A rumor recently pinged around the internet that EA’s forth coming Sci-fi shocker Dead Space had been banned in China, Japan and Germany. The weird thing? The rumor seemed to have emerged from within EA itself, with widespread suspicious that it might simply be a marketing ploy. (An EA rep told us they were not aware of any action against the game). Whatever the exact truth of it, we do know that if Dead Space does end up banned by some of the world’s queasier censorship authorities, it won’t be a massive surprise.
Will anybody in the UK bother playing Madden 10 online? After all, American football is perhaps more maligned that any other major sports over here, launched at by rugby fans and unjustly cast aside as complicated and boring. Spend a little time with EA’s increasingly accessible Madden Series, however, and your tune may change. It’s the sporting equivalent of a turn-based RGP, with both players identifying and experimenting with the best plays in order to outfox their opponents. And in respect, Madden 10 online is superb.
For a nation much more at home kicking balls about in grass than sliding a rubber biscuit over frozen water, the appearance of a second ice hockey game which looks, play and even sound almost same as the first EA’s NHL 09, is pushing it. Confusing the issue even further is the fact that they are both really good. Last month’s NHL 09 scored an impressive nine, and 2K9, although still lagging a little behind, is a big improvement over last year’s stiff, over serious sim.
Global soccerization is being aided largely by the fine competition for fans that occurs with each annual PES and FIFA release. One champions a set of features, the other tags on what’s missing and adds its own. One dominates the licensing department stakes, the other has to make do. The result is consistent improvement, and PES 2010 illustrates that fact in its iterative, but still significant upgrades over last year.
For anyone who is still trying to get over the delight of being able to play The Sims 3 even before its been officially released by EA, we’ve now got more to show especially those who own an iPhone or an iPod Touch.
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