Ubisoft E3 Press Conference

Well, I missed the very beginning of the Ubisoft press conference as I was searching for a reliable stream. GameTrailers.com was working earlier, but then I lost sound. GameSpot kept buffering. I finally went to my old standby of G4TV and found a reliable (although grainy) stream that they were doing through Hulu. I don’t think I missed much, though. Here’s the run-down:

Rayman Origins

This game is super cute. Looks pretty addictive. A little casual for my tastes, though. But then again, so is Angry Birds, and I got sucked into that.

Driver: San Francisco

Lots of “innovative” racing games at this E3. If I were going to play a racing game, though, I’d probably choose the Need For Speed: The Run over this one. Ubisoft did make the claim that this particular game will have the best multi-platform experience of any racing game.

Farcry 3

This was the big surprise of the show. I’m not typically a Farcry fan. But this game sure looked pretty. The demo showed a first person viewpoint moving through a jungle. There also seem to be a lot of psychological elements and stealth involved in gameplay. I might have to check this franchise out. It looked absolutely fantastic. Good graphics and amazing sound. And the crowd went wild. Well, as wild as E3 crowds get. The Twitter reaction was off the charts, though.

The Furious Four

I have to credit Kevin Pereira from G4 for summing this game up so perfectly on Twitter: “The Inglourious Bastards: The Game.” And that’s exactly what it looks like. It’s got that same sort of humor with the same sort of characters you would expect from a Tarantino film. I just hope the plot is better (yes, I’m the only person I know who hated that movie).

The Adventures of TinTin: The Game

I still don’t know what TinTin is, except that it’s a movie coming out and it has something to do with Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson. I think it’s based on some French children’s books, though. And so now there’s a game. As there is with any big budget film these days. It’s my experience, though, that the game is never as good as the film.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

We saw this earlier at Microsoft’s press conference. Another demo was shown. But Ubisoft also talked about Ghost Recon Online for the PC. Which is free. And if you want to sign up for the beta, you can do so now.

Trackmania 2

Okay, ANOTHER racing game. But what was cool about this one was that this is the first time that there were actual women on stage at E3 that weren’t advertising a casual game. And that made me happy. This game is a social game. You choose your car, design your track and then share it with friends. And it actually looks kinda’ cool. It’s coming in September and I may have to check it out.

Raving Rabbids on Kinect

This looked a lot more fun than it should have. It’s silly and typical rabbid fun. First, they played whack-a-mole with rabbids. I giggled through the entire thing. And then the three guys on stage made shapes with their bodies to scare the rabbids away. Again, I giggled. I love the rabbids, in spite of myself. This is being released on November 8th.

Just Dance 3

Another dance game. This one is supposedly about to be the most successful party game ever. I had to take another pee break, though, so I only saw a little of the demo.


This one is really cool. And educational! If you have ever wanted to learn to play an actual guitar (Guitar Hero does not count), this game will teach you. All you need is the game and a guitar.

YourShape 2012

A fitness title. Oh, look, you can use Kinect and workout with others. I will pass as I prefer to do my ugly sweating that I call exercise by myself where no one can see me.

Assassins Creed: Revelations

Obviously, they were saving this for last. And this is really why I watched the Ubisoft press conference to begin with. It’s really the only title of theirs I’m super excited about. I’m a huge fan of Assassins Creed, even though I believed that Brotherhood felt more like DLC than an actual game. However, two seconds into the new trailer, and I was drooling. This game just looks good. Ezio is older now and is searching for the secrets left behind by Altair. This is the final Ezio game, as well.

Gameplay during the demo looked pretty typical for the Assasins Creed franchise. Almost too typical. I didn’t see any new gameplay elements and this does concern me. But it doesn’t mean I won’t play it as I love this series. This one is out in November. Ubisoft also stated that this game will explain a lot of the past of the Assassins Creed story, but also lead into the future of the plot.

I did always think that it was odd that Ubisoft stook with Ezio for three games when the characters throughout history and various time periods are practically endless. But I have no complaints. Even older, Ezio is still hot. And that Italian accent of his makes me weak in the knees. So I’ll play.

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