Steam Gives Ubisoft a Weekend of Discounts

It’s hard to argue when you look at Steam that it’s not the leading distributor of PC games, with its digital platform offering sales and protection for both creators and players of games. This weekend it’s Ubisoft’s turn with a weekend of discounts on all of their games.

Want to grab one of their new games? Why not try about Rainbow Six Seige at 33% off, costing you only £26.79, or how about going a bit Savage in Far Cry Primal for 20% off at £31.99.

Feel like you need something in between? Why not try out Assasin Creed Syndicate for 50% off for only £19.99! Enjoyed the game? Why not purchase the Season pass, which is also 50% off at £9.99.

With Far Cry 3 at 75%, Far Cry 4 at 50% off, the modern Far Cry games all call to be purchased. But what about the older ones? Don’t worry these are also on sale, with the original Far Cry coming in at only £1.74 (75% off) and Far Cry 2: Fortune’s Edition costing only £4.99 (50% off).

Want to play some classics, grab Rayman Legends for £3.99 at 75% off or race around in TrackMania United Forever Star Edition at only £9.99 (50% off).

Classic games like Rainbow Six 3 Gold, the Brothers in Arms Series and the Ghost Recon series are also included in the sale at 50% off.

With so many games to buy, check out the full list here and brace your wallets for a steep decline in funds.

*All prices were listed from the UK version of the site and were valid at the time of writing.

UPDATE: While the games themselves may be discounted at good prices, be wary of buying in bulk as the bundles seem to cost more than if you were to add and buy the games individually. For example, the Assassins Creed Pack will set you back £27.99 but the sale puts the contents of the bundle at only £21.98, something that Steam itself even picks up and tells you. It always helps to shop around, even during sales.

AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 Released

AMD have been pushing hard to improve their software experience, as well as improving the frequency of graphic driver updates, helping them better compete with the relentless release of Nvidia’s Game Ready drivers. So far, their new system has been a big improvement and today is no exception, as AMD push the release of the latest Radeon Software Crimson Edition.

Version 16.2.1 is marked as a “non-WHQL” release, so basically a beta release. However, the driver comes with the CrossFireX profile for the latest AAA release, Far Cry Primal. On top of that big profile release, you can also expect some game specific bug fixes for Fallout 4 as well as Rise of the Tomb Raider.

FreeSync users have cause to celebrate too, we hope, as AMD is also including a bug fix for choppy display on systems that use both FreeSync and CrossFire at the same time, which I’m sure you can imagine is a frustrating issue for a system that’s meant to provide a smoother visual experience.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 Highlights

    • Crossfire Profile available for
      • Far Cry Primal

Resolved Issues

    • A black screen/TDR error may be encountered when booting a  system with Intel + AMD graphics and an HDMI monitor connected
    • Choppy gameplay may be experienced when both AMD Freesync and AMD Crossfire are both enabled
    • Display corruption may be observed after keeping system idle for some time
    • Fallout 4 – Flickering may be experienced at various game locations with the v1.3 game update and with AMD Crossfire enabled
    • Fallout 4 – Foliage/water may ripple/stutter when game is launched in High/Ultra settings mode
    • Fallout 4 – Screen tearing in systems with both AMD Freesync and AMD Crossfire enabled if game is left idle for a short period of time
    • Fallout 4 – Thumbnails may flicker or disappear while scrolling the Perk levels page
    • Far Cry 4 – Stuttering may be observed when launching the game with AMD Freesync and AMD Crossfire enabled
    • FRTC options are displayed on some unsupported laptop configurations with Intel CPU’s and AMD GPU’s
    • Radeon Settings may sometimes fails to launch with a “Context Creation Error” message
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Corruption can be observed at some locations during gameplay
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Flickering may be experienced at various game locations when the game is left idle in AMD Crossfire  mode under Windows 7
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Game may intermittently crash or hang when launched with very high settings and AA is set to SMAA at 4K resolution
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Lara Croft’s hair may flicker in some locations if the Esc key is pressed
    • Rise of Tomb Raider – A TDR error may be observed with some AMD Radeon 300 Series products after launching the “Geothermal Valley” mission
    • The AMD Overdrive  memory clock slider does not show original clock values if memory speeds are overclocked
    • World of Warcraft runs extremely slowly in quad crossfire at high resolutions

Known Issues

    • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved “In Game Overlay”
    • Star Wars: Battlefront – Corrupted ground textures may be observed in the Survival of Hoth mission
    • Cannot enable AMD Crossfire with some dual GPU AMD Radeon HD 59xx and HD 79xx series products
    • Fallout 4 – In game stutter may be experienced if the game is launched with AMD Crossfire enabled
    • XCOM 2 – Flickering textures may be experienced at various game locations
    • Rise of the Tomb Raider – The game may randomly crash on launch if Tessellation is enabled
    • Core clocks may not maintain sustained clock speeds resulting in choppy performance and or screen corruption

If you want to download the latest AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 drivers, you can hit up the official AMD site right here.

Far Cry 4’s “Escape From Durgesh Prison” DLC Drops on January 13, 2015

Far Cry 4 is still fresh in most gamer’s hands, but the “Escape From Durgesh Prison” DLC is nearly here. Ubisoft has announced that the upcoming DLC will be released on January 13, and will have players racing across Kyrat to finished challenges, and recover lost weapons. Players will also have to upgrade their gear and skill set along the way.

Escape From Durgesh Prison will have both a single player and cooperative multiplayer modes, but if players die in the DLC, they’ll have to start their mission over from the beginning – an interesting, and welcomed twist if you ask me.

Source: Joystiq.

