E3 2014 - Ubisoft Media Briefing

The briefing opened with an action-packed video, where the protagonist travels on a bus. Stopped at a checkpoint, a shootout takes place, and while the main character isn't involved, soon enough he gets shot at. Chaos ensues as he tries to leave the bus. A helicopter lands. He's surrounded.

A strange character comes out of the helicopter, lecturing the soldiers about their actions, stabbing one to death. He helps the main character up, he recognizes him, takes a selfie with him. We have just watched the first five minutes of Far Cry 4.

Ubisoft likes to start big and then go bigger, as we are told by the lovely Aisha Tyler, and we move on to Just Dance 2015. The the all-new Community Remix feature allows players to record themselves and share their videos in the game. The community then votes on their favorites, which the development team will use to create remixed gameplay and ultimately bring fan footage into the game for others to dance against on October 23.

Also announced was Just Dance Now, a mobile app that lets people dance together anytime, anywhere. All you need is a smart phone and an internet connected screen, and everyone can be in sync playing together in real time. Latency free multi-device multiplayer gameplay is promised, with no limit to how many people can play. Several people in the auditorium participate to demonstrate, to the sound of Lady Gaga's Applause. Most of them were dancing while holding their phones, and I see a new "I broke my phone" trend beginning here, much like the Wii-motes going through TV screens back in the day... and also another excuse for organizing flash mobs.

Tom Clancy's The Division followed, with a journey to a hostile New York City in mid-crysis on the verge of being lost to the factions taking advantage of the breakdown of society. As an agent, you are a member of a civilian elite, and three weeks after the virus release, you are activated to uncover the conspiracy behind this pandemic. As the video shows days and nights passing through in fast-forward, what we hear paints the picture of how it begins. A sick child who dies, a mother who contracts the virus, a man left without his family, who eventually kills himself. You never see a person. Tragedy is invisible, the narrator says, but someone's got to be there. He interferes and saves someone from his attackers.

On the opposite end of the street, what seems like a purge team incinerates everything in their path. As the image fades, we hear shots in the distance. The Division is an open-world action-RPG combining fast-paced action, strategic teamwork and intense exploration.

The action driving MMO The Crew features the entirety of the USA coast to coast without loading times. A massive open-world full of highways, alleyways, dirt roads and more. A gigantic open-world United States, full of highways, alleyways, dirt roads and more, taking you from Miami to L.A. through New York, the Rockies, Las Vegas and San Francisco, where you can join up with others to take on Crew challenges (customization, co-op races, exploration) or go solo and explore the countryside in a game populated by other real players. Closed beta begins July 23, and you can sign up at thecrewgame.com/beta. The Crew arrives November 11 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

After seeing some footage at the Microsoft briefing, we get a more thorough look at Assassin's Creed Unity. The setting is Paris 1789, with the nation at its darkest hour. Poverty and hunger set the stage for a revolution. Four assassins are sent to protect the people as the civilians rise against the military in a historically correct Paris in the vicinity of Notre Dame. Parkour mechanics, a reinvented fighting system for a richer combat experience, a new stealth mode, cover system and crowd manipulation are among the announced features. You can also join with up to three friends and embark in story-driven online co-op missions designed specifically for multiplayer gameplay.

Shape Up gives gamers a fitness option that turns regular exercise into mini-games. From squats to push-ups, any activity can be fun in a Wario-esque sillly way. You can even challenge yourself and beat your own scores, as the game records your performance, and you can go up against your earlier self by using the replay feature. Single-player and versus gameplay was demonstrated.

From fun to serious and sad, letters from World War I inspired the upcoming Valiant Hearts: The Great War. No gameplay, only an animated trailer bring the past to life in what comes across as a very emotional story.

The briefing ended with some exciting footage of an FPS, where two teams of five go against each other, one holding a hostage, one attempting to take her to safety. The hectic multiplayer match shows the team's progression from landing on the roof to infiltrating the house using interesting gadgets, while the enemy barricades and fortifies their position. The rescue team's job is taking and protecting the hostage while attempting to take down the enemies, and was nothing short of impressive. This is Tom Clacy's Rainbow Six Siege.

With a strong and varied lineup, Ubisoft's briefing was definitely a hit and had my undivided attention from start to finish. Check out the playlist below to see all the good stuff!