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Assassin's Creed

11 months ago

Feature: Classical photography

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey travelogue

Much like its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has snared me with its marvellous camera. With it, I’ve been exploring and snapping Greece, all the way from the Ionian Islands in the west to the Cyclades in the east. I know I should be worrying about wars and parents and magical spears, but that’s all ancillary to the scenes and vignettes playing out on the paved…

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2 years ago

Feature: Holiday snaps

Exploring Assassin’s Creed Origins with a camera

I have been, since November, utterly enamoured with digital Ptolemaic Egypt. Assassin's Creed Origins’ snowglobe version of the kingdom makes it excellent fodder for long, meandering walks and screenshots of tantalising vistas, but it's the small vignettes of daily life and scenes of mundanity that make Egypt feel less like just another theme park. Since the first Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft Montreal has used scale as…

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Feature: Listen or be unmade

Podcast: Remakes, reboots and remasters

Welcome to the freshly relaunched RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show! You might think this is episode 31, but actually it’s episode 1 again. We’re rebooting it, even though we just did that last year. We’ve started by making it more accessible. Instead of three of us chatting about videogames between snippets of jaunty music, there’s just a sad man saying “Sonic the Hedgehog” over…

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Feature: Assassin's Apparel

The joy of Assassin’s Creed Origins’ costumes

Assassin’s Creed clothes are some of the best clothes in all games. Those layers, all those flowing, flapping, swinging layers: cloth and leather and swords and knives and pouches and harnesses. I often idly wonder, as I watch an Assassin’s Creed loading screen, how many people - how many studios! - produce Assassin’s Creed’s clothes? They’re a wonder of code and art coming together, of…

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Feature: Listen while running

Podcast: Into The Breach, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and “running away”

Cowardice is a virtue. So says the team on this week's RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. That's because our theme is "running away" - games that encourage you to flee from danger, or that give you a choice between fight and flight. Adam will run from the soldiers of Arma or the post-apocalyptic antagonists of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Brendan will scarper from poor odds in For…

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Feature: Everything is permitted (except hacking)

Have you played… Assassin’s Creed multiplayer?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. The Assassin’s Creed series has abandoned its mutliplayer modes and that makes me sad. The multiplayer, introduced in Brotherhood, was one of the most playground-like games you could find. It’s basically the game of Assassin, popular among university students, but played on cool-looking streets from the…

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Feature: Guilty as charged

Podcast: Guilty pleasures and Opus Magnum

It's a simple theme this week with the Electronic Wireless Show. We're talking about guilty pleasures - the games that make us feel a wee bit embarrassed but not so much that we won't squirrel away at them while grinning  like idiots. Alec feels a bit sheepish bringing his toy steering wheel to work when planning to play American Truck Simulator. Meanwhile, Matt remembers how…

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Feature: Niles ahead

Assassin’s Creed Origins is a world of delicate details

Our full review of Assassin's Creed: Origins is yet to come, but Edwin has been exploring its world on our behalf and sends back this report. I've only had time for a quick poke through the world of Assassin's Creed: Origins, thanks to a combination of Ancient Egypt-grade download speeds, short notice and a tortuous wrangle with graphics card drivers, but I'm already enjoying myself. This…

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Feature: "You killed me? Let's talk"

Have You Played… Assassin’s Creed?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The first Assassin’s Creed, with its underwhelming and repetitive missions, seems destined to be judged as Ubi’s half-decent prototype for the much better AssCreeds to follow. But as much as the sequels added some much-needed character and features, the series also lost something.…

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3 years ago

Feature: And how they can do it better

How historical games integrate or ignore slavery

Video games always come with an expectation that the player will suspend disbelief to some extent. Genetically engineered super-soldier clones don’t exist, radiation has never and will never work like that, and overweight Italian plumbers could never make that jump. In most cases, if we are unwilling or unable to suspend our disbelief, we may well struggle to enjoy the game and our questioning of…

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4 years ago

Feature: Port Report

How Is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s PC Port?

