I wasn’t even alive at the time (child of the 90s), but I know full well that the 1980s were terrible. In the United Kingdom, the miners brawled with the police as Thatcher’s Britain took form, the stocks fell and the yuppies arrived. Everyone wore hideous clothing, sported big hairstyles and awkwardly shuffled around to Blue Monday, and all the while humanity cowered at the ongoing prospect of nuclear Armageddon as the Cold War escalated for the final time.
Fortunately, no one cares to remember the real version of the 80s and instead reminisce about the TRUE 80s – a time when synthesizers were king and new fangled computers called ‘Nintendo Entertainment System’ & ‘Commodore 64’ stole away many a childhood afternoon. A time when people draped themselves in hot pink and danced madly to the latest pop sensations. And a time when an average conversation was made up entirely of quotes from Miami Vice and an endless number of action and sci-fi films such as Die Hard, The Terminator, Aliens and Predator. Okay, I might be exaggerating a bit and basing my knowledge of the forgotten decade entirely upon Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, but my point is that people now see the 80s, particularly those latter films, as a cool thing to emulate.
And so the dust has finally settled on the main conferences at the Electronic Entertainment Expo; over the last two days Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo have all held their annual E3 media pitches. As with last year, I was furiously typing all the way through the conferences making notes, and below is my quick round up of all the relevant stuff from the two days. Continue reading E3 2012: Notes From The Five Conferences And Reaction→
Ubisoft yesterday gave an update on the future of two of their biggest upcoming titles by confirming their release dates – the long rumoured Assassins Creed 3 will be released on October 30th, and Far Cry 3 will be hitting stores on September 7th.
The announcement of Assassins Creed 3 was made in a Ubisoft conference so we do not have any further tantalising details, apart from the rumour that the studio is going to be investing in the game heavily to try and get it to outsell the last game, Assassins Creed Revelations, which has shifted over 7 million copies since its release last November. I would just like to point out that since Assassins Creed 2 was released in 2009, we have had a game every year plus multiple spinoffs – I think they are kind of saturating the market a bit.
Far Cry 3 on the other hand was announced with a brand new CGI trailer, titled ‘Stranded’. Apart from looking superb, it also features the crazy guy that we first met in the E3 trailer last year, and features plenty of swearing, action and annoying dubstep music in the background. Far Cry 2 was a bit of a letdown, but I have high hopes for this one – It also helps that it will be released on my birthday, so I think I already have a present confirmed…
When Ubisoft began their conference on Monday at E3, their lead game was not Assassins Creed, or Far Cry or Ghost Recon. Nope, the honour went to Rayman Origins. Despite the high success of these other franchises, it is Rayman that for a long time has been seen as Ubisoft’s mascot. And with the transition back to classic 2D side scrolling, it got me thinking about the first entry in the series. Rayman was one of the first successful titles for the Playstation, and one of my first purchases for the console. And I can look back on it fondly, because it still remains one of the hardest challenges I have undertaken in gaming. Continue reading The Origins Of Rayman – Rayman Review→