E3 2015: After Conference Report – Ubisoft

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The Division was one of the main highlights of last year’s E3 for me and I was looking forward to seeing more of that title this year. Especially now that my pre-order has a confirmed release date attached to it! Before the conference I was a little “meh” about another city-centric Assassin’s Creed title, despite Victorian London being the perfect setting for this – or any – game. Other than these, I had no idea what would be coming from the conference. Having played through Watch_Dogs recently, there was a part of me that wanted to see another game in the franchise being announced.

Here’s my round up of the conference delivered by Ubisoft.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole

The Stick of Truth got great reviews and so, perhaps inevitably, a sequel was announced. The game is constructed on the same engine as Stick of Truth but very little else was revealed other than the fact that players take on the role of a new kid in town. It’s more Super hero than fantasy this time round.

 

For Honor

We were treated to a multiplayer demonstration of this third person action, team based slash em up which had me all a tingle. The small teams of players form part of large armies. This means that as well as facing down human opponents, hordes of AI controlled enemies are also available to fight. It seems there are three factions: Knight, Norse (I refuse to say Viking for reasons) and Samurai. The combat is brutal and it looked superb. The one thing I do wonder is whether the AI combatants actually have an impact on the game or whether they act simply as decoration on the battlefield.

 

The Crew and Trials Fusion

An expansion pack was announced for Ubisoft’s racer. Also an expansion for Trials Fusion

 

Tom Clancy’s The Division

The Dark Zone was introduced. Here, nothing is certain and players can turn on each other if they choose to do so. Despite a horribly scripted dialogue pasted over the top of the footage, the game looked truly inspired. In the demo, two teams of players met and encountered the enemies of the piece. Potentially, blue on blue fire could have occurred but both teams attacked the enemy.

Loot found in the Dark Zone is not automatically obtained. Players must get out of the zone by extacting to store the loot. Extraction takes 90 seconds … during which anything could happen. Especially if other players are around.

Betas were announced for early next year on all platforms. The release date was announced as March 8, 2016.

 

Anno 2205

The latest in the Anno series of strategy games is a futuristic affair with sky cars, space ships and more. The footage shown was beautiful and from Earth, players will be able to take their settlers to the moon.

 

Just Dance 2016

Inevitibly, the latest Just Dance game hit the stage. No camera is required to play the game – this means more consoles will have the game. Smart phones can be used as the camera. Strangely, there was little information as to whether the camera acts as a “wii-mote” style controller or if the game can use the camera from the phone. The usual dance-fest ensued, this time with something called a “Jason Derullo” or somesuch. I don’t know as I am not cool.

The presentation also announced a streaming service for the game which will remove the requirement to install songs on the consoles. This will be available on XBOX One, Playstation 4 and Wii-U.

 

Rainbow Six Siege

Terrohunt was announced as a game mode. A live demo was performed of this mode which features “the most dangerous AI” from the terrorists. This mode can be played either single player or co-op. Okay, so this looks pretty damn awesome. Graphically and as a tactical shooter. But. I don’t think I could play it with randoms. I’d need a group of friends all with enough time and the same console to play on. I can imagine no end of kicking, shouting and swearing if team members don’t follow the plan of the team leader. And it’s a game where proper team work is necessary by the looks of things. This is hardcore co-op gaming.

Beta for Siege begins 24 September 2015 on all platforms. This will be for Terrohunt and PvP modes.

 

TrackMania

Coming to consoles from the PC. Essentially this is a skill based “how fast can you complete a course” game. No other vehicles are in play (except ghosts of previous runs for reference). I’ve not heard of this before but it looks fun. Especially as there’s a mode that randomly generates tracks.  Intriguing. But again … not for me.

 

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Very little was revealed beyond an FMV trailer and the briefest of story hints. The protagonist and his sister aim to take the city of London from the corrupt and return it to the common folk. Nothing to get excited about – which is a shame because this could have been a showcase game.

 

Ghost Recon Wildlands

This game caught my attention, although I’m not sure I’ll be picking it up. That was until I saw it was a Ghost Recon game!

In performing missions, different options are available (Stealth, Assault etc) which adds some variety and replayability to the missions. The game takes place in an open world, which wasn’t obvious from the early part of the video footage. Drug dens and other targets are marked on the world map and it’s down to your team to take them out.

Round Up Thoughts

Two highlights for me this year. For Honor – which looks like it could be either superb or awful! I’ve signed up for the beta to find out which it is. The Division was always going to be a highlight and the Dark Zone does look intriguing. That said, I can imagine that the reality of the game will be that if you’re in the Dark Zone and encounter another group of players … then things will kick off. That just seems to be the reality of gaming.

Right at the end, the Wildlands reveal was pretty nice although I will need more information before deciding whether to actually pick it up. The open world element is both awesome and yawnsome. I love open world games, but then again they are ten a penny these days.

Everything else was a bit middle of the road for me, from Ubisoft. Not great but nothing terrible either.

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