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Asassin's Creed titles hit new low price as PC Summer Sale continues

Jul 24 // Dealzon
Top Deals Games Planet 2015 Summer Sale<- new low on lots of titles Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin (Steam) — $20.99  (list price $50) Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Steam) — $13.99  (list price $60) NBA 2K15 (Steam) — $11.62  (list price $60) Act of Aggression (Steam) — $29.45  (list price $45) <- access to multi-player beta PlayStation 4 Batman: Arkham Knight Bundle — $369.99  (list price $450) Dead: Xbox One 1TB Halo: MCC Bundle + $50 Gift Card — $399.99  (list price $400)** Xbox One Halo: MCC 500GB Bundle + $50 Gift Card — $349.99  (list price $400)** Recent Releases 07/23: Better Late Than DEAD (Steam) — $4.31  <- yep another open-world survival 07/21: F1 2015 (Steam) — $39.49  (list price $55) 07/20: Breach & Clear: Deadline (Steam) — $10.32  (list price $20) Upcoming Releases 09/29: NBA 2K16 (Steam) — $46.20  (list price $60) 09/30: Blood Bowl 2 (Steam) — $34.65  (list price $45) 11/10: Fallout 4 (Steam) — $46.20  (list price $60) <- 23% off returns PC Game Deals Games Planet 2015 Summer Sale Assassin's Creed Rogue (Uplay) — $25.19  (list price $50) Assassin's Creed Unity (Uplay) — $21.70  (list price $60) Football Manager 2015 (Steam) — $15.49  (list price $50) Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (Steam) — $8.90  (list price $40) Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Uplay) — $6.19  (list price $30) GOG EA Catalog Sale SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition (DRM-Free) — $7.99  (list price $20) Jade Empire Special Edition (DRM-Free) — $5.99  (list price $15) Lands of Lore 3 (DRM-Free) — $2.39  (list price $6) Populous (DRM-Free) — $2.39  (list price $6) Ultima Underworld 1 + 2 (DRM-Free) — $2.39  (list price $6) Theme Park (DRM-Free) — $2.39  (list price $6) Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Planetary Pack (DRM-Free) — $2.39  (list price $6) SimCity 2000 Special Edition (DRM-Free) — $2.39  (list price $6) Theme Hospital (DRM-Free) — $2.39  (list price $6) Dungeon Keeper 2 (DRM-Free) — $2.39  (list price $6) More PC Deals The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (DRM-Free) — $29.99  (list price $60) Dying Light (Steam) — $29.99  (list price $50) Pillars of Eternity Hero Edition (Steam) — $18.95  (list price $45) Blackguards Franchise Pack (Steam) — $15  (list price $55) Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition (Steam) — $12.50  (list price $50) Console Game Deals Disney Infinity: Marvel 2.0 Starter (XOne.360, PS4/3, Wii U) — $34.99  (list $75)** Skylanders Trap Team Starter Kit (PS4/3, XOne/360,) — $29.99  (list $60)** Disney Infinity: Toy Box Starter 2.0 (PS4/3, XOne/360) — $29.99  (list $60)** Madden NFL 15 (PS4/3, XOne/360) — $19.99  (list $30)** The Evil Within (PS4, Xbox One) — $19.99  (list $60) Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (PS3, Xbox 360) — $5.99  (list $10) Borderlands 2 (PS3) — $3.99  (list $15) PS4 Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Complete (PS4) — $29.99  (list price $60)** Duck Dynasty (PS4) — $27.99  (list price $40)** Trials Fusion (PS4) — $19.99  (list price $40) Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4) — $15.99  (list price $40) Xbox One Xbox One + Kinect + $50 Gift Card (Refurbished) — $379.99  (list price $380)** Xbox Live Gold 12 Month Gold (Physical Card) — $35.99  (list price $60) Xbox Live 12 Month Gold (Digital Code) — $34.95  (list price $60) Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox One) — $9.99  (list price $40)** Titanfall (Xbox One) — $7.99  (list price $20)** Xbox 360 The Voice + Microphone (Xbox 360) — $29.99  (list price $40)** Ultimate Stealth Pack (Xbox 360) — $14.99  (list price $30) Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Xbox 360) — $9.99  (list price $20) Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Xbox 360) — $7.99  (list price $30)** PS3 Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection (PS3) — $29.90  (list price $50) The Awakened Fate: Ultimatum (PS3) — $27.99  (list price $40) Alien: Isolation Nostromo Edition (PS3) — $19.99  (list price $30) Dark Souls II (Xbox 360) — $11.99  (list price $30) Escape Dead Island (PS3) — $8.99  (list price $30) Michael Jackson The Experience (PS3) — $3.99  (list price $20) Just Dance 2014 (PS3) — $2.99  (list price $40) Wii U Mario Party 10 + Mario Amiibo (Wii U) — $39.99  (list price $50) Zombie U (Wii U) — $8.99  (list price $30) 3DS Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 3DS) — $29.99  (list price $40) Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS) — $19.99  (list price $30) Skylanders Giants Portal Owners Pack (Nintendo 3DS) — $9.99  (list price $60) Laptop Deals 17.3" MSI Stealth Pro i7-4710HQ, 16GB, GTX 970M — $1,499.99  (list $1,850) 17.3" Asus ROG i7-4720HQ, 16GB, 512GB, GTX 960M, 4K — $1,399.99  (list $1,699) 15.6" Lenovo Z51 i7-5500U, 8GB, Radeon R9 M375 — $669  (list $1,080) HDTV Deals 55" Sharp 2160p 4K Ultra HD LED TV — $899.99  (list price $1,000)** 60" Westinghouse 1080p Smart LED HDTV — $649.99  (list price $700)** 50" Seiki 2160p 4K Ultra HD LED TV — $399.99  (list price $1,000) Game deals from Dealzon. Sales help support Destructoid.
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Come grab the 18th or whatever # title
Where GMG's Summer Sale ends, Games Planet picks up the baton to take a stab at your wallet. The retailer's sale has been going fairly well in terms of the variety of titles at historic low prices. Fri/Sat batch inc...

