What’s Right in Gaming

CTA brings inspiration innovation to gaming accessories.

I hear a lot about what is wrong with video games: they are too violent, they atrophy social skills, they are addictive, they rot your brain, they ruin everyone’s life, blah, blah, blah. To be honest, I think these opinions are more of the same thing I get everywhere else in the “news.” All I ever hear when I listen to the news is what is wrong with the world. Well how about what is right with the world? Let’s start here.

I walk into E3 with the objective of seeing, learning and testing as much as possible. The first booth I happen upon is CTA (a company who makes accessories for console game systems). They have a new product that is an inflatable race car for Wii racing games. I immediately stopped and thought, “How cool is that!” From there the whole experience just kept getting better. I noticed there was a kid sitting in one of their demonstration models and didn’t think much of it. I started talking with one of the exhibitor’s who explained that the kid racing in their new product was an actual go-kart champion! Then I find out that he is promoting the product while simultaneously drawing attention his own charity campaign Racing For A Cause. Then I get introduced to his mom who is there with him supporting his efforts. I end up watching Ricky and his mom play a round of Mario kart with the inflatable carts. I had an even bigger smile than when I walked in (as an aside, I really didn’t think that was possible).

Ricky schools his mom on the Wii controller... and then in how to win

So let’s recap here: A kid with an altruistic cause that has an active outdoor activity in his life is promoting a video game console accessory because he loves and plays video games regularly, a video game system that gives people an opportunity to enjoy what they love even longer in life than previously possible, and a video game console company dedicated to working with the new parts of the gaming community and their needs. Hmmm… perhaps video games are not an evil of modern society as they have been previously presented. I see charity (not a synonym for violence), innovation (as opposed to brain rot), interest in the societal causes (not indicative of atrophied social skills) and people enjoying one of many favored life activities (juxtaposed to addictive and ruined-life behavior).

Don’t tell me what’s wrong with video games. I am not having it. I can see what is right with video games.

To check out CTA and what they have to offer: www.ctadigital.com

To check out Racing For A Cause: www.springerracing.com

Twisted Metal!!!

Where is the excitement about this game? I would think with it being an old school game series that there would be some excitement coming from the gaming old school elitists, or something. I found the demo of this game fun as hell and Sony certainly thought it was a big deal with the way they announced it in their press conference. Sweet-tooth and Dollface have a special place in my heart and I love the way theme is done artistically. To use Sony’s words, “No other title has Twisted Metal’s perfect mix of dark humor and personality along with massive destruction in a distinctive atmosphere and vehicles and weapons that act as extensions of each character.”

This game has lots of what I like in a video game… compelling online play, lots of stuff exploding, not to difficult vehicle navigation and a dark (and slightly maniacal) artistic theme. The only thing I can think of that it doesn’t have is lots of monsters and blood-spatter (my other two favorite game components). But hey, those don’t really fit into the game so well. I am most excited about the online play. You are arranged as a “disciple” of one of four factions each based on a classic Twisted Metal character (i.e.. Sweet-tooth) playing with up to 16 people using strategy to bring destruction to the other faction’s leader. They have introduced flight to the game play, so you can be in a helicopter that has a magnet to pick up other player’s or environment cars.

I particularly enjoyed that the vehicle I used when playing, the semi/tow-truck, had the capacity to pick up cars sitting around and hurl them at opposing players. Also, the part where you sacrifice either Sweet-tooth or Dollface to the rocket launcher appeals to me. I am quite sure at this point I have qualified myself as the gaming version of Dexter but whatever. All I am saying is LETS GET EXCITED ABOUT THIS GAME PEOPLE!!!

E3 Trailers

We have updated the trailers listing.  You can access it via the link on the right or by clicking the link below.

E3 Trailers

‘Kinect for Xbox 360’ is Official Name of Microsoft’s Controller-Free Game Device

Formerly called “Project Natal,” Kinect was revealed Sunday evening in a Cirque du Soleil performance on the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles

Microsoft today unveiled Kinect for Xbox 360, a controller-free gaming device that Microsoft is positioning as an entirely new way to experience entertainment in the living room.

Previously code-named “Project Natal,” the Kinect label was released before the start of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles (E3) as part of a Cirque du Soleil performance that was inspired by Kinect’s technology.

