E3 2010 highlights: Ubisoft Press Conference

Ubisoft brought some star power to their press conference, bringing back the venerable Joel McHale to host the festivities.  Starting off with a Kinect demo of Child of Eden, the spiritual successor to Rez, Ubisoft opened by answering a question I never knew I wanted to ask: what would a manic conductor look like if he could shoot lasers out of his arms?

The demo was pretty damn awesome in the “crap, I have to buy Kinect now” kinda way, but Ubisoft had some more big announcements for us.

Here’s the rundown of the “Games You Can Feel”:

  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood continues the story of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, as he leads the Sisterhood of Traveling Assassins in the fight against the Templars in 16th century Rome.  Releasing November 16, 2010, the game seems more action-packed than ever before.  The demo shows us the siege of Villa Auditore in Montereggioni by the Templars, and, damn, it gets hectic.
  • Shaun White: Skateboarding brings an odd mix of Tony Hawk and Flower.  The game opens in a lifeless, grayscale world, but as Shaun White uses his magical skateboard, color and life populate the world.  The game gives you some freeform mechanics, allowing you to create rails and ramps to ride.
  • LASER TAG FOR NO REASON!  I admit I didn’t see this one coming.
  • Battle Tag is an IRL laser tag system that is “played away from the screen.”  Coming out at the end of the year, Battle Tag allows for up to 4v4 gameplay and is played in conjunction with the PC, which collects all of the Battle Tag data.  It looks fun, but I feel like it could have benefitted for another few minutes to explain what the fuck was going on.
  • Innergy is a weird game, to say the least.  If you think about it, it’s arguable that it’s even a game.  Through some miracle of science, if you attach a sensor to your hand and breathe according to the game, you suddenly get healthier.  There is absolutely a benefit to controlling airflow – my voice teacher once told me that the body only gets enough air to survive, not to function.  Still, blame the engineer in me, but I am highly skeptical tuning your breathing will increase your immune system.
  • Your Shape is another workout game using Kinect.  It looks good, but I have yet to see how it’s different from any other workout game.
  • Raving Rabbids: Travel in Time comes out November 9th, exclusively on the Wii.
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier looks frickin’ awesome.  I can’t put into words how much I enjoy this.  Just check out the gameplay video in the presser below.  Skip to 60:00.  It’s that great.
  • Driver: San Francisco follows the John Tanner/Charles Jericho manhunt.  Playing as the undercover detective Tanner, you have to hunt down the crimelord and put him down once and for all.  The game now includes real, licensed cars, inspired by the 70s designs.  “Shift,” another new feature, allows Tanner to shift among any of the cars on the road, allowing for instant direction changes and tactical setups.
  • Project Dust (working title.)  It exists.  That’s about all we know.  Coming Spring 2011.
  • Rayman Origins brings the man vegetable thinagmajig to life in the current gen.  A side-scrolling platformer, Rayman Origins puts Rayman with a friend to take on the crazy creatures of the world.
  • ManiaPlanet is a platform that lets users create their own games in the FPS, racer, and RPG genres.  All based upon the same PC creation systems, gamers get to make their own worlds and games and share them with the world.  Other users can then build upon those to create even more amazing games.  The racer platform, Trackmania 2, goes into beta in Q4 of this year, while the FPS platform, Shootmania, goes live Q1 of 2011.  The RPG platform, Questmania, is “coming soon.”
  • Michael Jackson dancing game announced.  That’s all they showed.  The name.  And some people dancing to “Beat It.”  Uses Kinect, no doubt.

Watch the presser, courtesy G4tv!

Written by: Dwight Tejano

Dwight is the founder of Open the Fridge, which he started in 2008 and rebooted in 2010. Due to the nature of early adopting, his bank account is normally empty. He likes to sing in world-renown choruses to forget such things.

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