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Deals with Gold

As revealed on Major Nelson’s Blog, this weeks Deals with Gold are now available, check out the tables below and bag yourself a bargain!

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Far Cry 4 Xbox One Game 45%
Far Cry 4 Gold Edition  Xbox One Game 40%
Far Cry 4 Season Pass Add-On 33%
Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One Game 45%

Xbox 360

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Black Ops Games On Demand 75%
Call of Duty 2 Games On Demand 50%
Call of Duty Classic Arcade 33%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Games On Demand 60%
Far Cry 3 Games On Demand 50%
Far Cry 4 Games On Demand 45%
Far Cry 4 Season Pass Add-On 33%
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon  Arcade 75%
Double Dragon Neon Arcade 75%
Bioshock Infinite Season Pass* Add-On 50%
Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea Ep 1* Add-On 50%
Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea Ep 2 (1 of 2)* Add-On 50%

AC: Unity patch finally removes Companion App requirements

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Almost three months after its initial launch on the Xbox One, Ubisoft have finally listened to consumers and removed the companion app requirements that were littered throughout Assassin’s Creed: Unity.

The latest patch that has just released on the Xbox One means that all the Initiate chests that were previously locked away behind the ridiculous companion app, can now be accessed whenever you stumble across them, which means I’m going to be booting that game up later today to collect the rest of them.

As well as this fantastic news, the latest update fixes a variety of other bugs such as random crashes, gear unlocks and textures issues. Unity may have had a rough launch but it’s slowly becoming a great game.

The patch should be available to download now and the full details can be found below or on the Ubisoft site. 

Stability & performance

  • Fixed numerous random crashes both on Campaign and Coop

Save game & Progression

  • Fixed gear and outfit rewards getting relocked
  • Added users profile corrector to resolve companion synchronization issues
  • Made Initiate and companion app exclusive content accessible to all players
  • Fixed the ‘Find Leon’ objective not spawning on Dead Kings Memory 2

Online matchmaking, connectivity & replication

  • Fixed various matchmaking and connection issues both in matches and when starting a match.
  • Fixed various replication issues between host and clients
  • Fixed issues with the My Club feature

Gameplay (navigation, fight, stealth)

  • Fixed issue with Arno losing control after trying to launch Initiates from the pause menu
  • Fixed minor navigation issues

Menus and HUD

  • Fixed issues occurring when hacking gears
  • Fixed additional issues with notifications

World & 3D

  • Fixed some minor FX and texture issues

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Dead Kings DLC now available

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Last week we told you that there would be DLC available for Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Well, rejoice! It’s available to download now for the grand price of nothing! Huzzah!

The DLC, titled ‘Dead Kings’, continues Arno’s story – set after the main game – where Arno is sent on a mission that takes him to the depths of the city and into the network of catacombs where he is searching for the secrets of the French kings. Players will come across familiar historical faces such as Napoleon, Marquis de Sade, as well as a new enemy faction called The Raiders. Ubisoft say these guys are “merciless foes desecrating the catacombs”.

There is also to be new weapons, gear, and outfits available for unlocking in single player and co-operative play.

So there you have it. Go get yourself some free AC:Unity DLC!

If you’re still not convinced by the FREE! Price tag? Well, here’s a little trailer that should sway you to use up some more of that 500GB hard drive space that you have.

Assassin’s Creed Unity’s Dead Kings arises next week

Set after the events of Assassin’s Creed Unity’s storyline, Dead Kings continues Arno’s adventure in the depths of Saint Denis’ crypts where France’s dead kings have been laid to rest. In these dark underground catacombs you will need all your wits about you if you are to triumph over the Raiders – a new faction to the series – luckily Arno has packed his trusty lantern in order to light the way and he is rocking the Guillotine gun, a vicious new ‘explosive’ weapon that can blast through enemies from a distance or cut through them at close quarters.

The DLC is free to all owners of Assassin’s Creed Unity and includes brand new activities and side missions to tackle that features new murder mysteries, enigmas and co-op activities – what’s more is that your new weapons, gear and outfits can even be used back in Paris!

Giveaway: Xbox One digital copy of Assassin’s Creed Unity

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UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone that entered and congrats to Lisa Aalderink from the Netherlands – you’ve bagged yourself a digital copy of Assassin’s Creed Unity courtesy of Games on Demand – we’ve passed them your details so they should be in touch soon!

 

Happy New Year everyone! To celebrate the start of 2015, we’ve teamed up with Games on Demand again to bring you another awesome giveaway. Our last giveaway for 12 months of Xbox Live Gold went down really well, especially for Chris Hare who nabbed the prize thanks to the expert drawing skills of the Rafflecopter computer.

