It is that time of year! Christmas in June! The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016 has begun (technically it starts on June 14, but lots of pre-show lifestreams happens beforehand). Electronic Arts starts off with their own Pre-E3 Press conference called EA Play. EA decided to not have a booth at the LA convention where E3 actually takes place. Anticipation was built up to see what EA had in store for the gamers of the world. However, if you kept your nose close to the gaming forums and news, one could have saw exactly what was going to be shown off. Also, the press conference was shared between an EA Play event in London and the other in LA via satellite. That was…interesting to say the least.
Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 came out swinging with some explosive and quick-paced gameplay. New weapons, new ways to kill enemies, Titans with swords, a grappling hook, New Titans destroying other titans with swords, and did I forget to mention the swords! A single player campaign was also annouced which strays away from the multiplayer-campaign idea of its predeccessor. Standby for Titanfall 2 to be released on October 28, 2016 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
The annual Madden franchise made an appearance with Madden 17. Then after a video highlight of Madden 17, the 8 finalist of the Madden 16 championship graced the stage for like 5 mins. Ummm…yeah that’s it.
The highly anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda rocketed on stage with a short video-documentary showing off some new concept art and footage. No actual gameplay was shown and no release date announced. I was never into the Mass Effect franchise myself, but this game has piqued my interest.
Back to sports with FIFA 17. Announced was FIFA 17: The Journey, which is a single player experience that tells the story of a young man’s ambition to be a pro soccer player.
Sounds interesting… I guess. I am not into sports games, but some of you may find this appealing.
EA is known to be the worst gaming company around, so their announcement of EA Originals may help change some negative opinions. This is a new program geared towards helping small developments companies publish and sell their games. Therefore, a new action 3D platformer named “Fe” was shown off as an example. The game is about nature and our connection to it. Looks cool and gameplay was interesting, so I am excited to see how this game will fair with other 3rd party titles.
If you haven’t heard already, there is going to be several StarWars spinoffs coming soon, if not the near future. Battlefront was not the experience most wanted, so hopefully the other studios will create something awe-inspiring. DICE take notes.
Lastly and probably the main reason people tuned into EA Play was to see Battlefield 1. Battlefield heads way back in time to WW1. Not only did they show how a new gameplay trailer, but held a 64-player match after the press conference. Some of those players included, Terry Crews from Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, and Jamie Foxx!
This press conference did not wow me at every moment, but when it did I couldn’t hold back my squeals of geekiness. A good attempt EA, but try again next year. Just make sure you give us a full game and not 50 percent of it while the rest is dlc. Also, if you need to delay a game to make it better than do it. Okay…cool!