Published on June 14th, 2017 | by IceCube
E3 2017: Ubisoft Showcase Review
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Woah, ok. The Rabbids universe just merged with Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. universe. Not kidding. The live show even had a guest appearance from Nintendo CEO, Mr Miyamoto himself. I’ve not been into Mario for a while despite how fun it is to play, but I have to admit it’s quite a surprise. Even more surprising is that it’s a turn-based tactical adventure game, with gun shooting. The main cast features Mario and two rabbids dressed as Princess Peach and Luigi, who roam around a world where Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom has been taken over by rabbids. In combat encounters, you move and shoot blasters in turn-based style. I have no idea what to make of it, but it’s not what I expected.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
I’ve said my piece on this in the Xbox show review. This series is DONE. Finished. Kaput. No more. Finito. WHAT MORE IS REQUIRED FOR UBISOFT TO GET THE HINT? One year off means nothing. With more time to produce this game, they successfully managed to make it look EXACTLY THE FREAKING SAME. I loved the first game, Black Flag was a fluke victory, but every one of the other 200 sequels was one more increase to my rage level for Ubisoft. Stop wasting good resources on this freaking series!
The Crew 2
If I’m not mistaken, it looks like The Crew 2 will expand to not just car racing, but also motorcycle, speed boat and air racing. While I’m not very excited to hear about this game returning, I always felt like the first game was underrated. That said, it must have a pretty solid community of people (NOT flocking to Forza) to warrant multiple expansions, two retail releases and an official sequel. I like the ability to race in different kinds of vehicles – it’s a good separation from the previous game.
South Park – The Fractured But Whole
We’ve known this game has been coming out for a while, but the big news here is the release date: October 17th. Sweet! The first game was an underdog hit, and by far the funniest game of all time. It literally turned me into a South Park fan. This is one of those few games that was so good that it WARRANTS a sequel (unlike everything else announced this year). Can’t wait for this. I’m hoping it’s just as clever, witty and hilarious as before.
A VR game about entering the world of your mind, starring Elijah Wood or Tobey Maguire or Harry Potter or Frodo or one of those guys. It used live filmed footage and was kinda eerie and confusing. There’s not enough here to make an assessment on but it didn’t generate much hype.
Skull & Bones
Ok! So it may only be about 8 years late, but my demands to ditch the assassins from Assassin’s Creed 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag has finally come to! Those were the best pirate games ever, but stuck in the wrong theme, like pushing a square peg into a round hole. Skull & Bones could be a dream come true if there’s a good single player component. If it’s just of pvp versus crap like the demo shown, then it’ll be a badly blown opportunity.
South Park Phone Destroyer
Lol… A South Park game for your mobile phone, where the kids dress up and cowboys vs native americans. Actually looks pretty good. I might actually try this mobile game. Maybe.
Starlink – Battle for Atlas
Hmmm… A game for big kids. Like Amiibos and Skylanders, you attach a space ship to your controller and it imports that model into this young age sci-fi shooter game. You can fly in space, or hop from planet to planet. Interestingly, the model ship has replaceable parts, which also changes the game model. It could definitely be some fun for the right audience. Can’t see it becoming a mega hit, however.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
I can’t decide what to make of this trailer. While the animation was impressive, the characters were all unlikable c**ts of the worst kind. It’s weird, but at least it’s unique. It also sounds like they’re turning this smallish Xbox original game into a large universe, full of wisecracking characters from the animal kingdom. The developers stood on stage crying and thanking the Ubisoft team for a job well done, when actually there wasn’t even any gameplay to show. Main thing is that it caught my interest. Looking forward to gameplay footage.
Top 3 Positives
– The first show to have a small handful of surprises.
– Skull & Bones. Finally a pirate game not tainted with assassins.
– Starlink – Battle for Atlas may be the first reason for me to slightly consider a Nintendo Switch (f**k new Link).
Top 3 Negatives
– Assassin’s Creed is back.
– Yes, really. Assassin’s Creed is back. It still hasn’t gone away.
– So is Far Cry. It’s back too. F**k this.
Overall, I’m disappointed with Ubisoft’s clingyness to “dead horses”. Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry need to f**k rrriiight off. I mean, imagine how good the show would have been if you could replace those predictable duds with new IP’s?! Those dev teams have talent, so stop wasting that talent on crap sequels. On the bright side, Ubisoft did present some real surprises today, none of which blew my mind, but definitely made the show intriguing.