Top-Shelf Action Games on EA Play: Intense Battles

EA Play has once again thrilled gamers with its showcase of top-shelf action games on EA play, setting the bar high for excitement and intense gameplay. Leading the pack is the latest instalment of the Battlefield series, which promises larger maps, more realistic physics, and an immersive multiplayer experience pushing tactical warfare’s limits.

Not to be outdone, the new Star Wars title offers a deep dive into dark corners of the galaxy with enhanced lightsaber combat and a story that ties closely with the Star Wars universe’s rich lore. The game’s graphics are a spectacle, utilising the latest technology to bring distant planets and exotic species to life.

For fans of stealth and strategy, the Command & Conquer series revival provides a fresh take on the classic RTS formula. With a modernised interface and updated AI, the game challenges new players and seasoned strategists to think two steps ahead in sprawling, high-stakes campaigns.

1. Battlefield 2042′

Battlefield 2042 marks a bold step into the franchise’s future, introducing vast maps that support 128 players on newer consoles and PCs. The game features dynamic weather, world events, and all-out warfare scenarios that push the boundaries of multiplayer engagement. However, it faced criticism for various bugs and a lack of content at launch, reflecting its mixed reception.

Metacritic Score: 63
Release Date: November 19, 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC

2. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

This action-adventure title offers players a deep dive into the Star Wars universe. Set shortly after Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, it follows Cal Kestis, a young Jedi on the run from the Empire. With engaging lightsaber combat and exploratory gameplay across diverse environments, it has been praised for its compelling story and robust mechanics.

Metacritic Score: 79
Release Date: November 15, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

3. Command & Conquer Remastered Collection

This collection revives the beloved real-time strategy series, including remastered versions of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert. With updated graphics, enhanced UI, and a remastered musical score, it brings nostalgia alongside modernised gameplay to both new players and veterans of the series.

Metacritic Score: 82
Release Date: June 5, 2020
Platforms: PC

4. Apex Legends

As a free-to-play Battle Royale, Apex Legends distinguishes itself by focusing on character-specific abilities and fast-paced, squad-based gameplay. Launched unexpectedly in 2019, it quickly gained a massive following for its innovative communication systems, engaging mechanics, and continuous updates that keep the gameplay fresh and competitive.

Metacritic Score: 88
Release Date: February 4, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch

5. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

This compilation remasters the original Mass Effect trilogy, improving graphics, textures, and shaders to deliver a modern experience of the classic sci-fi RPGs. The collection allows players to follow Commander Shepard across three expansive games, with improved character models and smoother gameplay, making it the definitive way to experience the epic saga.

Metacritic Score: 86
Release Date: May 14, 2021
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

6. Titanfall 2

Known for its innovative integration of fast-paced pilot combat and massive, mech-based warfare, Titanfall 2 builds on the success of its predecessor with a critically acclaimed single-player campaign and deep multiplayer modes. The game’s fluid movement and dynamic combat systems create an exhilarating experience on the battlefield.

Metacritic Score: 89
Release Date: October 28, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

7. Battlefield V

Set during World War II, Battlefield V includes single-player “War Stories” and expansive multiplayer experiences and modes. It significantly focuses on party mechanics, scarcity of resources, and realism. While it received praise for its graphics and gameplay mechanics, it was also noted for historical inaccuracies and developmental controversies.

Metacritic Score: 73
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

8. Star Wars Battlefront II

This game expands on the popular Star Wars Battlefront franchise with larger-scale battles across various eras of the Star Wars saga. Despite a rocky start due to concerns over its microtransaction mechanics, it received numerous updates that expanded its content and adjusted its systems, ultimately providing a rich Star Wars multiplayer experience.

Metacritic Score: 65
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

9. Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

A reboot of the original Mirror’s Edge, this game remains true to its roots, focusing on first-person parkour movement and environmental navigation. Set in a sleek, dystopian city, it tells the origin story of Faith Connors as she fights against a totalitarian conglomerate. The game is noted for its unique art style and fluid movement mechanics, though it faced criticism for its story and repetitive gameplay.

Metacritic Score: 72
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

10. Anthem

Anthem combines third-person shooter and action role-playing game elements in a vast, open world. Players suit up in exosuits called Javelins, each with unique abilities, to explore an evolving world with single-player and cooperative multiplayer options. Despite high expectations, the game struggled with technical issues and a lack of engaging content, leading to mixed reviews and a scaled-back development plan post-launch.

Metacritic Score: 59
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Summary

Each game from the EA Play event showcases the developer’s commitment to quality and innovation, promising hours of engaging content and breathtaking action that will keep players on the edge of their seats well into the following year.