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This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) marked an exciting moment for the videogame industry. New consoles. New blockbuster titles. Long-awaited sequels. What follows is a list of the 15 most exciting games I saw this year. I got hands-on time with most of them, but it’s important to remember that playing videogames at E3 is not the same as actually playing the videogames. At E3, you’re staring at the most expensive TV screens corporate money can buy, while various company reps urge you on and assure you that you’re much better at the game than all of »
- Darren Franich
You hear one phrase every five minutes at E3 this year: “open world.” The sandbox-style of gameplay sets the player down in a large digital environment and lets them explore; essentially, the whole game is one gigantic level, usually with a linear narrative strewn with dozens/hundreds of mini-games and unique interactions. The genre has a long history: Popularized by Grand Theft Auto, perfected by The Elder Scrolls, deconstructed by Shadow of the Colossus, vulgarized by Saint’s Row. But at E3 2013, it’s almost surprising to find a game that doesn’t trumpet a gigantic in-game universe. No less »
- Darren Franich
Ubisoft is already working on big screen adaptations of "Assassin's Creed," starring Michael Fassbender, "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon," to be directed by Michael Bay, and "Splinter Cell." And now comes word that the company is making plans to turn three more video game franchise into movies, including "Watch Dogs," "Far Cry" and "Rabbids." Ubisoft will have full control over the projects, which means that it will hire directors, writers and cast before approaching any studios. Ubisoft will also finance everything. By doing that, "no one can tell us you have to do the movie a certain way," said CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet. While "Far Cry" and "Rabbids" are already established franchises, "Watchdogs" has yet to be released. It will hit stores on November 19th, but has already generated a significant amount of buzz since last year's E3. "Rabbids" will be a mix of live-action and CG, similar to "The Smurfs" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks. »
Like Ubisoft did with "Watch Dogs" at E3 in 2012, the company gave a whole new spin on what the next generation of gaming will look like with the announcement of its new original "Tom Clancy" title, "The Division." The title's inclusion of a "companion" app on tablets offers up a fresh new way for gamers to get involved in "The Division's" world, and has earned the game a lot of buzz at E3 in 2013.
Set in a futuristic mid-crisis landscape after a pandemic breaks out in New York City on Black Friday, "The Division" calls upon a group of highly trained government agents to stop the spread of the virus and restore the Big Apple to its original glory. Though players can run through the game's story on their own, "The Division" is an online title that allows for easy incorporation of friends and teammates into gameplay. "The Division" has »
At first, he seems unsure. Hesitant, even. His voice is coming out metered, measured, and his reading feels more like recitation than performance. Then, something astounding happens: he hits dialogue, and everything ramps up. Voices, it seems, help Michael Kelly find his voice. For those used to listening to crime stories on audio, Kelly’s take on Joyland might be jarring. The narrators of Lawrence Block’s Matt Scudder series, for example – Alan Sklar, William Roberts, Mark Hammer – explore every word as a threat, pummeling headlong toward finales composed of shock and sadness (only Block himself, on Eight Million Ways to Die, seems to get to the deep sorrow of the character). On the other hand, the more stately readings of both Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series (Michael Prichard, who has taken on Tom Clancy’s techno-thrillers with the same endearing seriousness as John Irving’s The World According to Garp »
- Kevin Quigley
Signaling his maturation as a filmmaker and a growing boy, Michael Bay’s interests are moving from action figures to video games, with the announcement that he’s pursuing an adaptation of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon at Warner Bros. As Variety reports, game manufacturer Ubisoft is currently meeting with screenwriters and—“should he spark to the script”—Bay will likely direct, leaving the giant robots of Transformers and Pain & Gain scattered on the floor as he plays with his video game military men instead. Ghost Recon tells the story of a fictional group of Special Forces agents who function »
Hercules: Dwayne Johnson has a new hairdo. The busy actor has already starred in Snitch, Pain & Gain, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Fast & Furious 6 this year, and he just started production on Brett Ratner's Hercules on Monday. Johnson shared a photo, noting his new three-hour "daily process," in which he is transformed by hair and makeup artists for his role as the son of Zeus. The movie is due out on July 25, 2014. [Dwayne Johnson's Twitter via Collider] Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: As a producer, Michael Bay continues to line up action-movie projects, but he may have found one that he also wants to direct. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon is a computer game in which a secret military unit takes down terrorist threats around the world. The game is produced...
