It’s E3 time again and we’re kicking off with EA Play as the first to start on a Saturday and the first of the series of conferences. This time around we’re expecting to see Battlefront 2 and Need for Speed: Payback in action and some more meat on what to expect from the newly announced titles along with the staple collection of sports games EA is known for.
As expected, EA Play rolls out with one of it’s main sports franchises opening with a crowd lifting NFL drummer boy routine:
It looks like The Journey has set a trend for most of EA’s sports titles this year with Madden NFL getting Longshot, a new single player campaign allowing you to determine the future of your very own American Football’s hottest new talent.
The gameplay visuals showcased during the event was run on Microsoft’s Xbox Project Scorpio, boasting the highest level of detail ever achieved in a Madden game on console.
Battlefield 1: In the name of the Tsar
EA’s number one selling shooter will receive a new expansion which has been dubbed by DICE as the most extensive expansion the game has received thus far. In the name of the Tsar is set in the world of the Eastern front, where players will join the Russian army with six new maps as well as a host of new weapons, vehicles and cavalry.
Included in the expansion is the chance to play as the iconic women’s Battalion of Death. As usual, the game will get a host of new gameplay updates, including nighttime battles and a new competitive play experience. More details will be confirmed at Gamescon later this year with In the name of the Tsar schedule for a September release. We’ll meet you on on the frontlines, comrade.
Well, as we have year-in year-out, FIFA 18 made it to the floor with some visuals based on some new features for the attack component for the game, along with motion capture of none other than Cristiano Ronaldo along with some other well-known footballers being utilized to create a real authentic feel for the superstars of the game. New lighting tech, overall control tweaks and now interaction with the actual crowd in the game where you can run over the sideline boards and dive into the crowd seems like this is going to be a bit more fun to play than previous FIFAs.
In addition to the regular enhancements come the announcement of Alex Hunter’s return, this time he’s seems to be set in a more complex world of football going beyond the English Premier League, with opportunities to go abroad and set a new pitch alight on a different continent. I for one, enjoyed the single player story driven campaign and would like to see where this new chapter of Alex Hunter takes him.
Need for Speed Payback
In the game you’ll play as three characters; Tyler, Jess and Mac; where you’ll go up against The House, a cartel that runs the underworld in the fictional city of Fortune Valley. In the live gameplay footage, we’re treated to a high-speed heist of a Koenigsegg Regera in a tag team operation pitted against Enforcers guarding the precious cargo locked up in the back of a truck in transit. With nitrous straight off the bat, they need to catch up to the truck while fending off enforcers of various size and speeds. The gameplay seems frantic and the overall experience has a good feel about it. Like the Most Wanted of old meets the Fast and Furious franchise.
You’ll have the ability to collect and build cars from scrap in your garage for just about any terrain the world has to offer in Fortune Valley, from off-road to supercar-eating VW Beetles. Need for Speed seems to have found its mainlining jet fuel yet again. Good times.
A Way Out
The new EA Originals title was announced featuring two prison inmates, Vincent and Leo, coming together to cooperatively orchestrate their way out the pen. As stated during the conference, it’s essentially a split-screen couch co-op game where you’re put into a situation giving you various ways to manoeuvre through obstacles separately to achieve a common goal. The feature is also available online, but you’re still within split screen mode as to determine what your partner is up to.
An interesting dynamic for a game meshed with what seems to be an intriguing story, but this could mean that there’s no single player mode and you’re forced to play with another person.
Bioware cracked the lid on their new IP, Anthem, with some footage of a group of what seems to be either a rebel or survivor base set in an alien world with nightmarish creatures. We get a glimpse of what appears to be battle units being prepped.
For more info on the title, we’ll have to wait and see what is revealed tomorrow.
NBA Live 18
Strut your stuff on the court and on the streets as THE ONE in NBA Live 18′s career mode, where you develop your player both on and off the court. In your career, your reputation is as important as your ability to handle the rock. By participating in games on courts around the country, such as the iconic Miami Beach courts, you gain street cred with fans increasing your popularity across the league. This also allows you to play the way you want to play and who you want to play it with.
Will it be a contender for best basketball game of 2017? Let’s see what N2K has to say about that.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
The game most trekkies (haha) have been waiting for, Star Wars Battlefront 2 gets an original story for its single player campaign with all three eras in one game. This great news for all those who’ve been hoping for something more substantial to be included in the title. It’ll be interesting to see how they weave the whole story together with so many characters of the Star Wars universe.
During the live demo, we got a look at Assault on Theed, a mission that forms part of the multiplayer mode. In the live play, we saw the different class abilities and attributes of all characters available to play in the mode. everything from essential Droids to Darth Maul. That’s right, DARTH MAUL!!! Okay, breathe. The mode sees various ground troops trying to infiltrate the temple guarded by clone troopers, artillery reinforcements and aerial dogfights with the ability to lay down aerial attacks to assist your squads on the ground.
A pretty decent showing for Battlefront 2, can’t wait to see what the single-player mode has to offer.
An interesting start to E3 thus far with Bioware teasing its new IP, Battlefront 2 with an original single-player campaign and Need for Speed seemingly coming back with a bang, 2017 for the world of gaming looks like it’s in for one hell of a ride.