Splinter Cell Blacklist uPlay - £4.99 @ simplycdkeys
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Splinter Cell Blacklist uPlay - £4.99 @ simplycdkeys

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Found 2nd Jan 2014
Cheapest price around as far as I know, think it's been constantly dropping in price on that site

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Yeah its been dropping few weeks ago it was £6.99 then £5.99.

And there's me considering paying £15 for it in steam...

Bargain price, and nothing wrong with uPlay (you heard, Steam purists!).

Fantastic price! Have some heat!

cannibalwombat

Bargain price, and nothing wrong with uPlay (you heard, Steam purists!).

Exactly! Heat added.

I bought 2 copies a couple of weeks ago, I'm still stuck on the first mission that you have to do before you can play coop. My friend keeps asking when we're going to play.. er soon, I'm just really busy.

looks good for a fiver though
Edited by: "pipehippy" 2nd Jan 2014

cannibalwombat

(you heard, Steam purists!).



Viva la revolution!

But all joking aside... This is a cracking price, as is £3.99 for The Bureau and £3.99 for Sleeping Dogs.

As much as Bureau got bad reviews, I just treated it as an AddOn XCom and really enjoyed it.

The three for £3.99 each is some serious gameplay/price ratio!

bought it when it was 5.99.

It's awesome just finished all missions yesterday incl the DLC ones. DLC costed 1 pound something atm on uplay.


Mind you there are lots of patch updates before you can even start playing it...

the multiplayer is dying as well. It's relatively easier to find co-op players, I can't find anyone playing spy vs mercs.
Edited by: "superivanho" 2nd Jan 2014

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cannibalwombat

Bargain price, and nothing wrong with uPlay (you heard, Steam purists!).



Although i am a Steam purist its still a hot deal for those who don't mind. I can't agree there is nothing wrong with Uplay though speeds are just terrible for me. Takes forever to update and just trying to watch a video on Anno Complete took forever. 120mb broadband and no problems with Steam etc.

jaystan

Although i am a Steam purist its still a hot deal for those who don't … Although i am a Steam purist its still a hot deal for those who don't mind. I can't agree there is nothing wrong with Uplay though speeds are just terrible for me. Takes forever to update and just trying to watch a video on Anno Complete took forever. 120mb broadband and no problems with Steam etc.



I've never experienced such problems. In fact I am downloading Blood Dragon right now and it's easily maintaining the max my connection seems capable of (2.8MB/s) whereas I rarely see Steam top 2.2.

I know it's nowhere near as fleshed out or intuitive as Steam, although there are A LOT of things that annoy me about Steam. Like the clunky and threadbare screenshot gallery and often ridiculous page load times. uPlay is perfectly functional AFAIAC and doesn't deserve the disparagement it gets. Granted that has been less since Aleczandah was banned! In fact it has its advantages, like the Actions and Rewards system.

Nobody's dissed it here, I'm just saying I think it's fine.

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cannibalwombat

I've never experienced such problems. In fact I am downloading Blood … I've never experienced such problems. In fact I am downloading Blood Dragon right now and it's easily maintaining the max my connection seems capable of (2.8MB/s) whereas I rarely see Steam top 2.2.I know it's nowhere near as fleshed out or intuitive as Steam, although there are A LOT of things that annoy me about Steam. Like the clunky and threadbare screenshot gallery and often ridiculous page load times. uPlay is perfectly functional AFAIAC and doesn't deserve the disparagement it gets. Granted that has been less since Aleczandah was banned! In fact it has its advantages, like the Actions and Rewards system.Nobody's dissed it here, I'm just saying I think it's fine.



I am sure i read somewhere about the download problems and some settings needed to be changed. I am getting around 16kb-50kb downloads or something like that. Taking forever to just update the Uplay client. Steam downloads a AAA game in 2 minutes. Think i may have to look around the internet then. Once downloads are done the client itself is fine.

EDIT: Looking around the internet lots of people complaining about Up[lay download speeds.

