Tuesday, 11 June 2013

E3 2013 - EA Press Conference

EA knocked it out of the park this year. There was a lot of waffling on with regards EA Sports, which does not interest me at all, and the decision to open with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was strange but all things considered the conference was amazing. Battlefield 4 looks simply incredible. The return of commander mode, along with the ability to use your phone or tablet to be the commander, pleased many long time Battlefield fans and the fact that the game has 64 players and hugely improved environmental destruction is superb. You can bring the roof down in underground car parks, topple skyscrapers and call in air strikes to take out enemy tanks. 

Frostbite 3 looks gorgeous and Battlefield 4 is just one game that's using it. Dragon Age: Inquisition (they dropped the 3) looks awesome and its great that we have something big to look forward to next Autumn. The best bits though were undoubtedly the teaser for the next Star Wars Battlefront and the trailer for Mirror's Edge 2, which judging by the fact it shows Faith getting her mysterious tattoos, will be a prequel to the first game. Both of these games are something everyone wanted, with DICE jokingly acknowledging this, and both of them look fantastic, though Battlefront only received a ten second teaser.

With RPGs like mass Effect and Dragon Age, shooters like Battlefield and unique games like Mirror's Edge, EA have long been one of my favourite companies (despite their poor reputation) and their stream of awesome, genre defining games look set to continue into this generation after their rocky start on the Wii U.

Wii U announcements were really the only thing missing here but that was to be expected, we'll have to wait and see what EA does for the Wii U but, regardless, their new games look brilliant. 

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