Best of E3 – Day 1

These are the announcements that took our breath away.

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

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The first day of E3 is officially in the bag and I’m already exhausted. It’s been a busy day full of press conferences from the likes of Microsoft, EA Games, Ubisoft and Sony. Now that the dust has settled and I have time to think back on the experience, it’s time to recount some of the day’s biggest (read also: best) announcements. There’s definitely no shortage to choose from, that’s for sure.

Rayman Legends looks amazing.

Ubisoft debuted some gameplay footage of Rayman Legends on the Wii U at their presser. The footage instantly brought back great memories of last year’s outstanding Rayman Origins.

Additionally, the Wii U tablet functionality was pretty cool. The player with the tablet gets to control a new character (the little fly-thing from the first game) and is in charge of clearing the platforming paths for Rayman and his group of friends. It was slick, intuitive and looked like a lot of fun.

Also, the game features old ladies wailing on guitars with a rock opera soundtrack dictating the pacing of the action. Epic.

Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed come to PS Vita.

The PS Vita is a powerful little handheld. However, outside the launch lineup, the system has lacked quality software. Sony seems to realize this, considering they unveiled Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified and Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation for the PS Vita at their presser. Both games are full-blown efforts for their respective franchises, and seem like just what the doctor ordered to get this struggling handheld back on track.

Watch Dogs is unveiled.

Ubisoft definitely had some of the best moments of day one. The company premiered a brand new IP called Watch Dogs. It’s kind of a combination of Assassin’s Creed, but in present day, and EA’s Syndicate. It looks to be an open-world game where you use the technology at your disposal to take out your target or get the intel you’re after.

It’s also worth noting that Watch Dogs, in its current state, is a gorgeous looking title. It was a game we didn’t know was coming, and definitely managed to steal the show at Ubi’s presser…

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