VG247’s The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.17: Best Assassin’s Creed Game That Isn’t An Assassin’s Creed Game And You Can’t Pick Ghost Of Tsushima

It’s not commonly known, but international megastar Beyoncé is a huge Assassin’s Creed fan. I’m quite surprised that more hasn’t been done about this, given her influence, but now you know. Her stratospheric 2006 chart-topper, Irreplaceable, was at one point about Assassin’s Creed — a game she played an early build of and loved so much that she simply had to write a song about it, even before it hit stores.

The song, which went on to become the biggest song of 2007 in the US, originally talked about how the star loved Assassin’s Creed so much that it could never be replaced by another game. In a strange twist, however, Beyoncé has a phobia of flags, so was quite shocked to see so many in the game when she played it just before the release of Irreplaceable. This shocking twist resulted in the song being quickly rewritten to focus on a relationship, and the original song never saw the light of day.

Oddly, she also has an irrational aversion to exclusive PlayStation exclusives.

At one point, Beyoncé thought Assassin’s Creed was irreplaceable. But was it? Welcome to VG247’s The Best Games Ever Podcast: Ep.17 – Best Assassin’s Creed game that isn’t an Assassin’s Creed game and you can’t choose Ghost Of Tsushima.

Let us know what you think of the show – and if this is your first time listening, go back to listen to previous episodes. If you have suggestions for topics, we’d love to hear them. Just please suggest topics on which I can easily write soon-to-be award-winning short stories. Thanks. This one was a real nightmare – thanks, Jim!

“What is VG247’s best podcast ever?” you ask, wondering if the dates in the story above are accurate in any way. They are, I think, although I had to do some rewriting when I discovered that the song was released in 2006 and not 2007. Anyway, this podcast, which is why you’re on this site, is basically a 30-minute panel show where people (me and some others at VG247) decide the best game in a certain category. That’s it. It is good. Listen to it.

We’ve got some details on the show’s content below (if you want a refresher before heading to the comments to make an awesome, rated post or don’t want to listen but want to know which games we picked), so if you want to avoid spoilers , don’t scroll past this fan-made creation of what Chris Bratt would look like if he was in Assassin’s Creed. (Support friends of VG247, People Make Games, on Patreon).

The best Assassin’s Creed game that isn’t an Assassin’s Creed game and you can’t choose Ghost Of Tsushima

This is the topic of the seventeenth episode of VG247’s best game ever podcast. Here is an overview of who chose what.

Tom – Mirror’s Edge

Yeah, if you just watch Mirror’s Edge without my level of intellect, you’ll probably wonder what I’m doing. It’s all about parkour. Such a big deal was made about the freewheeling in the original Assassin’s Creed, and rightfully so, and Mirror’s Edge feels like a first-person take on this. It’s brilliant, and just like AC, the combat is a bit ropey.

Alex – The Saboteur

The Saboteur was one of those games that came about in what I feel was a sort of golden age of experimental open world games – of which Assassin’s Creed was one. It has a lot in common with Grand Theft Auto too, to be fair, but the similarities to Assassin’s Creed are also pretty undeniable. There’s sneaking, climbing around buildings and an open approach that feels much like the earliest entries in the AC series.

The primary difference, of course, is that you kill Nazis. Which is a video game that we can’t get enough of, frankly. Throw in some really interesting and artistic visual choices, a fun protagonist, and the overall originality of the project, and the result is pretty strong. It’s a shame it never had any chance of getting a sequel – cruel parent EA shut down its development studio before the game was even released.

James – Sly 2: Band of Thieves

If you think about it, Sly 2: Band of Thieves (Sucker Punch Productions best game imo) is basically an Assassin’s Creed game but with a raccoon.

Sly is the hereditary heir to the Cooper Gang, a secret organization of gentleman thieves who have fought the evil Klaww gang for generations, and the similarities don’t stop there. Between the three playable characters, Sly, the stealthy parkour master, Bentley, the genius gadget specialist, and Murray, the giant pink hippopotamus, the power of the others’ brains, you also have all the mainstays of Assassin’s Creed’s gameplay. Also, you break up criminal organizations that misuse the semi-mythical Clockwerk parts to further their nefarious goals – just like the Pieces of Eden in Assassin’s Creed.

Come back in a week for a new episode of VG247’s Best Games Ever podcast.

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