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The Divison

Ubisoft didn't take 9/11 into consideration when making The Division


The subject apparently never came up
Feb 08
// Kyle MacGregor
Ubisoft recently held a press event for Tom Clancy's The Division in New York City, which is also the setting for the upcoming third-person shooter's post-pandemic survival story. The Division takes place in the wake of what ...

Review: Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia

Feb 08 // Chris Carter
Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia (PC, PS4, Xbox One [reviewed]) Developer: Climax StudiosPublisher: UbisoftReleased: February 9, 2016MSRP: $9.99 I was never really a fan of the modern settings in Assassin's Creed -- at least, the action sequences, because the walking simulator IT department bits from Black Flag on were cool -- but that doesn't mean they can't be done. As such, I was keen on seeing what Climax Studios could do with a tale set in 1918, this time shadowing assassin Nikolai Oreov and the quest for a Bolshevik artifact. The pulp animation cinematics are stunning, but the showstopping elements end there. The cast is simply not memorable, including Nikolai, who is doing "one last job" before he abandons the Assassins and finds a new life for his family elsewhere. It's a good hook but Russia never fully sells it, particularly given the underplayed performances. I don't need a charismatic, wisecracking Nolan North per se, just something to connect with. Russia also desperately wants you to know that "he's old," which should be meaningful, but we got a better angle on that storyline with Ezio in later core games anyway. That feeling of familiarity permeates throughout some of the other elements of the game. The Schlinder's List-esque monochrome and red aesthetics looked dope at first, but started to wear after a few levels. Outside of the blazing red and orange sky, a lot of the areas look too similar, even if it serves to differentiate all of the interaction zones (all those hidden little hovels). Though it does have the added benefit of cordoning off secret areas by purposefully not brightening them, which is rad. [embed]339981:62172:0[/embed] Beyond that, you can expect more of the same compared to the past entries in the trilogy, which is to say great things. The 2D switch-off works wonderfully. The controls are so responsive, and the tools available are not only effective, but succeed in not overwhelming the player. I love that you can approach levels with either a gung-ho or pacifist style, or anything in between, and the running slide assassination ability is still just as satisfying. Unique to Russia, yanking off grates Arkham style with a winch and using phones to distract guards is silly, but it works when juxtaposed to the serious art style. I'm a bit torn on the gunplay however, because while the art of sniping does technically fit the quiet nature of the universe, it wasn't done in such a way that elevates it beyond an arcadey shooting gallery. There are a few sequences where distraction is key, like a mini-puzzle of sorts, but in most cases you're just blasting away at folks until no one is left standing. With six challenges to do (just like India) and a New Game+ option, Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia has plenty to offer for a bite-sized package, but it fails to live up to the bar set by its predecessors. The loud and powerful styles of China and India simply trump the final piece of the pie, which goes out with a muted rebel yell. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Once more, with guns
Assassin's Creed Chronicles had a nice thing going on with China and India, delivering some of the classic stealth action the series is known for with a striking new art style and a shift to 2D action. Now Ubisoft i...

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The Division

Ubisoft deliberately keeping PC version of The Division 'in check' with consoles


PCMR 4EVA
Feb 08
// Vikki Blake
[Update: Ubisoft has released the following statement regarding the PC version: "It has come to our attention that a comment from one of our team members has been perceived by some members of the community to imply the...
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TrackMania

TrackMania Turbo hits PC and consoles in March


Back on the radar you go
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
At some point during the past several months, TrackMania Turbo slipped off my radar. Which is a shame, because it looks super good. You can air-drop from a helicopter into a race and drive upside down on magnetic rollercoaste...
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Rocky Horror Far Cry Show

Far Cry Primal does the Time Warp


Oh, fantasy free me
Feb 04
// Brett Makedonski
Far Cry Primal has a new trailer and it's really well-produced. It's a reverse look at some of the major eras of combat in human history, all culminating in a showdown with a CGI sabretooth tiger. But, it also reminded me of "Time Warp," and now I've been listening to that all morning long. It's just a jump to the left, then a step to the right...
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The Division

Here's how The Division's beta's graphics stacked up on PC, PS4, and Xbox One


Pretty good, pretty good
Feb 02
// Brett Makedonski
Now that The Division's first beta is over, how do the three versions across different platforms compare? Here's a video so that you can parse the evidence first-hand. IGN put this graphics comparison video together to show ...
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Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege gets frigid for its first free map


