Not only did Ubisoft have one of the best designed booths at this year's show, they also were showing some of the best games of the show. More than a dozen hot new titles were on display including a press-exclusive showing of the 2004 Matrix Online game currently in development. Here are some highlights from my 90-minute tour of their booth.
Beyond Good & Evil (All Formats)
The vast, peaceful planet of Hyllis has fallen under siege by a relentless alien race. After a desperate struggle to defend her island, a Hyllian named Jade collapses in exhaustion – only to be tormented by disturbing visions. Despite public assurances that the planet has been secured, Jade begins to suspect that there’s more to these invasions than the government has disclosed. When a rebel organization reinforces her doubts, Jade begins a harrowing journey to get to the core of the conspiracy.
Armed with her camera, aikido staff, and resolute investigative skills, Jade sets out to expose the truth and to liberate the minds of her deceived people. Pushed to the very edge of her physical and spiritual will, she soon discovers that even these limits are not what they seem … Her quest for the truth knows no bounds.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (PS2/GBA)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon offers a compelling gaming experience that effectively captures the martial arts magic that made the movie a worldwide success including Woo-Ping Yuen-Inspired Choreography. Master all the whirling acrobatics, dizzying combos, impossible dodges and kung-fu fury from the film. Each playable character has his/her own unique style of combat and special abilities for action-packed brawls, chases, and duels.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (All Formats)
Uncover the mysteries of a world never before explored in action-adventure gaming. Ancient, mythical, and deadly, Persia holds a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms to explore and conquer. The creator of the original Prince of Persia, and acknowledged “godfather” of the action-adventure genre, Jordan Mechner consults on all facets of game design – including storyline, cinematics, programming, and artistic vision.
Uru: Ages Beyond MYST (PC)
Uru also includes options for expansion, allowing players to further immerse themselves and join a never-ending Myst universe. Choose to subscribe, and suddenly Uru is populated with other explorers to share the journey. The world continues to expand and grow as new books are made available on a regular basis, offering the most dynamic and unique adventure game experience ever created. Puzzles are designed to promote interaction and the use of the Linking Books makes it easy to travel around the world of Myst.
XIII (All Formats)