OCC E3 2013 AwardsClayMeow - July 2, 2013
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Winner: Star Wars: Battlefront (TBA)
I'm going to be upfront with you here. When I was watching the EA press conference, my initial thought when this game's trailer started to play was, "oh great, another generic game in the snow." Until a red laser blast rocked your vision and a T-47 snowspeeder came crashing to the ground. Then there was the gigantic foot of an Imperial AT-AT, and my jaw dropped open. No joke, my mouth was wide open when I realized Star Wars: Battlefront is making a return. DICE is at the helm of the new Battlefront, which is being built on the Frostbite 3 engine and is considered a relaunch of the series. It's going to be DICE's interpretation of the series really, with elements from the past games being incoroporated in some fashion. That's basically all we know about Star Wars: Battlefront (aside from Hoth being in the game), and honestly, that's enough for me. Battlefront is back, and time is going to pass very slowly until we find out more.
Winner: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PC, 360, XBO)
I cannot believe it's true – a Plants vs. Zombies third-person shooter! While the rumors of such a project had been circling prior to E3, details were nil and I actually thought it may just be a tease. Then came the EA Press Conference, and what was the first thing shown? Yep, a trailer for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. I think I was as excited as a fat kid who discovered cake for the first time! Originally released in 2009, Plants vs. Zombies is one of the most critically acclaimed and loved tower defense games ever created. A free-to-play sequel is on its way next month, but that's old news compared to Garden Warfare.
The gameplay trailer showed a four-player online co-op mode where you can select from a variety of plants to hold off against waves and waves of zombies. But the game will also included a 24-player competitive multiplayer mode where you can play as either side! The game will ship with over ten battlegrounds and you'll even be able to personalize and customize your plants and zombies with hundreds of unique items. Garden warfare has a chance to be the next Team Fortress 2! Aside from the possibility of hats, it has a lovely cartoon aesthetic and humor as well. And those graphics are being powered by the Frostbite 3 engine – the same engine being used for Battlefield 4. We'll have to wait until Spring 2014 to get our hands on it, but it'll be worth it!
Runner-Up: Star Wars: Battlefront (TBA)
There are pretty much no details about Star Wars: Battlefront, but the mere fact that it's in development is reason enough for legions of Star Wars fans to be giddy. And while many fans were upset that Electronics Arts acquired the rights to be the sole producer of Star Wars video games, there's honestly no better studio than EA DICE to create Star Wars: Battlefront. Using Frostbite 3, the same engine behind Battlefield 4, Battlefront is bound to look amazing and DICE has years of experience creating massive-scale, multiplayer shooters with land and air vehicles, alongside infantry. I don't care what you think of EA – this is Star Wars Mother&@#%@ Battlefront! We may have only gotten a 23-second teaser trailer, but the potential for greatness is there.