EA’s Press Conference Recap – E3 2017

Each year it feels like the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 starts earlier and earlier. With that being said, I took a day to process the information shown in the first major conference of E3 2017.

Electronic Arts or EA is one of the biggest game developing companies in the world and this year they were also the first of the large-scale conferences that large developers hold each year to show fans their latest games or updates.

Full EA Play Press Conference – E3 2017

While they don’t have their own console to market or provide exclusive content for, but they do put out some of the most popular games for broad audiences that make a ton of money with each release. Games like Fifa, Madden and the Battlefield franchise have been staples of the company for years now.

I would say EA did a pretty solid job with keeping a nice pace over their hour and 20-minute-long stage presentation, I did not stick around for the full three and a half hour EA Play stream that followed.

Time to get your Madden on

The reveal trailer for Longshot mode in Madden 18

To kick things off, EA had a drumline dressed in Tom Brady, this year’s Super Bowl MVP for those of you who don’t delve into the world of sports, and showed a trailer for what appears to be the Madden series’ first attempt at a genuine story/career mode.

The option has been there for years to create your own player and insert them onto a team of your choosing. However, there has never been much beyond just plug and play.

Now it appears that they are taking some inspiration from both the NBA2k series’ very successful MyCareer mode and their own Fifa story mode that was added in last year’s Fifa 17 to create a narrative surrounding a young African American football player that has dreams of making it big and being drafted into the NFL.

Not much else has been shown from the game, and I cannot say for certain whether aspects of the story beyond team and dialogue will be changeable throughout a playthrough.

I expect that in a similar vein to last year’s Fifa storyline you will be able to make decisions that affect smaller things, but outside of where you player will play or who you interact with, nothing major will be left to the player’s choosing.

Personally, I haven’t played a Madden game in a few years and this doesn’t look like enough to pull me back in. That being said, I do think that if the story is compelling and the game works well that this will be a great step forward in changing the monotony of this yearly brand.

Battlefield 1 to get more support and an expansion

Teaser Trailer for Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar expansion

For fans of the popular shooter Battlefield 1, a game that has been out since last November, prepare for new maps to drop soon.

They are changing up a few maps so that players can experience battles during nighttime and those will be coming out throughout the summer.

The big news during this portion was the new expansion coming out in September, In the Name of the Tsar, will be adding six new maps highlighting battles on the Eastern front of World War I, including the Russian army and their “iconic women’s battalion of death.”

To close, they also talked a little about how they are experimenting with a smaller competitive mode that will focus more on small groups of players rather than the large-scale battles featured in the normal online play. More to come on that at Gamescom in August.

Fifa 18 “Fueled by Ronaldo”?

Official Fifa 18 gameplay trailer

Unlike Madden 18, Fifa’s new game showed a lot more of its core gameplay that has been added for the new iteration of the world’s most popular sports franchise.

A new signature move feature is being implemented to give each franchise in the game and their players a more unique feel from each other. The plan is for this to give each team a distinct feel that further separates them from other clubs.

Story mode will be returning to Fifa and it appears to be a continuation from Fifa 17’s. The story mode will be co-op and will allow players to import their characters from Fifa 17.

NBA Live 18 shows new features

NBA LIVE 18 The One Reveal Trailer

As you know if you follow my writings, streams or twitter account, I am a huge NBA fan.

Basketball is and always has been a large part of my life, especially now as I cover the NBA for so many different outlets. You would think with all of these factors I would be pumped for a chance at another NBA game.

This is not the case.

NBA Live has been a disappointment ever since it came back from hiatus in 2014. People were very excited for a game to compete with NBA2k and it was supposed to make both series compete with each other and improve.

Instead, all we got from NBA Live was a messy game that didn’t put as much effort into their player design, wonky gameplay and a bunch of memes.

Comparison of graphics from the 2014 NBA games.

This game looks like it has improved the gameplay and is looking to add a competitor to MyCareer by making “The One”. And it looks to be a fleshed-out mode with many options to keep players coming back.

However, the character models still look subpar and I don’t have high hopes for any other piece of this game from what I have seen.

I will personally be sticking with 2k for my NBA game needs.

BioWare shows new IP

Anthem Official Gameplay Reveal

A new game from the company responsible for Mass Effect and Dragon Age, no matter how you view those franchises, is an appetizing idea.

Anthem appears to be a sci-fi game full of beautiful environments that house crazy monsters and people that use power armor to survive. Interesting concepts that leave me wanting more.

By the time this article launches we will know more via the Microsoft presser happening after this was written.

Hoping for the best!

[Edit: I added the trailer from the Microsoft conference so you can watch it here.]

A Way Out stuns fans

A Way Out gameplay trailer from EA’s YouTube channel

From the team behind Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes a co-op game based in a prison.

The game seems to be a cinematic prison break style game where two players control two characters trying to escape from prison. According to the speaker, this game is being built from the ground up as a completely co-op experience that will not be able to be beaten solo.

This looks like an amazing step up from the great Brothers game, and some of the cinematic/gameplay co-op seems to be something never attempted before. Look out for this Indie titan.

Need For Speed crosses Fast and the Furious

Need for Speed Payback Official Gameplay Trailer

While not an actual crossover, the only thing other than awkward I felt while watching this portion of the conference was like I was watching an FF movie.

I don’t expect this game to be good, but maybe it will be a fun time.

Star Wars delivers

Star Wars Battlefront II: Full Length Reveal Trailer

God I am so hyped for this game.

I recently stepped back into the world of the original Star Wars Battlefront game made by EA and have been enjoying myself a lot.

I love feeling immersed in the trenches of a gritty battle for life and death between two factions of one of my favorite fandoms. It had its flaws, but was still fun.

Leading up to and even in the conference, EA repeatedly said that they heard our feedback and have taken it all into account to make Battlefront II a better game. And just seeing the gameplay from the end of the conference, I believe it.

This game looks like it is going to be the successor to the original Battlefront II we wanted EA and Dice’s first attempt to be. They have brought back fan favorite elements from the original while keeping core pieces of their original work in place with slight changes to balance the gameplay.

Class systems are back, heroes have been balanced, more character customization, and components from all eras of the Star Wars universe. Plus, so much more we have yet to see.

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT 2 Gameplay Multiplayer Full Match (E3 2017)

This game looks to be pandering to what the fans want by not only adding the things I listed above, but also bringing a single player campaign and free DLC that requires no season pass. If what they said is really true, then be prepared for the next great shooter.

That is really all from EA.

Their conference was well planned and kept up a nice pace through the whole thing. It was rather dull when they brought out representatives but overall, I would give them a C+ score.

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