Rumour has it that there is no such thing as a free lunch, so it's a good job Ubisoft is in the computer games industry as opposed to, say, the restaurant business because the company has released three free games to the public available to download right now from FilePlanet, although they'll probably pop up elsewhere in due course. Admittedly the games are all ad-supported, which has seen some controversy for its inclusion in games such as EA's Battlefield 2142 but considering you aren't paying penny to be advertised at, we don't see any grounds for complaint here.
The games on offer are pretty a high-standard affair too, with Far Cry, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Rayman Raving Rabbids all up for grabs. All three games are excellent examples of their respective genres and the former is indisputably one of the most popular first-person shooters ever made.
The only proviso we would mention is the amount of bandwidth required to acquire these games, Far Cry weighing in at 2.67GB, Prince of Persia at 1.15GB and Rayman at 1.3GB. If you're on a 2GB capped connection, it would probably cost you less to buy Far Cry than pay 600MB excess-bandwidth fees. Not to mention the couple of hours you'll spend running around in anticipation of your download's impending completion.
Of course what really excites us about this move on Ubisoft's part is the possibility of other publishers following suit. EA, as previously mentioned, already has the infrastructure in place to insert adverts in-game so perhaps we could see Battlefield 1942 or Vietnam up for free. Wishful thinking maybe but we can hope. Still, we can't deny that Ubisoft's latest move is a far cry (deliberate pun?! Gordon) from the usual and we hope it works out.