Some people view Electronic Arts as a place where promising development studios and game franchises go to wither and die. While that has certainly been the case a time or two, don't expect that to happen to PopGames if EA takes control. According to TechCrunch, EA is in "late stage acquisition discussions" with PopCap to acquire the casual game maker for a cool $1 billion, a hefty investment that points to a much bigger purpose than wanting to remove the competition.
Dragon Age II was a mess. We don't mean that as a damning statement, either. It was simply an undifferentiated jambalaya of half-baked ideas both good and bad. Whether due to rushed development, lack of a cohesive vision, or something else entirely, the game failed to glue all its puzzle pieces together in a meaningful fashion. So yes, a mess. Fortunately, EA's not planning on leaving DAO fans high-and-dry just because DA II made waves on the sales charts.
We're still not entirely sure if we believe BioWare will be able to have Mass Effect 3 polished to a space-aged sheen in time for a 2011 release, but this certainly has us hopeful. If we normally call these things “scoops,” then BioWare's given Game Informer one of those comically tall ice cream cones normally reserved for slapstick gags in cartoons. Want to know nearly everything about Mass Effect 3? Well, have at it.
Feeling a bit of sticker shock after watching the standard price of big-name PC games leap up to $60 over night? Well, you're definitely not alone. In fact, you've got at least one friend in a very high place, and he thinks it's high time we put our collective foot down and put a stop to all this bank-breaking nonsense. Oh, but there is one teensy little catch. His solution, you see, involves the dreaded M-word: microtransactions.
While most MMOs remain content to eke out a decent existence in WoW's shadow, EA's not making any bones about its main target for TOR's Death Star cannon. For BioWare's latest, it's WoW or bust. So, how do you take down the biggest kid on the playground? Well, probably avoid the tag “Grocery Store Simulator,” for one.
We mostly loved Mirror's Edge, and – given the chance to iron out the kinks (read: tell the combat to take a long, particularly unpleasant hike) – we were certain DICE would knock a sequel right out of the park. Unfortunately, it looks like the Mirror's Edge franchise didn't look before it leaped, and now it's down and out for good.
Ok, atthis rate, you'll have enough information to construct and release your own Battlefield 3 by the end of the week. Even so, compared to everything so far, this is pretty much the BF3 Bible. Game Informer's latest issue ran a blowout on the game, you see, and the Internet immediately devoured it and gained its knowledge. That should be absolutely terrifying, but look! Battlefield 3!
You're starved for Battlefield 3 information. We get that. DICE cryptically whispered the game's name and then dove back into the shadows, so it's only natural that you'd want answers. Unfortunately, after a weekend on the streets attempting to hunt down the slippery developer, we were informed that it's based in Sweden, rendering our entire search (and unwarranted beating of a few tight-lipped citizens) futile. So then we spent a few minutes on the Internet and found this stuff.
According to a NSFW article in The Sun, 26-year-old gamer Jo Eley claims she spent a long time customizing her character in EA's Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 to resemble herself using face-mapping technology. Pleased with the result, Eley took to the fairway only to discover that her in-game character was strutting around topless. Another Hot Coffee-esque mod, perhaps?
No way, says EA. In a statement to the U.K. paper, EA said there's no hidden nudity code in the game and that hackers are to blame.
"We have extensively investigated and have determined that this situation is not possible through a retail copy of the game," EA said. "The player model is clearly modified as a result of hacking."
A naughty Easter egg of sorts allowed gamers to unlock explicit scenes in Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game, which was known as the Hot Coffee mod. The assertion here is that this is the same type of thing, but we tend to side with EA on this one. It's a little bit suspect that this is an exclusive story to The Sun without any public posting of a supposed nudity mod, and given the much publicized events surrounding Tiger Woods' personal life off the golf course, the timing seems suspect.
In a world full of fast cars, dangerous characters, and other fast cars, someone's bound to get left behind. In the case of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, that “someone” is unfortunately you, Mr. John Q PC Gaming Aficionado. (Perhaps they were intimidated by your excessively lengthy name?)
“Hey all, unfortunately we will not be releasing Need for Speed Hot Pursuit PDLC for the PC. While we are certainly committed to providing the best possible game experience and ongoing support for our PC community, (as you have already noted) we have a limited amount of resources that makes it so that we are unable to deliver new content to all platforms,” a poster from developer Criterion wrote on the game's official forums.
Fortunately, he also gave some vague (but nonetheless appreciated) assurance, adding that “on the positive side we do have more updates and content on the way for PC players--look for news very soon.”