In a bad year for EA, Mass Effect and Need For Speed may have received irreparable damage. Here's how it happened.
Need for speed payback is so bad when you compare it to the Forza Horizon series, or even The Crew.
The Crew was the same as NFS crap.
.....and dead space
what?! Dead Space 1 and 2 were great ... their best new ip since Mass Effect.
I liked The Crew, if only for the novelty of driving around a scaled down USA.
Wow the Crew was awesome too. Why dont people bitch about Sim racing games that charge you for every car basically.
But the crew got better with updates and is still better than the last few nfs games.
NFSP is exactly like The Crew hence why i think NFSP is decent, and you can't compare NFSP to Forza Horizon lOl, that's like me comparing MGS to TLOU
NFS was one of my favorite franchises along with Dead Space and EA killed both of them. Each NFS game since 2015 has been terrible IMO and NFS Payback is even worst with the microtransactions. They keep seeming to forget what makes a game fun. I remember when NFS was getting back to back amazing games such as Hot Pursuit 1&2, Underground, Most wanted, The run and even Rivals. Next time they make one I hope they focus on the gameplay and not the online and give the fans what they want.
NFS Underground was my jam. That Miata was so dope through the corners.
I am not exactly sure what direction they are going in anymore. These games should still be great, but EA keeps coming up with some stupid ideas!
EAs focus is purely on how to milk more money from customers after they have purchased the game. They can only do that with microtransactions through online play. Their not interested in making extra content like missions or expansions to single player games, because it cost too much money to make compared to adding a skin or changing the colour of something and sucking people into buying that.
Exactly how did Loot boxes kill Need for Speed. I beat the game twice once on PC and once on Xbox X. Never once did I need to get a loot box actually at the end of my first play thru I did not realize you gained part spins I had so many extra it was crazy. This was one of the better need for speeds they have released in a long time. I think some people see the option for loot boxes and just whine. If anything N4S shows how you do loot boxes you can spend the money if you need to but it is not needed. Gave the gamers options keeps the games at the same price point for over a decade now.
I actually see what you're saying. But I'm thinking the larger issue is that some games are being designed to be pipelines to our pockets more than actual experiences for the gamer. The whole approach is more about getting money than providing options. It's disingenuous so people are going to have an issue with it.
As soon as I saw the trailer for Need For Speed I knew I wasn't going to buy it, I just knew right off the bat it wasn't going to be what I wanted in a Need For Speed game.
I totally agree with you. Payback is a brilliant game, but people are jumping on the EA loot box train and riding the rails without having fully understood that NFSP does NOT rely on loot boxes. I have beaten the game, upgraded 20+ cars and not paid a single penny for content. Moreover, it's a GOOD game. It has elements from Most Wanted, Cardon, Shift and Underground; the events are interesting; it took me 15+ hours to finish the campaign, and I'm still beating speedlists, finding billboards etc. In fact, it's kept me hooked longer than any recent NFS game has since the PS4 launched. Sure, EA dropped the ball with Battlefront II, but NFSP is fine. "Oh no, you have to actually unlock parts by playing the game and completing challenges" - are you serious? This is what gaming SHOULD be. If you don't like the format of the game, fair enough, but don't just hate on it for the sake of it when Ghost Games actually did a pretty good job of giving fans of the series what they wanted.
EA ruin everything they touch. They have even knackered Star Wars.
Battlefield will probably be the next franchise to be screwed over by EA. Hopefully thats not the case as its the only shooter i play these days..
Oh you know a card based progression system is coming to the next battlefield. A part of me inside is literally going to die when I see it confirmed :(
I surely hope not. I would really love for them to go back with what 1942 and BF2 was all about. No unlimited ammo in vehicles and health regen. Add ammo/repair stations to the maps etc.. Really miss the old days of the BF series.
I have no issue with EA but Activision is the worst company IMO.
Neither series is dead
They're dead to me...
fair enough, but one bad mass effect game and a need for speed series that still sells 500 000 copies week 1 at retail doesnt equate to dead franchises.
Yeah I agree. I don't know why everyone wants to declare everything dead nowadays. Hell, I thought Andromeda was a great game. But what do I know?
EA are single handedly determined to ruin gaming. Heartless, crap company.
Activision is worse.
EA ....what a discussing joke they are
Bioware ruined Mass Effect....
EA ruined Bioware. That's the one company MS should have bought, KOTOR was so dope and Jade Empire is a classic.
I don't agree, Bioware isn't the studio it once was. Ea is just as bad though.
"How EA Killed Need For Speed & Mass Effect" .....and Medal of Honor... and Dead Space.... and Star Wars Battlefront
and Road Rash, seriously where the hell is Road Rash. Burnout franchise as well, that's been MIA for awhile now too. Fight Night is another series they seem to have killed. They killed their Def Jam fighting series too when they got the Fight Night devs to make the third one instead of getting Aki back again. I'm sure there are plenty other examples out there too but those are just the first few that came to mind.
Road Rash/redemption got a sequel though, I want another Ridge Racer but that series is dead as a door nail.
and westwood studios - command and conquer
And Sim City. I loved the older Sim City games, thank god for Cities Skylines.
Burnout & Dead Space being knackered hurt me the most :(
Need for speed needs to go back to the hot pursuit and high steaks days.
"High Steaks" lol
Oh man I made a mistake on the Internet.
I would like me one of them High Steaks man...
I'm not playing Grammar Police. I don't do that. I just thought this was funny, and sounds delicious also.
EA also killed the Star Wars series too due to greed and rushing out their games before those games are done.
Frostbite looks great but has the versatility of a mop .
They need to stop giving NFS crappy stories that feel like a Fast and Furious rip-off. Just make a good racing game.
