E3 2017 – Part 4 – Ubisoft Press Conference

I usually don’t have really high hopes for Ubisoft because I’ve been let down by them as a company so many times, but this time I had to try and contain my excitement for this conference because of their pre-show reveal. There was Far Cry 5 and the new Assassin’s Creed. I couldn’t help but be a little excited about all of this.

Ubisoft started their show with Rabbids. Not just any Rabbids though, Rabbids mixed with Mario. This is a new partnership with Nintendo bringing a game exclusively to the Nintendo switch. The game looks crazy weird, but it’s a pretty cool looking puzzle/tactical game and I really liked it. It’s called Mario & Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and it’ll be available 8.29.2017. Not a bad way to start the show, something new, but then onto a franchise that has been around now for 10 years. Can you believe it? I can’t. This franchise has seen it’s up and downs along with various problems along the way, but this new Assassin’s Creed: Origins game looks like it can really bring new life into a dying franchise. I thought that the Egypt setting was genius because there is so much history there and it feels like there is so much that can be done, it would be hard for Ubisoft to screw this one up. Since this was already announced at the Microsoft Conference, it wasn’t really a surprise, but it was nice to see it again because the visuals are phenomenal and the game will release on 10.27.2017. Up next in the showcase was The Crew 2. This was to be expected because it was revealed pre-show that this would be in the showcase. Does it look good? Yes, because you can race in just about any sport that has racing. Does that mean that it’s going to be good? Possibly not, but that’s just me. Anyway, this game will be released in Early 2018.

Moving on, South Park: The Fractured But Whole makes another appearance at E3 which is hopefully its last because it has a release date now of 10.17.2017. If this game is delayed again, then I’ve completely lost all hope for this game and will just forget about it. This was really no surprise, but there was some VR stuff which everyone is doing this year. Transference is Ubisoft’s VR game du jour for the year and the concept looks interesting enough that if I was to get into VR, which I am not, this is one game that I would check out. Up next was something unexpected, which was a pirate game. You guys know how much I love pirates right? I think it has something to do with Dragon Age’s Isabela, but moving on there is a new Ubisoft pirate game called Skull & Bones. It’s not Sea of Thieves, but at first it looks amazing with the video of some badass female pirate commanding her ship and then we get into the actual gameplay. The game is basically For Honor with ships and pirates. Don’t get me wrong, the game has a cool concept behind it but can you imagine the multiplayer for this? It’s going to be a cluster fuck to play online unless you actually have a group of people to play with that you already know. As the promo for the game went on my interest went out the window as I thought of how much enjoyment I got out of For Honor at first before it all went out the window and now sits on my self collecting dust. For those interested, this game will come out in Fall 2018.

Now a game everyone’s been waiting for and it was about halfway through the conference and I had this little glimmer of hope that maybe there wouldn’t be this game this year, but then out came the dancers, and the singers to announce Just Dance 2018. Who’s excited huh? Said no one ever. Anyway, you’ll be able to get your hands on the newest Just Dance edition this October. Then came the new South Park game called Phone Destroyer. Shouldn’t you actually release one South Park game before making another? I know it’s for your mobile, but still it only make sense that if you can’t release one for whatever reason, the other probably won’t get released either. Anyway, for those interested this game will come out in 2017, unless it’s delayed. Something new from Ubisoft was next and it was a space game. It got my hopes up a little because I want a studio to basically make a new space opera that’s as good as Mass Effect, but I’m not sure anyone is actually up to the challenge. Ubisoft obviously isn’t because this space game, Starlink: A Battle for Atlas is not that space opera I was looking for. You basically build and attach ships to your controller and they show up on screen. WTF? This looks like this game will be a huge money suck and is probably geared towards kids who are going to beg his or her parents to buy different ships to have in game. Release is set for Fall 2018.

Before the big stuff, there was some Steep news. Anyone still actually playing this? I know a few people on my friends list played this when it first came out but I haven’t seen anyone play it since. Finally to we get to the good stuff, the game that everyone has basically been waiting for. Far Cry 5. Ever since those teaser trailers and then the actual trailer I have been super hyped for this game because let’s face it, it looks amazing. I feel like Far Cry hasn’t been good since 3 and this game looks like it can breathe new life into the franchise that has been going the way of Assassin’s Creed and make the franchise good again. Not only can you play co-op which really holds no interest for me, but you can hire people in game to help you with your cause and that looks pretty cool. The gameplay looked smooth and fluent as you gave directions to your team to take down members of this cult. Really nice showing for the game. That wasn’t it though and Ubisoft had some more game to show off. A game that was apparently 15 years in the making. I didn’t think that Ubisoft spent that much time on it’s games. Anyway, aft first I was like “what the hell is this” there were talking animals and some really weird game play, which was to be expected because E3 was filled with weird games this year, before it’s announced that this is Beyond Good and Evil 2. I can honestly say that I have no idea what this game is or ever was and I don’t think I’m missing out on anything.

