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E3 2012 – Ubisoft Press Conference
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Ubisoft have just finished their press conference for E3 2012 and as you would expect it was packed with content. Under the tagline of “Life Powered Play” it included announcements from Just Dance 4 and Wii U exclusives to Assassin’s Creed 3 to a new high-tech espionage shooter.

The show began of course with a demonstration of Just Dance 4 and a performance by Flo Rida. The game is set for release in October on Wii U, Xbox 360 and PS3 and will include Kinect and Move support. The Wii U version will allow a player using the GamePad (that’s the one with the screen) to alter dance choreography on the fly and take pictures and video during the game. The tracklist will include over 40 songs including:

  • Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Disturbia – Rihanna
  • Good Feeling – Flo Rida
  • Maneater – Nelly Furtado
  • Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
  • Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley
  • Rock Lobster– The B-52’s
  • So What – P!nk
  • Super Bass – Nicki Minaj
  • You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White
  • What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
  • Wild Wild West – Will Smith

Once Flo Rida was done telling us how much he loves Just Dance we got a great look at the upcoming Far Cry 3. Slated for release in Australia on September 6th this game will have you playing as Jason Brody, an innocent Gen-Y traveller who gets caught up in a fight for survival on an vast archipelago of islands against deadly creatures (including Tigers as you can see in the demo video) and deadly pirates.

Splinter Cell Blacklist was the next on display, after being announced at the Microsoft press conference earlier in the day. The series’ classic protagonist Sam Fisher returns in Blacklist and you find him in a region along the Iran-Iraq border on a mission to stop some terrorists who want to get revenge on America after years of conflict and occupation. A gameplay demo was shown at the Microsoft press conference probably because of the Kinect integration included in the game, however they only showed a trailer at the Ubisoft conference.

Comic book geeks will be happy with the teaser trailer for a new Marvel game called Avengers: Battle For Earth which was shown as being planned for Wii U and Kinect. Although no gameplay footage was shown it did include a few of the X-Men and Spiderman as well as the Avengers people know including Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Captain America. It also showed Magneto and Venom as enemies, as well as a large scary looking spaceship. Hopefully more details will be revealed this week during E3 but here is the teaser trailer anyway.

Keeping up with their reputation of strongly supporting new platforms Ubisoft had quite a strong showing of games for the Wii U starting with a gameplay demo of Rayman Legends. Utilising the Wii U GamePad to allow for some interesting gameplay features, it looked quite good and will definitely be a strong reason to pick up with Wii U.

The next trailer was for a previously unannounced Wii U exclusive called ZombiU. Although it was again just a teaser trailer, it showed the game being set in London with a striking rendition of God Save The Queen playing over scenes of mass hysteria and zombie-related madness. Without any gameplay footage it’s hard to say anything about it except that the teaser trailer certainly looks interesting, and with it being exclusive to the Wii U that could be another great drawcard for the new console.

Assassin’s Creed 3 was also shown off of course with a trailer and a gameplay demo. With everything from lines of soldiers shooting at each other to axes in the face and tree-top free running too hand to hand combat with wolves, it definitely looks exciting. I am personally extremely excited for this game and cannot wait for it’s release at the end of October this year.


Gameplay Demo:

Next a new e-sports shooter called Shootmania (still in alpha stage of development)was displayed including a live Men Vs Women battle to show off the game. Although this isn’t my thing I’m sure a lot of people will enjoy the competitiveness of the game.

The press conference finished up with a trailer and then a gameplay demo of a new IP called Watch_Dogs. Utilising high-tech espionage and conspiracy theories this new third person sandbox game looks like one worth checking out. It also appears to have drop-in drop-out multiplayer which is interesting. Definitely looking forward to seeing more of this.


Gameplay Demo:

Ubisoft have made a strong showing again this year and there are a few of those titles that I am definitely looking forward to. Bring on Rayman Legends!

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