The trailer for EA’s new Stars Wars game, Star Wars Battlefront II, features many familiar characters – Yoda, Rey, Darth Maul and more – but is introducing a first: players can choose to play as Imperial Special Forces Commander Iden Versio (voiced by Janina Gavankar, The League, Sleepy Hollow), who is introduced in trailer.
Star Wars Battlefront II will be in stores on November 17th.
Just when you thought there weren’t enough shooters on the Xbox 360. Here comes the latest one, Rage from the folks at ID software. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that it has signed an agreement with id Software, award-winning creators of iconic gaming brands and industry defining innovations, to publish RAGE™, the studio’s next blockbuster franchise. Built on id Software’s newest game engine, id Tech5, RAGE is an all-new take on the first person shooter being developed for release on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360™ system from Microsoft, PC and Mac.
“RAGE representsa new direction for our games,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software. “RAGE is a shooter unlike any other, developed on our cutting edge new technology, and built to the exacting standards id is famous for. We’re excited to have the support of EA Partners to launch RAGE on the world.”
“The RAGE publishing deal is the epitome of EA Partners’ mission: Provide the world’s best developers with access to the world’s best publishing resources,” said David DeMartini, senior vice president and general manager of EA Partners. “The team at id Software is one of the best development studios in the world. We’re excited to work with id Software to give RAGE a blockbuster launch on the global stage.” Stay tuned for additional information about RAGE at QuakeCon 2008 in Dallas, Texas from July 31 to August 2nd. More information about Quakcon is available at www.quakecon.org
I always like to say that I’m not much of a fan of shooters, but that really isn’t true. I do find that I’m more likely to get addicted to a good shooter than any other genre of game. Maybe it’s the nature of it’s straightforward, quick, get in and get out game play. I don’t have to sit there trying to solve obtuse "puzzles," or figure out my around a maze, or care about incomprehensible stories. In a shooter there are always enemy soldiers to kill, stuff to blow up and move on. Now it used to be I didn’t expect much from a shooter but Call of Duty 4 showed us what the genre can and should be. Strong story, great game play, a multiplayer experience with RPG elements. Perfection. After Od’ing on COD I was ready for another one. I have MGS4 and GTA4 but honestly, I’ve never been a fan of those franchises, so I haven’t sat down to play the latest installment. No, the next shooter on my list was Battlefield: Bad Company. When I first saw it at E3 a few years ago I thought it showed a lot of promise. First of all EA and their developer Dice created a brand new engine (Frostbite) just for this game – so I assumed I wouldn’t be playing just another half-ass Unreal Engine based game. This game is the definition of generic.
This video is courtesy of the folks at Joystiq. Rock Band announced it’s latest downloadable track – “Still Alive” by Jonathan Coulton. Best of all, the song will be free. It’s an interesting mellow choice. I’m really impressed with the consistency in which Rock Band has been adding tracks. I’ll go on record as saying that I prefer Guitar Hero to Rock Band. The majority of the RB sucked, but they are making up for that with this constant flow of tracks. Activision is really dropping the ball with Guitar Hero with the piecemeal way they are trickling out new tracks. And originally I was excited about the upcoming Aerosmith game, but the more I think about it the more it annoys me. I mean really, they can’t make those tracks downloadable? I’m sick and tired of being forced to switch between GH2 and GH3 to play certain songs when. Why can’t I get all my GH tracks on one platform, like with Rock Band?
I go to bed in an Oscar induced stupor and the video game world goes all topsy turvey. Phil Harisson leaves Sony and now this bit of news – EA has made an unsolicited $2 billion offer to buy Take-Two Interactive the makers of Grand Theft Auto. Other than the success of GTA, Take-Two hasn’t done much else (Bully and Ping Pong). I always thought the company was made up of a bunch of Arrogant ass-holes and would love to see the entire executive staff fired. Take-Two has hit “hard times” in the last few years and there have been rumors of several companies eying it so it’s no surprise that someone would make the attempt. I am surprised and a little dismayed that it’s EA. When was the last time they did a decent game? I was playing Madden 08 this weekend after only playing it a couple of times last year. I remember why I hate it so much. The game is either broken or just too damn hard. And Madden hasn’t been good for the last three editions – 06 had that horrible vision/precision thing, 07 had the best and most balanced gameplay but was buggy and kept crashing on me and 08 is just darn hard. Now they want to mess up the GTA series?
Hey, Hardcore Queen here at E For All in LA, the newest Gaming event in LA.The producers of the event envision this show to be as large as E3 only focused on the consumers instead of industry folks.When I first walked into the hall, I felt like I was transported back into time. Like it was E3 all over again, even though I railed against the show every year, I find that I really miss it.There was a nice little welcome, as you walk into the doors there was a band performing music. Entering the hall you immediately realize it isn’t E3, there isn’t the E3 crowds there are no packed hallways, no circus atmosphere, outside the South Hall there was almost no indication that anything was happening within the convention center, just a couple of small tents from Novint Tech who were showcasing their amazing new Falcon PC Controller. Continue reading Hardcore Queen Checks out E For All!→