PC gamers hate any sort publisher-mandated DRM solution that isn’t Steam, and they generally hate using other launchers and digital shops – especially uPlay and Origin. There’s a pretty compelling reason to buy The Witcher 3 from uPlay if you haven’t got the game yet though; Ubisoft is giving gamers a few extras.
Last year, Ubisoft was ambitious and gave us two Assassin's Creeds. Assassin's Creed Unity was a broken mess of a game that is only now becoming something worth playing. Assassin's Creed Rogue, on the other hand, was actually really enjoyable for me - it tied up the whole America saga, set the stage for Unity, and delivered some generally solid gameplay. Now PC gamers can indulge in it, at last.
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.
Assassin's Creed Unity is giving us a peek behind the curtain. Ubisoft is livestreaming a bunch of new content, and even doing giveaways and Q&As. This isn't normally something I'd sign up for, and I think they know this - that's why they've added a giant carrot for signing up.
Steam proved an important point - there are tons of PC gamers and they like to buy their games digitally, preferably at a discount. There is an army of PC gamers, and with the launch of new generation consoles, it seems that even more gamers converted to the PC master race. But now Ubisoft is changing the game with Steam, just like EA did.
If there's one thing PC gamers hate, it Uplay. Console gamers also aren't too fond of Ubisoft's DRM distribution service, but it's far, far worse for PC gamers, resulting in broken games and horrible experiences. Now Ubisoft is pulling some new releases from the UK's Steam client - could this be a sign of things to come?
We’re fast approaching the business end of the gaming year, with all the major releases set to explode over two short weeks. One of the games I’m most looking forward to is Far Cry 4. I distinctly remember Far Cry 3 putting my PC through its paces when it launched, so how much more juice will this year’s sequel actually require?
Okay, maybe not exactly, but this new interactive experience might at least give you a taste of the game in a weird way. It's basically just a series of point and click rapid adventures, one released already and the rest coming soon. However, it certainly sets the tone for the game.
Yesterday a forum post regarding The Crew caught my attention. The post in question seemed to confirmed that Ubisoft’s racer would have it’s frame rate capped to 30FPS on all platforms, including PC. Now that’s both true and not so true, and Ubisoft have cleared it up for us.
Watch Dogs was one of the most anticipated games of last year, which was then delayed into this year. Many questioned if Ubisoft could keep the hype train going, but they needn't have worried - Watch Dogs not only shipped 8 million copies, it pushed up Ubisoft's revenue. One console even proved to be the best partner.
Most people are excited about the games coming from Ubisoft. People enjoyed Watch Dogs and are amped for the upcoming Assassin's Creed and Far Cry iterations. Of course, everyone hates that horror which is Uplay - and not even a court case could kill it.
We – or rather I, unfortunately, have to eat a bit of crow. In April, we told you that uPlay was only needed to activate Watch Dogs, and you wouldn’t need to run that bloated, awful service in tandem with Steam to have the game working. We were wrong. We got this information directly from our Ubisoft rep, and believed it. It was, perhaps, bad information; the game unfortunately does need that rubbish in order to run, though you can set uPlay to play offline once it's gobbled up your CD Key. We’re awfully sorry about that. We apologise to anyone who bought the game on our info, and has to endure uPlay. Surprise, surprise - it’s causing issues for people at launch.
[Update] Since release, we've discovered this to not be true. We got bad info - only it came straight from our Ubisoft rep. We apologise to anybody inconvenienced by having to use uPlay. You may have heard that yes, Watch Dogs for the PC will indeed use uPlay, despite previous rumours to the contrary. Well, we’ve got good news.
Watch Dogs is almost upon us. While I will probably be opting to play it on console, I know plenty of you "Master Race" gamers will be downloading it through Steam. Unfortunately, Steam won't be the only thing you need to get your hands on the hacking adventure.
One of the worst things about playing Ubisoft’s otherwise excellent PC games is that they’re saddled with that blasted uPlay nonsense. It’s especially egregious when the digital versions of those games are purchased through Steam – causing both bits of DRM to hog up memory. South Park: The Stick of Truth abandoned uPlay on the PC, and rumour suggests Watch Dogs may do the same, by using Steam.