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Old 01-27-2019, 12:09 PM
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Playing BioShock 2 Remastered on the hardest difficult with Vita-Chambers disabled while also doing a completionist run may not have been the best idea.
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BioShock 2 Remastered
There's not really much to say here; it's almost literally the same game as the non-Remastered version, with slightly better visuals and less cheevos to earn. That said, I get to once again talk about how much I like this game, so buckle up.

BioShock 2 is a sequel that no one asked for. Maybe not in the literal sense, because the original BioShock set the world on fire with it's appearance, and introduced a universe that was both fascinating and terrible. I mean sure, I've called it a "System Shock with a palette swap", and it is, but Rapture and it's inhabitants were still interesting on their own merits. So it's natural that people would want to spend more time there.

Except, we got BioShock 2. It takes the world of Rapture and shrinks it, ever so much. It's the same as what happened in Dragon Age. First game was a gigantic tale, metaphorical or otherwise, second is a small story in the established world. In both cases, this was widely regarded as a bad move and made gamers very angry. And you won't like gamers when they're angry. Mostly because in aggregate their behaviour is kind of sad and desperate (aka The Salt), but I digress.

All that said, a smaller story in a larger world is kind of right up my alley. I don't need to always need to save the world, as fun as that is, so long as the story is still engaging. And BioShock 2 definitely has that. It's pretty basic, get from Point A to Point B, except you play as a Big Daddy ('named' Subject Delta) trying to get to his Little Sister. Also the Little Sister has grown up, and is "captured" by her actual Mother because the girl is going to be the World's First Utopian, because the Mother is a bit of a Mad Scientist. Also you died in the Prologue (self-inflicted lead poisioning, we'll say), so the Little Sister had to figure out a way to bring you back first, even before she could set up her own rescue mission.

So Daddy's Back in Town and you're on a mission to save your daughter-who-isn't-but-also-kinda-is. Along the way you meet people that are trying to kill you, either for the first or second time, and you get to decide if they're worth the drill swing, as well as other Little Sisters that are not yours, but could always use a new Big Daddy in their life. How you interact with all of these people shows your specific Little Sister (named Eleanor) how to treat people in the world, and she directly mirrors you. Are you merciful to those you interact with? So is she. Are you just a murder machine with no compunctions to kill and gut all in your immediate vicinity? Eleanor goes 100% Nice Boat.

Though that does bring up one particular decision in the game, where the "good" one would be to kill, but the game sees all murder as bad (for named characters, of course) so not being merciful is the higher path. It's really odd. And yes, the game has multiple endings, or at least variations of a theme, just like it's predecessor. Personally I'm a bigger fan of "one ending, but it's bittersweet/maybe still kinda fucked up" for the -Shock games, but c'est la vie.

Do I think you should pick it up? Absolutely, especially if you aren't a fan of the first game. And you should regardless, especially because of...

BioShock 2: Minerva's Den Remastered
This is hands down the best DLC in the franchise. I mean, I guess there's not much competition here, what with it either being iterations on Gathering/Horde Mode, or Rapture Again: This Time It's a Prequel, and maybe also a Sequel. Still though, it's pretty good.

Here you play Subject Sigma, a Big Daddy tasked with helping C.M. Porter get the machine code for The Thinker (the computer that runs everything in Rapture) out of Rapture itself. Not all is easy in Minerva's Den of course, because Porter's former business partner has come to see The Thinker as some sort of Machine God that can predict the future. And he wants to keep that to himself for as long as possible. Also most of the enemies are your typical models, though there is more of a prevalence towards "tech" stuff, more security bots, both in stand-alone droids and drones attached to splicers. Also Heavy Brutes with flame melee for some reason.

Also, not everything is as simple as it's supposed to be, and not everything is as you think it is. It's a neat little diversion to a very specific corner of Rapture, and I highly recommend it.


