Posts Tagged ‘Ubisoft’

En garde, away: For Honor starts banning AFK farmers

Put a progression system in a game and someone will try to game it. If it’s a multiplayer game, that’ll often be at the expense of other players’ fun. That’s how it’s gone with Ubisoft’s swordfest For Honor [official site], where some dastardly players have been ‘AFK farming’. They rig their games to keep their character moving, to avoid being kicked for inactivity, so they can receive progress and rewards without playing. Which, of course, spoils the fun for other players. Ubisoft are now cracking down on that. They’re given 1,500 of these ‘AFK farmers’ temporary bans and warnings to thousands more. Permanent bans may follow. Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] is Ubisoft’s latest open-world co-op narco war. I played some of it during the beta, along with Graham, and I came out of it feeling like a tub of old bath water. Lukewarm and slightly dirty. I only knew for certain that I actively disliked it when I was stricken down by one of its insta-fail stealth missions. Cast away from my carefully selected sniping spot on a sandy ridge because of a single stray bullet and dumped on the other side of the mission area, where I would have to repeat the cautious approach, the enemy spotting and the multiple silent kills all over again. It is 2017 and insta-fail stealth missions still exist. Why? Read the rest of this entry »

Shred it to the max in Steep’s free weekend trial

If you fancy getting out in the great outdoors this weekend, good grief! Don’t you know it’s still winter? It’s all wind and ice and snow out there. Are you up to that? Are you sure? You’ll catch your death. I worry about you. No, stay indoors and perhaps consider having a look at Steep [official site]. Ubisoft’s ski-o-snowboard-a-paraglide-u-wingsuiter is holding a free trial weekend, starting tonight, to let all and sundry play the full game. It’s not super-amazing but it does have some pretty mountains. Read the rest of this entry »

The Division celebrates first birthday with content plans

Oh hey, Ubisoft’s Massive Entertainment’s Tom Clancy’s The Division [official site] launched a year ago today. The third and final announced expansion launched the other week so… what lies ahead for the shooter-RPG? Two free content updates coming this year, Ubisoft say. The Division was our favourite co-op game of 2016 so hey, ongoing support is good. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghost Recon Wildlands’ unlock times, Nvidia bits, government complaints, and more

With Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] unlocking tonight, here’s a newsblast rounding up a few odds and ends:

1) We shan’t tell you Wot We Think at launch, as we only received code today
2) We will aim (aim, like aiming a gun) to have something up as soon as possible and a review by the end of the week
3) Pre-loading is now live for pre-orderers (never pre-order etc.) but when it actually unlocks and launches is determined by where you buy it
4) Nvidia are blabbing about their fancy Nvidia-exclusive graphics effects
5) Yup, patches have fixed some problems since the beta
6) The government of Bolivia have officially protested Wildlands’ portrayal of their country as lawless and ruled by druglords

Onwards to details! Read the rest of this entry »

For Honor’s rough edges hide a diamond worth polishing

For Honor is everything Brendan says it is in his review – an often broken and bruising game that assaults your senses with indicators and split second decisions, as well as assaulting your sanity with frequent network issues and inexplicable matchmaking bugs. It’s also my favourite game so far this year, thanks to a deliciously layered combat system that draws you in piece by piece while you learn, adapt and try to master the simple yet versatile brawling. Let me explain to you why it’s great and why it urgently needs fixing. Read the rest of this entry »

Ghost Recon Wildlands post-launch plans include PvP mode and a big dad

While Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] might seem sooo serious about its imperialist fantasy, apparently Ubisoft are saving some cracking japes for DLC. A series of missions will have players poke at something called ‘The Unidad Conspiracy’, which I can only imagine is a supernatural entity composed of hundreds of dads twisted and merged into one flesh. Clad in a vast cardigan, the Unidad lumbers across Bolivia telling those naughty drugmen it’s past their bedtime. I imagine that even the Ghosts eventually face daddification and must fight back. That’s probably it.

Oh, and Ubisoft also plan to release a 4v4 PvP mode in a free update, and two paid expansions, and… the point is, imagine that giant dad! He’s going to be amazing. Read the rest of this entry »