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Monday, June 15, 2015

EA's 2015 E3 press conference features Star Wars and sports games

A brief look at what went down during EA's 2015 E3 press conference on June 15:
Mass Effect Andromeda was teased with a trailer that didn't really show much off besides a star map and an N7 operative. But it had some good Johnny Cash music playing. It releases Holiday 2016 for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

The Need for Speed reboot featured shiny cars and lots of racing, and is promised to be much bigger than Rivals. It releases Nov. 3 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Mirror's Edge: Catalyst is a beautiful looking game that will be the origin story for protagonist Faith. It takes place in an open-world setting with no levels and no load screens, and Faith won't have any guns to get past her foes. I never played the first Mirror's Edge, but really enjoyed the first-person platforming in the recently released Dying Light.

The most charming title of the conference definitely was Unravel, starring a yarn-man named Yarny. The side-scrolling platformer showed off Yarny's moves, allowing him to use the yarn on his own body to attach to fish and climb trees. It's a very cute title.

The popular Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is getting a sequel (first shown off in Microsoft's conference) and boasts new characters. EA is promising free content updates after launch as well. It's expected to launch Spring 2016.

Of course, it's not an EA conference without sports titles, and Madden 16 (passing game overhaul), NHL 16 and NBA Live 16 (you can put your face in the game!) got some love. Soccer great Pele stopped by to chat about FIFA 16 as well.

Last, but not least, is Star Wars, and a few titles were shown off. For those who still play The Old Republic, there will be a new expansion called Knights of the Fallen Empire, which will be free to all subscribers. And there will be another collectible card game to get that Hearthstone money, this one being Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. However, Star Wars Battlefront was the real star here, and gameplay footage of a hectic battle on Hoth was shown off through various points of view. It looks very, very good on the Frostbite Engine. It releases Nov. 17, just in time for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" later in the holiday season.


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