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Listen, Assassin’s Creed, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Doesn’t Need You Getting All Up In Its Face

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We love The Witcher. So naturally, when another game starts causing a ruckus with Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we’re pretty mad.

And that’s precisely what Assassin’s Creed has been doing.

Take a look at CD Projekt RED’s new trailer for Withcer 3: Wild Hunt and you’ll notice a few things. Sure, it looks amazing. It’s graphically beautiful. It’s got all the essential elements we’ve come to expect from The Witcher. You know, the vital stuff like sex and monsters.

But there’s also something else creeping in here. Something is not welcome.

It’s that faint whiff of Assassin’s Creed.

Assassin’s Creed has had one hell of an influence on open world adventure games. Near every recent open world game is packed full of blatant Assassin’s Creed-ness. It’s a phenomenon which Erik Kain is calling “Assassin’s Creed Syndrome”.

As Kain says, “A game suffering from ACS never lacks for something to do. There’s side-missions galore, treasure (or junk, depending on your perspective) to find everywhere, and various challenges to overcome, all of which is optional or semi-optional.”

Kain goes on to state that games that suffer from Assassin’s Creed Syndrome are full of additional missions and challenges. Far Cry 4, for instance, lets you shoot stunt videos, save hostages, defend outposts, buy stuff, and do all sorts of superfluous things that are really irrelevant to the overall narrative of the game.

Kain says, “It’s the MMO-ification of video games, in a sense, even of video games that are mostly single-player.”

Witcher 3: Wild Hunt seems to be on the verge of suffering a bout of Assassin’s Creed Syndrome. In the video (below) the narrator tells you that you can liberate areas from monsters and that those places will then become bustling hubs almost exactly like Assassin’s Creed. Then the narrator tells you all the wonderful things you can do in the Northern Kingdoms. You can have sex, play cards, race horses, get drunk, follow your heart, brawl… again, it’s Assassin’s Creed.

But here’s the deal. The Witcher has always been fantastic due to its amazing stories. How is the narrative possibly going to maintain momentum when you’re off completing all manner of side quests? 

Listen, CD Projekt RED, we love The Witcher the way it is. We want The Withcer 3: Wild Hunt to be a Witcher game. Don’t let Assassin’s Creed lead you to ruin what is a truly stellar series.


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Avalanche Studios Mad Max Demo Blew Our Minds

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Avalanche Studios had us on the edge of our seat with the Mad Max demo. We detail everything you need to know in this exclusive preview.  Civilisation lies in ruin, a vast and barren wasteland. A column of thick smoke rises to the north while oil refineries burn unremittingly into the night sky. Welcome to… Read more »


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20 Games Like Assassin’s Creed Victory – Because Why Wait?

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Oh crap. Assassin’s Creed Victory has been unveiled. It looks awesome, taking players to 19th Century London to meet Jack The Ripper, Sherlock Holmes, and Queen Victoria. There’s just one slight, minor inconvenience… it’s not out for flipping ages. The release date is late 2015. Urghhh. Who wants to wait? Assassins Creed Unity Graphics and… Read more »


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Alternative Games Like Assassin’s Creed Unity

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It’s Assassin’s Creed. You know the game by now. But this is one Assassin’s Creed game you should probably ignore anyway. Given the complete debacle that is Assassin’s Creed Unity, and the sheer insult of Ubisoft’s treatment of their fans, we reckon you should skip right past Assassin’s Creed Unity and play an alternative game.


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25 Games Like Dead Island Riptide

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Dead Island Riptide is a survival action horror role playing games (which is quite the mouthful). It was made by Polish video game developer Techland and released in 2013. Dead Island Riptide is comparable to Fallout, The Last of Us and Far Cry, being a scary survival game .


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25 Games Like Two Worlds

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Two Worlds

Two Worlds is a fantasy role playing game created by video game developer Reality Pump and released in 2010, with a sequel released in 2011. Two Worlds is set in a 3D fantasy world not dissimilar to that found the Elder Scrolls games.


