E3 Coverage: EA’s Conference

The first time I did E3 coverage, I posted all the news in one post, and while that was nice, I had a look at the sheer number of conferences this year and decided to devote one post to each conference. After I’ve watched all the conferences, I’ll post a summary with some of my highlights from E3.

Let’s start with EA’s Conference.

 

Madden 18 has a new story mode, which is cool. I’m a fan of how all these sports games are adding story modes, it makes the sports games more accessible to people that want a story as well

Battlefield 1

o   Night maps: this is cool, war doesn’t just happen during the day

o   Eastern Battles (In the Name of the Tsar). History buffs are going to get a kick out of this, I think. The Eastern Front was also less static than the west, so this will be good gameplay wise as well hopefully

o   More general updates as well with the Eastern Expansion

Another Battlefield update focusing on smaller, team-based modes, will be announced at Gamescom in August

EA wants more competition within their games

o   Will launch largest FIFA championship ever

FIFA 18: uses motion-capture technology from great players like Ronaldo

o   The Journey (FIFA’s story mode) has a sequel, which is good that it wasn’t just a gimmick and EA’s continuing their sport story modes

Need for Speed: Payback

o   Taking down a Cartel: heist missions, and an action focus

o   3 different playable characters to tell the narrative

o   Showed footage of a “Highway Heist”: lots of objectives during driving (e.g. take out 2 cars), but the actual driving itself looks slick as well. I’m quite excited for this actually, it looks like an innovative take on the racing genre and who doesn’t love a good heist?

EA Original: A Way Out

o   Escape from a prison in a co-op adventure

o   It doesn’t look like it ends when you escape the prison either, so I’m curious at how long it’ll be and how the co-op will work if the game can’t be finished in one sitting

o   Split-screen co-op only (online/couch)

o   One player can be controlled while the other is in a cutscene

o   Coming Early 2018

o   I’m excited for it, it seems like good couch-based co-op that is sadly lacking from most games today

Bioware’s Brand New IP: Anthem

o   More-to-come at Microsoft’s conference

NBA Live 18

o   Right hand is dribbling, any combination of hand moves to dribble, and left hand controls player movement

o   Story mode: The One

  • Looks more like a traditional career mode, but just slightly more in-depth, not a proper narrative like EA’s other sports games. It still looks like an in-depth career mode though, which is good
  • Features the league as well as street basketball, which is an interesting move, but one that I think will add a lot to the story and gameplay of the game

Star Wars Battlefront II

o   John Boyega (and Battlefront fans) just wants a full offline story mode

o   Battlefront II will have an untold story that bridges the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens

o   3 times the content of the first game

o   Skirmish (Instant Action) and split-screen co-op returns

o   More space battles

o   The best Battlefront players have been providing feedback on the multiplayer aspect of Battlefront II

o   Class system returns

o   John Boyega tells us that Finn will be in Battlefront II and all post-release content will be completely free

o   Premiere of multiplayer mode “Assault on Theed”

  • Three phases to the mode, that revolve around the droids attempting to take the Royal Palace
  • Phase 1: Droids try to escort a troop transport up the main street
  • Starfighters can provide air support by attacking ground troops
  • Vehicles spawned by battle points – this reminds me of how you needed to earn a certain number of points to unlock classes in the old Battlefront classes
  • Phase 2: droids attempt to take security checkpoint within palace
  • Darth Maul/Boba Fett Action: hero play looks just as good as hero play from the original Battlefront II
  • It’s interesting that heroes from different eras can play in the battle (e.g. Boba Fett in the prequels) but it could suit the style as well, so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out
  • Phase 3: Droids try to capture throne room
  • I’m interested in this game, it takes the traditional Battlefront gameplay and provides more objectives than just the “capture the capture points to win” of the old Battlefronts. I definitely think this game has a lot of potential

 

That concludes EA’s E3 conference. Overall, I thought it was a decent conference, but they also didn’t show much new content, instead focusing on sequels and yearly instalments. However, what they did show was promising.

 

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Gamesland News: 100th Post Special Edition

All the news from the past week, in one, easy-to-read post.

And this week, it’s a special post because it’s the 100th post

News

– It’s also mobile week on Gamesland, and I’ve had trouble keeping up. Days 5 and 6 should be going up tomorrow, and Day 4 was published today

– AMD has cut 700 jobs in the face of declining revenue

– Jade Raymond, a games producer, has left Ubisoft. Raymond was known for her work on Assassin’s CreedSplinter Cell, and Watch_Dogs

– World of Warcraft is receiving servers in Australia (which will work for New Zealand as well)

 

That’s all the news for this week, but come back next Friday (the 31st) for more news from the land of gaming.

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Gamesland Slow News Week: Destiny, Minecraft, Doom, and More

The latest news from the gaming world, in one easy to read format. And this week, it was a slow news week.

News

– Thanks to a bug within the game Destiny, some (un)lucky users were able to see some missions on the map which aren’t currently available, but are going to be released at some point in the future. Also: There’s no evidence to prove that the expansion packs are already on the disc.

– Some talented individual (Iain “Ochre Jelly” Heath) has created a LEGO Doom playset, which is pretty cool. Here’s a picture of the multi-levelled playset:

LEGO Doom

– Some other talented fans are remaking The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 2D, as to match the style of games such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. You can play a version and keep watch on the game here.

– Entries are open for Planet Minecraft’s next big competition for the game Minecraft, using Planet Minecraft’s map. The theme is “Industrial Revolution”, so I’m sure some other talented individuals (who aren’t working on amazing LEGO sets or re-imagining classic games) are going to have a great time with this one.

What I’m Playing

Yup, I’m bringing this part back.

