Earlier today, Electronic Arts hosted the first ever EA Play event prior to E3 at simultaneous conferences in London and Los Angeles. The conference had the usual offerings of gameplay changes and new trailers we have come to expect, with the added bonus of being able to play the games at the show. Among huge announcements for Fifa 17 and Mass Effect Andromeda, EA also released a brand new trailer for the long awaited Titanfall 2. Although the first game in the franchise received amazing reviews one of the biggest downfalls was the lack of single player mode. It was leaked this morning that Titanfall 2 will definitely have a single player campaign prior to EA releasing a trailer for it this evening. Take a look at the trailer below!
The future of gaming is LIVE! E3, also known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, returns for its 21st year on Tuesday, June 14th and runs through Thursday, June 16th. The event will feature press conferences and reveals from some of the biggest names in the video game business: Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, Ubisoft, Bethesda, EA and more third-party developers! The expo, known for its history of being the event where major developers unveil new and upcoming projects, is already gathering a fair amount of buzz. With talks of new consoles from Microsoft , Nintendo (Nintendo NX) and Sony (PS 4.5) possibly being introduced or discussed, virtual reality (VR) devices for gaming systems, and a slew of games coming in the second half of 2016, you can be certain that video games will be the major focus of E3 this year. (more…)
I’ve got to admit right up front that I haven’t really paid much attention to Star Wars Battlefront, I was more caught up in all the Fallout 4 hype and getting my PC ready to handle all of Fallout 4‘s needs. I’m glad I did that because after watching this launch trailer, I’ll also be ready to Star Wars Battlefront. I’ll be eating baloney sandwiches for lunch for a month after these two games get through emptying my wallet next month. Check out how EA managed to grab all my lunch money in the video below. (more…)
I’ve found EA’s acclaimed space-survival-horror franchise Dead Space 1, 2 and 3 to be immensely entertaining and mildly challenging. They offer amazing graphics work, good story lines, intense kills and a decent amount of scares. All 3 games are nail biting, ear thumping, nerve freezing experiences. Engrossing, to say the least.
Now, could this space shock-opera translate to film? I would think so. It plays out like horror movie, so why the hell not? Oh, and those animated movies were pretty gruesome and scary. They worked, why not a real movie then? On the other hand, video game based movies have never had any success beyond being background noise while couples make with hanky panky. They keep the $5 or under bin at Walmart in business. So, right there, I would say leave it alone. Don’t dare try to make a live-action movie out of it. What’s that you say? Justin Marks, the writer of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li is reportedly signed on to draft the script of the feature adaptation with I Am Legend’s Neal Moritz on board to co-produce the film. Oh, fuck! Let a necromorph kill me now.
At a Comic-Con panel about video game adaptations, Marks said the film shouldn’t be 100% faithful to the game in its execution, saying instead: “You would be making ‘Event Horizon’ or ‘Alien,’ I’ve already seen that movie.” Marks went on to say say the filmmaker should strive to tell the main character’s story in a way designed for the film medium.
Alright, I agree that Dead Space does play out a little like Alien, but that doesn’t mean the source material should be ignored. The characters, creatures and story are completely their own. Also, Alien and Event Horizon – those films are dated. Dead Space is a new survival horror for the current generation. A stupid comment like “I’ve already seen that movie” is example of what a hack writer Justin Marks is.
Minus Marks being involved (*bangs head against wall*) there is a glimmer of hope that a Dead Space movie could play out the way we fans would expect it to. While no director has been locked, Horror master himself, John Carpenter has expressed much interest in adapting the property in the past, saying: “I maintain that ‘Dead Space’ would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something’s on board. It’s just great stuff. I would love to make ‘Dead Space’ [into a film], I’ll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made.”
I pray to the church of Unitology that Carpenter gets involved.
At this time, EA is farming the script and will then look to get backing from a studio. No Dead Space movie, at least for a while.
The last time we heard anything about the Star Wars gaming franchise it was an uncertain future for several triple-A titles, many of which were in the middle of completion. After LucasArts’ acquisition by the Galactic Empire – I’m sorry, I mean Disney – the company would no longer be making their properties in-house, opening up the market for big name gaming companies to buy up a multi-year license to sell the Star Wars name.
Now, with the first day of the annual E3 convention underway Electronic Arts, who acquired the multi-year license, unveiled what many of us have been waiting for since 2009, Star Wars: Battlefront. Not much is known about the game, but EA was kind enough to tease the fan base with a short trailer. Check it out below.
It looks great and even knowing it’s all a rendered cut scene doesn’t hurt it. It’s a Star Wars game people actually want. Although what will the game include? Seeing as the teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront only gives us so much, but wanting so much more, we did some digging and came up with a possibility.
For starters the title was built using EA’s exclusive Frostbite 3 gaming engine, the same engine used by the company DICE and the very same one that will debut with the release of the upcoming Battlefield 4. If you’ve been paying attention to E3 and the history of the Battlefield franchise, that means highly destructive environments, beautiful graphics and lighting, as well as dynamic gameplay. And if EA is smart they’ll have included the use of lightsabers and force powers because you know somebody is going to play a game as a Jedi or Sith, it’s a given.
A release date and rating is unknown at this time and any other information on Battlefront comes up drier then a moisture farm, but well be sure to keep you updated on more information as it becomes available.
This week on The Bastardcast, Megan Fox bounces on a trampoline, Jeremy and Jason advance the theory that Jurassic Park 4‘s delay was caused by a raptor attack, and then they talk about your Mom when discussing the latest Dungeons and Dragons movie.
Also on the show: Rubber cocks replace carrier pigeons, Marvel bets on black (and also the awesome power of Danny Rand’s V-neck), the IT Crowd tries to turn itself back on again (I’m sorry), and the boys discuss why the term “shot for shot remake” might not be the best choice of words when discussing the new Crow movie.
