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Assassin's Creed Origins

1 day ago

Ubisoft pledge to make hieroglyph translation algorithm open access

While we’re all busy digging into ancient Greece, Ubisoft haven’t forgotten last year’s Ptolomaic playground, Assassin’s Creed Origins. During development, they partnered with Egyptologists, and in doing so they apparently discovered that translating hieroglyphs is very difficult and time consuming. In response, they started looking into ways to streamline the process using machine learning, and this week, they presented their initial progress. Take a look…

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4 days ago

Feature: Once more, for those at the Bayek

Don’t forget about Bayek when you’re kissing Kassandra’s feet

There are a lot of dads in video games, and their number only grows. A rising tide of stubbled, emotionally-reserved dadflesh, heralding a new age of "serious storytelling" in games. Assassin’s Creed Origins stands out from this paternal wave by showcasing a different kind of videogame dad. Egyptian proto-sheriff Bayek, who displays as much tenderness as he does the ability to stab things really, really…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Requiescat in pace

An ode to two of Assassin’s Creed’s most memorable cadavers

With Assassin’s Creed Odyssey just around the corner, I find myself thinking back to last year’s entry in the series, Origins. It was packed full of side quests and collectables and set pieces – in short, everything we’ve come to expect from a Ubisoft open world adventure. But one moment in my playthrough still stands out to me. It was almost entirely unscripted, driven by…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: You've been framed

Nvidia RTX 2080Ti vs GTX 1080Ti: Clash of the 4K graphics cards

Last week, after much hype and excitement, Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card was finally unleashed on the world. Today, it's the turn of its beefed-up big brother, the RTX 2080Ti, whose release was delayed by a week for reasons lost to the bowels of Nvidia's marketing department. As you can see from my Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti review, this is hands down the best…

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Feature: Frame of mind

Nvidia RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080: How much faster is Nvidia’s new graphics card?

In my Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 review last week, we discovered that Nvidia's super duper new graphics card was about as fast as their GTX 1080Ti when paired with Intel's Core i5-8600K CPU, representing only the teensiest bit of improvement to your overall frames per second output if you were to bung one in your PC today. That may well change once we start seeing…

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Feature: GPUs and HDR explained

What graphics card do I need for HDR and what PC games support it?

HDR on PC continues to be a bit of a mess these days, but provided you haven't been put off by the astronomical prices of the best gaming monitors for HDR or, indeed, the ongoing debacle surrounding Windows 10 support for it, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get an HDR compatible graphics card. Below, you'll find a complete list…

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2 months ago

The Assassin’s Creed series is taking a little lie-down in 2019

Ubisoft are giving their studios a moment to catch their breath after the launch of Assassin's Creed Odyssey in October. After debuting a new Odyssey trailer (below) at Gamescom, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated that there's no sequels, spinoffs or side-games due in 2019, as reported by Gamespot. Their focus for next year will be live support for Odyssey. Probably for the best, as according to…

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3 months ago

Feature: Deal or no deal

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals on PC games and hardware

This year's Amazon Prime Day is almost at an end. At midnight tonight, Amazon's big day o' deals will be over for another year (or, you know, until Black Friday in November), so if you had a look at the deals yesterday and thought, 'Hmm... I could do with a new SSD or graphics card', then you've still got time to pick one up. I know Amazon is…

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The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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4 months ago

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey kicks off in October

After a great many leaks, Ubisoft today finally announced Assassin's Creed Odyssey, taking the open-world murder simulator to Ancient Greece. Playing as a lad or a lass who's the grandkid of Leonidas, the Scot who was crowned king of Sparta after kicking a postman down a hole, we'll sneak, sail, and stab across the land. It largely resembles last year's Assassin's Creed Origins, obviously, but…

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5 months ago

[Confirmed] Assassin’s Creed Odyssey revealed by promo tat

Update: And it's official. Ubisoft have tweeted a short teaser with a fella doing that kick from the meme. As E3 approaches, rumours and teasers are flying off all over. Here's a new rumour for you: Ubisoft are following up on the Egyptian Assassin's Creed Origins with a visit to ancient Greece in a game named Assassin's Creed Odyssey. That's the buzz from French site…

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Feature: Actually ten games!

