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Huge EA Fall Lineup

Posted by Chris Hall on October 8th, 2010

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 - Based on the best selling console game of the same title, Bad Company 2 is a squad-based first-person shooter with 14 single player missions and 5 distinct battle zones (i.e. jungle heat, winter snow, desert dust). Like the console version, the app also includes room to room, ground-based combat and vehicle combat, giving you the controls of tanks and helicopters. The real treat though, if done right, could be the multiplayer mode. If it's even as close to as good as the console version we're all in for a treat. Look for Bad Company 2 to hit the App Store sometime in November. If the app plays as good as it looks, I'll be expecting it to be a top 25 mainstay.

Heroes Lore: Stigmata of Gaia - Heroes Lore is little known in the west, but in Korea it's about as big as it gets. Heroes Lore is a mobile RPG that offers an over 30 hour single player experience as well as an astoundingly successful 1 vs. 1 and 2 vs. 2 multiplayer arena. At one point, the original was seeing upwards of a million and a half online battles a day. Insane.

High Caliber Hunting - Not quite as anticipated as Battlefield or Heroes Lore, High Caliber Hunting is EA's hyper-realistic foray into hunting. With "20 types of wild game, including Bear, Moose, Boar, and smaller critters like Squirrel, Fox, Rabbit" and 70 real brand-name firearms, High Caliber Hunting looks to be the pinnacle of mobile hunting. Look for High Caliber Hunting to launch sometime in November.

EA Sports MMA - It seems that everyone is watching MMA these days (except for me, something about arm bars makes me cringe), so EA is enthusiastically bringing their authentic MMA game to the iOS. The game features multiple fighting styles and over 20 real life fighters, enough to please any mobile warrior. Expect MMA to launch later this month.

EA Sports NBA Elite 11 - Instead of continuing with the NBA Live brand, EA is re-branding their hit series NBA Elite 11. As you'd expect, the game has all 30 NBA teams with over 450 players and unlockable legends. The iOS version even has a 3 point mode which will certainly drain hours of my time. The launch has been often delayed up to now because of the console launch of the new NBA JAM, but it should come out later this month.

On another note, hopefully NBA JAM will come to the iPhone too. Boomshakalaka!

SimCity Deluxe (iPad) - As expected, EA is bringing their ever so popular SimCity Deluxe game to the big screen. The HUD has been fully redesigned for the iPad, has many customizable features, and even simultaneous disaster strikes. Earthquakes and alien strikes await us all sometime in November.

Be sure to check out the mass of screenshots after the jump. Enjoy!

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Coming To Your iPhone

Posted by Chris Hall on October 6th, 2010

The Battlefield series has always been a huge money maker for EA, but many fans were clamoring for a more gritty experience. People wanted blood and battlefields that blew up during combat. In 2008, what they got was Battlefield: Bad Company.

The original Bad Company followed four military insubordinates that are sent out before Special Forces to basically become military cannon fodder. Instead of the tidy Battlefield missions, Bad Company was a manic shooter with fully destructible objects, plenty of blood, and a good deal of over the top humor. The second Bad Company game took the same formula but made it a much more streamlined, cinematic experience. It was still the gritty game that everyone came to love (or hate, depending on how much frantic action people could endure), but with a bit more polish. The real star of the show was the multiplayer experience, something that has rarely been successful on the iOS.

As part of EA's huge fall lineup, EA DICE is releasing Battlefield: Bad Company 2 to the iOS, complete with a 14 level single player campaign and what I'm hoping is a console worthy multiplayer experience. There aren't many details yet, but the game promises to have 5 detailed landscapes and "adrenaline-pumping" room to room and vehicle combat, as well as some graphics that look almost console worthy.

As with most console based FPS, the real meat of the game will come with the multiplayer, so hopefully EA nails down the online experience. Be sure to check back after the game launches in November for a full review.

Be sure to check out the additional screenshots after the break.