surprisingly fun. I was skeptical when i heard about it but luckily they are option, aside from a story mission where it teaches you about it and they are actually fun. There is a underground for Boston and New York where you go through dark corridors and try to get more openings to travel faster through the cities. The underground offer puzzles to get through, which add extra content to the game. You can also hunt and skin animals to get items. They brought back the guild missions, where you gotta do different tasks for certain guilds. These offer from hunting tasks to killing and thief guilds. The game has A LOT to do, whether during the story or after so it has plenty of replay value, which is vital for Trophies/Achievements and that is perfect for the Trophy/Achievement whores like myself.