EA had a lot to live up to for E3 this year, as Bethesda and Microsoft had already gotten the ball rolling for what is likely to be one of the Best E3’s in a long time… But it seemed like the group was struggling to keep on time and deliver the stuff we really wanted to see. (Hey, a little criticism helps in the end, right?) Here are some of the highlights of EA’s E3 conference.
MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA
The show started right with a new trailer for Mass Effect 4, only with the number dropped and the game now subtitled “Andromeda.” Nothing was said about the game aside from the trailer, but we can expect to “Discover a new Galaxy” Holiday 2016.
NEED FOR SPEED IS 20 YEARS OF PERFECTION
We’re huge fans of the Need for Speed franchise here and the latest title in the series is everything we love about the last 20 years of the game. Taking the Rich Customization of the Underground series, the open world of Carbon, and the cop chases of Most Wanted, Need for Speed will be out on November 3rd with its unique “Speed, Style, Build, Crew, and Outlaw” gameplay.
KNIGHTS OF THE FALLEN EMPIRE BRINGS BIOWARE STORY TO THE OLD REPUBLIC
The Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic, will be getting an expansion titled Knights of the Fallen Empire. The Expansion will be free to subscribers, and will feature a “Bioware style story.” It was followed with a kickass new trailer that makes us want to renew our subscription to the MMO.
UNRAVEL (SIDE NOTE THERE IS ALOT OF YARN IN THIS E3)
An interesting little game was shown called Unravel, a cute 2D puzzle platformer in which players take control of Yarny, an anthropomorphic ball of yarn as he attempts to make his way back home. The game’s developers seem especially passionate about the project and it looks like an adorable title, definitely something to keep your eye on.
THE… PLANTS? ARE COMING!
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was shown a special new mode called Graveyard Ops, in which the Zombies were acting as the defenders of their land, Zomberbia. Players will get to control 4 new Zombie classes and 4 new plant classes in the family friendly shooter, which will also transfer your characters from Garden Warfare 1 and contain couch co-op and single player against bots. The game will be available in Spring of 2016, and free content updates will be had.
LOTS OF SPORTS
Lets admit something, Sports games are popular, but should they take so much of the presentation’s time? Madden, FIFA, NHL, PGA and NBA Live 2016 were all announced with the usual flair but only a few things stood out that was new to the series. Specifically, NBA Live introduced a new system to place you directly in the game with GameFace HD, a mobile app that will allow you to take a 180 degree picture of your face an place it in NBA Live 16. No word on if this tool will be available for other sports games yet.
MINIONS TAKE OVER MOBILE, STAR WARS GETS A CCG.
2 Mobile games were announced as well, that being Minions Paradise, a Sim-timewaster similar to the games you would see on Facebook, and a new Collectable Card Game based on the Star Wars Franchise.
MIRROR’S EDGE GETS COLOUR AND A RELEASE DATE.
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst looks to remake/retell the original game and does so in glorious fashion. Putting empathese on an Eutopian world that has it’s citizens on watch, the new trailer shows much more colour and life in the new version. Best part is that we got a February 23rd 2016 release date.
STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT GAMEPLAY
The big show stopper, DICE’s STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT made an epic appearance with the Battle of Hoth. Jumping from different soldiers and veichles throughout the match to end up with a duel between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in one of the best looking games to come out of E3.
When you’re talking about a yearly release on sports titles, we really want to see something more. A quick trailer is fine, but taking up so much time talking about small details when it could easily be done with a quick Press statement make things boring for most people.
On that note we’d like to know your thoughts. Does Sports games need the time to shine or should we just know the quick details and continue?