"Sit down folks, I am about to tell you some things that will shock you. I am being a bit cheeky here but you get the point. It has been 8 years since the Xbox 360 first released in 2005 and 7 years since the PS3 made it onto store shelves. With the next generation of consoles making its way to gamers on November 15th (PS4) and 22nd (Xbox One), this seems like a fitting time for an all time Top 10 list!"
"Ubisoft has today launched the Assassin’s Creed Anthology, a unique collection containing every Assassin’s Creed videogame ever released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, available exclusively at Amazon in the UK. Assassin’s Creed Anthology is a prestige collector’s edition which includes all expansion packs and downloadable content (DLC) for the Assassin’s Creed videogames, including the Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed III, which provides full access to all forthcoming downloadable conten..."
Default Prime writer Kyree Leary is a huge fan of the Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed games. Despite him already own the games separately, he was a little excited to hear about their upcoming trilogies/collections. This feeling was ruined, however, when he found out that they would not be the complete, all-in-one, collections they should strive to be.
Are stealth games on their way out? Games now have stealth elements in them for example Batman Arkham City/Arkham Asylum, Metal Gear Solid 4, Deus Ex Hr and the upcoming Dishonored. If gamers want a pure stealth game they will have to go back to the last generation and play Splinter Cell or Metal Gear Solid. Is the idea of a stealth game too much of a “niche” to survive, what about Hitman: Blood Money?
"Following the debut of the Ubisoft Double Pack range last week, three new compilations have been made available. Along with the Assassin’s Creed Ubisoft Double Pack for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 comes the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas 2: Complete Edition and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 – Legacy Edition Ubisoft Double Pack, as well as two Xbox 360 exclusive releases."
Even though its 2012 there are plenty of games to fill the early year void. The best part of this that so many of these games are less then $20. Games like GTA IV, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Saints Row 2, Mass Effect 2, Fallout 3, and lots of others. There are plenty of other games that offer a lot of bang for your buck.
"“In the distant future there exists a secret society that uses a device to relive the memories of their medieval ancestors and unravel the mysteries of a hidden war between the Knights Templar and the Secret Order of Assassins.” The whole concept behind the Assassin’s Creed games sounds like something fished out of Dan Brown’s garbage can while he was working on The Da Vinci Code."
"Today marks the release of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, the final tale of Ezio and Altair. It finalises the groundwork for Desmond’s last stand against Abstergo and the Templars in 2012′s Assassin’s Creed 3.
With four major console games released, several smartphone iterations, as well as DS and PSP offshoots, its a very good time to recap the essentials of the Assassin’s Creed story.
Enjoy Ubisoft‘s latest video as you ready yourself to play Revelations, and see if you can guess whe..."
"I’ll grant that I may be in the minority in preferring the original game to any of its sequels. And I certainly enjoyed my time with the other games. But I’m beginning to notice a lack of focus that’s been problematic for each sequel.
Focus isn’t often mentioned when we talk about why games work or not. When it comes to this genre, it’s not an easy term to define. But if you’ve played Shadow of the Colossus, then you have an example of focus used to great effect."
"Direct2Drive is having a sale on kick-butt action games that you won’t want to miss. You can save up to 60% on these top of the line action downloads. If you’re into PC gaming and saving money (and who isn’t?), then you’d best check out Direct2Drive’s action-packed video game sale."
The Assassin’s Creed Universe doesn’t just include the games that have been released on various consoles. The universe expands into comics, novels and even movies. Follow the timeline of the AC World in this video released by Ubisoft. Maybe it can entice you to branch out into other mediums?
"Ubisoft is having a blowout sale on PC download versions of games until this Tuesday, the 27th, on their site. The game sale is highlighted by a fantastic deal on the Assassin’s Creed digital bundle which is listed at 66% off. There are also deals on Far Cry 2, Tom Clancy’s HAWX 2 and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. Check out the specifics on the sale below."
Looking back on Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, was it really all that it was cracked up to be? The next installment in the AC franchise, Relevations, is set to be released in November. What features from Brotherhood can gamers expect to be improved upon in the sequel?
Kid Insanity and Zqueakz talk about Madden NFL and Robin Antonick, Anonymous says gamers are collateral damage, GameStop claims tablets are the next gaming explosion and examine The 3rd Birthday, Michael Jackson The Experience and Battlefield 3. With special guest Dale Chase. Music by Dale Chase
Perhaps one of the best, if not THE best franchise to hit consoles this generation is the Assassin's Creed franchise from Ubisoft.
