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Games Review: Far Cry 5 (PS4, 2018): Ain’t no easy way out

Far Cry 5 has been something of a curiosity since it was announced. While an unquestionably brave move to set this new installment of the 14 year old franchise in the United States, many were curious about the game’s motives — given the political and social turmoil in which the US currently finds itself, would Ubisoft be using one of their headline franchises to make some sort of political statement? Depending on where you stand politically, you may be relieved or disappointed to hear the answer is “Sort of? Not really.” Further, its hard to think of a more precarious moment for a game about the American heartland solving its problems with guns to arrive.
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Vivendi no longer a Ubisoft shareholder, Chinese conglomerate Tencent step in as new long term investor

After spending years accruing Ubisoft shares in what appeared to be preparation for a hostile takeover attempt, French media conglomerate Vivendi have thrown in the towel, selling their entire 27.3% stake in Ubisoft for $2.4 billion USD. Continue reading Vivendi no longer a Ubisoft shareholder, Chinese conglomerate Tencent step in as new long term investor

One year after launch, For Honor just got dedicated servers

For those of you partial to a bit of For Honor in your downtime, life is about to get a lot more bearable. One year after the game’s launch,  Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will notice the game’s team-based, medieval-era multiplayer will run much more smoothly thanks to the rollout of dedicated servers around the world. Continue reading One year after launch, For Honor just got dedicated servers

Games Preview: Far Cry 5 feels very familiar. Whether that sounds like good news or bad is up to you

The moment I jumped into Far Cry 5 at E3 this year, the thing that struck me was how familiar it felt. Ubisoft have been pushing a very particular vision for the series since Far Cry 2 comprehensively reworked Crytek’s 2004 original action adventure title into something more akin to survival adventure, a design template they’ve been gradually honing ever since.

But it’s actually 2016’s Far Cry Primal with which the forth coming Far Cry 5 has the most in common. Both games display a willingness to throw an interesting setting at the franchise and see how it can apply its very fine-tuned game loop to it.

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Games Review [PROVISIONAL]: Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4, 2017): Something borrowed, something new

Assassin’s Creed Origins is a greatest hits of modern action-adventure game design. In seeking to update the series’ ageing core mechanics and design, Origins looks to its genre stablemates to see what they’re doing and where it can’t subtly imitate them, it copies them brazenly instead. What surprised me the most about this smash-and-grab design philosophy is how cohesive the end result is. Continue reading Games Review [PROVISIONAL]: Assassin’s Creed Origins (PS4, 2017): Something borrowed, something new

EB Expo’s return to the Gold Coast is a successful one

This weekend saw the EB Expo return to its roots, overtaking the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for the first time in five years. It was, by all accounts, a successful homecoming. Continue reading EB Expo’s return to the Gold Coast is a successful one