Monday, June 1, 2009
Day 1 of E3 '09: Electronic Arts
EA started off big, showing a trailer for the God-Of-War-esque Dante's Inferno. Following the book of the Divine Comedy, the game follows Dante (is it just me or is it weird having another protagonist named Dante?) as he journeys through the depths of hell. Very ultra-violent and in no way putting down the remarks of it being a God of War clone. Out of nowhere, EA pulled a complete turn going from the bloodbath of Dante's Inferno to Littlest Pet Shop and Charm Girls Club, leaving everyone with a confused look on their faces. They also talked a little about the upcoming Sims 3, which carries several upgrades but all in all just looks like more Sims. From there, they switched gears to Need for Speed: Shift, which has stunning visuals along with an interesting take on the racing genre that seems to mix the more simulation aspects of Forza to the arcade-like gameplay of Burnout. The people of EA Sports came out with a multitude of new games including Fight Night Round 4, a MMA game to rival the recent UFC game from THQ, NCAA Football and Madden 10 which both carry integration with the EA Sports website (NCAA allows you to build your own team, while Madden will allow you to manage an online franchise), EA Active for the Wii, and Grand Slam Tennis (with Pete Sampras showing his moves with the Wiimote). Tim Schaefer came out to talk a little about his new game Brutal Legend, a game starring the voices of metalheads like Jack Black, Lemmy Kilmister, and Ozzy Osbourne. EA closed their set by showing their two MMOs in the works, Realtime Studios' All Points Bulletin and BioWare/LucasArts' Star Wars: The Old Republic. All Points Bulletin is an open world city in which players can choose how to achieve their rise to fame; either by crime or by upholding the law. Gameplay looked very Saints Row and all in all was not very appealing to my tastes. On the otherhand, LucasArts came on with an entourage of Jedis and Sith Lords to debut the first cinematic trailer of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Being a recovering WoW addict, Star Wars: The Old Republic may just be my new drug of choice.