E3 2011: BATTLEFIELD 3 Leads Pack of Sequels for EA Games
E3 2011: BATTLEFIELD 3 Leads EA Lineup
There will be a lot of hype by some game sites over the course of the next few months about a perceived competition between Battlefield 3 and other war-game sequels. We're here to tell you today that there is no competition, because this is a game clearly at a level above the others.Many companies, including EA with last year's Medal of Honor have tried to make claims of realism, but none of them have really come through. Ultimately, while there are some great and exciting and very fun cinematic moments in many of these games, they all still just feel distinctly like a video game. By now, most fans have seen some of the cinematic trailers to Battlefield 3 and probably scoffed, thinking "Well the actual game won't look that good." Well, it does. In fact, this may well be one of the best looking games released to date.
The yearly sports titles always run a danger of merely being more of the same, with a couple of cosmetic changes and the new roster for the new season. Madden 11 bucked that trend with new gameplay, new animations, and a faster-paced yet deeper football experience than ever before delivered. Unfortunately, that means there's less they can really do this year, and it showed in our brief hands-on with the next installment. There were really no discernible changes as I played a quarter, feeling like it was just me sitting on my couch playing 11. Further hands-on or a guided tour by developers may reveal something more, but for now this seems like it's just Madden, for better or for worse.
If it seems like forever since an SSX game was on the shelves, that's not far off. SSX On Tour in 2005 was the last full-featured game, which came out for the consoles of the last generation. While that edition added skiers, it also subtracted online play, which fans and critics reacted poorly to. SSX Blur in 2007 was a Wii exclusive that had no new tracks and voiceless characters. So when EA announced a new SSX would be coming in January 2012, fans of the franchise, or at least of what it once was in its PlayStation 2 heyday, were excited. Seeing an early build of the game showed plenty to be excited about, with three modes and some big changes. This time around, you'll be able to go down virtually any major mountain in the world. The mountains have been replicated in detail using NASA imagery and topography data, making this the most realistic setting for a game of its kind yet. The realism doesn't stop there, with the new Survive it avalanche mode. The avalanche is randomized, with all of the snow being "real" with its own unique physics. It actually reacts logically to how you and other snow hits it, a fact they showed off in the quick demo. Big crazy tricks and intense high speed racing will be back as well, along with all your favorite classic characters like Mac, Elise, and Kaori. While our hands-on time with the very early build was a little glitchy and the controls seem changed for the worse at this stage (honestly, it was probably just too early to bring a hands-on demo), this is still one we'll be watching for some winter fun early next year.Courtney Woods)
"There is no other game quite like the Sims that lets you play with life." That's what EA had to say about the best-selling PC franchise of all time as they introduced the latest expansion (and in consoles' cases new edition). For many, life is not complete without pets. This is not the first time Sims have been allowed to own pets, but this is the first time that man’s best friend is basically a Sim himself. In Sims Pets, dogs, cats, and horses are not only fully customizable, but also playable. At your command, your Sim Pet can damage property, find your Sim a date, or even “woohoo” with other Sim Pets… Yes, that’s right, let the retelling of Lady and the Tramp begin Sims Style. Or if you are more into Scooby Doo, your Sim and his Sim Pet can solve mysteries together. At their E3 booth, EA showed off the customization feature. While it is fun to create a bizarre looking animal (all colors, including purple and teal, are available), some might find it more fun to memorialize their own pet in the Sims universe. I know I got a kick out of seeing my pug, Gentleman Jack, as a Sim. I could even give him accurate personality traits: Piggy, Lazy, and Loyal.