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Uplay runs BOGO sale: Saints Row Gat Out of Hell + free game


Steam and Origin games too
Jan 22
// Dealzon
On Tuesday, the new standalone Saints Row expansion Gat Out of Hell released for $19.99 on Steam (or $5 for those who took advantage of GameStop's goof). If you're interested in the game and are already planning to pay full p...

Wallet Busters: PC games winter sales arrive in force

Dec 20 // Dealzon
Top Picks From each stores: Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked 2 Years — $30  (list price $100) Steam Wallet Cards — 5% Off   (Best Buy) Battlefield 4 (Origin) — $4.99 (list price $30) Alice: Madness Returns Complete (Origin) — $4.99  (list price $30) <- new deal Borderlands 2 (Steam) — $2.99  (list price $20) <- new deal Console Deals PlayStation 4 Console — $329.99  (Walmart store pick up only) <- new deal Xbox One AC: Unity Bundle + Destiny + $50 Gift — $349.99  (Best Buy) <- new deal PlayStation 4 White Destiny Bundle + Killzone Shadow Fall — $399.99  (Best Buy) Wii U Deluxe + Super Mario 3D World + Nintendo Land — $249.99  (Target) Origin Year End Sale Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe (Origin) — $46.66  (list price $70) Dragon Age: Inquisition (Origin) — $39.99  (list price $60) The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe Edition (Origin) — $34.99  (list price $70) The Sims 4 (Origin) — $29.99  (list price $60) Battlefield 4 Premium (Origin) — $24.99  (list price $60) SimCity: Complete Edition (Origin) — $19.99  (list price $40) Titanfall (Origin) — $9.99  (list price $20) FIFA 14 (Origin) — $9.99  (list price $20) Dragon Age 2 (Origin) — $9.99  (list price $20) Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (Origin) — $7.49  (list price $30) Battlefield 3 (Origin) — $0.99  (list price $20) GMG Holiday Sale Use coupon: WINTER-SALE20-GROGRE Ends 12/31: Telltale Games Collection (Steam) — $16  (list price $100) Thief Collection (Steam) — $9  (list price $45) Sam and Max: The Devil's Playhouse (PC/Mac Download) — $7  (list price $35) The Wolf Among Us (PC/Mac Download) — $6.80  (list price $25) Thief: Master Thief Edition (Steam) — $6.60  (list price $33) Jurassic Park: The Game (Steam) — $6  (list price $30) Thief (Steam) — $6  (list price $30) Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space (PC/Mac Download) — $6  (list price $30) Sam and Max: Save the World — $6  (list price $30) Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People (Steam) — $6  (list price $30) Portal Bundle (Steam) — $5  (list price $25) The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (Steam) — $4  (list price $20) Back to the Future: The Game, Episodes 1-5 (Steam) — $4  (list price $25) Law & Order: Legacies (Steam) — $4  (list price $20) Hector: Badge of Carnage (Steam) — $4  (list price $20) Puzzle Agent 2 (Steam) — $2  (list price $10) Thief - Deadly Shadows (Steam) — $1.80  (list price $9) Thief Gold (Steam) — $1.40  (list price $7) Thief II: The Metal Age (Steam) — $1.40  (list price $7) Puzzle Agent (Steam) — $1  (list price $5) Poker Night 2 (Steam) — $1  (list price $5) Poker Night at the Inventory (Steam) — $1  (list price $5) Telltale Texas Hold 'Em (Steam) — $0.60  (list price $3) Ends 01/02: RPG Maker VX Ace (Steam) — $14 (list price $70) Brink Complete Pack (Steam) — $12  (list price $25) Age of Empires II HD (Steam) — $5.44  (list price $20) Larger GMG Sale list here. GameStop Winter Sale WildStar — $19.99 (list price $40) Guild Wars 2: Heroic Ed. — $19.99 (list price $40) Tropico 5 (Steam) — $13.99 (list price $40) Command & Conquer Ult Collection (Origin) — $4.99 (list price $20) Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Ed. (Origin) — $4.99  (list price $30) Larger GameStop Sale list here. Steam Holiday Sale Day 13 Deals: Wasteland 2 Digital Deluxe Edition (Steam) — $29.99  (list price $60) ARMA 3 (Steam) — $29.99  (list price $60) Wasteland 2 (Steam) — $19.99  (list price $40) The Forest (Steam) — $10.04  (list price $15) Lichdom: Battlemage (Steam) — $9.99  (list price $40) Lethal League (Steam) — $6.99  (list price $14) Child of Light (Uplay) — $5.99  (list price $15) Final Fantasy VII (Steam) — $5.99  (list price $12) The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition — $2.99  (list price $20) Metal Slug 3 (Steam) — $2.39  (list price $8) Larger Steam Sale list here. Uplay Winter Sale 48 Hour Deals Ends 12/21: Watch Dogs (Uplay) — $29.99  (list price $60) South Park: The Stick of Truth (Steam) — $13.60  (list price $40) Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist Deluxe Ed. (Uplay) — $10  (list price $40) Child of Light (Uplay) — $6  (list price $15) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Uplay) — $6  (list price $15) Mac Game Store Winter Sale Ends tonight. These are Steam Play titles, works on PC. Use coupon: PCGAMES5OFF Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Steam) — $28.49  (list price $60) Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (Steam) — $28.49  (list price $50) Divinity: Original Sin (Steam) — $28.49  (list price $40) Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition (Steam) — $9.49  (list price $50) Mount & Blade: Warband (Steam) — $4.74  (list price $20) Console Game Deals Destiny (PS4, PS3, Xbox One) — $39.99  (list price $60) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360) — $39.99  (list $60) Lords of the Fallen (PS4, Xbox One) — $39.99  (list price $60) - thanks Bill PS4 NHL 15 — $39.99  (list price $60) Driveclub — $34.99  (list price $60) Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition — $29.99  (list price $60) The Last of Us Remastered — $19.99  (list price $50) Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare — $19.99  (list price $40) Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection — $44.99  (list price $60) Sunset Overdrive — $34.99  (list price $60) Forza 5: Game of the Year Edition — $34.99  (list price $50) PS3 Rocksmith 2014 Ed. + Real Tone Cable — $39.99  (list price $80) Battlefield 4 — $15  (list price $30) Beyond: Two Souls — $9.99  (list price $40) Wii U Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric — $39.99  (list price $50) <-- wait till $1? Lego: The Hobbit — $25  (list price $40) Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge — $5  (list price $60) Laptop Deals Lenovo Y50 Core i7-4710HQ, 16GB, GeForce GTX 860M, 1080p — $939  (list $1,400) MacBook Air Core i5-4260U, 256GB SSD (Latest Model) — $899.99  (list $1,100) Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series, 1080p Touch, Core i5-4210U, 8GB — $699  (list $799) Dell XPS 11 Core i5-4210Y, QHD 1440p Touch, 128GB SSD — $599.99  (list  1,200) Misc Hardware / Accessories Deals Intel 730 Series SSD 480GB — $199.99  (list price $500) Crucial M550 SSD 256GB — $109.99  (list price $200) OCZ Arc 100 SSD 240GB — $79.99  (list price $150) Xbox Music Pass 12 Month (Digital Code) — $49.90  (list price $100) Nintendo eShop Card 10% Off — $45  (list price $50) Xbox Live Gold 12 Month Membership — $44.99  (list price $60) Updated 12/22 at 10AM PST. Added/removed some stuff.
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Straight to the backlog
For those PC gamers who aren't yet broke from all the holiday shopping, this week Steam, GMG, GameStop, and heck -- even Uplay, launched PC games winter sales to tug at your wallet. Steam's winter sale went live Thursday at t...

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GameStop & Green Man Gaming launch winter sales on the heels of Steam


Deal me up, Scotty
Dec 19
// Dealzon
Five bucks BF4 and six dollars CS: GO. It's PC game winter sales everywhere you look. On the heels of Steam's Winter Sale (which is now on Day 2) and not wanting to be left out, 3rd party retailers are joining in the fra...
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Far Cry 4 et al

Ubisoft's upcoming releases back on Steam (except in the UK)


F4r Cry, Assassin's Creed Unity, and The Crew
Nov 10
// Steven Hansen
Last week, Ubisoft pulled its upcoming games--F4r Cry, Assassin's Creed Unity, and The Crew--from Steam. This allowed me to roll with a headline, "Going hard in the Uplaynt," a play on "going hard in the paint" and ...
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Hard in the Uplay-nt

Hard in the Uplay-nt: Ubisoft pulls upcoming PC games from Steam


Going hard in the Uplay-nt
Nov 06
// Steven Hansen
Ubisoft's biggest three upcoming releases, F4r Cry, Assassin's Creed Unity, and The Crew have been pulled from Steam, the place where a lot of people buy and play their PC games.  PCGamesN got this statement from Ub...

