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Ubisoft soothes Assassin’s Creed rage with free content

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 27 November 2014Comments Off
It’s probably time to get a watch.

It’s probably time to get a watch.

It’s beginning to look like 2014 will be remembered as the year of the troubled launch. High profile titles like Driveclub, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor have all tested the patience of loyal fans. Ubisoft is just the latest publisher forced to patch, apologise and otherwise scramble to claw back player confidence. In this case, the culprit is the bug-blighted Assassin’s Creed: Unity.

In a show of goodwill, Ubisoft is gifting a free game (options include blockbusters like Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Watch Dogs) to Season Pass holders and giving away the Dead Kings DLC to all players. For reasons not yet entirely clear, it is also discontinuing new sales of the Season Pass, though it seemingly hasn’t cancelled the content originally scheduled to be a part of it.

Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat has conceded that “the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues” and apologised “on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin’s Creed team.” This follows the rollout of a major patch for the game designed to address more than 300 issues with the company’s flagship release.



Far Cry 4 Review

Posted by Dylan Burns On Wednesday 26 November 2014Comments Off

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Available on XBO, PS4, 360 and PS3 l Published by Ubisoft l Developed by Ubisoft Montreal l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-10 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Although shaped by Ubisoft’s overgame, Far Cry 4 sidesteps, presenting a prettier, more refined version of Far Cry 3. Featuring some smart enhancements to the genre and a stronger focus on ecosystem, Far Cry 4 is an addictive popcorn shooter that offers plenty of freedom, stealth, explosions and free flying. Read the rest of this entry »


Test Tube – GTA V (Next Gen)

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 25 November 2014Comments Off

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Welcome to Test Tube. Not to be confused with our full reviews, these ‘two hour test’ articles see us tackle remakes, ports, expansions, mobile games and other titles of interest.

Available on XBO and PS4 l Published by Rockstar Games l Developed by Rockstar North l Classified R18+ l Supports 1-16 players

In a move that basically everyone saw coming, Rockstar has released its smash hit GTA V on next gen consoles. The question is, can a game released only 12 months ago be worth a repurchase? Has Rockstar put the appropriate effort into porting the mammoth game or is this simply a quick cash in? Well I am more than happy to say that this is much more than a cheap port. Read the rest of this entry »


PAX AUS Post-mortem – Developer Roundtable

Posted by Stephen del Prado On Monday 24 November 2014Comments Off

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Following on from a series of interviews Black Panel writers conducted with the PAX Australian Indie Showcase participants, I was interested in hearing about their experiences during the expo. The responses I received to my questions served to highlight what a fantastic experience PAX AUS 2014 was and the increasing strength and vibrancy of the indie development scene down under. Read the rest of this entry »