Amidst the filthy jokes at UbiSoft’s conference, it was a pretty scattershot affair until their final big reveal. But what stood out during the hour? Well, after the jump we’ll talk eSports, Wii-U and a brand new IP that had me itching to play right there and then, oh, and Assassins Creed 3. Yummy!
Whilst I will say the UbiSoft media event had some questionable hosting (Girl Wood?! The fudge?!), and seemed really unfocused at times, there were some interesting and lovely looking games in the hour and twenty minutes we spent in their company – some really, really good stuff. So let’s run through it, shall we?
Just Dance 4
Just Dance 4 was inevitable, but at least the rap was live, the dancers were hot and the game – what little we saw of it – looked to preserve the feel and style that has made it so popular worldwide. Flo Rider really dented his credibility here, but hey, he clearly earns a nice fat paycheck for it!
Rayman has always been a lovely affair, but with rhythmic action, slick presentation and the kind of speed Sonic has been lacking, the Wii-U is about to get a serious platformer. It also helps that its art direction and finish is top-notch and gorgeous to behold in every single way.
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 has been looking tantalising for years, and this teaser was no exception. Taunted by the idea that your time in this “paradise” has changed you, the demonstration took us through a game that was achingly beautiful to behold and really, very slickly done. And tigers. Everyone loves tigers.
Assassins Creed 3
It’s Assassins Creed 3. Yup, the game spans thirty years of the American Revolution in one game, as our intrepid assassin hunts down more Templars in the new world. I did notice that there was still a lot left to finish -textures need work and weather/snow effects need polish, but I’m sure that it’ll be fine in the end.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
More tantalising details of the story behind the game – Third Eschelon are now seemingly operating rogue, outside the influence and control of their former employ, and it would appear as a result they’ve changed and not in a nice way. It looks like a real return to glory for Sam Fisher and his friends.
Before the detractors can get in tomorrow with the “Nintendo is for kids!” thing, UbiSoft show off a teaser for their new zombie apocalypse game, set in a London that is falling apart under the weight of the plague. Of course, lovely trailers are all well and good – maybe tomorrow we’ll see some in-game footage?
A new eSports-focused team based shooter title, the ten minutes dedicated to this made it look like a fast-paced platform for watching on TV and the internet, whilst offering twitch-based action and accuracy for the professionals playing it. That sounds about right. But can you force an eSports game? We’ll see.
The finale for UbiSoft was simply sensational. A game of political, social and technological intrigue – of hackers, hacking and assassination. A game focused on controlling the world around you, surveying it, manipulating it for your own ends. In a modern, living cityscape. This, my friends, is the killer game so far. Bravo UbiSoft. Bravo.