Check out what Electronic Arts has planned for the upcoming holiday season!
Electronic Arts recently invited me to their annual Holiday Games Preview event in the big apple, New York City, to see what they have planned for the holidays. Companies always try to get their heavy hitters out just in time for the holidays and EA is just every other company. We have a lot to cover so let’s get right into the EA Holiday Games Preview Recap!
Star Wars Battlefront was one of the games being shown off that I wanted to get a look at since I saw it during EA’s E3 presentation. The game looks fantastic and the music/sound makes it feel like you’re watching a Star Wars movie. Fans will be able to play multiplayer matches in the fantasy worlds of Star Wars. Players will also be able to perform/complete missions in the game as well.
The controls are simple to use at times, from switching between weapons, and are difficult at times where you find yourself using the wrong button. Those minor issues will resolve themselves with more gameplay but an easy way to think of the game at times is a “capture the flag” type where everything on the battlefield can/could come after you. The demo I played was a “wave-based” demo where the enemy attacks would come in stages. You would have to clear each wave to advance in the level the further along you get in the game.
Unravel tells the tale of newcomer, Yarny, who if you haven’t guessed it is made out of yarn. Unravel will take Yarny all over the lush landscapes of Scandinavia where puzzle solving will be front and center. You’ll have to use every aspect of your mind to figure out some of the puzzles to get Yarny through the woods!
The graphics look amazing and Yarny really looks like a real life piece of yarn. The backgrounds and locations look fantastic as well, complete with subtle puzzle-solving points where you have to keep an eye open to see. One piece of advice, water is bad ad Yarny can get waterlogged so be careful. Unravel takes an interesting take on the platforming genre and will be out in the first quarter of 2016.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst was up next and will release in February of 2016. In the game, you play as Faith, who will uncover many secrets inside the city of Glass. You’ll have to learn the city and use that to your advantage! The city is an open-world society so players will be able to explore the whole city. There will be plenty to do in the city such as races, puzzles to solve, and missions but what game doesn’t have races and missions? It will be interesting to see just how dark the secrets the city of Glass is?
The Plants VS Zombies franchise is back with Garden Warfare 2, coming in the spring of 2016. The zombies have taken oven Suburbia and the plants need to counterattack. New characters for both sides of the fight join in the battle for Suburbia. There will be new maps as well. Backyard Battleground is the way that players can interact with every map and gameplay mode and new solo/multiplayer modes. The franchise goes back to what made the original so great and added to it. Who doesn’t want to aid in the war between the zombies and the plants, I know I do!
Last up is the mobile game, Need For Speed No Limits. Players will be able to race pretty much anywhere on their mobile devices and be as reckless as possible while doing it. You’ll be able to customize your ride and compete in race events to see who is the best racer! There will be a slew of real life cars in the game as well such as the Ford Mustang GT, Toyota 86 and Lamborghini Aventador just to name a few. There will be plenty of game modes and courses to race on while you strive to be the best racer as well as almost 1,000 race events. The best ways to describe what race events are is the way you gain respect from your fellow racers, similar to street cred, if you will!
To recap, I would like to thank Electronic Arts for inviting me to their Holiday Games Preview event in New York City. The games lineup has some great titles coming that you won’t want to miss!