Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China Launch Trailer Released

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Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity was a giant stinker of a game as it was plagued with bugs and the business with its female characters (rather, it’s lack thereof) wasn’t pleasant either. If Ubisoft wanted to win us all over then a bit of brilliance was in order; but they may just deliver that in Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.

The game features female assassin Shao Jun as the last member of the Chinese Brotherhood of Assassins as she returns to China, seeking revenge. It’s a massive departure from the map-following, chest-looting formula that we’ve come to know and love (or hate?) from the Assassin’s Creed series but it could breathe new life into the franchise. More on Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China after the break.

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles Trilogy Announced; Takes Players to India, China and Russia

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Although Assassin’s Creed‘s storylines are based on achieving freedom and equality for all, one long-standing sore spot has been its lack of diversity. AC2, Revelations, Brotherhood, Black Flag and Unity were led by white men (it’s unclear what Altair from AC1‘s ethnicity is) and although Assassins’ Creed 3 featured Connor, a Native American protagonist, we also had to play as his white father for a significant chunk of the game. Last year, publisher and developer Ubisoft also came under fire for not including playable female characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity.

And while no one can force Ubisoft to include more diverse characters in doing so, they can tell more stories about more cultures and more groups of people throughout history. That’s what the company is doing now with the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles trilogy that takes us to India, China and Russia too.

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6 Things Ubisoft Can Do To Make Us Hate Them Less

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It’s been a busy few months for Ubisoft. They’ve managed to offend a majority of the gaming population, they’ve been releasing broken games left, right and centre and when those games proved to be broken, they even managed to make matters worse when they tried to fix them. Crikey, I hope Ubisoft have had time for a nap.

But, when the pitchforks have been blunted and our arms have grown tired from banging on their office doors and windows, Ubisoft will try and make amends. To make matters easier for them and to air out our grievances, we’ve put together a list of just a few things Ubisoft can do to make us hate them just that little bit less.

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‘Assassin’s Creed: Victory’ Out Next Year, Only on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

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To put it bluntly, Assassin’s Creed Unity has been a bit of a mess. There were abysmal framerate drops (Unity reportedly dropped below 10 frames per second, far lower than the 30 FPS Ubisoft once showed off), graphical issues (character faces fell apart) and connection issues with Ubisoft’s servers that stopped players from doing things such as opening chests. Despite patches, the problems with the game are on-going and Ubisoft has even had to give away free Unity DLC and free Ubisoft titles to apologise. It’s with good reason that many are discussing how future AC games will fare and now the next game Assassin’s Creed: Victory has been confirmed.

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PSN Sale Discounts Assassin’s Creed, Madden and More

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Deals, glorious deals! Discounts and good bargains! I could be a songwriter, me, but for now I’m a humble deals reporter as Sony have announced a massive wealth of discounts on top of their earlier price slash this month and an Amazon-hosted sale that was also of good value. This new PSN sale runs a bit longer than those other two though, which I suppose is where the the allure is. There are PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games going cheap and you can find out more after the break.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Co-Op Walkthrough Is Stealthy, Woman-Less

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Like the ridiculous faux-willy waving antics of Saints Row, or the inevitable controversy surrounding every BioWare title, Assassin’s Creed Unity like every other AC games before it, will include a whole lot of stealth. This time though the latest game in Ubi’s stab now, loot later franchise will include stealth and co-op. What can we expect from the Assassin’s Creed Unity co-op gameplay? If you’re expecting to play as a woman, then expect to be disappointed but if you’re happy with a male-only cast of ragtag death dealers then you’re in for a treat. Watch a demo of the mode, complete with shadows, murder and Templar intrigue after the break.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity to Have Microtransactions, Ubisoft Explain

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The plague, accidentally dropping your chocolate digestive in your tea and microtransactions. Ask most gamers for our pet peeves and we’ll give you that list in that order. In free to play titles like Candy Crush we’re willing to accept having to pay extra for more plays in an allotted time because the thing didn’t cost us a dime to download and play in the first place. But is it just fundamentally wrong for publishers and developers to shoehorn microtransactions into full price games that not only sell for $60 but make paid-for DLC available too? That’s a very good question and a blazing white hot topic too so the microtransactions in Assassin’s Creed Unity are only going to fan the flames even further.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Cinematic Introduces Elise: Templar and Damsel in Distress

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It suddenly occurred to me this morning that I failed to cover the new Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer last week although like the wary gamer I am, with a fondness for stabbing virtual bad guys in the beck, I watched it. Even despite the controversy. You probably watched it too so if you want to watch it again I don’t blame you, or if you landed on this post by some miracle of a search engine, please join me as I join the throngs of others with a bone to pick with Assassin’s Creed Unity and the Ubisoft team(s) behind it.

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Why Ubisoft’s Statement on Female Characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity is an Insult to Gamers

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In the run up to Ubisoft’s E3 2014 press conference, French Revolution stab-em-up Assassin’s Creed Unity was set to be one of the biggest moments of their briefing, if not of the entire event. We knew that it would be a hot topic and we knew that the next Templar-ousting game in the series would be led by a male protagonist. However what we didn’t know was that Assassin’s Creed Unity would exclude playable female characters entirely and as for Ubisoft’s downright offensive statement to justify the lack of playable ladies? None of us could have ever seen that coming.

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Ubisoft’s Huge Pre-E3 Sale Discounts Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3 and More


Ah, E3, otherwise known as ‘video game Christmas’ or ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ due to its glorious abundance of new shiny games to lust over is in just a few days. But what about the games that we missed out on? The Editor’s award receiving, high review score garnering blockbusters that for whatever reason, we didn’t get a chance to play? With the sequels to some of these cracking titles set to be revealed at E3’s LA-based event in a few days, there’s no better time than now to pick up the brilliant games that came before that further helped to cement as franchise’s status as ‘ace’ and buy the games on a budget as Ubisoft’s massive pre-E3 sale has now gone live. Find out more after the break.

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