Ubisoft's E3 press events are easy to laugh at. They feature weird band numbers, stilted corporate banter, and a barrage of groan-worthy humor. But they're also reliably stuffed with what E3 is theoretically all about: glossy trailers, surprise game announcements, extended gameplay demos. Goofy as the presentation may be, it knows how to get out of the way of the games.
Here are the seven best game trailers from Ubisoft's E3 2016 press event. Check out our E3 hub for all of this week's news.
Watch Dogs 2
A good deal of Watch Dogs 2 info was revealed ahead of E3, but Ubisoft still allotted stage time at the press event to a gameplay demo and a new trailer. The game is notably more colorful and lighthearted than both its predecessor and Mr. Robot, a television show with which its has many similarities.
We're sort of cheating here. Ubisoft screened a cinematic trailer, which was fine, but not nearly as interesting as this long gameplay demo. It has flaming arrows! Swords! And some of the best melodramatic dialogue this side of a Hercules rerun!
I loved the 2012 SSX reboot. Steep looks like a direct sequel to that game, despite not being made by Electronic Arts, not repping the SSX brand, and not mentioning a single indie-pop anthem.
Grow Home was one of last year's best surprises, a heartfelt exploration of upward momentum. Grow Up looks like more Grow Home. As someone once said, "There's no such thing as too much of a good thing. Ever. Definitely not, never ever. Keep making Grow Home sequels." Ah yes, it was I who said that.
Ghost Recon Wildlands
Wildlands looks like Phantom Pain, but with more bros with beards.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole
That South Park: The Stick of Truth was released after an odd development cycle felt like a small miracle. Three years ago, I wouldn't have believed a sequel would be shown at E3. And yet here we are, looking at a South Park video game about the illness of superhero culture.
Trials of the Blood Dragon
Here are two great tastes that, apparently, go together. Trials of the Blood Dragon is available right now.