CA! Radio E3 2017: Electronic Arts

CA! Radio’s E3 coverage begins with our recap and impressions of the mostly predictable and safe EA conference.

Each of the six major conferences will appear as individual episodes and follow a similar format. We put a LOT of time into making this happen — more so for Chuck, as he had to record and edit these things — so thank you all for listening!


CA! Radio E3 2017: Electronic Arts (06/14/2017) ♪It is time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2017 and first at bat is Electronic Arts. We discuss the games they showed and our feelings on their lineup.♪ Download

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EA Play 2017 Wrap-up and Impressions

E3 2017 kicked off earlier today with EA’s self-hosted presentation, EA Play. Here we caught a glimpse of the company’s future as both a developer and publisher, from expected sports titles and Star Wars: Battlefront II, to smaller surprises like A Way Out.

How’d it go? Let’s find out.

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E3 2016: EA Play Was Pretty Awful

EA’s press conference at E3 2015 was really, really bad, but this year they decided to throw their own event — EA Play — instead, and somehow made it worse. It was a long-winded, overly verbose conference full of uninteresting developer diaries that are better suited for YouTube than a grand stage.

Going in to the conference, my predictions were:

  • Huge Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay spot
  • EA Access finally coming to PS4
  • Skate 4
  • A new Dead Space
  • Mass Effect trilogy remaster finally confirmed
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remaster
  • Lots of sports game trailers

Sports games have their audience, clearly, as their games (NBA Live aside) go on to sell millions and print money on a yearly basis. And my issue isn’t necessarily that EA spent a significant amount of time talking about sports games, it’s that they spent a significant amount of time talking about sports games.

The visual fidelity of their upcoming FIFA and Madden entries look fantastic running on the Frostbite engine, and I’m curious to see how the story-driven Journey mode works in FIFA 17. But show us something, anything, rather than stand on stage yammering on for what felt like an eternity.

I also agree with Kinda Funny’s Colin Moriarty — Why in the hell would they hold a simultaneous conference in L.A. and London, and show Madden (you know, American football) in London? Baffling. Truly baffling.

There was no talk about NHL or the NBA Live series, which is surprising (in NHL’s case, anyway), but seeing as how the latest NBA Live sold less than 1% of NBA 2K16’s numbers, it may be time to sweep that monstrosity under the rug forever.

Why no NHL though? We’re nearing the end of the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, and there’s no other event outside of Gamescom before NHL 17’s inevitable September release date.

So far my “lots of sports games” prediction holds true, but again, it’s not that I’m genuinely uninterested in them, it’s how they were presented in uninteresting ways.

Unfortunately my Mass Effect prediction was off as well.

Mass Effect Andromeda was given yet another verbose developer diary and only a minor amount of gameplay. I have no doubt the game will be phenomenal, and what they showed looked great, but that’s it? Really, that’s all EA is going to show during their own conference?

The put it in to perspective, EA spent more time showing interview footage of a professional Madden player than they gave to Mass Effect Andromeda. They spent more time talking about FIFA’s new story mode than they did showing any form of Andromeda’s gameplay.

There was no Mass Effect trilogy remaster talk either, so maybe it’s time to give up on the dream and assume EA is sticking to their “no remaster” guns. Oh well.

Everyone seemed pretty jazzed about new Star Wars games, but again, we received a lengthy developer diary and a mere glimpse at Visceral’s new game. The footage shown looked great, but there’s no better way to take the air out of the room (outside of Pele) than to show behind the scenes dev diary stuff that we can watch any other time of the year.

It was little more than EA talking about Star Wars projects, rather than showing us anything.

Titanfall 2 was shown off in the form of two trailers, focusing on new multi-player components and their new single-player campaign. The campaign would have been a nice surprise if EA didn’t accidentally leak it themselves during a rehearsal prior to the conference. Still, the game looks fine, and I’m curious to see how Titanfall’s mechanics play out in a campaign setting.

Titanfall 2’s release date was confirmed as October 28th, one week after Battlefield 1 — which is an extremely stupid decision. Both are competitive shooters, and yeah, both may have their own core audience, but Titanfall is nowhere near the giant that Battlefield is. Putting it up against your own game in the same genre is another baffling maneuver on behalf of EA.

Battlefield 1 does look pretty incredible though, at least visually. I thought it was hilarious when they cut away to none other than celebrities Jamie Foxx and Zac Effron, who seemed as uninterested as the L.A. crowd (and the Kinda Funny twitch chat) was.

Apparently the last hour of their show was supposed to be a 64-player Battlefield 1 match, but half of it was spent interviewing other celebrities and players.

Battlefield 1 will have an open beta later this summer.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the show was the EA Originals bit, where they segued from Unravel talk to a new 3D platformer called Fe. It’s aesthetically similar to games like Badland, and the screenshots got a lot of comparison to Ori and the Blind Forest in the chat, but I didn’t feel it worked very well when they showed its 3D gameplay.

