E3 2011: Ubisoft Conference Commentary

Ubisoft’s conference is finally over. We didn’t think it could get much worse than Microsoft but it did. We’re both in agreement on this one: They opened very, VERY, strong with Rayman Origins. It’s a platforming game that reminds us of Donkey Kong with what looks to be extremely fun coop play and stylized humor-laden fun. They sold us immediately on this title. It went downhill quickly.

For five minutes of monotonous jungle fighting, bad dialog, and cutscenes we were dragged along until finally they revealed Far Cry 3. From the way they presented this title alone we’re tempted to skip it. Nothing about that presentation made us want to go near the game or get excited. How they went from making Rayman a must buy to ruining Far Cry for us is a mystery.

Ghost Recon is going to flop. It looks dated, the gameplay looks boring, and they didn’t present it well at all. Compared to MW3 and BF3 this one won’t stand. We both thought that there’s a chance it might provide some coop play on the Army of 2 level, but at this point it looks too generic even with the futuristic toys. We’re passing on this title.

The rest of the conference was absolute garbage, with jokes like “Want to come over and play with my Wii” and shovelware, until Assassin’s Creed Revelations. It looks nice visually and carries with it the exact same Assassin’s Creed style. That’s good or bad depending on what you want, but for us it’s a step too far on the “more of the same” for our liking.

Original: At the last second we decided we’ll be liveblogging the Ubisoft conference. As we did with the EA conference, check back a few minutes after the conference ends for our written impressions.

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E3 2011: EA Conference Commentary

Alright everyone, the EA conference is over and it’s time to bring you our overall impressions on what they brought to the show. We were expecting a big showing from SWTOR, ME3, BF3, and Reckoning. Did it happen?

They started off right away with ME3 but within five minutes it was over and all we had was a clip of a lot of cinematic gameplay and further reason to believe a lot more of the RPG elements are gone from Mass Effect to be replaced by action shooting. Need for Speed: The Runs (as Graev calls it) looked stupid.

Then, as the fanfare began, SWTOR took the stage. For 30 seconds. One of the Bioware Doctor’s got on stage and said something to the tune of: “We love this game, there’s so much we put into it, we can’t show you anything, so here’s a trailer of old footage”. It was really, really disappointing to show so little of such a huge title during their official conference. We know they’re showing more during the week, but seriously this is their chance to shine and they missed it.

Reckoning’s showing was nice. Unlike the rest of the games it looked like Reckoning showed mostly all in-game stuff. However, it lasted something like 30 seconds. We hop the guys at 38 Studios have more planned for the week as well because EA didn’t do you guys any justice.

EA fumbled big time by devoting half of their entire conference to EA Sports and Soccer. Whether or not it makes money, it sucked that it dominated the conference.

They ended with a huge sendoff by Battlefield 3 with a very, very long singleplayer Tank level. It was the wrong level to show because it was so boring. A lot of driving, a lot of tank battling at ranged, and not enough to get people excited. Then again, it was singleplayer and Multiplayer is where it’s at. They took every opportunity to slam Activision by announcing a FREE version of Activision’s “CoD Elite” (as predicted by us earlier this week) and announcing an Open Beta in September.

Our individual final thoughts:

Keen: I liked what I saw from Reckoning. The style catches my eye. Graev actually said he think it looks cool which is high praise. I like the Battlefield announcements. SWTOR needed more than 30 seconds of old footage, especially when a new trailer became available. The overall “Hi, this is our game’s name, here’s a CGI trailer, come to our booth” feel made this conference a let down.

Graev: Nothing to say other than it was really boring. Reckoning looked cool from what was shown. The BF3 tank level was super boring.

Original: EA’s E3 2011 Conference starts soon. We’re most excited to see what 38 Studios is bringing from Reckoning, Bioware’s SWTOR, and hopefully what EA has to show for Battlefield 3. Click ‘more’ to follow the live blogging where we will give you our honest first impressions, then refresh the page after the event to read up on our written thoughts.



E3 2011: Microsoft’s Conference (Liveblogging)

This year we’re trying something a little different. We’ll be liveblogging during the major E3 2011 conferences so that you’ll have our immediate thoughts and reactions to the biggest announcements of the year rather than having to read them as we publish them after-the-fact. If you’re interested in participating with any commentary, you can head to our Cover it Live page. We’ll see how this goes! Our test run will be with Microsoft’s Conference starting around 9:30am PST.

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