– Destiny. Having no hype whatsoever for the game, it’s not as bad as everyone says it is. The voice acting isn’t too bad either, but I’ve only played three missions, so I can’t really critique just yet.

– PS Vita stuff. Got a PS Plus subscription as well, so now I’ll always have games to play (and add to my pile of shame).

– Retro stuff. It’s pretty cool what developers could do with hardware limitations back in the day.

Questions? Comments? Anything to Add?

Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it.

That’s all the news for this week, but come back next Friday (10th) the latest news roundup from the land of gaming.

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Gamesland News: New Nintendo 3DS, Oculus Rift, Steam, and More

The latest news from the gaming world, in one, easy-to-read format.

News

– Oculus VR unveiled their new headset, dubbed “Crescent Bay”. It features improved motion tracking as well as optional built-in headphones.

– Gaming company Nintendo turned 125 the past week, a phenomenal achievement. Before they were in the games industry, the company sold playing cards and other toys.

– Steam received a huge update, bringing with it an upgrade graphical interface, tailored recommendations, as well as the option to follow “curators”, who recommend games to play.

– Nintendo announced that the New Nintendo 3DSes will be releasing only in Australia and New Zealand this year after Japan. There is no word on a European or  American release.

– Nerd Kingdom, developers of TUG, better known as the Yogventures consolation game, had to release half their team once their investor failed to deliver the money.

Questions? 

Leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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Gamesland News: Minecraft, Movies, Rock Band and More

The latest news from the gaming world, in one easy-to-read post.

News

– Microsoft has bought Mojang, the creators of Minecraft, for a total of $2.5 billion dollars. The deal will not affect the ports to the other consoles, including the Vita later this month.

– Next year, a demo of Final Fantasy XV will be available to play.

– The Deadpool movie is official, and coming in 2016. Ryan Reynolds has not been confirmed whether he will star in the movie.

– The Assassin’s Creed movie has been delayed to 2016, due to it ‘not being ready yet’.

– The Rock Band Network, where players of the game could buy and make tracks, is shutting down.

Questions?

Leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

That’s all the news for this week, but come back next Friday (26th) for more news from the land of gaming.

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Gamesland News: Pikachu Assault, Microsoft & Mojang, and More!

First of all, it’s been over a year since this website began! I’ll have some sort of celebratory post tomorrow, but for now, the news:

News

– The Oculus Rift Retail Version will cost between $200 – $400 and have several upgrades over the current development kit, including resolution and refresh rate. At present, there is no release date for the consumer version.

– In Japan, Batman: Arkham Knight has been confirmed to be a PS4 exclusive.

– Microsoft is rumoured to be buying Mojang (creators of Minecraft) for $2 Billion, and after that it is rumoured that the creator of Minecraft,  Markus “Notch” Persson will leave the company.

– Shigeru Miyamoto is making a short film about the game Pikmin, and the movie is titled Pikmin Short Movie. It will be aired at the Tokyo International Film Festival, then at Toho Cinemas Nihonbashi for free, with tickets won in a raffle.

– Payday 2 is receiving Hotline Miami DLC.

– Finally, a man wearing a Pokémon hat (specifically, a Pikachu), and holding a Pikachu plush toy jumped the White House fence and ran across the lawn before being apprehended by the Secret Service. President Obama was attending a 9/11 memorial while the event occurred.

That’s all the news for this week, but tune in next Friday (19/09/14) for more news from the land of gaming!

Gamesland News: Twitch, Nintendo 3DS, Pokémon, and More!

The latest news from the gaming world, in one, easy to read format.

News

– Mojang announced that there would not be a Minecon in 2014.

– There was a series of attacks on gaming sites, notably WOW, LOL, and the PSN that was done by a group of hackers. There was also a security scare when it was reported that there was a bomb on the President of Sony America’s plane.

– In a move no-one saw coming, due to reports that Google was going to buy the service, online streaming service Twitch was bought by AMazon for $1 Billion Dollars.

– A new pokémon game, called Pokken Tournament was announced, and it is a pokémon fighting game developed by the team behind long-running series Tekken. So far, it’s only been confirmed as an arcade release in Japan, with no news for an international release, or even a Japanese console release.

– EA has started to reprint copies of Skate 3, which has become an internet phenomenon due to its amount of glitches that were showcased by YouTubers such as PewDiePie, and retailers simply couldn’t keep up with demand for the 2010 game.

– Famous TV show Doctor Who is coming to Minecraft (Xbox 360) in the form of familiar skin packs and worlds DLC.

– An indie dev had the police called on them after their landlord saw the plans for one of the games, which is based around nuclear warfare and had world maps with targets on it.

– An 8 Terabyte hard drive has been invented, but isn’t available for consumers just yet, although give it a couple of years and they’ll probably be mainstream.

– An internet prank had a S.W.A.T team called on a twitch streamer. The streamer was reported to have killed several people, and all the schools in the nearby area were closed and the S.W.A.T team tried to apprehend the innocent streamer. No-one was hurt, although these jokes seem to be going too far.

– A New 3DS was announced at Nintendo’s Nintendo Direct, and it will feature new back-triggers, 3D viewable from most angles, revamped colour-schemes (that mimic the SNES), face plates (not for the XL version), and a second analogue stick called the C-Stick (like the Gamecube) that functions like a second C-Stick. The console has several other features, including a faster CPU and micro-SD card slots, and also has games confirmed to work with the added functionality: Super Smash Bros is one example, and a port of Xenoblade Chronicles was announced for the system. It’s releasing in Japan in October, although it has been confirmed that there will no international release before the end of the year.

Questions? Queries? Feedback?

– Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it.

That’s all the news for this week, but tune in next Friday (6/9/14) for more news from the Land of Gaming!