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Epic Games Store launches a month-long Mega SaleMay 15, 2020 - EurogamerNot content with just giving away Grand Theft Auto 5 for free, the Epic Games Store has launched a month-long Mega Sale featuring loads of games at up to 75 per cent off. To really sweeten the deal, though, you can also claim a free 10 off coupon to put towards anything in the store that costs 13.99 or more. Using that can score you some seriously good bargains on the likes of Borderlands 3, Control and the latest Assassin's Creed games. Do browse the Mega Sale page to see what else grabs you, but you'll find a few of the highlights below too.These are prices with the coupon applied - where possible - so do remember to claim it before buying. Read more Assassin's Creed's educational tours of Ancient Egypt and Greece are free on PCMay 14, 2020 - EurogamerThe whole going outside and doing stuff thing might be a bit restricted at the moment, but Ubisoft has just the tonic in the form of its latest freebies. For one week, it's giving away Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Origins' marvellous Discovery Tours, so you can get a bit of roaming done, and put some learning in you too. Ubisoft's first Discovery Tour attempt arrived as part of Assassin's Creed Origins, giving players the opportunity to explore the entirety of the game's sprawling recreation of Ancient Egypt, albeit without the questing and constant peril. It's designed to be an educational tool, offering informative, entertaining museum-style tours of virtual history, as curated and assembled by actual historians. And so successful was that first attempt, Ubisoft did all again for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, opening the doors of virtual Ancient Greece for similarly engrossing, but considerably enhanced meandering. Read more Both of Assassin's Creed's educational Discovery Tours are free to keep this weekMay 14, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun You’ve tapped out those skill trees, but have you levelled up your brain? Until next Thursday, both Greek and Egyptian flavours of Ubisoft’s historical learn ’em up Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed are free to pick up and keep forever. Go on, get yourself a slice of ancient education without all that stabby Assassin guff to deal with. (more…) Loads of Assassin's Creed games are currently on saleMay 11, 2020 - EurogamerUndoubtedly capitalising on the hype surrounding the newly-announced Assasin's Creed Valhalla, a number of past entries in the Assassin's Creed series are now on sale across PS4, Xbox One and PC. Let's start off with Green Man Gaming, where you can currently get the last two entries in the series for great prices. You can also pay a little bit more to get the Gold Editions, which come with each game's respective season pass and a few cosmetic extras. I think Chris would definitely encourage you to pick up Assassin's Creed Odyssey at that price after all the time he's put into it lately. The magic of the game, he found, is in its pure sense of fun. Read more Assassin's Creed Valhalla burns down England in today's debut trailerApr 30, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Following its teaser-slash-art-project reveal last night, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla finally has a proper cinematic trailer. Beards, axes, longboats and raiding? Yup. It’s Vikings. Down on their luck and out of options, our latest assassin is crossing the sea to live out the ninth-century Norwegian dream – pillaging the ever-lasting christ out of England. (more…) Assassin's Creed Valhalla announced, starring burly beardy VikingsApr 29, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Following a curious build-up through a livestreamed drawing, Ubisoft today announced Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. This time, Vikings seem to be the stars of the sandbox murder simulator. For now, all Ubisoft have to show is a seven-hour drawing and all they have to say is mutterings about the lads coming “to conquer a new land” and that. We’ll learn more tomorrow when a trailer arrives. (more…) Watch the next Assassin's Creed revealed here live through a drawingApr 29, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Today’s the day for Ubisoft to announce a new Assassin’s Creed game, or at least to reveal where they’re taking the globetrotting murder simulator next. This is happening through the unconventional medium of an artist drawing a picture on a livestream, which when finished will show the game’s landscape and the murderer who’ll roam it. Some earlier unconfirmed rumours claimed the game would be Assassin’s Creed Ragnarok, a Viking-o-rama, though other guesses I’m seeing in stream chat range from Scotland to Rome so… who knows. Come watch the stream and join in the guessing game. (more…) Have You Played Assassin's Creed Odyssey?Mar 27, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunHave You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Jumping off things is the best thing you can do in Assassins Creed games, and the best things to jump off are all in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. (more…) Assassin's Creed Odyssey is free to play this weekendMar 20, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunClang clang clang! That’s the sound of the biggest freebie bell, made with whatever kind of metal wot they had in ancient Greece. Ubisoft’s latest sneakin’ and stabbin’ action game is free to play this weekend for any curious travelers who haven’t gone back to the era yet. