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E3 2014

E3 2014 – Ubisoft Press Conference Review

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Ubisoft’s E3 2014 has ended, and they continued the day of press conferences. But did they perform up to the standards set in previous years? Let’s find out.

Before anything else happened at the conference, they showed a few minutes of Far Cry 4. For me, this was the clear standout of the show. After the main character and another supporting character try to enter into the Himalayas by bus, they are shot at by the military and the main antagonist of the story, who is just as if not more terrifying than Vaas from Far Cry 3, comes in and stabs a soldier for shooting at the bus. This segment was revealed to be the first five minutes of the game, and if that is any indication of the overall quality of the game, it will be fantastic. It was one of the most beautiful in-game scenes yet, and I am extremely excited to get to play it in November.

Both Just Dance 2015 and Shape Up were revealed, the former to be the continuation of the annual dance franchise and the latter to be a new Xbox One exclusive fitness franchise that uses the Kinect to make workouts fun by turning them into a game. These were both fairly average parts of the conference, but Shape Up did have some interesting ideas that I am looking forward to hearing more about. Overall, these were the two low points of the conference, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be fun to play.

The Division received a new CG trailer that explained how everything in the world of The Division happened. This trailer was a standard CG trailer, but it wasn’t without its sad moments. In the beginning, the mother crying as she sings Silent Night to her dying daughter was heartbreaking, and other parts of the trailer showed the brutality of the world. The trailer ended with the release window of Spring 2015.

The Crew also got a new trailer made from sped up gameplay that showed off some of the driving mechanics and diverse locations for its open world. It ended zooming out to show how there are crews of people all around the world playing. It was given the release date of November 11 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. There is also a closed beta that you can sign up for on its website, or you can wait for it to be opened to the public in July.

Valiant Hearts: The Great War also received a trailer that showed off some more of the game, and it is looking as heartbreaking and beautiful as ever. It showed some more of the bleak world that these soldiers had to live through, and perfectly encapsulated the feeling of the era. It did everything necessary to hype people for the game’s release in just two weeks.

The new-gen version of Assassin’s Creed, “Unity”, was given both a CG trailer and a gameplay demo. Both of these were impressive. The trailer showed the beginning of the French Revolution and the violent riots happening in Paris, all to the tune of Lorde’s “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. The gameplay demo showed the open world of Unity, and how missions can pop up in the world randomly. It also demonstrated the game’s gorgeous graphics and open-ended missions. It ended in the brutal murder of a French ruler, and the co-op companions to the main character joining as a fight against the soldiers begins. It was all impressive and made me not want to wait for the game’s release date, which is October 28. There was oddly no mention of Comet, the version of the game on last-gen consoles.

Finally, the big surprise of the show was Rainbow Six: Siege. It showed a multiplayer match between two sides vying to take a hostage with them, and strategically finding ways to kill the other team’s members in order to escape with the hostage. There seemed to be many ways to go through with the mission, and it looks like it will be a lot of fun. Siege was also visually stunning, and I can’t wait to hear more about it.


 

Overall, Ubisoft’s press conference was packed with news about both new and old games, and it showed off some stunning new footage of games that I now want to know more about and play. I was hoping to see more gameplay of these games instead of cutscenes or CG trailers, but either way, I am very excited to see what is next for most of the games they showed.

Ubisoft always ends with a bang, and they did here again. But they also started with a bang. And there were some bangs in the middle. From Far Cry 4 to Rainbow Six: Siege, I didn’t want this conference to end. Aisha Tyler was as funny as ever, and there was so much about the conference that was right, the wrongs seemed insignificant. Ubisoft continues to show that they are masters of the E3 press conference, and they did it again this year.

 

Loves to play all types of games, especially single player games. There are few games Matt won’t play. While he is new to the games journalism industry, he loves to write, talk and play games. He loves to share his opinions with the world through his editorials and reviews. He is PlayStation focused, writing reviews and news about the PS4, PS3, PS Vita and everything else PlayStation. Matt is currently a student based in the United States

E3 2014

Top 5 Games Announced at E3 2014

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Now that we are a few weeks removed from E3, we are able to look back with a clear view on the good and bad of E3. There were a lot of games announced at this year’s conferences, and many of them were memorable. Here are the top 5 games announced at E3. For this list, games that had been previously announced, games that did not have a true trailer, or games that were not given a name were not included – Sorry, Uncharted 4, Legend of Zelda, and Mass Effect!

#5 – LittleBigPlanet 3

The LittleBigPlanet series and its main character, Sackboy, have been staples to the PlayStation ecosystem since the original game launched on the PS3 back in 2008. The third console installment will, for the first time, feature new characters – named Oddsock, Toggle, and Swoop. These 3 paired with Sackboy will solve puzzles together in the lighthearted world that LittleBigPlanet offers, but if you still want to play by yourself,  you can still do that too. LBP3 is being developed by Sumo Digital with coordination with Media Molecule, and is going to make its debut on PS4 and PS3 this November.

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#4 – Scalebound

Scalebound was announced at the Xbox press conference as an Xbox One exclusive developed by Platinum Games. The game’s creative director, Hideki Kamiya, said that the game will revolve around dragons and that it will be the game he has wanted to create since he was a child. As always with Platinum Games, Scalebound will be an action game, and it will push the action genre “to new heights”. The reveal trailer showed an epic battle between dragons, and hopefully we will be able to fight dragons in the full game. Currently, there is no release date or window for Scalebound.

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#3 – Rainbow Six: Siege

Ubisoft has had a big reveal at the end of their press conference for the past few years, and this year’s reveal was Rainbow Six: Siege. The reveal showed a multiplayer match between two 5-player teams trying to capture a hostage. Siege looked to have many strategic elements to its gameplay. However, since we are Only Single Player, we were happy to find out that Siege will also have a single player campaign that they will show “very soon”. Rainbow Six: Siege will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2015.

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#2 – Crackdown

One franchise that Xbox owners have been clamoring for on Xbox One since its announcement is Crackdown, but aside from a logo at the reveal event, there was no news on a new Crackdown game, until now. The games was finally revealed as a reboot at E3 this year and featured a CGI trailer. The game is being developed using Unreal Engine 4.. It can be played alone or with friends, and there will also be an entirely new competitive mode. The power of the cloud will be used here to power the destruction of the city in Crackdown, and it will release exclusively on Xbox One.

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#1 – Bloodborne

Sony has been dormant with the Demon’s Souls IP since its launch in 2009, and many people were asking for a sequel. Now, From Software and game director Hidetaka Miyazaki are creating a spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, called Bloodborne. Just like the Souls series, it is an action RPG that will be just as terrifying and unforgiving. In the game, you travel through the city of Yharnam after an illness has spread through the city, and you must find ways to survive. Bloodborne will be the first time that guns will be included in the series, and will take a faster approach to gameplay. Miyazaki has said that it is like the Tower of Latria level in Demon’s Souls made as a full game. Bloodborne will release exclusively on PlayStation 4 in early 2015.

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There were many exciting new games revealed at E3 2014, and we couldn’t cover all of them in this list. Let us know which games you are excited for from E3 in the comments section below. Also, for everything on single player games, follow OnlySP on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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