I adored ACC: China for all it's sneaking, 2.5D ninja fun. I wrote a bunch of words and a number to explain this. After publishing the review, I went to see what other people thought and got a bit of a shock. Of course I need to tell everyone why they're wrong.
Newzoo has a new comparison out for the year. Based on the financial years of 2013 and 2014, we can get a sense of which companies are leading the industry. While we talk about Sony, Microsoft, EA and everyone else who has big stands at E3 all the time, there are other players in this game who are raking in billions.
Assassin's Creed Chronicles has looked like many people's ideal game. Playing as a female assassin in China complete with watercolor aesthetic and 2.5D ninja platforming? What could be better? Well, our review will go up when embargo drops and all I can say for now is [redacted]. The trophy list has appeared in the wild, and here's what you'll need to get them all. Warning as always with trophy lists - contains spoilers.
Child of Light wasn't just a pretty game, it was a beautiful experience. We already knew that the game was considered a success and brought in a profit to Ubisoft, but it seems that money is being reinvested in the universe of the game.
I’ll be honest – I’ve never played a Rainbow Six game. The upcoming Rainbow Six Siege looks to fix that horrible void in my life though, so you can put your taser down. Forget the hostages… all I want to do is breach the heck out of every wall I can get my hands on, all while yelling “LIMA OSCAR LIMA” over comms. I’m the perfect addition to any team, good or bad! The only problem that comes to mind is deciding which class to play, as there will be a total of twenty when the game finally ships.
ZombiU on the Wii U is one of my very favourite games for the system. One of the few “Mature” games for Nintendo’s ailing home console, ZombiU was a launch title that did more with the system’s game pad at launch than many games have managed to do since. It was tense, unforgiving, and actually managed to make zombies scary again.
I remember playing The Crew at Gamescom 2013 and in that perfect environment the game was a huge amount of fun. However it's a bit like Evolve in reality where unless you have a great group of friends to play with it feel a bit soulless.
Looks like Ubisoft’s cops and robbers games will be making a hard right for beta territory later this year.
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.
Valiant Hearts stands out for me. It was one of the few games last year that really touched me - by the end I was nearly in tears. It's available for free with PS+ this month and everyone should grab it. But the guy who helped create it (and my beloved Beyond Good & Evil) will be leaving Ubisoft.
Rainbow Six is right up there with my all time favourite shooter franchises, with the Vegas run occupying a special place in my heart. The franchise has been dormant for a long time, and the cancellation of Patriots did little to help that. But Siege is making up for lost time, with an unrelenting focus on the meat of the series: online multiplayer. And you can sign up right now to get an early taste.
There’s a lot to love about Far Cry 4, from it’s beautiful sweeping mountain vistas, to the fact that you can blast a pursuer in a tense cliff-side vehicle chase with a grenade launcher while pumping some Bollywood in the background. On the other hand, there’s a lot to hate about the initial offering of DLC from the game, Escape From Durgesh as it took the more annoying aspects of Far Cry 4 and amplified them into a time trial nightmare that wasn’t worth the season pass it came with. Far Cry 4’s sophomore effort, Valley Of The Yetis has a lot of lost ground to regain. Which it easily does, and then some.
It’s been a while since any new data has been revealed about Ubisoft’s upcoming open-world game, The Division. Like a rare and majestic unicorn, details on the game have been incredibly scarce. But right now, said game is currently undergoing some alpha testing. And thanks to that test, a whole new stack of details have come to the light.
All games go through a range of testing. However, with games growing exponentially, in-house teams simply can't get through everything and test all the features during the Alpha and Beta stages. As a result, the premium testing experience is offered to players who can't wait to get their hands on the game. It looks like Ubisoft's next multiplayer-dependent game will use this model, too.
One of the great joys of the Assassin's Creed franchise is wandering around and opening people's chests hidden on balconies or in back gardens. A fun quest for loot, the thrill of discovery, of course it's great... except when the chest is locked because you haven't done enough in some lame companion app. Ubisoft has finally realized this and making the game a bit more fun.