Hopefully I’m pleasantly surprised.

This presentation was a chance for EA to show what they’ve been working on, and they did, but they did very little to hold the audience’s attention — again, I’m going by a roughly 11K deep twitch chat audience, my entire Twitter feed, and my own reactions.

Had the Titanfall 2 campaign trailer not been leaked (by EA themselves), I think that would have added an element of surprise to the EA Play presentation, but it wouldn’t have been enough to salvage it from the realm of confusing mediocrity.

I can’t imagine why they’d invest the money they did for the low caliber presentation we just watched today, but at least they’re working on a new charity initiative and a program that gives their profits to the developers.

What did you think of EA Play?

This Week in Gaming – EA crosses a line, tons of Nintendo news and the Ouya displayed at E3.. via the parking lot?

This Week in Gaming is a weekly column every Sunday attempting to re-cap some of the biggest news in the gaming industry, or poking fun at a few things no one really cares about. Let’s cut the bullshit and get started!

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First thing first, EA can suck a dick. Not just any dick, but a huge, meaty dick. After being voted the worst company in America for two years in a row and then conducting the butt-hurt train after Nintendo refused to use their online service Origin on the Wii U, they further proved the fact that they are, indeed, a collective group of assholes. What started as a normal “we have no games in development for the Wii U” statement eventually turned in to Bob Summerwill, Senior Software Engineer and Architect calling the Wii U “crap” and that it’s “less powerful than an XBOX360“, has a “poor online store“, a “weird tablet” and that it’s “dead in the water“. He eventually went on to delete some of those comments via Twitter but there were plenty of screenshots to go around. How EA were so shocked they were voted the Worst Company in America twice is beyond me, but at least they’ve just confirmed to be doing away with the Online Pass system, so that’s a start.

In a better turn of events for Nintendo fans, Ubisoft seems confident that Nintendo will “take steps to ensure the Wii U is successful” and will continue to stand at their side by cross-platforming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Watch_Dogs & Rayman Legends. It’s not as if they’re totally innocent after delaying Rayman Legends, which was already finished as a Wii U exclusive, and porting it to the competitor consoles. Either way, shit happens and it’s always good to see a company that understands the business end of things. An Ubisoft spokesperson was quoted as saying “As with any new console, it takes some time to form an established base“, which is exactly what happened to the 3DS and now look at their sales. They’re flying off the shelves! Ubisoft has also been rumored to be in development for a ZombiU sequel.

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This week was actually chock full of Nintendo news, with New Super Luigi U being announced as both a download and receiving a physical release. The Wonderful 101 has also received an official release date of September 15, 2013 and you can check out the box art here, courtesy of My Nintendo News. Deadpool, once thought to be skipping Nintendo’s next-gen console, has been listed on Amazon Canada for pre-order sales. I know I’m linking a lot from My Nintendo News today, but they’ve really been pumping out some huge announcements from the big N this week. Nintendo has confirmed that more information will be released “before E3” concerning the Wii U entries for the next Mario, Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. I won’t even get in to the swarm of Pokemon X & Y news or Nintendo Direct as it’s been covered in ridiculous quantities.

Kind of off-topic here, but Nintendo has also confirmed this week that they will be cracking down on YouTubers using their games in their Let’s Play videos who receive any sort of monetary gain. Their method to cracking down appears to be placing ads before or after the videos to prevent any sort of ad revenue for the YouTuber. Fans seem to be on the fence here, but in my opinion this is a YouTube policy that YouTube has failed to enforce and Nintendo shouldn’t even have to do something like this. Most fans against this idea cry out “free advertisement“, but let’s face it.. if any company doesn’t need a YouTuber to advertise their games to increase sales, it’s the one company who has been able to thrive on their own releases year in and year out – Nintendo. If making Let’s Play videos is a source of your income, just like any job, you have to follow the rules.

MACH 4 STYLE, MUTHAS!
MACH 4 STYLE, MUTHAS!

In what I feel is the biggest news this week, Sega has confirmed that they have signed an exclusive deal with Nintendo for 3 Sonic the Hedgehog releases. Sonic Lost World has been confirmed for the Wii U and the 3DS, while the other two seem to be an addition to the Mario & Sonic Olympics series and some form of Sonic & All-Star Racing X Mario Kart. I couldn’t really care less for another Olypmic entry, but Sonic Lost World will be a huge selling point for the Wii U and a Sonic X Mario Kart game would be quite delicious! Thinking back to the Nintendo and Sega console war of the 90’s, it’s odd to see them pair up in 2013, but it’s definitely a dream team of sorts that could create the 3D Sonic experience we’ve all wanted since the original Sonic Adventure back on the Dreamcast in 1999. Sega has already confirmed that Sonic Lost World will offer new gameplay and enemies never before seen in the Sonic series. This is the kind of news that makes me want a Wii U. Thank you, Sega!

