‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ Break down vid

We’re less than a week away from the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity. This latest 101 video breaks down all the major improvements to the franchise to bring the game into the “next-gen” world. Expect more cinematic lighting and reflections, massive crowds, four player co-op, larger cities and more dynamic enemy AI.

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released on the PS4 and Xbox One on Nov 11.

Rabbids Invasion impressions – the next step for kids TV watching

Not being a big cartoon watcher at this stage of my life, I walked into my Rabbids Invasion experience not have seen a single episode of the TV show with the same name. Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show takes 20 episodes of the first season of the cartoon and makes it so that players can engage with what’s going on on-screen. Growing up at a time when shows like Sesame Street would ask me how to count to 10, I wish I had something that actually rewarded me for getting an answer right. Darn me and my boring iPad-less, iPhone-less and Kinect-less childhood.

If you don’t know anything about Rabbids, they are a bunch of bunny-like creatures that debuted in Rayman games who engage in slapstick and farting joke humor — now they’re a popular brand all on their own. My two-player demonstration of the game began with Rabbids making faces at each other. The game then prompted us to imitate those faces and the first person to get it wins points. I found this to be the weakest of the interactive features of the game, because it was hard to tell if I wasn’t doing the poses correctly or if the game wasn’t reading my gestures.

The next portion was spotting a given item throughout the next sequence, kind of like a quick Where’s Waldo — the first person to point at the screen when it appears wins. This worked great and the anticipation to spot the item first was more adrenaline pumping than I thought it’d be. After that, the Rabbids were running around catching stickers and our job was to move our hand from left to right to grab them and also jump to edge out our opponent. This, too, worked well and felt more like a legit mini-game than a spliced up portion of a TV episode.

After more screen-pointing for items, the last segment was imitating pull-ups seen on-screen and racing to see who between you and a friend can do pull-up motions faster. I, of course, won this and felt that it was a nice cap off to a roughly 8-10 minute gaming session. Overall, I feel that this is great entertainment for young kids and I would have loved having something like this growing up.

Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show arrives on Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this November 2014.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege revealed during Ubisoft conference

Before closing out their conference, Ubisoft had one more game they wanted to show off — Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege. The demo begins with two teams and follows the team looking to rescue a hostage. Helicopters and police cars are seen all over a house and there is a clear crime scene taking place. The team then use a drone to scope out the house and locate the hostage in the kids room. The drone also sees the opposing team reinforcing walls and getting themselves prepared. The hostage looks toward the drone and says “help me” before being destroyed by one of the hostage takers.

The 5 vs. 5 mission begins with the team rappelling down from the roof and breaching through the windows. A firefight ensues and the demo shows that the house is completely breakable as walls are being blown to smithereens. After retrieving the hostage, the opposing team was actually able to kill one of the team members to take back the hostage. The hostage can also be used as a meat shield for the bad guys and if shot while with the rescuers, she will have to be revived which opens up some vulnerability.

It was a very cool concept shown during the demo and the graphics looked great. However, I’m certain that not everything shown was through real-time gameplay and it’s very possible the game will change dramatically by the time it releases. For now, gamers can be happy that a new Rainbow Six is finally on its way after 6 long years.

Sony reveals playing with friends who don’t own same game can play together

During the Far Cry 4 portion of Sony’s E3 2014 press conference, it was announced that owners of that game can invite their friends to play who do not own the game. This means that only one person would need to own the game in order for multiplayer to be possible, which is the same concept as download play on Nintendo DS and 3DS. This, however, would be exceptionally special because it would be done via internet and not local play.

The feature is said to be exclusively available on PlayStation 4’s version of the game. We await more details on this feature as it develops.

‘Watch Dogs’ makes Hacking more than just a novelty

During a recent session with the PS4/Xbox One version of Watch Dogs, it was apparent through the 30 frames per second visuals that this wasn’t quite next gen. However, that’s not to take away the ambition of the game and the fun to be had with Ubisoft Montreal’s latest work.

Super hacker, Aiden Pearce can tap into any electronic device and playing as him brings up the question of morality. As fun as it is to eavesdrop on people and their every day lives, I couldn’t help but think about the privacy I was invading. If ‘The Dark Knight’ taught me anything, it is that tapping into other people’s devices without their consent is wrong. Nonetheless, I was able to hack into a computer’s webcam in some dude’s apartment and have a good laugh after learning he hangs out with a mannequin all day long. Do you, bro. Do you.

During one mission with Pearce’s associate, Jordi Chin, it was my job to clear out all the enemies in a cargo area with the back up of Chin shooting from afar. The option of being sneaky or running and gunning was there, but what makes Watch Dogs unique is, of course, the option to hack nearby machinery. Here, hacking became more than just a novelty to listen to phone calls or trigger a cutscene, it was an important gameplay element that lends a big hand in your success or failure. While an enemy was up against a cargo box during a stalemate, I was able to hack into the crane up above to expose him to the view of Jordi. From there, he sniped him out and took care of the rest. Cool moments like this was also met when evading officers by bringing up a draw bridge during a chase or sounding a car alarm for distraction.

