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For Honor expands into China with Marching Fire, out now

Ubisoft's For Honor once looked like a write-off, but the competitive sword-o-brawler has somehow pulled itself together. Today's expansion - Marching Fire - adds a bundle of new content to the game, a lot of it paid, but some major upgrades free for everyone. All players (regardless of version owned) will get access to a castle siege playmode and a slew of graphical improvements, but…

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The subtle differences between Kassandra and Alexios in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

The argument raged for millennia. Titans clashed on an appropriately dramatic field, with internet armies raging between their massive feet. “Will you choose to play as Alexios or Kassandra?” my local grocer cried, eyes wild with suspicion. "They’re both the same!" screamed a man set aflame. “Yeah, I’m picking Kassandra,” said literally everyone else. However, after playing through the three-hour opening of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey…

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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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For Honor’s new Marching Fire expansion trailer shows off new heroes, graphical upgrades, plenty of burning

Ubisoft’s melee-dramatic, vaguely historically inspired For Honor has always been a speculative thing, mashing together unrelated factions for the fun of it. With the pending release of the Marching Fire expansion, they’re taking it one step further and asking: what if knights vs. samurai vs. Vikings, but now everything is burning? See for yourself below:

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey guide: how to fight, which gameplay mode to choose, exploring Ancient Greece

The Ancient Greek world in Assassin's Creed Odyssey is honestly a colossally sized place. Set during the conflict between Athens and Sparta, there are a fair few returning features, such as sailing, but it also retains a fair few of the the big changes that were brought with Assassin's Creed Origins. There's plenty of new features as well, like romancing NPCs and dialogue choices. In this…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey side quests: how to complete side quests

The Ancient Grecian world of Assassin's Creed Odyssey is vast and full of things to do. While you could ignore the side quests completely, there are some valuable rewards that can be obtained from pitching in and helping your fellow humans. Some deserve your help more than others, as there's a surprising amount of lying from each of the quest givers, while some quests have long-standing This…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey orichalcum: how to get this valuable resource

Perhaps the most precious of all the resources in Assassin's Creed Odyssey is Orichalcum ore. It's a special mineral that can only be redeemed at certain shops, such as the one in the territory of Phokis. As it's rather hard to come by, being only found in certain quests by the bulletin boards in settlements or found in very remote locations, it can be a bit tricky…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey choices: how to get the best ending

Assassin's Creed Odyssey introduces choice as a major tipping point, with each one having a huge impact on how things progress. Some choices will merely affect the outcome of the quest, but some permanently affect the world itself, as well as which ending you will get when it's all over. This guide will go through the importance of making choices, and how to get the best…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey engravings: the best engravings, solving the Ainigmata Ostraka

Engravings are earned in multiple ways. They're obtained either with level ups, or by completing quests. However, the best ones being reserved for finding the locations described in the Ainigmata Ostraka, found in certain locations in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Having decent equipment is one thing, but with an extra bit of investment, you can effectively upgrade your equipment further with little effort. This guide will go other…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey romance: how to seduce NPCs

The art of seduction in Assassin's Creed Odyssey is significantly easier than that of real life. This is largely thanks to the Ancient Greeks's obsession with pleasing the gods with their fornication. It also helps that Alexios and Kassandra are just utterly charming people who say the right thing at the right time. None of these tips would work in real life. Several millennia have passed since…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey mercenaries: how to kill mercenaries, removing bounties explained

Some may find the bounty hunters in Assassin's Creed games of late to be a hindrance. They normally turn up in the most inopportune moments, such as in the middle of a quest or looting a particular location. If left unchecked, they'll ruin everything. In Assassin's Creed Odyssey, these mercenaries can prove to be more than just a nuisance, depending on how much trouble you have…

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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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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey inventory: how to get legendary armour, the best weapons

Keeping on top of your inventory in Assassin's Creed Odyssey is the difference between being an unstoppable killing machine and being swatted away like a pesky bee. Initially you'll be focused on simply getting better stuff, but eventually you'll start picking up the much coveted legendary weapons and legendary armour. In this guide, we will explain how the inventory works and how to get the legendary armour…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey map: how big is the map, deciphering the legend icons

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is a massive game, no doubt about that. In fact, you can't zoom out all the way to see just how big it really is. Encompassing Ancient Greece into a game is no small feat, so when you first visit the map on the pause screen, you may feel overwhelmed. I know I did when I first looked at it. But for those…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey editions: what each edition contains

Like a lot of Ubisoft games recently, Assassin's Creed Odyssey has a lot of versions available to buy, perhaps too many editions. Most will probably just opt for the standard edition and be done with it. However, for those curious enough about each and every edition, the following guide will go over what each version contains.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey skills: how to unlock the best abilities

Sometimes, even your best efforts in keeping hidden will be for nought in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. You will therefore need to defend yourself in either melee or ranged combat. Assigning the right skills can make this all a heck of a lot easier, with new skills able to be purchased each time you level up. These are all skills that a mercenary could use in their…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey cultists: hunting the Cult of Kosmos, revealing their identities

During the story Assassin's Creed Odyssey, come across the Cult of Kosmos: A band of rather deranged individuals set on world domination. Their method for doing so is by sowing the seeds of chaos; prolonging the Peloponnesian war in the process. They're also very interested in Alexios or Kassandra's family for some odd reason which only becomes apparent as the story progresses. Killing them all soon…

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Everything that’s wrong with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is clearly a very good game. Or at least, a very big game with an awful lot to do. The line is getting increasingly blurred in AAA's current obsession with impossibly large open worlds, that took everything we learned about compulsive playing from last decade's MMOsplosion and put them into single-player icon-tickers. It's a game I don't want to stop playing, certainly.…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey crypts: where to find the Ancient Stele

Skill points are obtained with every level up in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. However there are many crypts that house structures called Ancient Steles, which upon finding and examining them also grant invaluable skill points to assign to abilities. Scattered across the world are various tombs and crypts that house some elaborate mazes, filled with traps and snakes and all other sorts of nasty hazards. Exploring them…

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey combat: tips for combat, how to parry

Combat has definitely changed in drastic ways and while Assassin's Creed Odyssey isn't all that different to Assassin's Creed Origins, there are certainly some techniques that you need to get a good grasp of to succeed. Parrying attacks from opponents requires sufficient timing, and knowing when to dodge instead can be the difference between victory and defeat. In this guide, there are tips for combat basics, as…

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