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E3 2011: Ubisoft Presser: Our Thoughts

Feature; Jun. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Ryan Goodman, Robert F. Ludwick
Subtypes: Opinion
Ryan and Robert give the French video game developer a look
Los Angeles, CA, USA

OMGN had two of our flock at Ubisoft's E3 2011 press conference at the Los Angeles Theater yesterday. Robert and Ryan have put their impressions together for your enjoyment.



What game most excited you? Why?

Robert: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. I played Ghost Recon 1 and 2 and liked them quite a bit. GR: FS is looking pretty solid with the updated drone and squad interfaces. The graphics and the interface look quite good.

Ryan: Rayman Origins. I'm big on 2-D platformers, and this one looked fun to play and fun to watch. I also loved the Tetris integration.


What game most disappointed you? Why?

Robert: Just Dance 3. I'm not really that into all of the dance games coming out, and this one's no exception. I think all of the other games Ubisoft put out during its press conference were so strong that JD3 just couldn't match up at all.

Ryan: Raving Rabbids: Alive and Kicking looked like a minigame collection for the Kinect to me. Microsoft showed off some amazing things Kinect is capable of earlier in the day, and to me, this game brought nothing new to the table. 


What were your expectations for the conference?

Robert: I expected things to go about how they did, actually. I figured we'd see some existing Ubisoft properties paraded around and possibly a couple new IPs to show off.

Ryan: I was expecting sequels to Ubisoft's main franchises, such as Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell. I was also hoping for some surprises, such as a new Rayman, and something original that could catch my attention.


Were you disappointed about anything that was missing?

Robert: Yes – The return of Sam Fisher. I thought for sure that Ubisoft had some of Sam up its sleeve to unveil, but unfortunately not. I'm hoping we see some announcement for Fisher later this year, but I won't hold my breath.

Ryan: Besides the lack of a new Splinter Cell, I was disappointed that there was basically no new franchises at all. The only one I can recall is Rocksmith, but I was hoping for a few more.


What were your overall thoughts?

Robert: I thought it was a solid, yet unspectacular press conference. There were no glaring mistakes, and things went over pretty well on the whole. The stable and variety of games they showcased were good and varied enough to whet the appetite of just about any gamer. It was a good showing, but I don't think it'll make too many people go nuts over Ubisoft.

Ryan: It pretty much lived up to what I thought it was going to be. It was a pretty formal conference, and they did their job showing off their big names, and what they would look like when we get to play them. I did, however, find their main host, Mr. Caffeine a bit annoying. 


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