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Sony and Bethesda win by a mile
The final results are in! After every E3 conference we provided a full recap, and at the end, a poll that allowed you to voice your opinion with a "love, like, okay, and hate" rating. I've tabulated the "loves" and "likes" in...

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Grading the Microsoft, Ubisoft, EA, and Sony press conferences


Video
Jun 16
// Steven Hansen
We -- me, Jordan, Kyle MacGregor, Brett Makedonski, and Kenny Redublo -- shot some videos throughout the day yesterday discussing the major press conferences. We got kicked out of the Lakers' arena trying to talk about Micro...
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Let's poll the audience...wait, we did!
The results are in! I've been recording your opinions for the press conferences so far at E3 2015, and Sony is winning by a 78% ratio of "love" or "enjoy" ratings. In second place, neck and neck is Bethesda with a 77% approva...

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Star Wars Battlefront

EA debuts survival mode in Star Wars Battlefront


Beautiful '70s explosions
Jun 15
// Darren Nakamura
We saw a bit of Star Wars Battlefront's competitive multiplayer earlier today, but at Sony's press conference tonight, Patrick Bach of DICE showed off its cooperative survival mode. A small team of rebels fight off the Imper...
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EA Sports Trainwreck

EA Sports was the most cringeworthy thing at E3 thus far


But it's still early in the week
Jun 15
// Jed Whitaker
This is an actual tweet from an actor hired to be "Tha Hoop Gawd" by EA to pretend to be a celebrity during its conference. This was approved by someone at EA. Tha Hoop Gawd came on the stage to demo the GameFace app for NBA...

Everything from Electronic Arts' horrid 2015 E3 press conference

Jun 15 // Chris Carter
News: Electronic Arts reveals Mass Effect: Andromeda EA's Need for Speed reboot coming November 3 The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire promising player-driven stories Unravel is an adorable new puzzle platformer First look at Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2's new classes EA celebrates 750 million mobile downloads with...Minions Paradise Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes announced for mobile FIFA 16 shown off, Pele told us nothing about it Mirror's Edge Catalyst release date is February 23, 2016 EA CEO Andrew Wilson is the bad guy in Mirror's Edge Catalyst Star Wars Battlefront heads to Hoth with its E3 trailer Previews: Battlefield found a way to infiltrate EA Sports' PGA Tour Star Wars: The Old Republic's next expansion is story-driven and free These are EA Sports' big focuses for Madden, FIFA, and NHL in 2015 EA could stand to put out more games like Unravel I'm all about Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 [embed]294038:59035:0[/embed]
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The first bad conference of the year!
Well, someone had to do it! EA went and had a particularly poor press conference at E3 this year, with tons of droning on about sports titles, mobile games, and things we already knew about. While I'm actually a fan of the sp...

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Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront heads to Hoth with its E3 trailer


Star Wars Battlefront multiplayer video
Jun 15
// Steven Hansen
Here's some 40-player, Hoth-reminscient battles from EA's Star Wars Battlefront trailer. "As the Empire, you must accompany AT-AT walkers as they march towards the Rebel base to destroy it. And as a Rebel, you must do every...
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Mirror's Edge 2

EA CEO Andrew Wilson is the bad guy in Mirror's Edge Catalyst


Mirror's Edge 2
Jun 15
// Steven Hansen
Right?!
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Mirror's Edge Catalyst

Mirror's Edge Catalyst release date is February 23, 2016


Play Faith's origin story
Jun 15
// Darren Nakamura
At EA's press conference today, Sara Jansson showed off a trailer for the upcoming Mirror's Edge Catalyst. Before getting it started, she dropped the release date: February 23, 2016. That's less than a year before we can (fi...
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FIFA 16

FIFA 16 shown off, Pele told us nothing about it


Yet I am still glad he was there
Jun 15
// Joe Parlock
In a slightly strange twist of events at the EA E3 conference, football (soccer if you’re wrong) legend Pele took to the stage to mumble incoherently about the sport. Seriously, we’ve been watching Pele talk for a...

Battlefield found a way to infiltrate EA Sports' PGA Tour

Jun 15 // Brett Makedonski
Speaking with a PGA Tour representative, the publisher has plans to tie more EA franchises into the game. Coyly, the spokesperson said that the Battlefield course will be the only one that's available at launch. It's a fair bet that more courses themed after EA series will make their way into PGA Tour via paid DLC. For the time being, Battlefield is the only addition players will initially see. It might not be what we expected, but maybe EA needed to add a bit of irreverence to liven up its leading golf title. And, when you want to get back traditional golf, PGA Tour certainly has that in spades -- it's just sans explosions.  
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Well, that was unexpected
Golf has a reputation for being a stuffy game played by uptight, proper folks. After spending some time with Rory McIlroy's PGA Tour, we can safely say that the majority of it lives up to those expectations. However, there's ...

