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E3 Keynote Speech: Ubisoft
by Linford Butler


Rayman Raving Rabbids (Wii)
-Features 'arse control'
-Really cute
-Yak-riding tricks
-Lots of screaming Rabbids
-Good, family fun
-Rayman Raving Rabbids TV party. Erm...
-November release

Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway (360, PS3, PC)
-All about horrors of war
-Enemies can be thrown out of windows
-Good explosion effects
-Very emotionally intense trailer

Tom Clancy's Endwar (360, PS3, PSP, DS, PC)
-Voice controlled RTS
-Try Endwar and you 'really understand what it's like to talk to your TV'
-Quick, commercial style overview of gameplay
-On 360 and PS3 by the end of the year

Farcry 2 (360, PS3, PC)
-First person shooter 2.0
-Massive attack takes place over African landscape
-All pre-rendered stuff
-Fantastic smoke, fire and water effects
-Lots of dust, smoke and explosions
-Beautiful environments
-Lighting is pretty solid
-Safehouses, alarm clocks and night-cover
-Silencers, dart rifles and sneaking make it stealthy
-50 square kilometre map to find objective, also has a compass
-Snipers are featured
-Launches simultaneously on 360, PS3 and PC this autumn.

Petz (DS, Wii)
-New titles
-Cross breed and create custom Petz families
-Dogz, Catz, Horsez and Monkeyz (all with deliberate z's)
-Dogz coming to Wii with Dogz Sportz
-Plush pet dolls with keycodes to unlock game features to be sold

Imagine (DS, Wii)
-Imagine Rock Star, Movie Star, Fashion Designer New York
-Coming to Wii in the form of Imagine Party Babies

Ener-G (DS, Wii)
-Targeted at girl's sports
-Cheerleading, gymnastics, football, basketball and synchronized swimming
-Ener-G Dance Squad, Ener-G Adventure Riders and Ener-G Gym Rockets all coming

Shawn White Snowboarding (360, PS3, Wii)
-Customization options - jackets, boards and dozens of other tweaks to make your character stand out
-Warm ups while game loads
-Multiplayer downhill racing
-Possible open-mountain gameplay and snowball throwing
-High quality, authentic feeling
-Nice sound effects, sharp lighting, solid snow textures
-Design your own challenge, set up race rules
-Seamless, authentic, open world, defining

Prince of Persia (360, PS3, PC)
-Built on Assassin's Creed engine
-New prince, new graphical style
-New combat system
-Only known as Prince of Persia
-Strong trailer, good music selection
-Looks spectacular
-Sticks to soul of original
-Female sidekick called Elke. She never gets in the way or dies
-Elke helps Prince out in sticky spots
-Multiple paths open to you
-Panned out cameras and Zelda-style 'Z-targeting'
-Prince capable of massive, 100ft leaps
-Wall runs, jumps and climbing look very quick, flow well and are simple
-More acrobatic looking and dynamic than previous Prince of Persia games
-Swordfights. Obviously.
-Game transports you almost instantly back to the previous platform when you die, so no tedious continue screens.
-Coming out on 360, PS3 and PC 'this holiday season'

I Am Alive (360, PS3, PC)
-Follows character called Adam
-Men in tattered clothes argue over water
-Cloud of dust emerges from underground

Overall: Ubisoft really have pulled out all the stops to make their E3 conference a good one. Highlights have to be Prince of Persia and I Am Alive. Far Cry 2 looks good too.


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- Linford Butler

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