E3 2015 - EA Press Conference Highlights

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 2:21 PM
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After the tidal wave of successes that were Bethesda's and Microsoft's respective E3 2015 press conferences, the pressure was on Electronic Arts to deliver a conference above and beyond the norm. EA definitely didn't achieve that, but despite a less than stellar showing it still had enough nuggets of quality to make it a worthwhile watch.

We knew what the best bits were going to be before EA's press conference had even started, so while it might have been short of surprises, the gameplay reveals of Star Wars Battlefront, Need for Speed and co looked every bit as stunning as we'd hoped. This was backed up by reveals for Mirror's Edge Syndicate, Mass Effect Andromeda, and more. 

Star Wars Battlefront

In a mostly forgettable E3 press conference from EA, Star Wars Battlefront was the shining light. DICE’s shooter looks phenomenal, and the gameplay demo on Hoth just has us itching to strap on our snow boots and head on out into the warzone. We had our doubts Star Wars Battlefront could look anywhere near as it did during the reveal footage a month or so ago, but the gameplay from the PlayStation 4 looked pretty impressive. Those worried about the player count drop to 40 needn’t be too worried based on this demo as well, there’s plenty of action, no doubt due to focusing players on specific hot points and objectives.

Actually piloting at AT-AT looks awesome, the foot soldiers don’t stand a chance, while get to see the nimble Snowspeeder in action, performing the classic wrap-around the legs of at AT-AT, bringing it crumbling to its knees. The walkers don’t appear to respawn, rather there’s a set amount per map marching towards the enemy. Anyway, enough chit chat, you can see the gameplay demo for yourself below.

Star Wars Battlefront’s out on November 17th, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Mass Effect Andromeda

Electronic Arts kicked its press conference off with a proper trailer for Mass Effect 4, or Mass Effect Andromeda, as it’s now known. None of that rubbish artwork guff we saw last year, this was a proper cinematic trailer for the Mass Effect sequel, possibly with a teeny bit of gameplay footage thrown in for good measure, but it’s difficult to tell.

Mass Effect Andromeda marks the start of a new chapter for Mass Effect, taking place entirely separate to the original trilogy. It’s called Andromeda because it’ll have players exploring the Andromeda galaxy. Why, we don’t know yet. Fans will be pleased / disappointed to know the Mako’s also making a return for some planetary exploration.

Other than that we know the square root of nothing about Mass Effect Andromeda, other than it’s coming in late 2016, for PC and current-gen consoles. But, presumably not the Wii U.

Need For Speed

We knew Need For Speed was going to get a showing, and EA duly obliged. It looks pretty much as expected, looking very much how we’d expect a Need For Speed: Underground sequel to look. Visual wise it pretty much stands up to that teaser trailer from a fortnight ago, but this is aided by a frankly insane amount of motion blur to cover up the cracks.

Need For Speed will be set in a huge open-world city which is roughly twice the size of Need for Speed: Rivals, with not one, not two, but five overlapping stories. It’s like EA has gone all Dickens on us. These overlapping stories take the user through five different methods of racing in Need for Speed - Speed, Build, Crew, Style and Outlaw. So there you go.

Need For Speed is out on November 3rd for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

It’s the one many have been waiting. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is happening, and it’s a total reboot of the original game. Not the same game mind, a proper reimagining. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst makes a shift to a totally open world, with free-roaming using Faith’s parkour skills, with no individual levels to speak of. DICE is treading a tightrope with an open-world, but time will tell whether it’s going to pay off.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is leaping onto PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on February 23rd, 2016.

Plants v Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

The original Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare was pretty good, but I can’t be the only one not to see the glamourous side of showcasing its sequel for so long onstage. In Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 the plants are taking it to the zombies, invading Zomburbia and setting things straight. It’s precisely what you've probably been expecting, with more weapons, game modes, and maps, and it’s coming in early 2016.

Unravel

It was a pleasant surprise that EA, consumer giant as it is, had a little time for a smaller title in its repertoire. I hesitate to call it an indie game, what with it being published by a supergiant, but Unravel is a neat looking 2D puzzle platformer from a small studio. One extremely nervous man came out to announce it, and I almost wanted to reach in to the screen and tell him it’ll be alright. His game looks great, so he can stop fretting. It features a yarn creature that unravels itself to traverse the environment. This opens up opportunities for trapeze-like puzzles as it wraps around objects.

And the rest...

EA Sports

For me to tell you that EA Sports’ offerings got a ridiculous amount of airtime is an understatement. The four games below must’ve covered nearly half the conference alone, or at least it felt like that. I love FIFA as much as the next person, but there’s only so much that can be said about the yearly iterations before I nod off. Anyway, you can skip all that boring talking and just watch the trailers below for all you need to know.

NBA LIVE 16| Official E3 First Look Trailer

Madden NFL 16 | Official E3 Gameplay Trailer

NHL 16 | Official E3 Gameplay Trailer

FIFA 16 Official E3 Gameplay Trailer

Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen Empire

Lastly, EA announced the next expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen Empire. The expansion pack is launching this October and it’s going to be free to all subscribers of the MMO, or available to purchase separate for F2P players. The expansion pushes the level cap up to 65. All we saw from EA was a CG trailer, albeit a lovely looking one, showing two brothers facing up against one another in a violent feud. 

How would you rate EA's conference?

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18:51 Jun-17-2015

So pumped for Mirrors Edge Catalyst!

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19:23 Jun-16-2015

Honestly i was suprised by the graphics in Unravel. Looking forward to that gane

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18:20 Jun-16-2015

Man NBA live looks terrible! Lebrons face looks like shaquille o'neal lol! And the whole look of the game is like 2k12 or something near it. The only thing that can save this game is increadibly good mechanics!

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18:13 Jun-16-2015

I really hope Mass effect Andromeda is set after the events of ME3 and not before, I hate any prequels of any kind. It just means they don't know how to move forward.

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15:37 Jun-16-2015

Mass effect and NFS, then, New PC, here i come...

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15:36 Jun-16-2015

Not excited at all by Battlefront. It's basically Battlefield In Space.. no originality or anything. DICE failed

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15:39 Jun-16-2015

Except not in space :P

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16:29 Jun-16-2015

I don't know if you ever played the original Battlefront games, but that is pretty much what it is. They hit it right on the dot. That is why DICE was a perfect choice for the game.

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11:02 Jun-17-2015

I never played it , but this game just looks identical to Battlefield 3/4. The weapons dont even look Star-Wars-ish at all. Not going to be buying this

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16:06 Jun-18-2015

You realise the original Star Wars weapons were based off of WW1 guns?

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