Posts Tagged ‘ubisoft montreal’

Unscripted Sieging: 6 Rounds of Rainbow Six Siege

By Alice O'Connor on July 21st, 2014.

He's upside-down.

We were quite excited about the defence-building, wall-exploding, hostage-rescuing, man-shooting action of Rainbow Six Siege during E3, but the demo Ubisoft showed was ever-scripted and poorly-acted silliness. We’ve been waiting to see actual gameplay since, and last week Ubisoft showed it off with six supposedly live rounds during a livestream. You may be surprised to learn that unscripted Siege contains fewer dramatic twists and less emoting than the demo. Come watch the games yourself and see what you make of it now.

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Rainbow Six Has Male Hostages, & Why They Weren’t At E3

By Nathan Grayson on June 24th, 2014.

Rainbow Six Siege by many accounts “won” E3, at least as far one can win a circus. For real, though, it’s quite a concept, and Ubisoft seems well on its way to making destructibility actually mean something in a game, something even more profound and important than, “Oooooo, now that pillar is made of 20 percent less pillar.” Siege’s E3 demo did leave a bit of a weird taste in some mouths, though, mainly because shoving around a lady in the team-based Hostage Mode like she’s the flag in capture the flag is kind of odd, even if you’re rescuing her. First the good news: there will be dude hostages too in the final game. But, when pressed to explain why the E3 demo only featured a woman, I was given a slightly troubling answer.

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Patriots No More: Rainbow 6 Siege Breaches E3

By Alice O'Connor on June 12th, 2014.

I suspect someone's had a lot of fun touching-up this screenshot.

E3 is a bit like a flashbang. In it comes whoosh kersplode then you’re disoriented and confused and struggle to continue whatever it was you were up to. What I’m saying is that Ubisoft announced Rainbow Six Siege during E3 while we were curled up on the floor and armed men shouted at us, so we forgot to actually post about it even though we’ve discussed it.

The FPS (no third-person at all this time) sees baddies trying to fortify and hold buildings before the goodies smash in to come and get them. Emphasis on the smashing, as it has magnificently destructible environments powered by tech some joker at Ubi named ‘Realbast.’ Realbast!

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Grapplewatch 2014: Far Cry 4 Gameplay Swings Away

By Alice O'Connor on June 10th, 2014.

I believe that is a honey badger, yes.

Ubisoft’s big fancy E3 stage show last night introduced the game’s kooky villain (so zany!) but while technically in-game footage, this was only the opening cutscene. “Oh gosh bother and drat,” I imagine someone in Ubi’s marketing department said, “we’ve only gone and forgotten to show the game. Fix this!” So here comes a new trailer with seven minutes of gameplay, showing off enraged elephants smashing cars, eagles snatching goats, micro helicopters, another beautiful break-action grenade launcher, a spot of co-op, and yes yes yes, a grappling hook.

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Hidden Himalayas: Far Cry 4

By Adam Smith on June 9th, 2014.

Could have picked a shot with some blood or a gun in it but went for the selfie-shot and what is presumably a look at the vacant expression of the player character

Know what Far Cry needs? A villain so kerrazy that he takes a selfie right after he murders a bunch of people. Thankfully, that’s precisely what the series now has in the shape of the mad despot who takes center stage on the box art and rants and raves his way through the debut trailer above. GTA V was the game to popularise the act of inappropriate post-carnage selfies, I believe, and dare we hope that Far Cry 4 will take the art to the next level? Brave new worlds opening up before us.

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Bring A Murderfriend: Co-op In Assassin’s Creed Unity

By Alice O'Connor on June 9th, 2014.

Oh, just dabbling in class warfare with my pals.

For a series about supposedly being in a brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed could feel awfully lonely. Though I did enjoy having a magical button which made murderers rain from the skies, stab everyone then run away, they’re more like human knife-grenades than people I could plot, scheme, and murder with. Huzzah, then, that Assassin’s Creed Unity is making friends. It’ll have four-player co-op, Ubisoft have announced at E3.

They’ve also shown off their impression of what you’d see if your head were lopped off then popped atop a stick, which certainly is a thing to create for a video games event. Oh E3!

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Darknet Souls: Watch Dogs Trailer Demos Multiplayer

By Alice O'Connor on April 24th, 2014.

