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I'm all about Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Jun 15 // Jordan Devore
One of my teammates was a melee-centric superhero zombie named Super Brainz. There's also going to be a dedicated zombie sniper character, finally, and a sorceress. All told, there will be six new classes from the past, present, and future. Speaking of: one level is a time-travel theme park, as in, a theme park whose "attractions" are accessible via time travel portals. Clever. What else? Every mode supports split-screen play, which not even Halo is offering any more, and solo players can compete against AI if they're unwilling or unable to dip into player versus player (which was the best part of Garden Warfare). There will be private servers this time, as well as 40 characters at launch and regularly scheduled free content updates. PopCap wouldn't give any concrete details about character transfers other than "Yes, that's happening." Still great news. I wish I could give more detailed hands-on coverage but, shortly into our round of Graveyard Ops, the power went out at EA's preview event. Swearing ensued. I think an Xbox One even broke. Bummer. I'm curious to see PopCap uncover more layers of the Plants vs. Zombies universe -- it sure has gotten strange since the original lawn defense game debuted six years ago.
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First hands-on at E3 2015
Garden Warfare was astounding. It was a good shooter. It was also a good Plants vs. Zombies title, despite being a shooter. It had loads of free DLC. The game wasn't perfect, but I was hooked -- first on Xbox 3...

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EA at E3

EA celebrates 750 million mobile downloads with...Minions Paradise


An exclusive Minion, wow!
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
EA boasted a 750 million total download count for their mobile arm today at their E3 press conference, which of course means more mobile games are coming. What better opportunity than the upcoming Minions movie, based o...
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Super Brains

First look at Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2's new classes


Live gameplay
Jun 15
// Steven Hansen
Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 was confirmed earlier today at the Microsoft conference, but EA had a bit more at its press conference for the surprisingly good shooter. EA showed off live gameplay of its four-player zo...
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Unravel

Unravel is an adorable new puzzle platformer


Yarn but not Yoshi
Jun 15
// Darren Nakamura
At EA's press conference earlier today, the big publisher unveiled something that felt a little out of character, but in all the best ways. Unravel is a puzzle platformer that makes use of the craft item look Nintendo has be...
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The Old Republic

The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire promising player-driven stories


Honestly I'd forgotten about TOR
Jun 15
// Joe Parlock
At its E3 conference, EA has shown us what’s new in a title we’d all managed to forget about: BioWare’s MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic. Its new expansion, Knights of the Fallen Empire, is said to bring new ...
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Need for Speed

EA's Need for Speed reboot coming November 3


Hot racing action
Jun 15
// Kyle MacGregor
The new Need for Speed, which is apparently twice the size of Need for Speed: Rivals, is coming November 3 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, EA announced today as part of its E3 media showcase. Need for Speed executive producer and...
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EA at E3

Electronic Arts reveals Mass Effect: Andromeda


Holiday 2016
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
Electronic Arts kicked off their 2015 E3 conference with a bang, revealing Mass Effect: Andromeda, a new entry in the Mass Effect series. Not much is known other than a "holiday 2016" release date. Honestly? I'm still in for more Mass Effect games -- I never really cared that "the ending for the third game sucked," because that doesn't completely negate three fantastic 30-hour experiences.
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EA at E3

Watch EA's 2015 E3 press conference right here


I want more Garden Warfare 2 info
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
Are you ready for EA's 2015 E3 press conference? Me neither. Although the publisher generally has great releases peppered in throughout the year (Garden Warfare 2 looks fantastic), their pressers are usually filled to t...
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Microsoft

EA Access adding Titanfall and Dragon Age: Inquisition to the Vault


Good choices!
Jun 15
// Zack Furniss
Electronic Art's EA Access subscription-based service ($4.99 per month, or $29.99 annually) is adding Titanfall this week. Not sure how thriving the community is but I never gave it a shot, so now I might! In similarly cool news, Dragon Age: Inquisition will be out for the service sometime this summer. Not a bad deal!

