Friday, June 17, 2016

HotSauce Off the Presses Post E3 2016 - EA Press Conference

Hello Hot Sauce Nation! SirOrin here with my "Post-E3" issues of Hot Sauce Off the Presses!

Yesterday wrapped up the final day of E3 and we had quite a few surprises as well as a number of confirmed leaks reveal themselves either on the floor or in a press conference. Below you will see my impressions of the various press conferences. Each day I will go over a different publisher. Overall I would say this was a solid year for E3 and it is my favorite time of the year for games!

Previously on TXK Hot Sauce: Mattikus continues to chronicle his journey through Valkyria Chronicles as well as opening his first packs in Hearthstone, Rex continues down the indie RPG path with To The Moon and Home, Keys has mercy on his teammates in Overwatch and Tree of Savior.

New/Upcoming releases we are excited about: Rhythm Heaven Megamix, Mighty No. 9 (I will believe this is out when I see it).
~ SirOrin

HotSauce Off the Presses for the EA Press Conference

This was by far one of the "high" lights of Battlefield 1.

EA decided to open the show with Titanfall 2, which was a great idea because this game shows amazingly well. It looks like the fast paced, multiplayer focused game we came to love in the first Titanfall and it is obvious Respawn knows how to make a FPS multiplayer game. However, the biggest draw for me was the addition of a single player campaign. The narrative they seem to be trying to tell looks very cool and I love a good sentient robot story.

As always, EA also spent a lot of time going over their sports lineup. I have played my fair share of Madden over the years, as well as dabbling in their other franchises. That said, I was pretty bored during this segment. But hearing the one kid explain how he broke his collarbone during a footrace with untied shoelaces had me rolling with laughter. These kids should not be handed a microphone.

Next was the trailer for Mass Effect and this is probably one of my most anticipated games over the next year. I am a huge fan of the series and am one of the people who didn't hate the ending to Mass Effect 3. This game is set in a distant part of the universe and looks really well made. It was surprising to see the Mako back but I also liked that in Mass Effect 1 so this was exciting to me and I can't wait to see more.

After a brief segment focusing on soccer, EA moved on to a smaller new IP called "Fe". Despite not really getting interested in many of EA's smaller games like Unraveled I highly respect them for putting a focus on new and small projects.

Speaking of things that are neither new, nor small. Star Wars will be one of the new backbones for EA. I expect a million Star Wars games to come out over the next few years and based on the trailers, I'm not wrong. I have enjoyed a number of Star Wars games, such as the Rogue Squadron games as well as the Dark Forces franchise, so I have high hopes, but by far the best looking Star Wars game they showed was the new Amy Hennig game with Visceral. It was a very brief scene shown but it looks incredible and she is great at building worlds and characters.

Finally, they ended with a huge Battlefield 1 segment including a "celebrity match" featuring some of the most intoxicated and high celebrities they could find in LA. Snoop Dog was literally smoking a joint and playing the game at one point (see above). And Jamie Foxx and Zac Efron looked completely lost, both in the game and in real life. As for the game itself, it mostly just looked like a World War 1 skin on Battlefield to me but I could be missing the nuance.

All in all it was a very good press conference, but you can tell this is a company that focuses mainly on sports and shooters. For better or worse.

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