The slim black Kinect sensor plugs directly into any Xbox 360. Despite its small size, the Kinect device contains a camera, audio sensors, and motion-sensing technology that tracks 48 points of movement on the human body. It has the ability to recognize faces and voices.

With Kinect, game-players no longer need to memorize different commands for a hand-held control. “You are the controller,” said Mike Delman, corporate vice president of Global Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business. “You simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect sees you move, hears your voice and recognizes your face.”

The Cirque du Soleil show at Los Angeles’s Galan Center included few specifics about Kinect. Instead, it focused on the new experiences that it will enable. Microsoft will share more details – including the release date, and some of Kinect’s initial game and entertainment offerings – at a Monday morning news conference that will kick off E3, the gaming industry’s annual show-and-tell event.

Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE, said 2010 could be the biggest year yet for Xbox. “It’s an amazing year just when you look at the things people are expecting,” he said. “But we’re excited to also be announcing ways that make it simpler for everyone to enjoy the things we do. People who are intimidated by a controller or game pad will finally get to unlock some of the experiences that are possible in the living room, gaming
and non-gaming alike.”

Microsoft made a splash at E3 a year ago with a short video showing Kinect, and introducing the concept of controller-free gaming and entertainment on Xbox 360.

That video took off and subsequent demos of the technology spurred gaming followers to say Kinect could shake up the enormous (more than $10 billion a year in the United States) gaming industry.

Last January, for instance, CNET’s Josh Lowensohn wrote that the then-“Project Natal” device would be a “big adrenaline shot going into the heart of the Xbox 360.” After trying it out for himself last year, Gizmodo’s Matt Buchanan commented on the “remarkable sense of control” and “immersion.” And the U.K edition of IGN Entertainment said Kinect’s “tracking of movement is astounding, the detail of the recognition even more so.”

Some of what intrigued industry experts is that Kinect can perform full-motion tracking of the human body at 30 frames per second. It isn’t affected by what a user is wearing or what type of furniture is around. And it recognizes voices and faces.

Kinect was top secret until last year’s E3 video was released. After the conference it once again returned to “black box” status even inside the walls of Microsoft as the Xbox team worked to move it from prototype to product.

In keeping with that secrecy, there have been just two announcements on Kinect since last year at E3 – and one of them was releasing the name Kinect on Sunday night. The other occurred earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, when Microsoft announced that Kinect would be in stores this holiday season.

Much more news is expected Monday, Delman said. He believes Kinect will help Xbox get closer to reaching its goal of becoming the hub of games and entertainment in every living room. But while hard-core gamers are and will remain the cornerstone of Xbox and Xbox LIVE, Microsoft wants to use Kinect to reach a broader, new audience.

There are upwards of 40 million Xbox 360 consoles on the market. Kinect could help significantly increase that number because it appeals to traditional non-gamers such as young children, mothers, and grandparents.

The Sunday-night Cirque du Soleil show illustrated this concept by telling the story of a boy and his Xbox 360. He begins the show playing Xbox alone with a traditional controller, but when he and his family are introduced to Kinect, they all enjoy games and entertainment together.

“Some people don’t like controllers,” Delman said. “And Kinect makes the gaming and entertainment experience more organic and free-flowing, without any of the barriers that can sometimes keep people from participating.”

A commercial-free version of the Cirque du Soleil show will air on U.S. television on Tuesday, June 15, at 3:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT on Nickelodeon, MTV and other channels. Later in the week, video of the event will be posted on www.xbox.com.

EA HEATS UP MASS EFFECT 2 WITH NEW DEMO AND NEW DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT

BioWare Launches Sizzling New Demo that Introduces New Players to the Highest Rated Xbox 360 Game of 2010!

Guildford, UK – The Mass EffectTM 2 phenomenon rages on! BioWareTM, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today launches a demo for Mass Effect 2 on Xbox Live® and PC. Designed to help introduce the rich Mass Effect fiction to all-new players, the demo features the first two missions of the game as well as one bonus mission, totaling over 90 minutes of the action-packed game play and rich storytelling that have made Mass Effect 2 one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time. BioWare is releasing the demo with a “Story-so-far” video, narrated by actor Martin Sheen that provides a recap of past events and plot twists in the Mass Effect universe.

