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Kvothe
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« on: December 12, 2014, 08:04:23 PM »

Don't take this wrong, I've enjoyed many Ubisoft games through the years.

I feel though they have had the worst fall of any developer.  The only exception of course is Shadows of Mordor, which was well received, but in my opinion was so simply more of the same, in a different environment...

Reviews from The Crew have started to surface finally and they're mediocre at best. 

What do you all think?

For the record, I consider Naughty Dog leagues beyond any other developer, and unfortunately (for other developers that is), I kind of can't help but compare games to ND's games.   I enjoyed the hell out of AC3, the formula is old and stale and it appears Ubisoft has no innovation at all from that formula.

In closing, glad I didn't but AC this year and bought GTA 5 instead.  I hope they wake up, and I can confidently buy AC next year.

I did buy Mordor, and get why it reviewed well, but it didn't work for me.  I'm sick as hell of the formula...
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2014, 08:05:14 PM »

And I realize FC4 has done well too, and may eventually buy it, just wanted to give it a mention too.
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2014, 08:09:19 PM »

This has been a bad year for Ubi but comparing them to Naughty Dog is misguided, the two make very different games.  Naughty Dog games generally have been rather linear in the recent past as opposed to Ubi which has been producing mostly open world games.   This is also part of their problem though as they have been applying the same formula to multiple games, AC, Watchdogs, Far Cry, The Crew.   

Also part of the problem Ubi faced this year with AC, aside from the bugs, is that they got one upped by Shadow of Mordor, which while refining a lot of other games concepts did bring something new to the table with the Nemesis system, which I will wager you are going to see other companies start to clone.  Also, it's not clear from your post but Ubisoft did not publish Mordor, that was a WB game.
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2014, 08:13:54 PM »

And also, writing off Ubi is like writing off Naughty Dog for the total abomination that Uncharted 3 was, yes it was a terrible game.  U4 does look to be getting back on track though for that series, and we saw how ND bounced back with Last of Us.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2014, 08:34:39 PM »

If you're going to compare Ubisoft to any company, a more relevant comparison would be EA.

Thing is, as high profile a disaster as AC Unity has been, it's not like Ubisoft has been a flaming plane crash of a company. The reality is with any mega-publisher of their scale, they are going to run the gamut of successes and failures. Sure Unity and The Crew have been the more recent missteps, they also release a number of successful franchise games in the last year. I thought Assassin's Creed Black Flag was their best AC game by far. While it's had no publicity, AC Rogue has had decent reviews even if it is a derivative lesser release. Far Cry 4 has had good reviews. Rayman, Rocksmith are well regarded. Also, Ubi published what I consider two of the most underrated games in the last year. Valiant Hearts and Child of Light.

Anyhow, as for a direct comparison between Ubi and Naughty Dog, I don't see it.

And Shadows of Mordor is a phenomenal game (not an Ubisoft game btw).
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2014, 08:37:21 PM »

Good points, other than saying UC3 was a terrible game...  Bottle that shit up and sell it, cause that's some strong crack (respectfully).

You're other points though made a lot of sense and I played Watchdogs this year (found it meh), then Mordor.
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2014, 08:40:35 PM »

Not trying to start an argument or anything, just think US will look back and think this wasn't really a good year for them, and as a fan I hope they take it and evolve their formula,  which is now stale.

Good to know about Mordor, I thought it was Ubi but was mistaken. I'll return to it as I mistakenly bought the digital version so I can't trade it in.
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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2014, 08:54:30 PM »

I think they do have a problem now too, as until I see they've evolved their formula, I'll likely pass, and many feel that way.  Hopefully The Division will do just that...
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