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Paris will be the true star of Assassin's Creed Unity photo
Paris will be the true star of Assassin's Creed Unity
by Brett Makedonski

Modern-day Paris is vastly different than the city that served as the backdrop to one of the most famous uprisings in history: the French Revolution. Some of the greatest locales of the revolution are now gone -- either on the cusp of being forgotten by society, or repurposed altogether. The exact spot where the guillotine was used to behead Louis XVI can be pinpointed by going to Concorde Square and counting one, two, three lampposts in. The Bastille, the prison that was infamously stormed and destroyed is, well, destroyed. It’s been reduced to a scant few blocks next to a metro platform where commuters mostly ignore it. What was the residence of royalty now houses other treasures such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

Therein lies the challenge for developers of Assassin’s Creed games. How do they capture the mood and atmosphere of a city that’s so far historically removed from present time? The setting is always the star of Assassin’s Creed titles, no matter which installment in the franchise you’re playing. But, they have to tread carefully because a dull city makes for a dull game.

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7:00 PM on 10.03.2014

This is what happens when you harpoon a bear in Far Cry 4

Here I was all prepared to say that I didn't feel like I'd be missing much by not pre-ordering Far Cry 4 and then they go and harpoon a bear. It's not fair, damn it. It's just not fair! Pre-orders also come with three exclusive missions featuring Hurk, who I'm only now learning was a character in Far Cry 3, too (in a DLC pack). Huh. He seems ... annoying. That harpoon gun, though.

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Tigers are the most badass weapon in Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4 has its share of weapons that look fun to use. Machine guns? Sure, they're tried-and-true and will get the job done. Mortars? Maybe a bit of overkill, but at least you don't have to get dirty. Tigers? Wait, wh...

Brett Makedonski

5:30 PM on 09.30.2014

Assassin's Creed Rogue looks like a frigid Black Flag

Ubisoft demoed more than 20 minutes of Assassin's Creed Rogue gameplay at EGX this past weekend, and that's enough to notice the obvious likenesses to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The naval fights look largely simil...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 09.26.2014

Assassin's Creed Unity lets you pick the skills for your kills

Ubisoft's trying something new with its approach to Assassin's Creed Unity -- customization. For the first time ever, there's a progression system that lets you upgrade Arno in whatever way best fits your style. The fou...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 09.26.2014

Far Cry 4's Pagan Min teaches a man to scream for help, not text for help

Poor Pagan Min. He tries ruling his regime with a positive influence, but all those terrorists are there to just, ahem, "muck" it up. Maybe his tendencies to take hostages and implement electroshock torture aren't viewed by everyone as "positive," but it's tough to argue with such a snazzy dresser.

Brett Makedonski

7:06 AM on 09.25.2014

Watch Dogs on Wii U will not have any DLC

After months of waiting, after delay upon delay, Ubisoft will be giving Wii U owners nothing to be excited about when they pick up their version of Watch Dogs in November. According to the official Twitter account for the gam...

Chris Carter





5:30 PM on 09.24.2014

Ubisoft wants to make more games like Child of Light

Ubisoft will continue to make smaller, more personal projects like Child of Light going forward. Speaking to CVG, Ubisoft Montreal vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud remarked that the company is "super happy" with the ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 09.24.2014

Trials Fusion's 'Welcome to the Abyss' DLC is coming on October 7th

Ubisoft is releasing the third DLC for Trials Fusion on October 7th, which is set for a $4.99 pricepoint and part of the Season Pass (which is $19.99). It's titled Welcome to the Abyss, and it'll bring 10 new tracks, 24 ...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 09.23.2014

Rocksmith 2014 plays its encore on Xbox One and PS4

Although it was outed by ESRB ratings almost a month ago, Ubisoft just got around to formally announcing that Rocksmith 2014 will be headed to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 4 of this year. For the most part, thi...

Brett Makedonski



Assassin's Creed Unity's DLC will take you to China with a female protagonist photo
Assassin's Creed Unity's DLC will take you to China with a female protagonist
by Chris Carter

Ubisoft has unveiled the current DLC plans for Assassin's Creed Unity by way of their Season Pass, and it's a doozy.

Firstly, you'll be getting a new story campaign that takes place after Unity. It deals with a set of underground crypts. You'll also get more missions in Paris, as well as 30 pieces of equipment.

But the biggest part is arguably the last bit of content -- Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China. It's a stand-alone story that lets you deal with a completely new setting with 2.5D gameplay. You'll climb and tumble on the Great Wall of China as you complete missions for the Assassins of the Chinese Brotherhood. It will also feature a female protagonist named Shao Jun, from Assassin's Creed: Embers.

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1:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Nice! Housemarque's Outland is coming to Steam

Back in 2011, Super Stardust HD and Resogun developer Housemarque released an action-platformer called Outland for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network. It's coming to Steam on September 29, priced at $9.99/£6,99, ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 09.15.2014

This Far Cry 4 trailer is all about the elephants

Even when Far Cry 4 was officially nothing more than message-board rumors, I was all about the elephants. It's nice to see Ubisoft give the people want they want, then, by putting out a trailer that's devoted to these animal...

Jordan Devore



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

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 their time with the release of some smaller DLC packs to one of their best-selling new titles. With so much content packed in Watch Dogs, I was curious to see how a single-player campaign DLC can stack up.

But now, it seems Ubisoft felt that four months was enough for players to explore the city of Chicago as Aiden Pearce. With a new playable character, a new set of tools, and new missions to dive into; players can see the streets of Chicago through a fresh perspective, and can even bring a friend along for the ride.

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12:30 AM on 09.12.2014

This Assassin's Creed toy is sort of nice, also awful

Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants hosted the organization's first-ever "Video Gamer Night" Wednesday ahead of a game with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. Admission to the special event at AT&T Park came with...

Kyle MacGregor

2:30 PM on 09.08.2014

Assassin's Creed bundle goes America all over everybody's ass

As if Ubisoft weren't unleashing enough Assassin's Creed on the world this fall with Unity and Rogue slated for November, it has one more trick up its sleeve to rope in some players with less familiarity of the...

Brett Makedonski