Real time strategy fans rejoice, one of the all time classic RTS games could be returning to the PC for your gaming pleasure. Command & Conquer is universally loved as one of the greatest RTS games of all time and a reboot may be in the works. EA game production manager Jim Vessella mentioned this weekend that EA have special plans for the franchise on its 25th anniversary. The original Command & Conquer blew peoples minds when it was first released on the 31st of August 1995. Now with its 25th birthday fast approaching the PC gaming community is waiting with bated breath to see what EA has in store.
Video games as a recreational pastime have been slowly exploding in popularity since the release of the first home console, the 1972 Magnavox. Throughout it all there have been games that were burnt into our cultural memories, games so popular that their names still reverberate to this day.
Electronic Arts is one of few companies that have been there throughout most of this modern gaming era (founded in May 1982 by gaming legend Trip Hawkins), they have had many years to build one hell of a gaming catalog. Reaching deep into this back catalog EA looks to be preparing a reboot of an all time classic, Desert Strike.
Fans of the original Desert Strike series may soon be taken back to 1992, back to the year Desert Strike first took over the console and computer gaming world. While there have been a number of follow up games it has been nearly 20 years since the 1997 release of Nuclear Strike, the last real Strike game.
Electronic Arts, gaming behemoth and developer of the Command and Conquer series of games have announced Command and Conquer Generals 2, online and free to play.
Based on the full blown real time 3D engine Frostbite 2, EA promise a AAA quality (full priced commercial) gaming experience for the brand new Generals 2. No tile based HTML5 graphics here, nor is it a turn based snooze fest, instead C&C Generals 2 will be a free shot of adrenalin that’s only a website and mouse click away.
The best selling real time strategy of all time continues, EA is trying to ride the wave of change and master digital distribution.
In a time when role playing games were solely the territory of teenagers dressed in fantasy costumes rolling dice on their custom made game board, the 80’s, one video game changed the world, Ultima. The first video game to bring together all of the best aspects of the role playing game tradition, rolling them into electronic form.
Electronic Arts and BioWare have teamed up to bring back that legend, giving rise to Ultima Forever. The modern day free2play interpretation of Origin Software’s ‘Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar’.
Initially to be released on PC and iPad the game will be fully cross platform and multi-player, allowing PC and iPad players to mingle. The public beta is currently available on Ultima Forever’s homepage, you will need to have an EA Origins account handy to complete the sign up.
Electronic Arts look to be embracing the Play4Free gaming model. After releasing Battlefield, Need for Speed and Warhammer variations, all play for free, now it is the turn of the all time classic Real Time Strategy game Command & Conquer, it’s back, it’s better than erver, and it’s free.
C&C Tiberium Alliances has recently entered open beta, allowing anyone to sign up and get playing right now. Also adding to the excitement is the addition of Massivley Multi-player Online – MMO – to the new game. Initially battles are limited to 8 players, each Server has enourmous numbers of players in each world. Taking advantage of the web based structure of the game Electronic Arts have taken multi player to the limit, building the game from the outset to enable MMO gaming, allowing millions of players to enjoy the game online simultaneously once the game is fully released.
Developed by EA gaming studio Phenomic C&C is going back to basics, the Play4Free C&C see’s it’s players battling for resources once again, Tiberium along with Blue Crystals are the ultimate energy sources. With multiple bases and many missions to work through Tiberium Aliances will keep you fighting to expand your empire.
Electronic Arts game studio Maxis have recently announced that their legendary game SimCity is about to be upgraded, SimCity 2013 here we come. Maxis is already hard at work developing the new city building classic. Three Maxis lead game designers took time out of their busy schedules to attend the Game Developers Conference and drip feed a few details to the world.
Thankfully Maxis had more than just talking on their minds at the GDC, they came prepared with an impressive video game trailer, a preview of things to come. Lets hope Maxis can stay true to their vision, it is a visually stunning preview.
Officially it may be called SimCity 5, by the time it is finally released the marketers may have even come up with a jazzy product name, SimCity World or some such title, here at Highpants we call it a time machine, years will disappear once it gets a hold of you.
The Release of Battlefield 3 is Upon Us, Yes Jets + Prone Are Back!
Battlefield 3 is just around the corner, and for those of us who await the next new title – with drooling anticipation – this latest instalment promises to be explosive military fun. Jets are back and a full range of vehicles, prone makes a return and 64 player makes a return for PC, bring on the chaos. For those unfamiliar with this game here’s a taste.
Feeling angry? take a tank for a spin and crash the enemy line, if you miss that target, dont sweat it, your team mate in the mounted 50 cal machine gun got em, warning alarms sound, watch out that jet has you lined up with heat seekers, are you that jet pilot test your flying skills in hard and fast dog fights high above the battlefield watch that low flying though alarms sounds you eject out to parachute to safety or so you think.