Black Ice
Feb 02
// Brett Makedonski
As classics such as The Thing and Alien vs. Predator have taught us, people get hurt when the temperature goes down. Rainbow Six Siege is already about hurting people (killing them, in fact!), so the game's fi...
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Ubisoft Humble Bundle

There are some fantastic games in the $1 tier of the new Ubisoft Humble Bundle


Rayman Origins, Grow Home
Feb 02
// Brett Makedonski
The newest Humble Bundle is showing its hand early and cheap. Usually, the lowest tier is reserved for moderately enticing games, while the "pay higher than the average" tier is what everybody really wants. That's not th...
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Assassin's Creed

Ubisoft announces Assassin's Creed Identity


A new mobile game
Feb 02
// Chris Carter
Ubisoft is bringing out another Assassin's Creed game specifically for iOS. It'll arrive on February 25, and will bring us back to the "fan-favorite" (or as some might say, "overused") time period of the Italian Renaiss...
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The Division

Leaked schedule confirms existence of open beta for The Division, Homefront beta


Among others
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
Ubisoft extended the Division closed beta for a day, but there may be hope yet if you wanted to get in. According to this post from the Xbox Italy Facebook account, Microsoft will host an event that's open to everyone fr...
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The Division

PC cheats plague The Division's beta


Ubisoft says it's just 'glitches'
Feb 01
// Vikki Blake
PC participants of The Division’s beta claim the game is rife with cheaters. According to reports by Eurogamer, players can manually alter their XP level and ammo count. This means if you head out into the Dark Zone (wh...
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The Division

The Division's beta is being extended by 24 hours


Running until Feb 2, 6PM GMT
Feb 01
// Joe Parlock
Are you having fun with The Division’s beta? Or maybe you had a hectic weekend and didn’t have time to play it? Well, Ubisoft has a little treat for you. In a post on the Ubisoft forums, it announced that The Divi...
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Evil publisher fight

Ubisoft and EA clash over 'Ghost' trademark


Ghost Recon vs. Ghost Games
Jan 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Publishers Ubisoft and Electronic Arts are primed to go to war over the word "ghost." The former filed a Notice of Opposition with the United States Patent and Trademark Office this Friday, disputing a pair of trademark appli...
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The Division

Ubisoft can't keep up with demand for The Division's closed beta


Some people are stuck waiting
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
Ubisoft says it "can no longer guarantee access" to this weekend's closed beta for Tom Clancy's The Division due to "unprecedented demand." "If you have already pre-ordered The Division and have yet to receive your key, we'r...
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Deals

The Division PC pre-order deals that include beta access


Yes, you'll need Uplay
Jan 29
// Dealzon
Ready or not (hopefully more on the ready side) Tom Clancy's The Division is slated to release March 8, 2016. The weekend beta has already started up on the Xbox One yesterday and has just went live for the PC and P...
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Ubisoft

Ubisoft spills the beans for The Division's Season Pass


DLC is the place to be
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
The Division is an Ubisoft game, so it will have DLC. Lots of it. We all assumed this, now we know -- the publisher has laid out their plans openly before its March launch. In addition to free regular updates, there will...

Check out the first hour of Far Cry Primal

Jan 26 // Laura Kate Dale
[embed]336360:61967:0[/embed] As you can see in the above video, there are a few places we had to skip around to keep publishers and PR happy. You don't miss seeing anything important, mainly some running around the map and the lighting of a campfire on the way to walk into a cave.  So, sit back and get an hour's worth of Primal in your face.
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Your necklace of ears scares me
Hey folks, are you excitedly awaiting the release of Far Cry Primal? Are you eager to see for yourself how being set back twelve thousand years affects the gameplay loop of Far Cry? Well, we have a very special treat for you today. Yep, we've got footage of the first hour of Far Cry Primal for you to feast upon.

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The Division

Beta codes for The Division just went out


Check your email
Jan 26
// Chris Carter
If you're excited to give The Division a go (you can read all about it here compliments of our own Zack Furniss), check your inboxes -- Ubisoft is sending out codes for the beta now. Of course, the actual event doesn't s...
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Cracking

Far Cry Primal and Rise of the Tomb Raider will use the Denuvo anti-tampering system


Hopefully it won't hurt the performance
Jan 25
// Joe Parlock
The PC releases of both Far Cry Primal and Rise of the Tomb Raider will make use of the controversial Denuvo anti-tampering software. Denuvo isn’t technically DRM because it doesn’t manage content licenses. Howeve...

