Another month, another batch of games to help justify having spent some dosh on that Xbox Live Gold account of yours. The Xbox platform has a new bunch of games out next month, and they’ve clearly ignored my idea to have a link for a free version of Forza Horizon 2 that is actually a link for an HD remaster of Ride To Hell: Retribution. Something about that idea being “not funny”. Pfft, what do they know, right? Here’s what you’re actually getting next month.
Assassin's Creed: Rogue was a surprisingly great game last year, launching in the shadow of the far inferior, current-gem exclusive Unity. The previous-gen title struggled to make noise on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and PC players were left out when it came to the concluding chapter of the American saga of the franchise. Rogue has, however, finally made its way onto PC, and it's an equally surprising port to say the least.
Assassin’s Creed Unity didn’t exactly have an easy start. Maybe it was the numerous glitches. The patch that reinstalled a 40gb game entirely on Xbox One. Or a few broken bits of codes. But once those minor factors were ironed out, the game did look quite stunning. The AnvilNext engine is pretty much the foundation of future Assassin’s Creed games, much like the Anvil engine was for the first Assassin’s Creed game all the way until Revelations, as it has already powered several other Ubisoft games as well. And tweaking it for the next AC adventure, was a painful experience according to Ubisoft.
Ubisoft didn’t exactly have the best last year critically. Unity was a bit of a bust, The Crew failed to impress and Watch_dogs squandered a lot of potential to be something truly different. The AAA market was not a good hunting ground for the developer/publisher, but that’s not deterring them. This year Ubisoft is determined to get it right – and they’ve got five massive titles lined up to prove it.
Assassin’s Creed, for all its various bugs and glitches in the previous game, is going nowhere. Ubisoft’s flagship brand is as strong as it ever was, with various games on the way that have been in development for years now. The next game in the series is set in Victorian England and is tentatively dubbed Assassin’s Creed Victory. But what lies beyond the top hats and cobblestones in that franchise? Quite possibly a trip to the East, at long last.
Assassin’s Creed is the James Bond of video game franchises; occasionally in need of a reboot and taking place in a wide variety of locales. From Paris to the Caribbean, the game has set foot and blade in many a city. And now, 2015 will see the next Assassin’s Creed game hit the cobbled streets of ye olde Victorian England.
Assassin's Creed: Unity has come under immense fire since launch, mainly due to the fact that the game runs extremely poorly across all three of its platforms. Various patches have been aiming to improve this, and one released earlier this week aimed to increase the framerate that currently sits in the toilet. After the update went live, it seemed like Ubisoft was back to pulling some of their old tricks again.
When it came to predictions, Nostradamus was about as accurate as a level 1 Call Of Duty player adopting the tactic of “pray and spray” during online matches. He was in fact, dubiously incorrect in every single prediction he ever made, but that hasn’t stopped him from somehow appearing in various media throughout the ages. The bearded prophet has a role to play in Assassin’s Creed Unity, and it involves enigmas that can be used to unlock further. But you’ll need to unlock a series of runes first. Here’s where you can find all of them.
It's extremely common for a game to ship with an online social feature nowadays, as has been the case with games like Destiny and DriveClub. Assassin's Creed: Unity has its own social features as well, allowing players to seamlessly hop in and out of four-player co-op. It's this multiplayer component, and not the bugs, that forced the after-release embargo according to Ubisoft.
Glitches can, quite simply, break a game. They can also make it far more hilarious than it was originally intended to be, as most people playing Assassin’s Creed Unity found out this week. An ambitious game, Assassin’s Creed Unity may not have spent that extra month properly as the game fields plenty of game-changing bugs right now,t featuring everything from sticky flags to skewered villagers. And honestly, I love the game for them.
There are few things that gamers hate more than microtransactions. Most of us can handle them for aesthetic elements if other people want to buy 'em, but as soon as it becomes a "pay to win" setup, things aren't cool. Assassin's Creed Unity lets you buy your upgrades, and the prices aren't quite so micro.
Right, so there’s a launch party thing for Assassin’s Creed Unity happening next week Thursday evening – and 5 of you (and your partners) can join us there. There are a few things to note: You’ll need to be in Johannesburg and you’ll have to be awesome.
"With the power of next generation processing" seems to be the mantra of a bunch of games releasing at the end of this year. Assassin's Creed Unity is promising to use that extra power in all aspects of the game; from environmental design to seamless co-op, Ubisoft keeps raving that this is the Assassin's Creed game that we've been waiting for. Now a new trailer wraps it all up quite neatly.
Assassin's Creed Unity launches this month, and it's promising to change the way we play Assassin's Creed games. With all new dynamics and the joys of co-op, Unity plans to make full use of what the new generation consoles can deliver. The characters are also unique, and apparently quite witty.
I'm excited to see what the new Assassin's Creed games will bring. While Unity looks fantastic, I'm also curious about Rogue. Sure, it won't be revolutionary (see what I did there?) like Unity, but it will round out the Kenway saga and push the limits of the old generation consoles. Plus, you get a cool rifle.