Review code for the PC version of Assassin's Creed Syndicate [official site] activated this evening and I've spent the hours since playing through the opening sections and fiddling with various settings to see how it all holds together. In short, it runs beautifully and looks a treat. Details and early thoughts about my trip to the Big Smoke are below.

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Feature: Wainwright Simulator

Walking, Driving, Flying, Seeing, Looking, Watching: Tourist Simulators

I've been on holiday, which means I've spent more energy walking around and looking at things, than I do when I'm at work. It's a tricky thing, this holiday business. How am I supposed to enjoy the majesty of nature (and the cold pint in a country pub that waits at the end of nature) when my muscles are aching, the sweat is like an…

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Feature: Order, Order

Those Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Pre-Order Packs In Full

Yesterday Ubisoft live-streamed its announcement of a new bounty of pre-order bonus opportunities, offering collections containing exclusive figurines, hip flasks, art books and a game called Assassin's Creed Syndicate. With so much variety on offer, we've compiled a list of all those packs to help you choose which one to buy a full six months before the first review!

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5 years ago

Feature: Magical Mystery Tours

The Grand Tour: Recreating Recreation

I want to play a game about tourism. It's odd that I can fight in so many wars, across so many continents, planets and timeframes, but I can't simply take a stroll around a city orf national park, taking photos and writing postcards as I go. I'm sure there are games about tourism but they're probably adventure games, or hidden object games. Something will be…

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Feature: Videogames' Are Growing Up

Editorial: Assassin’s Creed Is No Longer Critically Relevant

I always think music is a better model for videogames than film: individual series of games can be thought of as performers, reaching a feverish apex of popularity before settling into comfortable grooves and hoping for the rare, Kylie Minogue-like creative resurgence. What's unusual about music is that most of its critical discourse revolves around pop. It's not because pop music is what's popular -…

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7 years ago

Ubisoft Files Against Author’s “Frivolous” Lawsuit

I can only assume I Inceptioned the idea into Ubisoft's collective head. Yesterday, reporting on the news that John Beiswenger had dropped his daft lawsuit against Ubisoft, I contacted the publisher to ask if they were now going to respond to the extreme allegations of illegal activity made against them by Beiswenger's lawyer. Despite the promise of a statement in return, nothing came, and yet…

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Assassin’s Plead: Beiswenger’s Ubisoft Lawsuit Dropped

Aw, bums. That batshit lawsuit against Ubisoft has been dropped. The one where the eccentric author/inventor/dreamer of a Christians-only enclave for the end times, John Beiswenger, accused Ubi of having stolen the silly Animus plot from his classic work of literature, Link. But Joystiq has spotted that he's abandoned his case for $5,250,000. Boo.

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Author Sues Ubisoft Over AssCreed’s Animus Nonsense

Okay, easy question. What's the worst thing about the Assassin's Creed series? Correct! Of course, as everyone knows, it's the ridiculous sci-fi nonsense that constantly interrupts the good fun time you're having leaping about in historytimes. It's dumb, it's a shame it was ever a part of the games, and now someone is suing Ubisoft because he says it's his idea... waitwhat.

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Fallout Free For Forty-Eight Fours Hours

We interrupt our regularly-scheduled (no, really - we're actually semi-organised about that stuff these days) posting to bring you news that the newly de-olded GoG.com is currently offering the original Fallout for the princely sum of zero for the next 48 hours. Until 23.59 GMT on 8 April, specifically. Here! It's here! Rather good timing, what with the current Wasteland fever. It's like post-nuclear RPGs…

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8 years ago

Never Do This: DIY Assassin’s Creed Blade

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is the first time RPS have presented detailed instructions on how to build a concealable assassination tool. Given that I'm writing on a website that Kieron Gillen is a director of, I find that baffling. Anyway, how many fingers do you have? All of them? Would you like one less? You'll need a…

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