Ubisoft put on its usual wacky and wonderful E3 press conference this year. It opened with the Let's Dance 2017 performers and the irreverent humor of Aisha Tyler and though they showcased fewer titles than other companies, they went on to spend more time with each. Let's see what they have in store for us this year and next.
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Tom Clancy's military franchise is back, this time the action takes place in the cocaine -soaked wilds of Bolivia. What's new is that both the single-player campaign and the 4-player co-op are both open world environments. So explore to your heart's content in between the taking down various objectives. Available March 17 for Xbox, PlayStation and PC.
The Division DLC: Underground & Survival
Underground is the first of The Division's three paid DLCs. Team up with three other buddies in randomly generated Manhattan sewers to take out other teams. It comes with a new Incursion called the Dragon's Nest and free outfits if you are a UbiClub member. The Division Undeground comes out June 28 for the Xbox One and PC and August 2 for the PlayStation 4.
The Division Survival takes place above ground during a horrific Blizzard in New York City. Not much has been revealed about this DLC pack yet, except that it is about survival and scavenging for resources. And presumably shooting at other teams trying to do the same. Slated for release later this summer.
Watch Dogs 2
It's time to take down the elitist bad guys again, this time in beautifully-rendered San Francisco as you play wronged hacker Marcus Holloway. Watch Dogs 2 brings with it all the hacking glory of the original, plus parkour and online co-op mode. The trailer generated alot of excitement about the sequel to an already popular title. Watch Dogs 2 releases November 15th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
This title has an interesting mix of Knights, Samurai, and Vikings in an intense melee combat environment. There is a single player campaign that can be played solo or with a friend in a split-screen mode. Though the game doesn't come out until February 14th, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, you can sign up for alpha testing on their site.
The Fractured But Whole
South Park never fails to deliver crude and spot on humor and the clips shown at the press conference of the newest title expertly targeted our uber obsession with super hero movie franchises. There is so much material to work with and Cartman and company run with it. Oh, and there may be some gameplay involved. The Fractured But Whole will be released on December 6th and those who preorder it will get the Stick of Truth for free.
Ubisoft is jumping on the VR bandwagon with Eagle Flight. It's essentially Eagle Quidditch and that's not a bad thing. You take the form of an eagle and fly through a city scape with your friends trying to grab prey and taking it back to your nest before the opposing eagle team can do the same. Eagle Flight releases later this year and requires an Oculus Rift.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew
Another VR title, this one puts you and your three friends (or fly solo with AI filling the other slots) on the bridge of a Federation starship in the heat of battle. Each one of you has a station from Captain to navigation to weapons to engineering and working together you must survive the battle with Klingons as you search for a new Vulcan homeworld. Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be available this fall for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.
The sequel to last year's surprise hit Grow Home. This time our favorite little wobbly red robot BUD is jumping, bouncing, and flying his way through a new planet. He's looking for pieces of MOM and needs to tackle missions to reunite with her. And being that it's open world, he has plenty to explore along the way. Grow Up is due in August for Xbox, PlayStation and PC.
Trials of the Blood Dragon
Wow, where to begin with this one. It's mostly a motorcycle physics simulator mashed up with an 80s homage/parody graphics engine. With shooting minigames. Yeah, that's about the best we can do to describe this one. You can check out the Achievement Hunter guys playing it in the video below if you want to see it out for yourself. The game is available now on Xbox, PlayStation and Steam for PC.