E3 2015: EA Media Briefing Impressions


On Monday, EA held it’s annual E3 Press Briefing in Los Angeles. Throughout the years, EA has either hit it out of the park or seemed to tow the line. This year we opened with a exciting trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda, quickly followed by a good mix of games for all formats, and for all types of gamers.

For me, the conference really came to an stop when they brought out soccer legend Pele for FIFA 16. I thought it was a smart move to switch between non-sports games and sports games. Peter Moore came out to introduce Star War Battlefront, getting a huge reaction from crowd, which in my opinion was rightfully deserved.

All in all, it was a decent conference. EA played it safe for the most part with the exception of Unravel and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. I think with the Frostbite engine, EA is trying to make the most realistic and beautiful games anywhere.

Mass Effect Andromeda: Stunning trailer, which announces that this Mass Effect is indeed in a new galaxy. We got glimpses of an new vehicle or MAKO, possible squad combat, and new ways to cross combat areas. Definitely a must watch title for me.

Need For Speed: This game is looking sleek. The lightning effects are beautiful and the car action seems to be fast and dangerous. The cut scenes have a little special place in my heart, due to being live action. A great nod to the past in my book.

Unravel: One of the biggest surprises of the conference. Unravel has physics based gameplay. The main character is called Yarny and has a very unique look. Unravel is by a fairly new Swedish developer; Coldwood Interactive. I need to see more but this has a chance to become a sleeper or cult hit.

The idea of Unravel was created from a very personal place. We didn’t start out by saying we’re going to make a puzzle platforming game. We started by thinking more about our lives, and the things we hold meaningful. We wanted the game to have a heart and the gameplay could always be designed to represent that,” says Martin Sahlin, Creative Director at Coldwood. “The tale of Unravel is about love, and the bonds between people. And the yarn is a representation of that. Yarny’s red thread is the tie that connects everything in the game, from the gameplay mechanics to the story, and the people in it.”

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2: EA showed a live gameplay demo of the new 4v4 mode, Graveyard Ops, which was the most requested addition by fans. Also announced was a single player mode. My kids immediately stopped in their tracks when they saw the trailer, then they asked for me to buy it. Garden Warfare 2 is scheduled for a Fall of 2016. EA will include a character transfer option from the first game too, and free content to support Garden Warfare 2.

NHL 16: Featured a standard new trailer.

NBA Live 16:Announced a new app for the facial recognition supported by the game. The app will be released before the September 29th release date. Also revealed was the new Live Motion system, that has been in development for two years, alongside a new shot system with full control to make the shots you want.

Rory McIlroy PGA Tour: A new trailer showed off both real life and fantasy courses.

Mobile Games: Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is a new customizable card game, whilst Minions Paradise is a Tapped Out-esque title for kids.

FIFA 16 Features all new defensive agility and for the first time, women’s teams. As a bonus for current Ultimate Team players, Pele and Messi are being dropped to into players’ accounts this week for a five-game loan.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst: This prelude to the first Mirror’s Edge will focus on Faith.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst immerses players in the origin story of Faith, and her rise from a careless young woman to a heroine who opens the eyes of an entire city. Featuring fluid movement and combat in a massive city where you can run free and explore, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst adds a new level of immersion to action adventure games by putting you in the first person perspective. You are not just watching Faith’s fight for freedom, you will experience it through her eyes.

Mirrors Edge Catalyst will release on February 23rd, 2016.

Madden 16: A Fantasy Football mode called You’re the Play Maker was revealed, allowing online or offline play. This years edition features new improvements like overhauled passing, three new catch types, and allows you to play the receiver. Madden 16 will be released on August 25th, 2015.

Star Wars Battlefront: DICE announced features like a new rendering systems for an authentic experience. The visuals were amazing and really took the current hardware to the highest peaks. Battlefront allows you to play as heroes or villains, and outside of multiplayer, offers scripted missions with AI enemies. Watch the video for yourself to see why I am in love with this game. Star Wars Battlefield will be released November 17th, 2015.

That rounded off EA’s E3 briefing. It was definitely wide ranging and very diverse. In my heart of hearts I was hoping for Dead Space 4, but there is always next year, right?

As always stay tuned to PSNation for more news from E3 2015.

Written by Shawn Hiers

Shawn Hiers

Disabled gamer. Married Father of 4, and playing since the Atari days. I have a passion for all things Lego and an avid Toy Collector. I am also an huge Doctor Who Fan and can talk all things Who for hours 🙂

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