Last night, starting from the beginning and taking a little under 3 hours, I finished Portal. It’d been sitting around for a good long time waiting for me to play – and as we should all know by now, it’s a terrific game with a very satisfying ending. I know it’s short, but given my short attention span, for me to actually finish a game is rather a big deal.
I also installed Assassin’s Creed, which I’d picked up on Black Friday for $5 against the glorious day when my PC was back up and running. I know Assassin’s Creed is said to have had issues. I know the sequel is supposed to be better. But hey, $5.
That said, I shan’t be bothering with it again, and will be uninstalling it forthwith. Not only does it have a ham-handed and unnecessary framing device, but the dialogue is both clunky and unrepresentative of not only the action of the game, but of dialogue spoken in the preceding line. And most damningly, the control scheme for the PC port is a complete assbiscuit. I’d guess that it works better either on a console or with a console-style controller.
It looks terrific, and the actual gameplay seems like it’d be fairly cool if it weren’t being constantly interrupted by clumsy cut-scenes. And the Crusades are one of the historical periods in which I have a great interest (the Italian Renaissance not so much; thus my lesser interest in the sequel.) I may eventually pick it up for the PS3 and try it there, but with the PC iteration I am most assuredly not impressed.