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E3 2010: Ubisoft Press Conference: The FirstPlay Verdict

Before the whirlwind of E3 kicks off for real, there are the big-hitter press conferences. And I've waded through the digital quagmire, to bring you my highs and lows from the Ubisoft show.

First on my interest-o-meter is the return to cops-and-nonsense series Driver. Undercover cop Tanner is back (well, back in the sense that he's in a coma), and now has the ability to ram his consciousness into the heads of other passing car drivers, allowing him to get the drop on his enemies, and run them off the road. A neat trick, but only a hands on test later this week will give us a real idea of how this mechanic will actually play out. Read more.

A return to Renaissance Italy was the next game to interest me. Ezio is back in Assassins' Creed Brotherhood, and this time he's bringing his murderising pals. After your pad is stormed by Templars, and your uncle gets merked, it's time to get some payback through the traditional stabby means, as well and by new exciting gadgetry. Beasty cannons and a nice new axe-throwing move were shown off, but there's the promise of a lot more. It'll be interesting to see whether this has the capacity to stand on its own two feet as a game, or if it ends up feeling like a trumped up bit of DLC. Watch the trailer.

Top of the pops for me had to be Ubi's opening gambit: a new game from celebrated director Tetsuya Mizuguchi called Child of Eden. Using all the new forms of motion tech, it's a weird abstract game of gestures and pointing (the guy demoing it looked like David Copperfield on acid), in which you move through a Lawnmowerman-esque 3D space populated with bizarre geometric shapes. Beyond that, I neither know nor understand what it's about, but what I can tell you is that it's the first truly original game I've seen this year, and I want to play it. Muchly. Watch the trailer.

So much, so good. But there's always going to be one howler from every publisher at E3, and for me, Ubi's new active sports title Your Shape took the proverbial lard-covered biscuit. Yet ANOTHER bland fitness title, it does barely anything that hasn't been done to death before. The usual punching games, kicking games, stretching games, and running on the spot games make their dreary appearance. Although, it would be perhaps unfair to call any of them 'games'; they're more like MS office applications. If you're obese, just try playing some real sport instead.

June 15, 2010

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  • oufour - June 15, 2010 5:59 p.m.

    rayman future soldier mgs only good things at e3 so far.
  • JohnnyMaverik - June 15, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    @ spulungkin - 3 hours 19 minutes ago Rayman Origins looked pretty awesome. I wouldn't hold your breath over many new and completely unexpected announcements coming from the conferences, maybe some sequils but probably very few new IP's. Wait for the actual wind down where the journalists get hands on and get to dig a little deaper into what is on display. E.G. Arkham Asylum didn't get much (or possible any if my memory isn't failing me) conference coverage last year, but the news quickly came in on it when the gaming press got onto the show floor, and look how that turned out. You just have to sit, wait, and blank out the streams of marketing bile being spewed into your face. The awesome will come, have faith...
  • whiteknight1981 - June 15, 2010 3:54 p.m.

    Guys remember these E3 reporters are just bombarded by 5 trillion pieces of information at once (its a fact, Wikipedia said) so I imagine we are gonna see more than a few mistakes in these articles. I am sure that Boddington and others will lambast the vitality sensor and other bobbles Ubisoft has done. That being said, Rayman FTW! Been waiting for Rayman to go back to its storytelling and platforming roots instead of the stupid rabbids crap.
  • n00b - June 15, 2010 2:49 p.m.

    and ubisoft totally stole nintendo's vitality sensor too
  • Seyu - June 15, 2010 1:39 p.m.

    you forgot fucking Future Soldier
  • CHAINSAWhaxor - June 15, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    The Ubisoft conference was terrible except for Rayman and Child of Eden, Rez is one of my favorite games of all time, so looking at Eden has me pumped, but I really am only looking towards more MGS: Rising.
  • spulungkin - June 15, 2010 1:30 p.m.

    Prove me wrong!!!
  • spulungkin - June 15, 2010 1:26 p.m.

    Prove me wrong!!!
  • spulungkin - June 15, 2010 1:24 p.m.

    so far, every game announced is on the "Generic List" except for: MGS: Rising - Watermelon Physics FTW! Dance Central - It's Dancex2 Revo of next gen and Dance Masters - from the creators of Dancex2 Revo(sh*t)

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