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EA Reveals its Holiday Lineup

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2007 @ 1:38 p.m. PDT

EA sings, skates, jumps and races into the holidays with 18 new titles that are sure to please North American gamers young and old, bringing fun and excitement to all major game systems. EA also has various pre-order incentives such as exclusive NfS ProStreet unlockable Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Army of Two insider’s dossier and graphic novel or The Orange Box’s $5 off plus access to the Team Fortress 2 PC beta.

Jeff Karp, Senior Vice President of North American Publishing commented, “EA will surprise and delight gamers with titles that are refreshingly fun and deliver on the depth of gameplay that the next-generation promises. Our stand-out pre-order programs such as the exclusive Need for Speed ProStreet unlockable Subaru Impreza WRX STi, the Army of Two insider’s dossier and graphic novel or The Orange Box’s $5 off with pre-order program plus access to the Team Fortress 2 PC beta, will entice gamers and enrich their entertainment experience this holiday.”

ARMY OF TWO

Combat. Camaraderie. Cash. Master two-man combat with a live or AI partner to form the deadliest private military partnership a government can buy. Preorder Army of Two this holiday on the Xbox 360, and gamers will receive exclusive community created weapons. Pre-order Army of Two on the PLAYSTATION 3 and receive an exclusive dossier including hints and content from the graphic novel.

* Release date: November 13
* Platforms: Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3
* ESRB Rating: M for Mature
* MSRP: $59.99

BOOGIE

Shake it. Sing it. Create it. The ultimate party package for gamers of all ages, Boogie on the PlayStation 2 and Wii will have players dancing, singing and creating music videos to hit songs from over four decades. Players can even take their dancing act on the road with Boogie on the Nintendo DS. This version offers unique dancing modes including 3D gameplay using the 3D glasses packed in the retail box as well as mini-games not found on the consoles.

* Release date: November 15, 2007 (PlayStation 2/ Nintendo DS), August 2007 (Wii)
* Platforms: Wii, PlayStation 2, and Nintendo DS
* ESRB Rating: E10+
* MSRP: $59.99 (Wii) and $49.99 (PlayStation 2) – includes microphone; $29.99 (Nintendo DS) – includes 3D glasses

COMMAND & CONQUER SAGA

Experience Command & Conquer™ like never before with The Command & Conquer™ Saga —thirteen Command & Conquer games spanning three generations of the series in a single package! This massive compilation spans over a dozen Command & Conquer games including the award-winning Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars™ and all the titles featured in Command & Conquer™ The First Decade. Available in North America this October for the PC, The Command & Conquer Saga marks the largest PC franchise compilation to date.

* Release date: October
* Platform: PC
* ESRB Rating: T for Teen
* MSRP: $49.99

CRYSIS

Get ready to break out your Nanosuits! Powered by Crytek's CryENGINE™ 2, Crysis is a technical achievement featuring stunning visuals, cunning gameplay and an epic storyline. One of the year’s most anticipated first person shooters, Crysis is set to set a new bar for the way FPS’ look and play on November 16th. Fans should be sure to grab the Crysis Special Edition, featuring a 16-page book full of concept art, an exclusive in-game vehicle and a bonus disc with behind the scenes footage from Crytek.

* Release date: November 16
* Platform: PC
* ESRB Rating: Rating Pending
* MSRP: $49.99, $59.99 for the Special Edition

EA PLAYGROUND

EA Playground captures the exuberance and nostalgia of your neighborhood playground, turning your gaming space into an arena of interactive fun with immersive activities designed for kids, and the kid inside all of us. It smartly delivers all your playground favorites on the Wii and Nintendo DS. Every game is easy to pick-up-and-play and uniquely capitalizes on the control mechanics of both platforms.

* Release date: October 23
* Platforms: Wii and Nintendo DS
* ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
* MSRP: $39.99 (Wii) and $29.99 (Nintendo DS)

FIFA SOCCER 08

FIFA Soccer 08 challenges players to master the skills required to play like a pro soccer player by introducing a new mode called Be A Pro: Offline Training. Be A Pro locks you into the role of a single, fixed player the entire game and challenges you to master the same disciplines as a real soccer player—from positioning and tackling to reading the field and passing. Users receive real time feedback and analysis on the fly and a unique camera angle keeps both player and action in focus, zooming in when you’re on attack. Featuring new Pro Skills moves that enables you to combine tricks and skill moves together to recreate signature moves from the real-world superstars and the inclusion of 576 licensed teams, 30 leagues, and more than 15,000 players.

