E3 2007: EA Line Up
Posted by Anthony Dickens
Electronic Arts have detailed their upcoming titles that will be on display at E3 this year, including some Nintendo goodies.
"In the next six months, EA will launch the most exciting line up of games in our 25 year history," said EA Games Label President Frank Gibeau. "We’re publishing brand new games like Boogie, Skate and Army of Two, introducing Rock Band and The Simpsons and delivering innovations in blockbuster franchises like Medal of Honor and Need for Speed."
Here's a run down of what the 3rd party giant will be offering over the next few months:
Shake it. Sing it. Create it. This summer, gamers will dance, sing and create music videos with this ultimate videogame party package that get players off their couch and playing to a new beat. Not only will gamers be belting out their favorite tunes or dancing to hit songs made popular by bands like The Jackson 5, Britney Spears and Red Hot Chili Peppers, players can capture their best dance moves, record their own voice and make music videos using the intuitive video music creator. Boogie is shipping for the Wii on August 31, 2007 in Europe.
Rain or shine, the fun doesn’t have to stop! EA Playground captures the exuberance and nostalgia of your neighborhood playground, turning your gaming space into an arena of interactive fun with immersive activities designed for kids, and the kid inside all of us. This is the definitive all-ages video game. Kids can bring the excitement of the playground home, and parents or even grandparents can re-experience their childhood thrills. EA Playground is your playground favorites smartly delivered on the Wii and Nintendo DS™. Every game is easy to pick-up-and-play and uniquely capitalizes on the control mechanics of each platform. EA Playground is scheduled to ship this year.
Madden NFL 08 (Wii)
Anyone can play like a pro in Madden NFL 08, whether a new user or a long time fan. Play with only the Wii remote with EA SPORTS™ Family Play or use the Wii remote and nunchuck for more advanced controls; the decision is yours. Featuring an all-new Party Mode, play trivia or chose from 22 different mini-games. Break down plays and highlight key moments with all-new Madden NFL 08 telestrator. Bring the game online, play head to head with friends and keep up to date with the live sports ticker for the ultimate online experience.
MySims, the first game in a revolutionary new line from the developers of the The Sims Label, allows players to build a town, grow a community and discover a world of their own! Designed especially for the Wii and Nintendo DS platforms, MySims introduces a charming cast of whimsical characters while delivering the creative, customizable and classic open-ended gameplay that has enchanted Sims players worldwide. Players begin by creating their own toy-like Sim that reflects their personal style and attitudes. From pig-tails and baseball caps to dreadlocks and Mohawks, the options are endless and the style is unlike any Sims game to date. By creating and customizing unique buildings constructed of blocks that are collected by the player, each experience is one-of-a-kind!
NBA LIVE 08 (Wii)
When the game is on the line and the ball is in your hands, what will you do? Will you penetrate the lane and rise above the rim for a monster slam, or find an opening around the perimeter and sink the game-winning basket? NBA LIVE 08 is fun for all on the Wii with a flick of the wrist with 2 ways to play. Jump in on the action with EA SPORTS Family Play that gives every user the opportunity to enjoy success. You control your team’s shooting, passing, and steals on defense with the Wii remote, and leave the rest up to the AI. If you’re already a pro, use both the Wii remote and nunchuck for more complex controls.
Need for Speed ProStreet
Compete at the highest level of street racing with Need for Speed ProStreet. It’s no longer good enough to simply rule your local neighborhood you need to dominate on a global stage. Build the ultimate battle machine, take it to multi-disciplinary showdowns and pit your skills and reputation against the world’s best street racers. This is your chance to prove that you have what it takes to be crowned the next Street King. ProStreet is your ultimate taste of the chaos and unbridled adrenaline of street racing. Every dent, every scratch and every crumpled body panel is a battle scar, proof of your commitment and competitive mettle. The atmosphere is electric – complete with energetic crowds, photo-realistic cars and billowing smoke – all designed to embody the pressure and intensity of the gladiatorial challenge known as Show Down. Need for Speed ProStreet is the realization of the raw power, visceral aggression and intense rivalry that embodies street racing culture. Need for Speed ProStreet races into stores October 31, 2007.
The Sims 2 Castaway
EA is excited to announce The Sims 2 Castaway, a brand new game from The Sims Label that challenges your Sims to survive and prosper on an uncharted tropical island. Available on the Wii, Nintendo DS, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system this Fall, the journey in The Sims 2 Castaway begins when your Sims are washed ashore and must overcome the forces of nature, craft tools for survival, and explore their surroundings to unravel the island’s mysteries. They’ll learn to build a life from scratch in an undiscovered paradise while unearthing clues that will lead them back to civilization. By discovering the many useful treasures and ancient mysteries hidden deep within a diverse jungle, your Sims will discover all the things a tropical island has to offer, including plants, fruits, wildlife and more! From tattered clothing to sunburned skin, your Sims will change as they take on the many challenges of tropical island life and learn to survive in style. Other titles from The Sims Label at E3 include MySims (Wii, Nintendo DS) and SimCity Societies (PC).
The Simpsons™ Game
THE SIMPSONS GAME features a hilarious, sprawling, and mind-busting storyline crafted by the TV show’s Emmy Award-winning writers. The action-comedy will also feature the full cast of voice actors from the TV show who will reprise their roles for the game. In THE SIMPSONS GAME, Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa use exciting, all-new powers to save the world from rising chaos. To help the Simpsons, gamers at home must journey through all of Springfield (as well as vast worlds beyond!), vanquish an amazing array of villains, and fight their way through parodies of popular games.
Not bad EA, not bad. Whilst Nintendo have been getting a few exclusive titles from EA recently, my personal attention is heavily focused on a non-Nintendo game (yes, shocking I know) I'm really looking forward to Burnout: Paradise, the question is do I buy a 360 or a PS3? Sorry Nintendo, Burnout is a must.