'Hack the planet!' I shall repeat endlessly. Like in that movie!

Some of my favourite Dark Souls moments came from being invaded. Down deep in the Tomb of the Giants, chased over the bones of colossal skeletons by the spirits of a wicked wizard then a lost paladin, oh I was so very pleased. It’s a fantastic little multiplayer touch, and one I’m glad to see Watch Dogs adopting on top of more traditional modes.

A new 9-minute trailer goes over the open-world hack ‘em up’s three main multiplayer types: Dark Souls-y invasions, challenges tied into the ctOS mobile companion app, and objective-driven team violence.

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What An Eye Full: Watch Dogs’ System Requirements

By Alice O'Connor on April 7th, 2014.

You'll have someone's eye out with that thing

I’ve grown complacent, and my PC weak. I haven’t upgraded at all in a fair few years, but now face building a whole new system. See, the demands of multiplatform games pretty much stalled once console developers starting pushing their limits, but now a whole new load are out and oh, their games are hungry. One of the first all-singing, all-dancing shiny big games is Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs, and its system requirements confirm that it’s about time I take my dear old friend down to Regents Canal in a hessian sack. Good night, sweet prince.

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Boundless Information: Watch Dogs Mission Walkthrough

By Adam Smith on June 11th, 2013.

In a post-PRISM reality, or rather a world in which the public have knowledge of PRISM, the hack and crash nature of open city cyber-adventure Watch Dogs could be considered timely, topical or controversial. Judging by the latest footage to emerge from the heaving bowels of E3, it’s really a game about superpowers though. Strip away the theme of a game and most abilities beyond running, jumping and falling down have a supernatural whiff about them. Observe as our hero, who really needs a strepsil, summons an impenetrable darkness. He does it by pressing a button on his smartphone, which causes all the lights in the city to turn off. It’s technology rather than magic, see?

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A Trailer For The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot For You

By John Walker on April 22nd, 2013.

We had Craig wipe his grubby hands all over The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot last week, and he came away feeling rather positive. So that’s good. But what does it look like when all the screenshots come rapidly, one after the other, in some sort of “moving picture”. We have the technology.

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Far-Fetched Cry: A Half Hour Of Blood Dragon Footage

By Alec Meer on April 9th, 2013.

In an astonishing coincidence, my father's name is also Rex Power Colt

Edit – bah, videos removed. If anyone’s found another source please say so below.
Edit2 – A new source for one of the vids is now in this post, but presumably it won’t hang around for long.

This half hour of purported footage from Far Cry 3 expandalone Blood Dragon is obviously fake. You can tell by the way the shader polarity is reversed at 11m07s in the first video, and the vertex flux lacks external consistency at 03m40s in the second video. Don’t even et me started on how unconvincing the e-dough modulation is. If you’re naive enough to want to watch thirty minutes of fabricated video from a pastiche sci-fi shooter, I can only wave you at the supposedly leaked videos below. They might have gone by the time you get there, as Ubisoft will doubtlessly feel the blatantly counterfeit muzzle occlusion diodes will give the real version of their game a bad rep.
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Isles Asunder: Far Cry 3 Map Editor

By Adam Smith on November 26th, 2012.

Do map editors normally have trailers nowadays? Far Cry 3′s has one. I know that some trailers have trailers and it’s only a matter of time until someone makes a trailer for a logo, so I guess something as functional as a map editor can appear in a video and say ‘hello’. The most notable thing about the editor for Ubi’s Jimpressing open island shooter is that it looks simple enough for an idiot like me to use. Terrain can be generated randomly, objects are dragged and dropped into position, and the whole thing can be populated with wildlife and AI baddies for solo play.

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Thumping The Shark: Far Cry 3

By Adam Smith on November 23rd, 2012.

What a difference words can make. If I’d seen this new Far Cry 3 video last week, my first reaction would probably have been to chortle about magical tattoo abilities. After reading Jim’s thoughts on the game, I’m too giddily excited by watching those abilities in action to spend any time laughing at minor bits of silliness. Far Cry 2 was a mess but it still managed to produce some of the finest moments I’ve ever experienced in an FPS, so when I see the words “it has kept what was good…and builds on everything else”, damn straight the lens through which I view the trailers changes. Very excited.

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