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March 22, 2005 at 1:06 pm #3904
And some other stuff…
Electronic Arts, the world’s largest video game publisher, on Monday warned that quarterly profits would miss targets because older games were not selling as well as expected in North America and Europe and hardware shortages were cutting into sales.
Electronic Arts’ U.S. market share on a dollar basis is roughly twice that of its closest competitor, Nintendo Co. Ltd. of Japan.
“Everybody in the industry has been surprised with ‘World of Warcraft,'” he said. “I can tell you from firsthand observation that there are people who haven’t played games in years who are now spending 15 to 20 hours a week playing ‘World of Warcraft’.”[/quote:bf37d10c42]
March 22, 2005 at 1:39 pm #18851
To be completley honest I’m not really surprised by this announcement. However I think blaming it on the “impact of the hardware shortages” is just a way for them to save face. The simple truth is that most of EAs releases this year have been either rehashes of their older titles or simply inferior releases.
While I could go on about their EA Sports series, lets jsut say that its becoming quite obvious that people are getting tired of playing essentially the same game with a few bells and whistles each year. The FIFA series especially has taken a significant hit in recent times with the far superior Pro Evolution series hitting most of the major console and even the PC.
The introduction of the NFL Street series was never going to do much for them outside of the US. Also their other big name games were quite mediocre. The likes of Goldeneye: Rogue Agent, Lord Of The Rings: The Third Ag and Oddworld Stranger’s Wrath didnt do much to endear themselves to the public.
…I’m not going to even mention The Sims series, or as I like to call it, the series that just wont “FOAD”… :D
March 22, 2005 at 1:51 pm #18853
It only took me a few seconds to figure out what “FOAD” meant…..not bad!
On the topic though, yeah..EA, hate them, scourge of the industry etc etc
March 22, 2005 at 2:04 pm #18854
The simple truth is that most of EAs releases this year have been either rehashes of their older titles or simply inferior releases. [/quote:bfac06a2d1]
you could say that every year for EA!
having said that i think i will be buying my first ever EA game ever (bar theme park for the saturn) Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, it seems to be very good
March 22, 2005 at 2:16 pm #18857
Yea but it wasnt until now that people had an alternative to buying EAs sports games. Like I said Pro Evo has really cut into EAs FIFA sales and I’m sure other sports titles will follow suit.
As for Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath, well its a third/first person shooter which really betrays the series’ roots in my opinion. The original games were fantastic puzzle games and as far as I can remember when series’ jump to different genres the results can be unpredictable to say the least. Anyone remember Command And Conquer: Renegade? :D
It sems to be getting average reviews online so far, I’ll wait till I play a demo till I make my final judgement. :)
March 22, 2005 at 2:24 pm #18859
i’m not a odd world fan, but edge gave it 9/10 and said its a bit like halo. i know people say edge talk out there ass sometimes but i find that they are the most reiable.
March 22, 2005 at 2:30 pm #18860
i know people say edge talk out there ass sometimes[/quote:1c6e5d2836]
I think your best bet for reviews is to just read the reviews from the various top games sites. After reading them all you should get a good idea of how the game is. I wouldn’t thrust one single magazine….especially not Edge.
Just to clear things up I am referring to Edges reviews. Which I think are pants.
They do have good articles and features though….
March 22, 2005 at 2:57 pm #18862
whats a top online review website, most that i see give crap games good reviews and good games bad reviews.
seriously what ones do you use?
March 22, 2005 at 3:13 pm #18863
March 22, 2005 at 5:47 pm #18869
while I’m personally a fan of EDGE reviews, Eurogamer have been very consistent and unbiased reviews… and Gamesrankings is used by publishers a hell of a lot for unbiased community views (wisdom of crowds and all that jazz)
March 23, 2005 at 10:20 am #18877
Yea Eurogamer is usually pretty spot on with reviews. The only thing i dont like is that they rate out of ten which can sometimes be a little inaccurate when comparing similar titles from the same genre. The sites of the big PC magazines usually post their reviews online aswell. My fave being PcZone.
However in my experience the best way to gauge a game is with a demo…
Oh and in other EA related news, seems that the NBA still dont want their titles exclusive to the NBA Live series…Clicky!
March 23, 2005 at 10:23 am #18879
Yeah I like PCZone myself.
Out of ten is fine once they use decimels….eg: 8.3 out of ten.
But the worst is when they use a 5 star system.
March 23, 2005 at 2:31 pm #18893
What about a system of “G” s!!!!
March 23, 2005 at 2:45 pm #18894
Gamespot can kiss my “G”‘s*…….
March 23, 2005 at 2:52 pm #18895
What about a system of “G” s!!!! [/quote:e95f7073fc]
The new Oddworld? I say it deserves three and a half…
March 23, 2005 at 3:12 pm #18897
What about that new Winnie the Pooh movie……….”Pooh’s Hoffalump Movie”.
I’ll get me coat….
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