Don’t worry if you missed out on the prize, Games on Demand currently have the cheapest online deal for 12 months of Xbox Live Gold – £26.80. You can also pay in Euros or Dollars if you live across the pond – does this make the deal the cheapest in your region? Let us know in the comments below!

Now on to January’s giveaway, a digital copy of Assassin’s Creed Unity! Don’t let Unity’s rocky start in life put you off… now that the majority of bugs have been fixed it’s certainly in my top three games of 2014! The code is region free so the giveaway is open to everyone (except TiX staff) no matter what part of the world you reside in.

To be in with a chance of winning, fill out the entry form on our swanky Rafflecopter plug-in and it will even select a winner when the giveaway ends at midnight on February 1st. Good luck and don’t forget to go and check out Games on Demand, they are adding more and more Xbox stock all the time.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity patch 4 releases later today

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After a slight delay to Ubisoft’s fourth patch to Assassin’s Creed Unity, Xbox One owners will begin to receive the update later today (Tuesday 16). The team at Ubisoft have tweaked various areas of Paris to create a more stable environment for Assassin initiates making today’s update roll in at around 6.7 GB.

All that remains is whether this will be the final patch for the series’ troublesome title, although bar a few minor animation glitches with the environment and the odd audio problem, I’ve not had any major issues with Unity making it one of my favourite titles of the year!

The full patch notes can be found on Ubisoft’s forum and also below for your viewing pleasure.

Stability, Performance and Save Game
Fixed numerous random crashes both on Campaign and Coop
Implemented multiple optimizations and fixes to improve overall performance
Fixed save issue caused by the companion app on the main menu (loss of data)
Fixed save issue caused by contacts list (crash occurring). Users should now have access to save

Gameplay (navigation, fight, stealth)
Fixed various navigation issues
Fixed issues with lock picking chests
Fixed additional haystack issues

Character, AI and Crowd
Fixed various character, crowd station and NPC issues

Online, Matchmaking, Connectivity and Replication
Fixed various matchmaking and connection issues both in matches and when starting a match.
Fixed various issues with voice chat
Fixed join-in-progress issues
Fixed various replication issues between host and clients
Fixed issues with player rank and COOP/heist rewards
Fixed issues with Helix credits
Fixed issues with the My Club feature

Menus and HUD
Fixed HUD icon issues and issues with map information
Fixed various Initiates issues
Fixed additional issues with notifications

Mission tweaks (campaign, coop and side content)
Fixed various low occurrence walkthrough breaks in both Campaign and COOP
Fixed various NPC issues
Fixed issue with the quest log disappearing for specific side missions

World and 3D
Fixed various collision and mesh issues
Fixed additional issues where player would fall through the world
Fixed specific areas where textures were missing

Assassin’s Creed Unity patch 4 suffers a slight delay

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While the majority of Assassin’s Creed Unity’s bugs and glitches have been fixed, Ubisoft was still planning to release a fourth update to knock the final glitches on the head – yes, was… It seems the fourth patch, which was due to go live today, has suffered a slight delay. Now we are all used to delays in-game releases but a patch! We can only hope that Ubisoft are intending this to be the final one and want everything to be tickety-boo.

As stated last week, we’d expected to release the patch today (and we know that many are anticipating its release), but we are choosing to hold off until we can give you the improvements we’ve promised. We are committed to delivering major performance improvements, which requires that we refurbish the Paris map and that will take a few more days to hit the high level of quality our players deserve.

Assassins Creed: Unity Review

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Assassins Creed games come round once a year, sometimes more depending on the consoles you own. If like me you’ve been playing them since the initial release back in 2007 you’ve probably also loved and hated some previous titles in the series. If you haven’t read our Assassins Creed: Black Flag review back during the Xbox One launch, now would be the time.

Assassins Creed has become a power house for Ubisoft with each new release bringing in the revenue as fans seem to be as strongly devoted to the series now as they were back in 2008/9. Assassins Creed: Black Flag was developed for both (at the time) current and next gen consoles whereas Unity has been developed purely for new current gen cycle of consoles.  Black Flag looked great, Unity looks stunning. Let’s take a dive (from a high view point), and delve into the French Revolution.

Our protagonist is Arno Dorian, a young native Frenchman born in Versailles to an Assassin and his wife. The story begins at the end of Assassins Creed Rogue where Arno’s father is murdered and he himself is adopted, unbeknown to him by The Templar Grandmaster and his family including Elise De LaSerre who from the outset is clearly introduced as Arno’s love interest. During the opening tutorial missions, Arno’s adopted father is murdered and Arno accused of the act and imprisoned. Whilst incarcerated and blaming himself Arno meets an Assassin who eventually helps him escape. Setting out on a quest of redemption, Arno is eventually brought before the Brother of Assassins and like in previous titles, he rise through the ranks is swift.