E3 2015 press conference schedule

Jun 15 // Steven Hansen
SUNDAY, JUNE 14 Bethesda @ 7:00PM PDTTwitch stream (Doom 4, more Fallout 4, maybe some BattleCry stuff, surprise Dishonored 2?!) MONDAY, JUNE 15 Microsoft @ 9:30AM PDTTwitch stream, stream from your Xbox console, or watch on cable television (Gears of War, sentient press release with a blazer Phil Spencer, new Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Halo 5, Forza 6, Tomb Raider, Cirque Du Soleil (?)) - Electronic Arts @ 1:00PM PDTTwitch stream (Star Wars Battlefront, Need for Speed, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, SPORTS, maybe Mass Effect and Visceral's Star Wars) - Ubisoft @ 3:00PM PDTTwitch stream (Female erections, Assassin's Creed: Dumb Hat Version, maybe The Division is real now, more Rainbow Six, possibly hints for next year's likely Far Cry 5 or a Watch Dogs follow up) - Sony @ 6:00PM PDTTwitch, YouTube, PlayStation stream (Definitely The Last Guardian, Rockstar's Agent, and a Final Fantasy VII remake, all three of which will be announced that they have been added to the PSN during the stream; also real things like Uncharted 4, Tearaway Unfolded, Street Fighter V, and please, please, please Gravity Rush 2) - TUESDAY, JUNE 16 Nintendo Direct @ 9:00AM PDT (followed by show-floor Treehouse streams all week)Twitch, YouTube (My gratitude for it not being at 7AM again, maybe Metroid so I can shave Zack, 3DS Hyrule Warriors,  newly box art'd Devil's Third, Star Fox: Furry Road) - Square Enix @ 10:00AM PDTTwitch, YouTube (No Final Fantasy XV until gamescom, Deus Ex: Mick Foley Divided, Just Cause 3, maybe Star Ocean and Hitman) - PC Gaming Show @ 5:00PM PDTTwitch (AMD, Devolver, Fullbright, Microsoft, Square, Cliffy B; this show's new, not entirely sure what to expect, but does promise "new game reveals," likely the last ones of the week)
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What to expect when you're expecting
Lord on a skateboard, E3 2015: Redemption is here to wash away industry sins with a waterfall of hype airdropped upon the unwashed masses. It tastes of Mountain Dew and will not make you clean. So many questions will be answe...

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Mirror's Edge

Mirror's Edge Catalyst trademarked by EA


I have more than a little faith in this
Jun 09
// Joe Parlock
Seeing how my darling Mirror’s Edge is coming along has become one of my favourite parts of recent E3s. The first game holds a very special place in my heart, and so imagine how intrigued I felt when I found out EA has ...
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PvZ

Xbox presser set to kick grass and take grains


Something PvZ is happening
Jun 08
// Brett Makedonski
The war between the photosynthesizing and the decomposing looks to rage on later this year. PopCap has something up its sleeve, and it's going to get revealed during Microsoft's E3 Xbox press conference. While this could be ...
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E3 Hypetrain

Plants vs. Zombies fans: Get ready to soil your plants Monday


Says their marketing dudes on Twitter
Jun 06
// Niero Gonzalez
Zombething weed-wackery this way cometh.  There's not a leaf of evidence on the PopCap site or official PvZ twitter account yet, but there appears to be some grassroots marketing afoot. Peep these not-so-subtle twee...
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Titanfall 2

Titanfall 2 won't appear at E3 2015


Respawn bringing no games to E3
Jun 01
// Laura Kate Dale
A few months back, we learned that Titanfall 2 exists thanks to a throwaway line said during an interview someone working at Respawn Entertainment. Since this news, many people have been predicting a reveal for the game at E3...
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FIFA 16

FIFA 16 includes women's national teams (finally)


Four top players did motion capture
May 28
// Brett Makedonski
The FIFA video game series has been around for two decades, and in that time, it's been a boys only club. There's been outside pressure to reform, notably in 2013 when Spanish player Vero Boquete started a petition to u...
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Need for Speed

Did Xbox accidentally leak Need For Speed release date?


Whoopsie
May 28
// Vikki Blake
The Xbox Games Store may have accidentally leaked the release date for EA's latest Need for Speed instalment. According to Reddit, the mistake was rectified and the page pulled pretty sharpish, but not before a clever soul us...
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Battlefield Spring

Battlefield 4's big spring patch adds weapons and a gun-swapping mode


There's a pdf and everything
May 26
// Jordan Devore
DICE rolled out its spring update for Battlefield 4 today and it's substantial enough to warrant a pdf with highlights. The short of it is five new guns, the return of Battlefield 3's Gun Master mode, and a revamp of the dama...
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Battlefield

