E3 2013: Day Two Impressions

Playing FIFA 14, Total War: Rome 2, Elder Scrolls and Wolfenstein

Today, I started with the Electronic Arts booth, which has some of the best visuals of the entire show, in order to try out the generation of sports titles that the EA Sports team is creating for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 using the all-new Ignite engine.

FIFA 14 looks amazing while using the new technology and I was impressed by the way the new game uses momentum and movement to increase the realism level.

I have also managed to take a look at the way Ignite increases the quality of Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14 and UFC.

I then went on to the Bethesda booth in order to hear Shinji Mikami himself talk about The Evil Within and about the way his new title will revitalize the survival horror genre.

The game seemed to lack actual scary moments, but it featured quite a bit of blood, over-the-top violence and weird enemy design.

I have also managed to play The Elder Scrolls Online, spending almost one hour in the lore-filled world of the MMO, and Wolfenstein: The New Order, which will insert some adventure elements into its classic shooter template.

Both games seem solid but it will be interesting to see whether they manage to find an audience besides their core fans.

Finally, I spent some quality strategy time with Total War: Rome 2, the game from The Creative Assembly and SEGA.

The team is offering a first glance at the campaign map, which looks beautiful, and gives attendants a chance to play a battle that pits the Egyptians against the Romans and involves both naval and land forces.

During the last hour of the day, I managed to take a few pictures on the show floor while sneaking a quick look at the Xbox One from Microsoft and the PlayStation 4 from Sony.

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