I enjoy in a good story in almost every game. However, most definitely. Racing games are the one genre that require nothing more than cars, tracks, a sense of speed, robust content w/ great game play. I don't play a racing game to see what kind of story it has. I play a racing game to jump in a car, drive fast, etc, and win! Be it racing vs CPU circuits, series, tracks, free roam or racing online. The Racing Genre is all about the need for speed. Not the need for storytelling.
Couldn't agree more, it's one of the few genres where I prefer there to be no storyline, I do love having lots of customization though. A street racing game with lots of car customization would be a wet dream for me.
Mass Effect already started dying after ME3. ME3 is a good game though. It just feels rushed, and has other problems. EA has even started ruining Star Wars games. It is quite pathetic.
No way. Mass Effect didn't start dying after ME3. If they had gone in a different direction and NOT released a game full of bugs with a boring story and characters then it would have done fine. The hype for a new ME game was huge when they announced that one was coming. It wasn't until the reports of all the horrible development issues started coming out and people started realizing that we knew literally nothing about the game just 2 months before launch that people started recognizing what a disappointment it was going to be. That put a lot of doubt in people. Then the game released the way it did and a large part of the fanbase, who were already expecting problems, got their confirmation and decided not to buy it. The end of ME3 did a lot to hurt to franchise, but most people were willing to give the series another chance because of how good it was before. Like you said, ME3 was a good game. It was just the end that people hated. But Andromeda did very little to help. They should have done evwrything they could to return to form release the most epic ME ever with Andromeda, but they squandered the chance.
Soon it will be "How EA killed Bioware."
They killed everything that they get their dirty claws on, including The Sims, Sims City, Burnout, Def Jam, Dead Space, and many others.
I really wanted to see Dead Space come to a satisfying close, now we'll never know.
I love the original Mass Effect Trilogy, and a follow-up on more powerful hardware should not have been any less than stellar. It's a pity corporate greed killed it as I think it could have been amazing. As it stands I don't think it's the worst, but it is a colossal disappointment. Yes, I admit to foolishly jumping on the hype train. For example, I don't mind the Angara in spite of them being a tad too derivative of existing alien races, but why are they the only new race found in the Andromeda Galaxy? There's a lot of missed potential there. Meanwhile at least several races from the original trilogy were cut from Andromeda, most of whom had much more creative designs. If all those diverse species could fit within the memory constraints of games for the PS3/360, shouldn't the PS4/XB1 be able to handle more? I guess superior hardware can't make up for lack of creativity and passion from the dev team. That's just one example as Andromeda is simply inferior in other respects, and I still haven't finished it, mostly because I dropped it for the vastly superior Persona 5 and have been occupied by other great titles since. I do hope this isn't the end of Mass Effect because it's one of those series that resonated with me deeply. Words can't describe the experience I had with the first three games. However, I suppose if the choices are for ME to be dead or for further sequels that distance themselves even more from the classic games to be dumped on us, I choose the former. I just don't want ME to go out on a bad note...screw you EA.
If you havent finished Andromeda, then i suggest you do. I personally enjoyed the game, the thing that killed the experience for me was the cancellation of the quarian DLC, in favour of the tacked on multiplayer.
Wait, they were going to add Quarians? Out of all the races absent in Andromeda I missed them the most. Screw you again EA! I'm open to playing more Andromeda. Maybe I'll get some closure if I do manage to finish it.
Yep we were set to explore the missing quarian ark as DLC. Bioware released a statement saying it was no longer being developed and to see what happened with the ark you have to buy a novel https://www.masseffect.com/...
I think there's still hope for mass effect. No lootbox bs, call it mass effect 4 and bring back shepard and the characters we all love and maybe theres a chance to revive the series.
You are right. A return to form would do a lot to win fans back over. And not releasing a horribly buggy game. Unfortunately, they took a big hit with ME:A and I can't see them giving it another try. Its a shame really.
They cant bring back Shephard as it would have to be a prequel to ME3. Other characters, maybe, but i think they could easily slot the original characters into MEA 2. (more arks sent from milky way afterwards) even the reapers could have followed the arks to andromeda. Lots of potential storylines IMO
Maaaan Hot Pursuit was my shit back in the day and I lost count at how many hours I put into Underground then EA does what EA does milk it to oblivion. Dead Space I never played but I've been told that the first two were good and the third was crap. EA has this in their formula, make something good, milk the franchise to the ground then close the studio that developed the game citing poor sales. EA is one of the most ass backwards companies ever. They have lost all of my respect. The only and I mean ONLY game I will still get from them is Dragon Age and I confident that they will Screw that up as well.
I feel that EA has become too topheavy. Too many suits commanding huge salaries while they piss on developers and customers. The practice of focusing on securing exclusive rights to things like football and soccer and star wars is designed to limit competition, and de-emphasize quality of product while emphasizing marketing reach. EA is no longer a development studio imo. It has become a corporate leech on creativity of others and sucks the life soul of beloved franchises until they are nothing but crumbling husks of what they once were, leaving the fans with nothing but a bitter aftertaste of what was at one time such a sweet and wonderful experience.
-E-vil -A-ssholes After so many atrocities committed by EA, why has the community not learned anything by now? Haven´t bought an EA game since ME2 ... and have no desire at all for any upcoming EA sponsored it´s in the game game.
I can easily explain it in one sentence; "Thinking with dollar signs/pockets will ruin any game."
Also how they killed Burn out Paradise and Dead Space...
Need For Speed and Mass Effect are... dead? *Ryder stares back awkwardly*
for some reason, the more i see of NFSP, the more i wanna play. its cringey but it looks like the sort of racing game i wanna play right now.
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