E3 2014 Madness!: EA Press Conference Round Up

EA E3 2014 Press Conference Round Up

EA’s E3 2014 wares are up on display! Let’s see what they got!

More E3! More madness! I LOOOOOVE IT!

Curious to know what EA had for us this year? So am I. Let’s take a gander. EA CEO Andrew Wilson promised that they’ll bring us awesomeness and do things different. Did they?

May the Force be With You

Star Wars: Battlefront started the show, and… they really didn’t show much. But at least we know that the folks at Dice went all out to bring fans the best Star Wars game imaginable; going to the actual sets of the movies, working closely with LucasArts Films, stuff like that.

Dragon Age Inquisition - E3 2014

The battle looks crazy when taking the Action approach.

Dragons and Space

Dragon Age: Inquisition kicked things off for Bioware. Complete with cello. I kid you not. But that help add to the gameplay footage on screen; adding an epic, eerie atmosphere.  Studio General Manager Aaryn Flynn talked more about your character, the Inquisitor, and the ragtag group of misfits you lead into battle, and showed off some actual footage of how you can command your party members.

It can be all out action (reminding me of Monster Hunter or Dragon’s Dogma, for some reason), or use a zoomed out camera view to pause the action and issue commands. It’s coming October 7th. And… I should really get caught up in the series.

Next up is the next Mass Effect, though again, nothing much was revealed except the possibility of going to new worlds (and beyond!). While that’s being worked on by Bioware Montreal (go home team!), Bioware Edmonton is working on a whole new IP. What is it? Who knows, they aren’t tellin’. Talk about your teases.

Simulate Your Life… Again

Executive Producer Rachel Franklin talked about The Sims 4. The big addition this year is that you can define your Sim’s personality. Whatever emotional attributes you give them will have an effect on how they interact with the world around them. Their emotional states will cause them to fly off the handle, or make them the life of the party, thus adding a bit more to your Sim’s story. You also have access to a Gallery, where you can nab Sims and homes created by other players and add them to your own game.

The Sims 4 - President Barack Obama - E3 2014

Is… is that… no… NO!

Wanna get your Sim groove on with President Obama? You can, when the game comes out September 2nd.

Sports, Sports, and more Sports

Can’t really talk about EA without EA Sports, now can we?

EA Sports UFC comes out next week, and they showed gameplay of UFC fighter BJ Penn fight against martial arts legend, Bruce Lee. Naturally, Bruce Lee won. To not have him win on the big stage would be an insult. They didn’t show much, but again, the game’s days away from hitting store shelves, so you don’t have to wait long to experience it.

Of course, the usual suspects of the EA Sports roster were there to represent: NHL 15, Fifa 15, PGA Tour, Madden NFL 15. They all looked great, but since all we got were short trailers, there isn’t much to say. There were some tidbits mentioned, like Madden having some new defensive features (also coming out August 26th), and PGA Tour taking advantage of the Frostbite 3 engine to make it all pretty and, apparently, add some Battlefield Scenes. No, I’m not kidding.

PGA Tour - E3 2014

Someone actually said, “You know what’s missing from PGA Tour? FLAMING BATTLESHIPS.” That’s why we pay you the big bucks, son…

Helicopter Races are a Thing of the Future

Criterion Games gave us a peek at their new game. The makers of the Burnout series have veered away from strictly cars by creating a new IP, involving all sorts of modes of transportation like helicopters, skidoos, and ATVs. What is it? Well, they didn’t say. AGAIN.

Dawngate - E3 2014

It looks like a smorgasbord of stuff. Pretty stuff, though.

Here Comes a New Challenger!

I guess EA wanted to get on the League of Legends gravy train and make their own MOBA. Entitled Dawngate, the devs went to MOBA gamers to get their input on what they want to see in the game. They also mentioned that the maps tie into the narrative, and that they were focusing heavily on the “meta game” of MOBAs. You can play as any character you fancy in any position you fancy. Sounds rather groovy.

Have More Faith

Mirror’s Edge 2. Nothing much was show here either; simply devs talking about the process: the strategic use of colours, a bit of the battle system, how they consulted with real life parkour artists to get the right feel for the parkouring parts. It looks like it’s coming together nicely, though.

Mirror's Edge 2 - E3 2014

Still happy to see Mirror’s Edge 2 coming out.

 You’ll Never Catch Me, Copper!

They saved their biggest boy for last. Battlefield: Hardline has a different theme going for it: Cops n’ Robbers. No really, that’s it. A glorified game of cops n’ robbers. The Battlefield: Hardline beta is available now, so you can head over to battlefield.com to sign up for the PC and PlayStation 4 beta. If you own the PS4 version of Battlefield 4, you can do it straight from your PS4.

Final Thoughts

It was… a lot of talk. There really wasn’t a heck of a lot of gameplay footage; it was mainly dev diaries commenting on the games and not much else. I understand that they had to show SOMETHING this year, and seeing something is better than nothing, but still. I was hoping for a bit more action.

Other than that, I’m excited to see Mirror’s Edge 2, and Dragon Age: Inquisition looks awesome. Also, though I’ve never played a MOBA before, I’d be willing to give Dawngate a go.

If you missed the conference, check it below, and let me know what you thought in the Comments Section!