Our Thoughts On EAs E3 Lineup For The PS3

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So if you didn’t know by now, we are quickly approaching what almost everyone would call the biggest event in the video game industry, E3 or the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) June 2 – 4. Now companies make announcements all year, but if you want to reach the most wide range of people and stick it to your competitors, then E3 is the place to do it. So the other day, EA announced theirs, check it out. We gotta warn you though, this is a loooong list.  The list originally included all consoles, but we deleted all non PS3 titles because well this is a PS3 website. Enjoy.

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“This year at E3, we have an incredible slate of games for the Nintendo Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Mac and mobile devices,” said EA’s CEO John Riccitiello. “Our creative teams are developing some of the most innovative experiences on any platform. We couldn’t be more proud of the games we’re presenting this year.”

Titles which will be previewed by EA at E3 include:

ARMY OF TWOTM: THE 40th DAY

The ultimate two-man private military team of Salem and Rios return in ARMY OF TWO: THE 40th DAY, where they must fight to survive a carefully orchestrated series of catastrophes that are dragging the city of Shanghai to the brink of disaster. The game has been built from the ground up with a focus on an incredible cooperative experience. A bigger playbook of features and a new arsenal of co-op moves are available to both players to perform at any time, opening up fresh strategies and choices. The result is a bigger, deeper, more organic and immersive co-op experience that lets players put their best two-man tactics to use whenever and wherever they want.

* Platforms – Xbox 360®, PLAYSTATION®3 and PSP®
* Ship Date – Winter
* ESRB Rating – Rating Pending

ZKG’s Thoughts: We thought that the last AOT was a great concept but simply failed in execution. They had the chance to make a real raw and edgy game and instead went for vulgarity and cheap laughs and the retail results told the story of what gamers thought of that. This time around we hope they take a little bit more serious approach and if they do then we think that AOT: The 40th Day may actually be worth playing this time.

Battlefield: Bad CompanyTM 2

In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, DICE brings its best-in-class online vehicle warfare to a spectacular new level. By pushing destruction to new heights and delivering a host of land, sea and air vehicles, players will experience all-out-warfare like never before. Whether its intense battles online or in the single player campaign, players must use every weapon and vehicle at their disposal to survive and conquer. This unprecedented action unfolds on the battlefield to bring a new level of excitement to vehicular warfare never before experienced in a modern warfare action game.

* Platforms – Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PC
* Ship Date – Q1 2010 (calendar year)
* ESRB Rating – Rating Pending

ZKG’s Thoughts: So if you read our review of the first Battlefield: Bad Company you already know how awesome we thought it was. If you have seen the screens and trailers we put up from BBC2, then you know how much more awesome this looks. As we see it, from a technical and gameplay persepective we think that the BBC franchise is one of the top 5 best FPSs available on the PS3 today. Period.

Brütal LegendTM

From the mind of Tim Schafer and Double Fine Productions comes Brütal Legend, a 3rd person action game starring Jack Black as the ultimate roadie Eddie Riggs. Rich in combat, imagery and storytelling, Brütal Legend delivers lighter-flicking fun sure to melt your face off, and will be playable for the first time in the EA booth.

* Platforms – PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360
* Ship date – Rocktober 13th in North America, Rocktober 16th in the UK and Europe
* ESRB – Rating Pending

ZKG’s Thoughts: Now we have to admit that while a lot of folks are super excited about this title, we still aren’t quite sold. I mean it has Jack Black as the main character’s voice so it will be funny but besides that there isn’t a lot that makes us want to run out and play it. Except.. did you see how is making this thing, our friendly neighborhood Rockstar. These are the same guys responsible for GTA, so I mean I don’t care if they make a game about chickens laying eggs we would give it a fair shot because well they are AWESOME!!

Dante’s InfernoTM

From Visceral GamesTM, award-winning creators of last year’s critically-acclaimed Dead SpaceTM, comes one of 2010’s most highly anticipated 3rd person action adventure games, Dante’s Inferno. Based on part one of Dante Alighierei’s classic poem “The Divine Comedy,” EA’s Dante’s Inferno takes gamers on an epic adventure through Dante’s nine circles of hell – limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery. The game features a highly responsive, addictive combat system, which players will need to take Dante through a gauntlet of unimaginable evils as he fights to recapture the soul of his beloved Beatrice.

