REVIEW — EA Play 2019: Here’s Hoping For Bigger Surprises in 2020

By King Ether | @_kingether | 2:00 PM EST, Sat., July 20, 2019

On Saturday, June 8, Electronic Arts opted to do a 3-hour livestream broadcast from EA Play 2019 prior to the annual Electronics Entertainment Expo, also known as E3. The show had a lineup of new games and updates, which included Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Apex Legends, Battlefield V, Fifa ‘20, Madden ‘20 and The Sims 4 throughout the broadcast showcase. 

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Credit: Electronic Arts)

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was the only original, premiering game present at EA Play and the most anticipated game at the event. The developers, Respawn Entertainment, showed 15 minutes of uninspiring gameplay that took place on a Wookie planet about three hours into the game. The main character, Cal Kestis, a former Padawan that survived Order 66 and had been hiding for years after the massacre, was sent there to restore the Jedi Order. While the footage was in the Alpha state, the initial look at the game looked more like a Tomb Raider game, rather than a Star Wars game, in terms of its movement and traversal outside of combat (besides the fact you can double jump because of the Force). Speaking of combat, Respawn said that battles would be a “thoughtful combat” type style, but maybe because it looked like they put the demonstration gameplay on the easiest difficulty, it looked very simple in terms of lightsaber weapon usage. The demo showed normal force abilities, such as push and pull, but it also showed one called slow, which essentially is used to help stun your opponent. While the gameplay seemed a little subpar, you do get a cool new droid called Buddy Droid-1 or BD-1 for short. Hopefully the full release of the game will go above my initial expectations as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order as it comes out on November 15, 2019 for PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.

Natalie “Wattson” Paquette, Apex Legends’ new character, is a static defender. (Credit: Electronic Arts)

Respawn Entertainment’s latest battle royale game, Apex Legends, incorporated a new Legend named Natalie “Wattson” Paquette, a static defender. Wattson will usher in the start of lore into the game and most likely a new meta. She has the tactical ability to put down 12 electrical nodes that would help hunker down an area or just generally help you take control of the battlefield. Fortunately, the developers gave the player complete control over how you would want to use these nodes. This is fantastic because it can lead to unique strategies from teams and can really influence the battle depending on said strategies. Watson’s passive ability charges shields faster and shoots projectiles out the sky. They also introduced a new weapon, the L-STAR EMG, and a new name for the Battle Pass called Battle Charge, which comes with four new legend skins. Also, a new queue for winners called Elite Queue was introduced for a limited time and Ranked Leagues that has tiers from Bronze to Apex Predator
The rest of the games at EA Play didn’t really have that many significant changes. The updates on current games included Battlefield V getting a slew of new maps to be released later this year, Fifa and Madden having enough changes to make each game anew into their 2020 versions and The Sims 4 receiving a new vacation beach downloadable content entitled “Island Living” that was released on June 21, and revealed a new DLC called “Realms of Magic” set to release later in Fall 2019.

The Sims 4 Island Living (Credit: Electronic Arts)

In my opinion, EA Play was very dry…and none of the news outside of the new Star Wars game was really worth this big ordeal. They also said back earlier in the year that the EA Play show was going to be “less talk and more play,” but it felt like the exact opposite and felt was very disappointing. Hopefully next year they actually will have more than one new game for many gamers who have eyes on EA to look forward to. 
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