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EA confirm their line-up for E3

Submitted by on Friday, 11 June 20104 Comments

ea games logo e1271094833704 EA confirm their line up for E3We’ve already had announcements this week from CapcomAtlus and Square Enix, and now it is EA’s turn to announce their E3 line-up, promising ‘highly anticipated titles in all genres’.

Unfortunately there aren’t many surprises here, as we already saw many of the games back in May when we were invited to an exclusive EA ‘Spring Showcase’.

Nonetheless the fairly extensive list features a whopping 17 titles for PS3 gamers to look forward to, and does as promised deliver some tasty looking games that should satisfy fans of a fair few genres. Of course this being EA, fans of sports titles may be more satisfied than most!

For your viewing pleasure we’ve got the full list of titles for the PS3 below, with some key information on each of the titles along with our patented ‘no-score’ Attitude Anticipation Meter™. You lucky bunch.

Bulletstorm

Developer: People Can Fly

Platform: PS3

Genre: First Person Shooter

Ship Date: 2010

A new IP from EPIC Games, the studio behind the Gears of War, Unreal Tournament and Painkiller series of games, Bulletstorm is one of the games we saw and liked the look of back in May. Billed as an FPS where you are required to ‘kill with skill’, players are rewarded for imaginative (or simply painful) kills with points which can then be spent on upgrading weapons and the like. EA promises a “blood symphony of incredible gunplay and carnage on a grand scale” from this one.

Attitude Anticipation: The game reminded us of titles like Total Overdose and Chili Con Carnage when we last saw it, which was great. We love the idea of (finally) being rewarded for shooting guys in the crotch too. Very excited to see how it is progressing.

Crysis 2

Developer: Crytek

Platform: PS3

Genre: First Person Shooter

Ship Date: 2010

The sequel to the critically acclaimed graphics card-melter Crysis, EA promise “the most challenging opponents ever seen in a first person shooter” for this outing. The game retains the super-power granting Nanosuit from the first game but drops the island setting in favour of a New York besieged by aliens, presumably in an effort to draw gamers into the story more than generic island #6453 managed to achieve.

Attitude Anticipation: We’re definitely interested to see how it looks on the system, as the early build we saw before looked very promising. We always enjoy having superhuman abilities in games too. Slightly worried it might stray too far into the generic space marine style shooter, but overall pretty excited.

Dead Space 2

Developer: Visceral Games

Platform: PS3

Genre: Third Person Shooter, Survival Horror

Ship Date: 2011

Dead Space was an absolutely brilliant game. Beautiful graphics, fun gameplay, and some really jumpy moments. We especially liked the almost HUD-less interface, and are pleased to note that all of that will be making a welcome return. This sequel will see a brand new environment ‘The Sprawl’ to be terrified in, and will apparently see Issac ‘taking the fight to the Necromorph’. New weapons, enemies and even allies are also promised.

Attitude Anticipation: The screens and video we’ve seen so far look incredible. We’re really interested to see more of ‘The Sprawl’, but more importantly we’re excited by the prospect of finally seeing our hero’s face! In all seriousness though we’re really looking forward to this, although we do have our reservations about the idea of ‘allies’ mentioned by EA. We just want to be alone!

EA SPORTS Active 2

Developer: EA Canada

Platform: PS3

Genre: Sports, Fitness

Street Date: TBA

Previously confined to the Wii, EA’s flagship press-em-up (sorry, sorry) makes the leap to high definition boasting an “innovative Total Body Tracking wireless control system powered by motion sensors in leg and arm straps”.  There will also be an online hub to show off to the entire world how fit you aren’t, and new routines will be downloadable from PSN. No word yet on whether or not it’ll support custom soundtracks, a feature we’re sure our readers would be pleased to see announced.

Attitude Anticipation: When we last saw this we noted that it was looking good, but lamented the loss of the enjoyable Balance Board activities available on the Wii. Since then we haven’t really given it a second thought. It’ll be interesting to see how the motion sensors hold up in comparison to the Move, but we’re not massively moved by this title.

EA SPORTS MMA

Developer: EA Tiburon

Platform: PS3

Genre: Sports, Fighting

Street Date: Late 2010

EA SPORTS wants to bring the world’s most intense combat sport into your home, and it’d rather you forgot all about THQ’s UFC series while it does so. In direct competition with UFC 2010, EA SPORTS MMA hopes to wrest the champion’s belt away from the current holders with a good variety of disciplines, rule sets and customisation options. It also promises a ‘robust’ (their words, not ours!) online offering.