Another special ability Aiden Pearce possesses is ‘Focus’ and this, much like Red Dead Redemption‘s ‘Dead Eye Targeting’, slows down the environment and surrounding enemies to pull off headshots and other maneuvers that may require precision. In ‘Focus’ mode, it makes hacking a specific object during the heat of battle much more conceivable for those of us who panic under pressure.

Watch Dogs may not be that day 1 title you need to pick up for your PS4 or Xbox One, but it is definitely worth checking out as one of the few swan songs left from Ubisoft on this current generation of consoles. Watch Dogs arrives on launch day for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and on November 19 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC.

Author Tom Clancy passes away at age 66

Tom Clancy, author of espionage and military science novels, including The Sum of All Fears and Patriots, has passed away Tuesday night, October 1.

The novelist had also been involved in the video game industry for over 25 years and has had his name attached to popular franchises such as Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon and future release Tom Clancy’s The Division.

BuzzFocus would like send our condolences to the Clancy family at this time.

Hot New Games Aug 20: Saints Row IV, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, The Bureau

September comes a little early for core gamers. In one of the most packed August gaming weeks in history, we have three awesome titles that will keep you locked-and-loaded right into the Fall gaming season.

From Volition and Deep Silver, we have Saints Row IV. I can’t think of another time where I have had so much fun playing a game. Between an awesome sound track (complete with “You Got the Touch” from the original 1986 Transformers: The Movie) to the wild superhero escapades, this game will keep you engrossed and laughing hysterically.

Splinter Cell: Blacklist will surely grab the pure shooter fans out there who want a strong combination of stealth and action. Oh, and the multiplayer is ridiculously sick too. So if you’ve been holding out for Call of Duty: Ghosts to get back into your multiplayer festivities, then definitely consider jumping into some Blacklist to keep you locked-in til dog-meets-man action hits the street.

If you played XCOM: Enemy Unknown, then consider picking up The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. This tactical shooter offers a frenetic, third-person shooter take on the turn-based XCOM action you adore.

Tom Clancy’s The Division is an Instant Open-World Win for Ubisoft

“Society is on the brink of collapse. It could happen at any time. It could happen to you.”

Massive Entertainment, those crazy guys that brought you Far Cry 3, is unleashing a new end of world game, published through Ubisoft. Yes, people love the post-apocalypse. And what better day to launch a patient-zero virus than on Black Friday, when all those wild shoppers go out of their way to get a deal. Sometimes getting a deal can suck… cause you know viruses suck.

Tom Clancy’s The Division is a new IP that will come to both Xbox One and PS4. As a member of The Division players work cooperatively to investigate a post apocalyptic New York.

The third-person shooter demo focused on an attack at a police station in Brooklyn. Players have remote control, roller bombs and an extensive variety of options that they can switch through on the HUD. Similar to Watch Dogs, it looks like the game will rely heavily on floating menus.

EA’s ‘Need for Speed Rivals’ fights Ubisoft’s ‘The Crew’ for Persistent Online Driving Rivalries

Need for Speed Rivals wowed fans at EA’s E3 press conference when they demonstrated a persistent online world – not to mention the return of the Ferrari. The online world allowed gamers engaged in a single-player game to immediately enter a multiplayer game when their car entered a track where a multiplayer game was already going on.

Coincidentally, Ubisoft showed off similar functionality with its new car game, The Crew, also coming to the next gen consoles of Xbox One and PS4. The Crew will also allow single-player and multi-player games to overlap, creating a seamless online experience.

On launch, The Crew will have its work cut out for it as it goes up against the long-running Need for Speed franchise.

Which game will you be checking out?

Ubisoft launches Rabbids on TV with better-than-Dora Interactivity

At E3 2013, Ubisoft announced a new Rabbids TV show, launched in joint partnership with Nickelodeon. The program will be called Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Series.

Using the Xbox One Kinect capabilities, home viewers can play interactive games along with the TV series. In one game, players will be able to “massacre” rabbids by throwing eggs. Other modes in Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive include dancing games and games that allow you to scream along with the rabbids on TV. In the latter game, if you scream with your children, you will also see the TV screen begin to “crack.”

If you’ve ever watched Dora the Explorer along with your children, you know how much your children love interacting with the on-screen characters of Dora and Boots. Now instead of a Find Boots mini-game, they can find one of the many varieties of Rabbids.

Rabbids Invasion will join Halo in Xbox’s new push to integrate more TV related content into Xbox online services.