Read more at Joystiq Matthew’s Opinion This is turning into a nightmare for Ubisoft.
Not only has it implemented a DRM system that limits where you can play the game, but even those that manage to have an always-on PC can’t play.
Assassin’s Creed 2 is the best kind of sequel.” Wired calls it, “The ultimate killer app.” Yahtzee didn’t threaten to sodomize the developers or eat their young, which is pretty high praise from him. Then the thing counts down from three and launches the game.
In fact, I haven’t found any negative reviews of the game at all. Yes, you can have my firstborn and all my rights and fair use doesn’t exist and you are awesome and the world is just as you say it is. So that’s an interesting little software contraption they’ve built. I don’t know that I’ll do a proper review series of it.
Since the Assassin’s Creed 2 DRM is now truly broken, I thought it would be nice to “celebrate” by giving the game a try. This single-player game pretends it’s an MMO in the same way that a car plummeting into a ravine might briefly pretend it’s an airplane. It let me know if the confirmation fields were ok without me needing to hit the “submit” button first. Then it blinks away and this little window appears with a spinning “please wait” symbol.
Susan Arendt said in her review that, “You’ll find a lot to love, I promise. This functionality took place within the context of a Oh. Then that thing vanishes and the login program shows up.
I bought this game, heck I didn’t even noticed[sic] the price tag, because I knew this game would be epic (in my taste at least), then I play it all night and was utterly impressed.
No official response has come from Ubisoft’s management regarding what has happened, but the forum community managers are doing their best to manage the flack coming from this. Vigil, UK Community Manager posting: Due to exceptional demand, we are currently experiencing difficulties with the Online Service Platform.
Late last night (around midnight EDT), I tried to play Assassin's Creed 2 on the PC via Steam.
I was unable to even get past the Uplay login screen because Ubisoft's service was down.
Of course, all of those reviews were talking about the console versions. I have a review copy here and it’s about time I fired it up and saw what all the fuss was about. You know, that wasn’t exactly a gripping narrative when I read it two minutes ago. We’ll see if I have anything novel to say after a few hours with it.