15 Popular Video Games That You Probably Did Not Know Were Made In Montreal
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Montreal is one of the best cities in the world for game development. According to the Game Job Hunter, Montreal is the #6 top video game development city.
Leading developers like Eidos and Ubisoft have a presence in Montreal, alongside the other 65 developers we have. Former EA Montreal general manager Alain Tascan once said this city, with its history of digital media (especially with animation) and the close proximity to four big universities, has "the competitive advantage to become the Hollywood of gaming."
We are all very proud gamers. It's an honour to live among such great people. To show you our deepest appreciation, we decided to make a list with some of the games we enjoyed and that were developed in Montreal. Montrealers, feel free to add more games in the comments below.
Assassin's Creed Series
Released: 2007 - 2014
Platforms:(AC) Xbox 360, PS3 and PC | (AC II & AC Brotherhood) Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac | (AC III) Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC | (AC IV: Black Flag) Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U and PC | (AC Unity - Yet To Come) Xbox One, PS4 and PC
Ubisoft's number one game, the Assassin's Creed series is on top of the list of people's favourite games. It's more than a game, it's an international fever. The plot is very rich in details, which makes the series so exciting. This is the kind of game you cannot stop playing. Under the leadership of Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, the Assassin Order was rebuilt, with new techniques created and rules and restrictions undone. Using knowledge gained from an "Apple of Eden" to do so, the Levantine Assassins were eventually spread to different locations around the globe – an effort to make the Assassin Order a more global organization – with the Levantine Assassins becoming the forebearer to many other Assassin branches in the process. Primarily fighting their sworn enemies, the Knights Templar, during the Crusades, the Levantine Assassins were a more public organization than the other Assassin branches. The story evolves as the gamer plays the sequel.
→ In "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, the Abstergo Entertainment Office is in Montreal.
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Developer: Eidos Montreal
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC and Mac
Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a cyberpunk-inspired game and takes place during the year 2027, 25 years before Deus Ex and 45 years before Deus Ex: Invisible War. Nanotechnological augmentations have yet to be developed, and biomechanical augmentations are the current state of the art. The player's character, Adam Jensen is a private security officer with Sarif Industries, a leading biotech company that specializes in human augmentations. After an attack on his company leaves him horrifically injured and forced to undergo augmentation to survive, "the conspiracy begins."
→ In "Deus Ex: Human Revolution" there's a mission at the Olympic Park.
Mass Effect Series
Developer:BioWare Montreal, a division of EA
Released: 2007 - 2012
Platforms:(Mass Effect) Xbox 360 and PC | (Mass Effect II) Xbox 360, PS3 and PC | (Mass Effect III) Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC
The first game focuses on the protagonist, Commander Shepard, and his or her quest to stop the rogue Spectre Saren Arterius from leading an army of sentient machines, called the Geth, to conquer the galaxy. During pursuit of Saren, Shepard learns of a far greater threat in the form of the Reapers. Saren has been mentally enslaved by the Reaper vanguard Sovereign, sent into Citadel Space to initiate the purge of all advanced sentient life in the galaxy, a cycle repeated by the Reapers every 50,000 years. The story evolves as the gamer plays the sequel.
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U and PC
In the backstory of Watch Dogs, a computer hacker is discovered to have been behind the Northeast blackout of 2003, which led to eleven deaths. This event prompted the Blume Corporation to develop ctOS (CenTral Operating System). The ctOS supercomputer connects to everyone and everything—including personal information, security cameras, and traffic lights. Over time, Blume installs ctOS supercomputers in multiple cities across the United States, including Chicago, Illinois, the setting of the game. In Watch Dogs, players take control of Aiden Pearce, a grey hat hacker and vigilante. After a tragic accident kills his niece Lena, Aiden seeks to bring his own kind of justice to the people responsible, all while protecting his sister Nicole and nephew Jackson. Aiden meets a host of allies over the course of the game: Jordi Chin, a "fixer" and Aiden's hired partner; Clara Lille, a tattoo artist and member of the "DedSec" hacker group (under the alias 'BadBoy17'); and Raymond "T-Bone" Kenney, a former ctOS engineer. Aiden also encounters many enemies, including Delford "Iraq" Wade, a gang leader with a military background; and Dermot "Lucky" Quinn, owner of the Merlaut Hotel and crime boss of Chicago's crime underground.
