Rant Gaming Round-Up: 11/03-11/09

Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb.

My bomb this past week was Assassin’s Creed III. I’ve been carrying it around with me, wondering when it was going to go off. It’s been getting hot, and I can hear the fuse hissing, but it’s like it’s glued to my hot little hands.

Not that it’s a bad game. In fact, words cannot describe how pleasantly surprised I was with it–actually, words CAN describe it, and you’ll see how in my full review, to be included in the next update. It’s just that, with a game like Assassin’s Creed III, little things like eating, drinking, and sleeping can tend to fall by the wayside.

I was able, however, to squeeze out two features for Rant Gaming while my review sizzled in the pan. The first was a Not So Old School Special Edition: Classic Board Games in Assassin’s Creed III. As the name implies, it’s a short catalog of the traditional board games available to play in the game’s rendition of Colonial America. As if collecting feathers wasn’t distracting enough, now you can play Checkers?

I also did a short write-up about the Indie Game of the Week: Miasmata, which got a new trailer around the time the article went up. In it, I also hinted at some upcoming changes in format to the Indie Game of the Week, so be sure to take a look.

And that, aside from working and mandatory sleep sessions, was my week. Now if you’ll excuse me, I only have a few more Homestead missions to complete. See you on the other side.

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Rant Gaming Round-Up: 10/27-11/02

What a week!

It started out on a high note with Boss Monster: A Not So Old School Review. Not So Old School is by far my favorite thing to write about at Rant Gaming, and it’s even better when I get an advance review copy of an excellent crowdfunded game! Be sure to check this one out–we’re nearly at the $100,000 stretch goal!

Next, here’s a bit of historical speculation: Top 10 Historical Figures to Watch For in Assassin’s Creed III. I’m currently in the midst of this game, with four sequences to go before the end, and I have yet to meet some of these folks, so it’ll be interesting seeing how well my predictions play out. Of the ones I’ve seen so far, I’m 4 for 5 (I was promised more bawdy Ben Franklin!).

Perfect timing for Halloween, here are the Top 10 Costume-Wearing Video Game Heroes. Dressing up is always something special, even when it’s in a video game, and I had a lot of fun writing this list.

The Indie Game of the Week this past week was Katabasis, because it just Would Not Do to publish an article ON HALLOWEEN and not have it be about a horror game. As horror games go, though, this one is an odd duck, focusing more on mystery and suspense than on any real and present danger. If you’re a fan of experimental games like Dear Esther, and have a few hours to spare (there doesn’t seem to be any way to save your progress), give this one a try.

Everything You Know Is Wrong in Assassin’s Creed III. It’s true. Not only does it show you a side of the American Revolution you didn’t know existed, it also subverts many things you’ve come to expect from the Assassin’s Creed series so far. Here are a few of the biggest surprises. Once you get past these changes, it’s a game like no other–keep an eye out for my full review, hopefully coming this week!