Watch Dogs: Bad Blood goes punk, features co-op play and new modes

Sep 15 // Alessandro Fillari
Watch Dogs: Bad Blood (PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 [previewed], PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U)Developer: Ubisoft MontrealPublisher: UbisoftRelease Date: September 23, 2014 (Season Pass) / September 30, 2014 (Retail) Set a few months after the end of the main campaign, players take on the role of Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney, a fellow hacker who helped Aiden Pearce during his fight against Blume Corporation. As he tries to tie-up loose ends before leaving Chicago for good, T-Bone encounters an old acquaintance that needs his help -- not wanting to leave him hanging, he must once again take on the Blume Corporation, while trying to cover his tracks and get out of the game in one piece. First and foremost, anyone expecting a Blood Dragon style addition to the main game will be disappointed. Bad Blood serves as an epilogue to the main story of Watch Dogs, tying up loose ends and showing what became of the main characters after Aiden Pearce succeeded in getting his revenge. Don't expect a tongue-in-cheek and self-aware title here, this is still Watch Dogs. With that said, Bad Blood seems to have a lot more fun with the material, opting to go with more of a punk take on the computer hacker, rather than a brooding and oh so serious anti-hero. T-Bone is a really fun character to play as -- he'll offer witty banter and show sass to the other characters, all the while using bizarre gadgets and tricks to take down the competition. Basically, he's the exact opposite of Aiden. Speaking with Project Manager David Thériault and Senior Game Designer Aurélien Chiron, the developers at Ubisoft wanted to keep the core of the Watch Dogs experience the same, while at the same time adding a shift in tone and new gameplay tweaks. "It's great to come back and show something new for fans," said Thériault. "We feel it will bring a lot of freshness and newness to the franchise." Much like Aiden, T-Bone possesses the tools to hack into Chicago's computer network to manipulate the city's installations to his whim. He'll have to use these tricks, along with some heavy firepower and cunning to overcome the many enemies that are out to get him and his allies. Unlike the other hacker, T-Bone has got some unique tricks up his sleeve. The veteran hacker can bring his customized R/C car Eugene out into the field, which has a taser and access to the same hacking abilities. Eugene can enter smalls spaces and avoid the sights of guards to complete tasks too difficult by traditional means. Of course, since the game is still set in Chicago, many players will likely feel at home when starting Bad Blood. However, the developers hope to switch things up by adding in a few surprises. "While it is still set in Chicago, we added in a lot of new locations that the player hasn't seen in Watch Dogs," said Aurélien while discussing the new content. "In these new locations, we play with the space much more. In terms of tools, you can use Eugene, which allows you to sneak past enemies and in tight spaces to accomplish goals." In order to spice up the side-content, the developers opted to create a brand new series of side-missions called Street Sweep. After a certain point in the game's story, T-Bone will make contact with an ally in the Chicago Police Department who has a whole stack full of case files that need solving. In addition to the existing side content, these new missions allow T-Bone to level up, acquire currency to upgrade his gear and buy new costumes, and help clean the streets of Chicago to boost his reputation. Think Person of Interest, but with a main character that wields a giant wretch and an all-purpose smartphone as his weapons of choice. "We wanted to add more variety to the side-content, and we wanted to add more objectives to the types of missions and places, and with Street Sweep we now have endless missions available for players," said Aurélien while elaborating on the new Street Sweep missions. "The goal was to never have two missions that are the same, they are all generated but they are never the same. With the Street Sweep, players can enjoy the side-missions as much as they want." Moreover, the Street Sweep missions can also be played in Watch Dogs' brand new co-op mode. Much like the existing online mode, players can seamlessly enter or have another player join their game where you can take down gangs and rival hackers. The co-op play offers an interesting change of pace from the existing multiplayer mode. Instead of being constantly cautious of anyone entering your game, you can now have a buddy with you helping out. It makes you wonder why they didn't include something like this in the first place. With that said, and being totally honest, I didn't really see much difference between the Street Sweeps and regular side-missions. Especially since they're in mostly the same urban and outdoor environments in and around Chicago. The added story for the Street Sweep, with the female police detective and T-Bone brought some charm to the missions, but I found myself mostly doing the same shoot or hack X while avoiding everyone else missions. It felt repetitive, but the solid shooting mechanics and combined with the hacking gameplay still kept things entertaining. Granted this was still pretty early on in the game. So perhaps once you progress further, we'll hopefully see just how much different things can get -- I really do like the idea of a randomized mission system. But in any case, I rather enjoyed myself with Watch Dogs: Bad Blood. While it seems to be sticking very closely with the same formula from the main game, for better or worse, I found T-Bone to be much more of an interesting character to play as than Pearce. Perhaps it's because he's got a serious set of dreadlocks and a heavy melee weapon, which definitely sets himself apart from Aiden. I feel the change in tone, making it a little more fun and cool, can do a lot to set itself apart from the main campaign. T-Bone was a fun character to play as, and I'm looking forward to going back in seeing where his trek through Chicago will take him. Bad Blood will be available for Season Pass holders on September 23, a full week earlier before it will be available for all on September 30 -- with the release of the Wii U version coming sometime later.
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Hack the planet....again
Say what you will about Ubisoft, but they've got a knack for trying something a little different for their DLC offerings. After the incredibly successful launch of Watch Dogs back in May, it seemed like they've been biding th...