In the demo, players step into the role of Commander Shepard and must escape from a Cerberus space station under siege. Players can jump ahead to a later mission where they must rescue Subject Zero, a hardened, dangerous criminal from a heavily guarded prison ship. Once they play the demo, players will be able to create a save and carry over their character along with the experience points, story decisions, achievements and weapons earned into the full version of the game – picking up right where they left off , on both PC and Xbox 360.

BioWare also announced today that players already in the game can download a new game add-on called “Overlord”, adding five new areas and two new achievements. Available June 15, the game add-on is available for 560 Microsoft points and on PC for 560 BioWare points. Also on June 15, BioWare is releasing a new premium theme based on Omega and new avatar items for Xbox Live will follow on June 17.

“Mass Effect 2 is one of our greatest achievements to date at BioWare,” said Dr. Ray Muzyka, Co-Founder and Group General Manager of the BioWare Group, and Senior Vice President of Electronic Arts. “The Mass Effect team continues to deliver on our promise to add exciting new content to the universe for our loyal fans, and we’re also excited to be able to give all gamers a chance to experience this amazing game through a free demo!”

With over 70 perfect review scores, Mass Effect 2 has earned the distinction of being the highest rated video game of 2010, the highest rated game in the 26 year history of EA and the second highest rated release of all time on Xbox 360*. MSNBC.com has said, “Mass Effect will go down as one of the most influential video game series of all time.”

By purchasing a new retail copy of Mass Effect 2, players will also receive the full benefits of BioWare’s Cerberus Network, an in-game portal that has kept fans engaged with the Mass Effect universe through downloadable content and news. Activated exclusively by original purchasers of Mass Effect 2 through a single-use unlock code that is included in retail and digital versions of the game worldwide, the network has provided over a million Cerberus Network members with new content at no extra charge, including:

  • Zaeed Massani, a new member for Commander Shepard’s crew who has his own mission and can be used in the entire game
  • The Hammerhead, a heavy assault vehicle that was introduced through with five new vehicle-based missions
  • New Weapons – The Arc Projector and the M-22 Eviscerater Shotgun
  • New Armor – Cerberus Assault Gear

Nyko Announces Product Lineup for E3 2010, “Moves” into New PS3 Territory

Nyko unveils PlayStation 3 Raven Controllers, Charge Bases for MoveTM

Leading gaming peripherals manufacturer Nyko Technologies® today announced the upcoming product line-up to be showcased this week at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), taking place June 15–17 in Los Angeles. The line-up includes a variety of innovative new accessories for the Sony PlayStation 3. From bold new controllers to charging solutions for the upcoming PlayStation Move, Nyko continues their tradition of innovation and affordable, high quality design.

“Nyko has been a participant in E3 for 11 straight years and we’re excited to be using the show as the launching pad for our 2010 products,” said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko Technologies. “Sony had a banner year with the PlayStation 3, and we’ve developed a line of products that complement and enhance this console’s gaming experience.”

Raven for Sony PlayStation 3
The Raven, Nyko’s premium controller for PS3, features Multi-Axis Technology for full motion support. It comes in two configurations – the Raven Standard Configuration laid out identically to Sony’s controller, and will be instantly familiar to PS3 gamers. In response to player demand, the Raven Alternate Configuration swaps the position of the left analog stick and directional pad, giving gamers the first-ever ergonomic alternative to Sony’s layout. As the majority of modern games rely on the analog joystick, this is a great option for players seeking a more comfortable controller for gaming sessions.

Charge Station and Charge Station Quad for Move
Easily store and charge both the Move Motion controller and the Move Navigation controller at once. Or, with the 4-Port Charge Station, keep 2 sets of Move Motion controllers and 2 Move Navigation controllers ready for instant action. The convenient drop-and-charge design recharges the internal batteries in the Move controllers, while AC power allows for faster charging with no messy cables back to the console. LED Charge Indicator lights display the charge status, and both units sport a sleek design that will look great near your PS3.

Core Controller for Sony PlayStation 3
The Core Controller features fully analog face buttons and joysticks for accurate and responsive gameplay. The dual vibration motors will shake and rattle with the action giving you full immersive feedback with your games. With its 9-foot USB cable, the Core Controller provides lag-free response time, and with its trigger styled shoulder buttons your finger will easily stay put with every pedal to the metal moment in your favorite action or racing games. The Core Controller is the ideal hardware for those who want the most accurate controller, response and ergonomics for their PlayStation 3 at the most affordable price possible.

