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Video Game Review: Jack the Ripper DLC

December 30, 2015 | By Mike Chen | Comments Comments Off
Jack the Ripper
An older Evie Frye leads the solid Jack the Ripper DLC.

While Assassin’s Creed: Unity was a pretty good game, its main story DLC, Dead Kings, was a drab and somewhat poorly designed experience. For Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Ubisoft has brought us 20 years after the conclusion of the main game to weave England’s notorious Jack the Ripper case into the series lore.

Perhaps the best part about the experience, however, is that the bulk of the DLC (which is segmented into 10 primary missions and numerous side quests) features Evie Frye, a character who is up there with Ezio Auditore among the best in the entire franchise.

This particular DLC is a standalone experience, so your progression in the main game won’t hinder or enhance your abilities (Evie starts out at level 10 by default). The infamous Ripper murders took place in Whitechapel, so the game (and its pretty atrocious loading times) is located primarily there.

Although there are no new areas to explore, Evie does have a new combat tactic that employs fear. Through specialized weapons or unique assassination techniques, Evie instills fear in surrounding enemies, which causes some members of large groups to run away rather than fight. This allows for different strategies when dealing with large groups, as a few focused attacks can wind up dismissing half of them.

The primary missions are mostly well designed, with a few featuring some level of infiltration flexibility. Some of the DLC also has you playing as Jack himself; whether it’s a gimmick to exploit history or a psychological trick to get into the mindset of a murderer, it works effectively thanks to a slightly different GUI and visual elements. This is balanced by Evie’s side quests, which involve finding justice and safety for the prostitutes of London that were the Ripper’s targets.

All of this comes together in a nice, neat package, but perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects is how successfully it tells a solid story with great character work — all without the sprawling scope of a full Assassin’s Creed game, which often muddies the narrative in favour of a bigger-is-better philosophy.

We doubt Ubisoft would ever go with episodic releases for its biggest franchise, but perhaps the actual story structure can be reworked into smaller chunks that work as a cohesive whole.

OVERALL (4.25/5)

While still featuring the majority of pros and cons from Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, the Jack the Ripper DLC is a solid story with the fantastic Evie Frye that introduces a combat mechanic to twist up gameplay options.

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Zack Kassian Dealt to the Oilers

December 28, 2015 | By Scott Maran | Comments Comments Off
This season, Scrivens has played nine games in the AHL, going 2-6-1 with the Bakersfield Condors. In the past four seasons, he’s played with the Oilers, Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs, compiling a .905 career save percentage. Kassian has not played any games this season after he was entered into stage two of the league’s substance abuse and behavioral health program. Before this season, he was traded from the Vancouver Canucks, for whom he posted 59 points in 171 games over four seasons.
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Video Game Review: Fat Princess Adventures

December 28, 2015 | By Herija Green | Comments Comments Off
As with games like Diablo, Fat Princess Adventures has you traveling across a sizable world from one checkpoint to the next, leaving dozens of dismembered enemies in your wake. Unlike Diablo, though, there’s little sense of progression, even as you level up and collect/upgrade your loot. Tactics don’t vary much, if at all, and your character isn’t growing appreciably stronger.
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The Wire Troll: Tyler Bozak Paces Leafs

December 27, 2015 | By Dakota Case | Comments Comments Off
When we last left Bozak, he was on pace for a career season with three goals, 12 points and a minus-2 rating in 17 games. Now with 29 under his belt, he’s got eight goals, 23 points and a plus-3 rating to go with eight penalty minutes and 49 shots on goal. That’s right — in a full 82-game season, Bozak is on pace for 65 points! Will he get there? No. But he sure is fun to watch right now, and it’s time for Fantasy GMs to jump on board before it’s too late.
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The Wire Troll: Bobby Portis Breaks into Bulls Rotation

December 26, 2015 | By RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The former Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Portis is starting to make noise as a rookie trying to earn PT on a deep Bulls’ squad. His minutes remain inconsistent, so he’s likely just a deep league/dynasty option right now, but we saw his potential last Saturday when he put up 20 points, 11 boards and two steals in just 23 minutes.
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