What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The release of the first Assassin's Creed II DLC is the perfect excuse for me to recline once again inside the Animus and don the dashing cape of Ezio de Auditore.

I'll be diving into the Battle of Forli, the 12th "sequence" of Ezio's story. I know there's been some consternation regarding this DLC, namely that it was deliberately held back from the original game to be released as paid DLC. The theory goes that Ubisoft are charging you extra for content that "should have been in the original release".

It's nonsense, of course. Ubisoft has been quite candid about the development process, admitting that the Battle of Forli and the Bonfire of the Vanities (to be released in February) were planned as sequences 12 and 13 in Ezio's story. When you complete sequence 11 in the original release, it skips ahead several years to sequence 14.

Content is cut from games all the time. There isn't a game released today that hasn't had entire levels and stages culled from its design. The reason? Money. Games have to be made within budgetary constraints. The games industry is a business, after all.

In this case, Ubisoft took the decision to cut two levels from the game so they could hit their intended release date without going over budget. Again, this happens all the time. Yet prior to the rise of DLC, we'd rarely get the chance to see such content. Unless the game saw an expansion pack it would likely remain on the cutting room floor forever.

Instead, Ubisoft were able to go back and finish these two levels in the knowledge that they would be able to justify the development costs by selling them as DLC episodes. I, for one, am glad they're able to do so.

It also gives me reason to return to Renaissance Italy and collect the rest of those damn feathers.

What are your reasons for playing your chosen game this weekend?


    Spirit Tracks. And I finally want to finish A Boy and His Blob.

    Dragon Age: Origins Xbox 360, picked my game up from where i last was up too the other day after not playing for about a month and a half.

    Playing a few games. Getting my Hunter up from Lv.47 to 50 on 'Borderlands', a few chapters of 'Bayonetta' (it's not interesting me as much as I thought it would), and going to buy the original (and best game of the series) 'Metal Gear Solid' off the Playstation store for some stealthy nostalgia.

    Hitting up some Fallout 3, when I get home I plan to download the ME2 error DLC I have on my brother's online download queue and Battle of Forli.

    Picking up Mass Effect 2 tomorrow... I hope they still have copies left.

    If they do, I wont blink for the next week, so I can take in every milisecond of it.

    Woke up at 4:30am this morning for the Star Trek Online headstart, and have played it the whole day. Will probably be doing that tomorrow, too...

    I picked up Mass Effect 2 yesterday but I won't be playing it for a while. I think I want to play the first one again.

    I'll be on the BC2 beta via Steam. Also probably some Demon's Souls and FIFA 10.

    I would be playing Mass Effect 2 if somebody would send it to me...

    *hint hint*

      Check your hotmail junk folder...

        Nothing there

          OK, I'll re-send it.

    Mass Effect 2. 6 Hours in and loving it!

    CoD MW2 need 10 more ops stars. Darksiders up to Tiamat but im playing on Apocalyptic. Might get Mass Effect 2 or try to ace those damn LBP levels.

    As the new owner of a pre-loved PS3 I'm enjoying some Uncharted: Drake's Fortune shenanigans this weekend.

    Sharing my time between Ratchet & Clank, Crack in Time, Assassins Creed II DLC, GTA Chinatown Wars on Ipod. So many games, so little time. Oh yeah, I really need to have another crack at Bayonetta on Hard difficulty, but not sure if I'm in the mood to be punished ;)

    Just going finish up Ac2. Then start mass effect 1 never got round to playing it. also MW2 on veteran

    Man Battlefield BC2 is some addictive shit, will make a concerted effort to play more Mass Effect 2 only 4 hrs in.

    But Bad Company 2 is really good, bring's back fond memories of Battlefield 2 before it went bad with patches changing the play style.

    I'm playing Bayonetta, John Woo's Stranglehold and running through Batman: Arkham Asylum again.

    Just finished off Mass Effect 1 in an absoulute marathon session. . Now I have a save and can go and buy ME2.

    Valkyria Chonicles 2 for the psp. I am trying to level up all my soldier classes to 50.

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