It has captured the attention of millions of players around the globe, all on the lookout for where the series will go next, and what clues lay around the next corner, or hidden inside one of da Vinci's paintings.
Well we'll all get a chance to find out more with the new DLC, come check out OXCGN's detailed review, and there's also some clues on the next ite...
"Today, the first single-player addon for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood was released, The Da Vinci Disappearance.
While there have been many major hints and clues as to the next Assassin’s Creed title, whether it be another title in the style of Brotherhood or the final third installment, there has been nothing concrete discovered.
Once again, major spoilers follow. You have been warned yet again.
A summary of affairs…
The goal of the downloadable piece was to save Le..."
After taking a break from podcast, the original hosts of Distributed Failure -- a podcast that went on for over two years and 100+ episodes -- have returned with a brand new show: Pixelated Radio. Enjoy the return of Kush and Hendersonman in Episode 1: The Tension Between a Man & a Woman.
The nominations for the 7th British Academy Video Games Awards have been unveiled.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Call of Duty: Black Ops are each up for seven awards including Artistic Achievement, Technical Innovation and Multiplayer, while other big games of 2010 like Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mass Effect 2 and Red Dead: Redemption also appear. Last year, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves won both the most nominations and the most awards.
The awards, hosted by Irish funnyman and Mock the Wee...
OXCGN's resident historian takes a look at 3 of the major Templar games hitting our shelves in 2011.
As always, David's in-depth details ad interest and excitement to this particular sub-genre within gaming. ANyone that follows Assassin's Creed will certainly have heard or read some of David's great work, and correct predictions with regards to the AC franchise.
Slip over now and check out 3 games coming your way, great screens, vids and information abounds.
"Frankly, 2010 was a pretty big year for gaming. Kinect and the Move opened the door to motion sensitive gaming for Microsoft and Sony respectively (though neither of which are on the list), and we experienced some amazing sequels as well as some brand new titles. We wanted to share what we think you should dash down to your store for if you find it's missing from your collection."
"A game’s weaknesses are rarely also strengths, but perhaps we’ve all been gauging something wrong with Assassin’s Creed. The series has thus far been based on dumb AI and seemingly basic gameplay problems…and yet we keep playing and we keep enjoying. Ubisoft has certainly stumbled onto something great, especially if they contend with Call of Duty and still make exceptional sales.
Their latest, Brotherhood..."
"Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is a perfect example of a great game getting better. After the dismal Assassin’s Creed original, Assassin’s Creed 2 stepped up to the plate and knocked one out of the park. So great was the success of Assassin’s Creed 2 that many were surprised by the announcement of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, a move many felt would make for a weaker gamer."
"Few times in my life have I ever called a game the “essence of perfection.” Even fewer are the times I have given a perfect score (none, by the way, prior to Brotherhood).
But of course, Ubisoft Montreal once again blew me away with the newest iteration in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, the single-player part of the game scoring a perfect ten out of ten from me.
If you think I got excited over the campaign mode, you can’t even begin to imagine my excitement when I discovered that Assas..."
"I won’t lie: this gaming year has been a difficult one for OXCGN’s staff. (Cue violins). It seems most of us have had a hard time balancing a lack of time, a lack of money, and a lack of interest in the current crop of gamer’s games.
The general lack of innovation and proliferation of sequels in hard-core games in a difficult economic climate has seen many of us often turn to alternative (and often cheaper) gaming experiences like on smartphones or XBLA and PSN. (okay, kill violins).
"The whole crew is back as we deliver our last new gaming impressions of the year. Pat talks about Limbo and the brand new Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam, David talks about his brand new PC, Civilization V, and the epiphany of playing Half Life 2 for the first time, Andy puts the bow on Enslaved, and Nick tortures himself by getting all the achievements in Alone in the Dark.
We also go over the mother lode of news from the VGAs, and we answer a user email decisively."
"Even while mourning the temporary absence of Nick we still have plenty to discuss -- Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, World of Warcraft Cataclysm, Marvel Pinball, Dead Nation, Super Meat Boy, and two Doritos games?
We stay strong with some more user e-mails, talk about some rumors that have since been confirmed, and anticipate the assuredly awkward Spike VGA awards (listen to next weeks show for our thoughts on all that)."
CVG list their top 10 games which have been released in 2010.
10. STARCRAFT II: WINGS OF LIBERTY
9. ROCK BAND 3
8. FIFA 11
7. CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW
6. ASSASSIN'S CREED: BROTHERHOOD
5. Mass Effect 2
4. HALO REACH
3. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS
2. SUPER MARIO GALAXY 2
1. RED DEAD REDEMPTION
"Even with the temporary absence of David the podcast stays strong with healthy discussions of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Dead Nation, Greed Corp, Halo Reach Noble Map Pack, Bad Company 2, and more.
