ForHonorArtWhen “For Honor” was revealed at E3 2015, it was one of the most exciting games shown at Ubisoft’s press conference. That’s because it was fresh. It wasn’t another “Assassin’s Creed.” It wasn’t another “Just Dance” sequel. This new game of medieval combat looked like something different from the rest of the pack that year.

 

But looks can often be deceiving. It’s not often that an E3 trailer is met with jeers. Game trailers are framed in a way to look exciting, intriguing and fun. Fortunately for “For Honor,” the gameplay is as novel as it looked last year. This is going to be the game “Dynasty Warriors” fans have always wanted. “For Honor” is online competitive “Dynasty Warriors” with substance.

 

Ubisoft hosted a preview event to showcase the game earlier this month. After playing the game for the better part of four hours, here is everything you need to know about Ubisoft’s upcoming competitive action game.

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TheDivisionCoverIt’s been a turbulent road leading to the release of “Tom Clancy’s The Division.” It survived numerous delays that pushed its original release date from 2014 to March 7 of this year. The open world, third-person shooter is finally in the hands of fans, and the extra time spent developing the project seems to have been for the better.

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Monday, 22 February 2016 12:58

'Far Cry Primal' Review - Into the wild

FarCryCoverThe “Far Cry” series was the perfect candidate for a change of scenery. While “Far Cry 3” and “4” were excellent games in their own right, it would’ve been difficult for Ubisoft Montreal to go back to that same well for a third time. While those two games focused on rural exploration in modern times. “Far Cry Primal” takes away guns and explosives and replaces them with a primitive bow, spear and mighty tiger at your side.


“Primal” is set in a land called Oros during 10,000 B.C. It’s a dangerous time when taking one step away from your camp puts you on the menu for many of forest’s apex predators. Don’t worry about the rival tribes; worry about tigers, bears and badgers. The forest is angry place.  

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Another Year; another Assassin's Creed game. I wasn't expecting much from the next game in the series, but 'Syndicate' looks like it's adding enough Batman gameplay to get me to check it out later this year. From the rope launcher to the combat, Jacob looks like the next caped crusader.

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Ubisoft unveiled “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” today, the next annual installment of the long running series. “Syndicate” will take place in 1968-era London and will star a new assassin named Jacob Frye.

 

The 30-minute reveal video split time between in-studio footage of Ubisoft Montreal working on the game, and in-game footage. In the video, the studio admitted to mistakes that were made in the development of last year’s “Assassin’s Creed: Unity.” The team addressed game bugs and negative reviews vowing that “Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate” would be different.

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FC4What’s it like to be a stranger in a strange land; to be in a place where both culture and nature are working toward your demise? The “Far Cry” series has always attempted to shed light on this question. It’s one of the rare series that is able to take an earthly environment and make it seem otherworldly.


Ajay is a young American who travels to fulfill his mother’s final wish. She wished for her ashes to be laid to rest in her home country of Kyrat, a fictional mountain country in the Himalayas. What begins as a routine trip to a foreign land quickly spirals out of control, and Ajay finds himself on the front lines of a brutal civil war. It’s the rebels versus Pagan Min, a ruthless dictator who keeps the poor oppressed and kills anyone who opposes him.


Upon arriving in Kyrat, Ajay learns of a bond between himself and Min. Min and Ajay’s mother have a history; one that Ajay will learn more of as the story in Kyrat unfolds.

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ValiantHeartsCoverThere’s a constant stream of ultra-violent video games that explore war. Most dramatize gunplay like the “Call of Duty” series, but rare finds like “Spec Ops: The Line” delve into the psychological toll of the battlefield. Similar to the latter, “Valiant Hearts: The Great War” illustrates the impact that war has on family bonds.

“Valiant Hearts” is set in World War I-era Europe. The story tells the tale of four people whose paths cross, drift apart, and cross again throughout the course of the war. Karl is a German farmer living in France. He’s pulled from his home against his will in order to fight alongside the German Army.  Following these events, Karl’s father-in-law Emile chooses to fight for his native land of France. Freddie is a physically imposing American fighting for the U.S. while fueled by vengeance. Rounding out the cast is Anna, a medic who finds herself wherever medics are needed, which during wartime is everywhere.

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 03:01

'Watch Dogs' reivew - Tech boom

 

Watch Dogs box artThe wait is finally over for Ubisoft Montreal’s “Watch Dogs.” After five years of development and nearly two years since it was first announced, this unique take on the open-world genre is ready to release. A development period like this one brings lofty expectations. Judging by the game’s quality, it looks like Ubisoft may have found their next big franchise.

 

It’s no easy task to make waves with a new open-world title. Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto” series casts a large shadow over the genre, while the popular “Saints Row” series has carved its own humorous niche. “Watch Dogs” proves there’s still room for innovation. That innovation is the power of modern technology.

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SPcovComedy Central’s long running hit “South Park” has always needed a good videogame. It dabbled in first-person shooters with its self-titled game for the N64. At the time, that was enough. Then came “Chef’s Love Shack,” a bizarre party game with trivia and a collection of mini-games. At that time, that was enough, too. But modern games demand more than these cheap examples of lip service to a legendary series like “South Park.”

Enter “South Park: The Stick of Truth,” a game that brings a top-notch RPG experience blended with a brand of comedy that only show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker can command. There is no other game out quite like this gut-busting story about the new kid who comes to the quiet mountain town of “South Park.”

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altI've devoted a good number of hours into the newest Tom Clancy title, Splinter Cell: Conviction for the Xbox360 and it has been a fun experience thus far.  There have been some fantastic additions to the gameplay of previous Splinter Cell's and some completely changed elements, mostly for the better.  A few parts of the game remain that I need to finish up before I post a full review.  I should have it posted by Thursday.

In semi-related news Ubisoft, the maker of the Splinter Cell franchise, announced that they will be doing away with the instruction booklet for future titles in an effort to be more environmentally conscious.  The booklet will be replaced by an equivalent in-game section with all game instructions. The instruction booklet has been a staple for video games dating back to the original Nintendo.

I have to say it is about time, and I'm surprised this didn't happen earlier.  The instruction booklet has become more meager with each generation of console.  Most gamers turn to the internet when they need help with the latest game these days.  Any piece of information that is printed in the book can be easily added in an in-game menu or accessed online.  I applaud Ubisoft for being the first company to start this initiative and hopefully start the trend.

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