Assassin's Creed® Odyssey - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

Jumping off things is the best thing you can do in Assassins Creed games, and the best things to jump off are all in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

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Assassin's Creed® Odyssey - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Lauren Morton)

Clang clang clang! That’s the sound of the biggest freebie bell, made with whatever kind of metal wot they had in ancient Greece. Ubisoft’s latest sneakin’ and stabbin’ action game is free to play this weekend for any curious travelers who haven’t gone back to the era yet. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be free until Monday morning (or evening, depending on your time zone).

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Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

Everyone loves a good action game. It’s the driving force behind so many of our favourite PC games, but only a few can lay claim to being the best action games of all time. That’s why we’ve compiled this list – to sort the pulled punches from the bestest biffs that PC has to offer. Whether it’s the joy of pulling off a perfect combo, riding the wave of an explosive set-piece or the hair-raising thrill of dodging enemy attacks in slow-motion that gets you going, there’s an action game here for you.

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Far Cry® 5

Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Rainbox Six Siege, Watch Dogs and a handful of other big Ubisoft series on PC are on sale for up to 75 per cent at Amazon.

In most cases, it's the bulkier editions of the individual games that are reduced, so you'll often find they come with extra DLC and season passes already included. Not a bad way to catch up on some of these, then, if you've been waiting for a sale!

Of the lot, the best deal is probably the Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Ultimate Edition for 24. This version of the Grecian stab-em-up includes the Deluxe Pack and season pass as standard to add to the already mountains of content the base game offers. You'll find a whole cache of extra gear, story content and boosts.

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Assassin's Creed® Odyssey

You know the joke: all Ubisoft games are the same. That's not entirely true, of course. But it is clear the French mega-publisher has followed a template for its big-budget open world games, established by the early success of Assassin's Creed on the last generation of consoles. And why not? Millions of sales later, it all seemed to be working out. Now though, after a tough 2019, Ubisoft may be ready to shake things up a bit.

According to a new report by Video Games Chronicle, Ubisoft is revamping its influential editorial team, the Paris-based collective that works with all of the development teams to drive design, in a bid to make Ubisoft's output more varied.

This comes after a year in which Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2 both underperformed and Ubisoft delayed big hitters such as Watch Dogs: Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine.

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Half-Life 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Castle)

There’s an old saying in gaming monitor circles that once you’ve gone ultrawide, there’s no going back. Indeed, having had the vast Samsung CRG9 hogging my desk for a bit last month, I’m inclined to agree. But what do games actually look like on a screen this wide? It’s one thing looking at lovely wallpapers, but another thing entirely to have a game occupy your entire field of vision.

To find out, and more importantly show you>, I’ve rounded up all the very best ultrawide PC games, complete with pictures of what they actually look like in the flesh, plus oodles of lovely GIFs so you can see how it works in action. If you thought playing Red Dead Redemption 2 in 5120×1440 was impressive, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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Assassin's Creed® Origins

The devil, they say, is in the details. This makes grim sense to me, as I'm being tortured by what seems to be my own personal demon, a foul creature which stabs at me from depths of minutiae that I can never seem to delve into to any satisfying extent. Percentages roar angrily around my head, and numbers course relentlessly through my veins. I wasn't always like this.

I only wanted to play Shadow Of The Tomb Raider.

I hadn't played a Tomb Raider game for about two decades, but I thought I'd give this one a go for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I was curious to see how far the series had come over that time. Secondly, it was free with Xbox Games With Gold.

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Assassin's Creed® Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey launched a year ago this week, and since then players have killed more than 20 billion enemies and taken 48 million photos, according to Ubisoft's stats. Well done! To celebrate the anniversary, there's a new schedule for epic encounters and Ubisoft is planning one more title update. 

Every day for the next five weeks, you'll be able to take down a returning epic mercenary or ship, letting you attempt to fill your collection and finish up everything before Ubisoft inevitably moves on to the next Assassin's Creed. Today you'll be able to kill Occylos the Successor, and you can check out the full schedule here

For taking out these enemies, you can expect a larger haul of Orichalcum, increasing your potential earnings per week from 40 to 105, which you can then spend in Sargon's shop. Next month, the epic encounters will return to their weekly schedule. 

The final title update will appear later this month, though the focus will just be on bug fixes. More details will be shared closer to the time, but it sounds like Kassandra and Alexios won't be going on any new mythological misadventures. After the year they've had, they've earned a break on a nice Greek island. 

I wasn't entirely sold on the series' full transformation into an RPG, but Odyssey rather quickly became my favourite Assassin's Creed. It's a bit too big and has diminishing returns, especially once you hit the DLC, so I confess that I'm glad it's finally finished, but for the first time in ages I'm really excited to find out where Ubisoft will take the series next. It might be about vikings!

Assassin's Creed® Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is turning one this month, and, as part of its birthday celebrations, Ubisoft is giving players a chance to have another crack at all previous epic ship and mercenary encounters, polishing off any they might have missed first time around.

Ubisoft's murderous anniversary event will run from today, 1st October, until 4th November, with a different epic encounter scheduled each day. These will alternate between mercenary and ship battles on a weekly basis, and Ubisoft is increasing Orichalcum payouts for the duration of the event, with each defeated ship or mercenary rewarding 15 Orichalcum. That means it'll be possible to accrue 105 Orichalcum a week instead of the usual 40.

Here's how the next five weeks of epic encounters breaks down:

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Assassin's Creed™: Director's Cut Edition


Five of the Best is a quite-new weekly series celebrating the incidental details in games we don't celebrate enough. Things like maps - everyone loves maps. They're the kind of things we can't do without, the kind of things which give games so much flavour and charm.


It's also designed to promote discussion because, let's face it, it's all subjective, what someone thinks is best. I have different ideas to you and, um, most people, apparently, and that's OK! I think. I hope. So join in. We've had some lovely discussions so far and you've reminded me of so many things. It's Friday after all, what else are you going to do - work?!


You can find all the previous Five of the Bests in a handy archive.

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