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Batman: Arkham Origins
Developer: Warner Bros. Games Montreal
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC
Arkham Origins features a large ensemble cast of characters from the history of Batman comics. The main character is Batman, a superhero trained to the peak of human physical perfection and an expert in martial arts who is aided by his butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Arkham Origins brings Batman into conflict with sadistic, brutal crime lord Black Mask. The most powerful man in the city and ruler of Gotham's criminal underworld, Black Mask has vast wealth and resources, has eliminated his opposition and is consolidating his power. His ebony mask conceals his identity, allowing him to operate publicly as Roman Sionis (head of Janus Cosmetics). Black Mask has a bounty on Batman, which attracts eight accomplished assassins: the physically compelling Bane; expert marksman Deadshot; veteran mercenary Deathstroke; poisonous contortionist Copperhead; the pyromaniac Firefly; the highly charged Electrocutioner; deformed criminal Killer Croc and master martial artist Shiva.
Dragon Age Series
Developer:BioWare Montreal, a division of EA
Released: 2009 - 2014
Platforms:(Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening & Dragon Age II) Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac | (Dragon Age: Inquisition - Yet To Come) Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC
The game is set in Ferelden, one of several countries that makes up the mythical continent of Thedas. The game opens with an animation which details the origins of demonic creatures called the darkspawn, that dwell within the Deep Roads, an underground highway system created by the dwarves long ago, deep beneath the surface of Thedas. Every few hundred years, the darkspawn swarm the surface world in a movement known as a Blight. Beginning with the first Blight, Thedas relied on the legendary order of warriors known as the Grey Wardens to drive the darkspawn back. Dragon Age: Origins begins on the eve of Thedas's fifth Blight. The player begins the game by completing one of the six origin stories corresponding to the race and background of the character he or she created upon choosing a new game; the choices are Human Noble (for Human Warriors or Rogues), Magi (for Elven or Human Mages), Dalish Elf or City Elf (for Elven Warriors or Rogues), Dwarf Commoner or Dwarf Noble (for Dwarven Warrior or Rogue). The story evolves as the gamers plays the sequel.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC and Mac
Sam Fisher is investigating in Valletta, Malta regarding rumors that the hit-and-run death of his daughter, Sarah might not have been accidental. As he investigates, Anna "Grim" Grímsdóttir, Sam's former colleague, contacts him and warns him of the imminent attack by a group of hitmen. Sam kills them, and goes after their contractor, Andriy Kobin, a drug runner who was responsible for Sarah's death. He infiltrates Kobin's mansion, slays Kobin's guards and interrogates Kobin, but Sam is captured by a Third Echelon strike team before being able to extract anything useful. He is relocated to Price Airfield in Virginia, where he is to be interrogated by Grim and the Black Arrow. Grim, however, kills the guard and releases Sam, revealing that she is working for President Caldwell, investigating suspicious circumstances concerning Third Echelon Director Tom Reed, Black Arrow and stolen Russian EMP technology. She claims that Sarah is in fact alive, and helps Sam escape the Airfield.
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC
The story begins when Garrett is paired with his former apprentice, Erin, who both ended up accepting the same job from their contact Basso. On their way there, Garrett steals Erin's claw without her noticing, because she usually uses it to kill guards when not necessary. They arrive at their job's location, Baron Northcrest's manor, and find a ritual taking place. Garrett gets a bad feeling and calls off the job, but Erin disagrees and she ends up falling into the center of the ritual, which was nearing its completion. Erin stops and floats in mid-air as she is surrounded by the ritual's energy. Garrett, while looking down at the light, has part of the stone that was used for the ritual which then begins to glow and collapses. After being unconscious for a year, Garrett awakens and learns that the city is being plagued by a disease of unknown origin known as "The Gloom" and the Baron had put the city in lockdown because of it.
Far Cry 3
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
The game starts with a cinematic showing protagonist Jason Brody on vacation with a group of friends in Bangkok celebrating Jason's younger brother Riley on getting his pilots license. During their vacation they decide to take a skydiving trip. They land on a pirate-infested island, and are taken hostage by Vaas, their leader. Vaas plans to extort ransom money from their parents, then sell them into slavery. With the help of his older brother Grant, Jason breaks out of captivity, however Grant is killed by Vaas in the escape. Jason is rescued by Dennis Rogers, who is part of the Rakyat, the island natives who suffer due to the activities of the pirates. Dennis, seeing great potential in Jason, convinces him that the only way to save his friends is to become a warrior. Jason agrees and Dennis gives him the tattoos of a Rakyat warrior. Then Dennis asks Jason to help the Rakyat in their fight against the pirates arguing that this will also lead him to finding and freeing his friends.
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Guitar Hero: Smash Hits
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS2, PS3 and Wii
Guitar Hero: Smash Hits plays similar to Guitar Hero World Tour, featuring support for a four-instrument band: lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocal. In addition to using master recordings for each song, the songs have been charted to use gameplay features introduced in World Tour including the open bass strumming & slider sections for intense solos using the touchpad on the guitar bundled with World Tour.
Child Of Light
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Wii U and PC
Child of Light centers around Aurora, a girl from 1895 Austria who contracts a physical ailment that causes her to fall asleep. Upon waking up, Aurora finds herself in the mythical world of Lemuria which has had its sun, moon and stars stolen by the Dark Queen, Umbra. Aurora is tasked with recovering the celestial bodies and ultimately reuniting with her father, who is a duke. Helped by her playable companion Igniculus the firefly and several unlikely allies, Aurora will face her darkest fears in this modern take on a coming-of-age story.
The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff
The pack introduced many new furniture items and styles, and reintroduced many items from previous games and expansion packs, including the heart-shaped vibrating bed, electric guitar and the aquarium.
Tomb Raider: Surviving Together
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC and Mac
The multiplayer portion of the game. The basic system in play is a progression system that rewards the player on two fronts: XP gathered through kills and objectives completed in game and Salvage gathered through boxes scattered throughout the level. XP is accumulated to progress the player through the Ranking system and Weapon/Gadget/Skill Unlocks, while Salvage is accumulated to unlocking Weapon Upgrades and Character Unlocks. Multiplayer consists of three main gametypes, four gametypes total: Rescue, Team Deathmatch, Free For All and Cry For Help.
Army Of Two Series
Released: 2010 - 2013
Platforms: Xbox 360 and PS3
The story begins in 1993 in Somalia when Elliot Salem and Tyson Rios are in the U.S. 75th Ranger Regiment. They are tasked to work with Phillip Clyde, a private military contractor with the Security and Strategy Corporation (SSC), tasked with carrying out the assassination of powerful local warlord Abdullahi Mo'Alim. Clyde's overly condescending attitude and behaviour disgust Salem and Rios. Clyde makes Salem and Rios pull off the assassination themselves and clear out the extraction point without his assistance. After this mission, Philip Clyde invites Lieutenant Colonel Richard Dalton (CO for Salem and Rios's Ranger squad) to join the company for a desk job. He agrees, asking to bring Salem and Rios with him as contractors, and in the following year, the three enter the private sector. Salem and Rios begin work as Private Contractors. Salem and Rios are now working for Security and Strategy Corporation. After the 9/11 attacks they are sent to Afghanistan to kill an Al-Qaeda terrorist named Mohammed Al-Habiib who seized a missile facility with Soviet M-11 missiles. They also need to destroy the M-11 missiles, destroy a stockpile, and find and rescue Brian Hicks, another SSC contractor who failed the same mission. The story evolves as the gamers plays the sequel.
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Prince Of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PSP and PC
The Prince is riding through a desert on his horse, on a quest to see his brother, Malik, and learn about leadership from him. When the Prince arrives at Malik's kingdom, he finds it under attack by an army which is attempting to breach the treasure vaults for a great power known as "Solomon's Army". The Prince charges in to the city, and tracks Malik to the treasure vaults. Here, Malik says that he is fighting a losing battle and proposes to rely on a last resort or be forced to retreat. The Prince strongly objects, but Malik releases Solomon's Army using a magical seal. Solomon's Army is an assortment of different creatures, all made of sand. The Prince and Malik both manage to obtain halves of the seal used to keep the army contained, protecting them from being turned into sand statues, which is the fate of the rest of the kingdom. Malik is separated from the Prince, who finds a portal to the domain of Razia, a Djinn of the Marid race.
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege
Release Year: 2015
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4 and PC
Ubisoft practically stole the show at this year's E3 with the reveal of Rainbow Six Siege - the latest outing for Tom Clancy's squad of highly trained special forces troops. Fans of "Call of Duty" and "Battlefield" will definitely want to check this out.
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