EA’s done well, I think, to turn its image around. Under Andrew Wilson\s stewardship, the good ship Electronic Arts has become a far less hated. A few issues with micro-transactions aside, much of the vociferous, toxic hate is no longer directed at EA. Quite a bit of that, of course, may have to do with Ubisoft usurping EA as the reigning champion of misdirected gamer hatred.
EA has made some unpopular decisions that have stuck in the industry. Many still blame them for the ridiculous free-to-play monetization the industry has seen in recent years. Now they have a new free-to-gouge model, although I actually think I like it.
I always expect EA to make a whole bunch of money. They make a few excellent titles, and they know how to cash grab with the best/worst of them. However, even they were surprised by just how much money they made at the end of 2014.
I was surprised by how much I liked the tavern songs in Dragon Age: Inquisition. They were so varied, ranging from upbeat numbers to tune that would make me cry. Now Bioware is giving them away for free, with a little something extra, too.
*For a limited time, only. I know you're all desperate to try out The Sims 4. If you like simulation games, it's a much own. But is the price tag really justified? What's so special or new about it? Well, you can find out for yourself thanks to EA's Game Time - but just practice time management.
With all the talk about representation of various people in games, it's nice to see that a game that does it well is getting recognized for it. There are many reasons to love Dragon Age, and if sexual orientations or identities don't matter to you, you probably won't care about this. But for those people for whom it's a big deal, Dragon Age: Inquisition made a big difference.
While we're excited to be organizing our first ever COD tournament, other people have been in the tournament organizing game for a lot longer. Semper Vincemus Gaming (SVG) is one such organizer, and their local tournament sounds really awesome. There's even a cool local reason that you should watch the games.
I doubt EA is anyone's favourite company - the stink of those poo awards still lingers. However, even if you don't like their business practices - and they have become much better - they have made some excellent games. They're giving away yet another one for free, and this time it's an oldie but a goodie.
The definitive version of Dragon Age: Inquisition is supposed to be on PC. Considering how gorgeous it looks on PS4, that must be saying something. But that doesn't mean it's perfect, and the latest patch is meant to fix some of the biggest problems.
Yesterday, Dragon Age: Inquisition stats about how many dragons have been killed were interesting, and gave me a reason to share some of my tips and tricks for killing the dragons scattered around the world. Here's a new infographic, but I'm rather surprised by it.
Hunting down and killing all the dragons in Dragon Age: Inquisition was seriously fun when I played over the holidays. Yes, I killed every Dragon, contributing to these delicious stats released on twitter.
I find it kind of weird that this generation of gaming, is being highlighted by open betas for many a big budget game. Which is fine and dandy with me, because open betas allow for an early taste of an anticipated game and stress testing the product to ensure a smooth game on launch. Most of the time. Some of the times. Okay dammit, occasionally. The Battlefield series has always been big on multiplayer, and it looks like the latest cops and robbers incarnation will also be hitting beta soon.
Anyone remember Shadow Realms? It’s supposed to be the next big from BioWare, which was announced as a PC exclusive at Gamescom last year after some exciting cryptic marketing. The episodic, 4 vs. 1 styled dungeon crawler looked like it was going in the free-to-play direction, but now it could be an all new game entirely.
I think I love RPGs most of all. They have always been my favorite genre of gaming, and it's hard to pick a favorite. However, one game blew my mind this year, giving me the best RPG experience of 2014, hands down.
The Sims 4 seemed to be missing some key features when it launched, leading many (including me) to worry that the game would add those in later, at an added fee. But that isn't the case - free content has been added and the game now has pools and other fun ways to kill your Sim. Now you can have even more fun with your bizarre creations.