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The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic's next expansion is story-driven and free


'This is the expansion for our players'
Jun 15
// Brett Makedonski
BioWare has been at the helm of Star Wars: The Old Republic for a fairly long time now. Come December, the game will have been around for four years. All the while, BioWare's been tweaking, expanding, and enhancing the p...

These are EA Sports' big focuses for Madden, FIFA, and NHL in 2015

Jun 15 // Brett Makedonski
Without a doubt, Madden is the EA Sports franchise that's been given the most attention over the years. It'd have been easy for the publisher to ask for some more subtle changes like even slicker presentation. To EA's credit, it's working out a new take on a gameplay staple -- a risky venture in an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" culture of gaming. EA Sports has coined the term "Air Supremacy" for its Madden focus, and it begins at the position everyone starts with: Quarterback. There's greater control over the passing game now when helming a football team. Touch passes have been implemented to offer some variation in between lobs and bullets. The developers have altered how passers move on the run by using different animations for rolling out (yet looking for a receiver), and a full-on scramble. Maybe the biggest change to the quarterback position comes in the form of body positional passes. As an example, the presenter brought up the Seahawks' last offensive play in the Super Bowl this year. Russell Wilson threw a mid-body pass, and it was picked off. If he had thrown a low one (as he should have), the worst case scenario would've likely been an incompletion. With this installment of Madden, the player will have that sort of pinpoint control over every pass. However, passing is a two-way street, and no quarterback will put up Hall of Fame numbers without an apt receiving corps. Madden 16 also focuses on wideouts, as they can implement different styles to make catches. Maybe an ill-thrown pass calls for them to go up and challenge a defender for a ball. They likely won't gain many yards after the reception, but they might actually catch it (and more importantly, the chances of an interception go way down.) Or, maybe the situation is optimal for them to rack up some yards after catch. Do that, and pick up a first down. Those are just a few of the circumstances where Madden 16 lets you choose how to catch the ball after it lets you choose how to throw it. Lastly, ever eager to capitalize on the growing fantasy football trend, Madden 16 has a new fantasy mode. Draft Champions is a 15-round fantasy draft that allows you to build a team from all NFL players and play a full season. The publisher described this as the type of mode you might play if you had a couple hours to kill before you went to bed. The seasons are designed to go quickly, allowing you to draft an entirely new team relatively quickly after finishing one campaign. While Madden's focuses are easy to identify, FIFA 16's are a little more nebulous (apart from the women's national teams that were added.) They're centered around the player as the playmaker, but mostly in how all the surrounding pieces move. In a nutshell, EA Sports is upping the competency of FIFA's AI. It's improving positional defensive sense and how they defend as a unit. The goal (GOLAZO!!!) here is players have to be more strategic with their attack. Passing better be done with a purpose, or the opposition will just take the ball from you at midfield. But, working down the pitch and clinically finishing should feel like an actual accomplishment, one that sends you running and shouting toward a section of fevered supporters. This is the most difficult enhancement in the three games to recognize at a preview event. These are changes that define the very core of the sport. For instance, with Madden it's easy to play and realize "oh yeah, the quarterback is doing those things they said he would." It's not as simple with FIFA this year. If it's as improved as EA says, hardcore fans might recognize it, but more casual players might just think "Yeah, this is a good soccer game." As subtle as FIFA's intentions are, NHL's are far more brazen. It's eschewing the likes of physics and presentation for something else this year. Basically, EA's looking to add in a lot of the stuff that was inexplicably absent in NHL 15. Those who are dedicated to the series should be content, as long as they weren't too put off by last year's game. The most notable (re)addition to NHL 16 is EA Sports Hockey League -- an online competitive team mode that was quite popular. It was cut from NHL 15 due to "quality control," but it's back this year. Actually, EA's inclusion of several modes and features is a testament to the fact that it's listening to the fans (or to how awry the last game went). Also present are offline, single player Hockey Ultimate Team; simulating to the next shift in Be a Pro, along with playing a career beginning in the minors; and the ability to manage individual players in Be a GM. As it's moving beyond the growing pains of developing for new consoles, EA Sports is making strides with its hockey franchise. It sounds like NHL 16 will end up being the game NHL 15 should've been. It's just a shame it took an extra year. So, that's where EA Sports' intentions lie for Madden 16, FIFA 16, and NHL 16. They're all different in the varying degrees of change that needed to be made. Some, like NHL are more apparent, while Madden just moves a bit closer to that sim experience. But, they all look to be on track to be an improvement thanks to their one big focus.
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EA Sports round-up!
Another year, another collection of EA Sports titles. EA's in a fortuitous position in that it has the video game rights to three of the five most popular athletics wrapped up. Demand for these games seemingly never wanes bec...

