E3 spotlight: EA Games

Its been quite a busy week for game developers at the E3 press conference. Many promising and highly anticipated titles were announced and promoted. Many developers were showing off their upcoming titles for the nextgen consoles and EA wasn’t far behind either. We now take a look at the titles mentioned by EA at the conference.

Battlefield: Hardline

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Battlefield is back! But this time with a twist. It still has the same dynamic and tense action packed multiplayer matches set in huge maps but now Battlefield ditches the familiar military setting for one that involves war on crime. That’s right, cops vs criminals. Players can either choose to be the law engaging in hostage rescue missions and conducting raids or choose to be the criminals with a penchant for robbing banks and wreaking havoc. The game will be released on the 21st of October on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Dragon Age: Inquisition is the third major game in the popular RPG franchise, Dragon Age  and is  also a  direct sequel to Dragon Age 2. Following the shortcomings in DA 2, EA and Bioware are highly intent on bringing back the best features from its predecessor while improving or removing the failed mechanics. As usual the game shall allow the players to choose to play as a human, dwarf or elves or even as a Qunari. One of the most striking features of the game is the graphics. The game runs on the Frostbite 3 engine, which was also used in Battlefield 4 as well as Need For Speed:Rivals and will also be used in most of EA’s upcoming titles including Battlefield Hardline, the next Mirrors edge game, Star Wars: Battlefront and also the next Mass Effect game. It’s been revealed that the game will proceed without the protagonist from the previous but will feature some characters from DA2. The game will also feature a slightly different combat system which utilizes more tactical planning than frequent button-mashing. The game shall launch this year on the 7th of October on the following platforms: PS4,Xbox One,PS3,Xbox 360 and PC.

Star Wars: Battlefront

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The wait is finally over! Fans who enjoyed the first two Battlefront games as well as hardcore Star Wars fans were in for a real surprise when EA teased the game by showing off some in-game footage created with DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine.As with every other game shown by EA at the conference, the game does look amazing, but it is also very relevant to the Star Wars universe. However, all those fans who’ve been waiting for this game since 2004, might have to wait a little longer. EA has promised that more details shall surface by next year, including an official release date.

Mirror’s Edge

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Mirror’s Edge is the sequel to EA’s first-person free-running platformer title Mirror’s Edge which was released in 2008. Though we absolutely have no idea as to why the sequel is also called “Mirror’s Edge”, we were provided some minute details by EA/DICE. Its been mentioned that the game will be more combat-centric when compared to its predecessor, a bane to some gamers who prefer a less combat oriented approach. But the game will also boast a much improved parkour mechanics as cited in the trailer offering more fun ways to navigate around the futuristic cityscape. More details are expecting to pour in by 2015.

Mass Effect 4

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Fans who were previously disappointed (heart broken to be more precise) by Mass Effect 3’s conclusion probably should probably give Bioware another chance. To be frank, many of the series fans (including myself) believed that ME 3 was the best in the series, regardless of how the ending may turn up for players. The story was far better and kinda emotional. Like in the previous games, you start developing a strong bond with several of the series characters, both alien and human. The choices you make either proved to be advantageous or highly disadvantageous and filled with dire consequences. But however after all you’ve gone through as Commander Shepard, Mass Effect 3 will most definitely mark the last chapter in Shepard’s battle against the Reapers. So, Mass Effect “4” (if that’s what they’re calling it) will most definitely be a spinoff and will have nothing to do with Shepard. But judging from the appearance of a krogan in the trailer, the game might feature the same species as in the earlier Mass Effect games. The development of the next Mass Effect game will face several challenges most certainly due to the departure the series’ original writers and a large portion of the development team who left Bioware after the launch of Mass Effect 3. Much regarding the game is yet to be revealed although there are rumors regarding the release date.

In the end EA does do a fine job of offering a decent E3 lineup but will these titles manage to make amends for all the mistakes EA has committed lately? One can only wait to see what happens.

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