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Leviathyn Reacts To The Ubisoft Conference From E3 2013
Ubisoft arguably won last year’s E3 with stunning presentations, humorous hosts, and a jaw dropping display from Watch_Dogs. Did the company repeat its success from last year? Let’s check in with the three who covered the near one and a half hour conference: myself, Martine, and Blake!
Despite not hearing as much as I would have liked about South Park, I thought Ubisoft had a decent showing, unveiling a couple of new open-world IPs I am actually really excited about, and one old favorite I can’t wait to hear more about.
The Crew, an open world driving game, looked promising. The live gameplay demo showed four players racing all across the country in real-time, gathering money and parts to trick their cars out. Staged demos should always be taken with a grain of salt, but the co-op on this looked exciting. Even more so, the new Tom Clancy game, entitled The Division, looked riveting. Just from the quick gameplay demo we were shown, it looked like the kind of game I could get into, and I can’t wait to hear more.
Rayman Legends looks gorgeous, but what really caught my attention was the dualTrials reveals. I’m a Trials junkie, and although I was surprised to see a sequel so soon into Trials: Evolution’s window, I’m certainly not going to complain. Aisha Tyler seemed uncharacteristically awkward, but I thought Ubisoft presented a strong line-up.
Going into to Ubisoft’s E3 2013 show, I felt genuine excitement for what the company would bring us. Last year’s conference blew me away and as we started this year seemed prepared to do the same. I did question Aisha Tyler’s return not because I don’t think she’s an actual gamer but because it seemed awkward to watch. Although that could just be the fault of the audience who seemed determined not to show any reaction to her or the speakers that came out.
As we moved past the awkward moments, I did enjoy many of the trailer’s they showed. Splinter Cell: Blacklist looked really great, and of course the showstoppers were Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Watchdogs. While we didn’t learn anything about these two games, I did notice that the crowd seemed just as thrilled as I was to the trailer’s coming out. Rayman Legends was also shown but I did feel like it was a bit disengenious for Aisha to say that the game was delayed to make it great, when the controversy was the delay for a PS3 and Xbox 360 release and even the dev team said that the Wii U version was ready.
Regardless, Ubisoft did a great job in making us excited for their game library to hit consoles this year. I for one can’t wait to really get a look at the offerings they have and to get more answers to the questions that they raised.
I fell in love with how Ubisoft rolls out their conferences. They don’t just come on stage and treat E3 like a board meeting with added visuals. Ubisoft wants to have fun and you can’t have more fun on stage without Aisha Taylor. This woman is brilliant. Her humor may be forced at times but overall she is just a treat to have on stage during an E3 conference.
As for the Ubisoft conference itself, I don’t believe they’ll win the entire show like last year but they did very well. There was plenty of core games shown off but just like last year they made sure to hit some casual and kid-friendly titles in order to please all crowds. Ubisoft does a great job at pleasing hardcore gamers, casual players, and parents looking for some holiday buys for the kids. They hit every avenue and that’s how you handle a software-only conference.
I was blown away by The Division. Just like Watch_Dogs last year, Ubisoft saved the best for last as we watched an open-world Tom Clancy game come to life with beautiful co-op gameplay. I loved the chatter between players, too. It didn’t feel forced or rehearsed. The new trailer for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was amazing, as well. I love the song choice.
The most surprising part of the conference for me was The Crew. I’m not much of a racer fan. I can never find that one series that I like. Need for Speed to too flashy for me. Forza has amazing customization but the racing feels bland. The Crew brings a tint of flash, high customization, and sick co-op to the table. Ubisoft shoved the racing genre in EA’s face just an hour after Rivals took the stage.