Overall I have to say that it was a pretty good show. When you compare it to the show that Bethesda and EA had it was kind of top-notch. Believe me when I say I never thought I would say that about an Ubisoft conference. Not only have they rebranded themselves with a new logo, but it looks like they’ve done a company wide overhaul to rebrand themselves. I think it can work for them and make them a decent company. The games they showed off this year were innovative and if they continue on this path it’ll be a good thing for them.

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E3 2016 – Part 2

After the Bethesda conference on Sunday, I was pumped for Monday as it looked like it would be turning out to be a pretty good E3 after all. Sure there was some crappy stuff with the EA conference not really showing anything, but I had some pretty high hopes for the three press conferences that were to be showcased on Monday, so here we go.

Microsoft Press Conference

So, I don’t even own an Xbox, never have and probably never will, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to see what Microsoft has going on and in the works. They started the show by introducing the Xbox One S, which I thought looked pretty badass. Up next was the exclusive Gears of War 4 which will now have a cross-play feature between Xbox One and Windows 10. I’ve always wanted to play Gears of War because it looks like a pretty awesome franchise and 4 looks pretty amazing from what they showed. It also came with a release date of 10-11-2016 and there’s going to be a collectible controller.

Next up was Killer Instinct which kind of reminded me of a more successful version of Playstation All Stars Battle Royale. New Gears of War characters are going to be added and it had the crowd going crazy. This was followed by Forza Horizon 3 which is a racing game and I had zero interest in it because I’m not all that big into racing games to begin with. Then there was ReCore which looks like an interesting concept and you can tell that a lot of effort went into it, but yet again it was not something I would play so no jealously there.

Now I know I’m going to get a lot of hate, but the Final Fantasy XV demo did not impress me one bit. I’ve never played this franchise or have the desire to but it just looked like a bunch of people running around and dodging a big hand. This was followed by some DLC for The Division which will come to Xbox One first along with more information on Battlefield One which was just a repeat of what was shown at the EA conference. Next came some hardware stuff. I have to say that there was that slight kick in the balls to Playstatoin when they said they wanted to have a faster and more reliable network and the addition of Cortana who I personally find useless. Other than that they announced features that Playstation already has such “Clubs” or as us PSN people like to call them “Communities”. There was also an announcement of want ads for multiplayer and even though Playstation doesn’t have that, there’s PSNProfiles.com which you can basically do the same thing. There was also mention of the ability to be able to sign up for competitions. Then there was the introduction of customizable controllers which I have to say, had me pretty jealous since I would like to customize my Playstation controller like that.

After that was some Minecraft stuff which had me bored since the presenters were…a little too enthusiastic about Minecraft along with the new game from the creators of Limbo called Inside. Just another reminder that I still haven’t played Limbo yet. This was followed by a montage of indie games that are coming soon. Next up, We Happy Few which looks amazing and has a kind of BioShock feel to it where nothing is really as it seems to be. I’m really hoping for a PS4 release for this one as well as the next game which was shown which was Gwent. I’m assuming this was created to compete with The Elder Scrolls: Legends which has basically the same concept. While I’m not interested in The Elder Scrolls one, I do have a lot of interest in Gwent because in the short time I spent playing The Witcher 3, most of it was spent playing Gwent. Like The Elder Scrolls: Legends, there will be a single player campaign along with multiplayer.

Although I’ll pass on the Tekken 7 game and Dead Rising 4, which is basically killing zombies to Christmas music, I’m totally jealous of Scalebound which looks just really cool and Sea of Thieves because who doesn’t want to play as a pirate? Then there’s State of Decay 2…sigh…is it time to jump ship to Xbox? No, I have to resist the urge even though these games look pretty sweet. The trailer for Halo Wars had me realizing why I choose Playstation every time because I have zero interest in Halo and then the big finale.

