Ubisoft Reveals "Watch Dogs Legion," "Gods & Monsters," and More at E3 2019

Ubisoft's E3 Watch Dogs Legion trailer steals the show. Loads of Tom Clancy spinoff trailers disappoint.

Ubisoft held their E3 2019 panel today, revealing an incredible trailer for Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters, and a baffling TV show.

Here's a breakdown of all the highlights:

Watch Dogs Legion

The Watch Dogs Legion reveal really exceeded expectations. While the previous games in the franchise followed traditional narratives with one main protagonist, Watch Dogs 3 stars an entire organization of underground dissidents battling a high-tech police state in London. You get to play as brawlers, hackers, spies, and characters from all walks of life, ranging from policemen to little old ladies operating drones.

The potential here seems enormous. Supposedly, you can recruit any person in the in-game world into the resistance, allowing you to discover their unique background and step into their shoes. Watch Dogs Legion is one of the biggest standouts thus far from E3 2019.

Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet

MYTHIC QUEST RAVEN'S BANQUET TV Show Trailer (E3 2019)www.youtube.com

Mythic Quest Raven's Banquet was a weird announcement. It's not a game. It's a TV show starring Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as an MMO creative director named Ian Grimm. The show partnered with Ubisoft to make the gameplay footage, so it's kind of like The Office meets World of Warcraft. It doesn't look particularly great, but Rob McElhenney is funny, so who knows?

Gods & Monsters

GODS & MONSTERS - TRAILER E3 2019www.youtube.com

A new project from the team behind Assassin's Creed, Gods & Monsters looks like a mythology-based action game with an especially cartoonish vibe. Not much was shown, but this might be a cool game to keep an eye on over the coming months.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint: E3 2019 Walker Manifesto | Ubisoft [NA]www.youtube.com

John Bernthal (Shane from Walking Dead) plays Cole D. Walker, the villain of the new Ghost Recon and leader of a specially trained group of soldiers called the Wolves. It looks pretty good if you're into FPS games.

Tom Clancy's The Division 2

It's Tom Clancy but free-to-play. Oh boy. Time to buy more virtual guns.

Tom Clancy's The Division MOVIE NETFLIX

You thought we were done with Tom Clancy's The Division? No way, Jose. Netflix is making a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain, and this is very exciting to...someone?

Just Dance 2020

There's a new one. You just dance.

Rainbow Six Siege

There's some new spy guns or something? Exciting?

Rainbow Six Quarantine

This one has three players or something? Exciting?

Adventure Time/ Brawlhalla

Adventure Time characters, including Finn, Jake, and Princess Bubblegum, are coming to the free-to-play party brawler Brawlhalla. Does anyone play this?


Uplay Plus - Official Annoucement Trailer - E3 2019www.youtube.com

$14.99 a month, so WHY ARE PEOPLE CLAPPING?


ROLE PLAYGROUND | Far Cry 5 is a great action game with a slight tonal problem

After a charged open, the meat of the game doesn't quite match the intensity, but that's not too bad, right?

I'm going to say it: I have barely played the Far Cry series. I own both Far Cry 4 and Far Cry Primal, and both have been recommended to me multiple times, but I have never had the time and I haven't been super interested. The little that I have played has left me slightly impressed - with each game's focus on immersive landscapes and hunting - but I'm mostly pretty ignorant to the series' tropes. Still, nothing about these games really stuck out to me - they always seemed like straight forward action games without a lot of substance.

When I saw Far Cry 5, I was surprised. They shirked their exotic locations and larger-than-life villains for something a little more homegrown - a massive, militaristic cult which has assumed control over Hope County, Montana. It's not a groundbreaking idea, but even I was surprised at the slight political stance that the series seemed to have taken. Of course, after playing the game, I am a little less impressed, but we'll get to that later.

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South Park: Fractured but Whole's surprisingly positive queer relationship

Who would have thought that a game based on the worst show ever would have a surprisingly sweet gay-centric side story.

So, listen...

I don't watch South Park. I will never watch South Park - and honestly, I don't think that my life will be missing out a lot from not watching South Park. My problems with the series and even the game which I am talking about today are endless. Do I take the show too seriously? Maybe. Yeah, I definitely do, but I have my reasons. Still, despite all of that I would be a liar if I said that Fractured but Whole managed to cover some pretty deep topics with a surprising amount of care - was it perfect? No. But there was definitely something there.

When I bought Fractured but Whole during this past Steam sale, I didn't expect to walk out of it with this odd amount of respect I now have. I expected to play a decent RPG with a mildly annoying amount of jokes - and it definitely delivered on that part. However, not having watched the show, I was surprised to learn that two central characters - Tweek and Craig (pictured below) - were dating and currently facing some relationship turbulence.

I proceeded with their quest line cautiously - after all, the few times I've encountered South Park, I was unimpressed (couch-cough Big Gay Al cough-cough Mr. Slave). In the beginning, you have to help Craig get his laptop back from Tweek, who requests their shared pet hamster in exchange. This struck me as funny and definitely reminiscent of the kids of childhood relationships that kids would have together. After you do this, you are given a note from their father - and you have to convince both of them to get some counseling.

They agree, but only if you go with them. After this, you have to go through the rest of the game before you can continue their storyline. It's very sweet, and I won't reveal too much more. I just kept waiting for the ball to drop and for it to take a gross turn. I kept expecting their relationship to be the butt of some sort of joke, or for their friends to make some sort of comment, but they seem to be okay. Even their parents are worried for their kids happiness - there's nothing mean spirited or offensive. You are just a friend helping out your two gay friends.

Of course, it wouldn't be South Park without that odd layer of creepiness. Craig's dad, whose name I didn't bother to learn, gives you a strange side quest of finding yaoi fan art of his son and Tweek throughout the town of South Park. It's not a huge part of the game, but there's something off about it. It may have been a throwback to the show, but it still really rubbed me the wrong way.

Luckily, the positive LGBTQ+ content in the game doesn't stop with Craig.

There's a pretty good bit in the game where you're able to decide your character - The New Kid's - sexuality and gender. It's played kind of like a joke, but it didn't really land and instead managed to be just a really good little section of the game. You basically pick both your gender and your sexuality through a slider. It only affects the game a little bit with dialogue options from your parents when they go home.

The best part is that every time you make a decision, a group of rednecks come up in a truck and you get to beat the crap out of them. It happens multiple times over the course of the game, and it never stops being satisfying. I don't know what Stone and Parker were thinking when they made this game, but honestly, they managed to make some parts of it cathartic. When you weren't beating up these red necks, you were playing as a character who could be a non binary pansexual.

Does it make up for the rest of the game? Not really. It's still South Park, and a lot of the other jokes tend to be more misguided and just plain unfunny. But I can say that these specifically queer moments manage to be a speck of gold in the mud - and at least added some limited enjoyment to my experience.

If you want my advice, just watch the YouTube compilations of Craig and Tweek's scenes in the game - you won't be sorry. Or if you really want to play, you can pick it up on any console. After all, we do need to support positive queer content. Even if it takes place in an annoying little mountain town.

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