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Special Edition Collections for Assassin’s Creed III

Originally Published at FromTheDPad.com on March 26th, 2012 by Sharon

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Mega Ubisoft franchise Assassin’s Creed is headed to the familiar landscapes of north eastern North America in Assassin’s Creed III. With an american flare on the newest installment, Ubisoft is showing  two new special edition collections. The two collections that will be available for fans include Join or Die Edition and the Freedom Edition.

Join or Die Edition

Your copy of Assassin’s Creed III
Collector Box
Collector Medallion
George Washington’s Notebook
Ghost of War DLC
Sharpshooter DLC
 

Freedom Edition

Your copy of Assassin’s Creed III
One Exclusive Lithograph
Collector Box
Connor’s Figurine
George Washington’s Notebook
Ghost of War DLC
Lost Mayan Ruins DLC
Sharpshooter DLC
 

Assassin’s Creed III will hit store shelves on October 31, 2012, encouraging gamers to experience the American Revolutionary War not written about in history books. The largest project in Ubisoft’s history also introduces a new hero for the ages. Set between 1753 and 1783 Assassin’s Creed III will be the biggest Assassin’s Creed yet and will have us spend time with a new protagonist, Ratohnhaké:ton, also known as Connor Kenway, who fought and assassinated during the American Revolution.

Players become an Assassin in the war for liberty against ruthless tyranny in the most stylized and fluid combat experiences in the franchise to date. Assassin’s Creed III spans the Revolutionary War, taking gamers from the vibrant, untamed frontier to bustling colonial towns and the intense, chaotic battlefields where George Washington’s Continental Army clashed with the imposing British Army.

With a development cycle of over three years and twice the production capacity of any previous Ubisoft game, Assassin’s Creed III is set to release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Windows PC and is also in development for Wii U™ from Nintendo. Assassin’s Creed III is developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with six other Ubisoft studios.” – Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed III is powered by Ubisoft-AnvilNext, a revolutionary new game engine that delivers breakthroughs in visual quality, character models and artificial intelligence. Assassin’s Creed III will feature a ground-breaking level of stunning graphics that bring Colonial America to life.

“Assassin’s Creed III features the franchise’s most expansive setting so far, along with an exciting new hero and exponentially more gameplay,” said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer at Ubisoft. “Whether you’re a longtime fan of Assassin’s Creed or if you’re new to the franchise, you’re going to be blown away by the scale and marvel of Assassin’s Creed III.”

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More on RockSmith: GFN talks with Ubisoft

Originally posted BY MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation

Recently we lost our very own @nicfurlong to the thrills of stardom with Rocksmith by Ubisoft.

Before Nic began his hands on experience with the game, and during his demo time, we had the chance to talk to Nick from UbiSoft about the title and some of the hard work that went into the game. After 4 years of development you can bet he was thrilled to be showing it off on the floor.

Nic of GamerFitNation and Nick of Ubisoft going over the Rocksmith UI

You can bet with two DJ’s and an open bar that this event was loud! It may be a little hard to hear but be sure to check out our brief recording of our talks with UbiSoft about Rocksmith  

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN —>rocksmith

While we may have only recorded a small bit of our conversation Nick talked to us more about the game and how great it will be for learners.

Let me tell you a little about the specifics (source):

Can I use any guitar with Rocksmith?
Most likely, the answer is yes. If your guitar has a standard ¼ inch jack for you to plug in a cable, then yes, your guitar will work. If your guitar does not have a jack (for example, many acoustic guitars), you can go down to your local music store and buy a pickup, and your guitar will be ready to plug in and play.

Will I need an amplifier to play the game?
Nope. All you need is a TV, a guitar, and our game. With Rocksmith, your TV or home theatre system becomes your amplifier. You plug your guitar directly into the console, and play. It’s that easy.

I’ve never played guitar, and it seems difficult and intimidating. How do you expect me to play this game with no prior guitar knowledge?

Unlike other music games with only 4 difficulty modes, our game adapts to your personal skill level in real time, making it possible for you to play and have fun. If you’re a beginning guitar player, the game will treat you as such, and constantly challenge you to improve without overwhelming you.

I’m an experienced guitar player, and am not interested in a game for beginners. Why should I own this game?
If you’re an experienced guitar player, it will recognize this, and feed you the amount of notes that you’re able to play. If that’s 100% of what the actual guitar is playing in the recorded song, then good for you. You’ve just learned a new song while playing a video game. Plus, what other video game out there allows you to plug in your own guitar? None! This is a one-of-a-kind experience that you are guaranteed to enjoy.