Do you require more giggle flakes in your bowl? Fine. We’ve also got an ALL NEW Trailergasm, and this time, our two fat assholes are talking about casting Sandra Bullock out into the dark nethers of space, one last lick of cornetto, and a boy named Ender that they don’t care about.
Holy crap this is a full show!… is a thing that you could accurately put in that iTunes review that you’ve been meaning to write, because we’ve also got the (brief) return of Taco Talk 2-Nite in “Taco Talk 2-Nite 2: Taquería Exotica”, and Jason teaches us all a little something about love.
All of that, the Handicapped Cadillac Trumpet Detective, and more on this week’s episode of The Bastardcast!
The Bastardcast: Taking you in a manly yet awkward way since 2012.
Disney and Electronic Arts announced today the completion of an exclusive deal for EA to develop and publish a new series of Star Wars video games. Frank Gibeau, the President of EA labels had this to say:
“The Force is strong with this one.”
I love that line. It instantly transports me back to my childhood, to an epic world that had a powerful influence on my life. Like hundreds of millions of people, I am a true believer – someone who can’t get enough of the story, the culture, and the ethos of Star Wars.
Today, The Walt Disney Company has announced that they have chosen EA to create new Star Wars experiences for gamers worldwide.
The magic of Star Wars is interwoven into the worlds, characters, planets and amazing battles. It is a universe that lends itself perfectly to gaming. Our agreement unlocks a whole new future of Star Wars games that will span consoles, PCs, tablets, mobile and more.
While we don’t have any details to share today on specific titles, our development teams are already brimming with design ideas. The EA Studios that will develop these games are some of the most innovative and popular creative teams in the world, and include DICE and Visceral, in addition to the BioWare team, which is already developing for the Star Wars franchise. These imaginative teams will make games that may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories. Powering it all will be the Frostbite 3 development engine – guaranteeing incredible graphic fidelity, environments and characters.
We have lots of ideas, but we want to hear from you. Tell us what kind of games you want to play. Send us your suggestions and tag @EA_DICE@VisceralGames@BioWare and #starwarsnextgen.
Although the word exclusive was used, Disney does reserve the right to develop other new Star Wars games for mobile, social, tablet, and online platforms. Neither company divulged the financial terms of the agreement in their announcements, but it’s no secret the deal is worth millions to EA.
The question as to what this new deal means to existing Star Wars games like Star Wars 1313 is still unclear. Many already published Star Wars titles and those under development over at LucasFilm were shut down last month. A spokesperson for Disney has said that nothing was being announced about the pre-existing titles at this point, those decisions will most likely be made jointly by Disney, EA, and Lucasfilm.
EA has been struggling in the last few years, both creatively and financially, which has led to layoffs and shutdowns culminating with EA’s addition to the list of the worst companies to work for last year.
What should Star Wars fans expect from EA? My reaction to the news can be summed up in the picture below.
Disney has gone to the Dark Side of the video game industry. Most of the games developed by EA are crap and EA’s customer service is one of the worst in the business.
The “only hope” for Star Wars video game fans is that Bioware, a subdivision of EA and the one shining gem in a sea of EA mediocrity, should be taking a lead in the development of many of the new Star Wars games. A Star Wars based game in the style of Mass Effect or Dragon Age would be a welcome addition to the mix.
What do you think about the announcement? What would you suggest to EA and Bioware using the contact information given above?
UPDATE: Twitter user @reks611 has won our giveaway. Congrats to him/her and a thank you to all those who participated.
I’m a very casual gamer. I do not have time, or attention for serious play. I get bored, or frustrated and toss games to the way side in favor of something that offers quicker gratification. This, however, was not the case withDead Space.
I’ve found EA’s acclaimed space-survival-horror franchise (Dead Space 1 & 2) to be immensely entertaining and mildly challenging. They offer amazing graphics work, good story lines, intense kills and a decent amount of scares. Both games are nail biting, ear thumping, nerve freezing experiences. Engrossing, to say the least.
And, now, it’s time for round 3.
Dead Space 3 launched today, and it looks just as thrilling as the first two installments.
For those of you rushing out to get a copy, you may want to hold off, because, here at Nerd Bastards we’re giving away a copy.
2. Retweet the following message “RT @NerdBastards For Your Chance to Win a Copy of ‘DEAD SPACE3’ #DS3”
The contest is also open to fans who already follow us on Twitter (you just need to RT the message). Multiple tweets are allowed (No limit, but don’t flood the feed. Play nice and keep it shiny.)
One lucky winner will be randomly chosen on Tuesday 2/12/2013 . The game (system version of your choice) will be mailed out -free of charge- via standard delivery and should be to the lucky lil bastard or bastardette within 1-2 weeks. NOTE: We are not able to ship a physical copy to international winners, but there is a digital copy available.
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Here’s a synopsis on the game, followed by a trailer featuring a smooth tune by Phil Collins… because everything %100 better with Phil Collins.
Dead Space 3 brings Isaac Clarke and merciless soldier, John Carver, on a journey across space to discover the source of the Necromorph outbreak. Crash-landed on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis, the pair must comb the harsh environment for raw materials and scavenged parts. Isaac will then put his engineering skills to the ultimate test to create and customize weapons and survival tools. The ice planet holds the key to ending the Necromorph plague forever, but first the team must overcome avalanches, treacherous ice-climbs, and the violent wilderness. Facing deadlier evolved enemies and the brutal elements, the unlikely pair must work together to save mankind from the impending apocalypse. For more information, and to purchase the game on Xbox 360, PS3 or PC, visit deadspace.com
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