The Week in Gaming: Delays, Assassins and LEGO Wizards
Sit down, strap down your aunties and prepare yourself for another Week in Gaming!
Bonjour. Dan here, ManaTank’s resident wordsmith/British person/co-founder/lots of other things that aren’t really relevant. If you’ve been following this feature for a while you know the drill here – this is where I run down this week’s latest and greatest happenings on ManaTank and let you all know about them in handy, concise form. What can I say; I’m nice like that!
America, Animus and Assassins
Without doubt, this week’s biggest news was the first official gameplay trailer of Assassin’s Creed 3. I have to admit, I was absolutely flabbergasted by what I saw and now ACIII is one of my most anticipated titles of the year.
See, for me, the Assassin’s Creed franchise was teetering on the edge of dangerously repetitive/insanely boring. I actually reviewed Assassin’s Creed: Revelations last year and was very vocal about how it was all becoming just a bit samey, like when you’ve been sat in your underpants for ten years watching re-runs of Jerry Springer and eating Cheetos.
There is, after all, only so many times you can climb up a tower and do the same missions over and over again while trying to dodge pointless tower-defence mechanics and warding off evil, mysteriously placed first-person jumping things. That’s exactly why it was a breath of fresh air to see Assassin’s Creed III in action, as it looks like it’s the radical re-imagining this series desperately needed.
I mean, you can jump around tree-tops, slide through buildings and you can fight bears. That’s right, bears. No word yet on whether these bears are somehow allied with the Templar organisation, but we’ll be sure to let you know if we ever find out. Is it too much to hope for another bear that’s flying the flag for the Assassin’s and allows you to ride it into battle? Probably, but if you’re reading Ubisoft, I’d get that implemented pronto.
Anyway, go check out the trailer right now. It really is awesome.
Dishonored Gets a Release Date, Bioshock Infinite is Delayed
You’ve all seen Bethesda’s brand new game, Dishonored, by now right? If you haven’t, you can always go check out the official launch trailer right now. All done? Good stuff! Anyway, as the title of this little section might suggest, Dishonored can now be officially pencilled in on your calendar in big letters after this week saw the game’s official release date being revealed.
It’s good news for those of us wanting a potentially very exciting and potentially huge new franchise, but this week was also marred with sadness as it was announced that Bioshock Infinite has been pushed back over to next year, meaning that we’ll never get to play it as the world is meant to come to an end at the climax of 2012. That’s just rubbish, so I say we all storm Irrational’s offices and demand a playable demo at least before we all burn in the fires of the apocalypse.
Admittedly it’s probably for a good cause. I’d hate for them to push out a Bioshock game again and it end up suffering because of it. Instead it’s probably much better for Irrational to take their time and make Infinite as good as it can possibly be, as we do all like great games!
Minecraft With Friends? Not Likely!
A lot of this week’s ManaTank visitors have been desperately searching for why they simply can’t play Minecraft in splitscreen mode on the Xbox 360, and we were kind enough to explain the reason why this is.
Turns out the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft will only let you play split-screen with your friends if you own an HDTV. That’s right – if you’re stuck playing on a small box that looks like something out of a time capsule, you won’t be allowed to play Minecraft locally with your friends.
Microsoft has also gone on record saying there’ll be no refunds offered because of this. Something to do with it all being covered in the small print. Curse you, small print *shakes fist angrily*!
YOU. SHALL NOT. PASS.
It’s Lord of the Rings, except it’s all made out of those wonderful little blocks you used to clip together when you were a child/when you’re alone at night, possibly in a shed or some other form of reclusive area like a shoe cupboard. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, The Lord of the Rings is the latest blockbuster hit to be entirely recast into LEGO’ey goodness, and boy am I excited.
It’s technically not officially announced yet, but given that retailers have listed it, there’s LEGO box sets that reference Warner Bros and Traveller’s Tales (the publisher and developer responsible for the other LEGO games) it’s pretty much guaranteed to be announced either at E3 or in the very near future.
Delays are Going Hot This Week
Well after a stellar 2011, 2012 so far is turning out to be a bit like a fart that fails to impress due to patheticness. See, turns out the much-anticipated revival of Tomb Raider that Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics are doing has been officially shelved into the first half of 2013, with the developers citing the need to take more time to perfect the game.
I’m sure that sounds familiar…
Anyhoo, that’s it for this week. See you next time!