All of these new products will be on display in Nyko’s booth (LA Convention Center West Hall, booth #5322) in addition to their existing product line of accessories for the Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. To schedule a meeting with Nyko Technologies during E3, please email sam@triplepointpr.com

For images and information about these and other Nyko products, please visit their YouTube page, or download a digital press kit and videos for accessories for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

Preorder Links:

  • Raven Controller (Standard Configuration) at Amazon.com
  • Raven Controller (Alternate Configuration) at Amazon.com
  • Charge Station for Move at Amazon.com
  • Charge Station Quad for Move at Amazon.com

EA’s E3 2010 Lineup

Games Feature EA’s Multiplatform Leadership with Something for Every Genre of Gamer

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 10, 2010 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today revealed the games it will present at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) June 15-17. This year’s lineup features multiplatform games in all genres, including heart-pumping racing and shooters for the hardcore player, action-packed sports games for the loyal sports fan and accessible mobile and casual games for the whole family.

This year’s media briefing will feature news and demonstrations from big EA titles such as Medal of HonorTM, Need for SpeedTM, Dead SpaceTM 2, EA SPORTS ActiveTM 2 and The SimsTM 3 for console; all new properties EA SPORTSTM MMA and titles from EA Partners, Crytek and Epic. The briefing can be viewed live at www.ea.com/e3 at 2 PM PDT on Monday, June 14.

“This year, EA will go to E3 with a showcase of blockbuster titles – games that combine a great single-player experience with deep online features and support,” said EA’s COO John Schappert. “There is something for everyone from hardcore to casual players.”

Titles which will be previewed in EA’s booth (#1601) at the LACC include:

BulletstormTM

Epic Games, People Can Fly and EA present Bulletstorm, a new original intellectual property from the teams behind the award-winning, multimillion-selling Gears of War, Unreal Tournament and Painkiller series of games. Bulletstorm delivers a blood symphony of incredible gunplay and carnage on a grand scale in this unique, action-packed, over-the-top first-person shooter. The Bulletstorm skillshot system rewards players that “kill with skill” by laying waste to enemies in the most imaginative methods possible. The more insane the skillshot, the more points players collect to upgrade and unlock weapons, which in turn allows them to execute even more inventive moves and exaggerated skillshots. This is creative mayhem at its best.

Platforms – Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3, PC

Ship Date – 2011

ESRB – Rating Pending

Crysis® 2

From the award-winning independent developers at Crytek comes Crysis 2, the next explosive installment in the critically-acclaimed Crysis franchise. In Crysis 2, New York is under the attack of a frightening alien species that combines deadly weaponry and exceptional sensory abilities to present gamers with the most challenging opponents ever seen in a first person shooter. Surrounded by catastrophic devastation, players will need to harness and master the power of the Nanosuit, giving them a unique set of superhuman abilities, in order to become the ultimate weapon and save New York.

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC

Ship Date – Holiday 2010

ESRB – Rating Pending

Dead Space 2

Visceral GamesTM award-winning survival horror saga returns. The blood-curdling Necromorph invasion explodes in Dead Space 2, the terrifying sequel to the 2008 hit that sent players into deep space on a mission to save humanity. In this chapter, engineer Isaac Clark takes the action to the enemy, dominating an onslaught of gruesome monsters, beasts and undead creatures that challenge him physically, emotionally and psychologically. Armed with new advanced mining tools, Isaac takes on hundreds of disgusting enemies, makes valued new allies and explores an all-new space installation known as “The Sprawl”. All this as Isaac flirts with the possibility of falling into the abyss of his own dementia. The action and horror are more intense than ever as Isaac must do whatever it takes to save himself and defeat the relentless Necromorphs.

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC

Ship Date – 2011

ESRB Rating – Rating Pending

EA SPORTS Active 2

EA SPORTS Active 2 is now in development with a new suite of fitness programs launching this fall, featuring an innovative Total Body Tracking wireless control system powered by motion sensors in leg and arm straps that will provide complete freedom of motion. Additionally, it will feature a heart rate monitor that provides constant on-screen monitoring, allowing users to capture intensity and optimize performance over time. Users will now also be able to track and share workout data on the new EA SPORTS Active 2 online hub. EA SPORTS Active 2 will make working out simple, effective and will go with you wherever you are.

