Posts Tagged ‘Ubisoft’

Watch Dogs 2 is an antidote to the grimness of GTA

I’ve been playing Watch Dogs 2 [official site] for most of a day and a night, and I haven’t killed anyone yet. The game’s recreation of San Francisco and outlaw protagonist make Grand Theft Auto the obvious point of comparison, and while it’s certainly possible to take the ultraviolence and careless crime route in your travels around the city, stealth infiltration and surveillance are much more suited to the game’s toolset and mood.

Whatever else it might be, and I’ll cover as much as I can below, Watch Dogs 2 is a more thoughtful, brighter alternative to Rockstar’s take on the open world urban action adventure.

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Can you hack it, fellow kids? Watch Dogs 2 is out on PC

Watch Dogs 2 [official site] is out now on PC, two weeks after our best friends in Console Town got their hands on it. The delay wasn’t surprising coming from Ubisoft, who like to make us wait before letting us clean up all the icons they’ve spilled onto a new map. They said it was to make sure the game “runs smoothly across a broad range of hardware”. Well, now we can test that theory for ourselves. You there, with the Pentium II processor, get downloading.
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Ubisoft have started 30 Days of Giveaways


Ubisoft are doing “30 Days Of Giveaways” as a sort of advent calendar-cum-LinkedIn workiversary thing. It’s a holiday season daily offer to coincide with the fact Ubi have existed for 30 years. I think thirtieth anniversaries are supposed to be pearl things but the most recent thing pearl-related fact I learned was that pearlfish live up the butts of sea cucumbers so maybe it’s just as well I wasn’t involved in the planning for this event. Read the rest of this entry »

Respect the Gibson: Watch Dogs 2 shows off PC pretties

The PC launch of Watch Dogs 2 [official site] next week might be a fortnight after its console debut but hey, at least our version of the open-world Hackers homage has extra pretties. Ubisoft have gabbed about these before and now show them off in a trailer. Sunlight light up the fog rolling across the bay really is quite something (“ray-marched volumetric fog”, if you want to get technical). Of course, there’s a world of difference between a good-looking trailer and a game which actually runs well. Read the rest of this entry »

Steep open beta: Great mountains, infuriating controls

The world has been in want of a good snowboarding game for a while. Having spent a few hours with the beta of Steep [official site] over the weekend, I’m not yet sure that it is the successor to SSX and Cool Boarders that we’re looking for. But that’s okay, because there are three other extreme sports rolled into it. And one of them involves donning a wingsuit and flying at hundreds of miles per hour towards your inevitable death.
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The Division’s Survival expansion is coming tomorrow

The Division [official site], the Clancy manshoot with MMO delusions, is getting its penultimate expansion tomorrow, along with a patch to the base game. The Survival DLC will add a new game mode in which 24 players are thrown into the full map of New York in the middle of a blizzard, where they’ll have to find warm clothing, food, water and medicine while searching for a cure to the virus that has ravaged the big apple. Oh, and there’s some big fellas chasing you too. It’s been in public beta for the past couple of weeks but now it’s hitting the big time. Ubisoft say a game of Survival can take up to two hours. Stressful.
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Snow joke: Steep now preloading for open beta weekend

If you, like me, fancy hitting the slopes this weekend in the free open beta test for Ubisoft’s open-world xXtremewintersportsXx ’em up Steep [official site], fire up Uplay today. The beta doesn’t begin until Friday but you can now preload the game, which is handy as it’s a 19GB download. If that sounds big to you, hey, consider how big the Alps are. You could hardly take them home with you on the bus, could you? Read the rest of this entry »