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E3 2017: EA Press Conference Round Up

So E3 is over for another year and we are left waiting for the titles we have seen announced to be released for our gaming pleasure, reflecting on what we are looking forward to getting our mits on later this year and in 2018.

We wanted to bring you a whistle stop tour of what each conference had to offer in case you missed the news because you were working, sleeping or without internet for some reason! So let’s begin with the EA showcase!

Madden 18

NFL fans will be unsurprised to see that Madden returns along with a new story mode called Long Shot to boot. With impressive graphics and motion capture, the game along with the campaign (which seems similar to the Hunter story of FIFA 17) should give fans the fix they need to offer the ultimate NFL experience.

Battlefield 1

Here’s the upcoming DLC for Battlefield called In The Name of the Tsar which will contain new maps, weapons and customisation while bringing you the Russian and women’s army. From the deserts you’ve previously fought in, you’ll move to snow covered battlegrounds to continue your WWI campaign. If you have enjoyed your time with Battlefield, it looks like you’re in for a treat.

FIFA 18

It wouldn’t be EA without a number of sports entries on the line up. FIFA is back and this time it’s Christiano Ronaldo who is the motion capture model for the game. The main campaign from FIFA 17 continues with The Journey: Hunter Returns so fans who got invested in the story can carry on although I did not see anything advising whether any progress carries over.

Need for Speed Payback

Bringing action back into racing, the Burnout feel really shows through in this Need for Speed reveal. With a load of customization, fast cars and thrilling sequences, the franchise looks to be back with a bang from the gameplay trailer shown during the conference. You’ll see what I mean by Burnout feel when you can ram enemy vehicles off the road crashing them in slow motion before returning to the road to chase down the target before swapping to a different playable character to finish off the mission. If you like Fast & Furious, then you might just enjoy this one.

A Way Out

From the creators of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons comes A Way Out, a co-op split screen prison break story which looks great! It is a co-op only experience which some may find to be a down side but the devs really want you to play on your sofa with a friend, or alternatively online. This isn’t a case of popping in when you fancy, you would need to get invested in the story and the characters. I’m intrigued by this title and look forward to seeing more as the release gets closer. Check out the trailer to see the innovative approach to this narrative from this enthusiastic indie studio.

Anthem

This was the new Bioware IP teaser that didn’t give too much away during this press conference as it was being saved up for the Microsoft show making it quite clear that this Titan of a title was destined for the Xbox One X… you’ll see what I mean if you have watched the trailer.

NBA Live 18

Another sports title from EA brings an updated Basketball game to our screens with a main story called The One in which you will play in the League or the Streets. It you follow the NBA series, then you’ll probably appreciate what EA have in store for you this time around.

Star Wars Battlefront II

Let’s face it, it’s what we have all been waiting for. Dice and EA have not let us down. The game looks fantastic and they really seem to have listened to the fan feedback which cried out for a campaign mode boasting three times the content of Battlefront. The 20v20 live showcase of the Assault on Theed was particularly fun and shows the new heroes, maps, weapons, class and points systems. It was thoroughly enjoyable and it’s certainly left us looking forward to its release in November.

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