Disclosure: I was invited as press to this Electronic Arts event.
Life with boys including Eddy means that video games are a part of my daily life so when I was invited to a media EA media event I wanted to go to see what the hot new titles.
I was not disappointed there is something new for everyone in the family.
Minions Paradise (October 13, 2015)
Summer may be over but for the Minions the party is just getting started! Today, Minions Paradise from EA Mobile and Illumination Entertainment is now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, meaning it’s time to meet your new favorite Minion: Phil!
Phil is a lovable — but clumsy — Minion that always means well. After accidentally capsizing the cruise ship him and his Minion buddies were vacationing on, Phil must now keep his friends happy by transforming a deserted island into the perfect paradise. In Minions Paradise, players will team up with Phil to explore the island, build new fun activities and mini-games and host parties to give their Minion pals the best vacation ever. Want to plant a firefly tree by the volleyball court? You can do it! Want to waterski with an alligator? You can do that too! What the Minions build and do on their vacation is totally up to you!
Get ready to party with the Minions! So what if Phil capsized the cruise ship everyone can still have fun as you do little mini activities for points. Visuals look great but really entertaining to see the Minions just be silly.
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (February 23, 2016)
In Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, you will experience the rise of Faith, a daring Runner who uncovers a hidden truth within the walls of the city of Glass. Through her journey, Faith will explore every corner of the city, from the highest, most pristine skyscrapers, to the dark and gritty tunnels that lie beneath. Players will need to master the environment, using their momentum and timing their combat to fight the oppression of the ruling elite, uncovering the dark secrets behind the city’s beautiful façade. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst gives players the freedom to explore the entire city, discovering a variety of new activities, like ‘Dash’, races from point A to B, environmental puzzles and story missions to complete at their own pace.
I did not get a chance to preview but clip looks great. Rated RP and available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Need for Speed No Limits (September 29, 2015)
The Need for Speed franchise is racing back onto players’ mobile devices with its latest installment, Need for Speed No Limits. Developed by EA’s Firemonkeys studio in Melbourne, in Need for Speed No Limits players everywhere will be encouraged to be reckless and respected through participating in electrifying race events, customizing their rides and building a fleet of real-world cars including the Ford Mustang GT, Toyota 86, BMW M4, Lamborghini Aventador, and Nissan GT-R (R35).
Need for Speed No Limits introduces a world that will continue to grow, and includes more than 900 race events, 100 player levels, more than 10 game modes, 38 stunning race courses and 30 different licensed cars at launch.
Available for iOs and android mobiles and as a mom I love how this is free. Loved ones can get great real cars to drive and be reckless as they take on their competition.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (Spring 2016)
The battle for Suburbia reaches crazy new heights in Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. For the first time in franchise history, zombies have taken over Suburbia and plants are on the attack. Each faction has enlisted new characters to join the fight, including Rose, an all-powerful sorceress from the past that can turn zombies into playable goats and Captain Deadbeard, a crusty pirate that has been adrift for hundreds of years. All the over-the-top fun takes place across 12 new immersive maps that are bursting with personality and humor, spanning everything from a Time Travel Theme Park to Moon Base Z. Gamers will be able to kick start their Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 experience with Backyard Battleground, an all-new dynamic hub and interactive environment that connects players to every map and mode, and brings to life all new ways to experience the PvZ universe through solo and social play. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 taps into the heart of what fans loved about the original and goes above and beyond to deliver the funniest, craziest, most over-the-top shooter.
In my house the boys cannot stop talking about Plants versus Zombies and the newest game is going to blow their minds. Visuals and characters are fun and they are going to love taking down the Zombies. Rated for RP and available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC.
Star Wars Battlefront (November 17, 2015)
This is the Star WarsTM video game you’ve been looking for. With Star Wars Battlefront, fans will be immersed in the epic Star Wars battle fantasies they’ve always dreamed of, and create all new memories of their own. From large scale multiplayer matches for up to 40 players, to exciting Missions that can be played alone or with a friend, Star Wars Battlefront features a wide variety of experiences for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Drive speeder bikes on Endor, snowspeeders on Hoth or exterminate Rebel scum in an AT-ST or AT-AT. Fly X-Wings, TIE Fighters and the Millennium Falcon. Or become the ultimate boss of a multiplayer match as one of the universes most iconic Heroes or Villains – Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and more. All in the most immersive and authentic Star Wars game ever created, thanks to the power of the Frostbite TM game engine, and the unprecedented access to source material given to EA by Lucasfilm.
STAR WARS fans rejoice you are going to LOVE playing this game. The developers actually went to original set locations to give you the best gaming experience. Rated T for Teen and available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC
Unravel (Q1 2016)
Unravel introduces Yarny, a new lovable character made from a single thread of yarn, who embarks on a seemingly larger than life journey through the breath-taking environments of Northern Scandinavia. Using Yarny’s thread and big heart, traverse nature’s obstacles through different physics-based puzzles in this unique puzzle platformer. Swing over a tree gap or hitch a ride on a flying kite, no feat is too big. Along the way, witness Yarny unlock a heartfelt story re-uniting a family’s lost loved ones. Told completely without words, Yarny is the bond that ties everything together.
Such a sweet game with a sweet new character that you really want to root for. The visuals take you to Northern Scandinavia for an adventure. Rated for RP and available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One (Digital Only).