Seven things I loved about playing Watch Dogs

Apr 23 // Alessandro Fillari
Watch Dogs (PS3, PS4 [Previewed], PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U (Q4 2014))Developer: Ubisoft MontrealPublisher: UbisoftRelease Date: May 27, 2014Set in the city of Chicago, Watch Dogs lands players in the role of Aiden Pierce, a gifted and resourceful hacker with a some serious baggage. After a failed assassination attempt on his life leaves a family member dead, he embarks on a vendetta across Chicago to find out who was responsible. Utilizing his hacking skills to use Chicago's city wide surveillance and service operations system, ctOS, Aiden bends the city to his will to root out the culprits, while keeping an eye on the citizens and suspects at large.1. The Windy CityThere aren't too many games set in the city of Chicago. As vast and dense as it is, you'd think there would be more games having players explore the city streets. So that's why it's a refreshing sight to see an open world title plant its feet in the Windy City as it's known. While of course it's not designed to scale, they do capture many of the familiar locales and attractions of Chicago -- from Millenium Park, Navy Pier, and many of the iconic skyscrapers -- the developers at Ubisoft wanted to set a title in a city that wasn't too often visited by games."[Chicago] feels fresh, the autumn, the setting," Belanger told Destructoid. "The architecture is both modern and old, and this creates a visual richness. Also, the surveillance system in Chicago is one of the most advanced in the U.S. Narratively, in terms of organized and population density, it give credibility for our story."Don't expect to stay in the city and suburbs of Chicago for the entire game, however. Aiden's missions will sometimes take him out of town to the local wilderness, away from the heavy traffic and dense ctOS infrastructure. This also presents interesting situations where players will have to rely on their other core skills, such as driving, shooting, crafting, and a little less on the hacking.2. The Brooding HackerEvery conspiracy thriller needs a central character, and Watch Dogs has got it with Aiden Pierce. Looking to find the man responsible for the assassination attempt on his life, Aiden Pierce will hack, shoot, drive, and amass resources to find the answers. Known as "The Vigilante" around the city, he's got the skills to track, hunt, and fight his prey on the streets of Chicago, all while keeping a low profile using the ctOS to his advantage. Along the way, Aiden Pierce will meet other hackers and dangerous individuals who will either hinder or assist him in his vendetta. While collecting resources and funds, players will be able to acquire new weaponry, spend skill points to boost his core skills such as combat, driving, hacking, and crafting abilities, and spend cash to get new vehicles and clothing (over 40 different options). When worse comes to worst, Aiden's no slouch in terms of combat. Wielding a baton and an assortment of firearms and gadgets, he'll take down waves of gangsters and cops who want him out of the picture.3. Hack The PlanetObviously, hacking your environment is the name of the game in Watch Dogs, and the developers at Ubisoft Montreal have pulled out all the stops to allow players full access to the city infrastructure. With the press of a button, players can manipulate city services to their whim, take control of security systems for intel, and even take out enemies with clever environmental manipulation. As you rank up and acquire more resources, you can invest in new upgrades for your hacking skills, which can open up even more opportunities. If you think causing traffic accidents was interesting, wait until you set off an explosion from a steam pipe underneath a busy street, or cause a mass blackout across the city. The level interaction is vast, and Watch Dogs offers an impressive amount of freedom for players.4. Walk around the right corner, and you can find anythingOne aspect of Watch Dogs that I really admire is that the people in this open world actually matter. In other open world titles, NPCs are mostly just cannon fodder or walking dummies to humiliate, maim, and otherwise ignore. While you can still grief and be a menace to the in-game society of Watch Dogs, it's good to remember that the citizens of Chicago all have identities. They have names, occupations, quirks, the list goes on. While this isn't to make you feel bad about harming them, it does highlight the reach you have when utilizing ctOS. Having information on a whole city brings you many different opportunities."The goal was to have a lot of density," said Belanger while discussing the opportunity players have at their disposal. "There's gameplay in every street corner. Those people, you can unlock side-content, story -- it's about fulfilling that fantasy of surveillance. We didn't want to gamify it, we wanted to make it a choice for players."Aiden's phone can tap into the devices of people in the city, and from there you have an all access look into their lives. While many of the options you have are purely voyeuristic, such as listening to calls and reading text messages, there are cases where you are presented with a choice. In one instance, I came across a woman on the street who was recently diagnosed with a disease. When I looked deeper into her data profile, I ended up stealing about $1,200 from her bank account. I immediately felt bad about it, but these newly acquired funds went to paying for my new gun, and then I moved on to the next person. The best part about this instance is that these tiny moments of narrative are scattered across the whole city. Some are minor, but others can pull you into something bigger with serious consequences.5. Mess with the Best, Die like the Rest (Multiplayer)As seen back in the E3 2012 reveal, Watch Dogs takes a very fluid and blended approach to multiplayer. After reaching a certain point in the story, Aiden will be able to contact and come into conflict with other hackers. Just like him, they have access to ctOS and high powered phones to bend the city to their will. If you haven't guessed, the other hackers are actually other players, and at any time they can invade your game to either steal vital information and resources, or simply eliminate you as a threat.This asynchronous approach to multiplayer makes things fluid and feel natural, and it all ties back to your primary resources and skills. Instead of playing as a fresh-faced wannabe hacker, you'll be playing as Aiden online. Of course to avoid confusion, others