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So how was EA’s presentation?
Maybe they shouldn’t go first…
A Way Out and Star Wars: Battlefront II were the stars of the show, with the rest consisting of some of the most cringe-worthy content that I’ve seen in a long time, and of course, tons of sports. EA’s show exhibited why you don’t just throw people up on stage just because they have a following on social media.
A Way Out: My Favorite Announcement
A Way Out drew my attention in a way that’s rare for an E3 presentation, showing off a narrative-focused experience with an emphasis on teamwork. The premise of trying to escape prison seems fresh to me, even if it has been done before. Generally, the whole idea behind a prison escape in a videogame is to be a small part of the overall picture, but it looks like the escape and subsequent run from the police is a major focus, if not the entire story. It’s sad to admit, but I’m genuinely excited to see a game coming out (that isn’t racing, sports, or platforming focused) that emphasizes local co-op so much as well. It looks very promising.
Star Wars: Battlefront II Probably Won’t Suck
Star Wars: Battlefront II looks downright incredible also, if only because direct comparisons can be drawn to the first of the rebooted series. Hearing that the title will not only have a significant single player component, as well as a renewed focus on local play and spacecraft, is definitely a good thing in my opinion. The biggest news by far however is that EA more or less confirmed that additional content will be provided post-launch, free of charge. I’m still skeptical about what they’re planning in lieu of charging for DLC, but I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Bioware Takes The Stage, Briefly
It looks like Bioware is releasing something that isn’t Dragon Age or Mass Effect, in the form of something that definitely evokes the feeling of Destiny. Anthem might be promising, but after Mass Effect: Andromeda, I’m fine with putting Bioware games on the back burner.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an E3 EA conference without the obligatory sizzle reels for Madden, FIFA, and NBA Live, of which I ended up skipping all coverage.
The general feel of the conference was limp, awkward, and in the case of Janina Gavankar, forced. She seems like a gifted actress and had the necessary air of confidence, but she needed a better script for the conference. It felt like the folks that gave her the talking points were trying too hard to make her sound appealing to the audience. Instead of sounding genuine, she sounded like a mall Santa who tries to convince kids that he’s real.
A message to EA: next time, instead of trying to get your speaker to relate to a hypothetical audience of 12 year-old children, just present the game.
And let your speakers speak more from the heart.
And don’t put YouTubers on stage without giving them practice runs to get their lines right.
And don’t give us trailers for trailers, like you did with Anthem. If you’re going to show us a game, just show it…
Get the full scoop below. From GameSpot, I know. It’s the best I could do!
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