We also answer the latter half of Ryan's emailed in questions, lament the unexciting news about the Uncharted movie, and hate on some bad movies."
"We all have that gamer in our lives. The one who you never know quite what to shop for. Will they like it, won’t they like it. They may in fact think you don’t know gaming at all. You might not, but here at PtC we’re want to help you fake it. You may be sitting there asking yourself “What do I get that gamer in my life who has a PS3?” Well ask no more."
"As you may have guessed, this week the crew talks about Gran Turismo 5. Also on the table is Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, The Sly Cooper Collection, World of Warcraft, Puzzle Agent, Nethack, and more.
We answer one of two handfuls of user questions, mention the few tidbits of gaming news released during the holiday week, and discuss the delicious differences between Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep."
Ubisoft head of marketing Geoffrey Sardin has revealed that there are plans for another Assassin's Creed game for 2011, more details have yet to be forthcoming. He said ""If you compare [the 1m in a week] with last year's Assassin’s Creed II sales, this is a big jump - so it's a great achievement," he explained. "It's the best launch in the history of Ubisoft's European sales, and our best-selling launch title ever."
It also turns out that Assassin's Creed Brotherhood sold over 1 million c...
One of the most anticipated games of 2010 has just hits shelves across the globe, and ads an extension to the preceding iteration, Assassin's Creed II.
OXCGN's Southern State US correspondent spends several days in the shoes of Ezio Auditore da Firenze as he and his "brotherhood help clean up the Borgias and bring Roma back from the dark times.
Excellent and detailed review as usual, so take the time out to go and check it out, the site has one of the biggest collection of Assassin's Cr...
"Do games imitate life, or is it the other way around? The parkour antics and stealth-based gameplay of the Assassin’s Creed series has left many wanting to imitate those stunts in real life, but unfortunately real life has stopped many from imitating Altair and Ezio. That’s not to say a select few haven’t tried to pull it off."
"Now just so we’re clear, not every laptop on this list is specifically setup as a gaming rig, but within its price range and for what they’re worth, gamers who are looking for something adequate enough to game-on while on the go can find something spiffy and affordable enough with the following laptops"
"Ubisoft have today announced that there will be a free DLC for their hit game Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, and that it will be available to download from December 14th, 2010 on XBOX LIVE and PlayStation Network.The Animus Project Update 1.0 will include a brand-new game mode and brand new map for Assassins Creed Brotherhood Multiplayer."
Courtesy of IGN_Strategize, this is a video all strategy fans will want to watch. Inside are details on how to unlock 2 rather cool achievements. Yeah, that's right, unfortunately this is only for the 360 edition of the game and thus contains controls not found on the PS3 or PC versions.
"ts the sign of a good series that multiple iterations bring new features and ideas to the party, while also retaining what made the property so good in the first place. To their credit, the team at Ubisoft Montreal have done this with Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. Essentially, the game is a continuation of the superb Assassin's Creed II, including its story, characters, missions and most of the core gameplay."
Russ Frushtick has posted up a blog detailing a list of games which are hot favourites to buy your friend or family member this holiday season, including a subtle question for each one to try and bring it into conversation to see if they'll like it. Does this list cater to your festive wants, or are you hoping for something else this season?
We all love things that go pop, well, most of us do. And for many, collecting games is a passion, as well as a hobby. But sometimes, collecting all editions for one game can prove rather expensive.
Our US writer grabbed one of the Nth American Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Jack-in-Box Collectors Edition, and did an un-boxing to show what is entailed in the gear you get for your $US100.
We here in Australia are getting the Codex Edition, so that will be interesting to compare the differen...
"How many unlockable characters are available for online play?
Answered by: Vincent Pontbriand, Producer
As you progress in the multiplayer and achieve certain objectives, players will unlock new characters to play with. However, their number and who they are will remain a mystery until launch.""
Many creative gamers are taking every opportunity they can get in order to improve their artistic abilities in hopes of some day working in the gaming industry. Raphael Lacoste, who has worked with Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia, has just released an accessible online tutorial showcasing some of his methods for creating such breathtaking works of art.
Today via Twitter Gabe Graziani, Community Developer for AC:B, revealed that a new multiplayer character will be available in the new Assassin's Creed game. Hellequin is very similar to the Harlequin that we already know about, and during a Tweet with Gabe personally, he commented that she may become an assassination target in Single Player but he "couldn't remember"
OXCGN's resident historian looks at the latest Assassin's Creed Brotherhood novel/s and how they can impact on the game, and also looks at other game-novel-movie tie-ins.