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Adorable yarn-based puzzle platforming
Unravel is an upcoming puzzle-platform game about a little yarn guy on a journey through nature, and it is such a delight. It's one of those titles you'll want to complete in a single sitting, totally absorbed the whole way t...

I'm all about Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Jun 15 // Jordan Devore
One of my teammates was a melee-centric superhero zombie named Super Brainz. There's also going to be a dedicated zombie sniper character, finally, and a sorceress. All told, there will be six new classes from the past, present, and future. Speaking of: one level is a time-travel theme park, as in, a theme park whose "attractions" are accessible via time travel portals. Clever. What else? Every mode supports split-screen play, which not even Halo is offering any more, and solo players can compete against AI if they're unwilling or unable to dip into player versus player (which was the best part of Garden Warfare). There will be private servers this time, as well as 40 characters at launch and regularly scheduled free content updates. PopCap wouldn't give any concrete details about character transfers other than "Yes, that's happening." Still great news. I wish I could give more detailed hands-on coverage but, shortly into our round of Graveyard Ops, the power went out at EA's preview event. Swearing ensued. I think an Xbox One even broke. Bummer. I'm curious to see PopCap uncover more layers of the Plants vs. Zombies universe -- it sure has gotten strange since the original lawn defense game debuted six years ago.
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First hands-on at E3 2015
Garden Warfare was astounding. It was a good shooter. It was also a good Plants vs. Zombies title, despite being a shooter. It had loads of free DLC. The game wasn't perfect, but I was hooked -- first on Xbox 3...

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EA at E3

EA celebrates 750 million mobile downloads with...Minions Paradise


An exclusive Minion, wow!
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
EA boasted a 750 million total download count for their mobile arm today at their E3 press conference, which of course means more mobile games are coming. What better opportunity than the upcoming Minions movie, based o...
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Super Brains

First look at Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2's new classes


Live gameplay
Jun 15
// Steven Hansen
Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was confirmed earlier today at the Microsoft conference, but EA had a bit more at its press conference for the surprisingly good shooter. EA showed off live gameplay of its four-player zo...
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Unravel

Unravel is an adorable new puzzle platformer


Yarn but not Yoshi
Jun 15
// Darren Nakamura
At EA's press conference earlier today, the big publisher unveiled something that felt a little out of character, but in all the best ways. Unravel is a puzzle platformer that makes use of the craft item look Nintendo has be...
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The Old Republic

The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire promising player-driven stories


Honestly I'd forgotten about TOR
Jun 15
// Joe Parlock
At its E3 conference, EA has shown us what’s new in a title we’d all managed to forget about: BioWare’s MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. Its new expansion, Knights of the Fallen Empire, is said to bring new ...
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Need for Speed

EA's Need for Speed reboot coming November 3


Hot racing action
Jun 15
// Kyle MacGregor
The new Need for Speed, which is apparently twice the size of Need for Speed: Rivals, is coming November 3 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, EA announced today as part of its E3 media showcase. Need for Speed executive producer and...
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EA at E3

Electronic Arts reveals Mass Effect: Andromeda


Holiday 2016
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
Electronic Arts kicked off their 2015 E3 conference with a bang, revealing Mass Effect: Andromeda, a new entry in the Mass Effect series. Not much is known other than a "holiday 2016" release date. Honestly? I'm still in for more Mass Effect games -- I never really cared that "the ending for the third game sucked," because that doesn't completely negate three fantastic 30-hour experiences.
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EA at E3

Watch EA's 2015 E3 press conference right here


I want more Garden Warfare 2 info
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
Are you ready for EA's 2015 E3 press conference? Me neither. Although the publisher generally has great releases peppered in throughout the year (Garden Warfare 2 looks fantastic), their pressers are usually filled to t...
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Microsoft

EA Access adding Titanfall and Dragon Age: Inquisition to the Vault


Good choices!
Jun 15
// Zack Furniss
Electronic Art's EA Access subscription-based service ($4.99 per month, or $29.99 annually) is adding Titanfall this week. Not sure how thriving the community is but I never gave it a shot, so now I might! In similarly cool news, Dragon Age: Inquisition will be out for the service sometime this summer. Not a bad deal!