Attitude Anticipation: Obviously we’re interested to see how this game stacks up against the competition. Who doesn’t want to see two fighting games fighting it out? In previous articles we thought that EA Tiburon looked to be doing a good job with the all important collision detection and body movements, so we’re interested to see if we were right. Put us down as pretty interested so as not to upset any of the large, scary, MMA guys.

FIFA 11

Developer: EA Canada

Platform: PS3

Genre: Sports

Ship Date: 2010

2010 was the year that the FIFA series really came into its own, skillfully dispossessing PES as most people’s football/soccer game of choice. FIFA 11 is sounding pretty good already, with the new Personality+ and Pro Passing features sounding like solid additions to what was already a winning formula.

Attitude Anticipation: We loved this year’s installments, so we’re as excited as it is possible to be about a yearly franchise. Personality+ sounds great on paper, although we do fear that it will have a fairly negligible impact on teams and players from lower leagues who may well be neglected.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One The Videogame

Developer: EA Bright Light Studios

Platform: PS3

Genre: Action/Adventure

Street Date: Autumn 2010

HPATDHPOTV, as we like to call it in Attitude Towers, is the epitome of a movie tie-in: It is even split in two in order to mirror the movie releases! As anyone who has read the books will know this game will see Harry leaving the safety of Hogwarts, and EA promises that the game will reflect this with a real shift in tone for the series. Otherwise the game seems to be more of the same third person spell-casting action seen in previous Harry Potter games.

Attitude Anticipation: We’ll come clean now and say that we quite like the series. While not fantastic games by any means, they are nonetheless usually well put together and fairly enjoyable. We’re pretty interested in how the game will work outside of the school environment and even more curious as to how long the game will be, considering that it is cut in two. Moderate anticipation here.

HASBRO FAMILY GAME NIGHT 3

Developer: EA

Platform: PS3

Genre: Casual

Street Date: October 2010

A family games compendium from EA and Hasbro, it is difficult to see how different it can possibly be from previous installments. With five games, including Yahtzee, Twister, and The Game of Life, as well as support for online leaderboards, EA are sure it’ll keep the whole family busy though. Certainly it’ll be cheaper and easier than buying the tangible versions of the games. PS3 owners do however miss out on Mii and Avatar support.

Attitude Anticipation: No dice. We really can’t see the point in games like Twister or Mousetrap without the board.

Madden NFL 11

Developer: EA Tiburon

Platform: PS3

Genre: Sports

Street Date: 13th August 2010

“SIMPLER. QUICKER. DEEPER.” are the buzzwords for the new Madden, which promises to reduce a 60 minute game down to 30 minutes with more time spent actually playing the game and less time in the playbook. Also touted are improved animations, more intuitive controls and a better online experience. As in FIFA there will also be a Madden Ultimate Team Mode for you to enjoy.

Attitude Anticipation: Not much anticipation for this. The improvements sound good, but nothing really game changing for us to check out. We’re also not crazy about the word ‘simpler’ if we’re honest.

Medal of Honor

Developer: EA Los Angeles

Platform: PS3

Genre: First Person Shooter

Ship Date: 15th October 2010

A franchise that had really seen better days,  EA will hope that Medal of Honor can rendezvous with Battlefield Bad Company 2 and perform a daring pincer movement on the Call of Duty franchise… okay we’ll stop punning now. The game will benefit from the multiplayer expertise of BFBC2 developers DICE’s involvement as it leaves its World War 2 comfort zone behind. Inspired by ‘real events’ and following the enigmatic ‘tier 1 operator’ the game will hopefully bring something a bit different to the (tactics) table.

Attitude Anticipation: The last trailer we saw whetted our appetite but what we really want to see is much more gameplay, which hopefully E3 will provide.  High anticipation for this could go through the roof if said gameplay does make an appearance. We also hope that the guy from the cover is at their press conference. We want to stroke his beard.

MONOPOLY Streets

Developer: EA

Platform: PS3

Genre: Casual

Ship Date: October 2010

It’s Monopoly as you’ve never seen it before, apparently. Gone is the boring top-down board game view; instead players view a real city from street level through the eyes of Mr. Monopoly himself. Now you can not just own the waterworks, but see it as well. New features also include property auctions, but EA promise that this version of the 75 year old game will still appeal to existing Monopoly fans.

