Tag Archive: EA

Mass Effect 3 delayed…should you be worried?

I generally favor game delays, so long as the extra development time is used to squash bugs and provide a more polished experience.  However, according to Joystiq, EA revealed in an earnings call that Mass Effect 3 has been delayed to Q1 2012 because Bioware is “adjusting some of the gameplay mechanics and some of the features that you’ll see at E3 that can put this into a genre equivalent of shooter-meets-RPG, and essentially address a far larger market opportunity than Mass Effect 1 did and Mass Effect 2 began to approach.”

While it’s clear that Mass Effect 2 shed some of its RPG depth in favor of a more action-oriented experience, it wasn’t necessarily a bad move.  Traditional loot and weapons systems were missed, but removing those aspects did indeed help tackle some of the main points of contention in the first game (as evidenced by my Mass Effect 2 review.)  Of course, this is akin to euthanizing a dog because it has bad breath, when instead you should just brush its teeth.  The question is, how much further can the RPG side of a Mass Effect title be diluted while still retaining its status as an RPG?  I sincerely hope that tweaks are being made on the action side to better compliment the RPG side, rather than at the expense of traditional role playing game elements.  You already took out some of the RPG elements so you could tweak the action side of things, Bioware (or EA…after all, we don’t know whose call this was); now that you have the action nailed down, why don’t you concentrate on bringing the RPG stuff back in a way that’s both accessible and multifaceted?

Time will tell, I suppose.  What are your thoughts?

EA & Bioware piss on Dragon Age II players

Our Dragon Age II review will be up early next week (spoiler: we freakin’ love it), but it looks like EA and Bioware have a rapidly growing PR disaster on their hands.  Not only does the software include SecuROM despite previous assurances that it wouldn’t, but it looks like a forum user got temporarily banned for criticizing Bioware and EA.  As a result, he couldn’t authenticate the game until those 72 hours were up (the game is linked to your Bioware account…if your account is banned, then you obviously can’t use it to authenticate the game.)  We’ve already gone over how DRM contributes to the slow death of the large-release PC gaming market, but a forum member getting a temp ban and not being able to activate the product he legally bought and paid for sets a horrible precedent.

If there’s a better example of a legit customer being treated like a felon, I’ve never heard of it.  This is a major step backward for both EA (who, in the past few years, seemed to be redeeming themselves somewhat) and for Bioware (who, as a company, seem to have fallen from grace.)  Get your crap together, EA/Bioware.  This kind of malarky shouldn’t be happening.

Dead Space 2

As a followup to one of the best survival horror games in years, does Dead Space 2 have what it takes to mess with your dreams and make you sleep with the lights on?

Note: Some potentially NSFW pictures of Necromorphs inside.  Other than that, no spoilers!  Also, please note this review is for the Steam-based PC version of the game.

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Battlefield 2

There may be newer and flashier Battlefield games out there, but Battlefield 2 remains the 800-pound gorilla.

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FIFA Soccer 10 (Nintendo DS version)

 

FIFA 10 has been highly regarded throughout the gaming world.  How does one of its portable iterations match up?  In today’s review, we cover the Nintendo DS version.

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Mass Effect 2

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The second entry in the Mass Effect trilogy has finally arrived.

Note:  No plot spoilers ahead, although game mechanics and certain nuances are discussed which some might consider spoilers.  This review covers the Xbox 360 version.

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6 reasons to be excited about Dragon Age Origins

Only a mere 14 days away, Dragon Age Origins is almost upon us.  Wonder what all the hoopla has been about?  Here are 6 reasons why you should be excited about  the forthcoming epic from Bioware.

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