Ubisoft facing backlash over lack of female assassins in Assassin’s Creed: Unity

By ubisoft-backlashmost accounts, Assassin’s Creed: Unity has been a big hit at E3. The game’s wonderful, brutal trailer at Microsoft’s press conference Monday got raucous applause and the inclusion of four-person co-operative play is a welcome change.

But the company’s decision to not include any female assassins among the game’s playable characters is rubbing some gamers the wrong way.

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Watch Dogs promotion goes horribly wrong, brings out the bomb squad

When watch-dogs-salesyou’re making a video game about a cyber terrorist, you might want to be extra careful about how you promote it.

Police in Sydney sent the bomb squad to the offices of a major online outlet after the site received an anonymous black safe that began beeping when staffers tried to open it.

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Last gen consoles aren’t going anywhere

With last-genthe rush of next generation titles being pushed these days, you might think that Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in your entertainment center is quickly becoming outdated equipment.

And while it’s true that the previous generation of consoles are past their peak years in terms of exclusive releases, game publishers say they have no plans to abandon the platforms anytime soon.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth is raunchy fun, say critics

Given south_park_the_stick_of_truth1the pedigree of previous South Park games, there was very valid reason for gamers to be worried about South Park: The Stick of Truth. The game’s multiple delays did nothing to assuage those fears.

But as the game hits stores today, critics say there’s actually a lot to love. It is, however, absolutely not for the faint of heart.

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Ubisoft explains why launch games underwhelm

During tony keythe months walking up to a console launch, there’s a great unspoken truth the press, publishers and gamers all choose to conveniently ignore: The first batch of games are going to be pretty bad.

Sure, there might be an occasional standout, but the majority of the titles people heap with praise and say they can’t wait to try are titles that will mostly be forgotten before the following holiday. Even installments of well-known franchises are generally just graphically enhanced versions of what we already know.

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PS4, Xbox One take painful body blow from Watch Dogs delay

Chris watchdogsMorris looks at the ramifications of Ubisoft’s last-minute delay of one of the hottest new IPs in the industry

Nintendo will be the first company to tell you about the importance of must-have titles at a console launch. The more you have, the better – as it not only increases the initial frenzy (attracting the wandering eye of the mass media), but keeps demand alive long after Christmas has come and gone.

With Ubisoft’s announcement on Tuesday that it would be delaying Watch Dogs until Spring 2014, both Microsoft and Sony saw their new systems take a painful body blow.

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The video game legacy of Tom Clancy

Tom tom-clancy-obitClancy had one of the most valuable names in gaming.

It was so valuable, in fact, that Ubisoft bought it from the prolific author in 2008 for an undisclosed substantial sum. And while Clancy’s writing legacy is at an end with his untimely passing, his name will continue to be a part of video game culture.

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Ten Video Games to Watch This Holiday Season: E3

Video games to watchgame publishers and developers have spent the better part of this week at E3 trying to wow the often-jaded gamer with new installments of favorite franchises, games they’ve never heard of before and plenty of sizzle reels.

They’ve done a pretty good job, too, judging by feedback on gaming forums.

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