* Platforms – Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PSP
* Ship Date – Q1 2010 (calendar year)
* ESRB – Rating Pending

ZKG’s Thoughts: Hmm.., the Divine Comedy as a video game, never thought of that. I mean if you have actually read Dante’s Inferno you know that it is a complex tale of one man’s trip through hell and to think that you could turn that into a video game is just plain insightful when you really think about it. The Divine Comedy definitely has enough blood and gore and torture and pain in it for the guys at Visceral to play off of, so let’s just keep following this one and see where it goes.

Dragon AgeTM: Origins

Award-winning RPG developer, BioWareTM invites players to experience their deepest RPG to date. For thousands of years, the Grey Wardens have been the guardians of the land. Now with an ancient evil on the rise again, it is up to players to unite the shattered lands and slay the corrupted dragon known as the Archdemon. In Dragon Age: Origins, players must make ruthless decisions and be willing to sacrifice their friends and loved ones for the greater good of mankind. At E3 2009, BioWare will be debuting one of the deadliest creatures in the game and will reveal how romance can have a significant impact on the adventure.

*Platforms – PC, Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3

* Ship Date – Fall 2009

*ESRB – Rating Pending

ZKG’s Thoughts: Haven’t heard a lot about this one until now, but what we can say is that the PS3 is in severe need of more RPG’s, so we are with this.

EA SPORTSTM Grand Slam® Tennis

EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis, launching first on the Wii, makes users feel like they are playing championship tennis in the comfort of their living rooms. The Wii MotionPlusTM accessory elevates the authentic tennis experience to a higher level with precise ball placement and added shot depth. With the accessory, tennis fans will appreciate the freedom to control the backswing of champions like John McEnroe, Serena Williams, Roger Federer or any one of the in-game players, as well as have the ability to run around a forehand or backhand. EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis is developed by EA Canada in Vancouver, B.C.

* Platforms – Currently on Wii; additional platforms later in the year
* Ship Date – June 8, 2009 in North America; Street Date – June 12, 2009 in Europe
* ESRB – E for Everyone

ZKG’s Thoughts: Now this title is only for the Wii, but it will hit the other consoles later. If we don’t know anything, we know EA can make sports games. What we don’t know is can they oust Virtua Tennis who is the current gens go to title for Tennis. Guess we will see.

FIFA 10

From EA Canada, FIFA 10 will deliver what matters most to fans by refining the critical fundamentals in gameplay, responding to feedback from more than 250 million online games played and innovating player control.

* Platforms – PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, PlayStation®2, Nintendo DS PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) and mobile
* Available in October 2009 in North America and Europe (Europe’s street date is in Q2 FY10)
* ESRB – Rating Pending

ZKG’s Thoughts: Ah FIFA, it’s pretty much year in and year out the best soccer simulation available and with Soccer still being the most popular sport in the world, we see this one moving a lot of units. Players have had some concerns about the frequency of red cards thrown and that type of thing but look for EA to correct a lot of that this year.

Fight Night Round 4

The champ is here! EA SPORTS challenges you to step into the ring with Fight Night Round 4. This highly anticipated iteration of the critically acclaimed franchise has perfected every jab, slip, and punch in the sport of boxing to bring you the most realistic fighting experience to date. With an advanced physics system, stunning graphics, and deep gameplay and feature enhancements, Fight Night Round 4 is putting the science back in the sweet science.

* Platforms – PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360
* Ship Date – June 30, 2009 in North America; Street Date in the UK – June 26, 2009, rest of Europe July 3, 2009 (Europe’s street date is in Q1 FY10)
* ESRB – T for Teen

ZKG’s Thoughts: By now you probably know that we got our hands on a demo of Fight Night Round 4 a while back and we were impressed. The biggest concern we have is about the analog only controls, means no more buttons and that will make a lot of players mad. In the demo, it didn’t really bother us but that was a short snippet and is not indicative of what it will be like over the course of a career in the game, guess we will have to see how that works out.

G.I. JOETM The Rise of CobraTM

G.I. JOE The Rise of Cobra for all major video game consoles features an exclusive storyline that picks up where the live-action movie, from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Hasbro, leaves off, allowing players to re-create and re-live the greatest moments from the film, cartoon series and action figure toy line. The game offers 16 playable characters – four of which are unlockable COBRA characters – each with unique abilities and weapons. Adding to the adrenaline rush is an intense single-screen co-op mode allowing two players to easily unite as a team in a classic struggle between good and evil to defeat the powers of COBRA.

