E3: EA Conference

By Koushik Paul

Games List: (In order announced)

Mass Effect: Andromeda

We only got a CGI teaser trailer with the actual game title announced. No gameplay or release date.

Need for Speed
Release: Holiday 2015
Platforms: PC/XB1/PS4

This is the reboot for the Need for Speed series that honestly no one was talking about. We were shown some in-game footage of the game. It is an open-world racing game running on the Frostbite engine.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

DLC: Knights of the Fallen Empire
Release: October 2015

We got a CGI trailer for the new DLC expansion for the free-to-play MMORPG.

Unravel

This is a new second-party IP where a cute little guy made of yarn uses his string to solve puzzles in nature.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Release: Spring 2016
Platforms: PC/XB1/PS4

We got live gameplay demo showcasing a new gameplay mode, Graveyard Ops. We also got a surprising new power up, mech suits (like in Titanfall).

NHL 16
Release: Holiday 2015
Platforms: XB1/PS4

Game announcement along with in-engine footage.

NBA Live 16
Release: Holiday 2015

Game announcement plus, in-game footage, and a look at Gameface HD, where you use an app to put your face in the game. They showed a demo of it actually working.

Minions Paradise
Platforms: mobile

We got a live gameplay demo.

Fifa 16
Release: Holiday 2015
Platforms: PC/360/PS3/XB1/PS4

Game was announced with some new features: better dribbling, fifa trainer, women’s teams.

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
Release: February 26, 2016
Platforms: PC/XB1/PS4

The long-awaited sequel to the first-person platformer. We got snippets of gameplay and cutscenes that all look beautiful and similar to the iconic style of the original.

Madden NFL 16
Release: October 25, 2015
Platforms: 360/PS3/XB1/PS4

We got some in-game footage and shown some new features: You can now draft players through a new mode, Draft Champions.

Star Wars: Battlefront
Release: October 17, 2015
Platforms: PC/XB1/PS4

We were shown gameplay of a new multiplayer mode, Walker Assault on the iconic battle of Hoth. All the aesthetics in this game look like they are straight out of the films, and that’s a good thing. The score is beautiful and dynamic as it changes when Darth Vader appears. We go to see some of the aerial combat as well as Jedi combat.

Overall Impressions

EA opened and closed with two of the biggest games series they have in their arsenal, Mass Effect and Battlefront. This was still not enough to save the conference from feeling so distant from gamers. We got overblown segments where thing unrelated to their respective games, mainly Pelé, took far too long. This coupled with the fact that we got reminders about how far away Battlefront was, made the entire conference more like a waiting game that teased the reward rather than a surprising showcase of games.

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