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  1. Sports titles have taken a few stabs over the years at implementing a narrative-focused campaign with middling success. Sometimes the idea clicks like Fight Night Champion's Champion Mode, other times it's an ill-advised debacle like NBA 2K16's bizarre "Livin' Da Dream" plotline. FIFA 17 looks to try its hand at telling a compelling sports drama with The Journey. The Journey centers around the fictional player Alex Hunter, a rookie prospect hailing from a lineage of football greatness. Players witness his rise to the premier league through cinematic storytelling and steer Alex's career by making decisions both on and off the field (such as selecting his team). EA promises the story will include "new characters full of depth...navigate emotional highs and lows of their unique story arc through decisions off the pitch, their performance on it, and character interactions throughout the 2016/17 season while playing for any of the 20 Premier League clubs." While Frostbite 3 powers the graphical and gameplay elements of The Journey, the narrative aspects and authenticity are influenced by the inputs of actual premier players. We'll see how Alex's story shapes up when FIFA 17 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC September 27 in North America, followed by a worldwide release on September 29.
  2. Each year, EA Tiburon introduces tweaks and enhancements to its annual football title, and this year is no different. This time around, some additions aim to streamline the experience for casual players while others provide rabid enthusiasts with new play-calling and team management tools. A new Play the Moment option offers an express version of a full game and season. While activated, Franchise players can simulate an entire season in just a few days. Play the Moment also lets players sit out on all the nitty-gritty gameplay by allowing them to only engage during exciting moments such as critical third downs and similar clutch plays. Of course, those who would rather play a game of football from kickoff to the final whistle can simply deactivate Play the Moment. More strategic players can create tailor-made strategies to enhance players' strengths (and exploit opponent weaknesses) using Franchise gameplanning. A Big Decision feature presents crucial staff decisions such as contract negotiations, signing new athletes, and returning injured players to the field. Calling all of this action is a new commentary team comprised of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Madden 17 feature top community requests such as full player editing and practice squad. Additionally, Xbox One EA Access members interested in taking Madden 17 through some practice drills prior to release will be happy to know that the game will be available for play via a Play First Trial on that platform only. Madden 17 releases for both current and last generation consoles as well as PC on August 23. View full article
  3. Each year, EA Tiburon introduces tweaks and enhancements to its annual football title, and this year is no different. This time around, some additions aim to streamline the experience for casual players while others provide rabid enthusiasts with new play-calling and team management tools. A new Play the Moment option offers an express version of a full game and season. While activated, Franchise players can simulate an entire season in just a few days. Play the Moment also lets players sit out on all the nitty-gritty gameplay by allowing them to only engage during exciting moments such as critical third downs and similar clutch plays. Of course, those who would rather play a game of football from kickoff to the final whistle can simply deactivate Play the Moment. More strategic players can create tailor-made strategies to enhance players' strengths (and exploit opponent weaknesses) using Franchise gameplanning. A Big Decision feature presents crucial staff decisions such as contract negotiations, signing new athletes, and returning injured players to the field. Calling all of this action is a new commentary team comprised of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Madden 17 feature top community requests such as full player editing and practice squad. Additionally, Xbox One EA Access members interested in taking Madden 17 through some practice drills prior to release will be happy to know that the game will be available for play via a Play First Trial on that platform only. Madden 17 releases for both current and last generation consoles as well as PC on August 23.
  4. Telltale Games has been largely quiet about its Batman title since they unveiled it last year. Today, the Walking Dead developer has broken their silence by announcing the stars of the Dark Knight's episodic caper, as well as revealing when players can get their hands on it. Batman - The Telltale Series arrives this summer for consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices. Telltale plans on releasing it both digitally and at retail as a "season pass disc" that gives players access to all five episodes as they become available. Additionally, Telltale has revealed the voice talent: Troy Baker is taking up the mantle as Batman, joined by Enn Reitel as Alfred. The cast also includes Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant Jim Gordon, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman. Telltale promises a growing cast of characters as the season progresses. View full article
  5. Telltale Games has been largely quiet about its Batman title since they unveiled it last year. Today, the Walking Dead developer has broken their silence by announcing the stars of the Dark Knight's episodic caper, as well as revealing when players can get their hands on it. Batman - The Telltale Series arrives this summer for consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices. Telltale plans on releasing it both digitally and at retail as a "season pass disc" that gives players access to all five episodes as they become available. Additionally, Telltale has revealed the voice talent: Troy Baker is taking up the mantle as Batman, joined by Enn Reitel as Alfred. The cast also includes Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant Jim Gordon, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman. Telltale promises a growing cast of characters as the season progresses.
