The Assassin's Creed series is comprised of 11 main games, not even counting the numerous spin-offs. From its initial release in 2007, Ubisoft has made it a yearly franchise for nearly the entire time. This can, of course, be intimidating when you're thinking about picking up the newest game. Will I understand it? Do I need to know anything about the rest of the series? If you're asking yourself these questions, I'll help break down the vital plot points you may want to understand. Each Assassin's Creed game takes place during at least two time periods; one set in the historical past and one set during the present day. This is explained with some in-game sci-fi elements and technology. Through the use of a machine called an Animus (and later the Helix), players can witness their ancestors' past by analyzing their DNA. Odyssey will feature a storyline in ancient Greece and another during the present day, which I will detail below. How does it continue the narrative? Assassin's Creed … [Read more...] about Do I need to know anything about Assassin’s Creed to enjoy Odyssey?
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There's a new game for fans of Nintendo's Star Fox space shooter games.French game maker Ubisoft is teaming up with Nintendo to use the characters from the decades-old franchise in its upcoming game Starlink: Battle for Atlas that marries real-world toys with games. The Star Fox addition, which had fans screaming at Ubisoft's press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles Monday, will be available for players using Nintendo's Switch console when the game comes out in October."This is only possible because of our partnership with Nintendo," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said after announcing the new addition to the game.The announcement was one of several high-profile moves from Ubisoft. The company also said it's partnering with the actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who, among other things, was featured on the cover of CNET magazine for his movie Snowden) and his startup HitRecord to encourage gamers to submit music and art that could find its way into Ubisoft's … [Read more...] about Ubisoft E3 2018: Star Fox in Starlink, Beyond Good and Evil 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and more
Assassin's Creed Origins launched on PC, PS4, and Xbox One back at the end of October last year. Initially it grabbed the HEXUS headlines for all the wrong reasons, not the bugs this time around, but the strident CPU-sapping DRM protections. Now here's some good news, especially for those who have already purchased the game. Patch 1.3.0 will be released today for PC owners (and other platforms) which introduces some new free additions, as well as a plethora of bug fixes, and weighs in at 2.6GB. The headlining new introduction is a free extra for owners of the game: the Discovery Tour by Assassin's Creed: Ancient Egypt game mode. 75 fully guided tours This new game mode is explained to be an educational experience with the "focus on discovery and learning". This mode eschews weapons and combat etc and puts you in a world free of conflict, time pressure, or gameplay constraints. You don't just wander around in this game mode, though you can if you wish. Ubisoft has put together 75 … [Read more...] about Assassin’s Creed Origins adds Discovery Tour mode
My favorite part of an Assassin’s Creed game isn’t the epic story, or the thrill of running across the rooftops of a huge, bustling city. It’s definitely not all of the neck stabbing. Instead, the moments that really stick with me are the quieter ones, where I have the chance to really appreciate the detail that’s gone into creating these historical settings, whether it’s ancient Rome or industrial era London. Unfortunately, often those moments are disrupted when I accidentally enter a restricted area, or when the story forces me to assassinate someone to proceed. Today sees the release of a new “discovery tour” for Assassin’s Creed Origins, and it feels like it was designed specifically for players like me. A completely separate mode, the educational tour does away with the violence and story that are at the core of Origins, and instead gives players a guided look at the realities of ancient Egypt, where the game takes place. It’s … [Read more...] about Assassin’s Creed Origins’ new educational mode is a violence-free tour through ancient Egypt
I’ve been a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series ever since the first game released in 2007. The franchise’s focus on history is one of the biggest draws for me. I have spent countless hours reading through each of the game’s codexes. Because of this, I found the lack of codexes in Assassin’s Creed: Origins disappointing. I love the game, but it did feel lacking without that extra layer of information to sift through. Little did I know Ubisoft left codexes out to work on something far more ambitious – Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt. As we reported last year, Discovery Tour takes players on a guided tour through various aspects of Ancient Egyptian life. It removes all instances of combat in order to deliver a learning experience free of mission constraints. The mode provides players with a deeper understanding of the world Assassin’s Creed: Origins takes place in. For all intents and purposes, it is an evolved version of … [Read more...] about Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt is Interactive Education Done Right