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Assassin's Creed III PS3
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5 out of 5 eggs A proper successor to Assassins Creed 2 11/12/2012

This review is from: Assassin's Creed III PS3

Pros: 1. Far better combat controls. No longer can you mindlessly execute every combatant without issue. Strong enemies are immune to this and you actually have to strategize how you tackle such enemies.

2. Guns far more realistic. Some may see this as a negative but you greatly appreciate how technology was back in the day when it comes to reloading a single shot. The hidden blade gun felt cheap to me and trivialized how important such a weapon was with its near instant reload in the Renaissance.

3. Getting from point A to point B is much easier. Fast traveling without being at a particular location is a real time saver, and (at least for me) loading times are much faster than in previous games.

4. Lot more replayability and an incredible naval warfare simulator. They could have created an entirely new game solely based on the naval missions. The frustration was due to my abilities and not the perfect mechanics.

5. MONEY ACTUALLY MATTERS. You have to work for the money, primarily through hunting for treasure and animals. Hunting is Connor's forte so it makes sense he uses these skills for selling, trading and upgrading your ship and/or village.

6. RESTART AT CHECKPOINT FOR FULL SYNCHRONIZATION. No longer do you have to start the mission ALL OVER AGAIN just because for the 3rd part of the mission you got hit or bumped into someone or got nicked during a fight or got more than 50 meters from the person you are chasing.

7. Third time is the charm for multiplayer. The previous two were fun, but the interface is faster, cleaner and the abilities are clear-cut and better to understand.

Cons: 1. BUGS. They have gotten better thanks to the patch, but they are prevalent. Having said that, these are minor setbacks and not major.

2. No more jogging. This may seem trivial but there are missions (no spoilers) where jogging and then jumping around obstacles (humans with bayonnets especially) is ideal because sprinting and jumping sometimes pushes you further than you'd like or you jump too late and get knocked down.

3. Sometimes poor conveyance on how things work. Some may argue that that's the fun in the game, discovering what to do, but I just feel that small explanations would be appreciated. It's a minor issue though.

4. Trading interface sucks. I'm sorry but it's not clear or categorized properly and at times I just give up and sell everything I have because its easier than dealing with the clunky interface. In fact, I'm 99% sure the dev team thought people would feel the same way and put the "SELL EVERYTHING" option there to avoid frustration.

Other Thoughts: Despite the flaws, this is a proper successor to Assassins Creed 2. I enjoyed Brotherhood and Revelations, but Assassins Creed 2's story was simply incredible. Assassin's Creed 3's story just felt more significant to me because it shined a very important light in American History, both positive and negative. To me, that's important, to others it may not.

In conclusion, if you have been playing through this series, get this game. It's the conclusion of Desmond's tale and is a great game (much better than Revelations).

If you are new to this series, I would say start with 2 and work your way up. Although the original Assassin's Creed story was amazing, the gameplay was very sub-par and navigation was painful.

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Lenovo G560 (0679-ALU) NoteBook Intel Pentium P6200 (2.13GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6
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Pros: : 1) Matte skin all around (except the screen), non of that glossy plastic nonsense. Gives it a very solid feel, not cheap (though remove the stickers around the trackpad, even the windows, intel and lenovo experience ones. I feel it looks much better without it and your wrists won't get slippery whilst typing)
2) Full keyboard in a 15.6" laptop (number pad much appreciated)
3) Futureproof amount of RAM.
4) Dual core processor + Intel HD makes multitasking (even Youtube at 720P viewing) a breeze (just be sure you have Chrome installed to reap the benefits)
5) Price. I was fortunate to get it for $399 with free shipping and no tax once again (I bought another one last year during Black Friday for my wife)

