Monday, June 14, 2010

E3 2010 - Day 1: Ubisoft Press Conference

Ubisoft had the last press conference of the day. Here is a quick rundown of new announcements in this event. Read on...

The Good:
  • The Ubisoft press conference begins with a game called Child of Eden from the creator of Lumines. This game appears to be rhythm-based shooter that uses the Microsoft Kinect
  • Another game that really excites me is Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, which is coming out November 16, 2010. I spent quite a bit of time the first game in the series, which had some obvious flaws, but Ubisoft took the production of the second game very seriously. They appear to be working on an interesting continuation of the story from the second game, which reminds me... I really need to get my hands on Assassin's Creed 2.
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is a tactical third-person shooter set on a futuristic battlefield. The in-game footage featured a nice balance of slow-moving stealth action and high-energy shootouts. This looks like a Tom Clancy game that I could actually enjoy.
  • Rayman Origins features beautiful hand drawn graphics and the same platforming action in an all-new Rayman game.

The Underwhelming:
  • Shaun White has his name on a skateboarding game now. Why?

    Snarky comments aside, the game has an interesting concept: skateboarders versus fascist fun-haters on a transforming landscape.
  • Ubisoft is releasing something called Battle Tag, which is some sort of laser tag video game that you play in real life. I'm not sure about this.
  • Innergy is a game about relaxing. Whenever you want to relax and energize, you place the sensor thing on your finger and engage in some breathing exercise. Then you plug the device into a computer and track your progress.
  • Ubisoft is developing a sports game for Kinect called Motionsports as well as a fitness game called Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, which is a launch title for the Kinect.
  • I'm probably the target demographic for Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time, which comes out November 9, 2010.
  • Driver: San Fransciso is probably not a game for me, but that doesn't mean that someone won't love it. This game, which is all about epic car chases, does have excellent graphics and some interesting new gameplay features.

The Surprising:
  • Project Dust (a working title) is coming in Spring 2011 on Xbox Live and PSN. Could this be awesome? Could it be lame? You'll have to wait several months to know for sure.
  • The makers of TrackMania are creating a centralized game creation system called ManiaPlanet. The goal is to adapt the creation tools for use in TrackMania 2, ShootMania, and QuestMania. Sounds interesting to me.
  • Ubisoft has acquired the rights to produce a Michael Jackson game, which requires them to have dancers moving around on stage with no explanation. I'm already doubtful about this one.

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