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The second day brought us presentations by Ubisoft and Square Enix. Now that some time has passed and we have gathered our thoughts, each of us from Critical Coins will share our impressions of the press conferences we watched.
If there was a presentation that was most analogous to the word, variety, it would be Ubisoft’s press conference at this year’s E3. Now, I am not talking about a variety of games—I will get to that shortly—but rather the variety of different types of content Ubisoft had. Kicking off the presentation Ubisoft opened with their Assassin’s Creed Orchestra, treating all of our ears to a sample of what they are capable of, while also announcing their tour. Not too long after, Ubisoft showed off another announcement that had nothing to do with games: a new TV show! Conceptually, I personally am not the fondest of it, but if it features the same quality and content that comes with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I will be 100% onboard!
When it came to the games Ubisoft showed off, this is where I started to falter. I don’t think any of the announcements were bad, it’s just that many were Tom Clancy games, and those are rarely my thing. New content for The Division 2, more info on the upcoming Ghost Reacon, and a new Rainbow Six, great! Not my cup of tea though. Even Watch Dogs 3, while interesting conceptually, is a series I have had little desire to play as Assassin’s Creed does enough to scratch that same itch. Thankfully, there were two titles towards the end of Ubisoft’s presentation, specifically Roller Champions and Gods & Monsters that both looked interesting in their own right. One for its unique setting, and the other that seemed to have a very Breath of the Wild feel set in a different universe.
Overall, I think Ubisoft had a solid showing. While there may have been no new Rayman or Splinter Cell (grrr), I can’t deny the quality of showings and the presentation overall.
Final Fantasy 7! Final Fantasy 7. Final. Fantasy. 7.
Sure, Square Enix had some other announcements such as the Avengers, a new title announcement, and some remakes, but all of those pale in comparison to Final Fantasy 7! Here is a game that the entire gaming community has been slobbering over for years, and now, it’s finally happening, and it looks bloody amazing.
For that fact alone, Square Enix had a fantastic showing.