Electronic Arts has had a couple of big launches in the last several months in the video game realm with Star Wars: The Old Republic and the recent launch of Mass Effect 3. EA is talking about sales and subscriber numbers for the two video games. According to the company, ME3 sold 890,000 copies during the first 24 hours it was on sale in North America.
I have played both the first and second titles in the Mass Effect franchise and these are some my favorite games ever. Being a gaming geek, I even read the book that launched about the same time as the original game. Any fan of the franchise knows the third installment is coming on March 6. If you want to get your hands on the game a full week before it hits stores, you don't need to be professional game reviewer; you just need to have some spare time.
One of the best sci-fi shooters I have ever played is Mass Effect, I really like this game and I am looking forward to the Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War title hitting stores. The game will see Shepard and his companions fighting the Reapers again. So far, the other two games in the franchise have been single player only, though you had other characters to help you along.
Bulletstorm is one of those rare titles that, even if you see all the videos and read all the reviews on it, you still need to actually play it to get a sense of what the game is about, and why it's so unique in its place amongst all of the other First Person Shooter (FPS) titles out there. From developer People Can Fly and published by EA Games, Bulletstorm is a shooter that mixes in over-the-top action, along with plenty of creative combinations that players can use to score points.
With the official announcement from Viacom and developer Harmonix that the two companies would be splitting up, and the latter would be considered an independent studio again, there was some confusion as to what the future of downloadable content (DLC) would look like for both games. We previously reported that Harmonix said that DLC for Rock Band would continue right on schedule, but there was some confusion as to whether that had anything to do with Viacom, or if it could change at any given moment. The developer has confirmed to Joystiq that they do indeed still own the IP rights for both games, and that everything is still up to them.
Over the weekend, the TV station Spike hosted the most recent edition of the Video Game Awards, or VGAs. While the show is all about rewarding the best games launched this year, it also has a main focus on world premieres, showcasing the epic games that will be made available to gamers all over the world in the coming months. One of the larger titles shown off was developer BioWare's Mass Effect 3. And while the game's announcement trailer was probably enough to get gamer's excited for the final installment in the series, it just keeps getting better.
EA had some good news to pass around the offices today, as the company has come forward to announce that their line-up of FIFA video games has reached quite the significant milestone: 100 million lifetime units. The FIFA soccer franchise has seen many iterations over the years, and it's usually considered one of the best, if not the best football (soccer is the American term for European's football, remember) titles available for consoles. Considering the numbers announced today, they must be doing something right.
Microsoft aren't stupid: they know Xbox LIVE could play a key role in bringing in Windows Phone 7 users, and so they're making the most of the online gaming functionality in the new smartphone OS. Freshly announced today is the first wave of EA games that will arrive on Windows Phone 7 this fall, including Need for Speed Undercover.
Electronic Arts' upcoming title, Medal of Honor has been through the ringer a few times over the last few months. With the developer's decision to include the Taliban as part of the multiplayer experience, in hopes that it would instill the "realism" of war, groups all over the United States (and the world) raised their voices against the decision. And then, GameStops on military bases and Military Exchanges decided that they wouldn't sell the title, either. Well, EA and Danger Close decided that they'd listen to the out-cry, and they changed the title 'Taliban' to 'Opposing Force' in the multiplayer section of the title. But, it may have been too little too late.
Video games creating some kind of controversy isn't new. Ranging from first amendment rights, to whether games are art or not, they manage to get into the news one way or another. For publisher EA and developer Danger Close, their upcoming title Medal of Honor was gaining quite a bit of press, thanks to its multiplayer mode. As EA representatives were putting it, "If someone's the cops, someone's gotta be the robbers." In the case of the upcoming title, that would mean the robbers would have to be Taliban forces, and that's exactly what the developers put into the title. But, activists, military families, and friends of those in the Armed Forces raised their voices, and now the developers have changed their minds, opting for "Opposing Force" rather than "Taliban."