Will Rocksmith have rhythm or lead guitar in the gameplay?
Both. You will be able to choose rhythm or lead before you begin playing a song. Basically, whatever guitar parts are featured in the actual recorded song, we will have available for you to play.

Are there effects pedals in the game?
There are loads of effects pedals built into the game, and they are all the real deal. You’ll get to tweak your sounds, and string them together with nearly infinite combinations until you’re satisfied. Whether it’s a crunchy distortion, a vintage tremolo, or a psychedelic reverb, we have the gamut covered to make sure you can achieve the sound you’re looking for.

Will there be multiplayer?
Absolutely. We will have split screen multiplayer where you and a friend will be able to rock side by side.

Will there be chord charts?
Yes! And they are interactive. Rocksmith includes over 1,000 chords in the game.

What is this I’m hearing about mini-games?
There will be a wide variety of mini-games that will challenge you to hone in on specific skills. Whether its scales, or finger dexterity you want to improve on, our mini-games will have you covered, and addicted.

What is the price of the game?
Rocksmith is $79.99, and includes the game, along with a 1/4 inch to USB cable that plugs any guitar into your Xbox 360, PS3, or PC.

What is the price of the bundle?
The Rocksmith bundle is $199.99, and includes the game, the 1/4 inch to USB cable, and an Epiphone Les Paul Junior guitar.

What’s the Rocksmith guitar cable?
Rocksmith will include a unique quarter-inch to USB cable that is the first of its kind, and will allow users to plug any real guitar with a quarter-inch jack directly into their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC. Developed exclusively for Rocksmith, this revolutionary 11.25′ cable turns the guitar’s signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through video game consoles or PC for the first time.

Will there be bass in the game?
Bass will not be included on the disk since our primary focus is on guitar. However, we realize that there is a high demand for bass guitar, and we are working to release this as downloadable content soon after launch.

Can I put my own music into the game?
Currently, no. The intended goal of Rocksmith is not to be recording software. We want people to focus on playing the guitar and having fun.

Will there be latency issues with Rocksmith?
If you experience any noticeable latency with Rocksmith, then it’s more than likely due to the specific setup you’re using. Since everyone has a unique arrangement with their home entertainment systems, we’ve outlined steps you can take to avoid this issue (you can troubleshoot through the steps by visiting the Official Site of Rocksmith).

During my chat with Nick from Ubisoft (while Nic from GFN rocked out in front of a growing audience at the event) I asked him a little about the tracklist that has been used in the game and much to my surprise a lot of thought and consideration has gone into the tracklist. Including songs and artists that newcomers to the guitar want to learn Rocksmith also will feature some songs never before included in a music genre game. When asked about the lifespan of the game and how the game will continue to live on in living rooms and mancaves beyond the initial tracks, I was informed that indeed
“There will be DLC available at the launch of this title and more to come after that.”

Right now the track list for Rocksmith is impressive as it is and I can’t wait to see what will be added with the DLC.

Tracks include:

“House of the Rising Sun” The Animals
“When I’m With You” Best Coast
“I Got Mine” The Black Keys
“Next Girl” The Black Keys
“Song 2″ Blur
“Step Out of the Car” The Boxer Rebellion
“Sunshine of Your Love” Cream
“We Share the Same Skies” The Cribs
“Boys Don’t Cry” The Cure
“Rebel Rebel” David Bowie
“Slow Hands” Interpol
“Well OK Honey” Jenny O
“Sweet Home Alabama” Lynyrd Skynyrd
“In Bloom” Nirvana
“Breed” Nirvana
“Where is My Mind?” Pixies
“High and Dry” Radiohead
“California Brain” RapScallions
“Number Thirteen” Red Fang
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones
“The Spider and the Fly” The Rolling Stones
“Panic Switch” Silversun Pickups
“Outshined” Soundgarden
“Me and the Bean” Spoon
“Vasoline” Stone Temple Pilots
“Mean Bitch” Taddy Porter
“A More Perfect Union” Titus Andronicus
“Burnished” White Denim
“Icky Thump” The White Stripes
“Chimney” The Yellow Moon Band

 

Because the game adapts to your specific skill level this is a great way to learn and rock at your own pace. I’m told that the hope is that this game will help push learner over “the hurdle” that is so easy to get caught in. And Nick’s right! i too am a victim of guitar learning discouragement. And while my learning has been basically on the acoustic, learning to Rocksmith is about to increase my cool quotient.  But don’t get me wrong this game isn’t just for beginners.

