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All posts tagged "ubisoft"

  • Steep beta [PS4] first play: not the face, not the face

    When Ubisoft ended its E3 2016 conference by announcing a new extreme sports game, many an eyebrow was raised. Ubisoft? A new IP? No guns? What is this madness? Finally, those questions have been answered. Somewhat. After a four month incubation period, French developer Ubisoft Annecy has outed Steep in less-than-polished beta guise. And it was well worth the wait. Set in the snow-covered mountains of the Alps, straddling France, Switzerland and Austria, Steep is effectively a massive open world playground for extreme sports enthusiasts. It's the total opposite of any other Ubisoft game we've seen this year. That goes for...

  • Watch Dogs 2 [PS4] first impressions: life hacking

    Gone are the days of the cold and sombre tone of Aiden Pearce's Watch Dogs. Ubisoft's latest iteration of the franchise, Watch Dogs 2 is more colourful, in tune with its Millenial appeal and improves a number of facets of the original game. This includes driving machanics, the addition of fast travel, and different ways to play. In Watch Dogs 2, you play as Marcus Holloway, a young talented hacker who is tasked with bringing down San Francisco's intrusive surveillance systems. This after the baddies ctOS framed him as the lead suspect of a crime. The open world map of San Francisco is beautiful...

  • The Division patch 1.4 will hope to revive a dying game

    Third-person shooter-cum-RPG Tom Clancy's The Division was one of the shooters I couldn't wait to play. Since launch though, the game has seen a steady decline in active players. To remedy this, Ubisoft has issued yet another patch for the game. Labelled as patch 1.4, the update will seek to give the game a new breath of life. Everything from the level and gear scores to the UI and controls has been altered, fixed or improved. The Division's patch 1.4 will seek to transform the game into something better A new feature to the game is the World Tier ranking system which...

  • Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection leaps onto consoles November

    Scaling walls, traversing rooftops and performing the Leap of Faith are but a few things that made the Assassin's Creed franchise such a success. More so, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, probably the most notable Assassin's Creed character, returns to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in a new collection. With the franchise selling over 100-million copies to date, and the release of the latest game just over a year away, fans of the franchise and new players alike have the opportunity to relive the Ezio saga. Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection bundles three iconic AC games into one package The Ezio Collection...

  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole special edition pays tribute to the Coon

    South Park: Stick of Truth was one of the most enjoyable games I've played in a long time, albeit basic and full of fart jokes. It did hold true to the South Park style of things. This year's installment of the South Park franchise -- The Fractured But Whole -- will likely continue the fart humour, but reintroduces a few new gameplay mechanics, including turn-based combat. And for those who really love South Park, Ubisoft has announced a Special Edition collector's version of the game. The Amazon special bundle will include a steelbook, a game season pass as well as a...

  • Nostalgia, vikings and facial hair: what I loved about E3 2016

    Once again we have been treated to another E3, and as always it feels even more spectacular than the one before. But each year brings with it its own special moments and 2016 was no exception. In this list I will be going through some of my favourite moments of this year. For those who aren’t familiar with the expo, here’s a brief description for some context. E3, formally known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is a colossal annual video game expo held in Los Angeles and hosted by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association). What sets it apart from other well-known...

  • Microsoft Xbox won E3 2016 according to social media numbers

    E3 is an event that means a lot of things to a lot of people. It's like the World Cup for games but with less diving and fake injuries. Even so, tensions between, during, and after conferences rise on the floor, between friends, and more importantly on social media. According to social media monitor BrandWatch's new research, it seems that the answer to the age old question "who won E3 this year?" deserves the reply of "Microsoft". "We tracked social media’s reaction to E3 2016, including social round-ups of each major conference and commentary throughout," the company's Gemma Joyce explained on its blog, and...

  • E3 2016 live blog: the big news recapped

    Welcome to our E3 2016 live blog, a place where Gearburn staff will keep you up to date with all the happenings from Los Angeles', and the world's biggest gaming convention. This year, the usual suspects of Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony and Bethesda will be setting the stage alight with announcements of new games, projects and (likely) some new hardware too. And although the expo officially kicks off on Monday, the usual Sunday day-zero mayhem will ensue. But would we have it any other way? For the complete live stream roundup, have a look at our E3 2016 portal here, or...

  • Hack all of San Francisco and fight crime in Watchdogs 2

    Developer Ubisoft's open-world vigilante hacking video game series is back in the form of WATCH_DOGS 2 (Watchdogs 2 for the sake of style). This time, Ubisoft has gone with a person of colour for its protagonist, Marcus. From his introduction video, Marcus doesn't appear to be the gruff, chubby white guy that Aiden was. His aesthetics appear to be a bit more "hip" and not gritty. Let's hope he's not as annoying as the general populace appears to be in the game. From the Watchdogs 2 reveal trailer, the game takes place in San Francisco, which is the latest location to install...

  • Far Cry Primal review: massacres, mammoths, mayhem

    The name Far Cry is synonymous with guns, goons, and all manner of open-world activities. The series has been going strong since 2004, but developer Ubisoft has decided to change things up a bit. Far Cry Primal is a fresh aesthetic take on the series, and yes, it actually works. Far Cry Primal takes place around 10 000 BC, when humankind still scoured the land for shelter, hunted mammoth beasts, and explored the great unknown Earth. You play as Takkar, a generic member of a clan that's wiped out by a fierce sabertooth tiger. Takkar can also tame animals, which comes in pretty handy,...