Welcome back, dear readers. It is almost time for the Electronic Arts E3 2015 press event. Expect to hear more about EA Access, all the upcoming EA Sports titles, Star Wars: Battlefront, and more. Peter Moore and company will show us what one of the largest publishers has in store.
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Update 15: We get our first look at game play for Battlefront. It looks like Battlefield with a Star Wars skin on it. We did get Skywalker and Vader fighting on Hoth, but it is unclear who gets to be those characters as opposed to just being grunts. I want this game to be good, but I’m pretty sure it cannot live up to its hype. Well, that is all for EA. I guess the Mass Effect teaser counted as one of the promised 3 new IPs? We knew it existed, but now it has a name? I’d give this presser a C as well. Nothing really groundbreaking again. There certainly were some neat features and games, but I’m not coming away feeling I know a ton more about any of them. Oh well, break time, and then it is on to Ubisoft!
Update 14: Okay, I lost the feed for a bit, but it is back now, and we are talking about Star Wars Battlefront.
Update 13: Madden time. The intro movie focused on the Patriots, which is an interesting decision right now. Madden 16 will have a mode called Draft Champions in which you build a team of current players. It is a mode for Ultimate team. You get three options for each round. Then you can play as your team in a mini-season. They’ve overhauled the passing game….and we’re having some technical difficulties, please stand by.
Update 12: Mirror’s Edge time. The new game is not a sequel. It is called Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst but we still follow Faith. In fact, it is her origin story. The environments look phenomenal. It is first-person, but it is open world free roaming. No levels or loading. Release February 23.
Update 11: Okay, on to FIFA 16. More focus on defense and mid-field play. More motion capture of Messi for better dribbling off the ball. Women’s teams make their debut this year. That is a ton of models in this game. Also, FIFA 15 players will get Pele and Messi in their ultimate team accounts.
Update 10: Pele comes to the stage. He tells a story about coining the phrase “the beautiful game” in relation to football. While I like Pele, this is showing the danger of bringing someone bigger than gaming to the stage. His stories are great, I would watch a 30 for 30 of nothing but him telling stories, but we are here for video games and this is making the presentation lose steam.
Update 9: Let’s talk about mobile. Good news everyone! You can control your FIFA Ultimate Team auctions from you Apple Watch. A new Star Wars digital CCG coming. Also, the Minions are getting their own mobile game. It is a building/resource management game. You are on a tropical island and have to build a paradise with lots of mini-game like activities. Oh boy. Look for Minions Paradise later this year. Okay, FIFA time, and Pele is going to tell us why it is rad.
Update 8: Time to turn to sports. Starting with NHL 16. Do you like hockey video games? Well, here is the one that is available. It looks good, but EA is good at good looking, they aren’t always good at making a great game. Rory MacIlroy PGA Tour will be the first game using the new Frostbite engine in the sports. They promise no load time between holes. All the games with have contextual hints in modes to help improve your playing ability. NBA Live 16 is reintroducing Game Face HD face scanning technology through an app. It looks pretty good this time. Also, we can “up your swag” through the game. I don’t think they are talking about playing as Swaggy P. Look, you can play basketball in this basketball video game with new controls that change the game by making it more like the game.
Update 7: Solo play and local split-screen available. Also, players of the first game can transfer their characters into the new game. Now they are promising free content updates following launch. So maybe EA is learning.
Update 6: The guy on stage wants us to clap for a guy in a zombie suit from Plants vs. Zombies. The crowd is not so interested in that. We’re going to get a live game-play demo. I’m sure this will be amazing…or, you know, not. There is very little here that interests me. Third-person shooter/tower defense is not a genre that appeals to me. Though, EA claims over six million people played the first one, so I guess it works for a lot of people.
Update 5: New IP time. First up, Unravel. You play a tiny creature called Yarny made of yarn. Yarny looks like a cross between an Ugly Doll and Chibi-Robo. It is a puzzle platformer about connections between people. As Yarny moves through the level, he leaves a trail of yarn behind and uses the yarn to navigate the environment. The trailer had me smiling the entire time. It looks really cute.
Update 4: Star Wars the Old Republic is getting a story driven expansion: Knights of the Fallen Empire coming out October 27th. New worlds, new companions, and shaping the world through the choices. It is free to all subscribers. They show a pretty CGI trailer, which as always looks awesome.
Update 3: Need for Speed returns. More street racing, more cop chases. The title is simply Need for Speed. They are trying to pull the best elements from the past 20 years into one package. It is using the latest Frostbite engine. Five modes to capture all of the elements. You can specialize or switch between. Coming Nov. 3rd. It looks like another Need for Speed.
Update 2: Promise of 3 brand new IPs, a sports legend, Mirror’s Edge, and Star Wars. That is a pretty solid line-up for the show.
Update 1: Here we go. Opening with Mass Effect teaser!!! Woo! Exploration jet pack, Mako 2.0, and massive exploration. We also get a name Andromeda, but we don’t get it until Q4 2016.