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be free until Monday morning (or evening, depending on your time zone). (more…) The best action games on PCFeb 7, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunEveryone loves a good action game. It’s the driving force behind so many of our favourite PC games, but only a few can lay claim to being the best action games of all time. That’s why we’ve compiled this list – to sort the pulled punches from the bestest biffs that PC has to offer. Whether it’s the joy of pulling off a perfect combo, riding the wave of an explosive set-piece or the hair-raising thrill of dodging enemy attacks in slow-motion that gets you going, there’s an action game here for you. (more…) Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and more digital Ubisoft games reduced by up to 75%Jan 23, 2020 - EurogamerAssassin's Creed, Far Cry, Rainbox Six Siege, Watch Dogs and a handful of other big Ubisoft series on PC are on sale for up to 75 per cent at Amazon. In most cases, it's the bulkier editions of the individual games that are reduced, so you'll often find they come with extra DLC and season passes already included. Not a bad way to catch up on some of these, then, if you've been waiting for a sale! Of the lot, the best deal is probably the Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Ultimate Edition for 24. This version of the Grecian stab-em-up includes the Deluxe Pack and season pass as standard to add to the already mountains of content the base game offers. You'll find a whole cache of extra gear, story content and boosts. Read more Ubisoft is trying to make its games more variedJan 18, 2020 - EurogamerYou know the joke: all Ubisoft games are the same. That's not entirely true, of course. But it is clear the French mega-publisher has followed a template for its big-budget open world games, established by the early success of Assassin's Creed on the last generation of consoles. And why not? Millions of sales later, it all seemed to be working out. Now though, after a tough 2019, Ubisoft may be ready to shake things up a bit. According to a new report by Video Games Chronicle, Ubisoft is revamping its influential editorial team, the Paris-based collective that works with all of the development teams to drive design, in a bid to make Ubisoft's output more varied. This comes after a year in which Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2 both underperformed and Ubisoft delayed big hitters such as Watch Dogs: Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine. Read more The 32 best PC games that demand to be played in ultrawideDec 19, 2019 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun There’s an old saying in gaming monitor circles that once you’ve gone ultrawide, there’s no going back. Indeed, having had the vast Samsung CRG9 hogging my desk for a bit last month, I’m inclined to agree. But what do games actually look like on a screen this wide? It’s one thing looking at lovely wallpapers, but another thing entirely to have a game occupy your entire field of vision. To find out, and more importantly show you, I’ve rounded up all the very best ultrawide PC games, complete with pictures of what they actually look like in the flesh, plus oodles of lovely GIFs so you can see how it works in action. If you thought playing Red Dead Redemption 2 in 5120×1440 was impressive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. (more…) My obsession with progression meters, and the art of shaping the player experienceNov 9, 2019 - EurogamerThe devil, they say, is in the details. This makes grim sense to me, as I'm being tortured by what seems to be my own personal demon, a foul creature which stabs at me from depths of minutiae that I can never seem to delve into to any satisfying extent. Percentages roar angrily around my head, and numbers course relentlessly through my veins. I wasn't always like this. I only wanted to play Shadow Of The Tomb Raider. I hadn't played a Tomb Raider game for about two decades, but I thought I'd give this one a go for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I was curious to see how far the series had come over that time. Secondly, it was free with Xbox Games With Gold. Read more Assassin's Creed Odyssey celebrates its anniversary with a 5-week epic eventOct 2, 2019 - PC GamerAssassin's Creed Odyssey launched a year ago this week, and since then players have killed more than 20 billion enemies and taken 48 million photos, according to Ubisoft's stats. Well done! To celebrate the anniversary, there's a new schedule for epic encounters and Ubisoft is planning one more title update. Every day for the next five weeks, you'll be able to take down a returning epic mercenary or ship, letting you attempt to fill your collection and finish up everything before Ubisoft inevitably moves