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EA to Shut Down Servers

Sadly the sun will set on Middle Earth, well at least EA’s Battle for Middle Earth II. That title, along with quite a list of other games will have their server cords yanked over the upcoming months. It’s understandable that EA should pull some of these titles offline. If percentage of users is low for a considerable amount of time, it’s time for the game to retire.

Here are the casualties…

Via EA.com

Jan 11, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II for Xbox 360
The Lord of the Rings™, The Battle for Middle-earth™ II, The Rise of the Witch-king™ for Xbox 360

Jan 17, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

The Sims Carnival

Feb 8, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

FIFA 07 for Xbox 360
FIFA 08 for PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
FIFA 09 for PC, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
FIFA 09 Ultimate Team for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
FIFA Street 3 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
EA SPORTS™ FIFA Manager 10 for PC
EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Madden 09 for PlayStation Portable (all regions), PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
Madden 10 for PlayStation Portable (all regions), PlayStation 2 and Wii
NBA LIVE 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NBA LIVE 09 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii
NCAA® Basketball 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NCAA® Basketball 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NCAA® Football 07 for Xbox 360
NCAA® Football 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NCAA® Football 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NCAA® Football 10 for PlayStation 2
NFL Head Coach 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NHL® 08 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
NHL® 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 09 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
UEFA EURO 2008™ for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
2010 FIFA World Cup™ for PlayStation Portable and Wii
2010 FIFA World Cup™ Demo for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Mar 1, 2011 Online Service Shutdown

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 09 for Wii

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2011 in EA

 

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NHL 11

I usually wait and ask Santa for the yearly installment of EA’s NHL series but peer pressure prevailed this time. After all the great things I heard and the videos I saw I had to go pick it up.

I am always impressed that EA can keep bringing new gameplay aspects to the NHL players. This year’s big addition was the EA Sports Ultimate Hockey League (EAUHL).

Via IGN.com

Players are dealt a pack of starter cards and are sent to build up their fledgling team of all-stars from there by either earning in-game currency through their play on the ice or by purchasing them with real world money. The setup is pretty dense and shouldn’t be traversed by those not willing to delve into some seriously minute details, but hardcore hockey fans are going to get a kick out of it.

Take your team online or train up offline and earn pucks to buy more cards. While my team is pretty terrible right now, I plan to work my players and maybe get a few W’s on the board. They are nowhere near ready for online play though.

My Ultimate Team

I do love the NHL series but my mind still seems to be on a another upcoming game. Can you guess what it is?

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2010 in EA

 

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Harry Potter gets Kinected

Being the huge Harry Potter geek that I am, I am obligated to mention the fact that Xbox 360 Kinect will be featured in the upcoming Deathly Hallows video game.

via destructoid.com

Actors James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasely from the Harry Potter films) came on stage for a live demonstration of the game’s “Challenge” mode, which will utilized the motion-sensing camera. The Phelps’ took on the roles of Harry and Ron as they fought off death eaters and snatchers using magic spells, activated with hand gestures. It was hard to get a sense of how spell types were activated, but pointing at the screen appeared to fire off a melee attack; pushing out both hands at once seemed to push back enemies.

Now i haven’t bought an EA Harry Potter game since Chamber of Secrets. They just didn’t deliver for me. But Deathly Hallows does look pretty epic. Voldemort is taking over and Harry is on the hunt for Horcruxes. The walls of Hogwarts are no longer there to protect him. That’s what makes this game different. The bright and happy scenes are replaced with dark colors and cold backgrounds.

While the Kinect feature is a cool add on it’s defiantly not worthy of the whole game. From the videos I’ve seen of it, I feel like it would get old fast. But still it’s something worth having in the game as a separate game mode. I mean who doesn’t want to pretend they are a wizard trying to protect the world from Death Eaters?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSgsRZH3JN8

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2010 in EA, Kinect

 

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EA Sports takes a stab at the used market

Starting with the 2011 series (Madden 11, NHL 11, etc.) each game will contain a one time use code. This code will give the player access to online play and bonus content. Should you buy the game used, you will need shell out another $10 for a code if you want to play online.

Now I’m not a huge sports game player. I get NHL every year and that’s about it. But that’s not the point. It’s the concept that interests me. I’m actually surprised something like this hasn’t happened already. Not only for EA Sports, I mean for the entire gaming market.

Publishers lose money when games are sold and bought used. This code system could be a solution to the lost money. For players who focus on online play they might decide to buy it new rather than shell out for a used game PLUS the extra cash for an online code.

In all honesty I support the code idea because of the money lost from people buying used. But It can only really apply to games with a strong online presence but it’s not a bad idea. And it would not surprise me if other companies followed suit.

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2010 in EA, gamestop

 

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