In this special edition of First Impressions, we review the four big press conferences of Day 1 of E3 2012. We’ll sieve out the most exciting announcements and the biggest disappointments. Note that this is only a first impression of what has been presented during the conference and may not be a fair representation of the actual game that is shown at E3, which we unfortunately do not have the privilege of getting our hands on. We will go through individual games in-depth separately based on more footage and interviews.
You can replay the entire Ubisoft press conference here.
1. Assassin’s Creed 3
The demo featured several key aspects that have already been teased in previous trailers: hunting mechanics, animal attacks, an improved fluid combat system to chain combos, and the effect of snow on the player’s movement. Oh, and the environment is huge. Assassin’s Creed 3 is hands down one of the best showcases at E3 2012.
2. Far Cry 3
One of the few shooters that actually caught my attention, mainly because it isn’t your generic on-rails guns-blazing shooter. Like its theme, the game is insane, and throws you into not just an open-world island environment but also the psychological jungle of the mind. Players would also be able to explore a whole archipelago of islands, making this the biggest Far Cry game yet.
3. Watch Dogs
Kudos to Ubisoft for announcing a new IP at an expo dominated by sequels. Already the game’s premise sounds very interesting, and eerily possible – what happens when your personal information is turned against you in today’s digitally connected world? The game looks like a blend of Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed with a setting that is heavily reminiscent of the movie Eagle Eye. I mean, how cool is it to be actually able to hack into everything around you, even the traffic lights? Hopefully this would inject some freshness in what is an increasingly stale market of third-person action games.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
We talked about this in the Microsoft conference review, and Ubisoft released the first trailer which explained how the new agency Fourth Echelon was created with Sam Fisher as its new head.
On The Fence:
Ubisoft gave a sneak peak at its upcoming title for the Wii U platform which showed how the tablet would be utilised in the zombie game. More details would be given at the Nintendo press conference.
The Big Mystery
Rainbow Six: Patriots
This was one of the most anticipated games from Ubisoft for this year’s E3, especially since it featured a pretty controversial storyline that tackled human values. Unfortunately it did not make an appearance during the conference. After the news broke out a couple of months back that the head of the development team David Sears had been removed from the team, it is safe to assume that the game has been returned to the drawing board, for better or worse. Still it is a shame that we were unable to get a good look at the game’s development progress after being teased for some time.