E3: Assassin’s Creed 2 & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up

Assassin’s Creed 2
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: November 17, 2009
Platforms: PS3, 360, PC

One of the greatest things about Assassin’s Creed 2 at E3 is that the mission that was shown in the live demo was actually specifically created for E3, which means that it did not give away any of the storyline for the actual game when it comes out later this year. I found out a lot of new information since the last update, so I thought I’d add this back in here. In the previous game, you were alone, but now, you will be able to hire allies who are able to help give you information about your target, or pay off people to stop talking about you if they recognize you when you enter the city. This brings into effect the new notoriety level, in which if you are recognized, people will talk about you which will put the guards more on edge if they hear you are nearby. Unlike the previous cities, you will be able to once again travel the entire city, split into five different districts. In response to the last game, there will now be fifteen different mission types, a much more cinematic gameplay style, 100 missions and 100 more side missions, for a total of about 25 hours of game. After watching a lot of demo, this game is much more deadly than before, given the fact that you can use much more than a sword and hidden short swords to kill people now, including counter and disarm tactics. Finally, there will now even be an economy in this game, which means you will be able to steal money from places and use it to buy upgrades for your weapons, and even get new accessories! This game has be thrilled because, while the first one was repetitive, this game is still revolutionary, and outstanding looking. I gladly await seeing all of the upgrades that their fans have asked for be put into the game.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Game Arts
Release Date: September 2009
Platforms: WII

Unlike the quick cinematic trailer that I had seen before, I finally got to see some actual gameplay footage of TMNT: Smash-Up this time. As I expected it would, it disappointed. Now, if you are a fan of Super Smash Bros., and you are a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you will like this game. If you are a fan of only Super Smash Bros. and you are looking for something new, but in the same genre, you will like this game. If not, this is just another button mashing fighting game, ironically made with help by the creators of Super Smash Bros. This game is being made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the turtles, which is coming up by the end of this year. One thing that stood out, though, was the level select screen. Unlike with most games like this, each player actually gets to vote on which stage they to fight in, and the one that is voted the most times will be used, instead of just having the first player choose the level for everyone. In battle, each player gets a life bar, and when they get hit enough to the point where their life bar diminishes, they lose a live, which is represented with hearts. It’s been said, though, that you can choose different types of ways to win in battle, so this is just one of the different multiplayer modes. There will also be a single player arcade mode which isn’t being shown at E3 yet. I can’t say I’m still terribly excited for this game, as I’d rather play Super Smash Bros., but if you’re a fan of the Turtles, chances are you will like this game.

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