The Ubisoft conference at E3 2015 was set out to the standard formula, Aisha Taylor was on stage with hit and miss comments & jokes and the flashy presentation was there, along with Jason Derulo for some reason…
They did bring some great new games that I watched them reveal as Part of Our E3 Coverage and I wanted to bring some of my thoughts on these titles together along with some information on the games following their reveal. Enjoy
You tend to associate certain types of game with particular developers, so to see a massive battle of medieval armies from Ubisoft was a surprise. I liked it right away, the game reveal trailer looked great and I was enjoying the tone of the game and it’s combat. Then the gameplay came on and was not totally sold at first, but after watching more and more and finding some details on the game, this really has a massive potential, if they get it right.
What do we know? So far, we know you can play 3 types of warrior Samurai, Vikings, or Knights (Vikings it is then!) and with those you have a tonne of options for customisation. You can create armour sets with varying colours and of course be a male of female warrior which is cool. The game also boasts what was shown at E3, Multiplayer that sees you taking on some rather different changes. In the demo you could try and capture bases, a lot like Control in Destiny but once you get to 1000 points the other team is “Broken” and once you kill them, they don’t respawn!
A nice twist. You can also get out of this by re-capturing bases and turn the tides on those trying to kill you in an instant.
Combat is a balance between defending and attacking with quick hits, strong attacks and finishers that rip you opponent to pieces with the touch of a button. Everyone is going to love those in online multiplayer. But there is a single player campaign too along with AI play if you want to not play with others or practice.
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Carve a path of destruction through the battlefield in For Honor, a brand-new game developed by the renowned Ubisoft Montreal studio.
Enter the chaos of a raging war as a bold knight, brutal viking, or mysterious samurai, three of the greatest warrior legacies. For Honor is a fast-paced, competitive experience mixing skill, strategy, and team play with visceral melee combat.
The Art of Battle, For Honor’s innovative control system, puts you in total control of your heroes, each with distinct skills and weapons, as you fight for land, glory, and honor. As a skilled warrior on an intense, believable battleground, you annihilate all soldiers, archers, and opposing heroes who stand in your way.
UNIQUE WARRIORS TO MASTER
For each battle, choose among three warrior legacies: samurai, vikings, or knights. Able to turn the tide of battle and make their faction victorious, each warrior comes with their own weapon set and play style.
CONQUER FOES ALONE OR WITH FRIENDS
For Honor offers an engaging single-player, offline campaign and thrilling multiplayer. Enjoy the full experience with friends, or alone against AI.
With brutal battles and duels, teamwork is the key to victory. In the heat of battle, coordination and communication within your band of warriors will make all the difference as you support allies, capture control points, and slaughter enemies.
INNOVATIVE ART OF BATTLE CONTROL SYSTEM
Wield the weight of your weapon and feel the power and impact of every strike. Precise and accessible, the Art of Battle system has been designed with the objective of putting you in total control of your actions.
YOUR WARRIOR, YOUR COLORS
Express your personality and inspire fear in your enemies by customizing each facet of your warrior, including your chest, shoulders, and helmet. The opportunities for your character and team to look unique are endless.
For me, this is something quite different from Ubisoft. So much that it took some understanding at first and I think this is the key here. The trailer really did look good, but the actual gameplay to watch was perhaps not so impressive since it’s hard to see what you are actually doing. But personally I can see this becoming a very addictive experience with so many options to play and varying experiences.
More details need to come out on this to fully appreciate it but of what I expected from Ubisoft at E3, this was certainly nothing like what was in my mind! A really intriguing new IP and one to keep and eye out for.
Ghost Recon Wildlands
When they announced something else to hit at the end of the show I already had in my mind what it would be. In the Ubisoft Predictions I was expecting one of two things, the return of Sam Fisher and Splinter Cell but more so, the return of Prince of Persia. Rumours had been circling and it seemed to make sense to bring back such a classic game to the new generation.
The presenter said about re-inventing games they already had so, again, everything pointed to PoP for me, perhaps a new open world style game. Certainly nothing like what came on screen. At first I was thinking a potential Far Cry spin off, the game had that same look with the taking of bases and stealth mechanics but 3rd person was not even an option in Far Cry. Finally it revealed to be a new Ghost Recon game called Wildlands and I was left very, very impressed.
What do we know? Well, the game is set in Bolivia in the near future, and the Santa Blanca drug cartel is creating enough cocaine to keep the biggest Holywood actors noses very well powdered. The entire region is under their power and there is a land of violence and lawlessness.
Sounds like a great place for the Ghosts to go have some fun.
What I like the sound of in this title is the living world around you, taking on the same type of idea as Dying Light, Wildlands will have a dynamic system for day and night plus weather too. This just leads to some very interesting gameplay choices whereby you decide how to perform missions, day or night or even try and take on a base when the weather is bad and it’s harder for the enemy to see you.
