Assassin’s Creed Oranges update 6 – better graphics, revised difficulty, beards

Yesterday, the very fabric of society was threatened when some people disputed, with terminally dangerous inaccuracy, my 100% objectively and factually correct assertion that the currently-free Assassin’s Creed 4 is the bestest best Assassin’s Creed game of all time. Some of these anarchistic perverts argued that this year’s Egypt-set Origins was the better man-stabber, despite its complete absence of ghost pirate ships and Welsh accents, and rest assured they will suffer for this blasphemy.

But I am a merciful dictator of gaming opinion, so before they are all rounded up and fired into the sun, I shall first allow them to enjoy the bountiful contents of Asscreed Origins Update 6. Also known as patch 1.1.0, this 1.2GB bundle o’fixes includes significant graphical improvements and the aforementioned new difficulty mode. Enjoy it while you still draw breath, heretics.

(Assassin’s Creed Origins is perfectly OK, but 4’s still better, goddit?)

The update landed yesterday, and I should point that, if you bought the game via Uplay instead of Steam, you’re looking at 2.7GB rather than 1.2GB download, so do warn your granddad that his Mrs Brown’s Boys stream might be a bit jerky today. There’s a looooong list of added and changed stuff, but the headline features are these:

– a new Nightmare mode for difficulty gonks
– an option to make enemies auto-scale up to the player’s level
– a clutch of graphical improvements, including revised texture streaming to allow more HD textures, more detailed far-off backgrounds, longer view distances in some areas, plus a new HDR option
– stability improvements and a fix for stuttering when running borderless on GeForces
– more Hood, Hair, and Beard customisation
– a ‘Uncompleted Locations’ map filter to save some schlepp if you’re trying to 100% this mother
– ‘quit to desktop’ added to pause menu, thus saving us from a repeat of this horror

And much, much more, as they say. The full list – also including some in-game economy re-balancing and various fixes for specific quests and NPC behaviours – is here.

Truth be told, even though I am 100% objectively and factually correct when I say that AC4 is the best in the series, I’ve only given ACO a couple of hours (I had an American Truck Simulator expansion to play, donchaknow), but all being well I’ll finally take its pulse properly over Christmas. And will of course refuse to eat any of my words, even if I have the best time imaginable with it.

31 Comments

  1. Hidoshi says:

    Hahaha Alec, well written! And I totally agree that AC4 is the best one out there. It’s the only one I finished, which says a lot about the quality of a game for me.

    • hfm says:

      I also agree that 4 is the best of the ones I’ve played. I’ve played them all extensively up to 4 and have been a huge fan of the series since playing the original on release. I’m currently in the beginning of Unity finally, so we’ll see how that goes.

  2. Umama says:

    I’m inordinately pleased about “quit to desktop”. It was baffling that we had to quit to menu and then hit the button for a loading screen and then quit to desktop.

    Looking forward to tourism mode next year!

    • Megatron says:

      lol. The original AssCreed was famous for the length of time it took to quit out of the game. There are videos on YouChoob, I’m sure.

  3. zubbuz says:

    The best? Oh, you mean ACII…

    • 321 says:

      That one was only better than 1 and people got attached to Ezios story. The game feels so old and choppy compared to later releases. If you go and play Black Flag, then Syndicate, then Origins – AC 2 will feel ultra bad. Every interaction and action in the game feels super old and dated in comparison

    • 9of9 says:

      If we’re gonna do this…

      1. Unity
      2. AC2
      3. Brotherhood
      4. AC1
      5. Revelations
      6. AC3
      7. Black Flag
      8. Syndicate

      Fight me! :D

      PS. God there’s been a lot of these now.

      • Megatron says:

        Rogue?

        • 9of9 says:

          Never got to playing Rogue or Origins :) I suspect I won’t enjoy Origins much at all from what I’ve seen, but Rogue I don’t know much about!

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      AC2 is certainly NOT the best one. Most important, maybe… It made a lot of key changes and introduced mechanics that became core to the series AND it *does* have great locations (though graphics have dated since), but it was also frustratingly linear at times. There were several instances where the game would refuse to let you do things you could logically do within the scope of the mechanics, or refuse to progress despite being in the right location just because it needed you to do it in the exact order in the exact spot specified by mission markers.

      AC Brotherhood, while restricted to one major location, was (I think) a far superior game and it was only with Black Flag that arguably a new highpoint was reached… though perhaps more of a great pirate game than a great Assassin game.

      So far it feels like AC Oranges might be the new king, or pharaoh.

  4. gschmidl says:

    I politely disagree about AC4 – the series hasn’t grabbed me until AC:O, in which I have not yet encountered a tailing mission.

    I tried to play Freedom Cry but the terrible controls in the very first thing to do meant I have not progressed past said first thing.

    • basilisk says:

      FYI, tailing missions have been significantly reduced in Unity and almost completely abandoned in Syndicate. I think they are well aware the mechanic has never been very popular.

  5. popej says:

    Please tell me “Oranges” was a spell check typo!

  6. Megatron says:

    Being a bit behind the curve with this series, I’ve recently decided I’m going to play through the entire series in order. I’m on the unfairly-maligned III now, which just surprised me with some rather lovely nautical boaty-battles that I wasn’t expecting to see until IV. See you in 2020 to discuss Origins further.

    • toallthings says:

      AC3 is one of my favourites, I’ll always love AC1 the most even with it’s repetitive gameplay, Unity was brilliant (we could crouch at anytime, finally! lmao) and Origins is definitely making it into my top2 or 3 of the series. Black Flag is monsterously overrated.

  7. TombBib says:

    You sound like a complete douche.

    • VN1X says:

      Unlike you…

    • Beefenstein says:

      I’m sorry, but there’s absolutely no-one here who needs to be told that. So if you’re the one saying it in a room of people who cannot own that label it probably has to come home to you.

  8. NelsonMinar says:

    For anyone else (American) not culturally literate enough to catch the reference, “Mrs Brown’s Boys” is not a porn movie.

  9. Megatron says:

    There is an image in my head now that is not going away.

    Thank you for that!

  10. Beefenstein says:

    I laughed at this. Excellent stuff and thank you very much for sharing it.

  11. fish99 says:

    Still no fix for the high CPU usage and the performance isn’t where it should be IMO. The game actually ran better two patches ago.

  12. LewdPenguin says:

    – an option to make enemies auto-scale up to the player’s level

    You mean oranges DIDN’T autolevel enemies to match the player by default? That’s actually amazing since damn near every game seems to include this ultra lazy ‘feature’ without offering a choice about it these days.

    Also the heretics that dare question the primacy of Black Flag shall indeed be put to the sword, it’s the best if only because it probably the feels the least Ass Creedy of all the games, even if it is also a tad dated now in some areas.

  13. Nomadski says:

    Black Flag had extremely ordinary and dull on land gameplay, which accounted for a large portion of the game. The ship stuff was great, no doubt, but the actual Creedy stuff? Awful.

    • Plunkbat Oranges says:

      Not to mention featuring the worst tailing mission ever created: following a huge ship in another large ship.

    • toallthings says:

      I got very bored, very quickly of all the sea battles and ship stuff in Black Flag. It was much better in AC3 where it was limited moments of ocean-going fun.

  14. toallthings says:

    I still don’t get how people continue to say Black Flag is the best, like, how? it has the least to do with the Assassins lore of any of the games, you spent most of the game in sea battles and the guy you’re stuck with for the entire game has even less charisma than that Italian moron Ezio. Bah, humbug. Thank God for Origins.