Watch Dogs 2 gets a free three-hour demo

Watch Dogs 2 now has a free demo on PS4 that lets players check out three hours of Ubisoft’s latest open-world adventure.

The demo will arrive on Xbox One next week on 24th January.

Watch Dogs 2 was well received by most critics, , but that didn’t stop Ubisoft’s sequel from receiving .

Jelly Deals roundup: Doom, Watch Dogs 2, Stephen’s Sausage Roll and more

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a new deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. (It also has the best name.) We’ve invited the Jelly Deals team to share a weekly roundup of (mostly) gaming-related bargains with us, so we can pass their tips on to you. Full disclosure: if you make a purchase from one of these links, we will receive a small commission from the retailer. Hopefully you’ll find it useful!

Christmas is approaching fast and it’ll soon be time to gorge horribly on turkey, alcohol and chocolate without feeling the guilt that usually comes after. What better time to kick back with a copy of the Radio Times by your side, figure out what movies you’ll be watching to ring in the season and catch up on a whole bunch of games you’ve been struggling to find the time to play. For me, I’ll be trying to finish Dead Rising 4 (’tis the season) before moving onto The Last Guardian. I’ve been waiting about a decade for that game, what’s a couple extra weeks?

Anyways, there’s a whole new batch of deals to check out this week, from the world of games and tech and all that sort of jazz. Come have a look at what’s been out there and maybe save some cash if something catches your eye.

Watch Dogs 2 patch makes “Pull over now!” policewoman chill out

Ubisoft will put out a patch for Watch Dogs 2 later this week that addresses one of the more annoying aspects of the open world hacking game.

Previously, when the San Francisco police were hot on your tail (because you’ve probably clipped a poor pedestrian – “he came out of nowhere, guv!”), you’d end up hearing a cop boom through a megaphone: “This is the police! Pull over now!”

Fair enough, right? Well, the cop in question was pretty insistent, and barked the same “Pull over now!” line so frequently you ended up wanting to chuck your controller at the screen in the hope it would shut her up. (I referenced this annoyance in my published in November.)

Ubisoft executives fined €1.2m for alleged insider trading

Five Ubisoft executives, including Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat, are in hot water after the french stock market regulatory commission Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) has fined the employees a cumulative total of over €1.2m.

As reported by , the AMF alleges that the five executives intentionally sold mass amounts of stock in early October 2013, mere days before the announcement that Watch Dogs and The Crew were being delayed until 2014. Following the slip in schedule, Ubisoft stock dropped by roughly 26 per cent.

The breakdown of the executive’s fines are as follows:

The Last of Us patch 1.08 for PS4 Pro analysed

A little while back, that resulted in some games running at a lower performance level than standard PS4 hardware during stress points. The good news is that almost all the titles we highlighted – Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Mantis Burn Racing and Watch Dogs 2 among them – have received patches that help to set things right. Mantis Burn Racing even got an HDR upgrade in the process. At the end of last week, Naughty Dog released an update for The Last of Us Remastered that similarly sets out to address our concerns. There’s some great work in this update, so why isn’t everyone happy?

Initially, there was some confusion about what the new code actually delivered. Patch notes for the update are not particularly helpful, citing ‘miscellaneous bug fixes’ only, when the reality is that this update features a remarkable optimisation push. There’s no post about it on Naughty Dog’s website either – but a gives us a little more information:

“We introduced bug fixes and optimisations that will ensure a consistent and high level of performance on the PS4 Pro,” says Scott Lowe, senior communications manager at Naughty Dog. “Now, when running The Last of Us Remastered on the PS4 Pro on a standard high-definition display, the game will run natively at 1080p and offer high-quality shadows when running at its high-framerate mode.”

Jelly Deals roundup: Win a free copy of Watch Dogs 2, Skyrim: Special Edition, Doom, and more

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a new deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. (It also has the best name.) We’ve invited the Jelly Deals team to share a weekly roundup of (mostly) gaming-related bargains with us, so we can pass their tips on to you. Full disclosure: if you make a purchase from one of these links, we will receive a small commission from the retailer. Hopefully you’ll find it useful!

We’re a matter of days removed from the mass discount bonanza that was Black Friday by now and you may or may not have already drained your bank account buying a veritable buffet of entertainment products. Whether that’s the case or not, the deals have not stopped coming and they probably won’t all the way to Christmas. Sure, a lot of retailers will be in a discount refractory period at the moment but there’s still plenty of things to shine a light on out there on the world wide web. That’s why we’re here, once more, to take a look at some of those things.

So once again, we’ve got deals that’ll work in the UK, deals that’ll work in the US and some deals that will work in both the UK and US, as well as presumably many other places. But first, we need to talk about free stuff.

San Francisco public transport hacked, passengers get free rides

Hackers have shut down the payment system for San Francisco’s public transport, and in doing so gifted free rides to thousands of passengers.

The transport network itself has not been disrupted – just the capacity for money to be taken. And if all of this sounds like a mission in Watch Dogs 2, well, you would not be alone in thinking so.

The very real hack has left the San Francisco transport agency with no choice but to leave ticket gates open, reported. The whole episode began last Friday, when hackers infected more than 2100 computers with malware and demanded a 100 bitcoin (£59k) ransom.

Farming Simulator 17 ploughs through the competition

Titanfall 2, Dishonored 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Watch Dogs 2 – the list of big-budget games that have failed to live up to sales expectations this year is a surprisingly long one. Well, there’s one game that’s smashed sales expectation – and it did it without guns, hacking or wall running. It did it with…

Tractors.

Farming Simulator 17 has a whopping one million players, publisher Focus Home Interactive said. That’s a total achieved less than a month after the game went on sale.

Amazon slashes prices on Dishonored 2 and Watch Dogs 2 for Black Friday

It is still not Black Friday, quite, but Amazon has rolled out . The company has announced a raft of deals will be going live this evening from 8pm UK time, including significant price cuts on console bundles and very new game releases.

The eyebrow-raising entries are Dishonored 2 and Watch Dogs 2, which are both being cut down to £32.99 – the latter barely a week after launch. Watch Dogs 2’s launch sales fell far, far short of its predecessor, prompting Ubisoft to issue a statement saying it expected Cutting the price seems a good way to make that happen. Battlefield 1, FIFA 17 and Call of Duty Infinite Warfare have received the same discount.

Elsewhere a 500GB PS4 bundle with Uncharted 4 and FIFA 17 is now £199.99 – the cheapest Xbox One S pack is £229.99, with a controller and your choice of FIFA or Minecraft. Destiny: The Collection, which includes the base game and all expansions, has been reduced to £19.99, which is the cheapest we’ve seen it for. Here’s the full list:

Watch Dogs 2 “seamless multiplayer” finally rolling out a week from launch

Ubisoft has – a week on from launch – finally switched on parts of Watch Dogs 2’s “seamless multiplayer” modes.

PlayStation 4 servers were activated at 4pm UK time. Xbox One servers will go live “overnight”. This will then turn on the ability to:

But this isn’t all of the features – nearby bounty targets and rivals will have to come later.