The wait is finally over for gamers as E3 2017 kicks off, first to start announcing is Electronic Arts (EA) as they announced two new games along with several updates/DLC additions to existing titles. Here’s a short rundown of what I’ve deemed interesting that you might want to look into.
Star Wars: Battlefront IIA larger focus on multiplayer for Star Wars: Battlefront II is on the cards, but will it keep players interested?
According to one source article on Kotaku, EA spent nearly half the conference gabbling on about Star Wars: Battlefront II, of which they focused mostly on the multiplayer aspect saying that post-release multiplayer add-ons are going to be free. According to conference presenter Janina Gavankar, gamers will be able to play the game “for years to come”. That remains to be seen as from my point of view, since the first was released I haven’t really heard a lot about it in the multiplayer scene so I’m interested to see what hype comes out from this.
Need for Speed: PaybackFast & Furious? EA are certainly aiming that way in this new street race title from EA.
The Need for Speed franchise has been somewhat weak over the past few installments but it’s been edging closer and closer to the Fast & Furious franchise with its street racing. It was reported by gamespot that Need for Speed: Payback will be supporting Microsoft’s’ Project Scorpio as well as Sony’s’ Playstation 4 Pro.
Not a huge amount has been said but you can watch a pretty gameplay video of Need for Speed: Payback below from IGN:
FIFA 18Football, but is this version of football better than the last? With a new story mode being implemented who knows!
It was confirmed that FIFA 18 will be getting a sequel to its story mode The Journey called Hunter Returns which showed Alex Hunter as a high-demand sports star joining a brand new club as he climb the ranks.
A teaser trailer was played that was introduced by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett who also showed a beauty roll showing off visual improvements using the frostbite engine. You can view this little teaser below:
AnthemAnthem, halo on steroids?
Probably one of the more interesting things to drop during the press conference was Biowares new title Anthem,which was previously codenamed Dylan. The game has been rumoured to be a reply to Activision and Bungies’ second installment of Destiny.
Not much has been said on this but there is a teaser trailer for it, with more details to come during the Microsoft E3 event.
Madden NFL 18Football! But it isn’t the kicky round a pitch type. It’s the grab it and run type. But even this is getting a story mode…YAY!
Yes more sports (sorry it’s kinda EAs thing), and this installment comes from across the pond in the form of Madden NFL 18. It was reported that this title is also getting a story mode called “LongShot”. Again not much was really said and by the looks of most sites, no body was really that excited.
NBA Live 18Mixing street ball with official tournament rules? Is this a wise choice from the NBA and EA?
Our final update comes from the world of basketball in the shape of NBA Live 18 where a reveal trailer was presented, breaking down progress in the game and reporting that the title will be mixing street ball with standard NBA tournament play.
Noteable mention: A Way Out
During this enthralling press conference EA dropped a bit of an indie developed bombshell in the guise of A Way Out by Hazelight, developers of the successful title Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. It was reported by gamespot that this is an entirely co-op title which apparently cannot be played solo.
It was said that the developers have kept their focus on parallel mechanics including a “grittier, more realistic story” along with full 3D environments and characters.
I do like me a decent indie game and A Way Out certainly is shaping up to be one of those. Let’s just hope EA don’t muddy it up and ruin it.I like me a good indie title. A Way Out is shaping up to be that, keeping my ear to ground on this one!
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