E3 2018 – EA Press Conference

Remember when EA would do really big press conferences? It seems those days are over now and EA’s conference offers a more relaxed feel to it and it starts off with some Battlefield V which has already been revealed prior to this conference. The big reveal for today though is the multiplayer that includes customization and so forth with a little bit of talk of the single player, more about the single player will be revealed tomorrow at Microsoft’s conference because everyone has a journey. The biggest news to come out of Battlefield V though is the new battle royal mode which it seems like every game has to have now, but there will be no loot boxes or microtransactions. Overall this doesn’t look like anything that hasn’t been done already by Call of Duty.

So it wouldn’t be an EA conference without some sports stuff right? This is where FIFA 19 comes in, which even as the years go on and I see FIFA over and over again, I still have absolutely no interest in. There’s a lot of talk about people who play soccer and of course I feel left out because I know nothing about this world and this is one of the times during the press conference that I zone out.

Next up is some talk from Respawn who is working on a secret Star Wars game called Jedi Fallen Order. The game isn’t ready yet, what EA game is, and it falls between Star Wars episode 3 and 4. This is apparently a dark time in the Star Wars universe and the game should come out holiday 2019. Or never seeing how these games go sometimes.

Battlefront II is up next and seriously who still plays this game? For me, I’ve forgotten about this game probably a week after it was released and it’s been sitting on my shelf since mid-November. Anyway, apparently the game didn’t do well. Really? That’s an understatement of the year. So there was talk about the new Han Solo season in honor of the Han Solo movie as well as new upcoming modes and the introduction of The Clone Wars update. Basically they know this game is a failure and they are trying to fix it.

Next up, something I kind of anticipated and wanted, but didn’t want to put it out there because what if it never happened. Since the first game did so well I could only hope there was a sequel and then out of no where is a trailer with everyone’s favorite yarn toy, Yarny. Yarny is back for Unravel Two and he has a new friend with him. You can play in either co-op mode or single player mode and it’s really up to you how you play and how this new story unravels. Bonus is that the game is out now and you can play today.

Because EA supports indie games after the success of Unravel, a new game called Sea of Solitude from a little indie developer is revealed. The game is about lonely humans, which everyone can relate to. The story revolves around Kay who is young and lonely and because of this becomes a monster. She has to learn to balance out her world to become human again. It looks visually beautiful and I was really digging the trailer, but it just hits a little too close to home for this gamer, so even though it comes out in 2019, it’ll be a pass.

Some more sports stuff is up next with NBA Live 19 along with some new Madden 19 stuff. It wouldn’t be EA without some sports stuff. Again nothing for me so it’s another zone out session.

The final sports stuff is followed up with a new mobile game of an old classic which is Command and Conquer Rivals. The game looks complicated and sounds complicated and isn’t something that you’ll see me playing on my phone any time soon. I have to say that for this portion of the conference, it couldn’t be more boring.

The show is now closing with a more in depth look at Anthem which was supposed to come out this year but won’t be hitting the shelves to 2/22/2019. This really feels like a last ditch attempt for BioWare who hasn’t had the best of luck after Mass Effect: Andromeda. I want to like this game, I really do because honestly I love BioWare, but it looks too much like Destiny for me. BioWare is known for great RPG’s and this doesn’t feel like a BioWare game. So apparently, Anthem will have an “outside” world which is shared among the people who are playing at that time and an “inside” world, your fort, where you control everything and this is where the classic BioWare story telling comes in. BioWare wants to support this game for years to come by adding new missions, new stories, new character interactions, and so on. This is to give the game the feeling of being alive. There will be no loot boxes and the game is promised to be complete from when the game is released. There’s a huge gameplay demo and even after that I’m not all that interested.

Overall I would say that this year’s EA conference was pretty boring compared to years past where they would announce game after game and everything was exciting. The only real thing I’m excited about is Unravel Two and that I’ll be able to play it as soon as possible.

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What to expect at E3…Maybe Part 1

E3 is less than a month away and as you can probably tell, I’m super excited about it. I love just about everything at E3. Especially the conferences. I usually have pretty high expectations, and I usually come away pretty hyped for the upcoming gaming year. Keep reading to see what I’m expecting at this years E3 starting with the EA conference.

EA Conference

Let’s start with the EA conference since they will be kicking off the E3 conference line up. What I’m expecting from them is the following:

• More information on Star Wars Battlefront 2. More information on the game itself as well as more information on the actual story mode that has been previewed.
• The new BioWare IP announcement even though it won’t be released until 2019. It’ll be big, and I really think BioWare will have a big presence at the EA conference this year.
• Since we’re already talking about BioWare it goes without saying that there will definitely something Mass Effect: Andromeda related will be announced and I’m thinking it will be the first major DLC for the game. I know EA said they were holding off on Mass Effect stuff, but I still think there will be DLC for this game. At this point it might not be much, but it’ll be something since there was a ton of build up especially towards the end of the game.
• I’m also thinking on the BioWare front there will be a very small peek at the next Dragon Age which probably won’t be released until 2018.
• One last BioWare item will probably be something to do with Star Wars: The New Republic.
• Moving away from BioWare, I’m sure the next Battlefield will be announced.
• I’m also expecting something PvZ related or Peggle related.
• Then I’m expecting a little bit of a snooze fest as we get into the sports stuff.

SURPRISES!
I’m expecting some surprises from this conference as well. Something that would be a surprise would be the announcement of another Titanfall. And then something that would also be surprising, but most welcomed would be the announcement of the Mass Effect trilogy being remastered for the Xbox One and PS4. Why am I thinking this? Because the famous N7 day falls on a Tuesday this year and it would kind of make the whole day since this has been something that has been asked for.

That’s what I’m expecting out of the EA conference. Agree with me? Disagree with me? Expecting something entirely different? Let me know in the comments section and come back tomorrow to see what I’ll be expecting from the Microsoft and Bethesda conference.

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E3 2016 – Part 1

E3 2016 started off with a whimper, but then went out in a huge bang basically setting the stage for the second day of E3. Starting off the show on Sunday was the EA press conference, which was a first for EA who usually shows after the Microsoft show on Mondays. After that was a few more reveals that didn’t hit the main stage of E3, before Bethesda closed the night with their press conference. Here’s a recap of what’s happened so far.

Before the Show

Long before the EA press conference even started, Titanfall 2 was leaked online. Both the standard multiplayer trailer was revealed along with the brand new single player campaign trailer was revealed. It showed that the game had a release date of 10-28-2016 and would be available for all platforms. I wasn’t all that impressed with the multiplayer or the single player based on what I saw and to me it just seemed like a version of Transformers. I wasn’t really upset when the first one wasn’t released on the PS4, so I’ll go ahead and just pass on this one as well.

EA Press Conference

Kicking off the EA press conference was Titanfall 2. I guess this was supposed to have a big impact but because of the leak, it really failed. Watching both trailers a second time it just made me think that this was just another Call of Duty type game with robots. After seeing the trailers again, I knew I wasn’t going to be missing this one when I passed it up. Next up was the, wait for the surprise, new Madden 17 game! There was some talk of gaming events for those of us gamers who are non-professional before highlighting the eSports professional gamers. At this point in the press conference I was just desperate to see some games.

After all the Madden stuff came Mass Effect: Andromeda. Finally! What I had ben waiting for all week long. I wanted to see more after the trailer last year and was hoping that BioWare would deliver. What we got was information that you would be the so-called alien as you traveled to a new land that needed to be colonized for humans. This allows you to travel to a new galaxy and forget about that ultra-important main character from the last series. What was her name again…it started with an S…oh yeah Shepard. Forget about Shepard though because with ME:A you’ll have a whole new cast, new alien races, and new exploration all on the FrostByte engine. While there was some new gameplay footage it was far and in-between the shots of random people working on the game. There was a new Asari looking alien along with an unmasked human female waking up on a ship. Other than that it was said that more information would be released in the fall which meant no release date, no actual trailer, and really nothing. Total disappointment.

Up next was FIFA, or as I like to call it, another chance for a brief zone out time. This year though they’ve added a sort of RPG element to FIFA which I guess is supposed to make it more appealing to a larger audience. I’m still not interested in this game though or the amount of attention that it was given. Then came the new EA Originals section which was set up to help small developers make the games of their dreams due to the success of Unravel. With that announcement came what’s supposed to be the next Unravel, called Fe. While this seems to be a more open world type game where you’re supposed to explore this forest as a Cub and unlock different songs that are trying to be destroyed by the bad guys, I’m not sure this will have the same impact as Unravel did and I’m not really as interested in it as I was for Unravel.

Finally to start wrapping up the conference, EA touched base on all of the Star Wars type games and concepts all in the works with the soonest coming out in late 2017 and the furthest away coming out sometime in 2018. Along with this there was another trailer of people working. No one wants to see people working, people come to these things to see actual game play footage and trailers. Then there was the big Battlefield 1 segment to end the conference. Even though this game doesn’t interest me I think that basing it during World War I is a bold move that will pay off in the end for them. The game looks great and they know it.

That was it for the EA conference and I have to say that it was the most disappointing start to E3 that I’ve ever seen. If you’re going to start off E3 then you need to have some major announcements and you have to do something huge. EA did not deliver in anyway and I thought it put a little bit of a damper on the rest of the day.

The In-Between

Being the small company that they are, even though they like to tackle these huge projects that sometimes work out and sometimes don’t, Telltale decided to do a small reveal on their upcoming season of The Walking Dead. Tuning in early, I had been waiting for this. There was so many ways that Season 2 could have ended that I wanted to see where they were going. I was mostly disappointed when what was really talked about was the new Batman game coming out because of the screenshots that were released earlier in the day. The art style for the new Batman game is typical for Telltale and they promise that this is their own story where you’ll play as both Bruce and Batman and it’s not based on the comics or the movies. Troy Baker was announced to be the lead in this game, huge surprise as I roll my eyes, and that it wouldn’t run off of a not new engine, but an improved one. Apparently each episode will feel like a movie so you’ll be getting 5 movies, unless of course they think they can make more money and then they’ll be DLC. That’s how it works now right?

Finally the first look at The Walking Dead Season 3. An extremely small trailer is shown which at first makes you think that it’s nothing until the big reveal of a teenage Clementine. Telltale says that with this game they’re coming close to where the comic books are and the show is basically at. There’s a new super important sub character with Clementine and it takes place years after the events of Season 2. Even though I’ve been giving Telltale some major shade after the past couple of games, I’m really looking forward to season 3.

Bethesda Press Conference

To close the night was the Bethesda press conference which stated out with a bang, take notes EA because this is how you start your press conference. A huge new trailer for Quake Champions was shown and it looks like a bloody mess of gaming fun. I don’t like full on multiplayers most of the time, but I can see myself getting into this game. After that was a few highlights of the super successful Bethesda year that kicked off a year ago at E3 2015. There was a small focus on The Elder Scrolls Legends, which is a card game which I found similar to maybe Gwent, but it really held no interest for me even though it’s story based and has a single player and multiplayer campaign.

KUDOS: This goes out to the whole Bethesda team who wore LGBT ribbons following the events of what happened on Sunday morning. I didn’t see anyone else do this at their shows and they were the first. This meant a lot and I thank them.

Moving on was some Fallout 4 DLC news. There was the small announcement of Contraptions that looks overall goofy but nonetheless fun as it adds more building components into the game. Then there was another similar DLC called Vault-Tech. Now this is pretty damn cool because it allows you to build your own vault, make your settlers into dwellers and do research projects on them. Then came the next big story based DLC. It was a huge WTF moment for me as it was announced as an Amusement Park! Not all that much was shown but I’m super excited and I can’t wait. There was also talk of more updates to Fallout Shelter which I played briefly but became bored with. Right after that was the reveal of what I had been hoping for out of this press conference…The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Remaster! The game looks visually stunning and absolutely beautiful when it was compared to the last gen rendition of the game. This game will be available on 10-28-2016 and it’s a day one purchase for me and the countdown starts now. Isn’t there another game coming out on the same day…something Titanfall 2…I can’t even remember.

This was followed by the introduce of Prey a new sci-fi thriller that seems like it’s part Dead Space and part The Darkness. It comes out next year, but I’ll probably pass on it. Some information about Doom was up next including more information about Doom Snapmap which will be free along with some multiplayer DLC before the paid multiplayer DLC comes out. There was a brief section about The Elder Scrolls: Online and all the progress that has been made along with the new DLC that is coming out for this game. I know I kind of gave up on this game, but I might just have to get back into it eventually.

There was the surprise announcement of Bethesda VR as they join the rest of the world in the VR craze which I’m not sure is going to be a good move or not. Although I would like to play Fallout 4 VR style, I’m still not sure. To end the show was Dishonored 2. A new trailer was shown along with a bunch of new game play and a release date of 11-11-2016. I never got a chance to actually play the first one and the way this game looks, I want to try and play the first one before this one comes out because it looks awesome.

And that was day one of E3. Bethesda was the big winner of the day as they show off what people really want which is trailers and actual gameplay of their upcoming games. For a company that this is their second show they come off looking like pros while EA suffers a huge setback this year and I wouldn’t be all surprised if they’re called the losers of the show this year. Keep checking back for more E3 information as this huge week of gaming goes by!

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