Electronic Arts has unveiled a host of games at this year's E3, including Dead Space 3, Madden NFL 13, SimCity and SimCity Social, four new DLC packs for Battlefield 3, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
Electronic Arts has shown off trailers and demos of some of its upcoming games as part of Download 2012 at this year's E3 gaming event, including Dead Space 3, Madden NFL 13, SimCity and SimCity Social, four new DLC packs for Battlefield 3, and Need For Speed: Most Wanted.
“A few years ago the game you bought was the game you got. Now our games offer so much more. We don't stop creating when the game is ready. We go on building more content that connects and extends the experience,” said John Riccitiello, CEO of EA.
The first game shown was Dead Space 3 from Visceral Games. The game will feature new locations, including the depths of space and a frozen planet infested with Necromorph. There will be new characters like John Carver and new gameplay modes like drop in/drop out co-op, which is demonstrated below.
The game launches in February 2013.
Madden NFL 13 promises to deliver "physics you can feel," thanks to the new Infinity Engine. "Every impact is more intense, every battle is more realistic," according to Cam Weber, GM of American Football at EA. He said that the engine will deliver a countless number of animation possibilities, so no two plays will look or feel the same, while interactions between players will be more organic. The Infinity Engine takes into consideration the character's mass, speed and momentum, and this can affect their balance and performance in a game. A character's physical attributes also have more impact, with smaller players unable to push through larger players, but having more speed and agility. Finally, the game is putting an end to pre-defined endings, so players can struggle on and try to regain their balance after being tackled, compared to previously just having to give up and watch the animation play out.
The game will also feature a Connected Careers mode, which provides strong gameplay progression, a dynamic storyline, and social integration, allowing players to create or join leagues with up to 32 other people. Gamers can play as NFL legends, as themselves, or as a coach, giving a wide variety of gameplay options. Each game will earn the player XP, which can be spent to upgrade their character's abilities, adding an element of RPG to the sports game. Players can reach the Hall of Fame, retire from the league, and watch as the story unfolds around them, with a virtualised Twitter feed to add some immersion to the experience.
Check out some gameplay below, with Kinect voice commands demonstrated.
"One of our best known franchises, SimCity, has seen a lot of immitators over the years," said Lucy Bradshaw, GM of Maxis. "But I'm very happy to say that we are gaining back our crown as king of the city builders."
SimCity Social is, as many expected, coming to Facebook. Check out the trailer below. Perhaps the best bit about it is "More City, less Ville." We wonder what that could be a reference to.
PC users won't miss out either, however, as a new SimCity game is on the horizon, complete with multiplayer, dynamic challenges and Godzilla.
There's more first-person shooter goodies on the way with Battlefield 3 Premium, announced by Dice. It offers two weeks early access to new content, 20 new weapons, 10 new vehicles, 20 new maps, new dog tags, strategy guides, advanced features and more. The early access will be the big thing, and Dice is not just content with the two DLC updates it has already announced, namely the infantry-heavy Close Quarters due in June and the tank-heavy Armored Kill due in September; it has also announced Aftermath, a survival patch set in a destroyed city, due in December, and End Game for high-speed action and motorcycles, due in March 2013.
Criterion is bringing racing back to the fore with Need For Speed: Most Wanted, which "makes competition out of everything," including race times, pursuits, and jumps, which earn players speed points and puts them higher on the Most Wanted list. Check out the gameplay below.