Ubification (The Jimquisition)

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Is Far Cry 5 good? I think so. The problem with Ubisoft games is you can’t tell anymore, they’re all the same.

It’s understandable when a sequel iterates on its predecessor, but Ubisoft is one publisher with MANY franchises all building off each other.

It’s making it hard to care, or at the very least view these games as anything other than fluff.

TheDovah
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TheDovah

OH ubisoft, you erm….. i want to say utter lazy bastards but in terms of laziness, Ubisoft isn’t 100% lazy. Don’t get me wrong, Jim makes a strong point about Ubisoft using one plan for all their games and it is as he said, it’s not a bad thing. I mean, Far Cry from 3 onwards is more or less the same game with minor tweaks. AC is even worse because it loves it’s collectibles and towers. Granted, it does seem natural and you can be treated to some lovely views but tis padding. That’s the biggest flaw in Ubisoft… Read more »

saynotogamblingingames
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saynotogamblingingames

I think we all need to worry about this live service bullshit as clearly all these games are designed to head that way and normalize that fucked up system which makes zero sense when looked at hard long term. We all need to be wary and scared of it and hammer it home to the publishers that we don’t want it and it’s unsustainable. They don’t need it either. It’s not the second coming and onky solution for their inflating budgets (smaller budgets is!). I remember a time when I just played games and didn’t worry about them or fight… Read more »

saynotogamblingingames
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saynotogamblingingames

DRY SOFTWARE TOAST. Sums it all up. Well done Jim. Very interesting. I knew it all but good to have it explained in a way that makes it clear which I can pass on to orhers to concisely express my frustration at the endless hegemony of aaa games. I’ll tell you why the above video matters. It matters because its a great example of an issue I constantly come up against on gaming forums. I choose a forum for a game in playing and of I’m playing I love it and I’ll express my issues with the game in playing… Read more »

Jiryn
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Jiryn

I actually agree that Far Cry 5 is probably the best Ubisoft game ever. I enjoyed the heck out of the game.. until the lack luster endings that give no closure, and like Wildlands, even ruin much of the experience beforehand because of it.

As for software bleedover, yea.. I”m feeling that hard game to game as of late. I remember a moment from a game, but I’ve played so many “samey” games as of late, that I no longer know what it’s from.

Se7en_Th1rt3en
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Se7en_Th1rt3en

You are of course right.
But:
Ubi managed to surprise me with the AC: O “Discovery Tour” Update. This stuff is fricking amazing.
And it was free! I am still in awe.
Now wait when they bring that type of improvement into gameplay development… 😀

hat.trick22
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hat.trick22

I have noticed a bit of a disturbing trend in the video game industry. It bothers me a little bit that some games are attributed to the development teams that actually made them. But Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed games just fall under the “Ubisoft” umbrella. I understand that all Ubisoft games share a lot of similarities regardless of the studio that they came from that makes “Ubisoft” a sensible umbrella term to describe these games. But at the same time, this leads to some comparisons that I feel are somewhat unfair and misleading to readers of reviews and journalism.… Read more »

tsrhodes1
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tsrhodes1

Special shout out to the Ubisoft school of acting, which more than most games seems to be “we paid a shitload for this mo cap equipment so by god you sell each of those lines.”

La Chica Incognita
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La Chica Incognita

To paraphrase… “Don’t feel like sticking with it the whole way through the first time.” “I will drop this game the second I find something else more interesting.” “There is no shock value, no surprises here.” See this is exactly what I don’t get about the Ubisoft appeal. You’re playing a wide open world filled with NOTHING but garbage busy work. That might be fine but I’m still REALLY stuck on the notion that this decidedly lackluster experience is 60 fucking bucks. Meanwhile I just got Vagante, a small little Roguelike thing and already sunk hours into it and only… Read more »

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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Sure is one hell of an elaborate back-handed compliment you gots going on here, Jim 😉

RoughSailinLouis
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RoughSailinLouis

The last Ubisoft open world game I played was AssCred 1, so this’ll probably be worth picking up sometime.

And after that fast food comparison I got to thinking about how a Ubisoft restaurant would be run. Amazing sauces and pickles to sell slightly greyish patties with withered salad on stale buns? Nah, nobody would do such a horrible thing.

MuddyScarecrow
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The biggest problem I have with Ubification is that it’s starting to infect other games like a blandness disease. Arkham Knight wasn’t a terrible game but I absolutely fucking despise it because of how every single gameplay mode is a cookie cutter reused 20 times each. Mafia 3 was a game I wanted desperately to like but got so numb to it halfway thru because again, cookie cutters, that I knew as soon as I beat it I never wanted to play it again. Every open world game is getting ubified and I fucking hate it. I’ll just stop playing… Read more »

Ava Jarvis
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Ava Jarvis

I think in a few years what you say here, Jim, will become the fashion to say. I’m a very casual gamer and don’t really play many games. However, very casual gamers become casual gamers become hobby gamers become serious gamers… and a formulaic system is how gamers stop entering the hobby through a particular path (and they might not ever encounter a second path). Playing a series that suddenly becomes more and more formulaic (like the TellTale series, or most of the idle game genre) is really noticeable after even just three games. Even to very casual gamers like… Read more »

The Silver
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The Silver

Haven’t watched the episode yet but I feel it is worthwhile to state that simply the title tells me exactly what the problem is. I wouldn’t need to watch the episode, though of course I will, do know exactly what Jim is referring to: that all big Ubisoft games have soooo many similarities that they play so like each other. And I haven’t even played all them. In a counter argument, you could say that this allows interesting steps forward. Such as the Far Cry Primal Owl scouting mechanic being added to Assassin’s Creed Origins. AssCreed (Ha) didn’t have to… Read more »

TheOneWhoSucks
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TheOneWhoSucks

I haven’t bought much of anything Ubi’s done since FarCry 3 and I recently decided that I wanted to replay it. I got a couple hours into that formula before I realized there was no way I was going to give a shit long enough to finish it, so I canned that and just played Blood Dragon again. A nice snack instead of the meal I thought I wanted. Scratched the itch just fine, with the bonus of some self-awareness throughout.

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

Sounds like a “Critic Problem.” Critics have to play every game. The average gamer doesn’t. Critics are constantly on the lookout for something new and fresh. The average gamer wants something familiar, but modified slightly.

And no, if you’re reading this, you’re not an Average gamer. Most gamers don’t follow dev cycles, go on gaming sites beyond Metacritic, and certainly don’t tune in weekly to listen to a guy rail on about Steam and microtransactions.