on to the next Assassin's Creed. Today you'll be able to kill Occylos the Successor, and you can check out the full schedule here. For taking out these enemies, you can expect a larger haul of Orichalcum, increasing your potential earnings per week from 40 to 105, which you can then spend in Sargon's shop. Next month, the epic encounters will return to their weekly schedule. The final title update will appear later this month, though the focus will just be on bug fixes. More details will be shared closer to the time, but it sounds like Kassandra and Alexios won't be going on any new mythological misadventures. After the year they've had, they've earned a break on a nice Greek island. I wasn't entirely sold on the series' full transformation into an RPG, but Odyssey rather quickly became my favourite Assassin's Creed. It's a bit too big and has diminishing returns, especially once you hit the DLC, so I confess that I'm glad it's finally finished, but for the first time in ages I'm really excited to find out where Ubisoft will take the series next. It might be about vikings! All Assassin's Creed Odyssey epic encounters returning as part of 1st birthday celebrationsOct 1, 2019 - EurogamerAssassin's Creed Odyssey is turning one this month, and, as part of its birthday celebrations, Ubisoft is giving players a chance to have another crack at all previous epic ship and mercenary encounters, polishing off any they might have missed first time around. Ubisoft's murderous anniversary event will run from today, 1st October, until 4th November, with a different epic encounter scheduled each day. These will alternate between mercenary and ship battles on a weekly basis, and Ubisoft is increasing Orichalcum payouts for the duration of the event, with each defeated ship or mercenary rewarding 15 Orichalcum. That means it'll be possible to accrue 105 Orichalcum a week instead of the usual 40. Here's how the next five weeks of epic encounters breaks down: Read more Five of the Best: CrowdsSep 27, 2019 - EurogamerFive of the Best is a quite-new weekly series celebrating the incidental details in games we don't celebrate enough. Things like maps - everyone loves maps. They're the kind of things we can't do without, the kind of things which give games so much flavour and charm. It's also designed to promote discussion because, let's face it, it's all subjective, what someone thinks is best. I have different ideas to you and, um, most people, apparently, and that's OK! I think. I hope. So join in. We've had some lovely discussions so far and you've reminded me of so many things. It's Friday after all, what else are you going to do - work?! You can find all the previous Five of the Bests in a handy archive. Read more Feel what it was like to live in Ancient Greece in Assassin's Creed Odyssey's new modeSep 12, 2019 - PC GamerThere's a lot of fascinating history to devour in Discovery Tour, an educational new mode released for Assassin's Creed Odyssey. You can learn about the origins of the Olympic Games, the myth of the Minotaur, or the history of Athens' mighty Parthenon. But the tour focuses on more everyday things too: winemaking, religious practices, the role of women in society, and the running of a typical Greek household. And it's these things—these glimpses of the mundane, the human—that I really connected with as I wandered the streets, fields, and ruins of Ubisoft's dramatic take on Ancient Greece. You can learn a lot more about this time period, and with more depth, from a history book, of course. But there's something magical about being there. Walking through the Acropolis of Athens, pushing through crowds of people, seeing the sun glint off that colossal bronze statue of Athena… it's utterly transporting. And it makes the various bite-sized history lessons contained in each location incredibly evocative, because you aren't just passively listening: you're there, experiencing it, watching it unfold around you. Origins had its own Discovery Tour, but the voiceover was a little too dry, like something you'd hear looping on a screen in a stuffy museum, which was at odds with the scale and beauty of the world. But the Odyssey tour is much better at creating a sense of place and drawing you into the history. Lively, charismatic historical figures introduce each tour and beautiful cinematography accompanies the narration. The voiceover is still a little too pristine—I'd have liked those famous faces to perform the tours themselves—but they definitely have more personality than the presenters in Origins. Odyssey's Discovery Tour is also great because it gives you a chance to explore Ancient Greece without being hassled by enemies. You can still sail ships, ride horses, and take to the sky with Ikaros, but you don't have to worry about getting into fights with mercenaries or being eaten by lions. It's an enjoyably sedate way to absorb the atmosphere of Ubisoft's remarkable open world, letting you exist there as a tourist, which is something I'd love to see more of in games. You can also switch to a first-person perspective, which makes those gleaming temples and monuments seem even more grand. Bring up the world map and you can jump to any tour that piques your interest. These