October 2018

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey falls far short of its own wondrous sandbox

It’s hard to imagine a better demonstration of the state of AAA gaming today than Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, a game where the whole of the wine-dark Classical Aegean is available for you to ply with your oars — but which operates according to a risible, cartoonish video game logic that seems, if possible even more anachronistic. Should you play it? Absolutely.

(Very minor spoilers ahead.)

In case you haven’t been following the Assassin’s Creed… well, odyssey, the last few years, the game took some time off following the lavishly produced but ambivalently received Unity and Syndicate games, set in revolutionary Paris and Victorian London respectively. The series, critics said, was wearing itself a bit thin despite the fabulous set dressing.

You can imagine everyone’s surprise when AC returned in Origins, set in an enormous swathe of ancient Egypt. New systems nudged the game from the stealth action of its roots towards the expansive, open-world RPG currently in vogue. It was a little rough around the edges but the scale was welcome, as was the shift away from the increasingly turgid Assassins vs Templars secret society scramble.

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Amazon Item of the Day: Roav by Anker, a Bluetooth Audio to FM Radio Car Charger

One of the best ways you can support TouchArcade is by doing your Amazon shopping through a TouchArcade affiliate link. We’ve set up the easy to remember toucharcade.com/amazon too if you want to type that in or bookmark it. We get a small percentage of anything you buy through any of these links, which otherwise would just go to financing Jeff Bezos’s nuclear powered golf clubs or whatever else he’s up to now, and it goes a long way to supporting the site at no additional cost to you. These Amazon Items of the Day articles are all products we have used ourselves, and feel are things that the TouchArcade audience might be interested in!

If you don’t have Bluetooth audio in your car, you really don’t know what you’re missing. Getting in your car, and just having your music from your phone automagically start playing on your stereo, from your pocket, is super cool. It’s more or less become a standard feature on most cars over the years, but if you’re rolling in an older ride your options to get music going is an aux in, cassette tape adapter, or an FM radio adapter. (Or just …read more

10 Little Things That Make Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Great (And One We Wish They’d Fix)

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is easily the biggest adventure the series has seen so far, with a land mass that’s almost overwhelming in scale and a steady deluge of activities to occupy your time. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to lose track of some of the smaller details that make the game so much fun to play. Ubisoft Quebec may not have invented all of these quality-of-life options and interesting details on their own, but we’re no less appreciative of the fact that they’ve been included. Here are some of the things that you can look forward to when the game comes out this week – and one thing we hope the studio can fix.

1. Looting is easy

You’re going to pick up a lot of stuff during your time in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and fortunately the game’s developers made the process of filling your pockets as easy as possible. Your hero is essentially an ancient Greek vacuum, able to pick up the goods from a pile of dead bandits, slain animals – whatever – at the single press of a button. In other words, you don’t have to walk over to each corpse and hold down …read more

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Every IGN Assassin’s Creed Review

Sit down in this comfy sci-fi chair, won’t you, and plug in as we delve into our ancestral memories of IGN’s Assassin’s Creed reviews. From the 2007 original in which Altair first implausibly lept off a tall building into a tiny pile of hay to last year’s revitalizing Origins and now the absolutely massive Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed has had a pretty impressive 11-year run – including several spin-offs that didn’t go quite as well. What’s your favorite of the bunch?

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Predicting The UFC Conor McGregor/Khabib Fight

I’m excited this week to welcome UFC expert and colleague Brian Shea to guest pen a simulation on this weekend’s Conor McGregor/Khabib Nurmagomedov fight. Enjoy.


This Saturday, UFC 229 arrives in what is being called “the biggest fight in MMA history.” When you consider the combatants headlining it and the bad blood between them, it’s obvious why. In one corner, you have the undefeated UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. The man has torn through everyone in his path, never losing a single round in his 26 professional fights, dominating the likes of Edson Barboza, Al Iaquinta, Michael Johnson, and Rafael dos Anjos in the process.

Opposite Khabib is Conor McGregor, the biggest star the sport has ever seen. Conor has made a name for himself thanks to his powerful knockout ability, overflowing charisma, and claim as the first ever simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history. After taking nearly a two-year hiatus to compete against Floyd Mayweather in boxing and celebrate the birth of his son, McGregor is back to try and claim the lightweight belt the UFC stripped from him earlier this year.

The bad blood between these two fighters reached a boiling point in April when footage …read more

Remembering Fallout’s 15 Wildest Weapons

Fallout 76 is just beyond the crater, and with the latest round of updates showcasing a plethora of new weapons including a crossbow and a guitar sword, it seems like a good time to look back on some of the outrageous armaments that have defined this darkly humorous series. From pop-culture references to just plain strange, here’s a list of the 15 wildest weapons in Fallout.

2076 World Series baseball bat – Fallout 4

This seems like your typical oakwood baseball bat, until you send a deathclaw soaring into the stratosphere. As the name suggests, this unique melee weapon is a souvenir baseball bat from the 2076 World Series and is a pre-war artifact untouched by the nuclear war. The bat features a “small chance to send targets flying,” and a unique sound effect that includes the crack of the bat and the raucous cheers of an excited crowd. Vault-dwellers can truly relive that great American pastime, as they send their enemies soaring into …read more

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‘JackQuest – The Tale of the Sword’ Gets an Awesome Trailer

We’ve been following the release of the upcoming Metroidvania puzzle platformer JackQuest – The Tale of the Sword since March, and our forums are super stoked for the game. The game’s developer, Jose Neto (aka NetoX), just posted a full-blown gameplay trailer that in about ninety seconds will completely sell you on being excited for JackQuest:

We don’t have any details on when exactly JackQuest is going to be released beyond it being “almost there,” but that’s good enough for me. This game totally looks like the kind of game that would have been released during the premium platformer glory days of the first few years of the App Store- And it’s super refreshing to see a developer keeping that particular candle burning.

Whenever JackQuest finally hits, I’ll play it.

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Google’s Project Stream Will Let You Play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in Chrome

Google and Ubisoft have announced that Google’s Project Stream will be testing its gaming streaming capabilities via its Chrome browser using the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Odyssey starting on October 5.

Both Google and Ubisoft made individual announcements on the subject, focusing on the technological advancements that make streaming a game like Odyssey on a web browser possible. Though spots to join the Project Stream trial are limited, those who qualify and are selected will be able to play the game for free for a limited time.

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Google gets into game streaming with Project Stream and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in Chrome

Earlier this year, we heard rumors that Google was working on a game streaming service. Now, it looks like those rumors were true. The company today unveiledProject Stream” and while Google calls this a “technical test” to see how well game streaming to Chrome works, it’s clear that this is the foundational technology for a game streaming service.

To sweeten the pot, Google is launching this test in partnership with Ubisoft and giving a limited number of players free access to Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for the duration of the test. You can sign up for the test now and starting on October 5, Google will invite a limited number of participants to play the game for free in Chrome.

As Google notes, the team wanted to work with a AAA title because that’s obviously far more of a challenge than working with a less graphics-intense game. And for any game streaming service to be playable, the latency has to be minimal and the graphics can’t be worse than on a local machine. “When streaming TV or movies, consumers are comfortable with a few seconds of buffering …read more