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30 in 30: Ubisoft Montreal

Masters of handsome princes, covert stealth ops and assassins

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UBISOFT MONTREAL GAMES WE LOVE

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
The latest game in the Prince of Persia series showed us there's life in the old dog yet. Taking place somewhere between Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, the Prince arrives in his brother Malik's kingdom to find it under attack.

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Malik's losing the battle, and rather than retreat and leave his kingdom, chooses to release the magical entities known as Solomon's Army, in the hope that they'll fight for him. Unfortunately, it turns out that the story was corrupted a little over the years, and the army wasn't in fact Solomon's, but sent to kill Solomon. Oops.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is platforming goodness at its finest, with plenty of stunning environments to find your way across and puzzles to solve.

Assassin's Creed
In Assassin's Creed, you step into the shoes of Alta´r ibn-La'Ahad, an assassin who lived in Syria during the Middle Ages. Well, technically you play as barman Desmond Miles, one of his modern-day ancestors, who accesses his memories through a strange machine called the Animus, but all that was background noise, to be honest.

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What we were really interested in was free-running through the streets and rooftops of vibrant ancient cities, unravelling the conspiracies that surrounded us and assassinating those who were deemed unworthy.

It proved a winning formula as there have now been four main games and a whole host of spin offs in the Assassin's Creed series, the latest being Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
A new direction in the Tom Clancy franchise, which had already spawned countless games, Splinter Cell was released in 2002 for (among others) the original Xbox and PlayStation 2. It introduced the now iconic hero Sam Fisher, a black ops agent working for a super secret branch of the NSA called the Third Echelon.

He's sent to investigate the suspicious disappearance of two CIA agents in Georgia. It was a stealth game where the aim of the game is to lurk unseen in the shadows as much as possible, avoiding making yourself visible to enemies. A light meter was a big part of the game, showing how well hidden you were at any given moment. Ammo was always in scant supply, forcing you to sneak around rather than jump in all guns blazing.

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Some people consider Splinter Cell to be the Xbox's finest moment. CVG's reviewer liked it. A lot. He said, "I'm not talking about just liking a game here, I'm talking about heavy, life-consuming dependency, when every waking moment is spent either playing the game or wanting to."

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Ubisoft Montreal has several titles currently in development, and possibly several more that they don't feel brave enough to show the world just yet. First-person shooter Far Cry 3 is currently slated for a February 2012 release. In Far Cry 3, you'll play Jason Brody, a tourist who's become stranded and separated from his girlfriend in a tropical island paradise where most of the people have gone mad.

Also a first-person shooter, Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6: Patriots will likely be coming in 2013. Assassin's Creed III is almost a certainty, and will introduce a new hero and a new world to explore. According to an online survey, this world could be one of eight locations including Victorian England, Feudal Japan or Ancient Egypt. The new game is likely to be out in December 2012.

There are also rumours flying about that Ubisoft is currently full speed ahead working on titles for the next Xbox.

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