* Platforms – Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS and mobile devices
* Ship Date – August 2009
* ESRB Rating – E10+ for Nintendo DS; Rating Pending for console and PSP versions

ZKG’s Thoughts: I will tell you this, I was in the theater last week and saw the trailer for G.I. Joe twice and I wasn’t impressed with the movie trailer, so I don’t know how I can be excited about a game based on that evenly loosely. The trailer shows a version of G.I. Joe that is not the version  of G.I. Joe that I know and love. Then there is the problem of a game based on a movie, that with a few exceptions doesn’t usually work out well. We will keep waiting to see but for now its not high up on our list.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceTM

Relive the thrills, action, and excitement of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceTM movie this summer! From EA and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game takes you to Hogwarts to help Harry survive a fraught sixth year. Engage in exciting wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class, and take to the air to lead the Gryffindor Quidditch team to victory.

* Platforms – Wii, PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, PC, Mac and mobile devices
* Ship Date – June 30, 2009 in North America; Street Date – July 3, 2009 in Europe (Europe’s street date is in Q1 FY10)
* ESRB Rating: E 10+ (ESRB)

ZKG’s Thoughts: The young wizard is back for another go round and while its not the type of game that we would jump up to play, there is a market there and it looks like it will serve them well.

Madden NFL 10

Experience first-hand what it’s like to Fight for Every Yard in Madden NFL 10 for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3. With the all-new Pro-Tak animation technology, players have more control over the outcome of each play. Whether driving a receiver towards the first down, or battling for a fumble at the bottom of a pile, the play won’t end until the whistle blows. Add to that the most immersive broadcast presentation and online innovation in franchise history, and Madden NFL 10 captures the authenticity and emotion of the NFL like never before. This year, Madden NFL 10 arrives on the Wii with breath-taking visuals that will captivate both seasoned veterans and newcomers to the franchise. Completely redesigned and built from the ground up, Madden NFL 10 introduces a unique art style that will define the look of sports games on the Wii. All-new player models embody characteristics of your favorite athletes, plus new larger-than-life stadiums showcase the unique details found at each of the 32 NFL fields. Madden NFL 10 epitomizes what fun looks like on the Wii, delivering the most social and dynamic experience from the franchise to date. Quick, exciting game modes ensure that anytime is the right time for Madden NFL 10 on the Wii.

* Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PLAYSTATION 3, PSP and WiiTM
* Street Date – August 14, 2009
* ESRB Rating – E for Everyone

ZKG’s Thoughts: Anyone who is on the site regularly, knows we love us some Madden and while it sometimes disappoints us we love it all the same. So far from what we have seen of Madden 10 it looks like they are listening to the fans request, so we will just have to see if they deliver.

NCAA® Football 10

NCAA Football 10 brings an unparalleled college game day experience to football fans across the nation. True to the tradition of the award-winning franchise, NCAA Football 10 continues to push the bar on innovation with new online modes. NCAA Football 10 will bring the excitement of college football to fans across the nation like never before with the all-new Season Showdown. In this new mode, every game counts as fans declare their loyalty to a favorite school and give the ultimate show of support in a nationwide competition for pride. In addition to Season Showdown, NCAA Football 10 introduces TeamBuilder, an all-new, online create-a-school feature that will revolutionize the user’s ability to produce personalized content. A football fan’s dream, TeamBuilder will enable users to experience the excitement and pageantry of college football, defined by their own personalized creations.

* Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PLAYSTATION 3 and PSP
* Street Date – July 14, 2009
* ESRB Rating – E for Everyone

ZKG’s Thoughts: So far we are VERY excited about NCAA Football 10, it looks to be one of the best installments we have seen in years. With EA now giving players the chance to take their favorite schools online and battle against one another to determine who’s school really does rule you can’t help but be excited. Preview upcoming.

NHL 10

From EA Canada, NHL®10 delivers a new, physical brand of hockey that includes first-person fighting to match the physical and emotional intensity real-world players endure in pursuit of a Stanley CupTM Championship. The franchise that has won 19 sports game of the year awards since 2007 begins a new era with gameplay innovations that include all-new board play that lets you shield the puck with your body along the boards, kick-pass it to teammates, or pin an opponent, post-whistle action to instigate scrums, draw penalties, and fight, spectacular new ways to score like shooting from the knees and a new 360° precision passing mechanic that delivers precise control over the speed and direction of passes.

