EA Games is the first company to start things off after the big three press conferences. Kicking things off can be a daunting task, but I think the folks at EA had things well under control. What better way to show this then to show off some their hot games?
Taking place at Fairmont Hotel, EA started things off by popping a video up for Pogo.com that showed off some casual games including some card games and puzzle games. EA continues by showing off some footage of a game that I have been anticipating since the announcement a couple of months ago - Boogie, a music based game that allows players to get down to some funky beats with some eccentric aliens. EA also showed off some of the Wii remote functionality. They revealed the singing elements of the title by selecting the song "Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls. We are also going to be able to record our videos and throw on some special effects to your characters, like 3D glasses. These "Self Expression" elements are just one of the few ways to include to whole family.
Next, up we have a little video montage from Jambat, the mobile phone gaming company. The graphics may not be glorious, but this commitment is a nice step into the mobile phone gaming market. The titles revealed are an indication of the future - Madden, Harry Potter, NBA Live, Bejeweled, The Simpsons, and Tetris.
EA continues with some more Nintendo Wii love as they show off the EA Playground. There will be a three on three Dodgeball game, as well as what looks like a soccer, tennis, volleyball combination called Kicks. Kicks will also support multiplayer with up to four players joining in on the cartoony fun. Yet another Wii game revealed is Smarty Pants. This will mark the Wii's first trivia game. Players will watch as the wheel spins and they can interact using the Wii-mote to try to get the right question hopefully. Players will use their Wii-mote to simulate raising your hand to answer the question. For those instances of a tie, you will shake the remote to help decide who will get to answer the question.
They switched it to a couple of games that they have been working on for a while. The first one is designed to see if a computer can make you cry. The other game is about "blocks". The games are LMNO and PQRS respectively. They start demonstrating the game and start showing off how similar the game is to Jenga, with exceptions. One big exception is the explosive pieces that eradicate the other little "blocks".
The last game EA showed is one to rock out and watch out for, Rock Band. EA set up a Rock Band advisory, including Steven Van Zandt, to help with the selection of songs available in the game. Little Stevie himself took the stage, being introduced as the chairman of the advisory committee. He talked about how much he is enjoying the game and announced a few of the titles for the game - The Who "Won't Get Fooled Again", David Bowie "Suffragette City", Bon Jovi "Wanted Dead or Alive", Tom Sawyer "Rush", Nirvana "In Bloom", Stone Temple Pilots "Vaseline", and Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly". He also revealed that Rock Band will also have full albums on the game as well. The first available for download is The Who's "Who's Next". Another bit of information that will make many fans of rock ecstatic is the inclusion of a substantial amount of tracks from Metallica including "Enter Sandman". EA wrapped things up by having a few begin a session of Rock Band with David Bowie's "Suffragette City."
EA has placed a nice sized boot for others to fill in the remaining conferences. Keep checking back with CheatCC for E3 coverage as the mega event continues.
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