Have they helped or hindered the games.
A great read as always from David Hilton, and it has some interesting videos and links to other Assassin's Creed historical topics. Always worth a good read if you want to know more about the game.
Retailers get a chance to check out the games before they have the opportunity to sell them to the gamers. Ubisoft have been running these events for a little while now, and it's nice to see them opening them up to the gaming media as well.
OXCGN got a chance to attend the latest one in Sydney, in one of the well known night spots, The Ivy, come check out how they went at the event.
"Assassin's Creed has quickly become one of Ubisoft's major franchises, if not its number one front runner. When Altair first hit the scene in 2007 it was a revelation with a few needed improvements. Those improvements were made in Assassin's Creed 2, one of the best games of last year where players took control of Ezio. The now famous assassin will make a return in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood which is receiving a fundamental addition this year.
"There have been large innovations like the the ability to play games online with people from every corner of the earth. There have been small innovations like the pause button, which I believe was introduced with the Atari 5200 (meaning that it’s predecessor, the legendary Atari 2600, had no way of pausing the game if you had to answer the phone or use the bathroom). But when you take any aspect of video games in general, I’m not sure that anything we’ve ever seen, can match the growth and ov..."
OXCGN writer got a chance at the PS3 only beta recently, which goes public officially on the 4th October for other members of PSN, and gives a detailed review on the multiplayer aspects of the mode currently available, and a great killing-spree video to whet your lips with while waiting for the games official release in November.
Gp check it out, it's very detailed, and the vid is awesome of course, what killing spree isn't.
"When OXCGN did a poll last year asking readers where and when they would like to see Assassin’s Creed 3 go next, over 20% said into the modern times. While I strongly disagree (and we already have Desmond in a near future time period) it does seem that the current mania for modern warfare is also reflected in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
The question is if this is a good gameplay direction or not.
It has been already revealed that Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will have ..."
With the great games that came out this year like Red Dead Redemption, God of War III, and the newly released Halo: Reach this year has been a great time to be a gamer. Thing is the year is coming to an end and its time to run down the remaining games coming out this Holiday season.
"Ezio will wreak havoc in Rome in November. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood will include multiplayer as well and for those who pre-order the PS3 version an exclusive Beta will start on October 4th. The multiplayer beta will encompass nine playable characters including the executioner, doctor, priest, and courtesan. There are going to be two maps with Rome and Castel Gandolfo."
It's nice when a site can give away things, especially for such a great game like Assassin's Creed. Now with their first real Multiplayer beta approaching, it seems OXCGN has some keys to give away, as well as look at what's on offer for the next iteration of the franchise.
Yes, it might be a Xbox-Centric site, bt that doesn't mean it can't help 'gamers' get their hands on beta keys when they have the chance.
Slip over now and see if you can grab one . . . as well as check out some of t...
"Assassin's Creed Brotherhood's one-city setting, Rome is big enough that it'll take you "hours" to cross on foot, Ubisoft Montreal designer, Patrick Plourde told CVG.
Speaking in a recent interview (read part one now), the Brotherhood designer said that Rome was simply "too big" to include in the last game.
"We actually went to Italy two years ago to do a scouting trip to take pictures for references. When we saw the city of Rome we said ok, this place is just too big and we'd rather w..."
"Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood will indeed get a Limited Edition, but so far there doesn’t appear to be any fancy Ezio or even one of the other new Assassins figurine included.
What is certain is that it will be released in Australia exclusively by EB Games for AUD$148. If you are an Assassin’s Creed collector like me (see my collection here) you’ll be excited we get to buy it locally.
I’m not a big fan of ‘exclusive’ Limited Editions for certain stores, but at least with online orderin..."
"Revealed during Ubisoft's financial call early this morning, the company plans to test its first foray into multiplayer gaming with the series by allowing fans to participate in a planned beta.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot did not offer any other details on the call, only saying the game will be on display at E3 next month and that fans will hear more then.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is currently scheduled for release this coming holiday. Last year's title, Assassin's Creed II, has shi..."
"With E3 2010 almost here gamers everywhere will be hoping to hear new titles announced, along with new details on already announced upcoming games.
But what of those games previously announced where we have seen very little, if any, real gameplay footage, have few details on final retail release dates, or even know if they are really still coming? E3 sees studios and publishers (sometimes even those not at E3) provide new details of their upcoming games.
Here is my Top 10 list of games..."