EA’s E3 Conference:
Review & Impressions
E3 is upon us, gaming folks, and it kicked off with a bang! Just kidding, EA showed up and put us to sleep. Having been named the worst company in America multiple times, EA isn’t precisely the top choice to open the hype-fest that is E3, but alas they got the opening round and showed what they could do.
EA started the ceremony decently; showing off Titanfall 2 which will feature a single-player campaign after the initial entry didn’t have one. Overall the new entry looked like a great step above its predecessor, but the fact that a single-player campaign is considered“advancement” in this day and age is a little disheartening, though at least it’s a start.
Moving forward, they got talking about Mass Effect Andromeda, and by talking about I mean they explained when they’re going to actually reveal stuff about the game. One of the titles that people were genuinely curious about going into E3, the latest Mass Effect basically got a nice pat on the back with EA planning on releasing more info on the game in the Fall.
And then came the EA signature, spending forever on sports games that don’t change or advance one damn bit. That’s not an indictment on sports games, I don’t mind a game of Madden with a friend now and then, but there’s little reason to spend time on them when the games differ very little year-to-year. EA did add a new story mode to their FIFA 17 game, however, it doesn’t allow customization as far as we can tell. Once again, it’s a start.
Then came an indy game called Fe, which was the biggest surprise from the conference as something new and actually quite striking visually. Compared favorably to last year’s Unravel, Fe was a serious bright spot for the conference, breaking up the monotony of EA’s average game.
Star Wars news was up next. EA seems quite proud of themselves for just owning Star Wars games, evident here in the fact that there was practically no news. They announced multiple titles in development, including another Battlefront, an original story-based game by Amy Hennig, and a new Star Wars title by Respawn Entertainment. All in all, this was just another announcement for future announcements with nothing that got people out of their seats.
Lastly was what everyone came for: Battlefield 1. It looked like… um… Battlefield. I mean it’s been detailed how this game looks, not much has changed. It definitely passed the appearance test with flashy graphics and awesome visuals, which I suppose is new for the World War I setting. It was probably the right call to end the show on this though, seeing as it was everything everyone expected and was actually ready to show off at E3.
HIGH POINT: Fe
Both Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 looked great, but I’m gonna give this nod to a game people didn’t know about and looked pretty different. Still more of a vague idea, Fe fits into the indy clichés of “adorable protagonist,” “distinct art-style,” and “dark undertones,” but still felt original among EA’s normal shtick. It’s one of those obscure games that’s both elevated by E3 and elevates the event with something new.
LOW POINT: Star Wars News
I could have put the sports portion here, but it’s gotten to the point where I go completely brain-dead the minute EA starts talking about their annual athletics. Instead it’s Star Wars, a franchise with numerous classic games, which has already been tainted by EA. The fact that they’re already working on a sequel to Battlefront while supposedly still supporting the last one is disappointing and no real news came about. It was all just to say “hey we have Star Wars games! They exist!” with very little to show for it.
If I could describe EA’s conference in one phrase, it’d be “An exercise in mediocrity and mystery.” It was bad. The worst kind of bad, too. Not laughably awful, just forgettable and pointless. There was hardly anything new presented and some stuff they did present was just redundant. Other things they showed off were basically murky teasers for games that were clearly nowhere near being ready to display. Titanfall 2, Fe, and Battlefield were all solid, but not worth the hour EA wasted saying nothing.
OVERALL GRADE: D+