It’s every gamers worst nightmare, you’ve preordered the title you’ve been waiting months for and when the street date finally arrives, you head to your retailer only to discover that they have not received their stock yet. As a follow up to our article on Keeping the Street Date we would like to talk about the aspects of actually missing the date.
So let’s get the most important facts out of the way from the outset so the rest of this review makes more sense:
I am not American.
I know only the very basics of the sport
Obviously I prefer Rugby.
Now with that out of the way let me give you my impressions of EA’s latest edition to the family, Madden 11.
Having missed the first Army of Two, the second iteration of this action filled bromance was my first experience with the franchise and it was pleasing to say the leased. It makes me feel like I’m in a BadBoys movie (one of my favorite movies of all time) but instead of Miami, a disaster struck Shanghai sets the scene for some great co-op gaming.
You and a mate(if you are mateless, the computer AI will step in) take the reins of Salem and Rios, a pair of mercs who find themselves in the middle of a massive terrorist attack on Shanghai, although it feels much more like the end of the world with buildings collapsing and planes crashing all around you. The mask clad hero’s get instructions via their radio and proceed to eradicate the army of invaders, where along the way, they will be faced with choices that will ultimately decide to course of the story.
American McGee’s Alice was a third-person action PC title, originally released in October 2000 to critical acclaim. Based on the Quake III Arena engine the game presented a far more macabre rendition of Lewis Carroll’s original Wonderland in which, wracked by the guilt over her parents’ deaths in a house fire shortly after her adventures in Through The Looking-Glass, Alice attempts to take her own life, becomes catatonic and is institutionalised in an asylum. Years later the White Rabbit summons Alice to a far different Wonderland – now under the absolute rule of the Queen of Hearts. But enough of the history lesson…
The rather fabulous news for fans of the original is that EA and Spicy Horse have announced that they have signed a publishing deal for a new title based on EA’s 2000 classic. The game reunites EA with American McGee, the creative visionary behind the original game. The new title is in development for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. “This new project is a dream come true for me and the fans who’ve kept the Alice flame alive,” said American McGee, senior creative director at Spicy Horse. “EA gave us creative latitude and support on the original game which resulted in something beautiful and daring. This trip through the looking glass promises to be even more exciting.” Currently titled “the Return of American McGee’s Alice”, the game is still in pre-production and won’t be completed for some time.
For more information visit Spicy Horse’s site at http://spicyhorse.com/home.html
Well, for all of you pro (ps3 controller-assisted) skaters out there, the fine folks at EA are giving you a treat! The new DLC available over the next two weeks will either take you down memory lane – if you conquered the original Skate – or it will introduce you to several all new areas!
The first DLC pack will be Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Plaza. The area will provide a variety of spots to complete some of those tough grind challenges, and also the concrete park below will let you get some frequent flyer miles, with some big air.
The second batch of DLC from the EA vault, will be the San Van Classic Pack, which includes three remastered areas from the original Skate, being The Elementary School, Parkade and Community Center. For those of you that played these areas already, the good news is that all 3 include new challenges! And of course, this time around you’ll have the features of Skate 2 at your finger tips – so you can now move those benches around to pull off that epic grind you always wanted to!
Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Plaza will be available in the PSN store this week, with the San Van Classic Pack arriving next week.
EA takes NHL back to the fun old days of the likes of NHL 94 and 95 when smashing the glass panels behind your opponents goal , injuring opponents so they quiver on the floor in agony and last but not least what we hoped for more than scoring itself a good old fight NHL style!
Unfortunately all the above mentioned are not included in 3 v 3 but it’s replacements more than make up for it with the likes of over exaggerated player-looks of 40 of the NHL’s top stars to game changing power-ups which range from miniature goalie to super speed powerups .
NHL 3 v 3 is one of the easiest games to pick up. It is pretty basic in terms of what a player can do offensively – shoot , pass, trick shot ,spin and defensively check players. The graphics are not the best but that was never EA’s intention: the main purpose of 3 v3 is FUN which is there in abundance. In addition to standard ranked matches 3 v 3 NHL Arcade allows the ability for three players on one console to play three other players on another console anywhere in the world.
One of my only problems which I soon found a way around was the lack of friend invite - this at first put me off buying it but once I read on how you could set up a room with a friend I purchased it right away: the way to do it is to create custom unranked game (all custom games are unranked) and inform your friend on what the score limit is i.e. 12 – your friend should do a custom search with the agreed score limit . It’s a bit of a hassle but well worth kicking your friend’s behind.
So in short if you are after a fun pick up and play game and you really enjoyed the likes of NHL 94 and 95 this is perfect for you and is available on PSN and XBL now.