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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 09, 2019. 23 comments

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Is An Infuriating Mess

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Is An Infuriating Mess

I have never played a game as inconsistent as Ghost Recon Breakpoint. In its finest moments, when the stars align, it delivers stealth action on par with the best in the genre. When it falls apart, as it usually does, a tangled weave of glitches and half-baked systems reveal a game compromised by bland AAA design sensibilities and a ceaseless desire to churn out content at a breakneck...

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Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Oct 04, 2019.

If Only Ghost Recon Breakpoint Were More Like Assassin's Creed

If Only Ghost Recon Breakpoint Were More Like Assassin's Creed

Assassin’s Creed games have gotten better and better at establishing a sense of place and filling that place with tons of satisfying, stealthy missions. After a few hours with Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo is still mostly just thinking about how much he likes Assassin’s Creed. On this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen, we talk about his initial impressions of Ubisoft’s...

Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 03, 2019. 19 comments

You Can Fight Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Main Villain Right Away, If You're Foolish Enough

You Can Fight Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Main Villain Right Away, If You're Foolish Enough

I’ll be blunt: Playing Ghost Recon Breakpoint has been a drag. My initial ambivalence has given way to outright frustration as I trudge through generic military gameplay and the tangled web of pointless microtransactions. But Breakpoint has a twist that also offers a unique challenge. If you want, you can search and find the location of the enemy commander and try to take him out right from...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 02, 2019. 20 comments

Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s Microtransactions Explained

Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s Microtransactions Explained

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is in early access before its full launch on Friday. It offers a somewhat generic but capable military shooter to hardcore fans. Looming over everything has been the specter of microtransactions. The game offers lots of them. So far, we’ve seen that you can easily ignore them.

First thing first: none of Breakpoint’s microtransactions are required for a comfortable...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 01, 2019. 21 comments

Five Hours With Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Five Hours With Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is here, or is it hiding in that bush over there? Whatever the case, Ubisoft’s latest addition to the Tom Clancy video game canon is here with plenty of loot to find and bases to assault. Breakpoint brings a lot of improvements over 2017’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Cool character creation, tons of weapon customization, an actual villain. But it’s also rough in other areas,...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Sep 07, 2019. 6 comments

The Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Beta Is A Debate On What A Ghost Recon Needs To Be

The Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Beta Is A Debate On What A Ghost Recon Needs To Be

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, the follow-up to 2017’s popular and controversial Ghost Recon: Wildlands , kicked off its closed beta weekend yesterday, letting players who pre-ordered the game take on two early story missions and a host of side missions that ostensibly will give players a clearer picture of what to expect when the game launches October 4. Almost immediately, players have been...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Sep 05, 2019. 9 comments

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Discovery Tour Mode Lets You Ride Around On A Unicorn And Take Quizzes

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Discovery Tour Mode Lets You Ride Around On A Unicorn And Take Quizzes

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey finally gets its Discovery Mode Tour this month, offering a way to explore the game’s recreation of Ancient Greece peacefully while maybe just learning something. As with all things Odyssey, it is intimidatingly large.

I’ve only taken the quickest of tours in Odyssey’s new mode, just enough to see the game’s map freckled with nodes for some 30 tours and hundreds of...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 24, 2019. 12 comments

The Division 2 Developers Challenge Players To Find Misspelled Police Car

The Division 2 Developers Challenge Players To Find Misspelled Police Car

In the vast video game version of Washington, D.C in Ubisoft’s The Division 2 , there is a single police car that reads “POLCE.” The misspelling has been in the game for months, but only on Wednesday, after a prompt from the game’s creative director, did people finally start reporting its discovery.

A Berlin-based gamer named Patrik (SteelRampage77) was the first of over a dozen people to...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Aug 19, 2019. 6 comments

Rainbow Six Siege's Next Operation Will Add A Cool New Grappling Hook And A Reworked Kanal

Rainbow Six Siege's Next Operation Will Add A Cool New Grappling Hook And A Reworked Kanal
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Ubisoft announced new details about the upcoming third season of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 4 were announced today at the Rainbow Six Major in Raleigh. A new operation is coming called Ember Rise. It will add two new operators, a revamped version of the map Kanal, a battle pass system and a series of quality...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 15, 2019. 21 comments

'We Know We’re Not Taking It Far Enough': A Ubisoft VP Wrestles With Politics In Games

'We Know We’re Not Taking It Far Enough': A Ubisoft VP Wrestles With Politics In Games

A couple of months ago, in a meeting room on the outskirts of the Los Angeles Convention Center during the E3 gaming show, Ubisoft’s Tommy Francois described what he thought would be the ultimate video game.

It would be “a matrix where you get one thousand lives, where you get one thousand mistakes and within these thousand mistakes you get all these different points of view and you get...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 13, 2019. 8 comments

The Division 2 Devs Remove New Mode Weeks After Launch To Make It Better

The Division 2 Devs Remove New Mode Weeks After Launch To Make It Better

Adding stuff to a game months after release? That’s usually good news. Removing it a few weeks later? That tends to not go over as well.