Edited by: "jaystan" 2nd Jan 2014

When you have a uPlay game in Steam how do updates work? Does Steam handle updating the game files and uPlay client or do game updates only happen when Steam launches the uPlay client (presumably when you want to play)?

cannibalwombat

Bargain price, and nothing wrong with uPlay (you heard, Steam purists!).



I'm no fan of Steam but there is a lot wrong with Uplay to the degree I wouldn't spend a penny buying any more games on it. I bought Assassin's Creed 4 and Splinter Cell a couple of months ago on Uplay and given up actually being able to play them, the coding is so shockingly bad on Uplay that it somehow manages to max out my connection entirely downloading masses of data yet the client itself claims it's only downloading at a trickle which would need around two weeks solid of sustained downloads. This is the nonsense Uplay is constantly up to:

johnmcl7.smugmug.com/Oth…jpg

There's lots of people complaining about this same problem on the Ubisoft forums and Ubisoft technical support is a complete waste of time, they just repeat the same generic advice over and over again even though they've been given detailed information on the problem that shows the advice they're given is of no use at all.

Furthermore, unlike Steam you cannot transfer or backup content between machines so once you've finished the painful process of downloading, if you need to reinstall the game or put it on another machine you have to go through it all again which they apparently have no plans to resolve any time soon.

I'm kicking myself for not reading up on Uplay before buying games on the service as I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole now. Steam frequently annoys me for its complete lack of error handling abilities and other nonsense but there is no comparison to Uplay, Steam downloads games at a decent speed and content can be easily backed up and restored on different machines so I can use my low power server to get the games overnight and then move them to the power hungry gaming machine to install.

John
Edited by: "Johnmcl7" 2nd Jan 2014

PurplePerson

When you have a uPlay game in Steam how do updates work? Does Steam … When you have a uPlay game in Steam how do updates work? Does Steam handle updating the game files and uPlay client or do game updates only happen when Steam launches the uPlay client (presumably when you want to play)?



Steam handles the game download and patching as normal plus you launch the game through Steam, after that the Uplay client runs and you go through it as well. That side of Uplay isn't usually an issue as the main problem is its handling of the actual game content.

John

jaystan

EDIT: Looking around the internet lots of people complaining about Up[lay … EDIT: Looking around the internet lots of people complaining about Up[lay download speeds.



You know as well as I do that if you look you will find people complaining about anything.

Johnmcl7

Steam handles the game download and patching as normal plus you launch … Steam handles the game download and patching as normal plus you launch the game through Steam, after that the Uplay client runs and you go through it as well. That side of Uplay isn't usually an issue as the main problem is its handling of the actual game content.John



Thanks for that. I do use uPlay (well, have it installed) and currently have eight games in it. I have been avoiding getting uPlay games in Steam (well... uPlay games in general) because I thought (mistakenly) that the game installation and updating would happen through uPlay. I have no issue with speed. I just downloaded Far Cry 3 through UPlay and it was probably just as quick as Steam for me.

If Steam handles game updates though I think I'll just wait for a cheap Steam version of this. I just went to run Far Cry 3 and after it updated itself it had to download a patch. Then I had to manually run through the patch installer. Then I tried to run it again and it had to download a newer patch. Then I had to manually go through the installer for that patch as well. I thought uPlay would at least keep games up to date while it's running, but it appears that it may not (or it may just be Far Cry 3).

Anyway I'm done with manually patching games (or waiting for them to download), so Steam it is for me, even for uPlay games.

