elcome to my reaction of the E3 EA Press conference, and as with most EA press conferences the reaction is mixed. They didn’t screw up as much as they did in previous years, and so we are going to go through what they talked about and the highlights.
It started off with Madden getting a story mode much like the basketball and obviously Fifa, and that’s fine I’m sure if you are a Madden fan that is quite an interesting thing it’s not much, they talked about Fifa also and the new updated story mode for Alex Hunter, I played it and the story mode was alright but at the end of the day it just ends up being one person Fifa, and they haven’t really worked on that massively throughout the years like the ‘Be a Pro Mode’ is struggled cause at the end of the day it doesn’t bring in EA any money, whereas Ultimate Team is where the money is so they pump all the stuff into that like, I quite enjoyed the ‘Be A Pro Mode’ the single player I’m going to be a centre mid field for favourite team, and it’s kind of rubbish it needs a lot of work and at the end of the day the story mode is all well and good but it’s just then ‘Be A Pro’ where you can play the games at one guy. It doesn’t work that great I played most of the story mode but then it gets to the stage when you are just playing game after game and it just got quite annoying when you are watching your team mates be idiots, so that’s goo if you like a bit of story mode I don’t necessarily see it as a bad thing, but as a nice little add on.
Then they talked about Battlefield 1 which is a game I enjoyed, it’s getting night time maps and a Russian DLC, The Zar and new competitive mode, I think that is good that they just didn’t just come out with Battlefield 1 2 (that makes sense) and just adding on some DLC to it I think that’s been one of these most successful title for a number of years now, so that’s all good.
The biggest most promising thing for me was A Way Out, which is from The Brothers Makers and it looks really interesting, the split screen action, it looks like a cross between Prison Break and Shawshank Redemption if I have to I’d be quite impressed if I have to crawl through a pipe, I will be quite looking forward to that in a weird way. The split screen should be interesting, you can play Co-op and it’s online as well it looks really interesting, it’s one of those games that could really either way could be genius with some of the clever integration and timing things events to escape this prison or it could be really infuriating waiting for the other idiots on the other side to do stuff, but as long as you have a good mate I suppose hopefully it will work.
So that was my biggest plus then EA introduces a new IP from Bioware called Anthem, it’s got a guy with armour a gun. Brilliant I’m glad EA announced that I really got a feel for what the game is like, it’s nothing much to talk about that really.
Then they talked about Need for Speed Payback, which just looks like all of the other Need for Speed games really, customising his VW Beetle. It’s need for speed it doesn’t look any different, I want as I struggle with driving games that don’t have destructible cars like proper damage, right them off, wheels falling off, bumper and everything in a game I want to see damage, like Destruction Derby lets go PlayStation 2 Destruction Derby that’s what damage.
Then they talked about EA Access and Origin being free for a week and it’s a cheeky little PR move, but it’s always a good thing cause it allows people to try out games for free and after that week if they want to go and buy it, I think that it is sad to see that back in the olden days we use to have demos for pretty much everything, like in the PlayStation magazine and you got this demo disk that had a bunch of really good demos and stuff like that. A review is really good and a preview or an open Beta is good and stuff like that but at the end of the day give us a demo that is fantastic so it’s basically like that with EA Access.
My favourite thing about the conference in a like negative way was Star Wars Battlefront 2, so one of the really big things that people were asking for myself included because I quite like the single player in the Battlefields and the Call of Duty’s, people wanted a single player campaign so they were like we are unveiling today with a single player campaign and everybody was interested, will it be two hours long or is it going to be a decent length, and then they didn’t show anything of it they just went to this thirty minuet multiplayer match which was just a mess, I think Battlefront 2 it looked pretty and it sounded amazing but it didn’t hold anyone’s attention like the drop off of users was ridiculous, but it sold a lot of copies and if you just saw that they just got some new DLC for Battlefront 1 you’d go that looks pretty cool, you got Naboo, droids, like it that’s cool, you wouldn’t say wow that’s a really big step up, they have really upped their game there.
It just looks the same with droids and a couple of new heroes and stuff, but I see it having exactly the same problem as the first one in the people might get burned, I didn’t even buy it I got into the beta and just played it for basically for about 10 hours and I thought that was fun but not enough to spend £60 on it or whatever, and I think because it sold well so I think maybe they thing that they will just do that again and sell well again but I think if you spent £60 on a a game and spent 8 hours into it and got a bit bored, I think you might be burned I think you might look at Battlefront 2 and think you might let it pass or maybe wait till it is on sale if EA ever does sales. I think they need to do something a bit different with it because it looks exactly like Battlefront 1 with droids and Darth Maul, but it just looked the same and one of Battlefronts problems is that this hero, this system where you are a normal trooper and occasionally you got more Hero or you can be either a Jedi or a super bad guy, and whilst it’s fun to play as the hero it’s really annoying when you just get slaughtered in one shot by the hero for the 10 other guys facing him, I think that there needs to be different systems in play when everybody is like 10 other heroes, but it is a bit of a weird one cause if you took the heroes out people would be furious cause they’d get fed up of being a Stormtrooper all of the time.
Over all I’m going to give this a score for this EA press conference and to be honest A Way out was the only thing the I found interesting and I’m hoping that EA is saving stuff for the Sony conference or Xbox because they will pay a lot to have it as an exclusive like the fact the we saw nothing of Anthem, which means nothing to me, it doesn’t mean it’s good, bad or ugly just a non-thing, so for the main fact that they have a way out I’m going to give this conference a 5/10.