The only downside to the presentation is that Battlefield has jumped on the to Battle Royale genre, which at this point is now diluted.
E3 2018 has kicked off with EA‘s presentation which was…..just okay. It wasn’t as overwhelming as usual (well, I don’t know what I was expecting except Star Wars, which we got but I wish more could’ve been shown). I’m just gonna speak about the good and not the bad or what I hated.
We learned a bit more about BF5(BFV?) today. A couple more mechanics were revealed in the presentation which includes diving out windows to surprise enemies. Using tanks you can move artillery around the map instead of using cannons that are stuck in parts of the map, by doing so you can change up the strategy of the field….of battle. Another feature is customization of your multiplayer character which beats the generic ones we’ve always dealt with. The great news is that there will not be any loot boxes or premium passes.
Unravel wasn’t really on the top of my list of games that I would ever play but this reveal changed my mind. This time it’s a coop game where Yarny and blue Yarny (Blarny?) are connected by a string, they have to work together to solve puzzles and traverse levels. The game is played in co-op mode with a friend but it can even be played single player by having the two characters to merge and divide based on what situation you are in. I was never interested in the first Unravel but this really makes me want to play this game. With it’s unique co-op this should make an interesting side-scroller. The only downside is that their skipping the Nintendo Switch.
Sea of Solitude
A surprise entry is Sea of Solitude. A game that tells a story of a girl who has turned into a monster due to solitude and now must find a way to turn back to her former self. The game is very artistic and has some sailing and platforming elements. The enemies are also other monsters that look similar to you (maybe they are you?). The game looks really nice and is made by a small developer in Berlin. I look forward to playing it.
Now the most exciting news. We do have a new Star Wars game coming out called Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order. There isn’t much to it other than that it will come out during Holiday 2019 and its place in the timeline will be between episodes 3 and 4.
Lastly, Battlefront II will be getting some big updates that have been in demand from fans. We are finally going to be implementing the Clone Wars into the game. Along with that we will be receiving Count Dooku, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and General Grievous. Other characters have not been confirmed but it would be nice to get Jango Fett and Mace Windu for a rematch.
WHAT I HATED
Oh you thought I wasn’t going to complain? WRONG! Of course I am!
I don’t give two dog turds about the EA’s sports games. Yes, I play them but I’m never excited for them. FIFA and Madden have small new features but that’s it. As for NBA Live? It will never beat NBA 2K, they just need to give up and save some money.
Anthem, or as I like to call it “Iron Man Simulator”, is not that special. It’s 3rd person Destiny-like game. Nothing about it has me excited to buy it.
Command & Conquer has been one of the best RTS series around. But today EA has mixed it with mint-chocolate laxatives and crapped out a mobile game. Command & Conquer: Rivals. Never in my life has anyone wasted 10 minutes of my time as EA did with this crap. They should have released a trailer on YouTube and not have put on a long, cringe-y, wanna-be eSports match to show off the game.
The good news is that now we have nowhere to go but up.