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  • Blog Post: 10 Gameplay Mechanics That Completely Changed Our Favorite Series

    As a game series ages, new ideas are introduced to keep the franchise fresh. Some concepts flop or are forgotten while others flourish. A select few even manage to redefine the way players engage with that series. Here’s a list of mechanics that accomplished the latter for their respective properties... More
  • Blog Post: Ranking The Entire Assassin’s Creed Series

    The Assassin’s Creed series has been around for eight years – not a lot of time when compared to industry veterans like Super Mario and Metal Gear. In that relatively short timespan, the series has become an annual fixture, reliably hitting store shelves with one new title (at least) every... More
  • Blog Post: Afterwords – Assassin's Creed Syndicate

    Assassin's Creed Syndicate is a step in the right direction for Ubisoft's annual series – especially considering the disastrous release of Assassin's Creed Unity in 2014. However, Syndicate isn't only good because it avoids the pitfalls of its predecessor; it combines some fun elements... More
  • Blog Post: Five Potentially Crazy Ideas For The Future Of Assassin's Creed

    Annualizing a franchise means having to regularly introduce new ideas to keep it from becoming stale. Each year, Assassin’s Creed introduces a new design philosophy, whether it’s controlling twin siblings, assassinating targets alongside friends, or sailing the high seas, in order to differentiate... More
  • Blog Post: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: 10 Spoiler-Free Tips For Beginners

    With Syndicate hitting retail shelves today, fans of Ubisoft’s franchise are jumping into Victorian London and discovering what’s familiar and what’s new for this year’s installment . For gamers who are just starting the adventure, here’s our advice for how to focus your... More
  • Blog Post: Where Assassin's Creed Should Go Next: The First Civilization

    Now that Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is out in the wild, we wanted to revisit this conversation to get your thoughts on the current state of the Assassin's Creed franchise. This article was originally published on May 9, 2015. I'm growing disenchanted with the Assassin's Creed games,... More
  • Blog Post: Gaming's Longest Continuous Stories

    When you think about video game narratives, it’s a bit challenging to find many that contain single, perpetual narratives. To test that assumption, we’ve compiled a list of titles featuring lengthy plotlines and abundant canon entries. Each of these series will also have new installments... More
  • Blog Post: One Year Later: The Surprisingly Playable Assassin’s Creed Unity

    Assassin’s Creed Unity was a complete mess at launch. That fact can’t be sugar-coated; an array of technical issues prompted an outcry from gamers – resulting in an apology from Ubisoft and the discontinuation of the planned season pass . The release of barely functional games is not... More
  • Blog Post: Passing The Puck: Assassin's Creed Creator Meets NHL's Producer

    Every year at E3, we try to connect two developers for a one-on-one conversation that viewers wouldn't expect. Even with that template in mind, we were still surprised when the creator of Assassin's Creed and founder of Panache Digital Games Patrice Désilets said that he really wanted... More
  • Blog Post: Assassin’s Creed Scriptwriter Corey May Leaves Ubisoft, Joins Certain Affinity

    Corey May, one of the scriptwriters behind the Assassin’s Creed franchise – and one of the best storytellers in the industry – is no longer with Ubisoft. May has left his previous position to become narrative director at Certain Affinity, a studio known mainly for providing co-development... More
  • Blog Post: Assassin’s Creed Creator Talks Life After Ubisoft, Again

    On the morning of May 7, 2013, Patrice Désilets sensed something was different. Like any other Tuesday, the former Assassin's Creed steward was walking his daughter, Alice, to school before heading to the office to work on his new action/adventure game, 1666: Amsterdam. Unseasonably dry weather... More
  • Blog Post: Hands-on With Assassin's Creed Syndicate

    Ubisoft brought a playable demo of Assassin's Creed Syndicate to E3, and I spent some time learning about the new systems in place for the next chapter in the prolific series. The mission features protagonist Jacob Frye (the game also stars his sister Evey), and involves taking on the Blighters gang... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion - Cutting The Multiplayer Could Be Great For Assassin's Creed Syndicate

    Yesterday’s reveal of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate gave us several details to digest. From new traversal and transportation options to more interesting gang-building activities, Syndicate is looking to add new mechanics that work into the story and Victorian London setting in interesting ways... More
  • Blog Post: Interview: The Finer Points Of Assassin's Creed Syndicate

    Players will be traveling to the Victorian era for the newest entry in the Assassin's Creed series, managing a gang and taking London back from the Templars. Those are the broad strokes, but we spoke with Assassin's Creed Syndicate's creative director, Marc-Alexis Côté, to get... More
  • Blog Post: Five Things You Should Know About Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

    Today, Ubisoft unveiled this year’s major entry in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (formerly referred to as Victory) brings the series forward in time, set about 75 years after the events of Assassin’s Creed Unity. With two new heroes, a compelling time... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Futuristic Technologies From Video Games We Wish Actually Existed

    Stepping into a virtual world where anything is possible, from having superhuman strength to casting magical spells, is one of the most appealing aspects of video games. Some games mix fantasy with a hint of realism, such as a cyberpunk universe exploring futuristic technologies. Believing or hoping... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China

    Assassin's Creed has made the jump to 2.5D side-scrolling stealth action. It's out today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If it's raised your curiosity, read our review and watch our Test Chamber video of it in action. Ben Reeves, intern Elise Favis, and I tour through a couple levels... More
  • Blog Post: 9 Series That Have Found Their Footing Without Their Creators

    Swirling rumors would have you believe that Hideo Kojima, the man who is synonymous with the Metal Gear series, is set to leave Konami – and the franchise he built – behind following Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. To this point, no official confirmation has come from Konami or Kojima... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – We Need More Female Leads In Narrative Games

    Jodie limped along the road, avoiding helicopter wrecks and surrounding debris. A nearby fire hydrant burst into a fountain of water, and flames erupted from the corner gas station. Dirt was smeared across her skin like a warrior's face paint, as she neared a dying officer on the ground. Grabbing... More
  • Blog Post: Five Collectibles In Good Games That We’re Still Cursing At

    I have a problem (OK, I have lots of problems, but we’re only talking about one today). I collect stuff. My shelves are full with Skylanders and Collector’s Editions tsotchkes and oodles of items from Loot Crates. If it stopped there, I’d be fine. My collector obsession bleeds into... More
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