72 posts tagged ubisoft
Tetris Ultimate on 3DS this fall ⊟
Ubisoft finally decided to tell us what we all kinda knew, that Tetris Ultimate would be out on 3DS in addition to consoles. While the other versions are out this summer, the 3DS release will come in the fall, with a “challenge mode” exclusive to 3DS.
"From disappearing Tetriminos to orientation-locked Tetriminos, be prepared for a variety of challenges that will test a player’s fortitude."
I can deal with that! I mean, I probably can’t, but I want to try.
BUY Nintendo 2DS & 3DS/XL, upcoming games
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars $14.99 on eShop ⊟
Ubisoft is holding a sale on both Wii U and 3DS eShop games, and that means savings on the download of the standout launch game, Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars. It’s $14.99 right now – as are Petz Fantasy 3D, Rabbids Travel in Time 3D, Rayman 3D, Rayman Origins, and Splinter Cell 3D. A bunch of Wii U games are available for discounted prices, too.
The deal runs through March 31. Glad to see a big third-party doing an eShop promotion! And I’m glad to have another reason to mention Shadow Wars, which seems hella prescient now.
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars seems awfully prescient now ⊟
While it’s always a great time to return to Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, this 3DS launch title is especially relevant now given current tensions in Eastern Europe. Sure, plenty of games, especially shooters, feature similar plots centered around Russia invading Ukraine.
But as I mentioned in last week’s TinyCast, Shadow Wars actually has a stage in which rogue Russian soldiers occupy Sevastopol, a key port city in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula (or Republic of Crimea, whatever you wanna call it) that houses Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Remember how silly everyone thought Shadow Wars's story was?
Speaking of Shadow Wars, a new interview with the game’s producer and X-Com co-creator Julian Gollop reveals some hints on why we never saw a sequel — it sold “not so good”, likely due to Nintendo having difficulty selling people on the 3DS during its first year in stores. ::sigh:: At least you can Kickstart his new PC game.
It is time to buy Lumines: Electronic Symphony ⊟
Even after announcing two simultaneous PSN sales, Sony and publishers decided to sneak some more discounts out there. Most notably: Lumines Electronic Symphony, which is $6.49.
I just cannot say enough about this game. It was my favorite Vita launch game, it’s a beautiful zone-out puzzler, and it has an incredible mix of music. And it’s $6.49??
Muramasa Rebirth is on sale too, for $24.99.
BUY PS Vita, upcoming games
Hey, one of our favorite 3DS games, Julian Gollop (X-Com) and Ubisoft’s excellent modern war strategy RPG Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, is just ten bucks at Amazon. I think that’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen it? You can even grab one of the custom inside cover inserts to decorate the box with.
Other worthwhile handheld games in the bargain bin (stocking stuffers!):
- Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl - $22.12
- Steel Diver - $9.99
- Crosswords Plus - $6.99
- Shinobi - $11.86
- Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir - $10.46
- Persona 4 Golden (PS Vita) - $16.99 (sidebar link)
- Virtue’s Last Reward - $19.99 (sidebar link)
The photo comes from Emmiranda, by the way.
Ubisoft’s launch trailer for Zombieland on Wii U. Er, I mean, ZombiU. Watch it, and you’ll see how I could get the two mixed up! Presumably that’s what Ubi is going for.
The company not only got a Jesse Eisenberg sound-alike for the voiceover, it has him listing zombie survival rules with the same delivery — and it threw a hoodie on the commercial’s actor for good measure!
Now I’m looking forward to the Shaun of the Dead homage for ZombiU's promotional videos in the UK.
Buy: ZombiU, Zombieland
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Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation looks so much like my thing. At a glance, it doesn’t seem too different from the other Assassin’s Creed games that weren’t my thing, but:
- This shiz is portable (PS Vita)
- I really like that Ubisoft went with a non-traditional heroine, Aveline de Grandpré, the daughter of a French merchant and an African placée bride
Preorder: Assassin's Creed 3: LIberation
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Rayman Legends really sells the “asymmetric gameplay” gimmick of WiiU’s tablet, or in layman’s terms, “I play this way, you play that way” — as you’ll see in this new trailer.
While the rest of the players are running and jumping around as usual, the GamePad holder manipulates the environment, clears pathways, and even tickles enemies to give others a free hit. This is fun times, people.
Preorder: Wii U stuff See also: More Wii U news, media
Around this time last year, the prospects for a quick sequel to Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars were pretty good — almost everyone who played the 3DS turn-based strategy game raved about its depth, and producer and X-Com co-creator Julian Gollop appeared to be polling fans about what they would like to see in a follow-up.
And Gollop later told Edge, with a wink, that his team at Ubisoft Sofia was working on an unannounced title that’s “part of a major Ubisoft franchise,” and everything seemed to be in place for a big reveal at E3.
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, one of the few new PS Vita game announcements from yesterday’s round of E3 presentations. We don’t often talk about Assassin’s Creed, and I’ve never played one to be honest. But I love watching playthroughs posted online, and the idea of playing a female African-French assassin in late 18th century New Orleans sounds like where it’s at. Plus, it’s all put together by Ubisoft Sofia (Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars). This hits on October 30, alongside a new white PS Vita model.
That all said, I can’t believe that Sony had hardly anything to talk about with PS Vita last night. This was its opportunity to reassure PS Vita owners that it had a flood of high-quality games coming to the struggling portable…
Buy: PS Vita
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Ubisoft’s E3 demonstration for Rayman Legends on Wii U, one of the few new games shown off at E3 today that pretty much everyone agreed looked great.
I almost got a Maestro vibe from the music stage — which, by the way, would be great to have on Wii U.
Buy: Rayman Origins Find: Nintendo DS/3DS release dates, discounts, & more See also: More demo news
… and I’m unsure how I feel about it.
On the one hand, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars is a brilliant game, one of the best on 3DS, and it’s great to hear that more people will have a chance to play it. Julian Gollop (creator of X-Com) and his team at Ubisoft Sofia deserve to get more recognition for this excellent turn-based strategy title.
Also, touch-based controls for directing your units around the battlefield should work great on the iPhone and iPad, just as good if not maybe better than the D-pad.
But on the other hand, I’m worried that the group that could’ve spent these last several months on a Shadow Wars sequel labored over this project instead. Though it’s possible Ubisoft gave the port to another small studio or to a few members of the Sofia team.
My other concern is that the presentation on the iPad version kinda looks like butt so far. I get that the game has a lot of unit/terrain data to communicate, but it’s odd to see the dual-screen setup on a single screen. And what will this look like on the iPhone’s small screen?
See also: More posts on Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars