Friday, February 23, 2018

Ubisoft left me wanting to play their games. The energy coming from each presenter made me want to try out the games, even if I don’t buy the games.

The Ubisoft presentation started with a teaser for the Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and I must admit I laughed. I wasn’t trying to, but I am a sucker for stupid humor. I am always the first one to lose in the “Try not to laugh” YouTube videos. Then much to my surprise and enjoyment, Shigeru Miyamoto came up to the stage with Yves Guillemot to talk about Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. It was interesting to find out that Shigeru Miyamoto is a big fan of the Rabbids games. This will be an open world game but once you get into combat it turn into a turn based, strategy game. And let me tell you, I am looking forward to getting a Nintendo Switch just so I can play this game.

As mentioned before, Assassins Creed Origins goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. While I do have most of the Assassins Creed games, I haven’t played them much. Will anything change with Origins? I will be getting it and, I hope, at some point to play it.

Now, I am not much for sports or racing games but The Crew 2 looks to be something different. From what they presented at E3, The Crew 2 looks to be many different racing games in one. Not only can you race cars and bikes, but you can also race dune buggies, monster trucks, airplanes, and hydrofoils. Come on, how can you not want to try this out?  You can sign up for the beta at But remember, this is not the finished game.

Next we have South Park The Fractured but Whole. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last twenty years, you know what South Park is. And most gamers know about the last South Park video game, The Stick of Truth. Well this is NOT a sequel to that. It’s not even a prequel. It is its own game where they do a parody of Marvel’s Civil War movie. While I do enjoy a few episodes of South Park, I am not a big enough fan to get games about it. But you can get it October 17th.

Transference. Wow. If you could get a spookier trailer for a game, I am not sure I would want to watch it. The best part about it is that nothing is really said. You have a mixture of vintage looking clip with modern clips and the idea that “Everything is ok. Nothing is wrong. And most importantly, pay no attention to what is going on behind you because everything is ok and nothing is wrong.” That makes you want to stand up and look, not just behind you but all around.

A search on for “pirate games” comes up with 116 results. Yet a lot of them are casino type games. And according to the top five pirate games are: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, The Secret of Monkey Island, Sid Meier’s Pirates!, The Curse of Monkey Island, and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest. Only two are from this century, the most recent one being Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. So there is room for a good pirate game. Skull and Bones is Ubisoft’s attempt at a pirate game. But there’s more. Skull and Bones is a multiplayer ship sailing game where you get your best mates then try and conquer the seas from other players and the sea herself.

The chatter among the NPC pirates is great. In fact, while I don’t watch Twitch much, this looks like a game I would enjoy watching. That is if the people streaming the video will let me hear it. Also from the way they presented it, this looks like it could be a type of EVE Online but on the ocean.

Just going to be up front about this. I don’t dance, I don’t like to dance and I don’t like to watch other people dance. I think it’s silly and not in a good way. So when they announced Just Dance 2018, I couldn’t be more bored. And that is all I will say about that.

Okay, so I said previously I wouldn’t get a South Park game. Yet, South Park Phone Destroyer might actually be a game I might get. Why? Well, I have only seen the one trailer from E3 and it looks crazy enough to be interesting. I will find out more later this year when it gets released.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas looks like a cool game. It’s a sci fi game where you have a toy ship that is connected to your controller. While you are playing you fly around in a spaceship defeating the Legion. But the really cool thing is that while you are playing you can swap out weapons on the toy and the ship in game changes weapons. Now this is not anything new. Lego Dimensions has this kind of game play. Yet it’s cool to see other games trying out this type of technology.

Steep Road to the Olympics is an expansion to the original game where you compete against other players in extreme winter sports. Only this time it’s for the Olympics. This one falls under the sports category so besides watching others play, I won’t be doing much with it.

There has been quite a bit of controversy around Far Cry 5, mainly due to the political situation in America. But one thing someone asked, and I agreed with, was how will this Far Cry compare to the other games in the series. I will admit that I have never played any of the Far Cry games, although Far Cry Primal was the one I would have played. (I bought it and its still sitting on the shelf.) Although I have, on the other hand, watched all the trailers and some game play. And after watching some game play I think Far Cry 5 does a good job living up to the Far Cry game. Will I be getting it and playing it? I don’t know. With so many other games to try out, I don’t know.

The last game they showed was Beyond Good and Evil 2. Now let me preface this by saying I saw the trailer the day it was announced but that was it. Besides the AMAZING visual effects, it didn’t interest me in the game at all. Also, I didn’t play the original Beyond Good and Evil so there is that. Yet, the energy of the presenters and what they said made me think that this could be an interesting game to look forward to.

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