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First Look at EA's line-up

First Look at EA's line-up

Another article by Seth to find out what he thought about EA's line-up and games such as Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3. With all the great games coming in 2011 and 2012, how are we going to keep up?



The Lord is my Shepard

As always, EA had a large number of games on display at this year’s E3 and while almost all of them will be huge releases a few stand out among the rest. Mass Effect 3 is at the top of that list for most. Crowded in to a room that looked something like crew quarters on the Normandy, we were given a demo of the game on what has to be the largest television I’ve ever seen. The game will open with Shepard once again facing trial, this time for his actions and decisions against the Reapers during Mass Effect 2.

From what was shown during the demo it appears the Reapers attack Earth during his trials and that is where the action begins as Shepard and Anderson work their way across a destroyed landscape. Along the way an example of the decisions you have to make is shown, as Shepard can offer help to a scared boy. Later in the scene Shepard watches as the escape vehicle the boy was placed in is destroyed. Beware as the following is a spoiler, but we also found out that Shepard will finally be reinstated as Commander.



The developers took great care to point out some of the changes and improvements in Mass Effect 3. The scope of the gameplay, story, and combat has been expanded. With the Reapers launching a full-scale attack on the galaxy this is to be expected. Character class upgrades now have options attached to them, so you don't simply choose to improve "Combat Mastery". You choose from several options of how to improve it at each level. Guns now have many more upgradeable options, and they can be installed at workbenches even while on missions. The duck and cover system has also been improved and was on full display, as the player was able to quickly move from one cover to another, advancing toward an enemy while remaining unseen.

Evident during the demo is the new scale of the world. The battlefields were often large, more vertical than before, with huge enemies both on land and in the air. Though we weren't shown it, there will be mechanized armor used by the enemy and it can be taken by the player. While the graphics didn't look to have been improved on the whole (it is still early) the improvements made to other areas of the game look like changes in the right direction. If what developer BioWare showed us is any indication Mass Effect 3 should be a bigger and more involved game than either of its predecessors.



The more, the deadlier

EA’s other heavy-hitter was undoubtedly Battlefield 3. DICE have gone all out for this one with a new engine that provides for an incredible level of detail and destructible environments. EA was kind enough to invite us to a hands-on multiplayer demo of the game and it didn’t disappoint. We were given the choice of one of four character classes: Assault, Engineer, Support, or Recon. All are balanced for playability alone, but benefit each other when played in a balanced squad as they have unique abilities. The engineer’s flashlight can blind other players or the AI, for example.

The developers have gone out of their way to meld the best aspects of Battlefield 2 with aspects of the Bad Company games. The dog tag feature makes a reappearance, this time with a great degree of customizability. When an opposing player takes you out they can collect your tag and it will feature designs and statistics that you’ve chosen. The tag they collect will feature your stats at the time of the kill, though, so as you get better you may become a prized target. Our demo was on the PC, which is the lead platform for the game, and the graphics and sound design were impressive. Fans of the series are sure to be satisfied when the game releases in October of 2011.

All comments

Commented on 2011-06-30 21:17:51
That omni-blade looks like Prototype. If they have a side-profile of Shepard in the cover, rip-off!
Commented on 2011-06-30 21:31:33 In reply to digi_matrix
Posted by digi_matrix
That omni-blade looks like Prototype. If they have a side-profile of Shepard in the cover, rip-off!
and the goddamn BLUE to ORANGE gradient. My EYES!
Commented on 2011-06-30 21:37:04
cant wait for both games. BF3 OPEN BETA in september.
im happy that dice said at E3 the PS3 version will be the best :)
Commented on 2011-06-30 21:43:25 In reply to r0n53n
Posted by r0n53n
cant wait for both games. BF3 OPEN BETA in september.
im happy that dice said at E3 the PS3 version will be the best :)
You mean the PC version right? heh.....
Commented on 2011-06-30 21:47:33
Plus..

http://gamerant.com/battlefield-3-lighting-xbox-36...