online will see you as a regular NPC that blends into the crowd. During my time online, I stalked another player to steal vital information from him. While he was aware of my presence in the game space, they didn't know where I was. I stalked the guy in my muscle car, stole his intel remotely via my phone, and made my getaway while he was none the wiser. I felt pretty sneaky, and I made out with a hefty amount of EXP to rank up. But then that excitement faded as I was invaded by the same guy minutes later. He T-boned my car at an intersection and filled me up with bullets from an assault rifle. It's good to remember that revenge is also an option in the online mode. But of course, if you're not up for facing other online, you can decline the in-game prompts or disable the online mode altogether.6. The devious power of a Companion AppMuch like other recent titles, there will be a free companion app for mobile devices called ctOS - Mobile. Wait, before you scroll down to the next point, just hear me out. ctOS - Mobile isn't just a simple app that relays supplementary data about the game as it also functions as an extension of the multiplayer experience. With your tablet device synced to your game, a friend can challenge you to a special ctOS - Mobile match. During these special scenarios, players in-game can either race against the clock across Chicago, or face off against waves of enemies, while the person with the tablet has complete control of the in-game ctOS infrastructure. This may all sound simple, and sorta gimmicky, but I can say that this mode felt very different from the traditional multiplayer. It felt way more devious and cruel, in fact. With control of ctOS, the player with the tablet can lay traps and swarm players in game to the point of exhaustion. During a racing mission, I was having a pretty pleasant time, but after the player on the tablet got the hang of the system and acquired more resources to spend on ctOS operations, I was running into barricades left and right while being swarmed by Chicago police. It felt exhausting and pretty scary to be on the receiving end. Moreover, players with ctOS - Mobile can taunt those in game by hacking into electronic signs and leaving messages. Much like the multiplayer features, the ctOS - Mobile game mode is entirely optional.7. Strange Days have found usIf you've been following this game in the last few months, then you probably saw a picture of a giant robot spider running around Chicago. Don't worry, Watch Dogs won't jump the shark or go Indigo Prophecy on you. Throughout Chicago, Aiden can take a break from busting up gang hideouts and uncovering conspiracies to unwind and expand his resources and skills by taking part in optional missions and games. Some of which are secret poker matches, street races, and even a clever take on Alternate Reality games, which task players with collecting holographic coins or shooting holographic space aliens in the streets of Chicago. "We wanted to support the fantasy of having a phone, and playing alternate reality games was a part of that," Belanger stated while discussing the colorful side missions. "It's an homage to older games, but it's also a lighter side -- even though the tone of the story is serious, we wanted to show that it was still a game. They fit the story, in the sense."Now, here's where things get strange. Across Chicago, there are sly merchants that sell "Digital Trips," which are special VR missions that Aiden can undertake. Not to be confused with the AR games, these missions are instanced and task players with goofy and bizarre challenges. Such as controlling a giant mecha spider as it rampages across Chicago, or another mission that's a nod to Carmageddon, where you get behind the wheel of a demonic car and mow down possessed humans across a hellish version of Chicago. This all may sound really odd and not in keeping at all with the game's tone, and that's OK. In the thematic sense, they help to illustrate the divide and detachment we have with reality because of our reliance on technology, which is in keeping with the game's central story. But in regards to game design, it's just good ol' dumb fun. And that's fine by me.Well, those are the things I really dug with Watch Dogs. Unfortunately, things weren't all great in the Windy City. Despite the fun I had with messing other players and the citizens of Chicago, I still found a few issues that bothered me. Many of them are purely technical, such as the unusually long load times, which are painful after failed missions -- but also how clunky platforming and free-running abilities feel. It feels like a scaled down version of Assassin's Creed, to be totally honest. This is especially troubling when meeting some objectives that require you to run to specific marks and make certain climbs. The accuracy for the traversal just isn't there. Of course, the big concern is the obvious visual downgrade. There was a bit of controversy last month about how different the game looked after its appearances at E3. Unfortunately, I can say that the game does look a bit off the mark with what was shown at E3. Moreover, the draw distances of assets can be somewhat of an annoyance, as you'll see cars and people phase in and out at a somewhat short distance. Don't get me wrong, though -- the game still looks pretty and runs very well. I was playing the PlayStation 4 version and the title runs at a solid 30FPS with little to no drops, and it looks very smooth in action. But, I'm still a bit disappointed to see how it doesn't quite reach those same visually heights we were originally shown.But in any event, I still came away quite impressed with what I played in Watch Dogs. I had my reservations at first, I assumed this would be more Assassin's Creed than anything else, but I found myself pretty intrigued with being a sneaky hacker in a city full of possibility. The attention to detail is strong, and the amount of content packed into the vast cityscape is impressive. With apparently over 30 hours of single-player content, in addition to the full potential of online multiplayer, there's a certainly a lot to uncover. It's a long time coming, and I'm definitely looking forward discovering how far Watch Dogs takes things when it comes out next month.
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And a few things that I didn't love
The delay of Ubisoft Montreal's new open world IP, Watch Dogs, surprised many. With only a month away from launch, and a rather bold marketing push for the holiday season, Ubisoft appeared ready, but then we found it wasn't. ...

