By Nick Schifani
What's up y’all?! If you've been paying attention to the site, then you know a lot of our coverage has been dedicated to E3 2017. Of course, with most everyone who contributes to the site being video game fans, E3 is a big week for us. We are going to breakdown each press conference here on the site. We'll briefly talk about each game that drew our interest and show the trailers too! EA kicked off the press conferences this past Saturday.
Like most gaming press conferences, EA jumped in with a hype video and quickly followed by a bunch of dudes in Tom Brady jerseys in a drum line. This can only mean one thing…
We jump start Madden 18 with EA introducing us to the first-ever Story Mode. Much like last year's installment of FIFA, EA decided to add some depth to one of their flagship sports games. I'm intrigued by this new mode for Madden. I've always been a fan of Madden, but for the past 2-3 years, I could no longer justify buying it. However, this year will be different. I can't help to wonder how much depth there is to story mode. How much customization will there be? Will I be able to change the position the character plays? In the video, you see he played at The University of Texas. Do I pick where he went to college or is it set in stone? Finally, do we even care about things like that? Hell, do we even care about stuff like that if it is good? Overall, Long Shot looks really cool and I can't wait to get my hands-on Madden 18!
Battlefield 1 DLC
Up next we get the name of the Battlefield 1 DLC, In the Name of the Tsar. The DLC looks like a ton of fun. I played a good bit of Battlefield 1 when it came out last year. The DLC will certainly bring me back to play more. This news certainly speaks to the sect of people falling in love with this franchise. I know our friend, Grant Box, will be excited about the DLC.
I can't speak much about this game. I've always enjoyed jumping in to play a quick game of FIFA here and there, but I am nowhere close to a super fan. I appreciate EA continuing to build on the story mode they presented last year. And with Cristiano Ronaldo on the cover, EA can do no wrong with this game.
Need for Speed: Payback
Another EA title I can't give too much insight on. There is certainly a market for these types of games. Payback is an action-packed racing game built on more than just racing. It might as well be a Fast and Furious game at this point. I'm sure plenty of people out there will go for this game.
A Way Out
Outside of the new Star Wars: Battlefront 2 game, A Way Out may be the coolest thing EA showed at the press conference. From Hazelight Studios, the creators of a Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, this title has a making to be a Triple-A game, but will EA push it enough to make it one. Solely a Co-op game, A Way Out can be played online or couch co-op. If you were lucky enough to catch the conference, you saw the creator, Josef Fares, get super hyped! If you ask me, his excitement was enough to sell me on the game. Fares said the game will play uniquely for each person through the various scenarios. It seems as one player is performing one action, the other is setting up what happens next. It's refreshing to see EA invest their money into a new idea other than sports and shooters.
Star Wars: Battlefront 2
Speaking of shooters, finally, we get into Star Wars: Battlefront 2. EA went all out for the second installment of the game. Strom Troopers rolled out on the stage, only to be upstaged by the gorgeous Janina Gavankar. If you've seen the trailer before you know Janina is our character, we will spend a lot of time with during the new single-player mode for the game. She plays Commander Iden Versio, leader of the Inferno Squad. She was out there to give us an in-depth peek into the new game and its single player mode. It’s about time we got a campaign mode for the series. I think it's easy to say all nerds around the world were giving a standing ovation once the video for this rolled out. I can't wait for this holiday to jump back into the Star Wars worlds.