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Assassin's Creed Unity

6 months ago

Is Assassin’s Creed Unity a better game now Notre-Dame is in ruins?

Is Assassin's Creed Unity a better game now that the real-world cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris has been gutted by fire? That's the question I've had rolling around the back of my head for a few weeks. Ubisoft gave away their open-world murder simulator, which visits a virtual Paris circa 1789, for free in April after the fire and soon received a spike of positive player…

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Valve on Assassin’s Creed, Notre Dame and “positive” review bombing

When Valve implemented Steam's anti-review-bombing policy in March - manual exclusion of "off topic" review clusters from a game's overall score - they'd not given much thought to what a 'positive' review bomb could look like. Just one month later, Notre Dame cathedral goes up in holy smoke and Ubisoft bring in a flood of positive press (and reviews) for Assassin's Creed Unity through a…

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7 months ago

Assassin’s Creed Unity goes free in honour of Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame cathedral is closed for renovation for the foreseeable future, but Ubisoft are offering everyone the opportunity to appreciate it (and clamber around it) free in Assassin's Creed Unity. From now until next Thursday, April 25th, the game is free to grab and keep forever here. Set in Paris, 1789, it offers a more co-op focused spin on the series, but was plagued by bugs…

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4 years ago

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Has Trans Character

It wasn't fair that last year's Assassin's Creed: Unity became the fall guy for an entire industry's reluctance to make its digital people diverse. Unfortunately the apparently contradictory excuses, rather than acknowledgement of oversight, for cutting playable female characters from a game whose headline feature was co-op play with customised avatars made the situation much worse. In any case, the series now seems determined to…

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Feature: Sandbox satisfaction/dissatisfaction

Are Open World Games Living Up To Their Potential?

Once a week most weeks, the RPS hivemind gathers to discuss An Issue. Sometimes it’s controversial news, sometimes it’s a particular game, sometimes it’s favourite things and least favourite things, sometimes a perennial talking point. This week, off the back of most of us being obsessed with Metal Gear Solid V, we're talking about open world, or sandbox games. Big map, go where you please,…

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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…

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Feature: History 101

How Thinking Like A Historian Can Help You Understand Games, From The Witcher 3 To Assassin’s Creed

There has been a lot of discussion recently in games about historical accuracy. We’ve seen a number of articles debating the absence of people of color in The Witcher 3 as well as essays criticizing Apple’s decision to remove games featuring the Confederate battle flag from the App Store. Most of this discussion treats historical accuracy as something close to gospel, beyond reproach or change.…

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5 years ago

No App Needed To Play Assassin’s Creed Unity Anymore

The pitchforks came out for Assassin's Creed Unity's bugs and performance problems, but I can't say I ran into many of the former and the latter was never bad enough to make it unplayable. (It was worse on console, as I understand it). For me, the problem was that whatever soul the game might have had was obfuscated by its ostentatious partitioning into external systems.…

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Fassassin’s Creed Movie In 2016

The Assassin's Creed movie, starring Michael "elephantine" Fassbender, has finally been actually properly genuinely greenlit, and production's already in swing for jumpy-stabby silver screen action in late 2016. Given that the misfortunes of earlier Ubisoft adaptation Prince of Persia panned out resulted in Jake Gyllenhaal turning away from ultro-budget action movies, if this struggles similarly we might see the Fass slope off back to arthouse…

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Assassin’s Creed Free Apology DLC Dead Kings Next Week

The city and catacombs of Saint-Denis will open up to Assassin's Creed Unity players on January 13th, Ubisoft have announced, and it'll be free for everyone as an apology present for releasing the game in such a poor state. Here's a thing I know about Saint-Denis: during the Revolution, the royal tombs in the Basilica were cracked open and their contents tossed into pits in…

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Ubisoft’s Assassinspology Free Games Are Live

If you're one of those whose bought Assassin's Creed: Unity's DLC Season Pass at launch, you're getting a big fat Sorry from Ubisoft whether you felt you needed it or not. They need your forgiveness. They burn for it. The publisher's apologies for Unity's many and various bugs and performance issues comprises a choice of one of the following: Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed: Black…

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Why Aren’t Ubi Games On UK Steam? We Still Don’t Know

An odd phenomenon of the last month or so is the disappearance of Ubisoft's end-of-year gaming bonanza from the UK version of Steam. While Assassin's Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4, and The Crew are all available on the US and other international versions of Valve's blue-grey shop, in Her Majesty's The United Kingdom, they are conspicuously absent. The games can be bought, at surprisingly huge…

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Liberté, Égalité, Desolés: Free DLC After Assassin’s Mess

I'm disappointed in Alec for not having a more wacky experience in Assassin's Creed Unity. While folks across various platform found bugs from horrifying missing faces to people on invisible minibikes, he only had performance problems. Try harder to get funny bugs next time, Alec. Ubisoft have apologised for launching the game in such a sorry state, and are trying to make amends by offering…

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Feature: Routine Rouge

Assassin’s Creed Unity review

Assassin's Creed Unity is the latest in Ubisoft's series of historical-set open world action-adventure games. It stars a French nobleman named Arno Dorian, who becomes an Assassin (stealthy free-running dude battling against an evil conspiracy theory) in 18th century Paris, around the time of the French revolution. It adds co-op and gear customisation to the seven-year-old formula. It's been out for three days now, and…

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An Exciting Post About AssCreed Unity’s PC Performance

Now that I've a) got code and b) got said code to run after a ton of tinkering, I've spent a couple of hours with gaming's latest whipping boy, Assassin's Creed: Unity. Given yesterday's web brouhaha about its shonky performance on console, it seems worth sharing my technical experiences with it on PC too. Below are a bunch of numbers, if you like that sort…

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No Assassin’s Creed Unity Review From Us Because…

...Well, primarily because we didn't receive code until today. It seems some multi-format sites have had console versions ahead of release, but no dice in PC-land, at least not here. Though folk in the US have been able to buy the game since 12am. Maybe I should have moved to America and pulled an all-nighter just for this. Whether this is related to various reports…

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New Ubi Games Vanish From Steam In More Countries

Update: "We are looking into it at the moment," an Ubisoft representative has told us about the later vanishings outside the UK. Meanwhile, two dear readers in Finland and Germany comment that the games have disappeared from Steam for them too. When Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity, The Crew, and Far Cry 4 all vanished from Steam in the UK earlier this week, the publisher made…

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Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed, The Crew Not On Steam In UK

U-boo-soft, more like. It looks like the developer of Far Cry 4, The Crew and Assassin's Creed Unity won't be releasing any of those games through Steam in the UK. Speaking to PCGamesN, the publisher confirmed that they have been in discussions with Valve about Assassin's Creed Unity, "but for the time being the game is not available via Steam in the UK. In the…

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