Who knows? The exact opposite could very well be true. I don't recall them ever having said that the PS3 version looked or ran better than the Xbox version.
Commented on 2011-06-30 21:49:07 In reply to aphex187
Posted by aphex187
You mean the PC version right? heh.....
lol, he doesn't even know half of the dice lies as it is...

http://www.planetmgc.com/index.php?topic=4601.0

lmao. dice = lies. some of the worst PR out there, toe to toe with crytek's antics.
Commented on 2011-06-30 21:52:34
How is that a lie?
Commented on 2011-06-30 21:52:35
Mass Effect 3 for me, finishing the awesome trilogy!
Commented on 2011-07-01 00:04:40 In reply to nostradamus
Posted by nostradamus
and the goddamn BLUE to ORANGE gradient. My EYES!
Soldier on left: all fired up; Shepard on right: WHY SO SAD?!
Commented on 2011-07-01 04:51:04 In reply to digi_matrix
Posted by digi_matrix
Soldier on left: all fired up; Shepard on right: WHY SO SAD?!
On the left we have a soldier with his balls on fire and the right we have a space marine standing out in space without a helmet.
Commented on 2011-07-01 06:56:07
nope i mean the ps3 version. well the pc version will have the better grafics but because it have better grafics doesnt mean its the better version.
Commented on 2011-07-01 06:58:42 In reply to r0n53n
Posted by r0n53n
nope i mean the ps3 version. well the pc version will have the better grafics but because it have better grafics doesnt mean its the better version.
then how is the PS3 the better version?
Commented on 2011-07-01 07:46:29 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by r0n53n
nope i mean the ps3 version. well the pc version will have the better grafics but because it have better grafics doesnt mean its the better version.
... source?
Posted by PlumbDrumb
then how is the PS3 the better version?
Can't wait to hear this one!
Commented on 2011-07-01 08:02:54
Some comments up here r too funny, just enjoy the game on the console of ur choosing or pc cuz we al know bf3 is gonna be a feast
Commented on 2011-07-01 08:09:11 In reply to GriftGFX
Posted by GriftGFX
Can't wait to hear this one!
I think we can sleep easy.

Another fanboy is born.
Commented on 2011-07-01 08:58:20
PS3 version of ME2 was shit!

Sound was on and off, characters dissapeared within dialogue options and showed up again, DLC level was 8bit pixelated, freezing issues...etc.

Too much issues.

Pc version is obviously the obvious choice to take, you can mod the game and edit your saves...etc. better performance and visuals....why am I saying the obvious? lol

I just hope Bioware isnt an ass and rule out Xbox 360 native controller support on this one!
Mass Effect 2 had a hidden 360 controller support that needed to be unlocked (which I got and worked 99% flawlessly with the issue of power wheel!).
Commented on 2011-07-01 16:18:18
E3 sony press conference
Commented on 2011-07-01 18:42:18 In reply to r0n53n
Posted by r0n53n
E3 sony press conference
You're going to have to do better than that, since it didn't happen. Great response.
Commented on 2011-07-01 18:55:21
uhm but a dice guy said that at the sony press conference, its not my fault, sorry.
Commented on 2011-07-03 23:07:33
Sorry didn't hear that one. If someone did, they probably said it to be the best of the console versions.
Commented on 2011-07-04 02:32:06 In reply to r0n53n
Posted by r0n53n
uhm but a dice guy said that at the sony press conference, its not my fault, sorry.
Yeah, except they didn't and you're either flat out lying about it or have a terribly (and terrible) selective memory. This is why people need sources. It's not because we don't believe you believe it, it's just because you're probably wrong.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg1OfvU-1W8&feature...

Here's exactly what Jack Tretton said at the E3 press conference. Notice three things here:

1) Jack works for Sony, not DICE. DICE has never said or even implied that the PS3 version is better than any other SKU, including Xbox.
2) If you are actually capable of understanding context, you'll notice that he says it's the "biggest" version (ironic, considering the player count), because it comes with BF1943.
3) DICE wasn't even at Sony's press conference.

Way to use your fanboy earmuffs and hear exactly what you want to hear out a completely benign statement.

That never happened. It's not my fault, sorry.
Posted by Zarsky
Sorry didn't hear that one. If someone did, they probably said it to be the best of the console versions.
Nah, that didn't even happen.
Commented on 2011-07-06 15:22:08
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Commented on 2011-07-06 15:29:46
Yeah but the 360 version is going to be better too ;)
Commented on 2011-07-08 11:23:27
as if i care for that kind of thing. you must confusing me with a ps3 fanboy. BFBC 1&2 are great games on Ps3 and so will BF3. well BF3 will be great for every gaming platform. of course i know the pc will be the best version with 1080p 60fps, 64 players and what not, dont know more details. but that dosnt mean the console versions will be awfull. hope pc gamers are smarter than most console players and choose BF3 over MW3.
Commented on 2011-07-08 16:03:00 In reply to r0n53n
Posted by r0n53n
as if i care for that kind of thing. you must confusing me with a ps3 fanboy
Such a very hard thing to do.

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