Attitude Anticipation: Again, we’d rather play with an actual board. That way we can pinch other player’s hotels when they’re not looking, and run the dog piece over with the racecar. It will be interesting to see how exactly the game works and how the city looks though. Very square, we’d imagine.

MySims SkyHeroes

Developer: The Sims Studio

Platform: PS3

Genre: Kids, Flight Simulation

Ship Date: September 2010

The child friendly world of MySims meets Ace Combat in this highly customisable flight sim. The game advertises exciting dogfights against dangerous enemies, as your cuddly representation of yourself progresses from an unknown pilot to a celebrated hero. The title will also support co-operative multiplayer and up to 12-player online action.

Attitude Anticipation: To be fair we’re not really the target audience of this game anymore, having been forced kicking and screaming into adulthood (or some semblance of it at least). Nonetheless the MySims games are far from terrible, and this one does look like it has some pretty decent features. Not for us, but one to keep an eye on for the kids.

NBA Elite 11

Developer: EA Canada

Platform: PS3

Genre: Sports

Ship Date: October 2010

New name for the franchise, new ‘technology base’, new control scheme and new real-time physics engine: It is fair to say that this looks like being a fairly significant overhaul. Even the EA press release for this was fairly scant, so we don’t really know what to expect from this. Except for more of the same NBA action, that is.

Attitude Anticipation: EA claim it will “redefine what is expected in a basketball videogame”. We’re interested to see what exactly they mean by this – if they can revamp the franchise in the same way they did for FIFA then they could be onto a winner. Consider our interest piqued.

NHL 11

Developer: EA Canada

Platform: PS3

Genre: Sports

Ship Date: September 2010

Now in its 20th yeah, the NHL franchise has been doing rather well for EA over the past few years. This iteration looks to build on that success by introducing a new real-time physics engine just like in NBA Elite 11. It will also add some new features such as broken sticks, quick dekes, and an all-new faceoff system. No word yet on angry brawl inclusion.

Attitude Anticipation: As with many of the other sports franchises from EA, with the possible exception of  FIFA, we can’t honestly claim to have much anticipation for this. Unlike NBA Elite there aren’t as many changes to get excited about, although the new physics engine for both does appeal to our geeky side.

The Sims 3

Developer: Maxis

Platform: PS3

Genre: Simulation

Ship Date: October 2010

The Sims 3 obviously isn’t a new game, but rather a port of the popular PC game. There isn’t much to say about this one really, except that ports of Sims games aren’t usually very good compared to their PC counterparts.

Attitude Anticipation: None at all. Don’t get us wrong, we love torturing tiny people, but this game really is better suited to the PC (or Mac) environment.

Spare Parts

Developer: EA Bright Light Studios

Platform: PSN

Genre: Action/Adventure, Online

Launch Date: Winter 2010

An online action adventure designed for two player co-op, Spare Parts sees you take control of two robots who find themselves dumped in the rubbish on a strange planet. The two must work together in order to repair their ship and escape, although of course they’ll have to battle numerous enemies in order to do so. Collecting various parts will upgrade our mechanical heroes with new abilities to aid them in their quest to unearth their robot buddies and escape.

Attitude Anticipation: Spare Parts sounds really rather good. The premise reminds us of old GameCube games such as Chibi Robo or Pikmin and that really isn’t a bad thing. We love a bit of 2 player co-op too, so we’ll definitely be on the lookout for more on this at E3.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11

Developer: EA Tiburon

Platform: PS3

Genre: Sports

Street Date: 2nd July 2010

The final title on EA’s list Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11 is most notable for its Move support, which we’re hoping to see in action. You can also form teams with your friends and go online for some 12 versus 12 tour action. We’ll leave it there before we make any unwise jokes.

Attitude Anticipation: We’re excited by any possibility of seeing Move in action, and this is no exception. We like golf in real life but have never really got on with the controls in Tiger Woods, so we’ll be watching with interest to see how the Move support works out.

Phew. We did warn you it was a fairly lengthy list!

Do any of our readers feel we should be more, or less, excited about any of the above games? We’ll be at E3 of course, so if any of the games above especially takes your fancy do let us know in the comments below.