E3 2015: What We Know So Far – EA Sports

E3 2015 is upon us. It’s the biggest video game event of the American Gaming year, and there is certainly plenty of buzz surrounding every major distributor, publisher and game company. We here at The Outerhaven want to keep you up to speed in time for the big event, so we are going create a comprehensive guide to what we already know going into E3 2015.

We’ll begin with EA Sports and their current line up of games:Madden NFL 16:

  • Madden NFL 16:

    • Madden NFL 16 releases on August 25th 2015 in two flavors for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 & PlayStation4. The Standard Edition will be $59.99, while the Deluxe Edition will cost $10 extra, at $69.99, and comes with 36 Ultimate Team Packs throughout the year.
    • “Be the Playmaker” introduces body-relative passing, as well as a new risk/reward catch and pass-defense system.
    • The “Playmaker Broadcast” option introduces “new player spotlights”, “dynamic goals and achievements”, and innovative on-the-field cameras to bring the action closer to the player.
    • New York Football Giants second-year Wide Receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., is this year’s cover athlete.
  • NBA Live 16:

    • Oklahoma City Thunder Point Guard, Russell Westbrook, was announced this past Tuesday as NBA Live’s Cover Athlete.
    • NBA Live is touting that this edition of the game is all about self expression, where everything you do off and on the court matters.
    • Ultimate Team, Big Moments and Dynasty modes have been improved.
    • Their “Livemotion” physics engine gives players unprecedented and “unparalleled control” and “best-in-class animation”
  • FIFA 16:

  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour

    • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour will be available on July 14th, 2015 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
    • The Frostbite Engine allows for Dynamic Loading, eliminating load times between courses, allowing for seamless play.
    • Frank Nobilo and Rich Lerner will provide all new commentary for the series.
    • Three unique swing mechanics and customizable gameplay styles allow for you to “connect with the emotion of hitting the perfect shot.”
    • Online multiplayer has been revamped, touting new matchmaking systems and leaderboards, to create the best matchmaking experience in sports gaming.
    • “Be A Pro” mode is in this game, allowing you to create your own legacy as a PGA golfer as you play through the PGA Tour.
    • The “Night Club” offers over 170 unique challenges, and opportunities to “compete with big personalities on BIGGER courses.”
  • NHL 16

    • Only on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
    • The EA Sports Hockey League has been revamped, allowing for players to choose specialized player classes to deliver a balanced competitive experience. Also, your ability to play as part of a team will be the determining factor between wins and losses.
    • 6 v 6 Online Team Play allows for users to drop in and out of games using real-world NHL rosters. Friends can also play private OTP games as well.
    • Online Couch Co-op allows for you and your friends to jump in and play online matches as a team, and is being touted as a new way to practice team gameplay before going solo in OTP or EASHL.
    • Playoff Beards.
    • Doc Emrick, Eddie Olcyzk and Ray Ferraro return with new commentary, including emotional upticks at key moments from Doc, and more expert analysis from Ray and Eddie during the peaks and valleys of the NHL season, and many more.

What I’m personally excited for is hearing more on NBA Live 16, and FIFA 16. NBA Live was a bad game last year, and I’m hoping for a renaissance this year, as they’re touting several improvements to the formula. Rory McIlroy PGA Tour sounds like it would be a really good game as well. 

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Clinton Bowman-Christie
Managing Editor, Games & Technology

Teacher's Assistant by day, passionate gamer and wrestling fan by night. This describes Clinton to a T. A Brooklyn, New York resident for all of his life, gaming, Power Rangers, football, basketball and wrestling pretty much comprise a lot of his free time.