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.
Metacritic. You either love them or hate them but in the end it really doesn't matter as scoring games and having someone aggregate those scores is never going to go away.
Yesterday we told you that Ubisoft was banning Far Cry 4 digital distribution codes that were purchased from unauthorised resellers like G2A and Kinguin. The company’s confirmed it is indeed taking action against what it calls “fraudulent keys.”
Games wherein players pepper one another with lead motivation may still be all the rage these days, but the physics that go into handling guns are rarely authentic. A precious few games put an emphasis on making your shots count, with the majority of titles released these days making full use of “pay ‘n spray” action. That’s all well and good for certain, fantastical games. But for the grittier return of Rainbow Six, you can expect guns to actually behave like they would in real life.
Our hobby, this thing we do is an expensive one. Games are indeed prohibitively expensive – so it makes sense that gamers would look to find the best deals, and the cheapest games. Many have turned to illegitimate key resellers and auction-houses, like G2A, Kinguin and the like. You may want to stop doing that.
[Update] The game's trailer has now been included in the post Ubisoft's AAA titles last year were plagued with problems. However, their smaller titles were absolutely brilliant. Child of Light and Valiant Hearts were two of my favorite experiences of 2014, and Ubisoft might be doing it again early on with Grow Home.
I’ve tried to like Watch Dogs. I genuinely have. But the combination of a protagonist who happens to be blander than rice cakes and Ubisoft’s insistence of doing too much in an open-world setting without any real direction, just put me off. Watch Dogs was a fine game, make no mistake, but it was a game that fell short of expectations and the massive hype that was thrown on top of it. A sequel isn’t exactly unwelcome at this point. But it’s going to need to take more chances.
Ubisoft really dropped the ball with the launch of Assassin’s Creed Unity last year, and they know it. That’s why they eventually offered up the first little bit of DLC for the game free, with the Dead Kings expansion available to anyone who purchased Unity. It’s finally out today, and it’s does look rather interesting.
Of all the massive end of year titles to launch in 2014, Far Cry 4 is probably the only one I have yet to play. That’s not because I don’t want to tear through Kyrat on the back of an elephant, but rather because, you know, games are expensive. I’m also a little glad I didn’t cave in on some Xbox One digital specials, because I probably wouldn’t be able to play at all now.
I’m just about done with Far Cry 4 and my incessant search for those devil masks, with the game being one of my highlights of 2014. And one of the few Ubisoft games that wasn’t terrible or broken at launch. The entire experience was solid, and the engine powering the game was capable of some magnificent action/drug trips. Naturally, Ubisoft wants to spin the game off in a new direction ala Far Cry Blood Dragon. So what do you want to see in a future Far Cry game?
Games don’t always have to come burned on a disc, wrapped in a box and ready to install. Some of the best titles this year were only made available online, just waiting for you to hit the button and gobble them up digitally. These often smaller experiences are packed with a ton of innovation, and this year’s winner definitely added a lot of heart to the mix.
I don’t know about you guys, but I like to solve my arguments with guns. Whether it’s deciding between the existentialism philosophies of Kierkegaard or Nietzsche by firing off a few Magnum rounds or asking for directions with an AK-47, guns are my preferred dialect. And this year, there were plenty of shooters that were speaking my language. But our pew-pewer of the year was a clear favourite.
What's old is new. At least, that's the saying. While some people have already jumped into the new generation, and others (like Darryn) have even abandoned the old generation consoles, many people are still playing the newest games on PS3 and Xbox 360. Our best game for old consoles certainly makes them feel new once more.
I'm not going to mince words, nor subject you to a lengthy anecdote about road-trips with my grandparents. Let's just cut to the chase; is the Crew worthy of your Christmas stockings? Is it the game that will help you overcome the New Year after-party hangover? Is this Ubisoft's finest racer to date? "Sadly... no!"
Far Cry 4 was a rarity in gaming this year. Largely stable, and with few issues from day one. That was the Ps4 and Xbox One versions however, with the PC version being a tad bit…iffy. Still, the game had few complaints in that department, and a patch would be actually welcome instead of bemoaned. Here’s what you can expect in the latest title update.