Friday, February 19, 2021

Ubisoft's Formula Works

Many will say that if you've played one Ubisoft game then you played them all. They say this because many of their games uses similar mechanics. Namely:
  • Large maps.
  • Easy to pick up and play.
  • Towers to climb to unlock new areas.
  • Items sprinkled all over the map to force exploration.
  • ...
I play Ubisoft games knowing full well that each franchise tweaks the above formula just a bit but here's the thing: I love it! I love that I know what to expect when I buy into one of their games and I love that I can usually play them for as long as I want to, take a break, and come back to it later without being totally lost by the story and/or having to re-learn complicated mechanics.

I understand that a Ubisoft game is a nightmare to completionist because of the sheer amount of grind to get things to a 100% but it's not like this needs to be done in one sitting. I've been working my way through, on/off, Assassin Creed Origin since it first came out a few years ago and I can, finally, say that I've completed 100% the base game (still a few DLCs to go through though).

Don't get me wrong, I don't love everything about these games. I personally feel that when you have too much of something then the quality starts to slip. If you look at the maps, for example, they're quite impressive in scope but really does feel the same as many of the assets are copy/pasted throughout. This still doesn't change the fact that there's some enjoyment to be had by going through everything.

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