Game Ranter Banter: Assassin’s Creed 3, Mass Effect 3 Hate & Molyneux’s New Gig

Published 3 years ago by , Updated April 21st, 2012 at 9:01 am,

Game Ranter Banter: Assassin's Creed 3, Mass Effect 3 Hate & Molyneux

Game Ranter Banter You're playing Mass Effect 3 this week. Don't lie. As much as you love the Game Ranter Banter, you can't resist the call to defeat the Reapers, save Earth, and romance alien species. We're doing that too so we can forgive you, but only if you read this week's Banter. We'll be covering a wide variety of topics this week. As always, Mass Effect 3 and Assassin's Creed 3 are on our writers' minds, but we also have some insights on Operation Raccoon City's 360 exclusive nemesis DLC, Street Fighter X Tekken's gratuitous amount of DLC, and Peter Molyneux's departure from Lionhead. Let's begin.

Culture of Hatred (By Dwayne Holder)

Mass Effect 3 Hatred Game Ranter Banter I love video games and being a gamer. What I don't love is the culture of hatred that has engulfed the hobby that I've enjoyed since being a little boy. The recent release of Mass Effect 3 has — despite is awesome review scores — created a firestorm of negativity across the internet. There are legitimate complaints, the major one being the glitch that prevents users from importing their custom version of Cmd. Shepard. This glitch goes against Bioware's main plan for the the series and gamers know, at least they should know, that this is an issue that can be fixed. Instead they lose their minds and give ridiculously low scores, for what is basically an awesome game. It's as if gamers sit waiting in anticipation to not play and enjoy a quality title, but to find every reason to  rip it apart. Gamers were once ashamed of being uncool, today they should be ashamed of their absurd behavior. Sadly I fear that this is something that's going to continue for a long time to come.

Miles Away (By Brian Sipple)

Assassin's Creed 3 Revolution Desmond Over the course of the last two weeks, gamers have been spun into a frenzy over Assassin’s Creed III's new colonial-city/wilderness setting. And why not? The American Revolution was a fascinating time period on more levels than the lines on this page, and nobody's doubting the historical-fiction storytelling prowess of the folks at Ubisoft Montreal. It's staggering to think, then, that we still know very little about the continuation of the Assassin's Creed narrative — particularly as it surrounds Desmond Miles and his date with the 2012 apocalypse. We already know that AC III plans to close out Desmond's role as the series main protagonist, but similar to Mass Effect 3, it will likely mark the punctuation of a chapter rather than the entire book. As goes Desmond, so goes the future of a franchise that has an abundance of prospective future settings — all of equal titularity to the American Revolution. So: even though I’m yearning to leap across tree limbs in the Appalachian wilderness or chat it up with Ben Franklin in Independence Hall, I’m already looking to Desmond Miles to see which past is in our future.

Exclusively D-U-M-B (By Tyler Schirado)

Platform Exclusive DLC Banter I have come to believe that in these dark days, we live in a time where gamers either own an Xbox 360 or a PS3, and if they dare to own both, platform elitists will shun them out of the gaming community. How dare these simpleminded hooligans choose both Microsoft and Sony - that's like saying you like both Vanilla and Chocolate. This past week it was revealed that there will be a special mode in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City where players can control the famous Nemesis. The catch: you can only get this mode if you own an Xbox 360. Comments ran rampant on this post. Some wanted it on all platforms, while others believed Capcom would lose fans because of this. This is an ongoing debate among gamers against developers and it's about time developers figure this situation out. One comment mentioned that some folks don't have the funds to own both and it is silly for developers to pull this kind of stunt. And I can definitely agree with his statement. Now for some platforms I can agree with certain exclusive content such as Mass Effect 3's voice commands for Kinect or all of the Wii exclusive games. It's the tools used that make it exclusive and fun, not some silly mode. If you're going to give users a special experience that utilizes system exclusive hardware, then by all means make it happen. But when you're going to give gamers a fun and interesting opportunity that can be used on all systems, THEN FORMAT IT FOR EVERY PLATFORM!

You'll Get What You Paid For... If You Pay For It Again (By Jeff Schille)

Street Fighter X Tekken DLC Controversy This week, Capcom released Street Fighter X Tekken, a game that I had been looking forward to playing. But when word got out that a huge batch of DLC scheduled to release much later in the year actually shipped on the game disc, I lost interest. More than that, I got angry. Obviously, Capcom has a well established history of re-releasing its games in "Super" or "Ultimate" editions, complete with new characters to refresh the experience -- but this is different. There is a name for content that is complete and shipped to retail on a disc, and that name is "the game." That Capcom is locking twelve complete, playable characters away from players who paid good money forStreet Fighter X Tekken is bad enough. That the company expects those same players to wait six months, and then pay again for the privilege of unlocking those characters, just adds insult to injury. So, rather than suffer either, I simply won't be buying the game. Will you?

