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Most disappointing games of 2013

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Calling a game disappointing arguably has more to do with me than the game itself. Disappointment isn’t an inherent quality. It can’t exist without some sort of expectation in the first place. In many cases, these games are sequels, or the creations of developers with proven track records, or entries in established genres, or games with promising beginnings. But for various reasons, the central fact about these games is that I had personally hoped they would be better.

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Avast, Black Flag’s seafaring open-world is the best Assassin’s Creed yet

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The premise of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is that you’re a pirate who gets pulled into a secret war between the Templars and Assassins. You’re shipwrecked with a crazy man who tries to strike a deal with you and who then tries to kill you. When his plan doesn’t work — you kill him instead — you take a rare item he needed to deliver to collect a reward yourself. You assume his identity and head towards the meeting spot for a drop off. From there, it quickly turns into a struggle for the fate of humanity. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

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Ubisoft strikes their colors and surrenders

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Hooray gamers! You win again! Ubisoft has decided to end their Uplay Passport program. According to the news posted on the official blog, Ubisoft will immediately discontinue their version of the online pass program and supply free pass codes for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The Uplay Passport program gated mutiplayer features behind a paywall if the player had purchased or borrowed a used title.

Games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is “single player” and what is “multiplayer.” Based on that and on the feedback we received from you, we recognized that Passport is no longer the best approach for ensuring that all our customers have the best possible experience with all facets of our games.

It was revealed earlier in the week that the Edward’s Fleet feature of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was unavailable to gamers that played the game without the Uplay Passport code. There is no official word on how this decision will impact previous Ubisoft titles that required a Passport code.