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Everybody loves proprietary gaming platforms that make you sign in to play Far Cry, right? Hello? Well they're here to stay, whether you like them or not (thanks EA, Microsoft, Valve, and the rest of 'em) and Ubisoft is trying to make its proprietary service a little less awful with the official Uplay app. It's available now to gamers on the Play Store.

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Give Ubi some credit: at least the app looks good. The mobile version of Uplay bucks Holo standards, but it's so pretty you might just forgive that, and it generally mirrors the PC version in layout and graphics. On the other hand, it's hard to think of a reason why you really need this app at all. Uplay lets you see your game collection and progression with achievements and the like, but there's no way to adjust any of them (as seen in the new wave of companion apps). There's no content store, no chat function, no social network element - it's basically a very pretty digital game shelf with a few in-game bonuses. At least the Uplay app will also track some of Ubisoft games on Android, like Might And Magic Clash of Heroes.

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There is a news section with company Facebook feeds updates for individual games, which I suppose could be useful if you want to be instantly alerted for new Black Flag DLC. But there's also a more conventional news section, with updates for major gaming events like E3. I don't want to tell you where to get your gaming news from, but getting it directly from the publisher is usually a bad idea. Uplay is compatible with all Android devices running Gingerbread or higher.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • jzegers

    Best title ever

  • SimonPieman

    Playing FarCry3 at the moment, free to Playstation+ subscribers, and I haven't't had to sign into anything to play the game.

    Yet again, certain writers excel at embarrassing themselves with misinformation.

    • evertjr

      You're forced to have an uplay account to play recent ubisoft games on PC. It's not really bad, it works, but completely unnecessary.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        Well it does suck but by comparison it's not Games for Windows Live terrible. It makes opening games with a controller a pain.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I play it on the PC. It's impossible to launch the game without also launching Uplay, even if you bought it from another marketplace like Steam.

      You might want to broaden your knowledge before you accuse someone else of ignorance. It could be embarrassing.

      • CrazyPaladin

        Shame on you lol, I completely stop playing or even touching ubi's game after that ghost recon game on pc. The sad part is that game is actually quite good and fun to play, but ubi had to ruin it

      • Jan

        How is that worse than a vast majority of new games requiring Steam even though you buy them from a different marketplace or in a brick and mortar store?

        Uplay and Origin work just as well and don't have a bazillion bullshit social features tacked on that make the client slow as molasses.

        Fanboy.

        • Jeremiah Rice

          If I buy it from Steam, I shouldn't have to use Uplay too, literally one on top of the other. (GFWL pulls this shit as well.) Regardless of which platform you prefer, being forced to use both at the same time is stupid. At least Origin only uses one.

        • ProductFRED

          If Steam is slow on your computer, you might want to look into updating it...

          As for why Steam is popular?

          - Although Valve owns/created Steam, and is also a game developer at the same time, they aren't biased with regards to how they treat other developers; EA/Ubisoft/Indie developers' games get the same treatment that Valve games do.

          - They support indie developers with the Greenlight program

          - Steam IS DRM, but it doesn't act at all like DRM; for example, it's reasonable that after 2 weeks of using offline mode, you're asked to verify your account by logging in once.

          - You can lend out games (yes, it's a recent feature)

          - Updates are quick and clean

          - RIDICULOUS SALES . Anything that can be considered a holiday = Steam Sale. And not just 5-10% off. 25, 50, 75, even 90% off.

          - It's not just Valve/EA/Ubisoft/Square Enix games. Anyone developer can join the Steam store. Why in the hell would I want to use a different store for each developer? Frankly I don't care (to an extent) what developer my game is being made by. I just want to play my damn game. And yes, I do love Valve, but this stems from growing up playing Half-Life.

    • Evan Buchholz

      God damn Europeans get some pretty fantastic games for PS Plus.

      I just downloaded Binary Domain ;( (I'm actually interested in playing it.)

    • Jonnyw2k

      Pretty sure you have to sign in to PSN

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      You never played Assasin's Creed on the pc. Uplay made sure pc players randomly couldn't play it either for one month.

      I know everyone hates Origin but Uplay is even more unnecessary and evil.

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Dear, UbiSoft. UPlay is not Steam. Stay off my phone. I don't even want you on my computer.

    • ProductFRED

      Companies still don't understand why Steam is a success:

      - Although Valve owns/created Steam, and is also a game developer at the same time, they aren't biased with regards to how they treat other developers; EA/Ubisoft/Indie developers' games get the same treatment that Valve games do.

      - They support indie developers with the Greenlight program

      - Steam IS DRM, but it doesn't act at all like DRM; for example, it's reasonable that after 2 weeks of using offline mode, you're asked to verify your account by logging in once.

      - You can lend out games (yes, it's a recent feature)

      - Updates are quick and clean

      - RIDICULOUS SALES . Anything that can be considered a holiday = Steam Sale. And not just 5-10% off. 25, 50, 75, even 90% off.

      - It's not just Valve/EA/Ubisoft/Square Enix games. Anyone developer can join the Steam store. Why in the hell would I want to use a different store for each developer? Frankly I don't care (to an extent) what developer my game is being made by. I just want to play my damn game. And yes, I do love Valve, but this stems from growing up playing Half-Life.

  • Matthew Fry

    I think Ubisoft is abandoning uPlay. This must have been near completion when they made the policy change and just went ahead and released the app anyway. http://goo.gl/sL0vsk

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