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Opinion: Assassin’s Creed Unity Review Embargo, Release Day Sales, and the Myth of Anti-consumer Practices

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Another day, another “controversy” in gaming. This one centered around review embargoes and Ubisoft supposedly being “anti-consumer.” For those who don’t know, some games “journalists” and reviewers are trying to make a big stink about the fact that the embargo for reviews of Assassin’s Creed Unity ended at noon on Tuesday, roughly 12 hours after the game officially released. This is supposedly anti-consumer because Ubisoft “knew” the game would review “poorly” and thus was trying to stifle those poor reviews to sucker folks into purchasing the poor game without first reading a review. Except for all its apparent flaws, Unity hasn’t reviewed poorly. The PS4 version has a 77 Metacritic average and the Xbox One version has a 76 Metacritic average. Last time I checked, 7’s (or 70’s) were … [Read more...]

Assassin’s Creed Unity Has Time Anomalies

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Ubisoft has released a new trailer for Assassin's Creed Unity, and it is a bit of a spoiler of what would have been a really cool surprise. In the interest of not spoiling anything for those of who choose not to watch the trailer below, do not read any of the below text or view the trailer if you don't want to be spoiled. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX-FAUVPvk0 Fatal Error: French Revolution simulation failed to load. Time anomaly detected. As you can see from the video, our Assassin ends up in World War 2 era Paris... quite a bit of time after the French Revolution. That's because of a bug in the animus that collapsed the simulation. Whether or not there's multiple of these, we'll have to wait and see. I would think not, because how many times can the animus suddenly bug out and … [Read more...]

Check Out Assassin’s Creed Unity’s “Immersive” Open World Activities

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Ubisoft has released a new Assassin's Creed Unity "Experience" video, this one detailing some of the open world activities that you'll be able to do outside of the campaign. These include murder mysteries, Paris Stories (which are revamped assassination missions), treasure hunts, and co-op Heists missions. Check it out in the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-h8me2zrRw Assassin's Creed Unity hits stores on November 11th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Smith's Sentiment: All that looks good. I like the sound of the murder mysteries, and it's about time they change up the assassination/contract missions. Making those missions a narrative should make them a lot better. The co-op heists missions sound like a lot of fun, and should offer up a lot of replay value since guard locations … [Read more...]

Meet the Cast of Assassin’s Creed Unity

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Ubisoft released the following trailer showing off the cast of Assassin's Creed Unity late last week, and we apparently missed it and so I'm bringing it to you now. Check it out below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS_ZoNEXoPw In Assassin’s Creed Unity, Arno will cross paths with colorful personalities from the French Revolution, including historical figures Napoléon Bonaparte, the Marquis de Sade, and Robespierre, alongside all-new characters such as the mysterious Elise. Discover how they fit into the world of Assassin’s Creed Unity, and get a special sneak peek at the back story of these vibrant characters, from the actors who brought them to life. Assassin's Creed Unity hits stores on November 11th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Smith's Sentiment: Parity issues aside, there's no … [Read more...]

Ubisoft Issues Laughable Response on Assassin’s Creed Unity’s Resolution

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Ubisoft, you should have just stayed quite. Stop saying things unless you're going to be honest. Sr. Communications Manager Gary Steinman took to the Ubisoft blog today to try and address the recent controversy regarding Assassin's Creed Unity, its resolution, and parity concerns. You can read the whole thing here. Let’s be clear up front: Ubisoft does not constrain its games. We would not limit a game’s resolution. And we would never do anything to intentionally diminish anything we’ve produced or developed. Let's be clear up front: All other things identical, there's no way the PS4 version should be 900p if the Xbox One version is 900p. That it is shows that they aren't taking full advantage of the more powerful system, which would mean they are intentionally diminishing a version. … [Read more...]

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