  6. Electronic Arts held their first-ever EA Play press event earlier today. If you missed out on the festivities, we’ve got you covered with this handy summary of all the big announcements and glossy new trailers. EA CEO Andrew Wilson kicked things off by hyping the EA Play format, admitting that it’d be impossible to sufficiently show off everything they’re working on in only an hour. So instead, think of this as a taste of the great projects in development and “opening the door to players, influencers, media, and partners” and inviting them to play. After a quick shout-out from Peter Moore, broadcasting live via satellite from another EA Live event in London, Wilson ran down the line-up, including details for Mass Effect: Andromeda, a glimpse into upcoming Star Wars projects, and a Battlefield 1 gameplay footage. Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella welcomed PlayStation 4 players to the world of Titanfall 2. He then revealed the first multiplayer gameplay for Titanfall’s sophomore outing. Building upon the foundation laid in the first game, Titanfall 2 features six new titans, expanded customization options and deeper progression. Online looks to retain the same chaotic action and David vs Goliath-esque encounters. Respawn is planning a pre-launch multiplayer ‘technical test,” which players can sign up for by visiting Titanfall’s website. “For the four people who didn’t see the leak this morning,” Zampella officially confirmed a single-player campaign for Titanfall 2. This offline story mode will delve deeper into the Titan/pilot relationship as well as expand on the series’ mythos in general. Titanfall 2 releases October 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A new Madden 17 trailer was used as the flag bearer to wave EA’s new eSport initiative. Three new competitive events – Challenger, Premier, and EA Major, are poised to enhance competitive play among elite players. Challenger events let players host their own tournaments, Premiers will be larger gatherings hosted by both gaming and non-gaming partners, and EA Major are marquee events that pit the best players in the world against each other. A new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer provided the most substantial look at the game yet, but details surrounding its plot remain elusive. BioWare did share that the game is built using the Frostbite 3 engine, and the team promises to build upon the elements players adored in the original trilogy. BioWare boasts Andromeda features the greatest amount of player freedom than in any game they’ve made. Frostbite 3 isn't the only big change coming to FIFA 17. EA's popular soccer title is getting a significant new mode in a story campaign chronicling life of rising soccer star Alex Hunter. Additionally, premier league managers are set to be featured and large-scale improvements have been made to player A.I. and physical play. EA continues its support of independent developers with the announcement of EA Originals. The initiative aims to support smaller titles by providing their development teams with the resources to bring their vision to life and thrive as a studio (such as allowing creators to earn 100% of their games’ profits). The first title to emerge from this is a whimsical title called Fe from Swedish developer Zoink. Set in a stylized forest, players control a cub with no memory of his past. By communicating with both creatures and plant life thorough song, players unlock new parts of the forest to explore. They must also combat the Silent Ones, malevolent entities corrupting the forest using silence. Fe forces players to carve their own path by omitting any kind of direction or "hand-holding". It's up to the player to create their personal experience. EA executive Jade Raymond highlighted the multiple Star Wars projects both released and in development. Among them are Visceral Games’ third-person action/adventure take bolstered by an original narrative, as well as Respawn’s own third-person game set in a different era of the franchise. While nothing was formally revealed, EA did share a video discussing the current and future of Star Wars games at EA. Battlefield 1’s action-packed gameplay trailer concluded the event. DICE confirmed that large battle vehicles such as airships and armored trains would be in the hands of players. Dynamic, unpredictable weather conditions such as rain and fog aims to dramatically alter the way players approach maps. The series’ signature destruction is more intuitive than ever before, with aerial battles looking especially impressive. EA kept thing short and sweet this year, focusing on concise, quick game announcements with none of the prolonged dull spots (e.g. Pelé last year) that plagued them years prior. Showcasing gameplay for anticipated heavy-hitters like Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 likely scored them a lot of brownie points with shooter enthusiasts. Mass Effect fans still don’t exactly know what Andromeda entails, but they got their best look at the title to date. EA Originals seems like another good option for independent games looking for a home, and Fe appears to be as weirdly intriguing as Unravel was before it. Not getting any formal reveals for Viscreal or Respawn’s Star Wars titles is a bummer as is the lack of any major surprises, but the games shown all look promising and gives EA a bright portfolio of titles on the horizon. View full article
  7. Electronic Arts held their first-ever EA Play press event earlier today. If you missed out on the festivities, we’ve got you covered with this handy summary of all the big announcements and glossy new trailers. EA CEO Andrew Wilson kicked things off by hyping the EA Play format, admitting that it’d be impossible to sufficiently show off everything they’re working on in only an hour. So instead, think of this as a taste of the great projects in development and “opening the door to players, influencers, media, and partners” and inviting them to play. After a quick shout-out from Peter Moore, broadcasting live via satellite from another EA Live event in London, Wilson ran down the line-up, including details for Mass Effect: Andromeda, a glimpse into upcoming Star Wars projects, and a Battlefield 1 gameplay footage. Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella welcomed PlayStation 4 players to the world of Titanfall 2. He then revealed the first multiplayer gameplay for Titanfall’s sophomore outing. Building upon the foundation laid in the first game, Titanfall 2 features six new titans, expanded customization options and deeper progression. Online looks to retain the same chaotic action and David vs Goliath-esque encounters. Respawn is planning a pre-launch multiplayer ‘technical test,” which players can sign up for by visiting Titanfall’s website. “For the four people who didn’t see the leak this morning,” Zampella officially confirmed a single-player campaign for Titanfall 2. This offline story mode will delve deeper into the Titan/pilot relationship as well as expand on the series’ mythos in general. Titanfall 2 releases October 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A new Madden 17 trailer was used as the flag bearer to wave EA’s new eSport initiative. Three new competitive events – Challenger, Premier, and EA Major, are poised to enhance competitive play among elite players. Challenger events let players host their own tournaments, Premiers will be larger gatherings hosted by both gaming and non-gaming partners, and EA Major are marquee events that pit the best players in the world against each other. A new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer provided the most substantial look at the game yet, but details surrounding its plot remain elusive. BioWare did share that the game is built using the Frostbite 3 engine, and the team promises to build upon the elements players adored in the original trilogy. BioWare boasts Andromeda features the greatest amount of player freedom than in any game they’ve made. Frostbite 3 isn't the only big change coming to FIFA 17. EA's popular soccer title is getting a significant new mode in a story campaign chronicling life of rising soccer star Alex Hunter. Additionally, premier league managers are set to be featured and large-scale improvements have been made to player A.I. and physical play. EA continues its support of independent developers with the announcement of EA Originals. The initiative aims to support smaller titles by providing their development teams with the resources to bring their vision to life and thrive as a studio (such as allowing creators to earn 100% of their games’ profits). The first title to emerge from this is a whimsical title called Fe from Swedish developer Zoink. Set in a stylized forest, players control a cub with no memory of his past. By communicating with both creatures and plant life thorough song, players unlock new parts of the forest to explore. They must also combat the Silent Ones, malevolent entities corrupting the forest using silence. Fe forces players to carve their own path by omitting any kind of direction or "hand-holding". It's up to the player to create their personal experience. EA executive Jade Raymond highlighted the multiple Star Wars projects both released and in development. Among them are Visceral Games’ third-person action/adventure take bolstered by an original narrative, as well as Respawn’s own third-person game set in a different era of the franchise. While nothing was formally revealed, EA did share a video discussing the current and future of Star Wars games at EA. Battlefield 1’s action-packed gameplay trailer concluded the event. DICE confirmed that large battle vehicles such as airships and armored trains would be in the hands of players. Dynamic, unpredictable weather conditions such as rain and fog aims to dramatically alter the way players approach maps. The series’ signature destruction is more intuitive than ever before, with aerial battles looking especially impressive. EA kept thing short and sweet this year, focusing on concise, quick game announcements with none of the prolonged dull spots (e.g. Pelé last year) that plagued them years prior. Showcasing gameplay for anticipated heavy-hitters like Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 likely scored them a lot of brownie points with shooter enthusiasts. Mass Effect fans still don’t exactly know what Andromeda entails, but they got their best look at the title to date. EA Originals seems like another good option for independent games looking for a home, and Fe appears to be as weirdly intriguing as Unravel was before it. Not getting any formal reveals for Viscreal or Respawn’s Star Wars titles is a bummer as is the lack of any major surprises, but the games shown all look promising and gives EA a bright portfolio of titles on the horizon.
  8. DICE has announced that the second bundle of downloadable content for their Star Wars shooter will be heading to the gassy planet of Bespin this month. Season pass holders will have access to the Bespin pack on June 21, while non-pass holders will have to wait a couple weeks to dig into the new content. The developers are aiming to bring back some of the scale that many felt was missing from the first batch of DLC. On top of that commitment, players will be able to blast around Cloud City as Lando Calrissian as well as the bounty hunter Dengar, best known for being lampooned on Robot Chicken. Two new blasters and some additional maps have been stated to be on the way as well, though DICE has remained tight-lipped on what those maps will contain. Of course this news comes in advance of EA's pre-E3 press conference on Sunday, at which time we will probably know more. Though the publisher will not be at E3 proper, it is throwing its own event several blocks away, overlapping with E3 itself. Perhaps we might even hear something about the Star Wars Battlefront sequel that EA has stated is in development next week? View full article
  9. DICE has announced that the second bundle of downloadable content for their Star Wars shooter will be heading to the gassy planet of Bespin this month. Season pass holders will have access to the Bespin pack on June 21, while non-pass holders will have to wait a couple weeks to dig into the new content. The developers are aiming to bring back some of the scale that many felt was missing from the first batch of DLC. On top of that commitment, players will be able to blast around Cloud City as Lando Calrissian as well as the bounty hunter Dengar, best known for being lampooned on Robot Chicken. Two new blasters and some additional maps have been stated to be on the way as well, though DICE has remained tight-lipped on what those maps will contain. Of course this news comes in advance of EA's pre-E3 press conference on Sunday, at which time we will probably know more. Though the publisher will not be at E3 proper, it is throwing its own event several blocks away, overlapping with E3 itself. Perhaps we might even hear something about the Star Wars Battlefront sequel that EA has stated is in development next week?
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