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E3 2012: EA Press Conference

News; Jun. 6, 2012; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec
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Despite some big-name sequels, EA shows lackluster content lineup

Alongside Microsoft and UbiSoft, EA gave its own hourlong press conference to showcase some of its upcoming titles for the next two years. While the selection was solid with some big-name sequels, there was little for gamers who don’t enjoy shooters or sports titles.

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Some of the highlights included: 

  • New Sim City gameplay footage. Appears to control much like past titles but with some emphasis on roads and specialized towns. Crime is also a new feature, giving the player control over how to punish those law breakers.
  • EA Sports showed off the newest installments in the Madden and FIFA series. Each now features social networking mechanics as well as tweaks to gameplay mechanics. 
  • EA Sports also announced acquiring the UFC license, previously owned by THQ.
  • A preview for XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Featured updated gameplay with improved graphics and sound. 
  • Battlefield 3 will now feature a premium payment service similar to Call of Duty Elite. This service will net you new dog tags, weapons and five expansion packs before anyone else. Price is currently set at $49.99. Battlefield Premium is available for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.
  • EA also showcased another military-themed FPS, Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The graphics and gameplay look incredibly polished and solid and include new features such as door breaching and remote-controlled robots. 
  • A slew of sequels were showcased, including Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Crysis 3, and Dead Space 3.
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted will be made by Criterion Games, the makers of Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. An emphasis on street racing and running from the cops in name brand cars appears to be present.
  • Crysis 3 involves a jungle-infested New York City. A new weapon showcased was a futuristic bow able to take down armored soldiers. 
  • Dead Space 3 features co-op, new characters, and a new planet seemingly inspired by Lost Planet. Gameplay appears to be much more action and shooting oriented than previous Dead Space titles.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic will now be free to play up to level 16.
  • Dust 514 will feature game-related apps through PS Home and PS Vita. 

While the games appeared solid, the lack of new IPs or surprising announcements was disappointing. Even the biggest titles were games that the general public already knew about, and some games (Dead Space 3) look far removed from what originally made them unique titles.

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