Have a look at this video about Rocksmith’s Dynamic Difficulty.

 

During the game I also noticed an enthusiastic in game crowd of people cheering on fellow GFN contributor Nic, so I asked Nick (of Ubisoft) about them. It turns out that the crowd cheering you on is in response to your skill level. The better you get, the larger the venue and therefore a larger crowd! Cool huh?!

Rocksmith released earlier this week (and is available for PS3, 360, and PC) and we couldn’t be more excited for the development team at UbiSoft. We want to say a HUGE GamerFitNation Thank You to Nick for taking the time to talk with us at this recent event.

 

 

 

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 at X’11 Canada

Originally posted by MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 is the new sequel to Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, the #1 fitness game on Kinect. At a recent Xbox event, in Toronto Ontario, I had the opportunity to meet with game designer Nicola Godin and try out the new title. Not only was this my first time with Your Shape but also only a handful of times I had ever tried the kinect. I had a TON of fun and can’t wait to try it further!

Sharon and Nicola pose in front of Your Shape FE 2012.

Exercise your way with a customizable, social and fun experience that delivers serious results. As one of the most extensive fitness offerings on the market, Your Shape includes over 90 hours of activities. Your Shape provides an even wider array of activities to suit your tastes and fitness goals, including zen classes, latin dance and boot camp. The state-of-the-art motion tracking has been pushed to the next level with brand-new floor movements and an enhanced feedback system that guides you on how to improve your technique and results.

FEATURES

    • WHERE FITNESS AND MAGIC MEET – Your Shape will take players into a stimulating world showcasing an array of captivating visual effects and an environment that will transform as their workouts evolve in the game. The improved player projection will allow players to see themselves in the Your Shape universe and keep a close eye on their workouts.
    • FITNESS YOUR WAY – You choose how you want to play! Do you want a personal trainer to help meet your set fitness goals? Or do you want to focus on a specific muscle group? You can also build a program around the time you have to work out.
    • A WORLD OF FITNESS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM – Your Shape contains activities for everyone and anyone. Players will be able to try new workout routines such as Latin, Hip-hop, Pop, African and Bollywood. There’s a broad selection of classes and games available, including Zen, Kick Boxing, Boot Camp and Jump Rope. A new and unique feature called Run the World will enable players to run virtually through the streets of New York, Paris or London and enjoy the environment.
    • BEST-IN-CLASS TRACKING NOW WITH NEW FLOOR MOVES – With an enhanced feedback system, players can now get feedback on how to improve their technique and results. With this recent technology, Your Shape now tracks floor movements, allowing new activities such as push-ups and sit-ups.
  • MONITOR YOUR PROGRESS AND CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS – Using Your Shape Center, players can monitor their progress, challenge their friends and see how they rank against players from across the world. They can also share their achievements on Facebook or keep in shape using Your Shape mobile applications. With hundreds of millions of calories already burned, our goal is for the community to burn 1billion calories collectively by the end of 2012.
Check out the gameplay/interview here and be sure to watch for the Q4 release of Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012, just in time for holiday gift giving. *ahem* Santa, did you get that?
Sources: http://www.ubi.com/US/Games/Info.aspx?pId=9966

Bioware and Ubisoft ready to sweep the Canadian VGAs.

The finalists have been announced and the 2011 Canadian Video Game Awards are ready to honor the very best Canadian made games.

Leading the pack of nominations is Bioware’s Mass Effect 2 and Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.

More than 70 nominations were received this year from all parts of Canada, with 31 submissions represented in the list of finalists.  Winners will be voted on by a body of industry experts from across the country.

FINALISTS

Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Dead Rising 2
  • FIFA 11
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction

Best Console Game

  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Dead Rising 2
  • FIFA 11
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction

Best Game on the Go

  • Lil’ Pirates
  • Osmos for iPad
  • Scrabble for iPad
  • A Space Shooter for 2 Bucks
  • Trainyard

Best Downloadable Game……….

Head on over to GamerFitNation to read about the rest of the nominees, categories, and find out how to cast YOUR vote!