E3 2013 had numerous video game demos, but there are three in particular that stand out and look to big huge hits this Fall: 1) FIFA 14, 2) Destiny, and 3) Quantum Break.
FIFA 14: All About the Physics at E3 2013
The game that first got me hooked with FIFA 12 is now back with a new, revolutionary look and feel. Gamespot’s EA interview at E3 2013 was one in which EA Sports showed some of the new physics rules that went into creating FIFA 14.
FIFA will now allow multiple players to jump up for the ball, as opposed to one or two before, have players who can now bump the ball on their chests and see the ball go up (as opposed to the usual ball bump and ground fall), and even curve their kicks so that balls can take a curvelike path to the goal instead of the usual straight paths soccer balls in FIFA have been known for.
If you wanted to see EA provide a more authentic crowd in FIFA 14 at E3 2013, then you got your wish: the people now look more real than ever, making you think that you’re in a real soccer event (not a game simulation, as many games seem to be).
While EA demoed this for the Xbox One (the graphics are incredible and even the grass looks more authentic than iOS’s current FIFA 13), FIFA 14 will also be available this Fall on Xbox 360, PSP, PS2, PS3, PS4, Nintendo 3DS, and PlayStation Vita.
While there has been no word on features such as ultimate team, leagues, and an online career mode, we can be sure that EA’s got something special in store for its consumer fans. E3 2013 is the beginning of many good things to come.
Bungie Showcases Its Destiny at E3 2013
Every game producer and manufacturer has a destiny, but the struggle of every producer is to make that obvious to one’s consumer base. Halo-maker Bungie, after ten years, has decided to create a game that is not only spectacular, but one that is also multi-platformed. This game is not exclusively for Xbox, and was revealed at Sony’s PS4 Press Conference during E3 2013.
Bungie’s new game is titled “Destiny,” and it involves being a player on Earth in the future, and Earth’s prestige and Golden Age have fallen into nothing but wilderness.
You are a guardian of the last city on Earth that has not yet been demolished by alien invaders (the Cabal, the Vex, the Hive, and the Fallen, according to Bungie’s E3 2013 announcement), and you will need the power of a mystery concept known as “The Traveler” to aid you in your quest. There are three classes of Guardian: Warlock, Hunter, and Titan, and each class has its own unique and distinct powers, skills, and abilities.
Another cool feature of Bungie’s “Destiny” centers around single-player and multi-player modes. Microsoft Entertainment’s Don Mattrick said this week at E3 2013 that multiplayer mode is one of the strongest reasons behind the Xbox One’s “always on” Internet connectivity requirement.
With Bungie, however, single-player or multi-player modes are choices for each user that are to be celebrated. That is, if you only want a single-player mode, it’s fine. If you want to have multi-player mode at a later stage, Bungie has integrated a seamless experience into the game where other players can join you on the journey, no matter where you are.
The best part about Bungie’s new game Destiny is that it is all about the gamer. It is your destiny that is bound to the game, as much as Bungie wants to bind itself to you. You can choose who to be, what plot to experience, and how the story ends. You can create your own games with your own players, and choose who to be without regret.
Destiny is also a living world, a world where you can go back to old, familiar places and see new faces. This is a break from most games that leave areas seeming like “ghost towns” after one completes a level or departs from a given destination. Bungie has developed this game for the last three years, and has some work left before it is finalized.
Bungie will be released on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on the same day. As of now,
Quantum Break — E3 2013 Microsoft Xbox Demo
Quantum Break is, in my opinion, one of the biggest releases to a game console coming out later this year. It is an Xbox One Exclusive, meaning that you can only get it on what Microsoft believes is an industry-changing game console that provides not only an interactive gaming experience but an engaging entertainment one as well. It’s one of the games that made Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2013 all the more special.
In Quantum Break, you are part of a time-travel experience that has gone wrong. As a result, you find yourself in a time that can be manipulated and used to your liking. At the same time, however, the failed time experiment now forces time to break down while you’re playing around with it.
Above all, your goal (along with three others, only one other who is an optional choice) is to repair what the time-travel damage has done. Since time-travel is terribly broken in Quantum Break, you will find that time is being altered even as you try to alter it.
One factor that makes Quantum Break stand out from the rest of the games made known at E3 2013 is that the game is truly made for Xbox One in that it is a game/television show hybrid. Quantum Break consists of not only the game, but also a television show, providing entertainment for you each week along with your gaming experience. Remedy Entertainment, the producer behind Quantum, wants you to interact with both the game as well as the television show.
It has been a gargantuan effort, but Remedy hopes to even allow the television game to be impacted by the game (and vice versa) each week. In other words, you, the user, affect the show, and the show increases your desire to play the game because you’re in control.
On top of its game/television hybrid, Remedy has been emphasizing the need to make game characters look like television actors and actresses so that you can rarely tell the difference between the game and the television show. In the words of Polygon’s Chris Plante, Quantum Break is “the essential Xbox One game; the manifestation of its philosophy.” First shown at E3 2013, Quantum Break will “burst” onto your Xbox One soon.
FIFA 14, Destiny, and Quantum Break are three terrific games that are headed your way this Fall. Which of these three do you like most? If there is some other previewed game at E3 2013 that you like more, let us know in the comments.