Posts Tagged ‘EA’

Have You Played… Bejeweled 3?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

PopCap got a lot of puzzle games right first time. Bejeweled [official site] took them three full goes, but by Bejeweled 3 by gosh they got it right.

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Have You Played… Medal Of Honour: Allied Assault?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

People talk about Medal of Honour for its cinematic singleplayer campaign, which (at the time) impressively recreated the Normandy beach landing scene and other scenarios famous from Saving Private Ryan World War 2. I remember it mainly for its Stalingrad multiplayer map, however.

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Battlefront Singleplayer Ditched To Meet Ep VII Release

One of the enduring confusions around the new Star Wars Battlefront [official site] was the ditching of any kind of meaningful singleplayer mode. The adverts were so very geeky 30/40-something-focused, with all their misty-eyed pining for childhood X-Wing fantasies – the only logical next step for the marketing campaign would have been Kelly Kapowski wearing a Huttslayer Leia bikini. Then the reality was just getting shot in the back of the head by bug-eyed teenagers a thousand times over, and spaceships limited to sporadic icon pick-ups. Also, the original Battlefronts were known for having decent bot modes, while recent stablemates from the Battlefield series boasted campaign modes, no matter how dumb, so it was an odd break from tradition too.

Speaking about Battlefront’s future and plans to improve its reception, EA claim the lack of singleplayer was a “conscious decision” made in order to ship close to the Force Awakens.
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Wool To Live: Unravel Sequel On The Way

Unravel wrote a charming, yarn-based check its lackluster platforming couldn’t cash. By which I mean, it was alright, but not all I might have hoped based on how good it looked. Now it looks like EA are giving developers Coldwood another spin of the spinning wheel: there’s an Unravel sequel on the way.

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Battleface: New Battlefield Game Teaser-Trailed

At 9PM BTS/4PM ET, we’ll find out whether the new Battlefield game is Battlefield 5, Battlefield: More Uncomfortable Police Brutality Allusions, or something else entirely. I’m wondering if it could be something a little science-fictional, in order to go toe-to-toe with what COD is up to. Also, wild speculation funtimes: the seconds-long teaser trailer below suggests that its Big Face Man is looking up at something enormous and maybe a little scary. Maybe a mech? We’re overdue a return to 2142. Although the rest of the internet seems to think we’re going back to 1942 at long last.

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Have You Played… Space Hulk?

I mean the 90s EA version, not the boardgame-faithful but divisive recent adaptation. Sure, it doesn’t play so well today, but I think it’s too overlooked in discussions of that great early-90s surge of PC shooters. This was one of all too few which eschewed the Doom model in favour of something altogether more ambitious.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Release Pushed To June 7th/9th

Ready to run? Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [official site] may have ditched the guns in favour of momentum-based melee combat but despite shedding that deadweight, it’s still not going to reach the finishing line as planned. Last night design director Erik Odeldahl announced that the first-person free-running sequel has been pushed back from its May 24th release date to early June. The 7th for North America and the 9th for Europe (and presumably the rest of the world).

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