Assassin’s Creed 2
Since completing Assassin’s Creed II (AC2) I now understand the root of Ubisoft’s recent backlash. It’s not because Ubisoft games are bad; in fact, their developers create intriguing, beautiful and engaging worlds. Their publishers just ruin these worlds for everyone, inside and out.
From the outside; the installation was dragged out by the AC launch requiring two updates. This was further extended by the requirement to download, patch and log into Uplay, even though I launched the game through Steam. Uplay continuously crashed until I found a fix on the Steam forums . 40 minutes had passed from the moment I clicked ‘launch’ to when I was able to play – caused by software that in no way improves the game.
Ubisoft continued to intrude within the game. A section of the world is blocked until it is unlocked via Uplay. Cartoonish blue and white Uplay achievements popup during play (completely ruining the mood of some of the darker moments) and advertisements for other games appear on the main menu.
Ultimately the game itself isn’t ruined by this interference, but I’ll be damned if Ubisoft didn’t try their best.