Platforms – WiiTM, PlayStation 3,iPhoneTM & iPod touch®

Street date – Fall, TBA

ESRB Rating – Rating pending

EA SPORTS MMA

EA SPORTS MMA brings the authenticity of the world’s most intense combat sport home like never before. Choose from the world’s top fighters or climb the ranks of the worldwide circuit with your created prodigy to become the ultimate mixed martial arts champion. Travel the globe and learn a multitude of fighting techniques and skills from masters in each discipline. Select from various weight classes, rule sets, and take on all challengers in multiple cage types or a ring. The challenge continues online with a robust offering that includes the ability to create custom fighters, prize fights, and more. Are you ready? Let’s get it on!

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, iPhone & iPod touch

Street date – Late 2010

ESRB Rating – Rating pending

FIFA Soccer 11

FIFA Soccer 11 reinvents player authenticity – on and off the ball – for every position on the pitch. All-new Personality+ sees individual abilities reflected in game, allowing clear differentiation for every player. Real Madrid’s Kaka will deliver crisp, creative passes, Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta will utilize tighter turns and close control to dribble through defenses, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney will hold off defenders and strike shots from distance with pace, and top-flight defenders like Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus will anticipate, predict and react to offensive players to win back possession. Building on the FIFA Soccer 10 gameplay that won 50 sports game of the year awards, FIFA Soccer 11 introduces new Pro Passing where pass accuracy is determined by a gamer’s ability on the control pad, and player skill, situation and urgency on the pitch. Visit http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa to share and connect with fans all over the world.

Platforms – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DSTM, PSP®, Mobile

Ship Date – Fall 2010

ESRB/PEGI – Rating Pending

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsTM Part 1 The Videogame

With all the action taking place outside of Hogwarts for the first time, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 represents a shift in tone for the Harry Potter games. On the run with a horde of merciless enemies on your tail, you will find yourself in unknown territory, far from the safety of the school grounds, fighting for survival at every turn. You will need to muster your most powerful magic against relentless assaults from all sides. A new game engine built specifically to leverage the technology of HD consoles ensures high definition graphics and intense combat gameplay that will immerse you in the action like never before. There are no more lessons, no more training. This time the danger is real. It’s time to fight for your life!

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, PC, Mobile

Street date – Autumn 2010

ESRB Rating – Pending

HASBRO FAMILY GAME NIGHT 3

Enjoy family fun with your favorite Hasbro game brands at the Family Game Night Theme Park! HASBRO FAMILY GAME NIGHT 3 features five new classic and remixed versions of THE GAME OF LIFE, CLUE, TWISTER, MOUSE TRAP and YAHTZEE HANDS DOWN. Spin the wheel of fate in THE GAME OF LIFE, find out “whodunit” in CLUE, tie yourself in knots with TWISTER, make trigger crazy chain reactions in MOUSE TRAP and try your hand at the YAHTZEE HANDS DOWN card game. Play with your own customized Xbox avatar or Wii Mii, and challenge family and friends in online multiplayer for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 while keeping track of your victories on online leaderboards.

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii

Street date – October 2010

ESRB Rating – “E” for Everyone

iPadÔ

EA MobileTM recently launched best-selling iPad titles will also be showcased at E3 in line at the EA booth. Players can experience a top-quality mobile gaming experience with BOGGLE, SCRABBLE, Tetris, Need for Speed SHIFT, Mirror’s EdgeTM and Command & Conquer Red AlertTM, all available for the iPad from the App Store or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

Platforms – iPad

Madden NFL 11

Madden NFL 11 redefines the way you experience the game of football. SIMPLER: From 350 plays down to 1, the all-new GameFlow system puts you in the helmet of an NFL quarterback to execute an authentic, situational game plan, one play at a time. QUICKER: With 60-minute game times reduced to as little as 30 minutes, spend more time on the field and less in the playbook. FULL games, HALF the time. DEEPER: Madden NFL 11 is feature-rich including an all-new online innovation, improved animations, more intuitive controls, and Madden NFL Ultimate Team…all to the play-by-play of the most exciting voice in sports, Gus Johnson. Madden NFL 11 is – SIMPLER. QUICKER. DEEPER than ever before.

