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.
Press weren’t allowed access to Ubisoft’s The Crew until the game was live. It’s been out for over a week now, so people are able to properly assess Ubisoft’s online, cross-country driving game. The Crew was released on December 2 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Here’s what those who’ve played it think of the game.
I was so excited for Assassin's Creed Unity - it looked pretty, had tons of cool stuff and could have been the best Assassin's Creed game to date. Unfortunately, it was launched as a broken mess, and earned negative reviews and bunch of bad blood as a result. Ubisoft is trying to fix things, and they might be almost there.
Ubisoft’s open world racer The Crew is out, to little fanfare. Unlike some other great big social racing games, this one almost works as promised. That said, that doesn’t mean it's safe from the current scourge of day one patches. If you’re one of the handful of die-hard racing fans who’ve already purchased The Crew, then you’ve probably already been subjected to the patch. If you’re still on the fence, then just know that you’ll have to do some downloading before you get started.
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.
I don’t think 2014 is going to go down as the finest year for racing games. Sure, we’ve had the sublime Forza Horizon 2 and the delightful Mario Kart 8, but we’ve also had the hobbled DriveClub, a game which was saddled with launch day issues. There’s one other game in the genre on the way, that has plenty of hype and cash behind it: Ubisoft’s The Crew. And according to its developer, it’s a game that won’t be driving into a launch day wall after having one drink too many.
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.
The launch of Assassin's Creed Unity hasn't gone to plan. In fact, Ubisoft shipped a broken game that is about to get its third patch in the hope of making it almost resemble the game we were promised. But they know that they made a mistake, and are trying to fix it.
I play most of my games on PC, which means that day one purchases are usually terrible ideas. Having a game work perfectly on PC from the start is kind of like finding a medium-sized unicorn in a field of haystacks bigger than a small island; it's practically impossible. That's were hasty patches come into play, and now Far Cry 4 is having some major issues fixed.
I thought Assassin's Creed Unity was a great game in many ways, but was far too broken to really enjoy as it should have been. It is now getting another patch to try to fix some of the frame rate issues as well as difficulties in matchmaking for co-op play. Let's see if Ubisoft will patch this thing to full functionality by the holidays.
There has been quite a noise about games that have review embargoes on the day of a game’s launch or worse – as was the case with Assassin’s Creed Unity – after the games are available in stores. Consumers aren’t quick to trust games that have launch day embargoes, especially in this era of broken games and ludicrously large patches. Don’t expect any early reviews for Ubisoft’s upcoming open world racer, The Crew. They’re saying that, like Destiny, it needs to be played with populated servers – so they’ll only be opening the game up to reviewers on launch day. Using some sneaky wording though, they’re insisting there’s no launch day embargo.