Uplay is Ubisoft’s answer to Steam. The online storefront allows Ubisoft to sell games directly to fans, meaning that Valve won’t take a cut. It also allows Ubisoft to sell a great many non-digital things too such as character figurines or official branded clothing. Unfortunately, for Ubisoft, no one really likes it.
Uplay also allows Ubisoft to make sure that people aren’t pirating the game but not only does this extra level of DRM (Digital Rights Management) feel unnecessary, it’s also coupled with bad servers that limit multiplayer and it has a habit of crashing. The one thing that Uplay does get right are its semi-regular sales and in its latest round of deals, over 400 games have been discounted.
Uplay Sale Highlights
The sale, which runs from now until April 26, has discounts of up to 85%. Digital PC games have up to 85% off and are available to gamers worldwide, the catalogue of physical PC games has up to 30% off and ships to over 140 countries in the EMEA region (including USA and Canada) while the Ubicollectibles merchandise range is discounted by up to 50% off and ships to over 140 countries including Europe, Middle-East, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
It’s well worth visiting the Uplay sales page and having a look for yourself (especially as there are daily deals) but here are some highlights from the 400+ games on offer.
Dragon Age: Inquisition (20% off, now £39.99)
Dragon Age: Inquisition seems like an unusual one to feature in a Ubisoft sale as the fantasy RPG is actually published by EA, but any discount of the game should be seen as a good thing.
The fantasy epic sees you, the Inquisitor, roaming the game’s massive world as you try and unite the forces that want to tear it apart. A giant green rift has appeared in the sky and you, in typical gaming fashion, are the only person in the world who can close it. Demons and nasties are spilling out of it at an alarming rate and you must make some hard choices as you get the mages, the Templars and anybody else who’s willing, on your team. Plus, there are in-game romances and gay, lesbian and bisexual characters too; it’s very inclusive.
Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD (40% off, now £9.59)
There are lots of Assassin’s Creed games on offer in this Uplay sale including Black Flag, 3 and Unity, but Liberation is the one that’s overlooked the most.
Liberation was a spin-off of AC3 as instead of taking on the American revolution the way Connor did, Liberation’s lead character Aveline decided to take on slavemasters and the Spanish forces who are trying to take control of Louisiana. She is a mixed race assassin and her mother was a slave and her dad was a slave owner and so Liberation looks at not just race but at class and privilege too.
The AC games usually take a broad look at freedom but it’s nice to see them delve into the issues like this.
Alien: Isolation (25% off, £23.99)
After years of rubbish games based on the Alien movies, most people agree that Alien: Isolation is the first one to have gotten it right.
Instead of making you feel like an invincible soldier, Alien: Isolation is a survival horror game peppered with jump scares and things that will keep you wide awake at night. You play Amanda Ripley who is trying to figure out what really happened to her mother, Ellen, who disappeared 15 years ago. Finding answers will be difficult, though, as the Alien is patrolling the place and all you have are your wits and a heartbeat sensor that will tell you where the deadly behemoth is. Put a foot wrong or make too much noise and it will find you and rip you apart.
Grim and scary stuff.
Child of Light (40% off, now £7.19)
On a slightly lighter note, the Uplay sale is also shaving a significant amount off of Child of Light. The game debuted last year as part of Ubisoft’s new initiative to let their developers work on small passion projects with potential, so that the grind of working on franchises didn’t wear them down.
Many people (myself included) got a kick out of Child of Light‘s rhyming watercolour world, its puzzles and its battles which were the right balance of tactical and casual. The lead character Aurora was also a big draw as she takes the entire world on her shoulders and players get to see her grow up during the course of the game.
Now is as good a time as ever to buy Child of Light since Ubisoft will be releasing more games in its universe soon.
Other notable highlights from the Uplay sale include FIFA 15, Sleeping Dogs, Batman: Arkham City and Injustice: Gods Among Us.