Items tagged with Electronic Arts

Good news, gamers! Electronic Arts has decided to donate The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection to anyone and everyone in need of a game to play. That's right -- the title is completely free, provided you claim your copy by July 31, 2014 at 10AM PDT. After that, the freebie promotion disappears, though it probably won't be the last time EA does something like this. So, that's the good news. And the bad? As you probably guessed, you have to claim and download the game through your Origin account. For some, that requirement is no big deal, but if you're turned off by EA's Origin service, this could be a deal killer. We suppose some of you might find that to be a string, but it's understandable that EA... Read more...
Electronic Arts is getting to release its fourth expansion pack for Battlefield 4. Called Dragon's Teeth, the upcoming DLC will thrust gamers into dense Asian Pacific cities for all-out urban warfare with four new maps, lots of potential for destruction, new weapons, and more. There's even a new Battle pickup -- the R.A.W.R., which is a heavily armed remotely operated ground vehicle. "Wreak havoc in a floating restaurant or drain the lake opening up for a frontal vehicle assault, all while the battle rages between the modern high rises of Sunken Dragon. Fight among the huge monuments of despots in the grey concrete Propaganda. Wage wars within the bustling alleyways and upon the rooftops of Pearl... Read more...
No, your PC can't run Crysis online, not after June 30, 2014, anyway. It doesn't matter how big and burly your setup is, playing Crysis online will no longer be an option after next month, as it's one of about a trillion and a half titles (small exaggeration) getting booted offline this summer and beyond. The list of games starts with Lord of Ultima, the only title scheduled to be shut down today. On October 1, 2014, Electronic Arts will kick World Series of YAHTZEE (free for iOS) offline. Sandwiched in between those two titles are a whole bunch of popular games, all scheduled to go dark on June 30, EA announced in a blog post today. "The decisions to retire older EA games are never easy. The... Read more...
Who would have thought that a cable box might provide the biggest competition yet to dedicated consoles like Microsoft's Xbox One, Sony's PlayStation 4, and Nintendo's Wii U systems? As unlikely as that might sound, Comcast is reportedly close to striking a deal with Electronic Arts that would allow customers to purchase and play games through its cloud-based X1 cable box. News of the impending deal comes from Reuters and its "five sources briefed on the plans." The sources say Comcast and EA have been testing the service for the past two years and are now close to inking a deal to stream games like FIFA and Madden. The games would be available on X1, an advanced cable box with a video operating... Read more...
PC and Xbox gamers have been anxiously awaiting the release of Titanfall since it was unveiled last June, and that wait has finally come to an end. Publisher Electronic Arts (EA) and developer Respawn Entertainment released Titanfall to retail stores across North America today, which is notable for a few reasons. The first is that it's an exclusive title to Xbox One consoles and Windows PCs, with a launch to Xbox 360 planned for March 25. This is one of those titles Microsoft hopes will help prop up and promote its Xbox One system, which currently trails Sony's PlayStation 4 in units shipped. Titanfall is also notable because it's strictly an online-only multiplayer game, which adds another exclusive... Read more...
It didn't seen to faze Electronic Arts that it was voted by Consumerist readers the "Worst Company in America" for two years in a row, so why be feign surprise that EA is apparently more than willing to piss gamers off with its mobile reboot of Dungeon Keeper? Most of the professionally written reviews on the web hammer the title for falling into the mobile trap of being a blatant money sucking incubus, and though there are a number of positive user reviews on Google Play, those have come under fire. When the game asks for your feedback, you have two choices -- give it a "1-4 Star" rating or a "5 Star" review. If you choose the latter, you're transported to the app store where you can leave your... Read more...
Good news if you're a Denver Broncos fan. Every year Electronics Arts runs a simulation of the Super Bowl on its Madden game, and this year, Madden NFL 25 predicted the Broncos will defeat the Seattle Seahawks in overtime by a field goal, 31-28. If the Broncos do in fact win, Peyton Manning will become the first quarterback ever to lead two different franchises to Super Bowl victories. Before you scoff at the simulated results, it's worth noting that the Madden NFL series has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner in 8 of the last 10 contests, including last year when it predicted the Baltimore Ravens getting off to a big lead and then holding on for the win despite a valiant comeback attempt... Read more...
Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) posted a $308 million net loss during its fiscal third-quarter ended December 31, 2013. EA called it a "transitional quarter," referring to the fact that both Sony and Microsoft launched next-generation consoles in November. As a result, gamers tempered their spending on software titles for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The good news for EA is that it seems to be on solid footing going forward. EA was the top publisher on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, led by Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, and Need for Speed Rivals. And for the month of December, FIFA 14 and BF4 were the two of the top three best-selling titles across all platforms in... Read more...
As one of the most anticipated games of the year, Battlefield 4 also has the distinction of being one of the most buggy releases, and that's regardless of platform. Even worse, Electronic Arts and DICE can't seem to catch a break. To wit, there's a new patch available for the PC version, and the main reason it exists is to fix a bunch of issues introduced in a previous update. Talk about taking one step forward and two steps back! Those of you wielding multiple graphics cards will be happy to know that the latest patch issues a fix for terrain flickering when running BF4 on a SLI or CrossFire configured system. Applying the patch is also supposed to resolve "three of the top crash issues on the... Read more...
The suits on Wall Street took notice of rumors that Electronic Arts had put a freeze on DICE from working on future projects such as Star Wars: Battlefront and a new Mirror's Edge title due to ongoing problems with Battlefield 4. EA shares dipped more than 8 percent as reports of halted production pranced through cyberspace. In a statement to Polygon, an EA spokesperson earlier this week acknowledged that there's much work to be done to fix Battlefield 4's persistent problems. "The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game. Since Battlefield 4 China Rising expansion pack was already in the final states of development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4, we decided to fulfill... Read more...
Good news, soccer fans -- you can practice your "Gooooooooooaaaaal!" celebration because FIFA 14 from Electronic Arts is now available for iOS and Android devices. Even better, it's a free download, though if you're insistent on lighting the load in your wallet, you can make in-app purchases for FIFA points. One thing to keep in mind is that you'll need at least 1.35GB of free space available, so check your storage beforehand and make any necessary adjustments. Once installed, you'll have access to 33 leagues, over 600 licensed teams, and more than 16,000 players. "From the English Premier League and La Liga to the German Bundesliga and beyond. March toward glory in 34 authentic stadiums. Plus,... Read more...
If you've ever been to Disneyland or Disney World (or any of the five theme parks around the world, then you've seen at least a glimpse of Tomorrowland. Maybe you thought to yourself, "That's not how I envision the future." Well, what does your version of the future look like? One way you can show it is with the upcoming SimCity Cities of Tomorrow expansion pack. The first DLC for SimCity will be available on November 12, 2013. If you decide to snag it, you'll be able to take your current cities that you've already worked so hard on and transform them in into futuristic looking buildings and roads. "But what will cities look like 50 years from now? Better yet – how will they be constructed?... Read more...
The modern version of SimCity just can't seem to enjoy a smooth launch. When it was released to Windows PCs back in March, users complained about the lack of offline play and problems connecting to overburdened servers. Now several months later, SimCity launches to the Mac platform, and once again, gamers are having trouble. Several posts on EA's forums detail issues gamers are having getting the game to run properly. The complaints aren't limited to a single system, either, but a range of Macs, including brand new Retina MacBook models. One user complained of having to reinstall Origin five times just to try and attempt to run SimCity (unsuccessfully), while another said the game was "totally... Read more...
As Microsoft found out when it first announced its Xbox One console, gamers aren't reel keen on systems or platforms that require a persistent Internet connection, and so the company pulled a 180. All has been forgiven, it seems, but gamers are still sensitive to the issue, so the reaction wasn't all that positive when Peter Moore, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Electronic Arts (EA) stated at Gamescom last week that EA no longer makes offline games. A week later, Moore stands by that statement, but says media headlines and social networks like Twitter are misinterpreting what he meant. So, what did he mean? "Today, most games are 'online' in some way, shape or form. Many games connect in online... Read more...
