For a company that has won the “Worst Company in America” poll in 2011 and 2012, EA showed a lot of promise and announced a number of crowd pleasing games in its E3 press conference.
The conference stared with Popcap studios who demoed their new game called Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare; a 3rd person survival game where up to 4 players can fend off zombies with the help of their plant saviors. The developer moved on with the reveal of the puzzle game; Peggle 2.
Next up was Respawn studio’s Vince Zampella, who presented a behind-the-scenes video of their upcoming game Titanfall, a massively mutliplayer FPS where players can seemlessly jump in and out of game and battle giant mechs called Titans.
Next up came Criterion who revealed Need for Speed: Rivals, a new iteration in the popular racing franchise, which features seemless transition between singleplayer and multiplayer as well as SmartGlass integration for calling police helicopters and getting a birds eye view of the course.
After that came Bioware and they announced a sequel to their popular fantasy RPG franchise; Dragon Age: Inquisition with a CG trailer and the knowledge that it will be coming somewhere in Fall 2014.
Next in lime were DICE who started things off a bang with the reveal of a new Star Wars: Battlefront in full Frostbite 3 treatment and then went on to show off Battlefield 4 features like 64 player maps and commander mode.
And finally, DICE dropped the bombshell by bringing back the cult classic game back from the grave by announcing the next iteration of Mirror’s Edge for the next gen consoles.
All in all, the presentation was filled with some usual suspects like the sports titles and obligatory NFS game but there were enough pleasant surprises like Battlefront and Mirrors Edge to warrant the show a success in the eyes of gamers.
The whole conference was focused on the PS4 and Xbox One and while some of the games announced were also receiving current gen ports; on the whole the presentation never bothered to notice PS3, WiiU, Xbox 360, 3DS and Vita.