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Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry set for standalone release


Out for PS3 and PS4 on February 18, followed by PC release on the 25th
Feb 05
// Alessandro Fillari
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Ubisoft cancels uPlay passport, effectively immediately


Starting this week with Assassin's Creed IV
Oct 31
// Chris Carter
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Uplay

New version of Uplay features Twitch integration


Uplay also unsurprisingly confirmed for next-gen consoles
Sep 19
// Brett Makedonski
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Ubisoft

Uplay to be 'deeply integrated' with Xbox One, PS4 games


Dedicated app planned
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// Jordan Devore
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The Crew seeks to redefine online racing

Aug 23 // Alessandro Fillari
The Crew: (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One [previewed])Developer: Ivory TowerPublisher: UbisoftRelease Date: Q1 2014 The Crew is an open-world driving game set across the United States. From the get go, players can freely explore the 2000-square-mile game space, take part in races and unique challenges, and meet other players online to either team up with or race against. Sectioned across five different zones -- from the West Coast, mountain states, Midwest, the East Coast, and the South -- players can race across a variety of different landscapes. In the process, you'll build up your own collection of vehicles, resources, and influence in the online space. Dubbed a "social action driving game" by the developers, the intent was to create a world that allowed for seamless online integration with other players around the world. When racing with other drivers, the player can choose to join up with new drivers and form their own crew to take on races and challenges, and pull together resources for body work and customization. While it's totally possible to play the game offline within single-player mode, doing so would mean missing out on a major part of The Crew's living and active game world. To help realize its vision for an open-world racer, Ivory Tower utilized the new next-gen technology and developed a graphics engine that minimizes loading and keeps things seamless. Players can fast travel across the map at anytime to meet up with friends and engage in active challenges, with little to no loading whatsoever. While in the map you can zoom in and out and analyze the different tracks located in the cities and countryside. You can also use this to observe races in progress and see what new challenges have popped up. [embed]260646:50182:0[/embed] Speaking with online producer Tristan Lefranc, the developers at Ivory Tower have been hard at work on The Crew for more than four years. While they've done some additional work on the Test Drive Unlimited series, this is the developer's first game built from the ground up. Their goals for this title were to craft a richly detailed game world, while designing the innovative networking systems that will bring players together. "We very much wanted to be able to make a racing game for everyone," LeFranc said while going over the car customization. "We believe that with the size of the world and the content we placed in it, there would be a variety of different play styles that we players could use." During my time playing, it was clear that the developers wanted both gear-heads and casual racing fans engaged. There's usually two schools of design when it comes to whom the developers are catering to. Arcade racers focus on over-the-top action with pick-up-and-play mechanics, while simulation racers emphasis realistic driving physics and fine tuning your vehicle. For The Crew, Ivory Tower is focused on delivering a title that blurs the lines between the action of arcade style racers in the vein of Burnout and Fuel and the attention to detail and planning that comes from racing sims like Gran Turismo. A key part of the player's experience with The Crew is customization. With dozens of brand named vehicles and vehicle types, such as compacts, convertibles, street racing vehicles, and off-road cars, the developers want players to find a car that suits them and their personality. To take things even further, every car in the game is fully customizable from the ground up. Your own custom vehicles will come in handy in the various missions and challenges across the U.S. These missions range from standard street and off-road racing, to the more peculiar stunt racing tasks like Follow the Line, and even time trial challenges against other players' scores. I spent much of my time in the mountain states and southern zones, where I took advantage of transforming my street-racing vehicle to a more off-road-friendly version to take on the challenges. I do have to say that I got kick out of seeing a muscle car being turned into a decked-out off-road vehicle with massive tires. An aspect of the game that was clear was its usability. The Crew is an easy game to get a handle of, as it seeks to bring in players of all interests. Controls are very smooth, and getting a feel of new cars comes very quickly. One element I particularly enjoyed was how it keeps players engaged and always in the action. With the exception of your map and car customizations, player/crew