The Division has unexpected accoutrements on PC

Jan 23 // Zack Furniss
If you wish, you can also switch back and forth between the controller and keyboard without any re-calibration. Text chat also allows for communication between players if you don't want to role-play like the actors in the game's initial announcement. All of these little things sound like basic features in an MMO, but they're usually forgotten in multi-platform titles, and it's great to see them incorporated here. Of course, you can make it look real purdy, too. The Division supports multiple video cards, 4K resolution, unlocked frame rate, HBAO+, and three monitors. I played it on two, and dealt with an amusing problem where my aiming reticle was between the two monitors whenever I used a scope, so I became the most useless sniper ever. Other than that, the PC version ran flawlessly, and the extra frame rate afforded by the more powerful hardware gave the game a punchier feel. The only downside is that there will be no mod support. The team told me "Since The Division is an online, open-world action-RPG, its genre makes modding support technically challenging." We'll see what crafty players can come up with. Tom Clancy's The Division is planned for release on March 8, 2016.
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Thank goodness for a good inventory
A couple weeks back, I went to a Ubisoft event to play Tom Clancy's The Division. You can find my overall impressions here (Choice quote: "There are quite a few options that assist in your eradication of the homeless and dise...

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Tom Clancy's The Division

You'll be able to preload The Division beta 48 hours in advance


Love this feature
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
When the PC beta for The Division is apparently going to weigh in at 26GB, you'll appreciate the fact that you can preload it. Ubisoft has confirmed that players will be able to preload 48 hours in advance, in fact, so plan a...
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The Crew update

Oh cool, The Crew now has a photo mode


Plus some new Wild Run stuff
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
After getting The Crew and its Wild Run expansion on sale a few weeks back, the racing game has slowly become a night-devouring obsession. It has problems, definitely, but I'm loving it as something I can play while listening...
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Far Cry Primal trailer

Drink eyeballs, get power: Far Cry Primal introduces its main character


Be on the look out for lil dicks
Jan 20
// Steven Hansen
Ubisoft has cut a new trailer for next month's Far Cry Primal, which you can read about in-depth over at Brett's preview from last month. The short of it: Far Cry's wanton violence contextualized in the brutal Stone Age inst...
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The Division

New York's hippest borough axed from The Division's launch


[Twirls mustache passive-aggressively]
Jan 18
// Brett Makedonski
Jay-Z's gonna be pissed. Brooklyn goes hard, but not as far as Ubisoft's next Tom Clancy game is concerned. In fact, it doesn't go at all. In an interview with The Examiner, developer Massive Entertainment reveals that t...
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Cave

Ubisoft's sending a 'lucky' contest winner to spend the night in a cave


Cave Story
Jan 18
// Brett Makedonski
Good things don't happen in caves. A best-case scenario has some bats buzzing through your hair. A worst-case scenario? Ummm, bears or dragons or satanic cults. OR, satanic bears riding dragons. Yeah, fuck that. Ubisoft wants...
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The Division

This is how big the map in The Division is


But is it big enough for you? (TWSS)
Jan 18
// Vikki Blake
If you’d been wondering just how big The Division’s post-apocalyptic world is going to be, I have some news for you. YouTuber Arrekz has shared a new video which details the borders of the shooter’s playgrou...
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Never a dull moment in gaming!
Keeping up with gaming news can be bloody hard.  In gaming terms, a week is an eternity, so here we are with this handy-dandy breakdown of the past week’s most important, interesting, or downright bizarre gaming ne...

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Assassin's Creed

The Assassin's Creed movie has wrapped, is actually happening


Set for a December 21, 2016 debut
Jan 16
// Chris Carter
Justin Kurzel, Michael Fassbender, and Marion Cotillard's (the Macbeth Trinity) Assassin's Creed movie has wrapped, as of yesterday. Now the film enters post-production as it gears up for its December 21, 2016 release date. F...
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Oh hai doggy!

Look out for this pooping dog in The Division


Times are ruff
Jan 15
// Jordan Devore
I didn't realize The Division had dogs in it, let alone that they would poop (let alone that said poop would look like that). I'm now imagining the conversations that presumably took place at Ubisoft leading up to this idea being formed, pitched, conceptualized, implemented, and refined.
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Vivendi

Vivendi sells off all remaining stake in Activision Blizzard


Eyes trained on Ubisoft?
Jan 15
// Brett Makedonski
Many in video game circles know Vivendi solely for its role in owning Activision Blizzard in recent years. The timeline of events looks something like this: The French mass media company owned a controlling stake in Activisio...

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