E3 2015 press conference schedule

Jun 15 // Steven Hansen
SUNDAY, JUNE 14 Bethesda @ 7:00PM PDTTwitch stream (Doom 4, more Fallout 4, maybe some BattleCry stuff, surprise Dishonored 2?!) MONDAY, JUNE 15 Microsoft @ 9:30AM PDTTwitch stream, stream from your Xbox console, or watch on cable television (Gears of War, sentient press release with a blazer Phil Spencer, new Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Halo 5, Forza 6, Tomb Raider, Cirque Du Soleil (?)) - Electronic Arts @ 1:00PM PDTTwitch stream (Star Wars Battlefront, Need for Speed, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, SPORTS, maybe Mass Effect and Visceral's Star Wars) - Ubisoft @ 3:00PM PDTTwitch stream (Female erections, Assassin's Creed: Dumb Hat Version, maybe The Division is real now, more Rainbow Six, possibly hints for next year's likely Far Cry 5 or a Watch Dogs follow up) - Sony @ 6:00PM PDTTwitch, YouTube, PlayStation stream (Definitely The Last Guardian, Rockstar's Agent, and a Final Fantasy VII remake, all three of which will be announced that they have been added to the PSN during the stream; also real things like Uncharted 4, Tearaway Unfolded, Street Fighter V, and please, please, please Gravity Rush 2) - TUESDAY, JUNE 16 Nintendo Direct @ 9:00AM PDT (followed by show-floor Treehouse streams all week)Twitch, YouTube (My gratitude for it not being at 7AM again, maybe Metroid so I can shave Zack, 3DS Hyrule Warriors,  newly box art'd Devil's Third, Star Fox: Furry Road) - Square Enix @ 10:00AM PDTTwitch, YouTube (No Final Fantasy XV until gamescom, Deus Ex: Mick Foley Divided, Just Cause 3, maybe Star Ocean and Hitman) - PC Gaming Show @ 5:00PM PDTTwitch (AMD, Devolver, Fullbright, Microsoft, Square, Cliffy B; this show's new, not entirely sure what to expect, but does promise "new game reveals," likely the last ones of the week)
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What to expect when you're expecting
Lord on a skateboard, E3 2015: Redemption is here to wash away industry sins with a waterfall of hype airdropped upon the unwashed masses. It tastes of Mountain Dew and will not make you clean. So many questions will be answe...

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Mirror's Edge

Mirror's Edge Catalyst trademarked by EA


I have more than a little faith in this
Jun 09
// Joe Parlock
Seeing how my darling Mirror’s Edge is coming along has become one of my favourite parts of recent E3s. The first game holds a very special place in my heart, and so imagine how intrigued I felt when I found out EA has ...
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PvZ

Xbox presser set to kick grass and take grains


Something PvZ is happening
Jun 08
// Brett Makedonski
The war between the photosynthesizing and the decomposing looks to rage on later this year. PopCap has something up its sleeve, and it's going to get revealed during Microsoft's E3 Xbox press conference. While this could be ...
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E3 Hypetrain

Plants vs. Zombies fans: Get ready to soil your plants Monday


Says their marketing dudes on Twitter
Jun 06
// Niero Gonzalez
Zombething weed-wackery this way cometh.  There's not a leaf of evidence on the PopCap site or official PvZ twitter account yet, but there appears to be some grassroots marketing afoot. Peep these not-so-subtle twee...
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Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 won't appear at E3 2015


Respawn bringing no games to E3
Jun 01
// Laura Kate Dale
A few months back, we learned that Titanfall 2 exists thanks to a throwaway line said during an interview someone working at Respawn Entertainment. Since this news, many people have been predicting a reveal for the game at E3...
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FIFA 16

FIFA 16 includes women's national teams (finally)


Four top players did motion capture
May 28
// Brett Makedonski
The FIFA video game series has been around for two decades, and in that time, it's been a boys only club. There's been outside pressure to reform, notably in 2013 when Spanish player Vero Boquete started a petition to u...
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Need for Speed

Did Xbox accidentally leak Need For Speed release date?


Whoopsie
May 28
// Vikki Blake
The Xbox Games Store may have accidentally leaked the release date for EA's latest Need for Speed instalment. According to Reddit, the mistake was rectified and the page pulled pretty sharpish, but not before a clever soul us...

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