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If you've been itchin' for a chance to strap in and take part in a head-on assault against the Death Star, now is your chance. The latest DLC for Star Wars Battlefront is nearing release, and it gives you a chance to take down the heavily armored space station that has enough power to destroy an entire planet.  “Battle Station” is the latest game type in Star Wars Battlefront. In this DLC, teams first fight with X-Wings and TIE Fighters -- the rebels then land and assault the Death Star. The battle ends when one of the teams heads down to the trenches and blows the Death Star up. There is no word yet on whether Obi-Wan Kenobi will encourage players to use the force while they blow the... Read more...
Exactly one month ago today, Dice took the veil off of the next major Battlefield title. The oddly-named Battlefield 1 will take a break from more futuristic combat to bring us way back to the World War I era. While World War II-styled games used to be poked fun at due to the sheer amount available, it seems now is the right time to give ourselves a new-age WW1 experience. To say that the hype surrounding this game is huge would be an understatement. While we've learned the hard lesson of not putting our complete faith into launch trailers, Battlefield 1's was so good that even if it doesn't live up 100% it should still be an incredible game. Save the date - A new #Battlefield 1 trailer is coming... Read more...
The incredibly hyped Star Wars Battlefront is set to release on November 17 in North America, which by all accounts isn't far off at all. So it's with much anticipation that fans of the series - those who've been praying for this game to become a reality since the release of Battlefront II in 2005 - are awaiting news of a beta. Well, that wait is now over. Well... kind of. There's still a bit of information missing. Namely, the fact that EA can't give us an exact launch date for the beta. But, there is something to look forward to: when it does land, it's going to be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC (via Origin). Better still, it's going to include both single and multi-player... Read more...
There's no shortage of ways to get games on your TV, but that doesn't matter to Comcast, because it wants to offer one of the more compelling ones. Perhaps it'll be able to pull that off on account of the fact that it's teaming up with EA, a company that knows a thing or two about games. Alright, I'll say it: Comcast and EA are two of the most hated companies on the planet, so to see them team up almost seems like two evil deities teaming up to further ruin the world. But without being snarky, this collaboration does have some high points, all of which are quite obvious from the get-go. Comcast's X1 platform is what makes all of this possible. Up to this point, it's delivered TV and shows, but... Read more...
It might have taken nearly an entire year, but EA and Maxis have finally announced that the biggest complaint SimCity has received since launch is soon to remedied. That's right: Offline mode is en route. In an official blog post, Maxis' Patrick Buechner says that this is an announcement he's wanted to make for "quite some time", and while an offline mode seems to explain itself, there's more than one reason why the patch will be issued. The biggest reason, of course, is that people have demanded for it since the game launched last spring, but perhaps more interesting at this point is this: Bringing the game Offline means big things for our wonderful community of Modders. They can now make modifications... 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...
EA’s The Sims social gaming franchise is launching a new chapter with The Sims 4, and the company put out a gameplay trailer showing off all the new features, including increased sophistication across the board, new ways to interact with other characters, and more. First, creating a Sim is more powerful and offers impressive fine-tuning capabilities; you can rather precisely shape noses, lips, arms, legs, and other body parts to make your Sim have the look of just about anyone. You can also give them personalities by assigning them a unique voice and particular body movements. Building a house is designed to be easier yet more powerful than ever in The Sims 4, too. The controls are more... 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...
They're baaaaack! After successfully fending off hordes of zombies from your lawn and home in PopCap's wildly addictive Plants vs. Zombies game, the highly anticipated sequel, Plants vs. Zombies 2, is now available on iOS. This time around PopCap Games is going with a freemium model, meaning the title is free to download and play on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, with in-app purchases available for premium plants and other upgrades. There's also a time travel theme in the sequel. You'll play in different historical eras, facing off with zombies from various time periods and places, such as ancient Egypt. Though the setting is a bit different, gameplay mechanics are the same -- it's... 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...
A couple of weeks ago, EA did something truly atypical to its usual business plan: it got rid of something that made it money. I'm of course talking Online Passes, an idea the company once conjured up as a way to make money from the used games market. In effect, you could give or sell a certain game to someone, and then the recipient would have to pay a fee (normally around $10) to gain the rights to play the game online. Obviously, this scheme didn't go down too well with consumers and thus EA, for once, caved in and dropped the program. At the time, it was speculated upon whether or not the company would retroactively drop the Online Pass mechanic from its earlier titles, and fortunately, it... 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...
Game publishers have been looking for ways to get in on the second-hand game market, but none have found a way that sits well with gamers just yet. Electronic Arts is throwing in the towel on its latest attempt, Online Pass, which generally charged gamers a fee to activate a game’s multiplayer content when they bought the game used. According to VentureBeat, EA is citing customer dissatisfaction as playing a role in the decision to cut the program. Games like EA's Battlefield 3 made use of Online Pass, which charged a fee for games to be re-activated on new systems.Image Credit: EA It’s easy to see why EA is looking for ways to profit from second-hand game sales, and it’s a... Read more...
Electronic Arts beat out AT&T, Ticketmaster, and several other companies to advance to the semifinals in the Consumerist's annual "Worst Company in America" award, as voted by the people (an anti-popularity contest, if you will). If EA pulls out a victory, it will repeat as Grand Champion of the not-so-prestigious award, and if you think companies aren't paying attention to the results, think again. Peter Moore, chief operating officer at EA, penned a blog post in defense of the company he works for, stating that "the tallest trees catch the most wind." Beyond deep thoughts, Moore points out that this is the same poll that last year voted EA a worse company than ones responsible for the biggest... Read more...
Electronic Arts may still be smarting from its less-than-stellar launch of SimCity, but the videogame giant has more tricks up its sleeve. It’ll be looking for a win with Fuse, the long-awaited FPS that has you fighting your way through a mess of baddies with a team of elite fighters. The game is expected to be available May 28 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A look at the action in Fuse. Image credit: Insomniac Games Unlike the typical FPS, which has you flexing the trigger finger of a single warrior, Fuse puts you in charge of the whole team and lets you switch from one fighter to another. If you’ve ever been told you have a penchant for micromanaging, this game might be right up... Read more...
Rest up, soldier, Battlefield 4  is nearing release. Electronic Arts has begun sending out invitations to the press for a Battlefield 4 press event scheduled for March 26, 2013, one which will "celebrate a new era" of the popular gaming franchise. It will take place during the 2013 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, an event that runs from March 25 through 29. A leaked image similar in style to Battlefield 3 suggests a modern day setting for Battlefield 4. It's unknown if the image is real, though it does look strikingly similar to the official teaser invitation. The image depicts an armored soldier running in the rain wielding a pistol and sniper rifle, with several tanks... Read more...
Electronics Arts over the weekend announced that it's been able to improve server response time by 40x for its new SimCity title, thus reducing serving server downtime due to its decision to incorporate a DRM scheme that requires a persistent Internet connection. Not a moment too soon, EA also noted that the number of SimCity players has doubled since the title launched. There's still more work to be done. "The situation is good, but not good enough," said Lucy Bradshaw, General Manager of EA's Maxis Label. "And since my boss is one of the negatively affected (!) - we’re still driving hard to get everyone online, playing together, and no hitches. "Tens of thousands of new players are logging... Read more...