include learning about how the Greeks made wine on the island of Thasos, the relationship between the gods and romance at the Temple of Aphrodite, or the ancient city of Mycenae, which is said to have been founded by the legendary hero Perseus. The tours also tell you beforehand how many stops there are and how long they'll take, which is a nice consideration. All the map's fast travel points are unlocked as well, letting you travel freely. On a tour you follow a g...Ubisoft isn't planning to go back to smaller gamesSep 11, 2019 - PC GamerEven as open worlds become ever more common, Ubisoft remains the publisher most closely related to the genre. It's been churning out big playgrounds consistently for over a decade, and they won't stop growing. CEO Yves Guillemot says that won't be changing. While Assassin's Creed used to be all about exploring and killing your way through a city, the latest offers up all of Greece and its islands, along with three smaller worlds in the second DLC series. Odyssey is gargantuan. I finished up the last of the DLC last week after 150 hours. Syndicate, the last single-city Assassin's Creed, clocked in at around 30, or half that if you just did the story. Ubisoft's focus is now on those massive worlds, according to Guillemot. "Our goal is to make sure you can have a Unity within an Odyssey," he told GamesIndustry.biz. "If you want to have a story of 15 hours, you can have it, but you can also have other stories. You live in that world and you pursue what you want to pursue. You have an experience, many Unity-like experiences." Technically, yes, there are story arcs in Odyssey that are roughly the size of other games, but they're not complete, standalone experiences. You can't just play Fate of Atlantis DLC or a discrete chunk of Kassandra or Alexios's adventures in Greece. If you want a complete story, you'll need to invest at least 40 hours into it, and that's skipping the side quests and exploration. I love Odyssey and it's probably the most fun I've had with an Assassin's Creed, finally bumping Black Flag of the top spot, but that's despite the absurd scale, not because of it. By the end I was just looking forward to it being over. While even Ghost Recon has made the leap to huge sandboxes, Watch Dogs Legion at least remains confined to a single city, even if it is one of the largest ones in the world. But it's not just the size of the maps that makes Ubisoft's more recent games such intimidating time sinks—it's their density. If you're planning a trip to London next year, I recommend setting aside a month at least. Assassin's Creed Odyssey adds historian-friendly, combat-free Discovery TourSep 10, 2019 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunHello there! It’s me again, Gera – Rock Paper Shotgun’s official ambassador of Canada. I’ll be your guide this week on the balmy seas of gaming’s evening news. As the sun sets on England, I get to work – slipping on my traditional Canadian Press-Touque, before I press my ear tightly against my monitor and listen for incoming news. Alice isn’t convinced by my methods yet, but I prefer it to the alternative: letting our blood into Kieron’s sacred skull then waiting for a press release to form in its drying curdles. I won’t get into how we watch trailers. In any case: Ubisoft has now launched its latest in Discovery Tours, this time bringing the educational mode to Ancient Greece in Assassin’s Creed Origins. (more…) Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Becomes the Highest Played in the Series with 33% More Players on Steam Than Last YearOct 8, 2018 - GitHypJust a few years ago, the Assassin’s Creed series seemed like it could be in big trouble. Ubisoft’s annual releases, unnecessary remasters, and jarring technical issues resulted in backlash from fans, hilarious memes, and ultimately a huge decline in the franchise’s player base on Steam. With less than a third of the amount of total players at their peaks, Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014), Rogue (2014), and Syndicate (2015) all failed to match Black Flag’s successful peak of 16k concurrent players back in 2013. So, Ubisoft made the wise decision to not release a new Assassin’s Creed game in 2016. Instead, the developer took an extra year developing Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and their hard work paid off. Last year’s new adventure, Origins, became the biggest in the series at the time, debuting at #10 on Steam's list of most played games with an impressive 41k concurrent players at its peak. And this year’s follow-up, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, just shattered the franchise’s previous player count record, debuting at #6 on Steam with a peak of 62k concurrent players on Sunday – a 33% increase when compared to last year. Thankfully, rather than repeating their previous mistakes of milking the franchise to death again with annual releases, Ubisoft has wisely already announced that they’ll be stepping away from the series in 2019. Just like in 2016, their decision to spend more time on the next game (likely releasing some time in 2020) is a smart move that should keep the player base happy and ensure that reviews and feedback stay mostly positive.