The Journey is Just Beginning (By Anthony Taormina)

Peter Molyneux Exit Banter Peter Molyneux, the prolific creator of such titles as the Fable series and Populous, announced this week that he would be leaving Lionhead Studios and moving on to form 22 Cans where he will work on much more intimate projects. Perhaps as an attempt to free himself from the bonds of Microsoft, or maybe to avoid having the opportunity to spill secrets at every turn, I think this is a smart move on Molyneux's part, but it also leaves me worried about the future of Fable. Though Fable: The Journey will continue with Molyneux in an advisory role, the next entry in the franchise, presumably Fable 4, will be the first released without his direction. Yes, each Fable had its problems, but most of those problems arose as a result of Molyneux trying something pretty unique. But now that he's gone, does that mean Microsoft will start to churn out carbon copy Fable entries?


Game Ranter Banter And that concludes this week's Game Ranter Banter As always, let us know what you think of this week's news in the comments, or on Twitter @GameRant and If you have specific topics you'd like any of the team to cover, don't hesitate to ask!

TAGS: Assassin's Creed 3, Capcom, Game Ranter Banter, Mass Effect 3, Operation Raccoon City, Street Fighter x Tekken


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  1. Locked, on-disc content should not be allowed. You pay full price, the seller set that price, and then wants to charge you again later for access to what you have already paid for?

    Only the video game industry thinks they can get away with these horrid business practices.

    I too vote with my dollars, problem is, with games such as Batman Arkham City using these practices, do we really expect people to stick to their guns?

    Easy to just not buy Street Fighter X Tekken or Resident Evil: Operation Racooon City, but not buying the new Batman? Assassin’s Creed? Mass Effect? Much, much harder, and they know it.

  2. I preordered my copy of ACIII yesterday for PS3! :DD I did a bit of look up on the American Revolution in sparknotes which was pretty intriguing. Then I heard about the trailer seeming a lot like the movie The Patriot, so I went and (confession here), downloaded the movie. I was blown away at how amazing it was and even though it was a fiction adaptation of the real Revolution, I understood much about their military at the time and their atmosphere. Next day I went and bought The Patriot – Extended Cut, on Bluray! :DD It was like $30 but well worth the price, I suggest anyone who hasn’t watched it and wants to get a good background info on ACIII, then doing what I did there above will make you actually enjoy the game’s setting and story thus far much more enjoyable. Hell I went and re-watched the ACIII trailer and now I like it that much more. It seems to me that that was the good America where the leaders and most of the people had really good intentions and whatnot…not like now where they go and cause havoc in countries, such as mine, for oil and other resources and to have more control over other countries. Sigh, I hope this crap gets over soon and they just keep their damn army in their own country. >.< I know not all the Americans are bad, obviously, but unfortunately that's the perspective that US forced us to see them in. :S

  3. the one disc DLC bs needs to end, it seems that capcom is the main culprit for this stupid method of stealing money… with that being said is anyone aware of microsoft’s deal with publishers/dev’s ? they have to release i think at least one DLC package hence why CD projekt is releasing all witcher 2 content on the disc plus additional stuff later on specifically for 360.

    it’s sony and microsoft’s fault for all this DLC mayhem b/c back in the day before intense online trash infested gaming we didn’t have any DLC, instead we had expansion packs (for PC games), and GoY editions (like fable lost chapters). we need to go back to the good old days (gen 1 of consoles) in terms of ‘bang for buck’ b/c all this DLC rip off bs is getting out of hand >:(

  4. Dwayne Holder is absolutely right. All gamers talk about on the internet is how much they hate certain games, even when there’s only a minor problem with the game. This needs to change, but like Dwayne said, it won’t for a long time.

    I hate when a developer or publisher favors one platform over another, like how Activision releases CoD DLC on the 360 a full month before PS3. The deal with Operation Raccoon City is the same, it’s unfair favoritism, plain and simple. I don’t even like how some games are platform-exclusive, but when a developer creates a game for multiple platforms and then gives one platform a special mode or something, that’s definitely crossing the line. It shouldn’t happen.

    • it has nothing to do with favouritism, they sign contracts with microsoft and sony in regards to that sort of stuff, its why you hardly see a ps3 exclusive DLG on the 360 b/c microsoft doesn’t allo0w for dev’s to make games that way. sony is no saint either, the fact that they in some way neglect 3rd party developers is why people hate coding for the ps3, its a whole new ball game, just like how coding for trashy apple is different to flash coding.

      everyone hates one way or another, for instance everyone on this site loves skyrim, but i hate it so shreds and even though i p[resent a valid argument as to why the game sucks, people still bash me for presenting them with factual proof of the game sucking. in some cases people just hate for the sake of being a spoil sport – they cant hack the fact that they suck at a game etc so they rival against it. we as humans always look at the negatives before the positives in life, we can’t help but approach things that way, its our nature – fight then reason.

  5. Gamerant can you right review for Assassin’s Creed Revelations – The Lost Archive?

    • Ahh yes, I agree with him, I am enjoying The Lost Archive much myself, love the whole atmosphere the FPS sections give you, and there are pretty scary moments too. A review should be good. 😀

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