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@seyiagboola: Yes. I have three female cousins who all have consoles. Two PS4 and an XB1. They use them primarily for Netflix, Skype and a myriad of other "apps" and some light gaming on the side. More women own consoles. It doesn't necessarily mean they always or heavily game on them. This generation's consoles from M$ and $ony are about being home theater staples, and it's working.

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@justbefahad: Except for the part where the numbers are about console ownership, NOT gameplay. Candy Crush wouldn't affect the number of women that own consoles since Candy Crush isn't on consoles. Gaming is finally breaking the gender barrier is more likely the answer here. That and the fact that game consoles are now among the most "media integrated" devices on the marker. They really are becoming the one stop home theater device.

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It's not Unity's bugs that are scaring people away, it's Unity's gameplay. Finally picked up a PS4 this summer and I've spent the last month SLOGGING through Unity.

Over 100 locked chests that have to be fought to open because nearly every last one is guarded. "gold farming" because EVERY LAST PIECE OF GEAR has to be bought, even if you got it as a mission rewards or out of a locked chest. FOUR different in-game currencies (including the one from the companion app). Only 30 story missions and over 100 side missions because... well, there is really no explanation for why so much of the game is side missions.

After a month of this I'm still only at 70% completion. Why would I ever buy another AC game after how much of a grind Unity is. I've never had this little fun with an AC game before, and I completed AC1's flag collecting. It's never felt like this much of a chore. And the giant map has never felt this empty. Most of the space is just filler. I've used some of the same setpiece locations for multiple missions now. I've done one main mission and THREE side quests at the same "castle" and have barely used any of the area around it.

It's easy to point at the bugs for Unity as the reason for the poor sales of Syndicate, but it's deeper than that. Unity offput a lot of gamers because of how much of a grind it was/is. I'm playing Unity AFTER it was patched to remove Initiates and Companion App integration and it still feels slow and lacking. I played World of Warcraft for four years and Unity is somehow more of a grind than that was. Unity is filled with hour-stacking grind gameplay as a substitute for meaningful content and it shows. Opening all those locked chests took 12 hours to complete WITH top level gear and it wasn't fun. It was just slow and took time.

So, after that experience, why would people spend $60 on Syndicate? Bugs or no bugs, Unity demonstrated how Ubisoft is approaching this generation of AC game development, and it's not worth the price.

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@7tizz: Don't worry. It's not worth getting since it's based on nothing.

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...literally own all of those... on Steam. Great work PR department. I wouldn't mind if they were at least smart enough to deliver them as codes and not just auto-adds to everyone libraries.

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@ArchoNils2: Honestly, that's the best way to handle AC now that they rush buggy games to market. Last year they released Rogue and Unity. I didn't have a next-gen console, so Unity was my AC game for the past year. I picked up a PS4 and I'm playing through Unity (mostly bug free) right now.

I'll probably pick up Syndicate some time in the summer once they've patched all the flaws and dumped the half-assed app/website integration yet again. One AC game a year is more than enough and I'm perfectly fine with being 9-12 months behind from now on since Ubisoft is just not delivering quality anymore.

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@Xanitra So would you do a switcheroo on your favorite black sugar, for something called Wannabe Cola?

I drink Shasta, Big K Cola, or make my own Sodastream Cola whenever I either (a) don't have Coca-Cola around, (b) I don't have the cash to spend on the name brand or (c) it's what is offered to me.


Sometimes the big name doesn't matter. I'll tell you right here and now that I would have far more interest in playing Infinite Crisis or Heroes of the Storm over DOTA or LOL since I actually like the characters from DC Comics and Blizzard. People have different reasons for playing certain games.

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Anyone else concerned that Nintendo seems to be whoring out the Zelda franchise more lately? Not sure I like the prospects of this. Zelda Golf, Zelda Soccer, etc...

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I care. It's only been a month or so and I am already as sick of the "Has Xbone or PS4 won the next gen?" news and arguments as i am of the "Did Apple or [insert any non-apple company here] the tech war win this year" conversations. Who the F cares. Just buy the products you want and stop turning it all into a stupid non-existent 'war' already.

If you want to be in a war this badly, your friendly neighborhood recruiting officer will gladly sign you up for a four year stint in one of your nation's fine military branches.

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@oflow DECEMBER 2015 - OCTOBER 2013 = 2 year, 2 months

Not one year.