EA have cut the price on their Ultimate Action Bundle, which includes BF 4, Mass Effect 3, Dead Space 3, and Medal of Honor, down to £14.99 from £29.99. It's a fine bundle price for the four games, though we'd question the logic of playing Mass Effect 3 out of sync, and Dead Space 3 is easily the weakest of the games in the Dead Space series.
That said, if you can find deals for ME 1and 2, and perhaps already have the first two Dead Space titles, then this is a great package, and well worth £15 regardless.
Things get a bit ranty on this week's Game Buzz. We pick apart all of the Nintendo news of the week, including the slashed revenue projections, Crystal Dynamics' excuses for not bringing Tomb Raider to Wii U, Iwata's conference call, and the lack of a price cut on the horizon. EA also come under fire for their Day 1 DLC policy and running Medal of Honor into the ground.
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As part of their latest financial postings, EA announced that the Medal Of Honor franchise has been dishonourably discharged from their active roster, following Warfighter's poor performance. This could potentially make room for a new Battlefield title, if not a debut from Respawn Entertainment.Click here to read more...
EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau has stressed the importance of having two separate brands - Battlefield and Medal of Honor - with alternating release patterns, suggesting that it lessens the risk of "annualized [sic] sequel fatigue".Click here to read more...
Well it had been a little too quiet recently.
The outstanding bastion of accurate, truthful, and honest reporting that is The Sun has "revealed" this morning that terrorists are using FPS titles such as Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, and Halo as training tools, making good use of private chat options to keep their plans covert.Click here to read more...
EA Labels head honcho Frank Gibeau has suggested he'd be open to exploring shooters with far more realistic storylines, emulating real-life combat and retelling tales from actual conflicts. He did, however, suggest that the 'fidelity' of gaming experiences would need to improve before the immersion would be total.Click here to read more...
It appears we won't have to wait long for the next much-hyped bombastic EA shooter after Battlefield 3 is released, with a leaflet inside the BF3 box apparently outing the next Medal of Honor game. Baring the Tier 1 logo and the URL for Medal of Honor's official EA site, the reverse side of the EA Pass slip appears to be the first tease for an incoming marketing campaign.
We've not much else to go on, so in the meantime let's speculate on what sort of changes and improvements we'd like to see from EA's latest attempt at snatching the FPS crown from Activision's hands? A little bit of personality would be nice, as I found the Medal of Honor reboot the epitome of generic military warfare. [Neogaf]
Cracking deal here; ShopTo have slashed the price on the PS3 version of EA's Medal of Honor reboot to just £9.85. Dropping below the sub-tenner price range for the first time, it's cheaper than the next best offer by a good three quid. The game 'aint half-bad, either; it's decent to look at, handles well and features a fairly enjoyable campaign. However, it's efforts to best Call of Duty verge on desperate and, dare I say it, derivative. But for this price, it's definitely worth a look.
Now, you may well have been holding off on getting this one, and if that's the case maybe you'll be persuaded by the £13.99 price tag over at Game, or HMV, both of which'll save you over £2.50 on the next best offers coming in from DVD.co.uk, Blah DVD, and 101cd. Yes the game's a little bit similar to Call Of Duty, but it's still a decent shooter that tries to throw a bit of variety into the mix, and the multiplayer's good for a laugh or two as well.
Poor Medal Of Honor. If only silly ol’ EA hadn’t over-hyped it, we’d have accepted Danger Close’s effort with open arms. After all, it didn’t set the world on fire, but it’s actually a solid shooter that doesn’t really have too much wrong with it. The shooting’s fun. The multiplayer works. So… why doesn’t everyone love it?
Because EA promised us the world. And delivered us an uninspiring CoD clone. But at least it works- and if you’re gagging for another FPS, you might be surprised at how much you enjoy Medal Of Honor if you swallow your pride and try it out.
Thanks to kostionalist at Hot UK Deals! Good spot, soldier.