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, iPhone/iPod touch

Street date – August 10, 2010

ESRB Rating – “E” for Everyone

Medal of HonorTM

Medal of Honor is back with an all-new setting and a new hero. For the first time in the franchise’s 11-year history, Medal of Honor is leaving the WWII theatre and putting players in war-torn Afghanistan. EA has assembled a powerhouse team at EALA to develop the single-player campaign and is coupling their expertise with the multiplayer know-how at DICE. This fall, Medal of Honor will introduce players to the Tier 1 Operator: a relatively unknown entity directly under the National Command Authority who takes on missions no one else can handle. Inspired by real events, Medal of Honor reveals the mission of today’s most elite American soldier – his will, his mindset and his uncompromising professionalism.

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC

Ship Date – October 12, 2010 (NA), October 15, 2010 (EU)

ESRB – Rating Pending

MONOPOLY Streets

Play the world’s family favorite game brand in a dynamic 3D world on next-gen consoles as you buy properties, auction with your friends, build hotels and create the ultimate MONOPOLY digital experience! To celebrate the 75th anniversary of everyone’s beloved and well-known family game, the world of MONOPOLY comes to life through a living, breathing city that you can build and own. It has everything fans love about the time-tested Hasbro game, presented as a fully animated street level tour through the eyes of MR. MONOPOLY. Players will be engaged in a head-to-head race to build the greatest city and accumulate the most wealth. Play against friends locally or online and see their Xbox® avatars or MiiTM populate the world! New features such as property auctions also add unique elements to the classic play. From the economical motels on Baltic Avenue to the luxurious Boardwalk suites, there is excitement around every turn of this re-imagined favorite.

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS

Ship Date – October 2010

ESRB Rating – “E” for Everyone

MySims SkyHeroesTM

Take to the sky to lead the resistance against Morcubus and his drone army and to stop his plans to take over the skyways! MySims SkyHeroes is an all new adventure that brings the thrill and high-speed action of flying to the creative, immersive world of MySims.Go from unknown pilot to celebrated hero as you defeat dangerous enemies in aerial dogfights, test your reflexes in fast-paced speed challenges, and take on massive enemy bosses that demand all your skill as a pilot to survive. As you progress, you build, customize and tune your aircraft to give you an edge in combat. Face Morcubus’ drones with an ally in split-screen cooperative gameplay, or take the game online to challenge your friends in fun, competitive 12-player high speed action.

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS

Ship Date – September 28, 2010

ESRB Rating – E10+

NBA® ELITE 11

NBA ELITE 11 is the new moniker of the long running EA SPORTS NBA videogame franchise. NBA ELITE 11 will revolutionize the way basketball simulation games are played, with an all-new technology base, a new control scheme and a real-time physics system. Centered on delivering the ultimate control to users, NBA ELITE 11 will redefine what is expected in a basketball videogame.

Platforms – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Ship Date – October 2010

ESRB Rating – Rating Pending

NBA JAM

Boomshakalaka! It’s baaaaaaaaack… EA SPORTS NBA JAM revives the classic franchise with vintage NBA JAM gameplay, and all-new features that deliver a fresh new take on the game. Featuring the sights and sounds that fans of the franchise will instantly recognize, EA SPORTS NBA JAM mixes the old school with the new, to deliver a one-of-a-kind sports presentation on the Wii.

Platforms – Wii

Ship Date – October 2010

ESRB Rating – Rating Pending

NCAA® Football 11

With remarkable presentation and gameplay improvements, along with an innovative online-based feature, NCAA Football 11 delivers the greatest product transformation in the history of the award-winning franchise. NCAA Football 11 will give players real college offenses that, for the first time ever, reflect the authentic style of all 120 NCAA FBS schools in-game. With striking presentation elements like team-specific pre-game run-outs and ESPN’s broadcast graphics package, NCAA Football 11 recreates the intensity of college football Saturdays, achieving all-new levels of quality in presentation and core gameplay by delivering an experience true to your school and providing 120 ways to win. NCAA Football also includes the new Dynasty Wire online feature. With Dynasty Wire, players create stories that recap their Dynasty game, complete with video and photo highlights, then share the news of the victorious triumph or devastating loss by publishing the story through social networking sites for the world to read.

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2

Street Date – July 13, 2010

ESRB Rating – E for Everyone

NHL®11

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the franchise that captured 22 ‘Sports Game of the Year’ awards, over the past three years, has raised the bar yet again with NHL11. Powered by an all-new Real-Time Physics Engine, and introducing broken sticks, quick dekes and an all-new faceoff system, NHL 11 lets you create highlight reel moments as you experience the most authentic NHL action yet.

