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Now you Siege me: here's 36 minutes of Rainbow Six footage

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Now you Siege me: here's 36 minutes of Rainbow Six footage

Rainbow Six Siege was the toast of E3 - and the single family home map on show has become so familiar in subsequent streams that some of us could probably find our way downstairs to the fridge for a snack in the middle of the night.

But that’s okay. Ubisoft Montreal’s maps will have to offer enough variety in approach to withstand not several playthroughs, but several hundred. And this one’s doing just fine so far.

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Ubisoft reveal the "worlds apart" districts of Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris

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Ubisoft reveal the "worlds apart" districts of Assassin's Creed Unity's Paris

Paris! It’s the city of love - so long as you stick to the neat gardens of Le Marais, plant your fingers in your ears and sing Clair de lune at the top of your voice. On the other side of the river, the mob tip carriages back and forth until their passengers spill out onto the cobbles. An assassin, as ever, lives in the space between.

Here’s everything Ubisoft have told us about the diverse districts of Assassin’s Creed Unity’s open world thus far.

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Watch Dogs graphics mod TheWorse hits v1.0

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Watch Dogs graphics mod TheWorse hits v1.0

Watch Dogs’ graphics weren’t quite up to the standard of the original E3 demo, whether this was because they were more than the new generation consoles could handle, or that the visual effects on show were causing problems elsewhere in the game. Whatever the case it’s fallen to modders to bring the game up to scratch.

TheWorse has done just that.

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Be part of The Crew earlier with PC closed beta

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Be part of The Crew earlier with PC closed beta

Ubisoft’s crime-spree open world racer The Crew is skidding into open beta this month, but PC players get to seize pole position by getting into the event a whole two days earlier than console gamers. 

To paint a picture, that means we on the PC are hurtling along in McLaren P1s whilst the Xbox and PlayStation crowds trundle along in their Nissan Micras. 

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Rainbow Six Siege multiplayer footage blows out the walls and floors

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Rainbow Six Siege multiplayer footage blows out the walls and floors

The Rainbow Six Siege E3 unveiling was an astonishingly brutal assault on both an average suburban home and everyone’s expectations. Considered by many as the star of the show, until now we’ve only been witness to a single round of Siege’s signature multiplayer mode. 

Until now, that is. Last night Ubisoft ran a live stream where two teams proceeded to blast each other to smithereens over the course of six matches. Whilst they were all fought on the familiar family home map, the prolonged footage gives us a good insight into the small complexities of the game. 

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Assassin's Creed Unity to be overseen by Ubisoft's new Chief Parkour Officer

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Assassin's Creed Unity to be overseen by Ubisoft's new Chief Parkour Officer

Ubisoft have appointed a new Chief Parkour Officer. Rather than promote a fleet-footed executive from within, they’ve hired on noted freerunner Michael ‘Frosti’ Zernow. He’ll advise on the imminent Assassin’s Creed Unity.

“I’ve been a long-time fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and it’s one of the few highly visible examples of parkour that attracts younger athletes to the sport every year," said Zernow of his role.

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Rainbow Six Siege trailer peppers the walls with praise

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Rainbow Six Siege trailer peppers the walls with praise

As is becoming traditional for Ubisoft, the French developer pulled out another ‘next-gen’ jawdropper at E3 this year in the form of Rainbow Six Siege. Everyone got excited, partially because we’ve been ever so hungry for a new Rainbow Six game for too long, but mostly because it looks exceptional

All that excitement has been machine gunned in the form of accolades over this latest Rainbow Six Siege trailer. You can almost see its smugly satisfied grin beneath the clouds of obliterated plasterboard. 

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Assassin's Creed Unity is a "new narrative start"; "best entry point" since the series began

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Assassin's Creed Unity is a "new narrative start"; "best entry point" since the series began

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag was one of the best games of 2013 - not least because it ditched the contemporary landlord antics of its predecessors completely. In their place were first-person sequences set in offices a lot like those Ubisoft occupy in Montreal. It worked, really well. But it wasn’t a meta-trick the studio could repeat twice, and Assassin’s Creed Unity marks the beginning of a new story cycle.

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Horse amour: Ubisoft's digital publishing head says we've finally fallen in love with DLC

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Horse amour: Ubisoft's digital publishing head says we've finally fallen in love with DLC

In the end, the resistance never came. Eight years after Oblivion introduced us to the concept of horse armour and we kicked up a right old fuss, one of the best PC games of 2013 - Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag - offered to mark the spot of all its collectibles for 79p.

