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[E3 2011] ELECTRONIC ARTS - Post-keynote wrap-up and discussion here!
We won't parade celebs around on stage, except for the ones we do.
EA is a publisher with their hands in many sinister soups. Battlefield, the EA sports division, Mass Effect 3, and the upcoming Star Wars MMO are among their bigger shares in the industry. So what do they have on offer in 2011? (Edit - Jesus I have tons of Freudian slips here, I'm in a daze or some shit)
Bullet Points of Convenience:
Mass Effect 3 opens the keynote - Shepard is taking out a Reaper base, and *SPOILERS* it's a huge fucking Reaper!; 3-6-12
Riccitiello takes the stage, rips on bringing celebs on stage for promotion
Need for Speed: The Run - race from San Francisco to New York; Auto-Log tracks your progress across the country compared to your friends online; also known as Quick-Time-Event: The Game
Bioware takes the stage - Star Wars: The Old Republic - Mostly a mash-up trailer of trailers already seen, with new dialog placed over, which was a tradeoff of someone from the Republic and someone from the Empire narrating the lead-up to the war
And then snowboarding suddenly! - SSX - "Defy reality"; game goal is to capture every major mountainrange on the planet; "Race it, trick it, and survive it"
EA really seems to be pushing Origin.com for more info, by the way
FIFA 2012 - controls more detailed and tight, such as dribbling the ball in close range; despite the head of EA saying otherwise, soccer players are on screen talking about how great FIFA is as a series; Futball Club no additional charge, online matchmaker system, cross-platform
Madden 2012 - "True to Victory, True to the Game"; players marched on stage to repeat the phrases, including the freakin' Heisman Trophy being carried on stage by Clay of the Packers; new collision system in-game but no details given;
The Sims Social - Facebook; socially acceptable cyber-sex, where everyone you know can see
Reckoning - celebs not brought on stage, but sure are emphasized and photo'd; fantasy setting, big-time emphasized smashy-stuff and magic
Insomniac president takes the stage, mentions going multi-platform; "WOO!" from the crowd
Overstrike - comical special-ops-team game, watch the trailer because it looks fucking great
The End-Keynote Megaton:
Battlefield 3 - no live demonstration, montage of gameplay shown in Paris; looks pretty; "Battle Log" is the social service, also free; open beta in September; multiplayer trailer online at Origin site; oh, there is a live-demo!; turret sequence shown, apparently looking at the sun doesn't blind the fuck out of you; cursing was bleeped out on TV, tee-hee; apparently whoever is playing is getting fucked up big-time by artillery fire, thank goodness for God-mode; October 25; free online
Video games. Emphasis on the Origin website. Emphasis on free-online / social tools.