Members of The Division 2’s community have been expressing confusion and aggravation since late last week following confirmation that the game’s Expedition area, which was released just last month, is being cycled out tomorrow.

A Ubisoft representative,...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 29, 2019. 17 comments

The End Of Assassin's Creed Odyssey Is Finally Within My Reach

The End Of Assassin's Creed Odyssey Is Finally Within My Reach
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

The developers of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey have been moving the game’s finish line farther out since October of last year, but I think I’m finally about to catch it. This sums up my gaming experience these days, perpetually racing toward a moving goal.

At launch Odyssey was already a marathon, a game with not...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 25, 2019. 9 comments

The Division 2’s Big New Update Is As Promising As It Confusing

The Division 2’s Big New Update Is As Promising As It Confusing

Ubisoft’s sprawling loot shooter The Division 2 just received its biggest free update since its March launch...except most of it isn’t really free until next week, except for two parts that won’t even be free then, but some of the free stuff won’t be out until the week after next, and one promised part is on ice and…Shall we start this over?

On Tuesday, The Division 2’s Title Update 5, which...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 23, 2019. 12 comments

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Final Paid Expansion Is Terrific If You Like The Weird Stuff

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Final Paid Expansion Is Terrific If You Like The Weird Stuff

The most dedicated players of 2009’s Assassin’s Creed II could stray from the Italian Renaissance adventures of Ezio Auditore to solve puzzles that unlocked a 37-second video of a naked Adam and Eve running through a high-tech city in some unknown year BC. That’s the kind of stuff they used to put in Assassin’s Creed games, and how wonderful it is to see a new Assassin’s Creed finally go...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Jul 22, 2019.

The New Mode In Ghost Recon Wildlands Is A Small-Scale Spin On The Battle Royale Formula

The New Mode In Ghost Recon Wildlands Is A Small-Scale Spin On The Battle Royale Formula

Ghost Recon Wildlands is getting a sequel later this year, so most fans and Ubisoft will move on to that next game. But before that happens, Ubisoft has released one last major update for the game which added a brand new competitive mode called Mercenaries. It blends different elements of Wildlands into a small, focused battle royale-like mode that mostly works.

I haven’t played Wildlands in...

Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 16, 2019. 15 comments

Ubisoft Invites Fans To Make Music For Watch Dogs: Legion, Sparking Exploitation Debate

Ubisoft Invites Fans To Make Music For Watch Dogs: Legion, Sparking Exploitation Debate

Last week, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt ‏announced on Twitter that his music production company, HitRecord, would once again partner with Ubisoft, this time to help the publisher create 10 songs for its upcoming open world hacker game, Watch Dogs: Legion. This immediately re-ignited an old debate about the ethics of soliciting work for big budget games from fans.

“10 original songs....

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 12, 2019. 14 comments

Ubisoft Bans Player-Created Assassin's Creed Quests That Let You Level Up By Doing Nothing

Ubisoft Bans Player-Created Assassin's Creed Quests That Let You Level Up By Doing Nothing

Last month, Ubisoft released a tool that allows players to create their own quests in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Players could choose to have other players’ custom quests appear in their games.. Almost immediately came a mess of quests dedicated to rapid-fire power-leveling . “To each their own,” you might say of this questionable practice, but Ubisoft has decided to put its...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 11, 2019. 13 comments

Ubisoft Will Ban Players Who Crashed Rainbow Six Siege Matches By Spamming Chat Symbols

Ubisoft Will Ban Players Who Crashed Rainbow Six Siege Matches By Spamming Chat Symbols

Ubisoft just fixed an exploit that was allowing Rainbow Six Siege players to force their opponents to lag by filling up the game’s chat window with random symbols. Players who abused it to get an advantage in the competitive shooter will be temporarily banned.

Exploits in Rainbow Six Siege are like Whac-A-Mole. When one gets fixed—like the Clash glitch that allowed the character to shoot...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jul 03, 2019. 15 comments

The Division 2 Is Testing Some Much-Requested Features

The Division 2 Is Testing Some Much-Requested Features

There’s going to be a lot less to complain about regarding The Division 2 if a batch of features going live in a test build this week make it into the proper game later this month. Ubisoft’s impressive but contentious shooter appears to be getting flashlights (much requested! ), badly needed buffs for gadget skills, and even matchmaking for its raid, though there’s a big catch to that last...

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Joshua Rivera Joshua Rivera Jun 20, 2019. 15 comments

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Players Are Creating Custom Quests To Level Up By Doing Nothing

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Players Are Creating Custom Quests To Level Up By Doing Nothing

Earlier this month, Ubisoft released a free new Story Creator mode for players of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. It’s a simple tool that lets you stitch together your own original quests in Odyssey using a limited set of options and assets. Yet even in its rudimentary state, you can still add experience and monetary rewards to your quests. Which is why the story creator missions I’m seeing in my...

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