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Assassin's Creed Odyssey

2 weeks ago

Feature: The true heights of Olympus

I love you, giant women of the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC

I have mentioned before how much I love the big buff mercenary gal of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Kassandra. She is a holy terror and can crush anyone who steps to her, like a toddler squeezing play dough in their fist until it all squishes out the sides between their fingers. Kassandra stands a full head taller than most regular citizens of Greece, because she is…

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4 weeks ago

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: The Fate Of Atlantis is out now

Gorgeous as the Greek isles were, it's nice see some fresh scenery, and today's Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC, The Fields Of Elysium (episode one of the three-part Fate Of Atlantis) looks stunning, if a little unsafe. Continuing the techno-mystical B-plot of the series, it's taking players into Atlantis, and from there into the Fields Of Elysium, the nicest place to be in the Greek afterlife.…

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Feature: Kicking up a Spartan storm

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey PC graphics performance: How to get the best settings

The Assassin's Creed series has always been a tough nut to crack on PC. The latest Ancient Greek-themed instalment, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, may be slightly easier to run than its Egyptian predecessor, Assassin's Creed Oranges, but there are still times when it can feel like it's delivering a great big Spartan kick-sized strain on your trusty GPU. Fortunately, I'm here to help, as I've been…

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1 month ago

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: The Fate Of Atlantis takes us beyond Greece next week

The first chunk of DLC for Assassin's Creed Odyssey had some decent enough missions, but didn't really justify Ubisoft's entire season pass. The second half - The Fate Of Atlantis - looks like it's going to be a far more interesting adventure. Launching next week, April 23rd, it reminds me a lot of the underworld-delving second expansion for AC: Origins. It seems there's a bit…

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A bug in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is borking laptop performance, but a fix is on the way

If you've been keeping track of my gaming laptop reviews lately, you'll have noticed that Assassin's Creed Odyssey has been murdering a lot more than dodgy cult members lately. It's also been slashing the game's frame rate, turning what should be silky smooth performance into a stuttering sideshow. When I first encountered the problem on the Alienware m15, I was worried it might be a…

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2 months ago

Feature: I'm very tired

Steam Charts: Extremely Jet Lagged Edition

John had the presence of mind to take today off, after flying back from San Francisco on Sunday. Young Matt and I got a red eye that took off on Friday night and landed on Saturday afternoon. I didn’t sleep for 30 hours, then slept for 12, was wired for the next 16, and then slept for another four. Which brings us to today, when…

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Vivendi finish selling Ubisoft shares from failed takeover

It's the end of another long day at Fags & Mags & Rab(bid)s, a wee family-owned shop and video game company on the corner of a sleepy street in the Parisian suburb of Montreuil. Michel Guillemot is down on his hands and knees, fishing under the pick 'n' mix display for loose sweets he then dusts on the lapel of his brown cotton shopcoat before…

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3 months ago

The Division 2 ditching Steam is “a long-term positive” says Ubisoft

As part of Ubisoft's latest round of mostly positive financial reports (which, unlike Activision, were not accompanied by massive layoffs) CEO Yves Guillemot shed a little light on the publisher's decision to thumb its nose at Steam and make The Division 2 exclusive to the Uplay and Epic stores. In his words, it's not just about the smaller cut Epic takes, or whatever up-front money…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey adds love triangles and new game plus this month

Ubisoft's villainous plan to keep people playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey until the heat-death of the universe moves into an even more dastardly phase this month. Available now is a new free quest arc called A Brother's Seduction, putting your chiselled mercenary at the peak of a love triangle, but the big stuff happens later this month. Ubisoft will be raising the level cap to a…

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Feature: Stale Of The Century

Steam Charts: The Worst Ever Edition

I took it for granted. I knew I shouldn't, I think I even knew I was doing it at the time. But last week, when the charts were filled with new and interesting games, pushing out the tired and bloated titles, I didn't take the time to recognise what we had. And now, as can only be the direct responsibility of my careless credulity, everything…

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The Steam Awards show was short and to the point

While last year's Steam Awards were just a poll on the store, Valve are stepping up their game this year. Starting in a few minutes (at the time of writing) is the Steam Awards 2018 show, broadcasting live on the company's own Steam TV site. While I doubt there'll be anything as surprising as Epic's coup at the Game Awards before the holidays, there's still…

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Assassin’s Creed III Remastered launches March with a healthy golden glow

We now know where all the golden haze went from the Director's Cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution - it was pilfered for use in Assassin's Creed 3 Remastered. Ubisoft have released a trailer for the upcoming polished-up version of arguably the wonkiest of the numbered main Creed games, and while I can't deny it looks nice, it's conspicuously golden. Every before and after shot…

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4 months ago

GLAAD’s first video game awards highlight difficulties in celebrating queer representation

The GLAAD Media Awards, which “recognise and honour media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives” are in their 30th annual iteration. This year, they've added a new category, for “Outstanding Video Game.” Included among the nominees is Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, whose latest DLC includes an (edited) forced heterosexual…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC to be tweaked after forced romance backlash

Assassin's Creed Odyssey and its latest DLC chapter raised some hackles last week. The story shoehorned its protagonist into a relationship to produce an heir, whether or not the player had decided their hero was straight, gay, or just disinterested in the lover the game had picked out. After players complained, Ubisoft apologised, admitting they'd dropped the ball on writing that particular segment. In a statement…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey DLC has no place for gay heroes

Assassin's Creed Odyssey offers more player freedom than any other game in the series, including letting you steer your protagonist's sexuality. As a feature, it was widely praised, and Ubisoft have proudly marketed the game on how much it respects and reacts to player freedom. Unfortunately, the latest chapter of the Legacy Of The First Blade DLC undermines this in favour of leading the player…

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Feature: Homer would be pleased

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey guide: general tips, exploring Ancient Greece, gameplay modes,

Assassin's Creed Odyssey takes us into a war torn world in Ancient Greece. Set during the conflict between Athens and Sparta, it is absolutely colossal in scope. Since a lot was introduced in the latest Assassin's Creed, our guide hub will go everything you need to know to get started on your odyssey: From which gameplay mode to choose, the huge number of side quests, getting…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey adds level scaling options and new adventures across January

The sprawling Grecian world of Assassin's Creed Odyssey continues to grow, with free new features, stories and a run-in with "Greece's most scandalous poet" due this month. On January 15th they're also continuing their season pass story arc with the second episode of Legacy Of The First Blade. While some of the free stuff is undeniably cool (or hot, in the case of a volcano-dwelling…

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Feature: Hello, it's me

Steam Charts: The tail of the Winter Sale

Ho ho ho! John still hasn't returned after Christmas, missing presumed drowned in egg nog, so I'm filling in today. Valve have already blarbed about 2018's best-selling games so we're back on the weekly charts. Last week's top ten was largely familiar, though catching the tail end of the Steam Winter Sale has introduced a few surprises.

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5 months ago

Feature: It'll take you all of 2019 to play them

Best PC games of 2018

The doors have been opened, the games inside have been devoured, and now it's time to recycle the cardboard. Below you'll find all of our picks for the best PC games of 2018, gathered together in a single post for easy reading.

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Feature: Some of these might surprise you

Kat Brewster’s 5 best games of 2018

I wracked my brain over the past few weeks, trying to think of games I played in 2018. This seems to happen every year around GOTY time — much like when someone asks you what your favourite movie is, and you forget whether you’ve actually ever seen a movie. Did… Did I play any video games? Did any games even come out? Surely there must…

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