You may have heard that AMD is in some way, shape, or form powering each of the three next generation game consoles (Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4), but don't you worry, PC gamers, the Sunnyvale chip designer hasn't forgotten about your platform of choice. Far from it, AMD made at splash at Gamescom 2013 in Cologne, Germany, by partnering with several developers to showcase the latest PC titles that fall under its Gaming Evolved program. Need a refresher? "AMD’s Gaming Evolved program represents our deep commitment to PC gamers, PC game developers, and the PC gaming industry to deliver innovative technologies, nurture open industry standards, and to help the... Read more...
Few things are more frustrating than dropping a wad of hard earned cash on a video game only be to disappointed by the crappy graphics, botched controls, uninteresting storyline, or any other shortcoming. In most cases, you're stuck with the title whether you like it or not, especially in this age of digital downloads, but believe it or not, it's Electronic Arts that's pioneering a better way of doing business. Through EA's "Origin Great Game Guarantee," the games publisher promises you'll either enjoy the title you purchased and downloaded, or receive your money back, provided you let the company know in a timely manner. "We hope every game you play on Origin will meet this high bar, and we're... Read more...
The Humble Origin Bundle headlined by Battlefield 3 and The Sims 3 (plus Starter Pack) is a raging success. At the time of this writing, over 81,600 bundles have been sold, effectively raising in the neighborhood of $3.9 million to be spread across various different charities, including the Human Rights Campaign, Watsi, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, American Cancer Society, and American Red Cross. That's quite a bit of money already and there are 13 days left to score some sweet games. The way it works is you set your own price for the bundle, based on what you think is fair and how generous you're feeling towards the above mentioned charities (you can allocate how much of funds goes to each... Read more...
There might not be another company more reviled in the U.S. than Electronic Arts, the games publisher that was chosen by Consumerist voters as "Worst Company In America" for two years in a row. To its credit, EA acknowledged the unwanted award and vowed to do a better job, though angry gamers are still finding reason to despise and, in some cases, even sue the company, with the latest lawsuit focused on online play. Justin Bassett is spearheading a federal class action lawsuit against EA claiming he was duped by the company's promise of online play. In the lawsuit, Bassett says he purchased several sports titles for the Xbox 360 for around $60 based on EA's representation that online play would... Read more...
Despite Sony and Microsoft saying that games for their next generation consoles will cost the same as they do today, at least one publisher seems intent on placing a small premium on upcoming titles. That publisher is Electronic Arts, and according to information obtained from a question and answer post by Game, a games retailer in the U.K., EA titles on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will cost £5 more than what they sell for on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. "At present, the only publisher to confirm costs of their next generation games are EA, attaching a price of £54.99. No other game prices have been confirmed," Game states. "We will of course update our listings as and when... Read more...
Would-be mayors gaming on an Apple Mac were promised a version of SimCity for their platform of choice on June 11, though as it goes with politics (and game release dates), you can't always believe what you hear. If you had hopes of spending your summer vacation playing SimCity on your Mac, you'll have to resort to plan B, if you have one, because Maxis made the decision to move the release date to August. Apparently it wasn't an easy one to make. "We have made this tough decision because we do not believe it is ready for prime time yet," Maxis stated in a blog post. "We want to ensure the Mac is a great experience for our players and that is why we are taking more time." That's too bad for Mac... Read more...
During the Wii U's big unveil, Electronic Arts (EA) talked a big game about the console's graphics and how it can't wait to pump out titles for the platform. There was an air of excitement from the publisher, who at the time seemed to be dreaming big. Well, not quite two years later, what a pipe dream that turned out to be. Sure, EA tossed a few ports at the console, but other than that, there hasn't been much activity from EA. In fact, there isn't any activity at EA right now in regards to the Wii U. "We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," EA spokeman Jeff Brown told Kotaku. Brown wouldn't go so far as to say EA is finished making games for the Wii U forever, but the lack... Read more...
SimCity is headed to the big Apple, not to be confused with the Big Apple (New York City). We're talking about the Mac platform, with availability scheduled for June 11, 2013, Electronic Arts (EA) announced in a forum post today. For those who already own the PC version of SimCity, they'll receive the Mac version at no additional cost, and vice versa. Why won't the Mac version be available sooner? EA says Maxis is creating a native version optimized for Mac OS X as opposed to a simple port, hence the June launch. There will be standard and Digital Deluxe versions, both of which will be available in digital download form only. Perhaps the greatest news is that SimCity will support cross-platform... Read more...
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