* Release date: October 9
* Platforms: Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, PC and mobile
* ESRB Rating: E for Everyone; no ESRB rating for mobile
* MSRP: $59.99 (Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3), $49.99 (Wii), $39.99 (PC, PlayStation 2 and PSP); $29.99 for Nintendo DS

HELLGATE: LONDON

It’s 2038 and London has been decimated by hordes of horrifying demons -- you are the only thing standing between them and the extinction of mankind. From the core team behind the global blockbuster Diablo comes Hellgate: London, the next benchmark for the action RPG genre coming to PCs this Halloween. Hardcore Hellgate fans can also pick up the Collector’s Edition featuring an exclusive in-game pet, the Dark Horse graphic novel, a bonus disc featuring a “Making of the Game” documentary and the complete game soundtrack!

* Release date: October 31
* Platforms: PC
* ESRB Rating: M for Mature
* MSRP: $49.99, $59.99 for the Collector’s Edition
* Subscription price (optional): $9.95/month

MEDAL OF HONOR HEROES 2

Designed from the ground up for the Wii and PSP, Medal of Honor Heroes 2 puts all the action of WWII into your hands. Battle enemies in a full-length single player campaign, or choose to jump online anytime, anywhere, for 32-player multiplayer action! Featuring innovative combat controls and gestures built specifically for the Wii, plus full support of Nintendo’s Wii Zapper.

* Release date: November 13
* Platforms: Wii and PSP
* ESRB Rating: T for Teen
* MSRP: $49.99 for Wii and $39.99 for PSP

NEED FOR SPEED PROSTREET

Need for Speed ProStreet is a racing experience like no other. For the first time, you're designing and building a car, competing in iconic locations from around the globe and battling in four distinct racing styles – grip, drag, drift and the all-new speed challenge. This holiday, preorder Need for Speed ProStreet to unlock the Subaru Impreza WRX STi; then using the all-new Blueprints demo, gamers can customize their ride at www.needforspeed.com (beginning October 15). Once Need for Speed ProStreet is released, upload the ultimate driving machine straight into the game and begin racing.

* Release date: November 14
* Platforms: Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PC and mobile
* ESRB Rating: Rating Pending; (E for Everyone confirmed for Nintendo DS); no ESRB rating for mobile
* MSRP: $59.99 for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3; $49.99 for Wii, $39.99 for PlayStation 2 and PC, $29.99 for Nintendo DS; as low as $4.99 for mobile

ORCS & ELVES

The award-winning fantasy RPG mobile game, created by the legendary id Software™ and developed by Fountainhead Entertainment comes to the Nintendo DS. Enhanced with more levels, weapons and fierce foes, Orcs & Elves offers a breathtaking dungeon-crawling experience for any fantasy RPG gamer. As a young half-elf, a player will explore a massive Dwarven fortress riddled with ancient treasure, powerful weapons, and waves of ruthless enemies, on a quest to expel the ultimate evil from the mountain’s core.

* Release date: November 13
* Platforms: Nintendo DS
* ESRB Rating: T for Teen
* MSRP: $29.99

ORCS & ELVES II

From the creators of DoomRPG, Orcs & Elves II continues the epic story from the original game. Journey to a place filled with adventure, where heroes are born and legends are made! Explore foreign towns, mysterious caverns & haunted forests. Battle strange & mythical beasts with an arsenal of powerful and enchanted weapons. Orcs & Elves II combines the best of first-person action and fast-paced tactical RPG gameplay. The second mobile installment of the first-person adventure from id Software and Fountainhead Entertainment.

* Release date: November
* Platforms: Mobile
* ESRB Rating: no ESRB rating for mobile
* MSRP: As low as $3.49 for mobile

PICTIONARY

Ready, set, draw! Enjoy the classic, beloved game of quick draw® on your phone. Play solo, and guess what your phone’s drawing, or enjoy the fun of networked multiplayer*, competing with up to four people in teams of two. Take turns playing as artist or guesser. Simple interface makes it easy for you to sketch with a pencil, paint bucket, shapes and stamps. Erase a portion, or delete the whole. Challenge your word imagination and your creativity. Pick up your phone for a rousing round of Mattel’s Pictionary®.

