So Ubisoft has a rather checkered history in the public view for the PC in recent times and by checkered i mean either grey or black hole.
Going back to the first DRM Ubisoft was using, StarForce. StarForce was known to have a number of issues from causing hardware problems on the PC to even simply not being compatible with certain Operating Systems.
Now we move onto the DRM that took over from StarForce, Uplay. Uplay is always-online DRM which is always an issue because you can’t always have the internet available, this means that even though you legitimately bought your game, you can’t play it. This applies even if your net drops while you’re playing the game, if it does then the game will stop playing and pause. The no connection = no play is also true if Ubisofts servers go down which has been an issue a number of times where people haven’t been able to play their games due to Ubisoft servers being out of action.
There is also the negative attention Ubisoft gets from the games they release. Ubisoft either don’t even bother releasing their games on the PC or releasing them 6 months later as an afterthought. The games they do release are either terrible ports or generally have poor support and still rely on the norse god of internet connections.
The last thing I’ll mention in the negatives is that Uplay has proven to be less secure than originally thought. Only a few months ago it was found out that Uplay left the users computer open to any sort of code insertion, malicious or otherwise. Ubisoft did patch it out as soon as they could but the problem was that it existed.
I will say though, Uplay has positives. It looks nice, it isn’t too cluttered and it’s easy to navigate
Uplay also has one feature no other system or store offers. As you play your games you gain points (as shown by the u in the above picture) which can then be traded in in exchange for extras such as Maps, Ingame items, wallpapers for the game and such as that. No other service or store offers you extras for actually doing things inside the games you purchase, others offer achievements but not something to do with the points for those achievements.
Let’s get to the crux of the situation. The first major Uplay sale starts today. It’s not a massive sale but it offers some excellent games for low prices including a game each day for £1.
- From Dust – £1
- Assassin’s Creed II – 75%
- Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – 75%
- Assassin’s Creed: Revelations – 75%
- Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – 75%
- Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic – Collector’s Edition – £1
- Might & Magic: Heroes VI – 75%
- Might & Magic: Heroes VI – Pirates of the Savage Sea – 75%
- Shaun White Skateboarding – Exclusive Deluxe Edition – 75%
- Driver San Francisco – Deluxe Edition – £1
- The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom – Deluxe Gold Edition – 75%
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction – 75%
I know I’m going to pick up all four of the £1 games and most likely Shaun White Skateboarding and maybe one or two others.