Open Discussion — November 1 2012

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Here it is, the weekly Open Discussion for October 25, 2012. Now’s your chance to choose the topics, whether they be in relation to what game’s you’re playing or news items that have caught your interest.

 The Fall season is once again ramping up with several high profile titles releasing earlier this week. Perhaps the biggest release of the week, if not the whole year, is Assassin’s Creed 3. Ubisoft’s annual franchise is here to make its 2012 appearance, but gamers will notice that a lot has changed in the world of the assassin. Gone is Ezio Auditore di Firenze, Italy, and stilted climbing, replaced with Connor, colonial America, and a more fluid movement system. 

Assassin’s Creed 3 is the next big step for the franchise and gamers have some pretty high hopes for this sequel. Not only does it introduce a new setting and character, it is purported to wrap up Desmond’s storyline and take the series into some new and exciting places.

Assassin’s Creed is also taking over the handheld world with Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation on the Vita. Though handheld versions of Assassin’s Creed in the past have paled in comparison to their console counterparts, Liberation is here to buck the trends. Featuring a completely new protagonist, and a story that intersects with Connor’s, Liberation might just be another must-have title for Sony’s new device.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted — Criterion’s first crack at EA’s high octane franchise — also hit this week for gearheads to get their fix. While it’s certainly not Burnout, Criterion does appear to be finding a nice middleground between their previous series and this old staple.

On the news front we finally received confirmation from Rockstar Games that Grand Theft Auto 5 will be releasing in the Spring of 2013. Most had assumed the game was shooting for a release somewhere between March and May, but this announcement confirms their suspicions.

And in perhaps the biggest entertainment news of the year, Disney purchased LucasFilm, parent company to developer LucasArts. While, for the moment, all currently-in-development games (Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault) are not in danger of radical reinvention, Disney’s Bob Iger has come out to say the company is more interested in mobile and social experiences, and will probably license the Star Wars property to console developers rather than develop in-house.

But those are only just some of the topics worth discussing; feel free to share your thoughts or gripes about any recent news or game that has caught your fancy.

Also, respect should be paid towards every commenter, and that no disparaging remarks will be tolerated. This is a place for gamers to get together and discuss the things they love, so have at it.

And if you want to talk about Movies or TV, head on over to Screen Rant’s Open Discussion post.