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25 Games Like Zenonia

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Zenonia

Zenonia is an action role playing game by Korean bideo game developer Gamevil. It has been released on PSP, DSi, iOS, Android and Windows Mobile and was first released in 2009.

In the game you play as Regret, who you control using an on screen d-pad.


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Games Like Watch Dogs

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Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs is a 2014 third person action adventure game available for PS3, PS4, XBox 360 and XBox One. Created by video game developer Ubisoft Montreal, Watch Dogs is one of the hottest games of the year.

In the game you explore a fictional open world Chicago which is managed by CtOS, a centralised system. You play as Aiden Pierce, a talented hacker who can access CtOS and use the city’s technology to his advantage, allowing him to control information and interact with different systems. An online multiplayer mode allows for eight players in both competitive and cooperative modes.


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Games Like Wartune

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Wartune

Wartune is a free to play RPG that plays inside the browser so you don’t need to download it. The gameplay is fairly standard fantasy role playing game affair, with turn based combat. The game was released in 2013 and quickly became very popular, partly because it is very easy to pick up and play.


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Games Like Stalker

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Stalker

STALKER is a series of games that began life in 2007. The games centre around incidents of the Chrnobyl power plant which created a bizarre zones around the planet known as The Zone; it’s a place full of zombies, mutants, factions and the military.


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Games Like State of Decay

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State of Decay

State of Decay is an open world survival horror game packed full of zombies. The game was made by video game developer Undead Labs. State of Decay is all about using the resources available to help you to survive. You’ll need to use stealth, resources, evasion and base building to survive the zombies.


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Games Like Shadow of the Colossus

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Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus is one of the most influential games in the gaming canon. A solitary affair, you progress through the game in cycles, seeking out the colossi and defeating them. To fight the colossi you’ll reflect light off your sword onto them. It is very hard to define Shadow of the Colossus because it is such a unique game. Part puzzle, part adventure, all amazing. This is one game that simply has to be played.


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Games Like Saints Row

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Saints Row

Saints Row is an action adventure game set in a large open world environment. It takes the best of Grand Theft Auto and innovates it to create a new experience. As with most other open world games ,in Saints Row you are free to explore the game’s world and to take on missions at your leisure. You can unlock missions by using “Respect” points, which is the game’s in-game currency and is earned by completing mini-games.


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Games Like Rune Factory for PC, DS And More

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Rune Factory

Rune Factory is an open world adventure game with simulation aspects similar to Harvest Moon. In the game you play Raguna, who wanders in search of “Mist,” a property. Ragna has no memory of his life, you must use him to work a farm and to set out on his adventure.


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Games Like Red Dead Redemption

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Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption is a game by video game developer Rockstar Games and received overwhelmingly positive reviews when it was released. It is an action adventure game with a western setting. Released in 2010 the game was highly progressive, well ahead of its time, and created an immersive open world which made for highly compelling gaming.


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Games like Prototype

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Prototype

Prototype has been popular since back in 2009 when the first games in the series was released. The gameplay in Prototype is fairly typical action adventure gameplay with open world free roaming environments. You play as Alex Mercer, who has been infected by a plague that gives him super powers. Because of your infection you’re able to shape shift to use your body as a powerful weapons, almost like one of the X-Men.


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Games Like Project Zomboid

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Project Zomboid

Project Zomboid is a game by independent video game developer The Indie Stone and falls within the open world survival horror genre. the game hurls you into a post apocalyptic world full of zombies. Your mission is simple: stay alive for as long as you can before dying.


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Games Like Ninja Gaiden

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Ninja Gaiden

Ninja Gaiden is an action game by video game developer Tecmo. The series has seen many different iterations on many different platforms through the years. The games star a ninja and have players fighting hordes of enemies in bloody combat.


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Games Like Mafia 2

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Mafia

In the Mafia games you play as a mafia member engaging in all the sorts of activities you would expect from the mafia. The first game was released back in 2002 and Mafia 2 was released in 2007, both games showing times when the mafia was at its strongest (1930 – 1950). The Mafia games have achieved tons of fans thanks to their strong stories and their realistic open world environments. Realism is the most important part of the Mafia games, with games in the series not being as over the top as many other games in the genre.


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