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Ubisoft gives away free copy of Assassin's Creed via UPlay

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Is UPlay on the PC so bad as to prevent people from downloading a free and decent (albeit old) game? I heard it was bad before I got back into the PC scene, but is it that shitty?

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It's really repetitive. There's no variety in the missions; there's nothing tailored specifically to the different cities you travel to. There's no (fun) set pieces to break the game up. But other than that, the mechanics are still solid and the story is intriguing.

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Is UPlay on the PC so bad as to prevent people from downloading a free and decent (albeit old) game? I heard it was bad before I got back into the PC scene, but is it that shitty?

It's just they saw Origin do well so now they want their own client. Just as many predicted. Coming soon to a pc near you, you steam is dead and all pubs have their own clients where you have to buy their games and at full price since there is no competition since all are exclusive to their own clients.

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I just played through Assassin's Creed 2 on the PC. Bought the game through Steam, it launches Uplay to play it. :|

I went to play the game this past Monday and when I loaded up the game my save was from that Saturday. I played about 4-5 hours on Sunday. Uplay totally lost my save thanks to their cloud saving. I ended up turning the cloud saving off and found a game save online from where I left off. I almost didn't want to keep playing it annoyed me do much, but I was very close to the end.

There are tons of threads out there with people losing their saves. Not sure what the deal is, but if you do end up using uplay, disable cloud saves immediately.

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It's just they saw Origin do well so now they want their own client. Just as many predicted. Coming soon to a pc near you, you steam is dead and all pubs have their own clients where you have to buy their games and at full price since there is no competition since all are exclusive to their own clients.

Other than EA being the only one who can actually launch their own DD service and survive not being on Steam.

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It's really repetitive. There's no variety in the missions; there's nothing tailored specifically to the different cities you travel to. There's no (fun) set pieces to break the game up. But other than that, the mechanics are still solid and the story is intriguing.

Yep. It's a piece of shit.

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The game is really bad. I didn't like it that much when I played it. I doubt the passage of time has helped it any.

They are giving the game away so in a few months they can report like EA did, "We have 5 million active accounts".

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Other than EA being the only one who can actually launch their own DD service and survive not being on Steam.

What makes you think that will always be the case? People didn't think Origin would work either. Who are the three largest publishers?

EA which has origin.

Activision/Blizzard which has Battle.net.

Ubisoft which now has UPlay.

Blizzard has never been on Steam, EA is slowly distancing themselves from Steam, and if UPlay takes off you will start seeing the same from Ubisoft. Then you also have pressure coming from MS with Games for Windows Live if they push the App marketplace on Windows 8.

Things don't look too rosy for Steam if you ask me.

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What makes you think that will always be the case? People didn't think Origin would work either. Who are the three largest publishers?

EA which has origin.

Activision/Blizzard which has Battle.net.

Ubisoft which now has UPlay.

Blizzard has never been on Steam, EA is slowly distancing themselves from Steam, and if UPlay takes off you will start seeing the same from Ubisoft. Then you also have pressure coming from MS with Games for Windows Live if they push the App marketplace on Windows 8.

Things don't look too rosy for Steam if you ask me.

Its not going to take off. There is a reason why Ubisoft bitches about pirating, and its because PC gamers dont give a shit about their games, and their shitty DRM. They buy the console version, or dont buy it.

EA worked because they sell games people care to play. BF3 is one of the biggest games out, SWTOR was huge (didnt require Origin, but required an account), and Mass Effect 3 was a pretty damn big title as well. Everything EA makes is a pretty large title. Ubisoft has like one game thats semi popular*, and thats Assassins Creed. I am willing to bet most people who dont want to buy something if its not on Steam, wont have much of a problem skipping that one. BF3 on the other hand...Isnt as easy to ignore. Same for Blizzards games.

Edit: * On the PC.

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It's really repetitive. There's no variety in the missions; there's nothing tailored specifically to the different cities you travel to. There's no (fun) set pieces to break the game up. But other than that, the mechanics are still solid and the story is intriguing.

This is basically it. The story doesn't pick up until about the last 30 minutes and then it ends.

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Long story short: Origin only ever survived because it has battlefield 3.

UPlay has nothing, and will die unless there is a true AAA title exclusive only to it

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Long story short: Origin only ever survived because it has battlefield 3.

UPlay has nothing, and will die unless there is a true AAA title exclusive only to it

Ass Creed 3?

EDIT: It's not exclusive but could very easily require Uplay's installation giving them a huge userbase to work with and Ass Creed 4 or whatever could be limited to Uplay to try to leverage that user base just like Origin did with BF3.

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You have to use Uplay to play Assassin's Creed (and SC: Conviction) on Steam anyway. I doubt they offer the game exclusive through Uplay but I bet they will offer exclusive downloadable content. They already offer exclusive downloadable content for their games but they don't charge money for it; they charge credits which you can earn by completing achievements. So they aren't far off from just charging money for these things.

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