“There was no resistance," said Ubisoft VP of digital publishing Chris Early. “Maybe there were 12 guys somewhere who said something, but whatever. As a whole, there wasn’t a problem."

Early reckons we’re finally okay with buying convenience in our games - so long as “good design" informs what goes on sale.

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Always-online DRM and service shutdowns endanger the PC's back catalog

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Always-online DRM and service shutdowns endanger the PC's back catalog

When Tim Edwards asked me to do a round-up of PC’s best racing games, I was I was only too happy to oblige. I’m the motorhead around the PCGN virtual office, and the assignment sounded like a blast. One of my favorite genres, and a chance to revisit its greatest recent hits? The only problem was going to be keeping the list to just ten or fifteen items!

Or so I thought. Two days later, my list was a shambles. Somehow, in the last few years, most of my favorite racing games were rendered obsolete. Not by operating system compatibility or changing graphics standards. No, what had killed my racing game collection was Games For Windows, SecuROM, and server shutdowns.

This is how we lose games.

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Ubislow no more? Assassin's Creed Unity to launch on all platforms simultaneously

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Ubislow no more? Assassin's Creed Unity to launch on all platforms simultaneously

It’s gotten to the point where expecting a simultaneous release of Assassin’s Creed across consoles and PC is folly. We always end up waiting while our console brethren enjoy running across roofs and jumping on folk like a predatory cat. 

But Ubisoft are looking to fix this unfortunate tradition and bring Assassin’s Creed Unity to PC at the same time as Xbox One and PS4. What do you think of our chances?

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Ubisoft on DRM: "I don't want us in a position where we're punishing a paying player"

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Ubisoft on DRM: "I don't want us in a position where we're punishing a paying player"

In an interview with GameSpot Ubisoft have voiced their opinion on the everlasting battle against piracy, DRM and their solutions. VP of digital publishing Chris Early admitted that “anything is going to be able to be pirated given enough time", and that they want to focus on making a “great game" and delivering “good services".

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Is Valiant Hearts the most respectful war game ever made? This trailer makes its case

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Is Valiant Hearts the most respectful war game ever made? This trailer makes its case

Back in the day, Medal of Honor’s developers fought to honour the real experiences of the ageing army consultants they’d come to admire, and it showed.

But if reality influenced an FPS equally indebted to Saving Private Ryan, it’s the bedrock of this puzzle adventure game from the makers of Rayman. At least, that’s how Ubisoft and a handful of historians tell it.

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Watch Dogs E3 2012 graphics could have left it "less enjoyable or even unstable"

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Watch Dogs E3 2012 graphics could have left it "less enjoyable or even unstable"

Nine minutes of in-dev footage fueled two years of expectation ahead of Watch Dogs’ release - but that gave way to slow-burn fumes of outrage in some quarters upon its release last month. You can read our Watch Dogs review to see our verdict.

Even on Ultra settings, the finished game didn’t match the luscious lighting and dramatic depth of field seen in the E3 demo - and modders soon discovered those effects had been hidden in Watch Dogs’ files.

Why? That’s the question Ubisoft have sought to answer today.

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Reach for the sky: Trials Fusion grows an online tournament mode

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Reach for the sky: Trials Fusion grows an online tournament mode

Bikes! Oh my gosh, look - one’s upside down. You can’t land a bike upside down! Oh, now it’s the right way up again. Phew.

Such is the exhilarating premise of Trials Fusion. Dedicated racers have already zipped through its existing stages, and its six-part course of DLC is yet to begin - but in the meantime, a free online tournament mode has dropped into the game.

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ctOS update: Watch Dogs PC patch pledges performance improvements

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ctOS update: Watch Dogs PC patch pledges performance improvements

On the PC, Watch Dogs' Chicago looks just as expensive as it surely was to make - but it hasn't necessarily played that way if our Watch Dogs review is anything to go by. Some players have seen graphical glitches on Low and Medium settings, suffered crashes in Nvidia SLI configurations, and struggled with the controls. But Ubisoft think they’ve sieved out all that in a new update set to arrive in the next few days.

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Watch Dogs mod brings back original E3 effects

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Watch Dogs mod brings back original E3 effects

When Watch Dogs was first shown off at E3 in 2012 it was draped in graphical effects, gusts of wind, fancy blooms, and crowded streets. It was showing what Ubisoft thought the next generation of consoles would be capable of before they’d even been announced. What was eventually released trimmed many of those niceties away.

Modder TheWorse has found these old effects hidden away in Watch Dogs’ game files and is resurrecting them one by one to make the PC version look as good as it can, which might of aided it in our Watch Dogs review.

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