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  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Division’s Dire Tone And By-The-Numbers Combat Are At Odds In The Beta

    It's daylight when I step into the food court. It's a dinky sort of place covered in grime and snow that's fallen through the ceiling window. A few bandits stand near the kitchen, hassling some hostages. I creep across the court, taking cover behind a table. A couple of them are chatting... More
  • Blog Post: Super Replay – Beyond Good & Evil (Part Ten)

    One of the most criminally overlooked games from yesteryear, Beyond Good & Evil is a story-driven adventure that follows a photojournalist named Jade and her mechanic friend Pey'j. We won't spoil where this journey goes, but fans of Zelda, Pokémon Snap, and fun science fiction stories... More
  • Blog Post: A Day With The Division – Fully Updated

    Yesterday, the Xbox One beta for The Division got going, and today sees the launch of the PS4 and PC versions. I’m spending the day exploring Ubisoft’s new shooter, and I’ll be updating this story throughout the day with details. What do you want to learn about? If you don’t have... More
  • Blog Post: Five Ways The Division Is Like Destiny, And Nine Ways It’s Not

    Destiny has been a regular gaming destination for many players in the last year and a half, thanks in large part to slotting into a distinct genre that borrows liberally from shooters, MMOs, and open-world RPGs to create something new. Part of its lasting appeal is the social experience and character... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – We Take Back Madison Square Garden In The Division

    Since The Division was first announced nearly three years ago, Tom Clancy and shooter fans alike have been eagerly awaiting to experience its version of post-apocalyptic New York City. With the release date approaching, and hype ramping up, Matthew Bertz and I take a look at one of the early missions... More
  • Blog Post: Our Assassin's Creed Wishlist

    Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series is at an important juncture. While 2015's Syndicate was a quality game, the series' yearly installments are grinding on the public. With the rumor that Ubisoft may put the franchise on ice for a year, we look at what we want to see from the series going... More
  • Blog Post: You Are Being Watched: The Terrifying Paranoia of Rainbow Six Siege

    I crouch in a dark corner of the parlor. My teammates are restless. They should be. A few minutes ago a camera on wheels rolled into our little hideout and saw each and every one of us, as well as the hostage we're guarding. We've erected steel walls, placed explosive traps all along the perimeter... 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: Rainbow Six: Siege – 30 Tips To Keep You Alive

    Rainbow Six Siege hit shelves a few days ago and we've been hard at work playing and analyzing the game, figuring out the best strategies that'll lead you to victory. The truth of the matter is that Siege is a game dripping with tension and uncertainty, where the outcome is often based on quick... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Us Play Two Hours Of Just Cause 3 & Rainbow Six Siege

    Update: The stream has concluded, but you can watch the archived versions here! December doesn't often bring huge release days for video games, but today welcomes two of the the year's most anticipated titles: Just Cause 3 and Rainbow Six Siege. Starting at 4 p.m. CT, we're spending an hour... 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: Writings On The Cave Wall – Why 2016 Could Be The Year Of The Caveman

    When Medal of Honor first stormed the beaches of Normandy, it didn't take long before dozens of WWII games were storming retail shelves. When fans grew tired of World War II shooters, it wasn't too long before we were overwhelmed with sci-fi shooters. Gaming trends come and go, but they're... 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: Test Chamber – Assassin's Creed Syndicate

    Assassin's Creed Syndicate comes out this Friday, and lots of fans are curious whether the series' latest installment is up to snuff. Take a look as Kato, Kyle, and Brian discuss the game's systems, compare it to past titles, and get in a spot of bother. This Test Chamber's footage takes... More
  • Blog Post: Our Hopes & Fears For Assassin's Creed Syndicate

    I'm a fan of the Assassin's Creed series, and with AC Syndicate on the horizon (out October 23) I'm excited to once again dive into the boots of another Assassin fighting against the Templars. There are elements of the game, such as its setting and female playable character, Evie, that I... 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: 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
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