What is wrong with Ubisoft’s press conferences? This year, the company tried to heavily promote eSports and a random guy kept yelling random things after every single trailer. But then again, there was no Mr. Caffeine this year, so thank you for that Ubisoft.
The press conference started with a presentation of Just Dance 4. Flo Rida performed live and we were immediately introduced to the host and co-hosts of the show. The former was Aisha Tyler, famous for working on shows such as CSI: Miami, 24, Reno 911 and for voicing characters from Halo: Reach and Gears of War 3. The latter was Tobuscus, a popular YouTube user with over 1.8 million subscribers known for creating gameplay commentaries of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Rayman Origins and Crysis 2, among many others.
Ubisoft opened the show with Far Cry 3. The trailer that was shown involved a topless woman performing a ritual on top of what appeared to be the main character of the game. Then an extremely violent demo was shown, people were killed, tigers were shot and references to the definition of insanity were definitely made. There were also hints at some supernatural elements.
The next game was Splinter Cell: Blacklist and the launch trailer was shown. The Avengers: Battle for Earth was announced and the title is expected to come out on fall 2012 for the Wii U and Kinect.
Rayman Legends seems to retain that very peculiar art style that made Origins such a refreshingly unique title. This time around though, a new playable character called Murphy was revealed and the cooperative mode was demoed. One of the maps of the game required players to participate in a rhythm game to beat the level and it looked quite interesting. During that section, the player using the Wii U’s GamePad has to swipe and tap the screen in order to keep the rhythm.
ZombiU will be an exclusive title for the Nintendo Wii U. The trailer, which featured an acoustic version of God Save the Queen, looked simply amazing, but no gameplay trailers were shown at this press conferece. In addition, some upcoming WiiU titles were also mentioned including: Rabbids Land, Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013, Sports Connection, Just Dance 4 and Assassin’s Creed III, among others.
On that note, an Assassin’s Creed III trailer and demo were shown.
Then a really bizarre e-sports competition took place and it wasn’t even live. This tournament was made to show the upcoming Shootmania, a new game in the Mania franchise (famous for Trackmania.) The elite mode of the first-person shooter was shown and when it comes out the game will be free-to-play. This was definitely not the best way of presenting Shootmania, especially to all those people (myself included) who don’t actively watch e-sports.
The last game of the press conference and arguably one of the best games of E3 was Watch Dogs. This is a new open-world title in which the player assumes the role of a character that has the ability of hacking different electronic devices such as cell phones, surveillance cameras or even traffic lights. The player can also see the basic information of any NPC he encounters including their health or even probability of violence. The demo also hinted that there will be some kind of cooperative mode in which other players can protect you from the police, enemies or anyone who may try to intercept you after committing a crime. Without further ado, here’s the gameplay demo of Watch Dogs: