Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 7:46 PM by Guest
Electronic Arts came to the stage yesterday, June 4, at 1:00pm PDT/9:00pm GMT and shown off a whole variety of games from console games, pc games, and social games.
EA’s CEO, John Riccitello, announced at the beginning of the conference during the conference we’ll see ten great games from ten great developers, and that was certainly what was delivered from Electronic Arts during their E3 conference. Let’s have a look at what we were shown at EA’s conference.
Dead Space 3, the latest game in the Dead Space franchise, took to the stage first and gave us a first look at the game. It appeared to be set on an ice planet. The demo showcased the new co-op feature in Dead Space which will feature drop-in and drop-out gameplay. This new feature is great for battles and puzzles for example. The demo ended with the player finding themselves in the creature’s stomach… I wonder what will happen?
Madeen 13’s presentation followed, and is going to be the biggest game in the franchise so far. Powered by the all-new Infinity Engine (I lost count of how many times Infinity Engine was mentioned). The result of this new engine is that results in different games will never look or feel the same – things may not go to plan as players will stumble etc. Career mode returns with online modes too. EA for an NFL Quaterback on stage, Mike Lurvis, and he discussed that the career mode will be deeper and will have a story, giving you the ability to earn XP and achieve goals. You can play as an NFL legend or as yourself, and manage your career outside of the game on your PC, Tablet or Smartphone.
Maxis followed, the company behind The Sims – the biggest PC game franchise of all time, and shown off a lot of things about the new SimCity 2013 reboot and announced a new social Facebook game inventively named titled SimCity Social.
Lucy Bradshaw shown off the trailer shortly after coming on stage, being quite brief, and the socially reimaged SimCity seems to get it’s inspiration from older SimCity titles by looking very similar to SimCity 3000. You can be good or evil, and be social as you play. The game will be available on Facebook in just a few weeks.
Maxis then shown off a trailer for the SimCity 2013 reboot, simply titled SimCity. This trailer was the first trailer to feature proper gameplay and in-game graphics, which seem to have a cartoony style similar to other Maxis games such as SPORE. This new release is to be the deepest yet the most accessible game in the SimCity series. It’s incredibly clever as everything is a simulation, thanks to the Glassbox Engine created by Maxis. For example, a traffic jam somewhere could hold up deliveries. One of the new exciting features which is what the new SimCity was built for is the new multiplayer mode. Users will be able to create a region and friends can join. Things your friends do, could affect your city. For example, if your friends city had a high crime rate then you may get some naughty Sims who’ll come and set your buildings alight! Personally, I was going crazy when they shown off the trailer and it is definitely the best thing to come from E3 for me. The game will be hitting shelves in February 2013.
John Riccitello mentioned about how games are becoming more than just what you paid for, and two members from the Battlefield team took to the stage announcing Battlefield 3 Premium. This new service could be compared to Call of Duty Elite. With premium, you get a huge batch of exciting new content. You receive exclusive in-game items, more customisation, dog tags, in-game events, twenty new maps, ten new vehicles, more modes, and server queue priority, among other various things. You even get access to future expansions two weeks before release. It’s available right now for £39.99 on EA’s Origin store.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away… guessed what’s coming next? Star Wars: The Old Republic, the Star Wars MMORPG from Bioware was featured and many facts were revealed about the game, such as the fact that one million players logged in on day one making it the biggest ever MMO launch. EA announced that starting July this year, you’ll be able to play up until level 15 for free. A trailer followed this announcement showing off future content updates coming to the game.
Only five more to go, hang in there. Medal of Honor Warfighter took over the stage with an impressive gameplay demo. Medal of Honor now uses the Frostbite 2 engine, which is what DICE used for Battlefield 3, and there’s a whole lot more explosion this time around! BOOM! The graphics looked very good, as did the lighting and the game appeared to be incredibly immersive compared to the previous title. It is set in the present day, which for me is a shame as I prefer the older Allied Assault games set in World War 2, but that aside this is going to be a game you’re going to want in your collection. Medal of Honor Warfighter is coming on 23rd October 2012.
Fifa 13 followed all of these great announcements, now I’m not a lover of football so I’ll talk about what I remember from the conference. New additions to the new Fifa 13 game includes additions to the Fifa online universe, big updates to their physics, AI and online play, and a new animation architecture. Fifa Social Club has 11 million members (wowzers!) and allowed your experience to stay with you wherever you go. People who play Fifa 12, and pick up Fifa 13 will get bonuses to the ingame catalogue such as exclusive items, kits, boots and more. Fifa 13 will also be heading to Apple’s iPad and iPhone so you can partake in live challenges on the go. fifa 13 will capture the drama and fun of football, and will be the biggest fifa game to date. More details are set to come our way later this year, so keep an eye out on Zero1Gaming!
EA announced that they will now be developing the new UFC games. In news of this, THQ closed their studios which developed the UFC games and probably hoped it would be covered up by the amount of E3 news. Dana White appeared on stage and discussed that it’s the fastest growing sport in the world, and that UFC are working with the biggest video game company in the world.
Criterion Games are back this year, bringing us a new Need for Speed game, titled Need for Speed Most Wanted. A new trailer shown off let us know that the police are back in the game. Criterion Games put Need for Speed back on the map in 2010 with the release of Hot Pursuit, which was followed by Need for Speed: The Run (the game wasn’t developed by Criterion Games and had mixed reviews). You’ll be able to race, as always, and explore a big open world as you compete against friends and become the most wanted. Speed points are the currency this time around, and will give you an indicator of how you compare to your friends. Some gameplay was shown off and it looked like a very high quality game, as you’d expect from a developer such as Criterion Games. The game will be driving into stores on October 30th 2012.
Wrapping up the press conference, a demo of Crysis 3 was shown off. Crytek are expanding the series offering more of a sandbox environment compared to previous games. Designed to be played the way you want through the use of the suit’s powers, the gameplay demo showcased an action packed mission! It looked amazing, as you’d expect from the Crysis franchise, with lot’s of explosions (BOOM! BOOM!). This game will be launching in February 2013, check out the video below because this game will blow your mind.
John Riccitello came to the stage, wrapping up the conference and hope we enjoy playing the games coming in the following year. The end of the conference left me pretty excited, again for SimCity but also at Need for Speed which I haven’t been that interested in since Hot Pursuit. It’s a very exciting year to be a gamer, especially with big releases from some of the world’s biggest franchises.
What was your favourite part of E3? Let us know in the comments. Be sure to check the rest of our website for round ups of other conferences at E3.
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