It escaped our attention on Sunday - and Monday, but you'll forgive us for that, won't you - but news of Mexico's proposed ban of the recently announced Call of Juarez: The Cartel is most certainly worth a mention, however belated. As you might know, Mexico is in a state of panic right now, with the law enforcement embroiled in a bloody war with the drug cartels, threatening to destabilize the region. And the state of Chihuahua, where the border town of the titular Ciudad Juarez can be found, has asked the government to ban the release of the game. Over 6,000 men and women died in Juarez due to drug-related violence in 2010 alone.Is Chihuahua state right to ask for a ban? And doesn't this remind us of a certain Afghanistan-set EA shooter?
Once again we've been rather spoiled for choice when it's come to FPS titles this year. EA kicked things off with a slightly belated attempted at stealing away Modern Warfare 2's crown with Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and most months of the year saw at least one cracking shooter find its way onto the shelves. This was the year of Bungie's Halo swansong, the year that Treyarch stepped out of Infinity Ward's shadow, the year that saw the Medal of Honor and GoldenEye franchises return too. We had a hard time narrowing down our shortlist - and we've expanded the list slightly for your votes - but really when it came down to it, this one was decided after the first couple of rounds of voting.
NB. Hit the thumbnail for price comps and the title for our full reviews where applicable.
Busting out with Frostbite 2.0 and offering a more team-oriented experience than some of the other shooters this year, it was arguably BBC2, more than Medal of Honor, that really challenged Call of Duty's dominance in 2010.
Perhaps not quite and groundbreaking and spellbinding as its progenitor, Bioshock 2 was nevertheless a much better FPS, with some fantastic action and a multiplayer that proved more than a mere afterthought.
After the onset of the Infinity Ward soap opera, all eyes were on underdogs Treyarch to produce something magnificent. Black Ops was certainly that - making tonnes of noise, refusing to take itself too seriously, and mopping up a number of sales records in the process.
Bungie's farewell to the Halo franchise was certainly a Noble effort indeed. As absorbing for five hours as it was for five minutes, Reach came stuffed with something for all comers, delighting fans and newbies alike.
Brooding, atmospheric and idiosyncratic, Metro 2033 impressed many of our writers simply by having the balls to do something a little different. Offering one of the finest FPS experiences of the year it more than made up for its technical shortcomings with an abundance of character.
The little game that no-one saw coming, Singularity essentially took all of the best bits from the best FPS titles of the last ten years and stuck them all into one game. The result was sheer enjoyment for fans of the genre. Derivative? Sure. Fun? Undoubtedly.
Poor Medal Of Honor. If only silly ol' EA hadn't over-hyped it, we'd have accepted Danger Close's effort with open arms. After all, it didn't set the world on fire, but it's actually a solid shooter that doesn't really have too much wrong with it. The shooting's fun. The multiplayer works. So... why doesn't everyone love it?
Because EA promised us the world. And delivered us an uninspiring CoD clone. But at least it works- and if you're gagging for another FPS, you might be surprised at how much you enjoy Medal Of Honor if you swallow your pride and try it out.
Medal of Honor, despite EA's best efforts, wasn't the fatal sledgehammer blow against CoD's rule that they so intended. It was beset with issues, from an undercooked multiplayer and so-so campaign, to political issues regarding the depiction and inclusion of the Taliban as a recognised foe. It's a pity, as Medal of Honor isn't a bad game, at all. It has moments of real moment-to-moment fun, great visuals and stunning vistas, and the multiplayer, whilst feeling like the twisted offspring of CoD and Battlefield, is pretty solid. It's £12.95 at Zavvi, which isn't a bad price, either.
Zavvi's latest deal is only a couple of pence cheaper than Asda's offering, but will save you a packet compared to everywhere else. Whilst our review indicates that Medal of Honor is absolutely nowhere near as good as Black Ops, it's worth noting that it isn't actually bad. Rather, it's a servicable shooter with decent graphics, a solid campaign and multiplayer that works perfectly well. Our eagerness to pan it demonstrates that it simply isn't okay to be just 'reasonable' or 'good' any more... and that we, as gamers, are willing to punish anyone who overhypes their products. Despite all that, Medal of Honor is still a reasonable FPS that might be worth a second look at this price. Thanks to mozely at Hot UK Deals.
