Review: Mass Effect 3

Developer: Bioware
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Available on: Windows, PS3, Xbox 360
Reviewed on: Xbox 360

When it comes to expectations on a video game few compare to the anticipation of Mass Effect 3. The Mass Effect series is now revered among gamers with a place in history and a large dedicated fan base. Now with Mass Effect 3 comes the final conclusion– does it live up to the hype?

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Review | Battlefield 3

Developer – DICE
Publisher – Electronic Arts
Available On – PC, PS3, XBOX 360
Reviewed On – PC, XBOX 360

Going toe-to-toe with the biggest FPS franchise in history is no small feat, but EA have certainly brought it big time with Battlefield 3. Exploding into the holiday season right alongside direct competition, this is the best time of the year for FPS fans. Sticking true to the series’ formula Battlefield 3 is bringing back huge scale online open warfare as players do battle on foot, in tanks, vehicles, jets and choppers with a big array weaponry all across large new maps.

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Review: Dead Space 2

Developer – Visceral Games
Publisher – Electronic Arts
Available On – XBOX 360, PS3, Windows
Reviewed On – XBOX 360

Space is a pretty scary place. There’s no oxygen, not much light, and it seems every time we make progress in exploring the deeper voids we uncover a brutal alien civilization destined to make harvest of the human race. This is Isaac Clarke’s peril, or, it was in the original Dead Space. Now things have gotten a little more severe.

Three years after the original events on board the spaceship Ishimura, Isaac finds himself struggling to overcome crippling dementia as a result of his original terrifying encounter with Continue reading Review: Dead Space 2

Battlefield Bonanza!

Electronic Arts seemed to have their hands busy with the closed BETA for their upcoming free to play ‘cartoon shooter’ Battlefield Heroes, which has so far seen over 100,000 signatures of eager gamers trying to get into the next online FPS experience early.

Re-structuring old gameplay around the same familiar Battlefield mechanics, Battlefield Heroes looks to be a blast for a free download on PC with a colourful art style and unique features such as special character abilities and customization options and even an optional third person camera view.

With Battlefield Heroes scheduled for release around April, it’s only the beginning of the Battlefields to come with Electronic Arts announcing another two Battlefield titles. Both scheduled for release this year, console gamers can look forward to Battlefield: Bad Company 2 continuing the story of the original console hit with a series of updates; as well as Battlefield 1943 – a remake of the classic Battlefield 1942 for XBOX 360, Playstation 3 as well as PC.

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EA Delay – The Sims 3, Godfather II and Dragon Age: Origins

Few are safe from the repercussions of an economical recession. While Nintendo are counting piles of money atop both the hardware and software sales charts for the world in 2008 other companies are facing mass lay-offs, closures and cancellations as the industry starts to show some cracks from the latest financial crisis. Electronic Arts have been no exception, closing studios and canceling titles (such as Tiberium) as necessary to keep their heads above water in a competitive market.

Undoubtedly EA’s biggest title of 2009’s current line-up, The Sims 3, has been postponed Continue reading EA Delay – The Sims 3, Godfather II and Dragon Age: Origins

Review: Mirror’s Edge

Mirror's Edge

Developer – EA Digital Illusions CE
Publisher – Electronic Arts
Available On – PC, XBOX 360, Playstation 3
Reviewed On – XBOX 360

Bounding into stores in acrobatic style this holiday season is the most unique title to be found from the gaming fiesta of ’08, Mirror’s Edge. Scaling heights in creativity and atmosphere Mirror’s Edge is definitely a refreshing title that tries something new and stands out amongst the rest, coming to us straight from EA’s Digital Illusions CE, famous for their recurring first person shooter Battlefield franchise. Mirror’s Edge may retain the first person aspect of the Battlefield series but with a focus on weaponless combat and environmental navigation the similarities end there. Ingenuity and absorbing art design polish the experience of playing as the spunky new Asian acrobat Faith but it doesn’t stop her from frequently slipping up and spoiling what could have been a much smoother affair.

Don't look down, or up.

Set in a futuristic city shadowed by skyscrapers and the oppression of an overpowered Government, our heroine Faith lives the daily life of delivering secret messages from rooftop Continue reading Review: Mirror’s Edge

Review: Dead Space

Dead Space

Developer – EA Redwood Shores
Publisher – Electronic Arts
Available On – XBOX 360, Playstation 3, PC
Reviewed On – XBOX 360

Space; it certainly isn’t living. While it’s not dead either it’s about to get a lot more of the latter with Electronic Art’s latest space-based action horror title Dead Space. Mashing elements of third person survival horror against fast paced action, Dead Space combines the best traits of some well known series to tell a horrific tale of discovery and survival set within the bowels of a recovered mining space ship, the Ishimura.

Dead Space 1

While “Resident Evil in space” is often an unfortunately accurate summary for the most part of Dead Space, one must look at the continual enhancements and refinements of the third person survival horror genre presented within. The audio package is top notch and well realised, utilised to the full potential that clear and appropriate sound effects can have in establishing an atmosphere in horror Continue reading Review: Dead Space

EA Can And Shelve Tiberium

Electronic Arts have regretfully informed Kotaku that the upcoming first person shooter set in the Command & Conquer universe, Tiberium, has been canceled with no further intentions for production.

Shaping up as a solid spiritual successor to C&C Renegade, Tiberium was looking quite seductive with intended plans for XBOX 360, PS3 and PC. Renegade was quite good on PC with competent single and multi player modes so I’m disappointed to see this one isn’t going to make the cut.

Apparently Tiberium was cancelled as part of EA’s new “Quality Control” methods. I’m wondering if that’s specific to Continue reading EA Can And Shelve Tiberium

Red Alert 3 Means Red Alert For Free

With Red Alert 3 and Christmas approaching EA are already getting into the giving spirit and are offering the original Command & Conquer: Red Alert for free download.

Also being offered is Red Alert 2 for free to anyone who pre-orders Red Alert 3.

I know I’m looking forward to Red Alert 3 so this may be a good blast from the past for anyone else anticipating the series’ next installment.