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Characters of note you’ll meet include the famous French military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte, Maximilien De Robespierre one of the most influential figures during the French Revolution and Marquis de Sade a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer who during the French Revolution was elected delegate to the National Convention. Game development, which weaves it way through history right through to the execution of Louis XVI, was carefully over seen by a number of high profile historians recruited by Ubisoft including Laurent Turcot, a professor from Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres. It was this attention to detail and supervision of the script which really makes Assassins Creed Unity stand out in comparison to previous titles in the series.

Speaking of development, it is worth noting that Assassins Creed Unity officially went into development shortly after the release of Assassins Creed: Brotherhood back in 2010. With development teams from both Brotherhood and Assassins Creed III involved, it wasn’t until March 2014 that we got to see Arno for the first time via some leaked screenshots. Development was completed by 10 different Ubisoft studios with the lead team based out of Montreal. These different studios are what I believe have led to a number of technical issues across the game; albeit now mostly resolved through hefty patches and updates.

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Assassins Creed: Unity shipped with a host of challenges for Ubisoft. Ranging from technical issues and performance related problems, a stilted and somewhat over stiff combat system, a free running experience with an overly controlling auto-correct system and a story line which although brilliantly detailed can at times introduce characters whom have pointless relationships with what is happening around them. These problems and many more lead to an official apology from Ubisoft Montreal including free DLC (Assassins Creed Unity: Dead Kings) for all players and for those who purchased the Season Pass, a free game from the Ubisoft catalogue including The Crew and Far Cry 4.

Even with all the challenges faced during launch, Assassins Creed: Unity still had a lot to offer players including a vast, vibrant city open to explore right from the get go. Moving around the city will be familiar to all Assassins Creed fans and Arno controls much like the other assassins, although the parkour elements have been modified and changed a little. Now players can control either going up or down when scaling buildings with the push of a button. While the game has a standard set of main missions, taking around 12-15 hours to play through it also contains a truly huge amount and variety of side quests including a new favourite of mine; murder mysteries. But it also includes protection style missions, pulling down propaganda posters and of course renovating and improving Arno’s Head Quarters, the Café Théâtre. This building was once the intelligence gathering front of the Assassin Brotherhood but become a neglected, run down shell. Given over to Arno the building becomes his base of operations in Paris during the game. In it Arno can attend plays, keep his armour and weapons, further train his Assassin skills and complete side missions furthering his influence and wealth. There is seemingly an endless amount of content here. The base also acts as the entrance to the underground Assassin Brotherhood HQ.

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Much overdue is the tweaked combat system which now includes a unique way of levelling armour and weapons through upgrades. Everything in the game is rated with diamonds, the more diamonds the harder the challenge whether it be a fight, mission or otherwise. Likewise Arno is rated by diamonds based on his unlocked abilities, armour and weapons equipped. As the diamonds increase, so does the challenge and the ability to tackle them.

One of the biggest gripes with many players when Assassins Creed: Unity was released was the combat system seemed to be slow and clunky. With that comes an added difficulty which although frustrating at first, was very deliberate. Enemies can no longer be countered too easily, and can in turn interrupt your own attacks. Arno can also no longer sustain more than a couple of bullet shots. Players must time parries just right to be able to strike back. The harder the enemy rating, the more they block, throw flash bangs and dodge attacks. This is all a welcome challenge especially considering that sometimes the combat situations you found yourself in during Assassins Creed: Black Flag were overly simplistic.

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The scale and scope of Paris is breath-taking and even though the game had it’s share of production challenges, you can’t help but be left admiring how alive the streets of Paris feel. Although the time of day doesn’t change dynamically any more, it does when fast travelling between locations and when entering/leaving various missions. Roaming the rooftops of Paris tells a story of a city in turmoil, as you navigate around landmarks you’ll be constantly greeted with signs of protest and unrest as hundreds of NPC’s on screen gather in public places. The facial features, movements and attention to detail in clothing during the cut scenes are really impressive throughout and it’s safe to say that Assassins Creed: Unity is visually spectacular.

I’ve always been an Assassins Creed fan, always playing the games imagining a more open world style gameplay that Assassins Creed: III and Assassins Creed: Black Flag hinted at. Although yes the game has its challenges with the technical problems that plagued the initial release, Assassins Creed: Unity has hours or gameplay to enjoy, a solid campaign, a beautifully recreated Paris and some superb voice acting. Ubisoft Montreal made some mistakes, but it’s also hard not to appreciate everything they got right.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Cast of Characters Trailer

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Assassin’s Creed Unity is full of charismatic characters. Meet the actors behind Arno Dorian, Elise, Napoleon and more  in the video below. Learn how they have embodied their character, allowing Assassin’s Creed Unity to display a powerful story. Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released on the 14th November here in the UK.  Will you be joining in the fight?