Project Scorpio is announced for Holiday 2017 with the tag line “No one get’s left behind” and then Microsoft drops the mic and ends the show because they knew that Playstation wouldn’t be talking about Project Neo.

Ubisoft Press Conference

What better way to start a press conference then by dancing right? Which leads into the perfect opportunity to promote the next Just Dance game. Everyone lets out a huge sigh of relief because the world would simply end if there wasn’t another Just Dance game released for this year. While that was a whole ten minutes wasted, after a brief opening from Aisha Tyler, who killed it again like she does every year, we finally get into the serious games. Up first is Ghost Recon: Wildlands. While this game looks awesome as you hunt down a drug cartel, I’m not sure it’s for me. I like that there’s solo play and co-op but you really have to play with people who know what they’re doing because if not it’s just not as cool as it looks up on the E3 stage.

The next game up is South Park and it had a really weird intro making me thing that someone went and made a Purge video game, which I think would be really cool, but it turned out to be The Fractured But Whole which was one of the games I was looking forward to this year. I love how this game looks like an episode and is said to be a continuation of The Stick of Truth. The scenes that they showed were hysterical and the new game play was pretty sweet as it’s still turn based while allowing you to move around the battle area now. This is supposed to have a release date of 12-6-2016, but I’m thinking it’s going to be delayed. There’s also some more talk about The Division DLC and how this game is a long term commitment for Ubisoft which makes me happy because I can buy it whenever and it’ll still be relevant.

Ubisoft then announces it’s plan to get into the VR competition and at this point, I know it looks cool, but I’m not sure it’s going to be as big as everyone thinks it’s going to be. I really think it’s just going to be a super expensive fad. To show off their move into VR they decide to show Eagle Flight because who hasn’t wanted to play as an Eagle soaring through the air picking up rabbits and taking out other Eagles trying to get their prize? Anyone? Anyone? No One. Here’s the thing with VR, when they show it, it just looks like a first person game and you really can’t see what it’s going to look like. How do you really know that when you play whatever game it’s going to be that awesome? I know I’m on the border of getting some major hate, but that Star Trek VR game that was shown next looked so damn basic. It really looked like something from the 1990’s and not something that was made today, I know the actual Star Trek stars were playing and it was really cool, but was it?

Next, another game that I’ve been waiting for, For Honor. This year the trailer was even better than last year and I’m even more excited about this game. Not only is there multiplayer, but there’s also a single player campaign which I found surprising. I thought the combat style looked pretty sweet and it’s even nicer that this game finally has a release date of 2-14-2017. Yes, the release date is far away but I think it will pay off if this game has a little extra polish. On a side note, dear future girlfriend, please don’t be offended when I spend the day playing For Honor instead of doing all the things couples do for Valentine’s Day. Thanks!

No Ubisoft conference is complete without an oh-no moment and Grow Up, the sequel to Grow Home was one of them. I really can’t believe this mess of a game is going to have a sequel. Seriously, mind blown. Oh-No turns into Huh? as Trails of the Blood Dragon is shown and then a cringe worthy moment as there’s a promo and more for the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie. I thought that when they said there would be no Assassin’s Creed they meant no Assassin’s Creed in any way shape or form. Guess not.

Finally is the WatchDogs 2 trailer, which I’ve avoided until this press conference just because I wanted to see it on the big screen of E3 first. I like that there’s a new location, new character who’s also a member of DeadS3c, but I kinda wish the new character was a badass hacker chick. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they got rid of whatever his name was because he was boring as shit, but still it would have been nice to have another lead role filled by a female. What’s nice is that it has a release date of 11-15-2016, but I don’t know if it’s a day one purchase for me. Contemplating if I’ll pre-order or not, I get a head shaking moment as I hear that there’s going to be a WatchDogs movie. Sigh.

Ubisoft ends the show with a new IP and I’m thinking this is going to be fun, but was soon proven wrong as it’s this weird sports, open world type game called Steep. Total pass, I completely zoned out by the end of the show and thought this was a horrible way to end their overall pretty good press conference.

Kudos: Seriously, another kudos to all the support from the gaming community for the tragic events of the night club shooting. It was nice that it was mentioned and that these companies didn’t act like nothing happened any they were more important than an actual tragedy.

There’s one more press conference to go and that’s the Sony one. The one that I wait for all year long like a child on Christmas Eve. It’s the big one for me and usually my favorite as I see a bunch of games that I know I’m going to have to buy. By the end I’m usually surprised and already making my list, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see what I thought of it.

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