Over the last few years, EA has delivered quality titles by listening to consumers and embracing the digital age. However, some gamers think EA’s reputation is beyond repair.
The exclusive NFL license, the rumored acquisition of other developers, and questionable DLC has done little to endear the company to gamers in general. In fact, many gamers even boycotted titles such as Madden after being fed up with buying games for a roster update and a few trivial changes or features.
Sure we would all like to see annual roster updates and game play patches as DLC instead of buying a brand new disc, but it appears that EA is making progress in that direction.
Burnout Paradise is the biggest testament to this EA evolution. We were granted numerous free updates and some DLC for purchase that was actually worth it. Big Surf Island, Cops N’ Robbers, and the new cars added extra depth to the game and in most cases brought us new experiences.
The annual sports titles these days actually seem to justify their purchase with incredible leaps in game play. The “Be A Pro” mode was added to all of their sports titles. The Need for Speed series has evolved and grew so much it actually warrants several different titles now. EA has even managed to bring us Xbox Live Arcade and PSN titles like Battlefield 1943 and NHL Arcade 3 on 3. They even patch games according to gamer feedback like Fight Night Round 4 with a free button layout update.
With Madden 2010 coming out this Friday, it’s time we stop complaining about “cheating” DLC we don’t have to buy. At least they give us options. It is time we actually speak with our actions instead of just our words. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. It is time we appreciate EA for who they are…Electronic Arts, one of the most diverse and generous companies in the gaming industry.