8 Games From EA That Don't Suck

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8 Games From EA That Don't Suck

Today we give you a short list of some of the games from Electronic Arts that don't suck. Get ready for a list sans suckage.

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At least two of those games were developed before acquisition of the makers (Mass Effect, Wing Commander). In Wing Commander's case, the acquisition was way later (2 years).

Where is SimCity 2013?

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I'm glad to see that even contributors rib Tito about his 'review' of Dragon Age 2.

Disagree with everything in the past 5+ years. Hell, it's not too much of a stretch to say just about anything in this generation (not a Dragon Age or Mass Effect fan).

No, no matter how you spin it, EA is awful.

Whenever EA is the topic, 2 games come to mind:

Clive Barker's Undying
American McGee's Alice

I think both came out about shortly before EA pledged never to make a M game again. Sigh.

Red Alert 2 is also one of the best games ever.

I know hating on EA is popular and all, and I can get that the Escapist staff wants in on that, but there are significantly more EA games than 8 that don't suck.

Generally speaking, EA's games don't suck. It's EA's DRM and other such customer policies that suck. They make good games most of the time. It's really weird to have a company that's so bad at customer relations and budgeting that somehow ends up with a product that is fun if you can get past all the bullshit they put legitimate customers through just to get ot the game they purchased.

Sometimes the policies they have, the money grubbing excess they've adopted to the point of being charged 50 cents for ketchup on a $2.50 hotdog, does enter the game. We saw this a bit in dead space 3 and it surfaces most every time you log into current games. It's just a hassle. But the games themselves? Fun.

Dragon Age 2 the best game of 2011?! I don't even think it should be on any list of games that don't suck...

Small (not exhaustive) list of 2011 games better than DA2:

Venetica
Magicka
Bulletstorm
Portal 2
Brink
Terraria
The Witcher II: Assassin of Kings
Bastion
Deus Ex: HUman Revolution
Dark Souls
Rage
Battlefield 3
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
TESV: Skyrim

Piflik:
Dragon Age 2 the best game of 2011?! I don't even think it should be on any list of games that don't suck...

Small (not exhaustive) list of 2011 games better than DA2:

Don't forget Minecraft, a game so amazing hyped it somehow won GotY awards from various publications two years in a row!

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RedEyesBlackGamer:
At least two of those games were developed before acquisition of the makers (Mass Effect, Wing Commander). In Wing Commander's case, the acquisition was way later (2 years).

Add Dark Age of Camelot to that. It was produced by Mythic long before EA ever bought them out. It really was the best MMO I ever played though, by far.

There are a tonne of games EA makes that don't suck.

It's the baggage that comes with them (Blatantly cut-out content dlc, micro transactions on AAA priced games, that abortion called Origin, Securom, always online, and other consumer-punishing DRM schemes) that makes their products intolerable to purchase.

That's not to say the recent crop of ea games has been anything above mediocre, but even as an ardent EA-boycotter I admit they can make some decent games from time to time. I'd like to think their recent announcement about wanting to address the reasons they got voted Worst Company in America is genuine, but actions speak louder than words so it's a wait-and-see if they actually improve

Piflik:
Dragon Age 2 the best game of 2011?! I don't even think it should be on any list of games that don't suck...

Small (not exhaustive) list of 2011 games better than DA2:

Venetica
Magicka
Bulletstorm
Portal 2
Brink
Terraria
The Witcher II: Assassin of Kings
Bastion
Deus Ex: HUman Revolution
Dark Souls
Rage
Battlefield 3
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
TESV: Skyrim

Dragon Age 2 was certainly a stinker.

What a pointless feature. Yes, EA is this sites laughing stock. But to say most of their games suck is just a flat out lie.

Was this really worth the five minutes it took to phone this list in?

EA's problem isn't the games, they've got just as many hits and misses as other publishers. Show me a list of '8 EA business practices that don't suck', then we'll talk.

Not a single Dead Space game? Pfft.

EA was without a doubt the best publisher in the 2000-2010 decade. There's a reason why they're the biggest triple A publisher now. Whether or not their games are good NOW, the company has been built on the success it had in the 2000s.

Piflik:
Dragon Age 2 the best game of 2011?! I don't even think it should be on any list of games that don't suck...

Small (not exhaustive) list of 2011 games better than DA2:

Venetica
Magicka
Bulletstorm
Portal 2
Brink
Terraria
The Witcher II: Assassin of Kings
Bastion
Deus Ex: HUman Revolution
Dark Souls
Rage
Battlefield 3
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
TESV: Skyrim

Brink and Rage on this list? Really? Really?
Gimme a high-five, I liked those too!

