This year EA Play opted to host their pre-E3 showcase at the Hollywood Palladium.

Queues wrapped around three sides of the block, with some patient gamers waiting up to three hours for just 10 minutes on Battlefront II. “Was it worth it?” we asked one man in the crowd: “I’d queue the same time to play it again.” That’s dedication!

The three games we turned our attention to foremost were Need for Speed: Payback, FIFA 18 and Star Wars Battlefront II.

BF.II‘s short playthrough involved all-out warfare, and the introduction of the new class system is a welcome one. Assault is a personal favourite, and we can’t wait to see what’s to come from the single-player campaign.

N.F.S.‘s demo was shorter still, with the task of chasing down a truck and fending off its protectors. The handling seems really great, and the protagonists share a welcome chemistry that we hope translates to the rest of the game.

As for FIFA 18, it felt like a much more balanced game, but experience has taught us not to base expectations of the final product on E3 demos . Producer Matt Firor told us that now FIFA is in its second year on the Frostbite engine, they’re hoping more fans will notice the impact when they finally get their hands on it in September.

As the sun set over a looming Titan statue, we bid farewell to the Hollywood Palladium; it’s an unusually early start, and despite EA Play not actually being a part of E3, we’re out of the gates. Bring on the rest of the week!