Platforms – PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

Ship Date – September 2010

ESRB Rating – Rating Pending

NHL®SLAPSHOT

EA SPORTS is bringing its first ever hockey game to the Wii with NHL SLAPSHOT. The game includes the revolutionary NHL SLAPSHOT Hockey Stick, a plastic hockey stick that allows you to insert the Wii RemoteTM and NunchukTM in and use the device as a hockey stick control, to offer the most accessible and intuitive hockey controls on the Wii.

Platforms – Wii

Ship Date – September 2010

ESRB Rating – Rating Pending

RISK: Factions

Developed by Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers studio Stainless Games and featuring cinematics from veteran animation studio Power House Animation, this new take on Hasbro’s globally popular game of strategy will offer innovative ways of experiencing the timeless turn-based board game in both objective-based and world conquest modes when it hits Xbox LIVE® Arcade on June 23rd for 800MSP. Players will be able to engage as one of five playable factions, each with different strengths, as they wage war on new maps with dynamic terrain in their quest for missile silos in order to strategically dominate the game. RISK: Factions features outlandish factions, a unique art style, new gameplay twists and off-beat humor that promises to challenge and captivate both new and seasoned RISK fans on their quest for world domination.

Platforms –Xbox LIVE Arcade

Launch Date – June 23, 2010

ESRB Rating – E 10+

The Sims 3 for console and handheld

Create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires…or not, and control their lives within a living neighborhood in The Sims 3 for console and handheld this fall. All-new features make it easier than ever to play with life as players can unlock the ultimate “Karma Powers” for instant control and unleash them on their Sims. With Karma Powers, players can help their Sim “get lucky,” bless them with “instant beauty” or be deviant and curse them with an “epic fail.” Exclusive to the Wii version, players will be able to enjoy an all-new beach town with unique residents, traits, careers and lifetime wishes. Never before seen on Nintendo DS, players can use the stylus to build their Sims’ homes, craft their Sims’ including facial features, hair styles and clothing, and dictate personalities in the most robust Create a Sim yet for a handheld game.

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS

Ship Date – October 26, 2010

ESRB – Pending

The Sims 3 Ambitions

Sims can now experience some of the most exciting and varied jobs ever in The Sims 3 Ambitions. For the first time, be in charge of how your Sims’ career progresses and get to decide if they will work for good or evil, pursue creative endeavors or technical affairs, climb to the top quickly or be a slacker. Put out raging infernos as a firefighter, hunt down vengeful spirits as the ghost hunter, invent brilliant and potentially destructive gadgets as an inventor, craft glorious masterpieces as a sculptor, and solve riveting cases by any means necessary as an investigator with dozens of cases to solve and numerous clues to find. Change the look and feel of your Sims’ town and the residents by becoming an architect or stylist.

Platforms – PC, Mac®, Mobile

Ship Date – June 1, 2010

ESRB – T for Teen

Spare Parts

In this new online action adventure from EA Bright Light, players join courageous robots Mar-T and Chip as they find themselves dumped with the trash on a strange planet. Working together in co-op mode, the mechanical duo must find a way to repair their ship and escape the planet before nefarious Lord Krung can dispatch his henchmen to destroy them. Mar-T and Chip will need to collect upgradable action parts to unlock new abilities that will aid them as they battle countless enemies including the evil Krofax, hostile spider monkeys and even a Super Huge Mega Laser! Can our heroes rescue their other stranded robotic friends and unearth all of the spare parts they need to make their escape?

Platforms – Xbox LIVE Arcade / PlayStation Network

Launch Date – Winter 2010

ESRB Rating – Pending

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 11

Lead your team to glory in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11! Fight for honor, fight for country in the all-new Ryder Cup Challenge on The Celtic Manor Resort in Wales in 2010, which is the course of this year’s Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup brings together the best American and European golfers in a team competition format, and the cover of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11 is a direct reflection of the tournament – as Tiger Woods denotes the U.S. team and Rory McIlroy represents the Europeans. In addition to The Ryder Cup, gamers will be able to create their own team and take on others in Online Team Play – up to 12 versus 12. In addition, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11 will be supporting the all-new PlayStation Move controller for an authentic golf swing experience. So swing away and hit the links!

Platforms – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, iPhone

Street date – June 8, 2010 (NA), July 2, 2010 (WW)

ESRB Rating – “E” for Everyone