Posts Tagged ‘Ubisoft’

Rainbow Six Siege’s Final Beta Begins Today For Some

If you were previously given access to one of the Rainbow Six Siege [official site] closed betas, you can now preload the game’s final beta and start playing later today. If you’ve not previously had access, then no matter: the beta will explode open its doors to everyone tomorrow and run for all through till Sunday.

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Impressions: The Crew – Wild Run

The Crew has always underwhelmed. Promising a ‘best of’ of the United States, it delivered a game world that didn’t feel much bigger than rivals like Fuel. Promising an always-online world of competitive and collaborative racing, in random and bespoke crews, it delivered a broken buggy mess in which on release we never managed to see a single other player in the game world with us. On top of that, its driving was plain, never exciting, never involving.

But now The Wild Run DLC [official site] is out, with a promised graphical overhaul and a bunch of new content to flesh out its echoey maps. Is it making a better second impression? I’ve mucked about in it for a few short hours.

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Rainbow Six Siege Adds “Open Beta” Before Launch

Stretching the definition of “beta” about as thin as can be, Ubisoft just announced a so-called “open beta” for Rainbow Six Siege [official site] starting Wednesday, November 25. You know, six days before the actual release.

That’s likely not enough time to fix anything with the game if something’s found to be broken. But it is a perfect opportunity for you to try the game, something we used to call a “demo.” Or, as Ubisoft puts it, “Experience team-based tactical combat in its most intense, lethal and destructive form all before it hits shelves on December 1st.”

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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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The Crew’s Wild Run Expansion Arrives, Towing Demo

Ubisoft’s The Crew [official site] is an MMO-y sort of a racer, and its first expansion is suitably MMO-y. Wild Run arrived last night with trucks and motorbikes and challenges and other new things for folks who pay, but its launch also updates the base game with new things for everyone. New lighting and a new weather system are among updates for all. The game’s timed demo is updated to show off expansion stuff too. It’s MMO-priced as well, with the expansion running you, er, £25 – the same as the main game.

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Performance & Prettiness: M&M Heroes VII Patch Plans

Heroes of Might & Magic will always hold a special place in my heart for hotseat fun with childhood chums, but the series has lost its way over the years. Even the most casual of glances at Steam player reviews for Might & Magic Heroes VII [official site] will fill your eyes with complaints about bugs, crashes, poor performance, ugliness, and more. Oh dear. Still, developers Limbic Entertainment are plugging away, and it sounds like future updates will bring big fixes for some of its problems, at least – performance and prettiness especially.

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Anno 2205 Shows Modular Buildings And Moon Colonies

I haven’t played an Anno game since it was a series about building quaint trading colonies in the 18th century, and so I’m quietly impressed by these videos of Anno 2205 [official site]. Not because it’s set in the future in which you build moon colonies and ferry goods with spaceships, but because its landscapes look so big and pretty. Step below and learn about some modular buildings, sure, but also just look at the vast metropolises.

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Hands On – Rainbow Six: Siege

Rainbow Six Siege [official site] is being held hostage in its last stages of development. We dispatched Brendan to breach and clear and also write about it.

The latest Rainbow Six game begins with Angela Bassett telling you that a new terrorist threat has made itself known. One with incomparable resources and intelligence. She’s getting the band back together, and giving you all the power you need to hunt these villains down.  “Borders and protocols,” she says, “are irrelevant”. Apart from being a shocking dismissal of international law, this sentence sums up the game pretty well. See that wall? Irrelevant. See that door? Immaterial. And why should we use the front door, like good neighbours, when we can just blow a hole in the goddamn ceiling?

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Have You Played… Far Cry 4?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every weekday of the year, perhaps for all time.

Far Cry 2 is the cool Far Cry game to like, and it’s certainly the most interesting and coherent, but if we’re measuring in pure silly joy then Far Cry 4 beats it every time.

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Marx, Darwin, And Queen Vic Walk Into A Video Game…

Question: what do you imagine Alexander Graham Bell, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens, and Queen Victoria herself would do in the kooky Dan Brown historyfucking world of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate [official site]? I ask because I laughed when I saw they’re all your pals in the next AssCreed, but I can now leak a few details about their roles. Four words: Charles Darwin’s spider mutagen.

Watch this daft new trailer closely and I’m sure you’ll figure out a few more secrets:

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