Pick Your Path Bundle: Pick The Perfect Game With Our Help
What’s better than a state-of-the-art GeForce GTX GPU? Why, a free game to go with it, of course! That’s why we’re offering the Pick Your Path GeForce GTX bundle, which enables you to download Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, or The Crew for free. It’s a great way to make the most of your new pixel-pushing GPU, as all three play best on GeForce GTX-powered PCs thanks to the inclusion of bleeding-edge GameWorks technologies that greatly improve your experience in the highly anticipated titles.
Of course, picking a freebie can be tough, especially when you’ve got three terrific candidates all shouting “Put me in, coach!” Don’t worry though—we’ll give you a hand. Check out what makes each game unique below.
The latest Assassin’s Creed takes place during the tumultuous French Revolution. You play as Arno Dorian, an unlucky fellow whose adopted father was recently executed. In your journey for vengeance, you’ll eventually stumble across the Brotherhood of Assassins and join them. Unity isn’t your typical Assassin’s Creed, however: up to four people can play cooperatively in story mode, jumping in and out of the action at will. That means you can solo where you’d like, and then invite your pals to help in some of the more challenging sections.
As you take part in missions, you’ll climb effortlessly up and down Paris’ charred, stone-cobbled buildings thanks to the massively streamlined controls. The fighting system has been rebuilt from the ground up, too, with many of the techniques based on real-life fencing mechanics. And unlike other versions of Assassin’s Creed, you won’t be able to use one attack over and over and expect to win—your opponents will adapt quickly and counter your moves, and they’ll try to exploit vulnerable areas by sweeping around to your sides.
Also new to Unity is the franchise’s first stealth system, activated by pressing the crouch button. With stealth mode activated, you’ll dart quickly in and out of hiding areas and glide over obstacles, using everything around you as concealment. But even if you clumsily (or purposely) deviate from a mission’s path and get detected, you’ll no longer desynchronize and immediately fail. When rumbled, enemies will now pursue you and search out your last known location, giving you time to melt back into the background, and new objectives will dynamically be introduced allowing you to still complete your mission. Taking the stealth route does unveil more of the story, however, as you can eavesdrop on NPCs while they travel, so there’s good reason not to go to in with swords swinging.
Unity is an entirely new, fresh experience in the popular Assassin’s Creed setting, and its a gorgeous game to boot, worthy of being called ‘next-gen’. Plus, it takes full advantage of DirectX 11 tessellation, NVIDIA HBAO+, NVIDIA PCSS, and NVIDIA TXAA.
Tropical islands? African savannas? Those are nothing compared to the ruggedness of the Himalayan mountains. Coincidentally, that’s exactly where Far Cry 4 takes place. Set in the fictional wilderness of Kyrat, this open-world FPS drops you right into the middle of a civil war, where the psychotic dictator Pagan Min attempts to squash his peoples’ rebellion.
Besides the updated, rocky setting, Far Cry 4 takes steps to differentiate itself from its older siblings. In addition to the single-player campaign, you and your friends can explore and plunder the vastness of Kyrat in a drop-in/drop-out co-op mode, creating your own entertaining stories as you play. You’ll accrue points and spend them on Guns for Hire—NPC mercenaries that will fight alongside you—and you can hop onto an elephant and charge it into the warzone. You can even take to the air in a small helicopter, hovering around the map freely. You’ll need all the assistance you can get though, as Far Cry 4’s outposts are much harder to conquer than in Far Cry 2 and 3.
The devs also put a lot of focus in making Far Cry 4 seem like a more believable, lived-in world. There are realistic propaganda posters littered throughout the landscape, and constant radio chatter spouts rhetoric for both the rebels and Pagan Min. You’ll need to choose one of two anti-Min leaders to follow—Amita or Sabal—and they both have their ups and downs, morally. This makes it a blast to replay, as teaming up with one rebel results in a much different set of circumstances than joining the other.
With support for NVIDIA GameWorks effects such as HairWorks, HBAO+, PCSS, and TXAA, Far Cry 4 is by far one of 2014’s best-looking games, and going by recent previews, one of the best games in general.
“Psst. Hey buddy, over here. I’ve got a one-of-a-kind racing MMO with your name on it. Interested? Thought so.” In Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections’ The Crew, you can jump behind the wheel of over 40 officially licensed speedsters, such as the BMW Z4, Dodge Viper SRT10, and Shelby GT500. You can then put together a posse of fellow lead-foots and race around a pretty amazing recreation of the continental United States. It’ll take about an hour and a half to drive from one coast to the other.
There are lots of different racing options available, and each car type—or Spec, as The Crew calls them—are made for certain kinds of tracks. You can zoom through a packed city trying to beat the timer in a basic Street Spec, or go the opposite route with a Perf Spec, which excels at top-speed and vast, countryside straight-aways. However, if you prefer heavily treaded tires and bumpy dirt roads, there are the Dirt and Raid Specs. The Raid Spec, meanwhile is built entirely for off-roading, and encourages you to explore pretty much everything around you.
If your go-to Spec is up against a particularly imposing race, it’s really handy having a gang of friends driving with you—only a single team member needs to beat a mission for the others to progress. You can swap Specs at any time, but you’ll probably discover that you play better with one car versus another. However, if grouping up just isn’t your bag, you can always go solo and tackle mini-games scattered liberally across the map. On top of that, there are no in-game loading screens or pauses between levels.
Pick Your Path
Each of these games would make a fine addition to your library. Assassin’s Creed Unity’s restructured stealth system and easy-to-join co-op breathe new life into the series; Far Cry 4’s mountainous Kyrat is stunning to behold, with a strong story-driven campaign and enormous open world to back it up; and for competitive speed freaks itching to test their mettle online, The Crew brings a plethora of upgradable vehicles, car types, and races.
Whether you pick the path of an assassin, freedom fighter, or racer, there’s no wrong choice here. If you want a blazing-fast NVIDIA GPU and a terrific, free Ubisoft game to go with it, check out the Pick Your Path GeForce GTX bundle now. Be sure to keep an eye out on Geforce.com for our upcoming performance and graphics guides for each of the three games, detailing all of their effects and NVIDIA features!
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