Hands on with FIFA 11

Most of my mates know that FIFA 10 is the game I play most on my Xbox 360. The 2010 iteration tempted me across from years of playing and loving Pro Evolution, which was no mean feat. The two competing titles, FIFA and Pro Evo, have been at loggerheads for years with fan boys on both sides proclaiming their title as the superior. However with last year’s releases, there was a consensus amongst critics that FIFA had surpassed Pro Evo for the first time, indeed becoming the biggest selling sports title ever. The gameplay has been honed over the years and, along with the official license, means that it has the edge. So can FIFA maintain that lead into 2011? I travelled to EA’s headquarters in London to find out. FIFA 2011 on PC The day kicks off with a presentation given by Ian Jarvis who is the producer on … There’s more

EA Showcase 2010 – Part 1

A few weeks ago I was flown over to London for the day to check out some of EA’s upcoming titles for 2010. There are some really interesting titles coming so I’ve split my thoughts out into two posts. Enjoy: Battlefield Bad Company 2 – Onslaught: Bjorn Johnsson from Dice Games introduced us to ‘Onslaught’ mode which is downloadable content for Battlefield Bad Company 2 (out June 22nd). The new game mode is a co-op mode playable on Valparaiso, Atacama Desert, Isla Inocentes and Nelson Bay where up to 4 players face waves of enemies. I got my hands on it later in the day and it adds to an already impressive title and is definitely worth a download. The teaser trailer is below: Need for Speed World: This game was something I hadn’t seen before, an MMO (massively multiplayer online) racing game. It’s not the first in the NFS … There’s more

Final Harry Potter Games Announced

EA Games have announced the final two Harry Potter games; “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1″ and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2″ are being developed to coincide with the final two films. The first part will be released this Autumn, seeing how the film’s release date is November 19th then this more than likely means late October. Here’s the official blurb: 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 their tail, players will find themselves in unknown territory, far from the safety of the school grounds, fighting for survival at every turn.

Replay Crucial Moments From 2010 FIFA World Cup

Here’s an interesting football/video game thing. As a feature in the upcoming “2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa” EA have announced “The Coca-Cola Zero Story of the Finals” which will be available for free for PS3 and xbox360 owners of the game. Basically only hours after a real-life match is played at the world cup owners of the game can download key moments from said match and have a go them themselves. This compliments the Qualifying mode from the last game which only featured moments from the qualifying, something which I’m sure Irish football fans are glad is returning. The Coca-Cola Zero Story of the Finals will enable gamers connected online to play real matches from the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final and face the same challenges their heroes experienced throughout the tournament. The free service complements an existing game mode called The Coca-Cola Zero Story of Qualifying which enables … There’s more

Mass(er) Effect 2

Bioware and EA Games have announced the first Downloadable Content packs for the awesome Mass Effect 2. The first is available from today and is free! Released on March 23 through the Cerberus Network is the Firewalker DLC pack, which includes five heart-pounding missions taking place on five uncharted worlds. Players will be able to explore planets and engage in combat in the new Hammerhead hover-tank. This so called “hovertank” finally adds a replacement land vehicle for the orginal Mass Effect’s not so admired buggy sequences. Finger’s crossed Bioware have used the time wisely but if the improvements of Mass Effect 2′s general gameplay over it’s predecessor are anything to go by it’ll be well worth it. Besides, it’s free… Free! Meanwhile the first Premium Downloadable Content is sent for April 6th:

Competition: Win Two PS3 Games

*** Competition Closed *** Ok, so it’s fair to say that I’m no big Gamer. I don’t have a PS3, I don’t have an X-Box and I can only just handle MarioKart on the Wii. So, when it comes to sports games, I’m at a loss. I wish I could say something about NHL 10 other than “It’s a hockey game” but I’ve never played it. But according to those in the know, it’s damn fine. In any case we’ve got 3 copies of the PS3 version to give away to the Culchie masses. NHL 10 features more than 200 gameplay refinements that replicate the skill and finesse of hockey and deliver the most responsive and authentic action ever for the series. Players can one-time loose pucks, score from their knees, knock pucks out of the air and lift a leg to fake a shot on goal. A new 360° … There’s more

Command and Conquer 4 – Joe Kucan aka “Kane” Interview

Joe Kucan tells culch.ie of the many changes in the up and coming Command and Conquer 4. I had a quick chance to play one of the new multiplayer modes which the series now focuses on. Gone are the days of base building with all building based units now being replaced by one mega mobile base unit called “The Crawler”. The Crawler can be constantly upgraded to build stronger and more powerful units throughout each match by sending troops out to collect tiberium crystals. It certainly makes a huge change to the classic Command and Conquer playstyle, within 3 minutes my GDI army was already engaged in a huge firefight with the NOD forces. Gameplay focuses around capturing map points and holding them. In fact should your crawler be destroyed a replacement is immediately sent in keeping you in the game but forcing you to begin upgrading from scratch. This … There’s more

Left 4 Dead 2 – Chet Faliszek Interview

With Left 4 Dead 2 only days away Chet Faliszek talks about why we should bother, the New Orleans setting, explains “realism Mode” and definitely doesn’t say when Half Life 3 is out. Left 4 Dead 2 is available on PC and X-box 360 from Tuesday. PC users can buy it on Steam from here. See you at 5AM Tuesday morning.