If you’ve played Assassin’s Creed II then you may have noticed the option to connect to something called Uplay if you press Triangle at the main menu. If you’ve never heard of it before watch the video below to find out more:
I recently finished Assassin’s Creed II, so I was able to have a little play around with Uplay and my first impressions of it are pretty good. As stated in the video, you earn points by completing in-game tasks/missions. The points you earn differ depending on what you have done. For completing one of the last story missions in the game, ‘Escape The Hideout’, you can earn 40 points for example.
After you’ve earned your points in Assassin’s Creed II, you can choose to redeem them on bonus items for the game or keep them for any future Ubisoft game that supports Uplay. I had 100 points so decided to use 10 points/credits on a PS3 ‘Premium’ Assassin’s Creed II theme for my PS3. I could’ve used the points and got a map that allows you to gain access to the Auditore Family Crypt for 40 points or an Altair costume that would’ve cost 30, amongst other things.
It’s a pretty good service, which is easy to use and has a nice sleek look to it. Connecting to it takes a few seconds but it is still in BETA form so that is probably to be expected. I do have one major gripe though. Although you can connect to Uplay in-game easy enough, when I registered to join the Uplay website, I couldn’t find a way to log in using my PSN ID, so I had to create a new account. So now I have two accounts with Uplay, one that has 10 credits for joining Uplay and another, separate account, that has 90 credits, from what I’ve earned in Assassin’s Creed II. I can’t find any way to log in using my PSN ID or a way to add it to the account I created to access Uplay on their main site. :-/
If you don’t have a Ubisoft game that supports Uplay, which I currently don’t after trading in ACII, then you currently have no way to access the points you’ve earned in-game and redeem them on the Uplay website. It seems a strange oversight and hopefully they will rectify this. Or maybe I’ve missed something and you can log in or register using your PSN ID details…?
Overall, I like the idea of Uplay and I hope more games offer a similar service in the future. It’s a nice alternative to overpriced DLC that Jimmy covered here. You can’t really complain when you get something for free, right? 😛