Like any good video game hero, Rayman knows how to move with the times. After taking a break to let those raving rabbids star in a few games, this big-nosed, limbless parkour master has returned to revitalize the world of platformers with a series of beautiful, fun, and masterfully crafted 2-D games. Rayman's recent console titles have proven to be quite the tasty bits of awesomeness, and now he's stepping off the big screen into something a little smaller: your iPad.
What exactly is the assassin's creed? What's the underlying principle upon which these titular assassins base their actions? That creed has become a bit fuzzy over the several years and seven Assassin's Creed games, but the one creed which has become exceedingly clear is Ubisoft's creed to milk this franchise for every penny they can while still trying to give gamers as much bang for their buck as possible.
I am not a musician. I have fantasies of smashing electric guitars into amps and stage diving after an awesome concert, but fantasies are all they are. Games like Rockband have allowed me to bring these fantasies to life, rocking out on plastic tinker toys in my basement with a bunch of friends who are trying not to wince as I belt out the lyrics to Don’t Fear the Reaper. However, it was Rocksmith 2014, the new music game/guitar tutor from Ubisoft, that actually made me feel like some day, I could actually play a real, true, guitar.
The screaming bunnies are back, but this time in the form of an iPhone/iPad game with Rabbids Big Bang. In this they pushed aside Rayman and left the crazy rabbits to their own devices as they float or fly around in space getting coins and other such items. The Raving Rabbids may be one of my favorite video game characters to be made in the past decade, mainly because they're so stupid and cute at the same time. Rabbids Big Bang is a mixture of the Angry Birds structure with far cooler graphics, creating hours of addictive gameplay.
“Just dance, gonna be okay, spin that record babe!” All you dancers out there, professional and wannabes, ready your boogie shoes because the newest dance game has been released by Ubisoft -- Just Dance 2014. Will this claim victory as the best in the series, or will it fall flat on its face?
Sam Fisher is back and is rarin' to go on some more special ops. This time, he'll have the help of some old friends, as well as some new ones, in order to stop a deadly plot hatched by a terrorist group that calls themselves The Engineers. Should you turn off all the lights, flip on your night vision goggles and play Splinter Cell: Blacklist? Or is it a title that's better off alone in the dark?
Ubisoft's Rayman is one of gaming's quintessential platformers. Over the years, the character has gone through various iterations, however the developer has found success in recent years with the 2D hand-animated style found in both Rayman Origins and this month's Rayman Legends. Originally slated to arrive earlier this year exclusively on the Wii U, Ubisoft delayed the sequel until September to allow for a multiplatform release. Still, Rayman Legends is a big game for Nintendo's fledgling console, and could help the system turn 2013 around. That is, if Rayman Legends is actually any good.
Dancing is a great form of exercise no matter how uncoordinated you might be, and Ubisoft’s Just Dance line of games has helped even the most uncoordinated of people get up off the couch, learn a few dance moves, and maybe become a bit more coordinated. At Ubisoft’s San Diego Comic-Con party we got some not-so-graceful hands-on experience with the newest installment in this booty-shaking franchise, Just Dance 2014. By the way, Ubisoft’s party took place on a pirate ship in celebration of Assassin’s Creed IV, and yeah, it was awesome.
Yo, ho, yo, ho, it's a pirate's life for Assassin's Creed IV. The newest entry in the increasingly-crowded Assassin's Creed franchise focuses on those scurviest of dogs — pirates! At this year's San Diego Comic-Con we spent some time with its multiplayer mode to see whether it should walk the plank or fly its flag with pride.