* Release date: December
* Platforms: Mobile
* ESRB Rating: no ESRB rating for mobile
* MSRP: As low as $3.49 for mobile

ROCK BAND

Awarded “Best of Show” at E3, Harmonix and MTV Games' Rock Band is an all-new platform for gamers and music lovers to interact with and experience music, giving players the chance to rock in the shoes of the biggest guitarists, bassists, drummers and singers of all time – as a solo superstar or as part of a hard rocking band, in person or online. Built on unprecedented deals with top record labels and music publishers, Rock Band spans all genres of rock and includes many master recordings from legendary artists ranging from Metallica to The Who. Rock Band is developed by Harmonix, published by MTV Games, distributed by EA Partners.

* Release date: November 20 for PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360, December 11 for PlayStation 2
* Platforms: Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation 2
* ESRB Rating: T for Teen
* MSRP: Special Edition $169.99 (including software, guitar, drums, microphone) for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3; Special Edition $159.99 (including software, guitar, drums, microphone) for PlayStation 2

SIMCITY SOCIETIES

SimCity Societies allows players to construct not only the cities they desire, but create their cultures, societal behaviors and environments as well. Build an artistic city, green city, spiritual community or most any society you want! Using the accessible, innovative and versatile city-builder, players can create their own kind of city in SimCity Societies.

* Release date: November 13, 2007
* Platforms: PC and mobile
* ESRB Rating: E10+; no ESRB rating for mobile
* MSRP: $49.99 for PC, As low as $3.49 for mobile

SMARTY PANTS

How smart are you? Do you know more than your Grandma about world history? Does your little sister know more than your Dad about sports? Find out this holiday when Smarty Pants, the first Wii trivia game, ships to stores nationwide. Smarty Pants finally levels the playing field for people of all ages, allowing simultaneous play using age-targeted trivia plus action-based gestures, making it a truly trans-generational game made exclusively for the Wii. Tailoring questions to the contestant's age, gamers from eight to eighty can join in on the fun all at the same time. Exciting Wii gestures make everything a game, from spinning the category wheel and tug-of-wars over correct answers, to "dance-offs" for additional points. With both competitive and collaborative game modes and 20,000 questions in multiple categories, the fun is virtually endless!

* Release date: November 19
* Platforms: Wii
* ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
* MSRP: $49.99

THE ORANGE BOX

The Orange Box delivers five innovative action games from Valve – creators of the blockbuster Half-Life® franchise, in one box. The Orange Box includes Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal™ and Team Fortress® 2 in addition to full versions of award-winning Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One for the most complete first-person action experience anywhere. Gamers who pre-order The Orange Box from select retailers will receive $5 dollars off the game. In addition, gamers who pre-purchase the PC version from select retailers will be admitted into the Team Fortress 2 beta.

* Release date: October 9 for the PC and Xbox 360, Holiday 2007 for PLAYSTATION 3
* Platforms: Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 and PC
* ESRB Rating: Teen to Mature
* MSRP: $59.99 for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3, $49.99 for PC

THE SIMS DJ

Get into the groove with The Sims™ DJ! Create your Sim, and make your own music by mixing a wide selection of samples. Compose unique songs in multiple genres like Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, and Dance. Lay down your rhythm tracks, hit the clubs and rock the house. Watch the Sims crowds dance to your best beats on your fun journey to DJ superstardom. Share your new tunes with your friends – create ringtones from your original songs and save to your phone!

* Release date: December
* Platforms: Mobile
* ESRB Rating: no ESRB rating for mobile
* MSRP: As low as $3.49

And of course...

THE SIMPSONS GAME

This year, The Simpsons celebrated their eighteenth season finale with the airing of their 400th episode followed in July with the long-awaited first feature film, which to-date has become a worldwide box office phenomenon. Now fans of this multi-award-winning TV show are ready for the next major milestone this year: THE SIMPSONS GAME. THE SIMPSONS GAME recently announced their pre-order campaign with exclusive parody posters and limited edition Homerball as well as their Xbox LIVE Demo of the in-game episode Shadow of the Colossal Donut.

* Release date: October 30
* Platforms: Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, and Nintendo DS
* ESRB Rating: T for Teen
* MSRP: $59.99 for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3, $49.99 for Wii, $39.99 for PlayStation 2 and PSP, $29.99 for Nintendo DS

 

 

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