Uplay Sale Discounts Over 400 Games, Including Assassin’s Creed and Dragon Age

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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.

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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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More Child of Light Projects Are in the Works, Ubisoft Confirms

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Last year’s RPG platformer, Child of Light, was a total surprise. It completely destroyed all conventions by featuring a young girl as the lead (the protagonist, Aurora, grows up over the course of the game) and all of the dialogue and narration is written in rhyme. It was also praised for its gorgeous watercolour graphics, with the game being powered by the UbiArt Framework game engine.

But the new IP was a huge risk for Ubisoft, a publisher best known for peddling Assassin’s Creed games year in, year out (even if those AC games are embarrassingly broken), as the Child of Light team was an experiment to what small teams could do when left to their own devices. Clearly it it paid off and following speculation of a Child of Light sequel, Ubisoft confirms that more Child of Light projects are in the works.

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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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8 of the Best Female Protagonists on PS4

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There’s no debating it, the games industry (or the media as a whole, if we’re being honest) doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to female representation. Characters are often designed as men by default just because and plenty of female characters are designed as flailing boob monsters whose goal in life is to titillate the male audience. Like I said; things aren’t great.

The tides are turning though, as those in charge of our games are finally wising up to the fact that half of their audience is female and that featuring playable female protagonists isn’t going to decimate their sales. The PS4 has been the host to a fair but brilliant group of female-led games ever since it launched in 2013, so to highlight some of those, I’ve put together this list

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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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Ubisoft Winter Sale Offers Massive Discounts on Over 300 Games

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Winter is a good time to be a gamer. There are Christmas competitions left and right and a boatload of free time to dig into the industry’s biggest titles. Also in the name of festive cheer and chilly weather are the many sales. Steam are about to launch their very own discount bonanza but Ubisoft is a contender too as in their Winter sale they have discounts of up to 80% on over 300 games. More details and bargain picks after the break.

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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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Child of Light Makes a Profit; Could Get a Sequel

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A female-led platformer with RPG elements and a story told entirely in rhyme, to say that Child of Light is a weird one is putting it lightly. But in this case weird meant wonderful. Other than its unlikely concept, it was an also an unlikely title for Ubisoft who are known for the popular (and sometimes broken) Assassin’s Creed games, the bombastic Far Cry franchise and stealth shooter series Splinter Cell. However, after taking a gamble on such an unusual yet delightful game, Child of Light has turned a profit and a sequel may be on the cards now too.

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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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