- Peter Martin
When he wraps up Transformers 4, Michael Bay is said to be heading to Warner Bros. to kick off what's likely to be a long and fruitful friendship by directing Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. The film is based on video games about a fictional unit of the U.S. Army Special Forces that functions as the president's private army, taking down international threats. As Worst Previews reported, Ubisoft — which previously produced a live-action short film for Ghost ReconAlpha with Ridley Scott — called Bay “a master at action movies" and is currently meeting with writers about a script. No word yet on whether or not Megan Fox will star. »
- Delia Paunescu
Michael Fassbender is attached to star in this big-screen take on the popular Ubisoft video game series. Mike Lesslie penned the script, while Eli Richbourg, Fassbender and Connor McCaughan are also producing.
The story follows a bartender who finds out he comes from a secret and historic line of assassins. He is captured by a corporation who forces him to hunt down historic artifacts using a device that brings forward the memories as well as skills of his ancestors.
At the same time, Ubisoft Motion Pictures and Warner Bros. have signed Michael Bay as a producer on the film version of the "Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon" video game series. Bay is also being eyed to direct the project.
The games follow a fictional unit of the U.S. Army »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Bay is heading for another potential film franchise. The "Transformers" director has signed on to develop a big-screen adaptation of "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon," the best-selling Ubisoft videogame series that has moved more than 24 million units over nine installments, four expansion packs and a Facebook game. Warner Bros. is developing the project in concert with the videogame publisher, which is now looking for a writer to pen the script for the project. If Bay is satisfied with the finished screenplay, he could sign on to direct the film. The news was broken by Variety. The "Ghost Recon" series centers »
- HitFix Staff
Warner Bros is getting ready to turn Ubisoft's "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon" video game franchise into a film and is working with Michael Bay (Transformers) to make it happen. This will mark the first collaboration between Warner Bros and Bay, who will likely direct as soon he wraps up "Transformers 4." The "Ghost Recon" games revolve around a fictional unit of the Us Army Special Forces that essentially operates as the President's private army, using the latest technology to infiltrate and take down threats around the world without leaving any traces behind that they exist. Ubisoft said that it's interested in working with Bay, "because he is a master at action movies." The company is now meeting with writers to put together a script. Bay will oversee the process. Ubisoft previously produced a live-action short film for "Ghost Recon Alpha" that was produced by Ridley Scott. Check it out below. »
Back before Michael Bay directed his Transformers films, Transformers were just weird toys and cartoons that children of the 80s fondly remembered as being basically the best thing ever. People like fast cars, and people like giant robots, so why not create a bunch of fast cars who turn into giant robots and then fight each other? The idea is elegant, it’s simple, and as far as we knew, it was timeless. Then Bay and his crew went and turned the whole thing into modern, big budget movies and made us realize that Transformers was a thing best nostalgically remembered from childhood. Turns out the whole idea, complete with aliens, energon cubes, and plucky kid sidekicks, is kind of stupid, and lacks the elegant simplicity of cars turning into giant robots and then fighting each other. These days kids don’t play with toys anymore though, they play video games, so »
- Nathan Adams
From Transformers to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon! I’m sure that all military tactical shooters out there will be happy to hear that Michael Bay has signed on to develop the well-known video game into a potential film franchise at Warner Bros. Read: he plans to direct the whole thing, so you better get ready for (a potential) film franchise guys! So, this news comes straight from Variety, who report that Ubisoft is meeting with screenwriters to tackle Ghost Recon, with Bay overseeing its development through his Platinum Dunes production banner. They also add: Should he spark to the script, he could direct the film. The »
- Jeanne Standal
Screen from "Ghost Recon: Future Soldier"
Bay will develop the movie for Ubisoft Motion Pictures, and at this early stage neither a director nor a writer has been attached to the project. According to Variety, the plan is for Bay's Platinum Dunes Studios to hire a writer within the next month while Bay himself may potentially direct.
