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New Assassin’s Creed Origins Combat Video Shows Heavy Dark Souls and Witcher Inspiration

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Today, Ubisoft released an official video dissecting the new combat system in Assassin’s Creed Origins. While watching it, I couldn’t help but think of both Dark Souls and The Witcher 3 and saw major inspiration from those two in this game. I am in no way pointing this out in a negative manner, in fact I think it is a step in the right direction for Assassin’s Creed.

Most of the video is narrated by Ashraf Ismail, the game director of Assassin’s Creed Origins, who previously held the same position for Black Flag. In the video, he discusses how from working on that game he and his team wanted “to bring something new to AC.” His previous work on Assassin’s Creed allows him to go into great detail about both the previous combat system and what changes are being made in the new one. This also allows for greater insight into the development process, and thus the inspirations, even if they aren’t explicitly stated.

Ismail first gets at what the combat system used to be in order to show how it has changed. “In previous ACs, the fighting system was a paired animation system.” Basically, this means that when you attack, the character and an enemy would instantly be paired together in a fighting stance. While the combat has definitely evolved throughout the series, the paired animation approach to combat has been the same throughout. As such, Ismail discusses how he and his team “wanted to move away from that”.

This is where things start to get very Souls-y and Witcher-y. Ismail describes the new combat as a “hit-box based system”. “…if you press attack, you’re going to swing your weapon and if something’s there, it’s going to get hit and take damage. If nothing’s there, you’ve just swung into the open air and maybe you’ve just opened yourself up.” This means that the combat and regular stages of gameplay are more closely intertwined, allowing for greater control of your character in and out of combat. It also means there’s more strategy and thought involved in combat. This is all identical to how Dark Souls and Witcher 3 combat work.

Assassin’s Creed Origins’ new combat was further explained and gave off even more Souls vibes especially with some Witcher 3 sprinkled in here or there. Ismail gets at light attacks and heavy attacks being implemented and the strategy involved behind them, including comboing them together. He discusses various weapons and weapon types that the character can use and how each has advantages and disadvantages in relation to other weapons/armor. Everything so far is so quintessentially Souls/Witcher that it’s hard not to think about those series when looking at Origins‘ combat system.

Here’s even more inspiration from those series. Ismail goes into greater detail about ways to do bonus damage, such as attacking enemies from the back and attacking after stunning an enemy by parrying. There’s also a lock-on system, a dodge system, a bleeding damage system, a pseudo boss system, etc. I know a lot of games that use combat in this way, but the pure descriptions of Ismail and the gameplay shown strongly give off the sensation of a Souls game and Witcher 3 above anything else.

Like I said in the beginning, I personally have no issues with this system. Reading some of the comments on the YouTube video, a lot of people are bashing Assassin’s Creed for borrowing from Witcher, Souls, etc. saying things like the combat isn’t “new”. It may not be “new” per se, but it is definitely new to Assassin’s Creed which is what matters for fans of that series. It may not be innovative, but if they can make their own interpretation of this gameplay work well and the game is fun, then who cares? In my mind, mixing up their formula like this is a good way for Assassin’s Creed to get out of the rut it’s been experiencing in the gaming industry.

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s Retry Wording Has Been Updated in a Subtle Manner

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Despite the numerous praises players have showered upon Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, there is one particular aspect of the game that has garnered nothing but criticism: the perplexing wording of its retry screen, which players encounter when facing a Game Over. Fortunately, the developers have discreetly resolved this issue in the game’s latest patch. They have fixed the Platinum Trophy progression, resulting in a slightly less confusing experience for players.

If you don’t possess exceptional combat abilities, chances are you’ve come across the game’s notorious four options: “Retry from Current Battle, Retry from This Battle, Retry from Before Battle, or Resume.”. As an avid gamer, I must admit that I’ve experienced the frustration of losing precious time due to my own foolish mistake. In this particular instance, I found myself engrossed in fine-tuning my matrix and equipping my party, only to have it all go to waste when I encountered a formidable enemy. To compound my error, I made the ill-advised decision to retry the battle, resulting in an hour of agonizing repetition. Lesson learned!

