Star Wars: The Old Republic is next, with a ton of announcements about—what else—new content. We are going to see new war zones, the addition of ranked PVP, a brand new planet to visit, new missions, new player classes, new companions, and more. There even seems to be some sort of new high-level content that puts you up against some sort of inter-dimensional space crab that attempts to swallow you whole. (What's with all the space crabs, EA?)
Also, the game will be free to play up to level 15 in July, so if you want to give these new additions a whirl, you'll soon have your chance.
Medal of Honor Warfighter is next, and it's pretty impressive. The game is supposedly based on real-world events and hotspots, which is indeed gutsy considering the whole "opposing force" debacle that went down with the last Medal of Honor release. Most of the action we saw was plain old aim-down-sights gameplay, until the player got to a locked door. He was given an interesting wheel of tools to choose from in order to breach the lock, and he chose to use his shotgun to break the lock apart. Upon entering the door, time slowed down, laying out all the enemies that needed to be killed on a display at the bottom of the screen. A timer ticked down, signifying when the slowdown would end as the player went bout ridding the room of the enemy. The HUD showed exactly how many enemies were left, how close they were to death, and approximately where they were in the room. It was pretty cool.
After that, we were taken on a mission where the player had to control a robotic military drone, aiding troops from the back lines. It was pretty epic, even when the enemy eventually blew the drone to pieces. The game will release October 23rd.
Next up is FIFA and their brand new cover athlete Lionel Messi. FIFA 12 players will retain all of their levels and XP for FIFA 13, which will also be playable on phones and tablets with stats transferrable between the different versions. There are also new dribbling controls which allow you to get around your opponents in creative ways (much like Messi does when he destroys people in real life).
Then the crowd exploded as the president of the UFC came out to announce that EA has partnered with the UFC for a multi-year game contract. What does this mean? We don't know yet. No gameplay was shown and they probably don't even have a demo ready to go yet. What we do know is that the age of UFC Undisputed is over. EA is in charge from this point on.
With two games left, Need for Speed: Most Wanted showed up on screen. The open world driving system was explained a bit, and it seems a bit like Grand Theft Auto. Everything you do in the game gives you points. Make a faster car? Get points. Crash into enough cops? Get points. Make a sick jump? Get points. Place first in racing challenges? Get points. All of these points are totaled together to give you a most wanted ranking. The goal of the game is to become the most wanted among all of your friends, which once again plays into this social media theme that has been so present this year at E3. However, the coolest part of the presentation was the constant overworld. To get into new challenges, you simply drive to them and the challenge starts. This allows you to prepare by building up boost and upping or lowering your wanted level before the race or challenge even begins. Need for Speed: Most Wanted is launching October 30th.
Finally we saw Crysis 3, though EA didn't actually reveal all that much. We got to see a demo where the player blew up a generator and stuck C4 to a pipe before ziplining out, but that's about it. One thing I will say, though, the game is absolutely gorgeous! My eyes were practically bleeding with the amazingly smooth graphics that were being pumped directly into my skull. So yeah, it may not be that interesting, but it certainly is pretty. Crysis 3 will release in February 2013.
Stay tuned for full previews once we get our hands on these titles. Oh, and make sure to watch out for giant crabs!
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: June 5, 2012
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