Cons: 1) Glossy screen, which is unfortunate but expected nowadays
2) Function and ctrl keys are switched on these for some reason. It's a minor annoyance but worth mentioning. Also the number pad on the right is a TAD thin, but I got monster fingers and didn't have much trouble using it. A thin numberpad > no numberpad .
3) Bloatware, but this is only bothersome for the first hour. I recommend CCleaner for the uninstallations and replace McAfee with Microsoft Security Essentials.
4) No HDMI port, which was unfortunate but expected. You still get VGA though and most HDTVs today still support it.
5) Webcam is a lame 0.3 MP. Don't expect much with it and be in a well lit area otherwise you might as well have it off. (Also, the microphone is under the Function and Ctrl key, but it doesn't seem to hinder audio performance much) **UPDATE** The other end can really hear you typing, so unless you are simply looking at the screen and talking and nothing else, I recommend a headset.

Other Thoughts: This is a great laptop at $400.

It's very solid and I didn't experience any keyboard flex. Typing on this gives me nostalgic feelings of the Model M IBM Keybord.

Once you clean it up, this machine rips through the boot up. Waking up from sleep is instant.

I never thought 4 GB of RAM would be such a difference (I have worked with pentium + 2GB RAM + Windows 7 laptops) but it really does give it a boost.

However, at the current price ($499), once again, I would not recommend it. It has been five months now. You can't have a Pentium Dual Core laptop for anything over $450 in this market . Right now on Newegg there is a ProBook for $20 LESS than this, and it comes with Core i3, a faster hard drive, a better webcam and HDMI. Granted it has less RAM but it's only 1 stick so you only need to buy one 2 GB stick. I was planning on getting it until I saw the $399 Lenovo pop up.

I would recommend this but its current price makes it pointless. Until the price goes down, get the Pro

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Lenovo G560(0679-99U) NoteBook Intel Pentium dual-core P6100 (2.00GHz) 4GB Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 15.6
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Pros: 1) Matte skin all around (except the screen), non of that glossy plastic nonsense. Gives it a very solid feel, not cheap (though remove the stickers around the trackpad, even the windows, intel and lenovo experience ones. I feel it looks much better without it and your wrists won't get slippery whilst typing)
2) Full keyboard in a 15.6" laptop (number pad much appreciated)
3) Futureproof amount of RAM.
4) Dual core processor + Intel HD makes multitasking (even Youtube at 720P viewing) a breeze (just be sure you have Adobe Flash player 10.1 or Chrome installed to reap the benefits)
5) Price. I was fortunate to get the Cyber Monday deal of $399 with free 3 day shipping and no tax.

Cons: 1) Glossy screen, which is unfortunate but expected nowadays
2) Function and ctrl keys are switched on lenovos for some reason. It's a minor annoyance but worth mentioning. Also the number pad on the right is a TAD thin, but I got monster fingers and didn't have much trouble doing calculations. A thin numberpad > no numberpad anyday.
3) Bloatware, but this is only bothersome for the first hour or so. I highly recommend CCleaner for the uninstallations and replace McAfee with Microsoft Security Essentials.
4) No HDMI port, which was unfortunate but expected. You still get VGA though and most HDTVs today still support it.
5) Webcam is a lame 0.3 MP. Don't expect much with it and be sure to be in a well lit area otherwise you might as well have it off. (Also, the microphone is under the Function and Ctrl key, but it doesn't seem to hinder audio performance much)

Other Thoughts: This is a great laptop at $400 and that is what I am basing off my eggs on.

The pictures don't do it justice. It gives it that washed out grey look but it is in fact much darker. It is very solid and I didn't experience any keyboard flex.

Once you clean up the bloatware and the start up programs (and defragmentation), this machine rips through the boot up like no other. Waking up from sleep is near instantaneous.

I never thought 4 GB of RAM would be such a difference (I have worked with pentium dual core + 2GB RAM + Windows 7 laptops in the past) but it really does breath life into this thing.

However, at the current price ($529) I would not recommend buying this laptop. When you teeter towards $500 in 15" laptops you are entering Core i3 territory (prime example: the HP G62t series).

I would recommend this product if it kept it under $450. Any more above that and you might as well spend a little extra and get Core i3.

Other than that, a great product.

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