Posts Tagged ‘Ubisoft’

Which Digital Game Store Is Best For Refunds: Steam vs. UPlay vs. Origin vs. GOG

Rumour has it that the decrepit Arkham Knight port beat a retreat on account of Steam refunds. After all, what better way to get a dastardly developer to blush and shuffle its hooves than to reverse its cash flow? Until June, when no-questions-asked refunds came into force, such a feat was impossible. Perhaps, after years of pro-consumer jabs at Microsoft and other corporates, Valve sought to make a material gesture that player interests are truly the heart of the Steam empire. Or perhaps they dislike being sued. Hint: they are currently being sued.

By now, you’ve likely encountered a shop and have a reasonable feeling about how refunds should work: if it doesn’t do what it’s meant to, you take it back. Nothing could be simpler. Refunds for digital products – or, as is often the case, licenses for digital products – are a legal hellscape of false assertions and misinformation, in large part a product of outdated legislation that no one is keen to test in court. To sift through the muck, I got in touch with Ryan Morrison, founder of the New York law firm by the same name (and no relation of mine this side of the 17th century). Whether you’re European, Stateside or in the wrong hemisphere altogether, here’s the plain English version of where and through which service your purchases are best protected and why some retailers still risk refusing refunds.

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Let’s Be Franc: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Video

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege [official site] is due for release on October 13th, which means there’s presumably still 650 trailers waiting to be carted out of Ubisoft’s enormous underground trailer mines. I don’t mind. I’m keen enough to return to Rainbow Six’s world of tactical first-person shootering that I’ll even enjoy class introduction videos like the one below.

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Trackmania Turbo’s Upside-Down Roads & One-Car Co-op

I remember this year’s E3 as showing a fine spread of games, but in my memory most of them smear into one (very exciting, if incoherent) grey-tinged murderfest. The one standout from that is Trackmania Turbo [official site], a celebration of speed and colour and driving on the ceiling (oh what a feeling!). Nadeo’s time-trialling arcade race ‘em up is such a joyous series, and I’m glad that Turbo is again unifying all the race types and styles in one game – splitting TrackMania 2 into the separate Canyon, Stadium, and Valley games was a mistake.

Anyway, here, come watch a new gameplay video showing a few tracks.

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Rock, Paper, Shot Takes: Hype, Bullshots & No Man’s Sky

A (hopefully) weekly series, in which the RPS hivemind gathers to discuss/bicker about/mock the most pressing (or at least noisiest) issues in PCgamingland right now. Hot Takes are go.

Alec: OMG THIS IS GOING TO BE THE MOST AMAZING HOT TAKE EVER. By which I mean, today we are discussing hype and videogames and if that helps or hurts them and helps or hurts us. The prompt for this is Hello Games’ chat with Pip last week, in which they mourned the crushing weight of expectation placed upon them as a result of having made some pretty good trailers for their space exploration game. I guess we’re going to struggle to avoid a touch of physician heal thyself here, but anyway. How do we feel about how the world feels about No Man’s Sky?
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Over-Optimism: Ubisoft Learning From Watch Dogs Demo

Watch Dogs did not look like this.

You know how trailers of work-in-progress games sometimes look better than the finished game? That’s largely because they’re unfinished, unoptimised, and running on production hardware, so no one’s yet ordered folks to beat the beautiful out of them so they’ll actually run. It’s misleading, and while it does build anticipation it also leads to crushing disappointment. Ubisoft have felt that wave of disappointment crash over their faces, which is why they say they’re stopping doing that.

In an interview with The Guardian, Ubi head honch Yves Guillemot said that the company were overambitious with early displays of Watch Dogs, but their E3 2015 showings were the real deal.