The problem with EA is not the games, it's the policies. It's company treating its customers without any respect whatso-fucking-ever that got people angry. The games themselves are mostly fine. Mass Effect series is one of best things seventh gen and I love me some Need for Speed and Mirror's Edge.

Dark Age of Camelot came out around 5 years before EA brought Mythic, however it still remains of the very few classic MMOs on the market which STILL gets updated.
So EA has done good with letting it live and survive.

Dragon Age 2 was quite possibly the best game of 2011

If anything its a candidate for worst game of 2011.

I don't agree with the list for reasons that others stated. But what has got me scratching my head is that he mentions the mass effect series (with some emphasis on 3), but then only says dragon age 2 instead of the dragon age series. I can't remember if Bioware was acquired by EA for the first game but considering other items on the list that point would be moot.

"One of the finest RPGs ever produced by man or beast, Dragon Age 2 was quite possibly the best game of 2011, at least according to the Editor-in-Chief of The Escapist."

wut

Where we playing the same game?

DA2 was a mess, Dragon Age Origin was good, one of my favorites, but DA2 sucks as a game and an RPG.
Mass Effect was also pretty bad, the whole series, not just the third one.

Also no Dead Space or Sims? I liked Dead Space 3, and the Sims game are good even with their silly nickle and dime DLC.

The one that got me was mass effect, not the games themselves, overall I rather liked the series, what really gets my goat is this little nugget "The third in the series had to have been everyone's favorite because people are still talking about it."

Err, no you pea brains, they're still talking about it because it took all of our expectations and need for closure and flushed them down a lavatory, doctors talk a lot about things like AIDs and cancer, that doesn't make them good.

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Well ya' did it. 4 days until the end and you eked out a victory for Troll of the Year!

...had to have been everyone's favorite because people are still talking about it

hehehehe I have this little nugget of rage in the back of my brain... which is probably exactly what you wanted. I mean there aren't even words.

Piflik:
Dragon Age 2 the best game of 2011?! I don't even think it should be on any list of games that don't suck...

Small (not exhaustive) list of 2011 games better than DA2:

Venetica
Magicka
Bulletstorm
Portal 2
Brink
Terraria
The Witcher II: Assassin of Kings
Bastion
Deus Ex: HUman Revolution
Dark Souls
Rage
Battlefield 3
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
TESV: Skyrim

I get that you're trying to say that Dragon Age 2 sucked... but Brink? seriously? and Rage?
DA2 was bad but it was better than those two games

Wing Commander

I don't think so, Tim. That's a game by Origin. EA didn't get their grubby mitts on it until they'd bought out Origin, and by they were mutilating IPs left and right.

Same with Mass Effect. BioWare made a RPG that was supposed to be the culmination of their experience with Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire. Before EA swallowed the games up and shat out a DLC framework wrapped around a mediocre 3RD person shooter with a leveling system and a half-assed narrative, BioWare had created a series that was fresh and a step away from, as Jim Sterling would probably put it, homogenous development. EA foreshadowed the bullshit with Mass Effect 2, buying BioWare by that time and doing exactly what they had with the classic Ultima series before, manglijng it into something more for mass appeal.

Won't even touch Dragon Age 2. It's been said already, many times already.

I agree about Mirror's Edge. In a rare move they didn't fuck up the game by trying to streamline, simplify, or homogenize the game into something gray and easier to market to everyone. I'll be impressed if the sequel fares at least as well.

Feel like there's some not very factual facts afoot.

Am I the only one that read this article as parody? Come on guys, it was funny, admit it. :)

What, no love for M.U.L.E. ? Archon ? 7 Cities of Gold ?

RedEyesBlackGamer:
At least two of those games were developed before acquisition of the makers .

Add BF1942 to that list as well, DICE didn't become owned by EA until after Vietnam came out, which hasbeen a double edged sword, although not damaging in the way it has arguably been for Bioware.

Where is Burnout Paradise (Or Burnout 3 or Revenge)? Nobody's come up with a better online racer than Paradise and it's five years now, nearly six.

I know a lot of people disliked it but I liked Dragon Age 2. Only things I didn't like about it was how the combat was faster and how I could not have a full conversation with my teammates when out adventuring.

EA Sports Active 2 should be on this list. Prob the best workout that you can do at home. Sits at 8 on metacritic.

Nergui:
Am I the only one that read this article as parody? Come on guys, it was funny, admit it. :)

No fun allowed.

Games are srs bsn, didn't you know?

All joking aside, that's the gist that I got from it. I read through them, had a good laugh, and moved on. But hey, different strokes for different folks I guess. Which reminds me, I need to replay Mirror's Edge again. That game is so awesome. :D

007 Nightfire and NFS:MW say hi.

I'm really glad Command & Conquer: Generals got some attention because i still play it. Over 10 years later it's still one of my favorite games.

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