Unrelated to anything else, if you were curious as to why the Remaster has less Achievements than the original game, it's because they removed the Multiplayer stuff. So all the achievements tied to that had to go too. And if you are going to play on Hard Mode, I recommending leaving the Vita-Chambers off, because that actually forces you to think about fights and react accordingly, instead of just bashing your drill against a wall while your items deplete in-between regenerations.

Also I wouldn't mind a re-make of sorts, or at least a way to get all three games in the trilogy (BioShock, BS2, Infinite) to be tighter, where all the games are written knowing what happens in the others in the series. References to Lamb (and/or Porter) in the first game, more of Ryan in the third, stuff like that.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:32 AM
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uPlay had Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China for free, so I grabbed that.

I don't know why.
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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China
So far, it's a clumsy iteration of Mark of the Ninja. Probably won't get better.

But it might.

But probably not.
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Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
So, we're now on the second game before the Templar/Assassin war has actually even begun to exist, and this is the second (full) game I've ever played in the franchise, after Black Flag.

Odyssey is the story of Kassandra (or Alexios), a mercenary with a shitty childhood that caused her (or him) to be cast out of Spartan society. By being thrown off a cliff. Because she (or he) tried to save her (or his) infant sibling from being tossed off. And failed, but killed the person that tossed said infant off the cliff. Also Kassandra (and Alexios) are the grandchildren of King Leonidas, which really ultimately means you get his badass spear from your Mother, who was his daughter. It's the equivalent to the Assassin Blade the other games have; never the primary, but you do a lot of murdering with it.

So you start off on this rinky-dink speck of an island, with your "best friend" Markos and the girl who wants to grow up and be you, Phoibe. Markos is the dude who found you as an abandoned child and took you in. Also has a million and one harebrained schemes to get rich, which usually land him in trouble that you have to dig him out of. Some kind of odd rich dude wants to hire you to kill someone, and you accept because it'll get you off said island and maybe you'll get to confront your past. Because your parents somehow let that stuff happen.

Also odd rich dude is in a secret cult and apparently wants to kill you for some reason. So now the plot is two-fold; find out why that dude wants you dead, and what the hell is up with your parents. And don't forget, you're a mercenary, so other mercs will definitely want to kill you to up their ranking. So kill them first and up yours. But really, the game is fun as heck and the story is pretty engaging. As always, things are not what they seem, and there is always more to the story than you're being told. Well not by the end I guess; you know everything then.

So the game mechanics. If you're familiar with the AC games (specifically Origins) than there shouldn't be any surprises, probably. You get three skill trees to fill with points as you level up, as well as upgrading your Spear after you've done certain things in-game, as well as upgrading Ikaros after finding the requisite Sync points.

Ikaros is your eagle, by the way. Also "gave" you one of your nicknames, since you are also known as The Eagle-Bearer, since that is in no way common. People have pet dogs, pet horses, maybe even pet bears, but no pet eagles. Ikaros is your eyes in the sky, that you can use to scout out locations and such. Also you have a horse, because that's faster than running.

And a boat, because this game takes place in Ancient Greece, at the beginning of the Peloponnesian War, which means about 430 BC. And that also means no gunpowder or telescopes, so all the boat battles are up close and personal with arrows and javelins (and the flaming versions of each). If your only experience with AC boat battles is in Black Flag (like me), then let me tell you right now, the early game for that is going to suck out loud. Your boat straight up cannot either deliver or take any kind of damage, so avoid fights if you can until you can get some upgrades (Hull and Javelins specifically) first. My boat is currently about 90% upgraded and I still have issues sometimes. Mostly because every fight is usually You v. 3 or 4 boats at the same time. Sometimes more!

Anyway, the story (well, stories) is good, there is a minimal amount of present-day stuff (which Ubisoft doesn't seem like they know what to do with), and you will absolutely get lost in the game. Probably literally. The map is 130 square kilometers.

I've put in about 85 hours, I've beaten the story, and I haven't even uncovered every location on the goddamned map yet. Like, huge swaths just... not populated yet.
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