Gamescom: EA not overshadowed by Sony and Microsoft

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Right after the Microsoft morning conference, Electronic Arts (EA) games took the Gamescom stage to give us the insider scoop on what to expect from them in the upcoming months. If you’re like me and slept the day away instead of catching the latest news via online stream, then don’t worry; we’re here to keep you updated. Titles such as Sims 4, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) 2014, and Need For Speed: The Rivals were some of the biggest crowd pleasers.

The conference started with a trailer that looked like a potential alien flick, but turned out to be the trailer for Sims 4. Taking the stage, EA’s Rachel Franklin stated that the series has been “reinvented” with emotional gameplay, allowing characters to explore human emotions that affect the mind, body, and heart of Sims. Aside from having emotionally unstable Sims, the ability to multitask and construct Sims from scratch is just another perk of the game that makes it far more advanced than those before it. While we hoped Gamescom would give us a release date, Franklin instead informed us that the Sims 4 was now available for pre-order.

Next, PopCap and EA have a new and improved way to get all the fun of Plants vs. Zombies without the Apple product. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare will give players the ability to play as zombies or plants in a third-person shooter. The game will include a multiplayer arena that allows you to customize your character, weapons, and team.

Now, if that isn’t cool enough, Garden Warfare is also set to include a game mode that allows you to play as the self-proclaimed handsomest and smartest zombie, Professor Zomboss. Though the game will initially be available for the Xbox One, there are plans to release it later in the year to other platforms such as PS4 and the Wii U. Expect it to hit stores in the Spring of 2014.

For the unveiling of the latest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) game, EA brought “the voice of UFC,” Bruce Buffer, to give a brief sneak peek of UFC 2014. Starting with a message about “being human and fighting being in our DNA,” the trailer shows off some real life MMA fights. Then, it shifts to actual game footage that emphasizes impressive ultra-realistic body graphics. No longer do the characters look like stale action figures, now you can really see them move with the fight, as well as physically exert themselves with sweat and bulging muscles. No release date has been given, but it is assumed to have a summer 2014 release.

As for those of you who can’t afford a Lamborghini or an Audi R8, then Need For Speed: The Rivalry will bring you all the luxury of a car without the high insurance rates. Need For Speed gives you the option of playing on one of two teams: the cops or the racers. With the ability to customize your car and personalize it with millions of different options, no one will ever know if you’re playing for the feds or racing for the title of fastest on the street. Need For Speed is now available for pre-orders, and will hit markets on November 19. As stated today, it will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The release for PS4 and Xbox One will be announced sometime in the year.

Can we talk about how good the years 2013 and 2014 are going to be for gamers? With so much new information, and games slowly being released, I’m still stuck on which next-gen console I’d rather buy!

Featured image and videos courtesy of Electronic Arts.