networking and communication is all done in real time and not in separate menus. Your character has the use of an in-game smartphone, which allows them to access your collection of vehicles on the fly. From the engine parts, chassis, tires, and the decal, you can stick with your favorite car for the long term or alter it in anyway you see fit. When completing missions, you're reward cash and a random vehicle part. At first it felt a bit overwhelming, but the car customization becomes much easier to handle once you've got a feel for the system. Changing a street-racing vehicle to a fully functional off-road vehicle is not only an effective strategy for some missions, but a necessity. Some challenges call for taking advantage of different car types during races, and mixing and matches parts is a vital strategy for winning.The developers wish to give the game somewhat of an MMO feel. Specifically in the sense of players having their own identity in the game space. This is not only reflected in the cars they drive, but the skills they employ. The Crew also introduces a perk and comfort system, which will give players an edge during challenges. When players complete missions, they'll come across NPC characters from different fields -- such as FBI agents, businessmen, and stuntmen -- that will offer their services to your crew in the form of perks and comforts. Perks allow for players to have various types of bonus abilities; such as easier police evasion, better braking, drifting, buffs to nitrous, etc. Comforts function somewhat like perks, but are far more specific. When completing challenges and missions, you'll gain points which can be used to spend on comforts that can lower costs of jail time, less expensive car customization, etc. More points that you put into a specific comfort, the more useful it will become. I came away largely impressed with Ubisoft's new racing title. I'm actually not too interested in the genre outside of a few exceptions, but this particular game managed to impress me in ways that I didn't expect. The Crew expresses a lot of thought in its design, and the sheer amount of content on offer is simply staggering. In a way, it feels like racing title that isn't afraid to walk ride that fine line between staying traditional, and knowing when to take an unorthodox approach for giving what players want. Currently, The Crew has been scheduled for a Q1 2014 release, and the developers at Ivory Tower still have much more fine tuning to complete. But judging from my time with the game, this ambitious and thoughtful racing title has got all the right moves.
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Social online action racing
Making its debut at E3 2013, The Crew is Ubisoft's attempt to create a new and fast-paced racer for the next-gen consoles. Although the publisher has definitely got some stiff competition from other racing titles, what separa...

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Blood Dragon

uPlay workaround resulted in Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon leak


Can this game just come out already?
Apr 09
// Jordan Devore
Although the leaked footage of Ubisoft's absurd(ly great-looking) standalone game Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has been removed, it's too late; we've seen everything. One has to wonder, however, where the leak originated...
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Ubisoft wants to 'improve relationship' with PC gamers


Miraculous change of heart following Uplay expansion
Feb 22
// Jim Sterling
Ubisoft, famous among PC gamers for obnoxious DRM tactics and shoddy ports, has claimed it wishes to improve its relationship with the computer gaming community. Of course, now it's trying to push its own Origin-like service,...
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Might & Magic pre-order

Might & Magic Heroes VI Shades pre-order bonuses revealed


A pretty hefty set of extras
Jan 18
// Jason Cabral
The newest addition to the Might & Magic Heroes franchise is only a few weeks away, and Ubisoft has decided to sweeten the pot for pre-order customers with a nice little set of bonus items and characters. All p...
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Uplay causing server issues in Far Cry 3


Set Uplay to 'offline' mode before booting!
Nov 30
// Jim Sterling
[Update: Ubisoft says it has now gotten the servers back and you can play. Also, some people are responding to that by thanking Ubisoft. Don't do that. You just paid for that friggin' game, and you're owed a working one. They...
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Ubisoft to eventually support Uplay on the Wii U


Also, full digital retail games at some point
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
Ubisoft isn't going to handle the Wii U half-cocked: well, eventually it isn't. While the publisher doesn't have support for their proprietary Uplay club or full retail games on launch, President Yves Guillemot stated that "s...
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Ubisoft takes a cue from Origin, launches Uplay PC


Aug 17
// Jim Sterling
Ubisoft, one of the worst PC publishers in the business, has decided to further submerge itself in a market it has no business being in. Taking a cue from EA's Origin, the company is revamping its digital distribution efforts...

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