Let's be honest. UPlay isn't as bad as it used to be, but it's still an annoying piece of middleware that nobody really enjoys using.
But Ubisoft, as part of their 30th anniversary plans, are giving people perhaps the best possible reason to use UPlay: free PC games.
The promotion is running until the end of the year, which means Ubisoft will end up giving seven PC games from their back catalogue over the course of 2016. The first one is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, a fairly decent game which most PC gamers should have in their library anyway.
And yes, it's the same game that was later turned into a pretty ordinary movie. Which Ubisoft Montreal did an even better job rebooting in 2008.
According to the FAQ, you'll need an Ubisoft account -- obviously.
The operation is free you can get these games at no cost To participate and get the games, you just need to: - Have a Uplay account - Register on the official webpage with your Uplay account - Download, install the Uplay PC application on your PC and log in with your Uplay account.
Once the process is complete, you'll be able to see the games in your Uplay library. The offers work on the same timeframe as PlayStation Plus or Games with Gold: freebies are only available in the month they're offered, so if there's something you want you have a month to redeem it. You don't have to download the game to your hard drive, however.
The games won't be available for Mac users, mind you, and you can't redeem these offers through Steam -- you have to go through Uplay. Still, a free game is a free game. And Sands of Time isn't a bad one to start with.