The “Retry from This Battle” option has become a source of frustration for players who are struggling with the game’s final boss encounter, leading to a significant number of rage-quits. Without giving away any surprises, opting for that choice after being defeated would result in players being sent back to the beginning of the final boss encounter, needlessly forcing them to forfeit approximately an hour’s worth of hard-earned progress in battle.

After the update, players now have the option to select “Retry from the Current Phase” instead of “Retry from Before the Current Battle.”. It’s worth noting that this change is only slightly improved. It’s rather disappointing that the screen is overly convoluted, which may lead to players feeling frustrated. While it’s better late than never, we can’t help but wonder if this issue will persist in the future.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3 has received an impressive haul of 5 BAFTA Awards, with the prestigious title of Best Game among them

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Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to solidify its position as a standout title, garnering five prestigious BAFTA awards, including the highly coveted Best Game accolade. In addition to the top accolade of the evening, the RPG created by the talented team at Larian Studios also emerged victorious in the categories of narrative, music, players’ choice, and performer in a supporting role.

Several games for the PS5 and PS4 received BAFTA awards. Alan Wake 2 won for Audio Achievement, Cyberpunk 2077 was recognized as an Evolving Game, Viewfinder was named the Best British Game, and Nadji Jeter received the Performer in a Leading Role award for his portrayal of Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Standing on the stage that night, Swen Vincke, the founder of Larian Studios, expressed his disbelief: “It’s truly incredible to be here.” The effort and dedication poured into creating Baldur’s Gate 3 is truly commendable. It’s truly remarkable, and I extend my gratitude to Bafta and everyone involved.

Here are the winners of the BAFTA awards for 2024:

  • Debut game: Venba
  • Audio achievement: Alan Wake 2
  • Multiplayer: Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • Evolving game: Cyberpunk 2077
  • Game design: Dave the Diver
  • British game: Viewfinder
  • Artistic achievement: Alan Wake 2
  • New intellectual property — Viewfinder
  • Narrative: Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Performer in a supporting role: Andrew Wincott, Raphael in Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Family — Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • EE Players’ Choice — Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Animation — Hi-Fi Rush
  • Music — Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Game Beyond Entertainment — Tchia
  • Technical achievement: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Performer in a leading role — Nadji Jeter, Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Best game: Baldur’s Gate 3

 

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V Rising embraces its theme by introducing a Legacy of Castlevania crossover DLC

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V Rising, a vampiric RPG, made its debut on PC in 2022 and is set to grace the PS5 in 2024. The game clearly showcased a strong influence from Castlevania. Now, Stunlock Studios is fully embracing the opportunity, officially teaming up with Konami for a captivating DLC with a gothic twist.

Featured in The Triple-i Initiative’s recent digital indie showcase, Legacy of Castlevania offers players the opportunity to immerse themselves in the timeless visuals of hair, cloth, and character design from one of the most beloved vampire franchises in gaming history. The pack is set to be released in May, and it’s possible that we’ll gain further insights into the PS5 port at that time. In the upcoming game, players will have the chance to encounter the renowned vampire hunter Simon Belmont, who will serve as a formidable adversary. Additionally, fans will be delighted to know that they can dress up as the enigmatic Vampire Prince, Alucard, with a special cosplay set.

There will be three distinct shapeshifting variants for players to fully embrace the darkness. Among the options available are the Wolf Form Variant, Soul of the Wolf; the Human Form Variant, Glamour of Maria Renard; and the Toad Form Variant, Guise of The Flea Man. In addition, you’ll have access to luxurious furniture and decorations to adorn your sanctuary, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a gothic masterpiece.

Did V Rising catch your attention? What are your thoughts on the Legacy of Castlevania collaboration? We eagerly await your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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