Battlefield Hardline's new add-on trailer has shades of Hotline Miami


Our first look at Criminal Activity
May 26
// Brett Makedonski
EA and Visceral would want you to watch this new Battlefield Hardline trailer and take away the broader details of the upcoming Criminal Activity DLC. But, that's near impossible when there are guys with guns weari...
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New Need for Speed

EA reboots Need for Speed with 'immersive narrative'


Coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC this fall
May 21
// Kyle MacGregor
EA just announced the new Need for Speed, which is being touted as "a full reboot" for the series. Need for Speed: Rivals developer Ghost Games is behind the wheel again, and aims to deliver "what the fans want, and what Nee...
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lol

Bowser leaves EA, joins Nintendo as Vice President of Sales


Wrote it for the headline
May 20
// Steven Hansen
Business! Yes, some exec hopping from one game company (Electronic Arts since 2007, most recently as Vice President of Global Business Planning) to another (Nintendo, as Vice President of Sales) is bland stuff, but when the c...
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Garden Warfare

The fantastic Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare gets a permanent price drop


Down to $20
May 20
// Chris Carter
If you haven't picked up Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare yet and even remotely enjoy shooters like Team Fortress, the newly minted $20 price drop is a perfect excuse to take the plunge. That price will be in effect fo...
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Need for Speed

The new Need for Speed will be revealed this week


More teases, great
May 18
// Chris Carter
Are you feeling the need? Is that need speed related perhaps? Well you'll probably have your needs met on May 21. EA is teasing the reveal of the new Need for Speed game this Thursday, which will debut on their YouTube c...
Madden 16 trailer photo
Madden 16 trailer

That Odell Beckham catch looks way less impressive in Madden 16


Another year another Madden
May 14
// Steven Hansen
In case you were concerned, yes, there will be a Madden this year. Madden 16, so expect it to feature a lot of One Direction and complain about how it wanted the 7 series BMW, not that poverty-lined 4 series. It seems the on...
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EA Access

FIFA 15 now included in EA Access


NHL 15, too
May 08
// Jordan Devore
Electronic Arts' Xbox One game subscription service, EA Access, has added FIFA 15. Subscribers can play the full game and save 10 percent on Ultimate Team Points (be strong!). Good opportunity to link to that glitch where eve...
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Dragon Age DLC

Dragon Age's Dragonslayer DLC is all rather elementalry


Right away, great Captain Planet!
May 06
// Brett Makedonski
The casting sheet for the Dragon Age: Inquisition multiplayer DLC has been posted, and the lead roles go to three new characters with formidable skills. They'll need those skills for kills (Agent) because dragonslayin' ...
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E-yay

Mirror's Edge 2 is less than a year away


Early 2016
May 05
// Steven Hansen
On top of the Need for Speed, Titanfall 2, and Plants vs Zombies news, Electronic Arts financials also revealed that Mirror's Edge 2 will be released in early 2016, sometimes between January 1 and March 31.  Makes sense....
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Need speed

New Need for Speed coming 2015, Titanfall and Plants vs Zombies 2016


Who needs to be surprised this E3?
May 05
// Steven Hansen
Electronic Arts is adding to its holiday lineup (sports, Battlefront) with a new Need for Speed, according to EA financials. The company decided to chill on yearly Need for Speeds after going from developers Black Box to Crit...
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Free Sims Update

The Sims 4's May the 4th update brings free Star Wars costumes


Sick of this joke yet?
May 04
// Alissa McAloon
And to think, I almost made it the entire day without hearing a "may the fourth be with you" joke. EA is celebrating everyone's favorite non-holiday by releasing a free Star Wars-themed update for The Sims 4. The update ...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Bullet point: Star Wars Battlefront has 12 multiplayer maps


You know, aside from DLC
May 04
// Jordan Devore
In writing about designing the lava-spewing planet Sullest for Star Wars Battlefront, EA DICE let it out that the game will contain 12 multiplayer maps. "Some of the maps support our epic modes like Walker Assault, while othe...
Dragon Age DLC photo
Dragon Age DLC

Dragon Age: Inquisition gets free multiplayer expansion tomorrow


For fun, pronounce the 'age' like 'karaage'
May 04
// Steven Hansen
Still spending your evenings with the devil's brew (beer) getting no-scope headshots and setting bears on fire in Dragon Age: Inquisition's multiplayer? Perhaps you will enjoy BioWare's Dragonslayer expansion, which is coming...

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