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Assassin's Creed Odyssey

1 month 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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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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3 months ago

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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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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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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4 months ago

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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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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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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5 months ago

Americans can get Assassin’s Creed Odyfree from Google

If you play an hour of Assassin's Creed Odyssey before January 15th, you can keep it forever - but there are two catches. One catch is that you have to play it on Google's Project Stream, and the other is that you have to live in the US to do so. Project Stream is one of those cloud-based clients that lets you run games on…

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6 months ago

Dragon Age lead designer Mike Laidlaw joins Ubisoft Quebec

With BioWare starting to mutter about Dragon Age again (and rumours saying they'll announce DA4 this week), here's one person who won't be involved: long-running designer and director Mike Laidlaw, as he's joined Ubisoft Quebec. Laidlaw [not to be confused with Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw -ed.] left BioWare in 2017 after 14 years, where he'd been a lead writer on Jade Empire, a lead designer…

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Ass Creed Odyssey’s first DLC is out, offers some standard stabbing

"I'm trying to find reasons for why this DLC is of note" says vidbod Matthew in his and Katharine's look at Assassin's Creed Odyssey's first DLC, "but orange leaves obviously isn't one of them". I beg to differ. Legacy Of The First Blade's first episode of three is out, and takes place in autumnal Makedonia - an area that we've already galloped around for a…

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Our picks from the Steam autumn Sale discountapalooza

Hurry, hurry. There are only 37 Steam sales each year - miss a bargain now and you'll regret it for the rest of your days. (Until the next one). As always, the latest Steam Autumn sale is a sensory overload of cut-price delights. We're here to guide you through the white noise and make a few informed choices.

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7 months ago

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey adds new story for free

For those looking to kick more people off cliffs and down holes, who somehow find themselves short of Assassin's Creed Odyssey missions, Ubisoft today added a free new story to their open-world murder simulator. This is the first of seven planned storybits, named 'The Lost Tales of Greece', coming as part of Ubisoft's free post-launch plans (paid expansions are coming too, obvs). Named 'The Show…

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Egyptian murder-dad Bayek bends canon in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

If there's one advantage to Assassin's Creed's just-a-simulation framing device, it's that you can bend the rules (and timeline) occasionally. While it makes no sense temporally, those who have been hunting in-game achievements in Assassin's Creed Odyssey can cash in their earned Club Units to make Origins hero Bayek of Siwa an officer aboard your flagship, the Adrestia. While he doesn't have much to say,…

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8 months ago

Google’s ‘Project Stream’ game-streaming service debuts with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

OnLive may have been and gone, but the tech giants still see a future in remotely streamed games - soon, Google will be getting in on the action. Officially announced on the Google blog here, the unimaginatively named Project Stream claims it can push high-end games from Google's servers directly onto your browser screen with minimal lag. I'm interested to see if they can pull…

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Ass Creed Odyssey’s launch trailer is about sticking it to an old man

If you're sick of old people telling you you'll never amount to anything, then the launch trailer for Assassin's Creed Odyssey should be right up your street. The game's out next Friday, so you can spend the intervening time deciding whether you're going to stab a Greek prophet who's clearly rubbish at his job. The new Ass Creed is big on choices, with branching quest…

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