* Platforms – PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360
* Ship Date – September 2009
* ESRB – Rating Pending

ZKG’s Thoughts: NHL 10 looks to be back and with an attitude. This year it seems like they are really trying to capture the emotion and grit of the real game and we like it. Good stuff.

Need for SpeedTM SHIFT

Need for Speed SHIFT combines a groundbreaking cockpit experience, world-class physics, stunning pixel-perfect car models, and authentic race tracks to create one of the most intense racing experiences ever. Players are thrust into the loud, visceral, intense, athletic experience of racing a car on the edge of control through the combination of perception based G-forces, the hyper reality of the cockpit view and the brutal experience of a first person crash dynamic. A highly sophisticated AI system ensures that AI opponents will react and perform based on the player’s aggression and overall driving skill thus creating race experiences for all skill sets. Need for Speed SHIFT is the first racing game to accurately reflect the true driver’s experience.

* Platforms – Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PC and PSP
* Ship Date – September 17 in Europe and September 22 in North America
* ESRB Rating – Rating Pending

ZKG’s Thoughts: Got you there didn’t we, the consoles will have their own version of NFS with Shift. To me this series has just been up and down and right now you just don’t know. The last title, NFS Undercover didn’t move us and to be honest last one that really did was NFS Underground, we still love that title. But we always give the benefit of the doubt around here so we will see if they can bring it back.

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10 on the Wii will support the innovative Wii MotionPlus accessory and give players a near-perfect 1:1 swing. Golf fans will experience an authentic swing motion and be able to work the ball from tee box to green. For the first time in franchise history, take on one of the toughest tests in golf – the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. All-new to Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 is EA SPORTS Live Tournaments, where gamers go to prove themselves against the best players online and play alongside actual PGA TOUR pros during real-world tournament events. Fight a multitude of tough courses, real-time weather conditions, the challenge of online tournaments, and more – Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 provides an inside-the-ropes experience like never before.

* Platforms – Wii, Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation 2 and PSP
* Ship Date – June 8, 2009 in North America; Street Date – July 3, 2009 in Europe (Europe’s street date is in Q1 FY10)
* ESRB Rating – E for Everyone

ZKG’s Thoughts: TW10 is almost here and so far it looks good. The demo is out in the play station store and the fact that it went gold early(i.e. the code passed review early then predicted) I would say that TW10 should be a strong edition to the franchise.

Battlefield 1943

Battlefield 1943 is a premium arcade title that delivers endless hours of 24-player First-Person Shooter action on popular maps inspired by Battlefield 1942TM. The game will have players battling over three tropic locations: Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. These maps have now been updated with the DICE FrostbiteTM engine, providing destructibility to the battlefield and leaving players with almost nowhere to hide. Gamers play as the US Marines or the Imperial Japanese Navy, competing by land, air and sea. They have the freedom to pick their path in battle – be it as a rifleman crawling through the trenches, a steel fisted tank commander, or a dog fighting ace pilot that rules the skies!

* Platforms – Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PC
* Ship Date – Summer 2009 on console; September 2009 on PC
* ESRB Rating – T for Teen

ZKG’s Thoughts: Battlefield 1943 looks to be a solid FPS to add to the PS3’s inventory, but again we still have our concerns about really being able to make a blockbuster FPS set in the WW2 era.

The Saboteur

Fight, climb, and race your way through a uniquely stylized version of Nazi-occupied France in Pandemic Studios’ upcoming action sandbox game The Saboteur. Meet Sean Devlin, the daredevil hero of The Saboteur – a street-tough Irish racecar driver turned resistance fighter in 1940s Paris, where the women are sexy and the missions are epic.

* Platforms – PLAYSTATION 3, Xbox 360 and PC
* Ship date – Fall/ Winter FY10
* ESRB – Rating Pending

ZKG’s Thoughts: When we first heard about The Saboteur, we were very excited because the PS3 needs a good stealth title, then they said it was set in 1940s Paris and we stepped back. We had envisoned it as a modern day spy game but its not. Even though its set in the past, which means there is a limit to the amount of cool gadgets we will see it still looks to be a pretty good title, this game is at least 6-8 months away from release so hopefully we will get more details by then.

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