In an interview conducted with financial news site Bloomberg just last month, EA's CEO John Riccitiello claimed purchasing Harmonix, developers of the hugely popular Rock Band franchise, was akin to "catching a falling knife". Instead, the 4.98 billion dollar company has opted to focus on smaller, more profitable acquisitions, in the shape of Angry Birds developers, Chillingo, and Playfish, who have the second-largest stake in Facebook games.
It's a far cry from the EA of old who were lambasted for their IP-hungry gaze, gobbling up companies for millions of dollars simply to acquire rights to their proprietary software. It signals a shift in focus, from the core to the casual, and with Microsoft tightening their belts and investing less and less in original IP and cutting more and more jobs, what effect can we expect this to have on the industry?
In recent years, EA has shifted its approach from snatching up companies and draining them of every last profit-laced drop, to establishing partnerships with the likes of Valve and the aforementioned Harmonix, where they can develop in peace, retaining rights to their Intellectual Properties, with EA handling the marketing and publishing duties. So far, it's been quite the success, and has benefited the company's public image.
It's a radical new approach, and it must be working as EA continue to form new partnerships and announce a slew of future titles, such as Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm. In the grand scheme of things, for gamers at least, it's no different to EA purchasing a company and investing millions in new IP or bigger and better sequels. And for the developers themselves it's a far more beneficiary relationship, as retaining their IP rights ensures the future safety of their business.
It's not unlike the approach Microsoft has favored this generation, securing exclusive rights to third-party IPs, such as Gears of War, or timed incentives like DLC appearing first on the 360. Last generation, we saw Microsoft invest heavily in first-party studios, such as the 375 million dollar acquisition of Rare Studios. In recent years, however, Microsoft has changed gears, shutting down prestigious studios like Ensemble, and even severing ties with the Xbox's saviour, Bungie. Microsoft's first-party stable pales in comparison to Sony's roster. But it's working, so don't expect it to change.What could have prompted EA's focus shift? Read on as we investigate...
It's so nice when our own price-comparison engine actually churns up a gem of a deal. Medal of Honor Tier 1 Edition is simply packed to the brim with content, from exclusive weaponry like M60 assault rifle, to Spec Ops camouflage and the coveted Assault Class. It also contains a beta code invite for Battlefield 3, which is being developed by DICE, who are also responsible for MoH's multiplayer. All of this for a mere £31.99 is a cracking deal, especially when you consider how high the price for special editions often remains.
EA's attempt at wrestling some of the market share away from Call of Duty wasn't quite as successful as intended, but Medal of Honor is still a good, solid game, and at this price, £16 if you input the voucher code 'NextJump'. Developed in tandem with real Tier 1 operatives, elite US soldiers who function behind enemy lines, often disguised as farmers or goat herders in Afghanistan, for example, Medal of Honor focused on what EA dubbed the 'scalpel and the sledge' approach, with the aforementioned Tier 1 the scalpel, and US marines the sledge. You can imagine what each entails. The multiplayer was handed off to FPS veterans DICE, of Battlefield fame.
With Black Ops just around the corner it's not surprising to see this drop in price so quickly. There's no getting around the 'me too' Modern Warfare vibe and the dusty Afghanistan setting. Anyone else already missing WWII games? That said, the campaign mode is great fun and sports some great graphics and set-pieces. Multiplayer is quite enjoyable, if nothing more than a stop-gap before Black Ops. Thanks to whizzkid at HotUkDeals.
Well, it was bound to happen at some point wasn't it, like the Call of Duty and Battlefield series before it, Medal of Honor has been torn kicking and screaming out of the World War 2 era, and thrown into the age of modern warfare. Don't expect any surprises from the single player or multiplayer gameplay if you've already played COD 4 or Bad Company, you're just getting more of the same, only it's not quite as good. Thanks to PraxxtorCruel @ HUKD.