Ubisoft: DRM Can’t Stop Piracy – No S**t Sherlock

It seems that after a long period of “braindeadism” game publishers are finally waking up to the fact that DRM does not stop piracy. DRM is no barrier to piracy, skilled “game pirates” like Skidrow, Reloaded, Razor1911, Codex and R.G Mechanics (to name but a few) see DRM as a small annoyance to be overcome with a crack. Once that annoyance is overcome it is a case of let the piracy continue as normal, and in most cases the DRM annoyance has been dealt with before the game even officially launches.

Ubisoft are the latest game publisher to realise that DRM is a bad thing. As they so rightly say DRM often results in “punishing a paying player for what a pirate can get around.” Instead Ubisoft state they are looking to offer services and benefits to gamers that give them a reason not to pirate including better quality and more compelling games but also value-added online services that wouldn’t be available to pirates – whether Ubisoft have yet to deliver on that pledge is another matter entirely. Of course, here’s to hoping that “online services” doesn’t mean some kind of SimCity-style always online mechanism but Ubisoft have a point. In 2012 Ubisoft dropped its controversial DRM system and since then they require only that users connect to the internet once when they first install their game. The move was applauded throughout the PC gaming community.

Check the full interview at the source link below.

What do you think about DRM in games?

Source: GameSpot

Image courtesy of Ubisoft

Far Cry 4 Graphics on Xbox One & PS4 Equal to PC… I Smell Bull$***

Ubisoft have got balls, I’ll give them that. Once again they’ve made the stupid claim that their next game, Far Cry 4, will perform just as well on the latest Sony and Microsoft consoles as it will on a high-end PC. Now you know as well as I do, consoles are great for gaming and the new ones are capable of churning out some pretty decent visual effects, but PC is leaps and bounds ahead, especially a high-end PC, which to my mind is something in the region of £700 / $1000 worth of hardware.

“We want the gameplay experience to be the same on all platforms so we’re leaning on technical differences. Everything you see, whether it’s the fur on the animals, the grass on the ground or the leaves on the trees. All these things are bumped up a huge amount in the next gen version”. said Alex Hutchinson, Far Cry 4’s Creative Director when speaking with Major Nelson.

Not only have Ubisoft upset people recently with Watch Dogs, first by launching a buggy game, but for also “gimping” their PC release, removing graphical features to knock it down a few pegs and making it look similar to their console releases. This has left people to hack and modify their own game (ironic given the nature of the game) to make it perform as well as it should have, based on Ubisofts original footage of the game. Now it looks like they’re either going to do the same with Far Cry, either that or they’ve managed to find a way of performing magic using limited hardware, which they haven’t.

“We develop on PC primarily, which is actually unusual. With Assassin’s Creed, we develop on console, so we start at that and we push the boundary of the console as hard as we can. But because we develop on PC, you’ve never really seen on console the ultra-high PC version before”. said Hutchinson. “So even out of the box, even day one, we just stuck the code on the new consoles and we were able to dial it all the way up. So as a console player you’re already getting by far the best version we can ship”.

It’s that last part that stinks of bull$*** to be honest, another prime example of PR and marketing hyping up nonsense about their work, something which I fully expect them to retract once players actually get their hands on it. Lets just hope they’re only talking up the console editions for better sales, and that they haven’t gimped the PC release like they did with WatchDogs.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

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Sony E3 2014 Media Briefing

Sony E3 Coverage


The PlayStation E3 2014 media briefing was the very last conference to attend for the day here in sunny Los Angeles, CA. Sony hosted an array of big announcements and reveals, setting out an exciting year ahead for PlayStation gamers.

The console war was almost completely lopsided in Sony’s favor but with Microsoft’s strong showing to the media  Sony’s going to have to step up their game. Primarily in the games department because that is definitely something that is lacking since the PS4 was released. Granted, the Xbox One was suffering from the same problem but things should be changing soon.

First and foremost, the show saw a number of major new exclusive first party games unveiled for PlayStation consoles.

Destiny

Set in the distant future, Destiny casts players as Guardians of the last city on Earth, who will traverse the ancient ruins of our solar system from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Able to wield incredible power, players must battle humanity’s enemies and reclaim all that was lost during the collapse of mankind’s Golden Age. 

Destiny’s many destinations will feature areas called Public Spaces where players journeying solo or with friends will seamlessly cross paths with other players and Fireteams, some on similar missions, others engaging in completely different activities. And in the public events, gamers can join real-time dynamic events that players and Fireteams in the area can choose to engage in. These Public Events are short skirmishes where multiple players work together to defeat their common enemies and collect awesome loot.

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It was announced that Playstation+ members will have exclusive 30 access to the beta starting on July 17th. Along with the release of Destiny is the PS4 bundle that includes the great looking white PS4 and a 30 Playstation+ voucher.

Far Cry 4 Officially Announced

Rumours of Far Cry 4 have already been surfacing over the last year, while is no surprise given the success of the series so far. The team at Ubisoft have now revealed that the fourth installment in the series will be hitting PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on November 18th.

The game will continue the open-world themes of previous titles, but this time the backdrop will be the fiction region of the Himalayas known as Kyrat. The region is said to be controlled by an appointed king, who is played out by the weird blonde guy in a pink suit that you can see in the picture above.

“Following the success of Far Cry 3, we wanted to take the franchise to the next level and create a game that will surprise players and exceed fans’ expectations. Given the unique setting, we feel Far Cry 4 will stand out as a top first-person shooter and we’re eager to reveal more about the game in the coming months”. said Dan Hay, Far Cry 4’s Executive Producer.

Expect gorgeous graphics and plenty of action from the new game, and to be honest we wouldn’t have expected anything else.

Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

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