EA are dropping bombs left, right and centre at E3, the best of which we’ve rounded up for you in one lovely little package!
Grab a chair and check out the latest details and trailers for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, FIFA 16, Unravel, Need For Speed and Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2.
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst
Catalyst will be arriving on Xbox One, PS4 and PC come Feb 26th 2016 (Feb 23rd in North America). Telling the story of Faith, a careless young woman who rises to that of a heroine, Mirror’s Edge will feature fluid movement and combat across a huge city which will be free to run and explore.
“When we set out to bring Mirror’s Edge to a new generation of gamers, we knew we wanted to deliver on the potential of the first game – building an iconic heroine in Faith, bringing a beautiful, stylised world to life, and delivering fluid first person action,” says Sara Jansson, Senior Producer at DICE. “In Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, you will get to feel what it’s like to glide across the skyline of the city. You will get to know what it feels like to be a projectile who plows through your opponents. And you will get to experience Faith’s story.”
You’ll need to master the environment, using momentum and timing to combat the opprssion of the ruling elite, uncovering the dark secrets behind the city’s beautiful façade. With an all new sense of freedom players can explore the entire city, discovering a variety of new activities, like ‘Dash’, races from point A to B, environmental puzzles and story missions to complete at their own pace.
Delivering ‘Innovation across the entire pitch’, FIFA 16 will help you compete at a higher level with the FIFA Trainer and introduces for the first time, Women’s National Teams to the game.
Features will include:
- Confidence in Defending
Defenders and attackers are balanced, creating a realistic and enjoyable experience when trying to regain possession of the ball.
· Defensive Agility brings balance in movement between attackers and defenders, driven by more than 25 gameplay feature changes to defender locomotion.
· Defend as a Unit injects intelligence and positional-awareness into players so they can better decide between marking an opponent and covering dangerous space.
· New Tackling Fundamentals offers new behaviors like fake and standing tackles, as well as full-body challenges and the ability to bridge out of sliding tackles when caught out of position.
- Control in Midfield
In midfield, two game-changing features make the battle in the middle of the pitch as important as it is in real football.
· Interception Intelligence gives players the smarts to close passing channels and shutting down options.
· Passing with Purpose offers a new driven pass to play sharp, incisive passes so you can find teammates with precision.
- Moments of Magic
FIFA 16 gives fans the tools they need to create thrilling moments in attack.
· No Touch Dribbling gives players the option to let the ball run to buy time, create separation, feint, and blow by the defender in the final third. A feature inspired by the motion capture of Lionel Messi, it changes the way players attack.
· Clinical Finishing provides variety in shooting and more exciting goals than ever before.
“This year we’re looking at every single role on the pitch, evaluating where we wanted to innovate with all the feedback from fans, and setting out to develop the most balanced and exciting football game in the long history of the EA SPORTS FIFA franchise,” said David Rutter, VP and GM, EA SPORTS FIFA. “Whether fans prefer short and precise passes through the middle, or getting it outside and whipping in crosses, the beauty ofFIFA 16 is that it offers fans the freedom to play their way and find success on the pitch.”
FIFA 16 will release on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC come Sept 26th 2015
Partnering up with Coldwood, EA will be bringing Unravel to Xbox One, PS4 and PC as a digital only title. Introducing Yarny, a tiny new character made from a single thread of yarn, you’ll embark on a seemingly larger than life journey through the breath-taking, lush environments of Northern Scandinavia. Using Yarny’s small thread and big heart, players will traverse nature’s obstacles in this unique physics-based puzzle platformer.
“The idea of Unravel was created from a very personal place. We didn’t start out by saying we’re going to make a puzzle platforming game. We started by thinking more about our lives, and the things we hold meaningful. We wanted the game to have a heart and the gameplay could always be designed to represent that,” says Martin Sahlin, Creative Director at Coldwood. “The tale of Unravel is about love, and the bonds between people. And the yarn is a representation of that. Yarny’s red thread is the tie that connects everything in the game, from the gameplay mechanics to the story, and the people in it.”
Unravel is all about overcoming obstacles, both big and small. Some challenges are simple, whilst others are more complex, and players will need to use Yarny’s thread in clever and creative ways to find the path forward. Along the way, witness him unlock a heartfelt story about love and longing, and the ties that bind. The tale is told completely without words and Yarny is the red thread that runs through it all.
Need For Speed
Hitting the streets in November 2015, 20 years of history and inspiration will be brought together as Ghost Games and EA deliver the definitive Need For Speed experience.
With five ways to play – Speed, Style, Build, Crew and Outlaw, your Need For Speed game will come otgether around five real world automotive icons.
Action-packed overlapping stories, rich with distraction based gameplay, ensure variety and personal preference. Carve your own path through Ventura Bay by playing different event types and propel your progression by ultimately winning your way.
- Speed – Pedal to the metal, high speeds, maximum adrenaline rush. Keep your nerve and never lift off the gas, the fearless always push the limits.
- Style – Expression through driving, sliding the car into a corner sideways with ultimate precision. For some, style is all that matters.
- Build – Take your car to the extreme through visual and performance modification. The constant need to improve and personalize. Craftsmen build, searching for perfection.
- Crew – Ride together with your Crew and never hit the streets alone. Put your faith in others and the skill of close proximity chaos.
- Outlaw – Messing with and escaping from the cops. Push the limits and live life on the edge as you crave the thrill of the chase.
“We’re bringing in Five Ways to Play to ensure that your gameplay experience is all your own and helps propel your progression every second, every minute,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games. “We want everyone to experience that perfect Need for Speed moment – driving insanely fast, sliding through a corner in your customized ride alongside your friends, whilst being chased by the cops.”
Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2
The original Garden Warfare was a massive success and so it comes as no surprise to see EA tending to the garden once more with a sequel. Even crazier and even wilder than the first, GW2 will release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC in the Spring of 2016. It promises to be completely over the top and that’s just what we want!
“We’re incredibly excited to announce this new Plants vs. Zombies adventure,” said Jeremy Vanhoozer, Senior Creative Director, Plants vs. Zombies franchise. “The first Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare was a simple idea, and we were humbled and amazed by how much players loved it. With Garden Warfare 2, we’ve continued to listen to our fans to deliver the craziest experience yet – packed with more of what they loved about the original and even more of the crazy, weird and unexpected that makes this franchise so special. ”
As a thank you to the fans, each and every character you’ve previously unlocked in Garden Warfare will be able to be transferred across into Garden Warfare 2. With fresh lawn-inspiring modes featuring plants on the attack, players can go on the offensive as the plants in an all-new 24-player Herbal Assault mode, or rally the zombies together and defend against the plants in the 4-player co-op mode, Graveyard Ops. It will also introduce six new character classes including Super Brainz, a zombie super hero who thinks he’s an 80’s action movie star, and Citron, a bounty-hunting orange from the future, for a total of more than 100 playable character variants. Each new character class offers outrageous powers and abilities that will provide an added layer of strategic depth to battles. All this takes place across 12 new immersive maps that are bursting with personality and humor, spanning everything from a Time Travel Theme Park to the final frontier.
And for the first time, you’ll be able to play Garden Warfare 2 your way! With multiplayer or solo experiences on the table, each and every new gen gamer should be well catered for.
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