The emphasis on stealth will also be there, if you follow my coverage on here you’ll know my shooting is particularly awful and I prefer to be a bit more methodical and take people out quietly. I can do this myself in solo play and take out bases myself or even join up with 3 other people and take down the drug dealers in a team of 4.
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Bolivia, a few years from now: this beautiful South American country has become the largest cocaine producer in the world. The influential and vicious Santa Blanca drug cartel has turned the country into a narco-state, leading to lawlessness, fear, injustice, and violence. The cartel is on track to becoming a major underworld power and global threat.
An all-out war is not the answer. A surgical, stealthy, lethal approach is the only way to stop the disease at its source. The Ghosts, an elite US Special Forces team, are sent behind enemy lines to wreak havoc, destabilize, and eventually break the alliance between the cartel and the corrupted government.
Facing an almighty enemy in a massive and hostile environment, the Ghosts will need to make critical moral choices and engage in tough battles to complete their mission – their grittiest and most dangerous operation to date.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands is the very first military shooter in a massive, dangerous, and responsive open world that you can play entirely solo or in four-player co-op.
BIENVENIDOS A BOLIVIA
From the infamous Death Road to the world’s largest salt flat, journey through Ubisoft’s largest open world actionadventure game to date. Discover massive regions inspired by Bolivia and South America, their stunning vistas and incredible diversity. Explore the hundreds of villages, landmarks, and legends populating this country in one of the many available vehicles, both on and off road, in the air, on land, and at sea. Immerse yourself in Bolivian culture as you cross paths with inhabitants reacting to their own agendas and to the game’s day-night cycle and weather system.
BECOME A GHOST
Lead a team of four Ghosts, the absolute best of the US military. Play either solo or with up to three of your friends online in this gritty adventure as they seamlessly join you at any point in the game. Engage all your military missions in whatever order and manner suits you: stealth, distraction, and tactical or frontal assault always remain possible.
Use the new iconic drones to recon the toughest terrains and to tag enemy outposts, or transform them into destructive weapons. Make difficult but critical choices: sabotage, interrogation, kidnapping, and assassination are but a few of the options available for you to reach your objectives. Upgrade and fully customize your Ghost with the experience and loot you gather on the battleground.
MANIPULATE AND FACE THE CONSEQUENCES
Interact with different factions in the game: gather intel from the Santa Blanca cartel, bribe the aggressive Unidad military force, benefit from the local rebels’ resources, or protect the native population. Start inter-faction battles to cause distractions and help you reach your objectives. The world will react differently to each of your choices: unexpected opportunities and threats could arise from any situation, turning into long-lasting and dire consequences.
Manipulate the system. Manipulate the unexpected.
Lots of options and ways to go about missions is great, but that is only one element of the choices you have here. There is a manipulation element to the game that can see you use rebels and rivalry between factions to your advantage. Gain intel’ on the enemy or even use others to help you bring them down from within. Everything here sounds pretty awesome to me.
Everything about it not only looks good, it fits the idea Ubisoft have for games going forward. On a personal level this is the game that appeals to me the most given its stealth approach and I really want more of this one at Gamescom.
South Park: The Fractured But Hole
Lets face it, The Stick of Truth was an awesome game. Licensed titles are not supposed to be more than decent and when you really look at it, but the South Park RPG really took on the title as a game and made something very special. It was no big shock to get a sequel to the game but it was fantastic to see it in action at the Ubisoft show.
I’m an RPG fan and one that enjoys South Park too and it was a really great way to start the Ubisoft show to see a new game. This time you are taking on the criminal underworld of South Park. Teaming with the Coon and Friends you will be, again, the New Kid and get involved in the action with characters from the show.
With the foundations already in place from the previous game it’s safe to think this is going to be of similar standards and maybe better on the PS4 and Xbox One. I’m certainly happy to see it and think this could be the start of us really seeing some quality adaptations of TV shows into gaming. Nothing has made it to the level of South Park however, so lets hope continued success here leads to more quality integrations of TV into games rather than just a simply money maker.
Where was the Fresh Prince?
As much as the show was solid, I just feel it missed something. They had the usual cheesy section with Dance 2016 and brought some new games that as you can see above, all of which had great content. But I was left feeling there was something missing from the show.
Maybe that’s because I was expecting a new Prince of Persia game, as a series fan I wanted to see it announced and after a few rumours going around twitter agreed with my prediction, I was almost expecting it.
They also left out Splinter Cell too, another series that would be outstanding on the new consoles but then I did notice one thing that made me realise perhaps why they were not there.
Like the other presentations, Ubisoft seemed to focus more on titles that were ready to be demoed with actual gameplay and likely to be released in 2016. After a number of delays to games like Watchdogs and The Division, and poor technical performances from previous titles it makes sense… but still I was sad not to see a new PoP even teased to us.
Will we see it at Gamescom? It does seem a number of reveals are being saved for the European version on E3 so perhaps Ubisoft are holding some back as well. Fingers crossed this is a sign a lot more big news is coming this year and some even more impressive games.
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