Johnmcl7

I'm no fan of Steam but there is a lot wrong with Uplay to the degree I … I'm no fan of Steam but there is a lot wrong with Uplay to the degree I wouldn't spend a penny buying any more games on it. I bought Assassin's Creed 4 and Splinter Cell a couple of months ago on Uplay and given up actually being able to play them, the coding is so shockingly bad on Uplay that it somehow manages to max out my connection entirely downloading masses of data yet the client itself claims it's only downloading at a trickle which would need around two weeks solid of sustained downloads. This is the nonsense Uplay is constantly up to:http://johnmcl7.smugmug.com/Other/General/i-qm8djX7/0/O/Uplay_issue.jpgThere's lots of people complaining about this same problem on the Ubisoft forums and Ubisoft technical support is a complete waste of time, they just repeat the same generic advice over and over again even though they've been given detailed information on the problem that shows the advice they're given is of no use at all.Furthermore, unlike Steam you cannot transfer or backup content between machines so once you've finished the painful process of downloading, if you need to reinstall the game or put it on another machine you have to go through it all again which they apparently have no plans to resolve any time soon.I'm kicking myself for not reading up on Uplay before buying games on the service as I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole now. Steam frequently annoys me for its complete lack of error handling abilities and other nonsense but there is no comparison to Uplay, Steam downloads games at a decent speed and content can be easily backed up and restored on different machines so I can use my low power server to get the games overnight and then move them to the power hungry gaming machine to install.John



But I'm sure you'll agree that, as with any tech problem, there are many more people who're not experiencing this issue. I am one of those. Obviously those having problems bear a greater propensity to complain online about them.

It sounds like the same problem as jaystan, so maybe you could combine forces?

As for re-downloading, yes that does sound like an ar$e. So if, for example, you buy a SSD and want to transfer everything from a old HDD you can't do that? Lame. You will be able to transfer save files of course, so at least you won't have to start the games again once they've re-downloaded.

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PurplePerson

You know as well as I do that if you look you will find people … You know as well as I do that if you look you will find people complaining about anything.



Yeah was hoping it was a simple problem at my end that i could fix. Looking around the internet though it doesn't seem the case

cannibalwombat

But I'm sure you'll agree that, as with any tech problem, there are many … But I'm sure you'll agree that, as with any tech problem, there are many more people who're not experiencing this issue. I am one of those. Obviously those having problems bear a greater propensity to complain online about them. It sounds like the same problem as jaystan, so maybe you could combine forces?As for re-downloading, yes that does sound like an ar$e. So if, for example, you buy a SSD and want to transfer everything from a old HDD you can't do that? Lame. You will be able to transfer save files of course, so at least you won't have to start the games again once they've re-downloaded.



No, I don't agree at all - I'm having exactly the same problem with different computers on different internet connections and people with different setups entirely are having exactly the same problem so there's clearly a much bigger problem than some isolated issue my end. Furthermore the issue has been reported repeatedly for months to Ubisoft and they have done absolutely about it apart from repeat the same nonsense generic solutions which clearly do not apply.

And yes, if you want to move from SSD to HDD you have to redownload the entire game again at which point (if the Nvidia game offer is still ongoing which seems the partial cause of current issue) you'll experience the same frustrations Jaystan and I are having.

John

jaystan

Yeah was hoping it was a simple problem at my end that i could fix. … Yeah was hoping it was a simple problem at my end that i could fix. Looking around the internet though it doesn't seem the case



You're correct - Ubisoft will tell you to check your firewall settings and some other generic advice but what's clear about this problem having spent some time looking into it is that it isn't a localised issue. I suspect the main problem at the moment is the Nvidia free games offer which the Ubisoft servers can't handle and some really buggy code in the Uplay client which can't handle that properly.

John

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Johnmcl7

You're correct - Ubisoft will tell you to check your firewall settings … You're correct - Ubisoft will tell you to check your firewall settings and some other generic advice but what's clear about this problem having spent some time looking into it is that it isn't a localised issue. I suspect the main problem at the moment is the Nvidia free games offer which the Ubisoft servers can't handle and some really buggy code in the Uplay client which can't handle that properly.John



Yeah many people reporting strange downloads for Uplay that are fine with Steam

I was a little reluctant to buy from this site but I went ahead and bought it. Within minutes I received a 'code' which was a picture of the code on a piece of paper. Activated on Uplay with no problems.
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