E3 2013: EA Wrap Up

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EA might be the two time ‘worst company in America’, but that doesn’t mean they don’t publish some good games. For their E3 2013 conference, EA brought out the big guns with plenty of incredible suprises and some welcomed but not-so-suprising news as well.

So, let’s get into it. These are the games EA showed off at E3 2013:

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 

Garden Warfare is a parody on modern shooters. On paper the formula is the same as the original; there are plants and they kill zombies. Unlike the wildly popular tower defence formula of the first game, however, Garden Warfare puts you in direct control of a plant of your choice and adopts the guise of a third person shooter. Despite sounding so bizarre, this could potentially be a fun co-operative experience, though it’s nothing like anything Pop Cap has ever made before so we’ll just wait and see for ourselves when the game releases on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Peggle 2

Huzzah! Peggle 2 was also announced, though unfortunately no footage or details were divulged.

Titanfall 

When the minds behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare assembled, Titanfall was born. The game looks wild with its fast paced and frenetic action that is reminiscent of Call of Duty. However, the mechs (the titular ‘titans’, presumedly) add a much welcome dash of spice to the mix. These big metal harbingers of death look incredibly fun to pilot, and even more fun to take down. Look forward to this Microsoft exclusive when it launches sometime next year on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Need for Speed: Rivals 

It seems just about every publisher had a racer to show off at E3. EA, not to be left out, presented their newest foray into the ever-present Need for Speed saga. With Rivals you’ll be able to pick so much more than just the aesthetics of your car, as story missions will revolve around players aligning themselves with either the Police, or a faction known as the “Racers”. If it sounds somewhat similar to Hot Pursuit then you’re probably right… but you didn’t hear it from me.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Following the mixed reception of Dragon Age II, Inquisition has the weight of the world on its shoulders. EA showed off a cool in-engine trailer for the game which looked great thanks to their now famous Frostbite Engine. So at the very least we can expect the game to look awesome. The trailer was sparce on details we didn’t already know, namely that the central conflict will revolve around the Templars and those magically inclined. However, the trailer also revealed that fan favourites Morrigan from Dragon Age: Origins, and Varric from Dragon Age II will both return for Inquisition on the Xbox One and PS4.

Battlefield 4 

No surprises here. The game looks incredible: dynamic environments wreathed in fire and destruction buzzed with life in an in-engine trailer. Highlighting this was a scene in the trailer where an entire skyscraper crashed down after being repeatedly barraged by the battle around it. Battlefield 4 promises to be more like Battlefield 2 with the return of Commander mode. Other than that nothing much new was revealed apart from the assumed fact that 64 player battles will now be on both PC and consoles.

Star Wars: Battlefront 

That’s right, you read correctly. Battlefront is back, now with DICE at the helm. The audience was given just a 30-second tease of the game, though the impact it made was greater than almost all announcements that came before it. This was a real crowd pleaser.

Mirror’s Edge 2 

And the surprises keep on coming! Mirror’s Edge 2 is a sequel that for years many, many fans have prayed for. EA is happy to announce that their prayers have been answered. The trailer they showed was all in-game, and it looks freaking cool. Definitely check it out.

FIFA, Madden, UFC

EA have always really emphasised their sport games, and E3 2013 was no different. All EA’s sporting titles are running on their next generation Ignite engine, and look more detailed than any entries before them. No doubt these series’ will continue the standard of quality they’re known for.

That about wraps it up, and as you can see there is plenty to like about what EA had to show. It seems this is a potentialy strong start to the next-generation of gaming for one of the most hated companies of all time.

Hey, I'm Gabriel. Games are really cool, I like them a lot. My favourites are Assassin's Creed II, Bastion, Pokémon and so many more, wow. Words are also cool, so sometimes I like to write words about games.

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