We visited EA Play at the Hollywood Palladium today! It was a HOT! And we don’t mean only the games. It was an extremely hot and sunny day in LA. EA Play, as other years, was crowded with excited fans ready to play their favorite EA franchises at the event. Here are the two most important highlights of the event:
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order
The gameplay demo at EA Play had a longer sequence than the one they presented early today. We went into the presentation and the demo started around two 10 minutes before the gameplay section demoed on YouTube for the gameplay reveal.
During this section of the game, Cal, the protagonist of the game, hijacks an AT-AT. The scene was a pure rendition of how Respawn is able to orchestrate so much destruction and action in a single scene. No new gameplay elements were revealed in this section. It was more intended to show what the engine can do as this particular scene was crowded with explosions and destructible elements.
We are really excited about this game, what we saw at EA Play was awesome. Respawn’s DNA is present in every aspect of the game. The character animations are on spot and the overall graphic design is stunning to watch live. During the demo we did spot some dips in the frame rate, specially when a lot of particle effects and enemies where on screen and this was not something that lasted for more than a couple seconds. We are positive this is going to get ironed out in the final code.
Sadly, Volta Football was not available at all at EA Play. No gameplay, demo, anything. Just completely absent. We did try FIFA 20 though, and the changes made to the game in the graphics department really impressed us.
The game was running on PS4 Pro hardware. The most noticeable graphical changes come in the form of quality of animations and some added graphical details. The facial animations are incredibly well executed. Every play of the match resulted in a visible and well-executed animation from the players, either if they were in the winning or losing end of said match.
What really amazed us was the level of detail. Even the shirts of the players had appropriate physics during close-up scenes and while running in the field. These are nice details that along the addition of Volta Football are making FIFA 20 the best value proposition from the franchise in a long time.