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The Crew: Wild Summit Expansion Adding Monster Trucks

Monster mash-up

High-octane vehicular chases always seem so dangerous to me. Which is why I’m rather grateful for games like The Crew, which allows you to engage in your most absurd speed fantasies without risking being turned into a pancake. And with the The Crew‘s [official site] newly-announced expansion Wild Run [look, we’re catching up on a few E3 things -ed.], you’ll be able to diversify this experience even further.

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s Many E3 Trailers

I was waiting during E3 for Ubisoft to prove that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate [official site] is a worthy addition to the franchise. True to form, the publisher has released about a million trailers (okay, three) for the game during E3. None of them have quelled my fears.

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Ride A Unicorn In Trials Fusion: Awesome Level Mix

One of the more colourful highlights of the Ubisoft E3 press conference, amid all the brown and grey Tom Clancy titles, was a curious video that raised and dashed my hopes several times over before the end. It eventually turned out to be the announcement trailer for an upcoming expansion to Trials Fusion [official site], titled Awesome Level Mix. In which you play a gun-toting cat on the back of a fire-breathing unicorn. Obviously.

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Impressions: Anno 2205 Takes City-building To The Moon

“We choose to go to the Moon” says Dirk Riegert, the creative director of Ubisoft Blue Byte. Except he doesn’t – he actually says something like “we will go to the Moon”, which is nowhere near as good a quote, and the reason he’ll probably never be elected as President of the United States.

Fabricated quotes aside, I’m in a German town called Mainz – home of the printing press and the Gutenberg bible – to see something a little more futuristic. It’s Anno 2205 – the newest entry in the strategic city-building series where the numbers always add up to nine, and Riegert’s explaining how this entry differs from the previous ones. “We are leaving Earth for the first time,” he says. “2205? It’s time for the space elevator to go up through the stratosphere.”

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Vikings Vs Samurai Vs Knights: Ubisoft’s For Honor

A viking, a samurai and a knight walk into a bar. The bartender says, “Is this some kind of videogame?” and the knight replies, “Yes. Yes it is.”

For Honor was announced at the Ubisoft E3 event last night. Under development at Ubisoft Montreal, where 90% of the world’s games will soon be created, it’s a violent blend of Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, War of the Vikings and daft-as-a-motorised-frog TV show Deadliest Warrior*. As a viking, samurai or knight, you’ll run around battlefields attempting to gain control of key areas, fighting human opponents as well as hacking your way through AI warriors. Two videos await below – a glossy made-for-E3 trailer and some multiplayer footage with dev commentary.

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TerroHunt Co-op Returns In Rainbow Six: Siege

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege [official site] might not be a serious, slow affair like Rainbow Six games of yore, but it is at least bringing back some old favourites. The Terrorist Hunt co-op side will return when the supercop FPS launches in October, Ubisoft announced tonight during its E3 show. It’ll have a scenario-based single-player campaign too. What had seemed an interesting but limited competitive multiplayer FPS now sounds a whole lot more enticing. Come, look, Ubisoft made moving pictures about these things.

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Zoom Zoom: Trackmania Turbo Announced For November

Yes, thank you.

The twists, ramps, jumps, vertical roads, and loops of Trackmania are a delight to me. The arcade racing series is wholly silly yet still encourages and rewards very careful driving as you try to top the time trial leaderboards. They’re jolly nice games. The last lot in the series sadly split different environment and vehicle types off into separate games, but they’re coming back together in Trackmania Turbo [official site].

Ubisoft tonight announced the latest absurd racer, which will arrive on November 27th. Look at that zany futurecity track and tell me you don’t want to drive upside-down around it.

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Announced

Four-player co-op man-shooting action (stop me if you’ve heard this one before) is coming from Ubisoft in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site], a game I called “po-faced Just Cause” in our tree house but Graham more optimistically declared “Co-op Far Cry Outposts: The Game.” It’s an open-world third-person shooter which’ll see US Special Forces roaming around Bolivia to take on a drug cartel. The US Army really does not like cocaine or people who make it.

Here, come have a peep at the announcement trailer:

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