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Star Wars! Mirror's Edge! Need For Speed! FIFA! No doubt, these are all games worth getting excited about. And they served as the main focus of EA's 2015 Gamescom presentation. So, join us as we go through each of the titles shown, drool at the prospect of getting to fly the Millenium Falcom, and then scratch ours head at the stylish live-action trailer for The Sims 4. Mainly because it looks more like an ad for Coke than an ad for a PC game.


Kicking things off was a closer look at the upcoming Need For Speed, the latest game in the long-running series. And the first to feature a line-up of real world stars of car racing culture, across numerous live action sequences. Sure, you may not know who these people are but rest assured they make the cast of Fast & Furious look like amateurs. Probably. Although the presentation leaned heavily on the stars of the game, the actual racing you can glimpse looks pretty impressive too. And best of all, EA have noted that Need For Speed will support different ways to play the game. Five in fact, ranging from the running from the cops style of Outlaw through to the engine tinkering of Build.



EA's Gamescom presentation marked the first time we got to see a decent slice of Mirror's Edge Catalyst in action. And boy, it looks good. With a first-person style that is very reminiscent of the original, Catalyst is shaping up to be a bigger and bolder version of what has come before. Jumping from rooftop to rooftop in a dense city has never looked this good. And the combat, sans-guns, looks amazing. With a more athletic, environmental approach, the gun-free combat that was present in the original gets the "turn it up to 11" treatment here. Mirror's Edge Catalyst is due for release February 2016.



Okay, so we've already given this trailer its own separate highlight. But even so, it's so good that it deserves to be part of this compilation too. Plus, Star Wars: Battlefront is kind of EA's flagship holiday release. And it's not hard to see why. It's classic Star Wars! And at Gamescom we got to see a first look at Fighter Squadron, a newly revealed mode where players can take to the skies and take part in some old fashioned space-dogfights. Everything about the trailer is awesome, but a special shout out needs to go to the wonderful cockpit views. To quote a certain young Tatooine resident, "This is so Wizard Ani!"



Continuing the Star Wars parade, EA also showcased a gameplay trailer for the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion Knights of the Fallen Empire. What makes this release interesting, which it would kind of have to be for an MMO-release, is the just about complete focus on story. One where developer BioWare are kind of positioning it as the spiritual successor to the classic Star Wars RPG Knights of the Old Republic (i.e. KOTOR). How exactly it will all play out remains to be seen, but with the cinematic trailer from E3 and now this, Knights of the Fallen Empire certainly looks like the sort of Star Wars experience fans were hoping to get with the original Old Republic release.



Soccer time! Or as the Europeans like to call it, Le Footing Ball. FIFA 16 is certainly a big name in sports gaming, perhaps the biggest. And the focus its Gamescom showing was the Ultimate Team aspect of the game, or as it's being referred to, "FUT". FIFA 16 will also see the Career Mode get its biggest update to date. Stuff that will surely please soccer fans the world over.



Also on the cards is a new expansion for The Sims 4 titled Get Together. Which, is set to be the first time "players will be able to create and play with groups of Sims as they explore a beautiful European-inspired world." No doubtthis is something that will please the countless Sims fans the world over. But for the rest of us there's the live-action trailer EA used to tease the new expansion.



Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is a game that a lot of people are looking forward to. For one it's a sequel to an immensely fun co-operative and competitive team-based multiplayer shooter. Secondly its a game that can be played and enjoyed by the whole family. In its Gamescom showing we get to see a look at some new characters, a Mass Effect inspired tie-in, plus action that it literally out of this world. In that it takes place on another planetary body.



Closing things off, we have Unravel. The charming new game from EA that we got only got a glimpse of at E3, and was given its proper due at Gamescom. And it's no wonder why. Yarny, the game's protagonist, is about as charming as charming can get. And the physics-based puzzles and platforming look fantastic to boot. #Yarny2016











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