Gamers share the love after Ubisoft gives away the France-set entry in the Assassin's Creed series following the fire at Notre-Dame.
Normally when a game gets hit by a wave of user reviews long after launch it's because the game's creators did something that irked the community, with users making their feelings known via negative reviews for products that they already own. This practice is commonly known as review bombing, and we've seen it a number of times over the years, including recent examples like when older Metro and Borderlands games were harshly critiqued by users on Steam following the decisions to launch both games on the Epic Game Store.
With that context in mind, we're once again seeing users return to a previously released game, in this case Assassin's Creed: Unity, in order to drop reviews, except this time we're seeing players rally around Ubisoft's revolutionary adventure with a wave of positive feedback. The vast majority of these "reviews" are thanking the company for its work on the previously much-maligned entry in the series, and they come after one of the famous landmarks that featured in the game, Notre-Dame, was ravaged by fire last week.
"Thanks Ubisoft & Assassin's Creed Unity for giving us an opportunity to appreciate what Notre Dame used to be," one user wrote. "God bless France."
Technically, according to Valve's own stance on the practice of review bombing, the positive notes being left by players should be filtered out as we saw with Borderlands (more on that here), but it seems as though the platform holder is making an exception in this case.
The positivity surrounding the game has no doubt been buoyed by the fact that Ubisoft was kind enough to donate $500K to the restoration effort. The publisher also made the game available for free on PC, and you've got until tomorrow, April 24, to claim it on your Uplay account if you'd like to visit revolutionary France.