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Don’t you wish you could go back in time and skip through Ubisoft’s lady-boners to get to the essence? Well, for anyone that hasn’t seen all the conferences yet, we’ll do just that; so you don’t have to.
John Riccitiello ushered in the conference with the same premise as last year, offering something ‘a little different’ towards conference attendees. Dead Space 3 quickly started off things in a big way, detailing in and out cooperative play with a live gameplay demo of a powerful drill segment. The NFL segment had a similar rousing monologue as previous times before pitching its new Infinity engine that is said to once more be more real than ever. Maxis was next with an announcement of an extensive Facebook implementation called SimCity Social, which also took a jab at others by offering ‘less Ville’ and more city. Core fans can still look forward to the SimCity reboot however, which detailed its large visual experience and promised a true multiplayer experience with consequences for cities around that of the player.
A different momentum was presented when Battlefield 3 revealed its Premium subscription that will offer gamers exclusive access to new content and guarantee them all upcoming additions. The Old Republic in turn will update its content at no extra charge, since it already runs on subscriptions. There is a ton of new content coming, such as a new planet, storyline and character class. The shooter sandwich was completed with a gameplay demo for Medal of Honor: Warfighter, which revealed its authentic setting and showed a deadly RC car mounted with weapons.
Sidenote: Warfighter also sparked an interesting debate on popular game site Gamespot about editor Tom Mc Shea’s view on this authenticity.
The sports section of EA later brought back the social element by introducing their social integrations for both Madden and Fifa. Fifa Football Club will now be larger than ever and carry on benefits gained from the previous iteration onto the next. To top the sports bill off, UFC headman Dana White took to the stage and announced that the fighting license will now be brought by EA Sports for a multi-year deal.
Need For Speed: Most Wanted took the sports action into another direction by displaying a live demo of the renewed game. A vast open world and cop chases were shown, followed by the new details for the social Autolog integration.
The conference finished off strong with a gameplay demonstration for Crysis 3 that proved itself to be bigger and stronger than ever.