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

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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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Ubisoft Announces E3 2014 Line-Up, Find Out How to Watch Their Conference Here

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Licking my wounds over The Division being delayed into 2015? Not me (ok, maybe just a little bit) but I’m still chomping at the bit to see what the ambitious New York spanning MMO fromUbisoft has to offer. Furthermore, I’m keen to see the publisher explain itself after the recent Far Cry 4 cover art controversy and I’m looking forward to seeing whatever sneaking, sleuthing and fleshy-bits stabbing action Assassin’s Creed Unity and its (rumoured) last-gen counterpart have in store for us. Luckily, they’ll all apparently be on show during Ubisoft’s E3 2014 press conference so you can find out all of the details (and what else they’ll be showing off) after the break.

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Sales Hit 11 Million

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag brought us the man with the plan, the big ol’ boat and more tattoos than you can shake a Kat Von D forearm at after Edward Kenway’s grandson, Connor Kenway, starred in a less than stellar turn in Assassin’s Creed 3 which was a likeable but mediocre romp as the Native American protagonist took on everyone including America, Britain and even his poor old dad. AC3 was a bit rubbish (although I did like Connor Kenway who you lot apparently hated so maybe you’ll disagree with me on the game’s quality) but this didn’t deter anyone from buying the next game as some mightily impressive Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag sales figures have been released by Ubisoft. Find out more after the break.

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Rapid Fire Reading List: Tomb Raider, GDC 2014 and Assassin’s Creed

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Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.

Rapid Fire Reading List: Ninja Gaiden, Alien: Isolation and GDC 2014

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Welcome to the Rapid Fire Reading List! The world wide web is a big place and my deadlines are always close! So this is where I put all of the interesting links from the week when I haven’t had time to cover them for J Station X. Sometimes they cover feminism/gaming/queer theory and occasionally they cover all three! Read on to find out which big stories were making the headlines this week.

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition Announced by Ubisoft

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Where there’s a pirate captain with a thirst for rum and a penchant for golden booty (as well as a journey to free enslaved peoples and help rid the world of  Templar presence), there’s a way. A way to get you in on the Assassin’s Creed fun that is, as Ubisoft have now announced the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition, the definitive edition of the game that took to our consoles last year. This version of Edward Kenway’s path from frivolous pirate captain to unlikely dogooder comes with more DLC and extra content than you could shake a Man O’ War* at and if that comparison doesn’t make any sense to you, read on and find out more about the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition.

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8 Games That Would Make Brilliant TV Shows

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Video game consoles aren’t ‘video game’ consoles any more, they’re fully fledged media boxes, with TV shows, movies, games and music ready to sap away our free-time and attention like a leaky dam at the touch of a button and a flick of an analogue stick. We shouldn’t have to decide between a quick gaming session or catching up on our favourite show when both are available in the same package. So with that in mind, what would happen if the two types of media merged and 20 hour gaming epics were whittled down to concentrated 40 minute bursts of television entertainment? It would be incredible, that’s what. Read on to find out our top picks for the best games that would make brilliant TV shows.

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Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry to Be Released as Standalone Title

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“I was born into slavery, deprived of any right, of any faith. I was sold, traded for labour, forced to watch the suffering, treated like a beast and burden. With no future ahead of me, I forged my own and I knew blood would be the price”. This is Adewale’s tale, a man who escaped the hands of vicious slavers after being born into the slave trade to become Edward Kenway’s right hand man and an esteemed member of the Jackdaw’s crew. His story is an important one and it’s being told in Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry, which is now being released as a standalone title, after a stint as DLC. Find out more after the break.

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9 Huge Assassin’s Creed Changes That Ubisoft Are Considering, According to Official Survey

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Breathing fresh air into the Assassin’s Creed series is what Ubisoft needs to do to keep the series original, because eventually, sticking yet more daggers into the backs of even more Loyalist Lobsters is going to grate on us. That’s likely the reason why they’ve recently put out a survey asking players for their thoughts. But this isn’t your average run of the mill ‘did getting blasted to smithereens by a Man O’ War in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag make you cry like a wimp or spur you on?’ as Ubi’s suggested changes could be completely mind blowing or utterly disastrous for the series. Having taken the survey, I’ve rounded up the juiciest bits of info from it, which you can read about here.

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