Microsoft recently announced that May 21st will be the reveal for the newest Xbox, dubbed “Infinite”.

The Kickstarter-funded Ouya will be represented at E3, but not exactly the way you might be thinking. The Ouya will be on display via the parking lot, but hey, we’ve all gotta start somewhere, right?

This week was full of news, but personally I think Nintendo stole the show. What do you guys think? Is the Wii U becoming more enticing?

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This Week in Gaming – CoD Ghosts announced, no Madden for Wii-U, MGS Legacy Collection too big for 360 & more!

In what I’d like to become a weekly column here at Cheap Boss Attack, This Week in Gaming will cap out the weekend rounding up some of the bigger stories to hit the press and how much I probably don’t care about them. So let’s cut the bullshit and dive in head first, shall we?

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It seems that June 1st will be bad news bears for any of you PS2 collectors out there, as Kotaku published a rumor that gaming giant Gamestop will no longer be accepting PS2 games, consoles or accessories for trade-in by this date. This doesn’t rule out the selling of said games as they still carry used Gamecube titles, but will greatly dwindle their stock rotation. It’s always sad to see the end of an era and I have many a fond memory with the PS2, but there is always Amazon or eBay.

If you’re a hipster and want to ironically support one of the worst films of all time, the 90 minute crapfest Super Mario Bros staring Dennis Hopper and John Leguizamo will be celebrating its 20th anniversary by coming back to the big screen, according to IGN. If you happen to be in the LA area, you can catch a rare screening of Super Mario Bros at the NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, May 24.

If there is one thing the world needs, it’s another entry in the Call of Duty franchise! Made official on May 1st through the Call of Duty Facebook page, the newest entry will be entitled Ghosts and will release in North America on November 5th. I can already smell the Axe Body Spray, see the Tapout shirts and hear the everlasting racist comments on Xbox Live, can’t you?

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In other news that I don’t give a shit about, Wii-U owners looking to get their NFL fix will have to look elsewhere as EA confirmed there will be no Madden football for Nintendo’s next-gen console in 2013. I guess they’ll just have to play it on one of those other consoles that actually know how to effectively work online gaming. Sorry, Nintendo.

In what seems to be a common trend in the fighting genre, NetherRealm announced earlier this week on Twitter that Batgirl will be the next DLC character for Injustice: Gods Among Us. This follows the announcement last week that Lobo will also hit the microtransaction market that everybody loves so much.

If you’re an Xbox 360 gamer excited to FINALLY get your hands on Metal Gear Solid 4 with the announcement of the new Legacy Collection, it’s time to go back to crying on forums. Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima confirmed that it would take at least 7 DVDs for Metal Gear Solid 4 to play on the 360 and that’s just not going to happen. The Metal Gear Solid Legacy Collection includes Metal Gear Solid 1-4, Metal Gear 1 and 2, Peace Walker and VR Missions.

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If you frequent gaming websites Destructoid or Kotaku, you’re probably familiar with the Dragon’s Crown debacle over the Sorceress character design objectifying women. Apparently it’s not just fans throwing in their two cents, but fellow character designers as well. Destructoid reported earlier this week that Gearbox environmental artist Shaylyn Hamm is none too impressed with Vanillaware artist George Kamitani and feels their direction is only going to push women away from gaming. Perhaps Hamm hasn’t played a little Gearbox title called Duke Nukem Forever? Jim Sterling even points out that Gearbox’s Mad Moxxi could be put in the same light as the Sorceress, as they’re both top heavy. One could even use Borderlands 2 as an example, as Moxxi has quite the revealing photo set and prides herself on having numerous sexual partners. Don’t throw stones at glass houses, right?

Do you remember the mass amounts of hype and publicity Deadly Premonition received for the Xbox 360 back in 2010? Yeah, me either. It was basically a $20 budget survival horror title that failed to capture the hearts of more than a select few, but three years later we’re being treated to a Director’s Cut for the PS3. I remember reading the original review on Destructoid and witnessing the world crumble as Jim Sterling awarded it with a perfect 10/10. Even still, Sterling firmly stands by his original review and compares Deadly Premonition to watching two clowns eat each other, but this time he seems to notice a few flaws in the PS3 release. Interested yet? Check out his follow-up review here!

Well that about covers it for this week. I’ll try to keep this going every Sunday as it prevents me from having to spam your RSS feeds or reader apps with updates every 10 seconds. There was a lot going on this week with GTA V trailers going public and the Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit, but these were either the more interesting tidbits or the easiest to make fun of. Hope you enjoyed it!