If you're hoping to emerge from your house in a few months with a thorough knowledge of Ancient Greek winemaking and Egyptian funeral rites, might I recommend Assassin's Creed's Discovery Tours? They're free on Ubisoft's website or Uplay (you'll need Uplay to run them) and are absolutely worth grabbing, for you or your kids. Strip out the stabbing, leave the rest. Origins and Odyssey are some of the most intricate digital dioramas ever created. Sure, there's a video game layered on top, but the real draw is the world Ubisoft's artists and animators and scripters created.
Starting today through to May 21st, the standalone versions of Ubisoft's Discovery Tour: Ancient Greece and Discovery Tour: Ancient Egypt are free to download on PC as part of the company's Play Your Part, Play at Home campaign to help teachers and students during the coronavirus pandemic. They allow you to explore Assassin's Creed Origins and Odyssey's game worlds without worrying about combat or mission objectives. Along the way, they'll teach you about the historical periods they take place in. In the example of the Ancient Egypt experience, you'll learn more about what life was like in along the Nile delta during the waning years of the Ptolemaic dynasty. The company worked with professional historians to create the experiences and incorporated a variety of primary sources like archival photos into each tour.
Reporters Without Borders has found a radical new platform for distributing banned journalism in some of the world's most repressive countries: Minecraft. The advocacy group has opened a new virtual space on a dedicated server for the popular video game called'The Uncensored Library,' accessible to any of Minecraft's 145 million monthly players. Inspired by the neoclassical architecture of ancient Rome and Greece, the library will be filled with books containing the text of news stories that have been censored in their countries of origin. To begin with, the library will be stocked with stories from five countries that rank near the bottom of Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index, including Egypt, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. The stories will be published in English and whichever language they were originally written in.
If you're a true gamer, owning one of the best gaming monitors is essential to any gaming experience and to any gaming rig. It doesn't matter if you're playing an RPG that has you running around all of ancient Greece or trying to get some quick gaming in on Overwatch. PC games are becoming a sensory experience more and more and the best gaming monitor is a critical part of that. Do you want to forget yourself for a day and a half in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey or the newly released Control? Is something like Ray Tracing, the cutting edge in lighting in games, important?
November's got quite a few releases though, so there are a handful of launch trailers below for Hitman 2 and Battlefield V, plus a release date for Tannenberg, more monsters for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, and an obituary for strategy guide printer Prima Games. This is gaming news for November 5 to 9. I already sunk 60-plus hours into Assassin's Creed: Odyssey so the prospect of going back for more is...daunting. If you're looking to extend your stay in Ancient Greece however, Ubisoft's adding a bunch of stuff to the game in November--new questlines, a new mythological creature, more items, and a level cap bump. Check out the video below for more details. Sunset Overdrive's all-but-confirmed for a PC release at this point, but in case you needed further confirmation: PC Gamer spotted this listing on SteamDB that quite clearly features Sunset Overdrive key art, despite no other details.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is aptly named. It is an enormous, meandering journey through ancient Greece at the beginning of the Peloponnesian war as the struggle between Sparta and Athens begins to reshape the Greek world. It will shock you with its breadth and depth: the sea hides sunken ruins, the detail of temple paintings is impeccable, authentically clothed characters wander enormous cities whilst chatting in Greek, soldiers clash on roads as citizens scatter. You play a mercenary, choosing between the equally statuesque and self-assured Kassandra or Alexios. There is an element of family drama that propels the story forward in counterpart to the overarching historical drama of the setting.
I don't know why the developers made that decision, although the map is certainly cluttered enough without these Historical Locations. It's too bad you could play through the whole of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey ($60 on Humble) without stumbling on this other layer though. There's a lot of interesting historical information contained within, and a lot of great pseudo-historical information as well--insight into the Ancient Greece of Odyssey that explains how and why it differs from the strictly historical Ancient Greece we might know.
Assassin's Creed took a year-long break in 2016, then came out swinging last year with a quite literally game-changing new vision for the series in Assassin's Creed: Origins. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey picks up many of the newer ideas laid out in Origins, then expands on them and frames them all against the backdrop of an ancient Greece setting. But is that a good thing? SEE ALSO: In'Assassin's Creed Odyssey,' choices really matter Critics seem to think so. Mashable's review is coming soon, but here's a rundown of the critical pulse surrounding Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, which is out for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Oct. 5. Assassin's Creed Odyssey is huge.
The map of Damascus in the first Assassin's Creed was 0.13km². Since then, the map in each successive game has been bigger than the one before. Based on that history, we can expect the map for the upcoming AC: Odyssey to be bigger than last year's brilliant AC: Origins. Dimitras Galatas put together a short video comparing maps from several of the Assassin's Creed games. The map of Greece for Odyssey is shown at 130km², a substantial increase over the tiny map of Damascus and more than 2.5 times as large as AC: Origin's 80km² map of Egypt.
E3 is the biggest video games news event of the year, where Playstation, EA, Xbox, Ubisoft and more compete to show off their latest games (and announce new ones) at flashy press conferences and ostentatious booths in the Los Angeles Convention Centre. Now that the onslaught of announcements, trailers and general showing-off from the week-long show is over, here are ten big stories that emerged from the chaos. War-game Battlefield V includes female soldiers for the first time. The Last of Us Part 2, one of the biggest forthcoming games for PlayStation 4, stars a lesbian teenager, shown kissing her girlfriend at a party. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey features a choice of male or female main character to adventure through Ancient Greece.