>>192511 Broken and unoptimized AAA releases mostly. Released under the idea that people will buy it anyway and they can just patch it after. Also micro-transactions in these broken and unoptimized games, which is both greedy and insulting.
>>192511 Nickel-and-diming consumers with microtransactions to suck out every last cent they can; repeated offenses of rushing games out the door before they're finished, resulting in buggy products that barely function if at all; charging premium for said unfinished products; prettying up trailers and previews so they look superior to what the final product actually is (see Watch_Dogs); anything and everything involving their Uplay service; and shoving tower viewpoints that are required to reveal the map in damn near every game they have. That last one is more of a nitpick, but it's funny how Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, and Watch_Dogs all have this same mechanic.
That's just off the top of my head. What's really unfortunate is that the good stuff they do have, such as Valiant Hearts and Rayman, is often overshadowed by the aforementioned incompetence and dodgy business practices.
As for EA, the last EA-published game I played was the sub-par LOTR: Conquest. Such a disappointing game from the same developer that gave us Battlefront.
>>192523 Overall? It was a pretty okay game. The gameplay itself was serviceable, the writing was generic fantasy stuff that did some fairly unique world-building, and the characters were alright (except Shale, who was amazing). Nothing about it made me fall in love with it (excluding Shale, as she was DLC), but nothing made me hate it either. It's worth playing, at the very least.
>A 10-year-old Lions fan named Roman went to Sunday's game in Dallas after his grandma surprised him with tickets. Roman and his family got to the stadium early in order to participate in some of the pregame festivities. One such festivity was a game of musical chairs, which you can see Roman winning in the video above.
>But then, chicanery! Chicanery most foul! Upon realizing that Roman was wearing a Matthew Stafford jersey, the MC called for a re-do of the final round of musical chairs. Roman's adversary, a Cowboys fan, predictably won the re-do round, but the MC promised that both contestants would receive the grand prize: a PS4 copy of Madden.
>But guess what Roman ended up getting? Some major bullshit, that's what! They gave the child the complete first season of the original Batman television show on DVD, and a fuuuuucking Led Zeppelin CD. The hell is a 10-year-old kid supposed to do with that shit? There is literally nothing in this world that a 10-year-old boy values more than video games. Giving one a dumb DVD and a crappy old rock CD as if those things are just as cool as a video game is like trying to tell an adult that a bag full of week-old dog shit is just as valuable as a brick of gold.
Here are some reasons why you shouldn't support EA and Disney's new Battlefront game this holiday season and how they'll convince you to pay for game with a fraction of the features and content Battlefront II, the ten year predecessor to EA Battlefront, had for almost double the price of a standard AAA new release. But most importantly, this will show you why EA should not be supported and how entrenched they are into gaming journalism and the likeliness that they will make sure to maximize review scores and praise in order to sell their projected 9 million copies among PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Information regarding game content and pricing:
* An example of the content difference between EA Battlefront and Battlefront II: https://imgur.com/YgOmHX3
* EA Battlefront's $50 season pass, which gives no indication of how much content you will receive for $50. The Ultimate Version of the game with all the DLC will cost $120 plus tax: https://archive.is/VYpiT, http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2015/10/15/star-wars-battlefronts-50-season-pass-already-feels-like-a-ripoff/171821/
* There is also glaring issues with the games balance, playable modes, content and overall gameplay (ground and in-vehicle) feeling unsatisfactory despite visuals and sound being very good on the PC version: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2015/10/12/5-big-problems-with-the-star-wars-battlefront-beta/
Information regarding bribing reviewers and skewing reviews of their titles:
* EA sends out a questionnaire to those looking to acquire review copies of Battlefront 3 with its likely purpose to "filter the reviews so they’d be handled by people that would be per-determined to give the game a positive score and/or slag off Modern Warfare 3 in the process." https://archive.is/ldNPV
* EA semi-bribes reviewers with $200 cheque mailed with the game "Dante's Inferno": https://archive.is/0rwtu
* EA giving Dragon Age 2 reviewers free swag https://archive.is/0Q34T, http://download.gamestar.de/public/46400/46444/DragonAge_Ritter_Pressegeschenk_Gamestar.mp4
* Also in regards to Dragon Age 2 it was discovered by a Steam community member that an EA employee was boosting the games user rating on Metacritic and there was a possibility that EA staff have done this to other games as well http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-1943714.html
* EAs secret YouTube program which pays online reviewers like Machinma $10 per thousand views of videos showing their games. https://archive.is/LJAMU
* EA buying reviewers and gaming media drinks and food plus limo rides for Crysis 3 review launch. "As recent as the release of Crysis 3, there was a controversy involving Electronic Arts communication manager Devin Bennett taking journalists out on a wild night on the town on EA’s dime at the review launch event of Crysis 3 in Frankfurt, Germany." https://archive.is/8rr0n
* Around the time of the above event EA talked about how Crysis 2 will easily get a 90 metacritic score, it ended up around there with an 86 for the PC version https://archive.is/gIH3m
* After failing to hit 90+ and not producing much Crytek would die out a few years later after Crysis 3 and became one of the many publishers linked by EA helping with killing them: https://archive.is/7LXO6
* Later it was shown that EA won metacritics top video game publisher award, http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2013/02/06/ea-wins-top-publisher-honors-at-metacritic/, and was also voted the worst company in America http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/04/09/ea-voted-worst-company-in-america-again/.
* There was also evidence that the Battlefront subreddit was taking bribes from EA and even demoted a mod from the subreddit for calling other moderators out on the controversy https://archive.is/jls1k