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SSX is Ready to Rock!

Originally posted February 20th, 2012 by Sharon at FromtheDPad.com

The new SSX is a mere week away from store shelves and unless you are excited about the PS Vista, you are probably looking forward to a stand up February title. As promised I have come bearing gifts of screen shots and soundtrack details to help get you pumped about this EA Canada title.

Straight from the get go EA promised the “Most Treacherous Mountain Ranges on the Planet” would be part and parcel with their up and coming reinvention of the franchise. Even at announcement EA said that “Redefining the SSX franchise, SSX: Deadly Descents* will pit riders versus both mountain and man. Players will explore the story of a team who seek to be the first to descend the faces of the most treacherous mountain ranges on the planet. The team will travel the world to face the worst that Mother Nature can throw at them. From the peaks of the Himalayas, where the air is so thin that riders have to descend through the death zone at breakneck speeds to keep from blacking out, to the solid ice ranges of Antarctica, where a sunlit line is the only survival option when temperatures drop 50 degrees centigrade in the shade. And the mountain isn’t the only danger players will face. In SSX: Deadly Descents* the first goal is to survive. The second, in true SSX fashion, is to look good doing it.” And now the time has come. Will the EA SSX team be able to make good on their promise of an outstanding new SSX?

 *SSX: Deadly Descents as a working title is now known simply as SSX

“SSX has always been one of EA’s most music intensive, genre diverse and sonically adventurous titles,” says Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music & Music Marketing. “The songs on this new soundtrack cover ground from indie rock, dub step, hip-hop, drum + bass and beyond. As fans of the ultimate snowboarding franchise have come to expect, our artists range from top cutting-edge stars to tomorrow’s hottest underground acts. Ultimately, it’s a soundtrack full of next-level music that is totally ripe for discovery.” 

Head on over to the DPAD for full sountrack details and the Demo Tips and Tricks Video. 

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Special Edition Battlefield 3 Themed Consoles.

While I don’t have too much information for you just yet, Battlefield3 Blog is claiming that

“The console stands are made in plastic and fitted with lots of cool features, such as a Claymore mine and LED lights. The “Vault Cases”, as they’re officially called, are available for the Xbox 360 for $90 and for the PlayStation 3 for $100. Both are now available at your local GameStop store.”

 

Edited Update: Joystick has posted the official press release HERE .

The press release states

The Battlefield 3 Vault for the Xbox 360 Slim and PlayStation 3 Slim will be available at http://www.calibur11.com, as well as all major online retail outlets this fall with a MSRP of $89.99. GameStop will also offer a bundle that includes a copy of the Battlefield 3 for the PlayStation 3 console, a code to download the Battlefield 3 Physical Warfare Pack on the PlayStation 3 and the Battlefield 3 Vault for the PlayStation 3 Slim for an MSRP of $99.99. Battlefield 3 Vault customizable nameplates are also available for an MSRP of $17.99.

 

So what about you? Are you looking to trick out your console by way of Battlefield 3 themed “vaults” or is your love strong enough that you don’t feel the need to dress it up? Has following your favorite franchise become a collector’s hobby?

 

You say NHL ’12, I say Tomahto

Originally Posted by Sharon On September 4th, 2011 at Undisclosed 

Jeremy Roenick wants you to be the next NHL Legend.

So you like NHL games do you? Well if you do then let’s not call the whole thing off because chances are you are excited about the new features and new video for NHL ’12.

According to EA this year marks the first time players will face dynamic goalies in the game. Players can knock the net off and make contact with goalies, knocking them down or out of position, as they crash the crease. Watch as goalies battle through screens to make awe-inspiring saves. Additionally, we’re reigniting the beloved fighting engine that first appeared in NHL 10 with all-new goalie battles. When the action gets heated, send a message by leaving the net, dropping the gloves, and trading punches with rivals during fights.

You can play your way to superstardom in the revamped Be a Pro mode and experience the authentic action and energy of real life hockey with the Full Contact Physics Engine.

In the revamped Be a Pro mode, experience the pursuit of greatness and legendary moments in your playing career, shatter historic records and cement yourself in NHL history. Additionally, the better you play, the more ice time you’ll get where you can simulate to your next shift so you’re always on the ice as you play out your entire career in pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

The NHL 12 Full Contact Physics Engine puts you in the rink with everything now live on the ice, from players to the environment – everything is interactive and in play. Experience the skill and aggression of hockey from shattered glass to flying helmets to knocking players over the boards and into the bench; crash the crease too hard and you’ll knock the net off and send the goalie flying. Size and physicality will be emphasized as bigger players will be able to throw their weight around as they screen the goalie and battle in front of the net.

All new gameplay presentation is said to create an authentic, fresh new look and feel throughout NHL 12 with presentation graphics that mimic real life hockey broadcasts. For the first time ever lace up outdoors under the lights in one of the biggest hockey events of the season, the 2011 NHL Winter Classic® at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, within seconds of putting in the disc. Inspired by the NHL GameCenter Ice Tracker, the all-new EA SPORTS Action Tracker simulates action without missing a beat with a shift-by-shift breakdown of stats and key moments leading up to your next shift.

NHL 12 is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver which means that this title has been lovingly crafted by my fellow countrymen who, by the way, are fairly knowledgeable when it comes to the sport. ;)

Have a look for NHL ’12 in stores 9.13.2011

Video Courtesy of Gamespot. 

Physical Warfare = GET!

Originally posted Posted by Sharon On September 4th, 2011 at Undisclosed

I will openly admit that I haven’t played a Battlefield title since 1942. Alright perhaps it was 2002 for most people but on the battlefield it was 1942 and co-op was alive and well on my PC.
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After an over saturation of WWII games hit the market I was done with the genre and done with the very fact that WWII FPS’s had become a genre at all.  So when the new video for Battlefield 3 (Let’s Get Physical) came across my desk the initial reaction to recreate Olivia Newton John’s musical stylings quickly faded and I started to rethink the franchise I had dismissed 9 years ago.
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Don’t believe me? Have a look for yourself. What you will find is a trailer with super refined graphics, really engaging weapon specs, and a slick presentation.  One can only hope that the actual gameplay is as intriguing as this trailer (something tells me it will be).  And hey, you never know, you just might find me on the battlefield once again making a formidable attempt to shoot something other than myself in the foot.
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Battlefield 3 is set to release October 25.
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Madden NFL To Tackle Nintendo 3DS

 

Electronic Arts recently announced that a Madden title would be available for the highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS and be the first EA SPORTS title for the 3DS.

According to EA, Madden NFL Football will offer a comprehensive handheld experience with exciting modes, such as authentic 11-on-11 football, fast-paced 5-on-5 action and Season Mode. Additional features jump off the screen with 3D graphics, such as “Spotlight Moments” and “Call Your Shots”. Utilizing the remarkable power of the Nintendo 3DS Touch Screen, “Call Your Shots” allows users to draw their own plays, on-the-fly, directly on the screen.

While Madden NFL is NOT Madden 11, the game will still look and feel like Madden 11 with three types of play calling—GameFlow, Classic, and Arcade—Madden NFL Football provides an enjoyable experience for gamers of all skill levels.

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