Ubisoft has lost it's soul
I am a professional programmer/trainer.
I used to look as Ubisoft in a very positive way. Even at some point thinking that no other publisher was up to your level of quality. I also live in Longueuil (just across the river from Montreal), and I have always been proud to have one of the best Ubisoft studios in my backyard.
I can't remember the first time I bought a Ubisoft game. I suspect that some of the current players of your games where not yet born.
You gave (sold) me a lot a memorable moments. Who can forget that train ride in one of the Splinter Cell games? Or the wows when seeing the graphics and gameplay in the first Far Cry.
But you have succumbed to the "social" crazyness, and have surrounded your games with such a numbers of useless features that tempers with a good experience that I will think 20 times before buying another game from you.
The need to connect to UPlay before playing what already a pain. I do not care about Friends online, I do not care about online at all unless I am playing a MMO. I would like to be able to play offline even my Internet connection is available. I do not care about the extras you provide us with the online connection. I can easily win without using them. I am a gamer, I have been for a long time, so what I want is to play. That ... is... all.
When I buy a book, I open it and read it. When I buy a game, I like to launch it and play it. Not so with Ubisoft games nowadays.
Had a hell of a time to get in Heroes VI the first time. And now, you bring me another version of the **** UPlay that locks me out of the game once again. I simply click on Play, and half a second later I get my After Game Report that thanks me for playing. What a wonderful experience. Being thanked for something I did not accomplish. Not because I did not want to play, but because clicking on play simply skips the game.
Could there be a way for me to click on the game in my Start menu and get into the game. I do not care if you log me in under my back. Just start the game the way any other application is started. Click the icon, and you're in. And if you insist is forcing me to move through 5 screens before getting to see the Play button, at least, when I click Play, let me play instead of simply thanking me for playing.
Even your web site is now badly designed. Have you tried to move through the list of games? This feature on most gaming sites usually list the games, you click on it, and you're in. But in your new interface, unless there is something I did not catch, we have to select a game through the "Rolodex", one at a time. And if the game I am looking for is the last one, I have to click 123 times to get to it.
Sure, everything looks very nice. But most of it such a bad design that it almost becomes useless. Stop forcing me about flashy graphics in useless UPlay screens, both the ones you force us to traverse in order to get the play button (cheap way of presenting advertising - I paid for a game, not for your stupid marketing schemes) and those you have on your web site. They look nice the first time, boring the 3rd, a pain to look at again the 5th.
Things are so easy when you buy from other publishing companies. Most of them attract customers by making things easy and almost transparent. When the first thing that somebody you buy software from is to bombard you with advertising and force you into moving to many useless screens before getting to the game, not counting play buttons that bring you directly to the exit screen, you are considering that it might be a very good idea, in the future, after having bought a good 20 games from a company you used to like, that it might be time to forget about them, and concentrate on buying from publishers who care about your enjoyment of their product.
Too bad. Your games are very good, close to excellent for some of them. But the packaging is so annoying, even very hard to open in some cases, that I would rather be playing than complaining or trying to start a game that does not start anymore, just as it was not starting when I first installed it a few months ago. Some miss their launch, you missed the launch as well as your "we want to improve your experience."
Forget the social. You are not Facebook.
You are a game company. Give us games that we can play without all the annoyance.
Much true on all. The cover on this i suppose is to 'stop piracy' or 'improve multiplayer and online experience'
1. stop piracy. The pirated copies go directly to offline game fast and easy. So no dependance from conflux, especially now that removed the /offline (i tested on my pc this option and didnt work as before after the new launcher, havent tested on other configuration/pc so i dont know if its on my pc or totaly removed)
2. Improve multiplayer and online experience
Noone dares to play multiplayer. One synch problem - of the many we see here reported from players - and you never catch again online. netherless to say the non-simultaneous turns which in such a game because of its nature is killer.
So there is no excuse of this 'launcher'. The only result is to make game unplayable and they dare to make things worse. a totally untested new launcher which killed most of the player's online saves and reset heroes to level 1 (i am one of the lucky people aswell). Worse, lots of people cant even launch the game they paid for. And all these days before release of the DLC.
UBI hear the community. Comnunicate with the community. This is no a simple pew pew game. It is a game survived for years. It is a category of games itself.
Very well put. I don't give a rat's butt about the stupid social part. I just want to play the game I bought. Too bad I haven't been able to since the patch ...and I was so excited about the DLC! Chuck the Uplay crap and give us back our game!
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I never saw Ubisoft in a good light. The only reason I ever even heard about Ubisoft in the first place was they took over homm