On today, the last day of E3 2012, I had a chance to tour the EA booth, and got some hands on time with the new Madden 13 kinect features, as well as demos for Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3. I’m not much of a Madden guy these days, but I was blown away by the multitude of changes that EA Tiburon has implemented into the 2013 version. The kinect features actually work really well, and I was playing it in a private booth with what seemed like a war going on around me outside on the show floor, so I was impressed with its ability to hear my voice commands. In Madden 13 you can ultimately run the entire offensive and defensive play books using only your voice, and it totally feels like being the play caller.
In addition to the kinect functionality Madden 13 has also gone through a major fine tuning process. Everything from the visuals to the physics engine has been overhauled to more closely resemble the actual NFL games that we watch on Sundays, and it is much appreciated by this gamer. I loved the fact that play action has been sped up, and can even be cancelled if your being hurried. The passing game on both sides of the ball is much improved as well. Like I said I’m not a huge Madden fan, but Madden 13 has definitely changed my mind on the franchise.
After the Madden 13 hands on demo we were treated to a viewing of some Dead Space 3 action. Holy freaking awesome folks! If you had any fears about the inclusion of co-op ruining the terrifying mood that you’ve come to know and love in the Dead Space you’ll be happy to know that it does not. I actually think it adds a whole new type of gameplay that really spruces up the series, and it could potentially open up Dead Space to third person shooter fans.
Visceral showed us the demo playing it in both single and multiplayer modes to highlight the differences between the two, and both modes offered unique gameplay experiences. The whole drop-in drop-out mechanic worked flawlessly, and the new planet setting is perfect for playing a Dead Space game with a friend. It was also interesting to see human enemies for the first time in this franchise, and they definitely require a different method of killing them versus the standard necromorph enemies. Overall I was extremely satisfied with the Dead Space 3 demo, and I can’t wait until it comes out next February.
Human enemies will be prevalent in Dead Space 3
My final stop was at the Crysis 3 viewing room where the developers took us through one of the levels in the game. The best part about this demo to me was the ginormous HDTV they were showing it on, but outside of that the gameplay itself looked like standard Crysis fare. Outside of the new bio-dome New York setting, and the new bow and arrow weapon, I didn’t really see anything that made me go “hmmm”. It definitely looked amazing, but we saw a PC demo, so who knows what the console versions will look like. Crysis 3 is a solid game, but after my Crysis 2 experience I’m still not sold on it as being one of the best FPS game franchises on the market.
EA had many great games to show off at E3, but the three that I got to view, and or play are all purchase worthy. Madden 13 on the Xbox 360 will be the only way to play this gridiron classic, and Dead Space 3’s inclusion of co-op gameplay is nothing short of genius. Crysis 3 has all the bells and whistles that the franchise is known for, but I wasn’t overly impressed with the demo that I saw. 2013 is definitely shaping up to be a great year for EA fans. You’ve been wanting to flex your QB skills in the new Madden 13 with kinect…
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