GamesBeat Weekly Roundup

If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best games stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

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Review: How Final Fantasy XIII-2 saves the franchise…for now

2010’s Final Fantasy XIII may have sold well enough, but the perplexingly bad design decisions quickly made the title a bitter disappointment for many fans. Coupled with the disastrous launch of Final Fantasy XIV, and even publisher/developer Square Enix admitted that its legendary role-playing brand had been severely damaged.

Ubisoft server transition will make always-on DRM games unplayable

Many of Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft’s online services will be offline starting Feb. 7 as it moves its servers from a third-party data center to a new facility. During this time, Ubisoft says the online features of some of its games will be affected by the transition, while some of its games will be completely unplayable, including a number of single-player games that use the publisher’s unpopular “always-on” digital rights management system (DRM).

Review: Ezio’s not the only thing getting old in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations is the fourth title in Ubisoft’s award-winning, multi-platinum franchise. Developed by multiple internal studios around the globe and spanning more than 400 individual team members, the Assassin’s Creed series needs to sell better than most in order to offset its undoubtedly massive production costs. But can Ubisoft sustain such an ambitious annual business model while still keeping the sequels fresh and compelling?

Ubisoft ships 6.5M copies of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood

Ubisoft, the third-largest video game publisher in the U.S. market, said today that it scored a big hit with the third installment of its Assassin’s Creed series, shipping more than 6.5 million copies of the latest game. That means the French company’s big bet on launching new versions of Assassin’s Creed games every year has paid off.

Ubisoft brings out its long knives for Assassin’s Creed Facebook game (video)

Ubisoft has a lot of top video game franchises, but they don’t get any bigger than Assassin’s Creed. So it says a lot that the French video game giant is bringing its Assassin’s Creed game to Facebook with Assassin’s Creed Project Legacy, which will be available in the coming days.