Electronic Arts seems to be one of the most disliked game developers on any platform, so it doesn't take much for the internet to rise up in anger against them. The release of Real Racing 3 with its heavy in-app purchases was reason enough to hurl some vitriol at EA. However, the game is free to try and there are a ton of officially licensed cars to drive. So is it really that bad?
Everyone's favorite game studio, Electronic Arts, has released the third incarnation of its "hyper-realistic" racing series. Real Racing 3 is in the Play Store, but appears to be available only in certain countries right now. The North American listing isn't working for us, but the international version appears to be functional for at least some folks. Although, considering the bizarre new in-app purchase upsell, maybe you're not missing much.
The Real Racing series makes its name by licensing dozens of authentic cars.
Ultima has been around forever. So it's only appropriate that the series' new mobile push incorporate the fact in its title... even if it is a bit on the nose. Ultima Forever: Quest For The Avatar is an upcoming top-down dungeon crawler set in the familiar Ultima universe, complete with online play and a massive amount of game time. According to a Polygon interview with the game's producer, getting to level 15 will take 200 hours, while getting to the end with everything will take closer to 400.
Earlier this week we reported that EA had finally ported the Simpsons-themed Sim City clone Tapped Out to Android. Unfortunately, they decided to hold off on a North American release in favor of a "rest of world" rollout, perhaps to iron out the bugs. Well good news, neighborinos: Tapped Out is now available to North America, and the device access issues seem to have been ironed out.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out starts with Homer predictably destroying Springfield via a manipulative fremium game, so the player has to re-assemble the town with familiar landmarks.
Good Lord, The Simpsons has been on the air for twenty-four years. There's nothing that America's animated nuclear family can do on TV that they haven't done before. Maybe that's why Fox seems to insist upon thrusting them into other mediums, most notably video games. The latest destination for the jaundiced citizens of Springfield is The Simpsons: Tapped Out, a shameless ripoff loving homage to the city building genre typified by Sim City.
Here in the States digital jocks tend to obsess over the latest Madden or 2K titles. But pretty much everywhere else, it's all about the soccer action in FIFA. Electronic Arts is well aware of this, so they've bundled the EA Sports Football Club into the full versions of FIFA 2013. The Football Club is a combination fantasy league and digital marketplace. As of now, you don't even need to be playing the game to access it - the new Football Club app is available in both North American and worldwide flavors.
EA and Hasbro, adding another entry to Monopoly's long history, recently released another version of the classic board game – Monopoly Millionaire. If the name of the game isn't descriptive enough, it's a game of Monopoly where the first player to reach $1,000,000 wins.
To reach $1 million, players are encouraged to "trade properties on the sly, force powerful deals, and risk it all in a dash for a million in cash." We are, of course, talking Monopoly cash here, but the concept is still fairly compelling for a mobile board game.
I'm a big fan of EA's Need For Speed series - according to Steam, I played Hot Pursuit for over 50 hours on my PC. Their latest addition to the cops 'n' racers stable is Most Wanted, hotly anticipated on consoles because it's from the racing pros at Criterion. But for those without an Xbox or PC and an abundance of mobile horsepower, EA offers the Android version, for a reasonable $7.
What's the next best thing to visiting a theme park? If you said "designing one in a game," you're probably wrong. That doesn't mean it isn't fun at all, though. EA's newest game, predictably named Theme Park, lets you design the amusement park of your dreams.
The game follows the 'build it and they will come' mantra. You have to create attractions that will bring patrons to your park so you can make cash.
EA just announced at a GamesCon press conference that it will be bringing the popular Origin game store to Android (along with Facebook, Mac, and Smart TVs). For the unaware, Origin is basically EA's answer to Steam as a go-to place to purchase and download games.
At this point there are no other details, but it's worth noting the Mac version has a tentative release timeframe of February 2013. Perhaps we'll see the Android version around that time, too (but I wouldn't count on it).