Ubisoft always hold the show that brings a theatricality to their stage. While we’ve mostly moved away from the older, cringeier form of press conference that were physically painful to watch, Ubisoft still seem to hold onto those days with some degree of nostalgia. Which I guess I can appreciate.
There comes a time with any long running franchise when it needs to refresh itself, to enter a cocoon of hiatus and be reborn as something new, but also still kind of the same. Last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins was the strained, metaphorical butterfly in this particular case for Ubisoft.
It was a game from a series that had ploughed itself deeply into the ground, thanks to an annual release schedule that did little to majorly change the experience over time. I was so burned out on Assassin’s Creed that I was pretty much done with the series after ACIII, a brief flirtation with Black Flag notwithstanding.
Top three time. True to form I’m struggling to think of anything else to write in this opening paragraph as the list comes to its climax. So let’s pull something out of my ass… This might the first time I’ve written one of these lists that hasn’t had a 3DS game on it. I might be showing my hand a little bit here despite the list not being over yet.
But it feels like Nintendo really are winding down on their handheld system now with the release and subsequent success of the Switch. It’s exciting really, seeing all of these games that were 3DS franchises making the move to to a device with graphics comparable to the Switch. Pokemon, Phoenix Wright, the Mario & Luigi RPG series. But the consequence is that the 3DS hasn’t had the best year. It’s had its last gasps, With the likes of Samus Returns, but I hope we hear something more concrete from Nintendo regarding it in the coming months.
Anyway, on with the list.