Not a lot out of EA this year. Their presser had a few pret-ty awkward moments, but overall it was an improvement over years past - mainly thanks to the earnest enthusiasm of Janina Gavankar in a saucy little Imperial-themed cocktail dress (the actor who plays the lead in Star Wars Battlefront II's campaign), and some pretty good-lookin' footage of Need For Speed Payback and Battlefront II.
Let's break it down.
- Madden 18 is gonna' have a story-driven campaign a'la FIFA.
- Battlefield 1 is getting a bunch of new maps and DLC.
- FIFA's story-driven campaign is gettin' a sequel in the next FIFA.
- Need For Speed Payback is pure The Fast And The Furious, and while its graphics are pretty sexy its crashes feel old after like the second one you see.
- The biggest news of EA's show is easily the announcement of BioWare's new game, Anathem. We got a teaser and nothin' else - they say we'll see more at Microsoft's presser.
- The next thing from the Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons dev looks like the story-driven co-op game Telltale wishes they could make, A Way Out - WORTH WATCHING.
- Star Wars Battlefront II got a gorgeous gameplay trailer and a twenty-minute demonstration.
It did... not sell me on the game. Pretty graphics though!
What's most disappointing in EA's conference, I think, is the almost-complete lack of surprise. The only thing we didn't know about (or hadn't anticipated) was A Way Out. We knew BioWare's core team was working on something new, and all we've been shown is something that reminds us a bit of Mass Effect. Otherwise it was just a bunch of EA franchises that always come out every year, and ooh look they're coming out this year again.
Overall, Electronic Arts has given us little to actually feel hyped about. Next up: Microsoft tomorrow at 4PM Central.
That should be a lot more interesting.