Steam Charts: A New Hope Edition

Please sit down. Make sure you have a friend with you, or available on the telephone. Plunkbat isn't at number one. Somehow, it's something even more boring. But the rest of the charts are a splendid sight! No GTA, no CS:GO, no Witcher 3, no Skyrim!

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6 months ago

Assassin’s Creed Origins launches cheaty tweaky Control Panel today

If you want to make Assassin's Creed Origins easier, tougher, or weirder, from today you can tinker with its gameguts in the official new Animus Control Panel. Arriving today for free, it opens up a wide range of game settings and options to fiddle with, affecting things including the number of animal friends you can have, hitbox sizes, health points, unlocking all skills, NPC level…

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Cut loose with Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Control Panel

Jumping off buildings and stabbing Romans is all well and good, but wouldn't it be nice to command a phalanx of turbo-charged hippos? While its official season pass may have ended recently with a nice chunky expansion, Assassin's Creed Origins is still growing. Its next update is putting the power of the Animus control panel in your hands, allowing you to tweak and mutate the experience…

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7 months ago

Feature: The hit parade

Steam Charts: Open Your World

John is missing. He flew out to GDC last week stowed inside Brendan's suitcase to save money, I'm sure you'll remember, but on the return journey Brendan's bag has gone missing. Vanished. Didn't flop onto the luggage carousel. The airport have no idea. John took a few cans of pop and bags of gross American chocolate in with him so I'm sure he'll be fine,…

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Feature: Tomorrow's display tech isn't quite ready for prime-time

HDR for PC games is a hot mess (but it’s nice when it works)

A few of the things I have had to do in order to get a workable version of HDR (also known as high dynamic range), the new-ish display technology that significantly ramps up brightness, darkness and vibrancy, on my PC (not including the acquisition of a fancy monitor): - Try four different display cables - Adjust as many as seven different brightness/contrast/colour etc shaders per…

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Assassin’s Creed Origins wraps up today with mummies

Assuming you've played an hour or two of Assassin's Creed Origins every day since its original launch last October, you might now find yourself running out of things to do and see in Ubisoft's absurdly large ultra-budget adventure through ancient Egypt. Thank god for mandatory DLC, eh? Today, the second (and final) major component of the Origins season pass rolls out. Dropping sci-fi weirdness in…

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8 months ago

Feature: The end of violence

Beyond hard & easy: Assassin’s Creed’s Discovery Tour and Soma’s Safe Mode

From a publisher as huge as Ubisoft, and in a series as chart-dominating as Assassin’s Creed's Discovery Tour represents an unusual and welcome ambition. The mode, available as free DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins or as a standalone game, strips out all the combat, levelling-up and collectibles in favour of a promised educational experience. It takes the strongest facet of Origins – its detailed and…

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Feature: Listen now for warmth

Podcast: Is bad weather spectacular or just annoying?

The blizzards of Siberia have gone on holiday to the United Kingdom this week. But the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, doesn’t do snow days. The pod squad have trekked hard through the whiteout (from their bedrooms to their computers) to gather on their respective microphones. To what end? Well, to talk about the weather. Blizzards, thunderclouds, sandstorms and, er, night-time? In videogames, it…

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Feature: Pharaoh nuff

We perhaps need a little bit more education: Assassin’s Creed Origins’ Discovery Tour

The announcement of the Discovery Tour was a source of much rejoicing. Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed games have for many years built these extraordinarily detailed cities, that are swiftly disposed of as the series' annual development cycle demands fresh urban grist for the mill. The recreation of Ptolemaic Egypt was by far Ubisoft's most remarkable, and the idea of using it as an educational tool, a…

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