REVIEW: Assassins Creed: Revelations for the PS3

As you may know, I myself am by no means a big gamer, I do enjoy the odd Nintendo DS or Playstation game – however, my boyfriend, like most men, does like gaming – a lot!
We recently purchased the newly-released Assassins Creed: Revelations (rated 15) for the PS3, and I asked Steve to review it for me, as I know I have a few girl gamers who read my blog out there (hey Rachael, Charlotte & Ems!) and I thought it would make an interesting read.

The Review;

Released on November the 15th, the Assassins Creed series of games tells the story of Desmond Miles who is kidnapped by the corporation Abstergo Industries – an up to date, more modern version of the Knights Templar. He is forced to use the Animus and finds himself experiencing the memories of an assassin in the Crusades, Altair and an assassin from 15th century Italy, Ezio.
Having played the previous games in the series, I was holding out a lot of hope for this next part of the collection. Let me start first off by saying it is a good game – just not altogether what I was expecting.
Going into anything with expectations isn’t always a great thing, especially if these expectations are not wholeheartedly met. The game itself is good, and is what you’d expect from an Assassins Creed game – but the storyline was a little weak in places, and could definitely have been scripted a little better. It almost seems as if the premise is growing old.
When it came to control, the game was slightly awkward – on occasion, it would do the opposite to what you wanted it to – i.e. jumping to the left when you wanted to advance forward – and there was a lot of erratic movement in places.
The action itself was fantastic – I’d rate the game 4 out of 5 straight off just for this feature – there were good levels and amounts of fighting and ‘free-running’ – just what you’d expect. However, each Assassins Creed, when released, has plenty of new features, and although this game has some, it did seem to be woefully lacking compared to previous games in the series.
It is very similar to previous Assassins Creed games – in fact, it is very similar to the previous game in the series, Brotherhood – and still has everything you need if you are a die-hard Assassins Creed fan – yet it seemed to be a lot shorter than the other games in the series – and much easier to complete too!
This is definitely a must-have game for die-hard AC fans, and is quite a good game as a stand-alone – however, the storyline is a little weak compared to previous titles, and the control still isn’t 100%.
– Can definitely tell it is an Assassins Creed title
– Good action – levels of fighting and parkour are great
-Some good new features
– Playing online against others is still enjoyable
– Awkward to control
– Storyline a little disappointing, could have been scripted better
– Seems shorter than previous titles, and less new features than expected.
– Although enjoyable, online play is not as good as in Brotherhood, the third title in the series
The ending of the game leaves it open for another title in the series – I cannot find any information on whether there is one in production – but I would love to know if there is one planned?
I would give this game a 4/5 – on action alone, it deserves this score – however, the easiness of completion, control problems and weak storyline stop it from getting the top score of 5/5.
Have you got the game? What do you think?
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Bye Bye Mr/Mrs Bump.

Seeing as Mr or Mrs Bump is being vacated in the very near future thanks to an induction, I thought I’d post my last gratuitous bump picture. I haven’t been the greatest at taking pictures of my ever-changing body, and have been frantically taking pictures recently so I have some actual memories of my pregnancy.
This is at 41 weeks exactly (and yes, it is edited, thanks to Photo Enhancer on my HTC – the original was just horrid!)
I think I’m going to miss lugging that big old lump around, you know.

125 Books In A Year: An Update

So how am I doing so far?
I have read a grand total so far of….
one book.
Not so great, is it? I’m three quarters of the way through my second, but I just can’t seem to motivate myself to finish it just yet, what with everything that’s going on.
Book Number 1
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
Hilarious, crass and all the things in between – this book had me in stitches talking about issues that affect the modern woman such as dating, periods, sex and everything else. I had seen this recommended on plenty of blogs, and I follow the woman herself on Twitter so bought this in Waterstones a little while back to see what all the fuss was about. Definitely one of the funniest books I’ve read over the past year.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? If not, are you interested in reading it?
Also, have you any suggestions for some good books that I should read as part of my challenge? I’m currently trawling through Play and Amazon’s books sections, and sending my mother out on charity shop searches for some great new books – and I’m open to suggestions!

Things to look forward to; December

It’s the 30th of November and at this very moment, I could have given birth already, be in labour as we speak or be overdue (yes, this is a scheduled post!)
I’m sure you’ll all already know by now which of the above applies to me, but until then, here are a few things I’m looking forward to this December:
  • My baby’s first month in the world
  • Spending Christmas with my family and our new addition
  • Taking my baby to meet all his/her family and friends
  • New Years Eve
  • Presents…yes, I want presents too!
  • Buying presents – especially for the baby
  • Snow on Christmas Day (the chance of this happening is very unlikely, but a girl can dream, right?)
  • EDIT: And of course, seeing my gorgeous girl Charlotte very,very soon 😉
Of course, most of my things to look forward to involve my new little bundle of joy, but what are you looking forward to this December?
Here’s a big hello to December with wishes that it brings everything you wanted & a wave goodbye to November which I hope brought you plenty of smiles & laughter.