The "Ghost Recon" series is set in the near future and sees a clandestine U.S. military unit hitting global hot spots and using advanced weaponry to take out terrorists and other foreign ne'er-do-wells.
“Having one of Hollywood’s boldest feature film directors attached to bringing Ghost Recon to the big screen is a dream come true for us,” said Jean-Julien Baronnet, chief executive officer, »
- Charles Webb
Director Michael Bay has been introducing audiences to some of the new Transformers like the Autobot Hound and new designs for familiar heroes like Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, but following the blockbuster sequel (which will be his last film in the franchise before handing off the series to a new director), the explosive filmmaker already has another gig lined up. Variety reports Bay has signed on to develop Ubisoft's video game, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon, into a feature film. In addition, Bay also has his eye on directing the adaptation depending on how the film moves through development. More below! For those who aren't familiar with the Ghost Recon video game franchise, it's inspired by the novels of Tom Clancy and follows "a fictional unit of the U.S. Army Special Forces that essentially operates as the President’s private army, using the latest technology to infiltrate and take down »
- Ethan Anderton
Tom Clancy and Ubisoft have teamed up again to give gamers another badass looking game called The Division. As you'll see, the game is visually stunning with lots of the fantastic little details that I love to see in the games I play.
Ubisoft Soft and Massive Entertainment is using its own Snowdrop engine to develop the game, which will be available on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This is a third-person multiplayer shooter that will be both a single-player action game, and massively multiplayer online RPG. It has an impressive realistic look and the physics are sure to be amazing.
The Division focuses on Operation Dark Winter, which "revealed how vulnerable we've become"; society has become "fragile" and "complex." There's a disease that spreads through infected bank notes on Black Friday that causes the United States of America to collapse in 5 days. Gamers will play as a highly trained operative of The Division, »
- Joey Paur
Michael Bay may make the jump from adapting Saturday morning cartoons to adapting a video game with his next project after Transformers 4. But, then again, aren't Michael Bay movies basically video games to begin with? Variety is reporting that Bay has set up development at Warner Bros. on a movie version of Tom Clancy's video game Ghost Recon. The studio hopes to turn the film into a franchise and while Bay is not locked to direct, it seems he is likely going to. Ghost »
- Alex Maidy
Trailer Aaron Birch 11 Jun 2013 - 07:26
Ubisoft revealed a new Tom Clancy title, The Division, at E3, and here's the gameplay demonstration...
A new open world, multiplayer action RPG, Tom Clancy's The Division has been announced by Ubisoft at E3, with a seven minute long gameplay demo.
The demonstration, which sees a team of players clear out an occupied police station in New York, shows the co-op heavy, tactical gameplay the title will boast, along with some cool watch-mounted skill systems, drop-in, drop-out gameplay and PvP combat.
Set in a futuristic, devastated world suffering from a deadly pandemic, in The Division players will have to scavenge weapons and supplies from environments and corpses, teaming up with others, or attacking targets to take what they want.
Tom Clancy's The Division will be released for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
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Ubisoft is really pushing the open world genre with their next gen offering of games, which includes Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Watch Dogs, and now, Tom Clancy’s The Division. Ubisoft smartly saved the third game, a brand new IP, for last. It’s visually very impressive, and I’ve always said there can never be too... Read More »
- Adam Dodd
Dark Winter. It’s a terrifying name, even more so when it’s explained. Ubisoft starts off by reminding us that we’ve created a system so complicated we no longer know how to control it. After a plague set started across the nation on Black Friday, the entire nation was thrown into turmoil. Civilization all but collapsed within a week as food became scare, the stock market crashed and international trade stopped. With five days, every single person in the nation became a possible threat. This is the bleak reality we’re faced with in Tom Clancy’s The Division
The third person shooter Mmo looks like it will have some sort of cross platform support since Ubisoft alluded to the fact that one of the players was using a tablet. In the demo shown, a team of three players tried to secure a police station. This meant first »
- Chaz Neeler
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