E3 2015 – Microsoft

Microsoft’s E3 2015 Conference was up first, with a few new reveals, including the announcement of the Xbox One finally getting backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games, and Xbox Game Preview, an early access program, and a new Elite controller, which features swappable parts.

Microsoft Xbox Conference

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Syndicate Free on Origin

Syndicate, the isometric real-time tactical game released by Bullfrog Productions in 1993, is currently free on Origin’s On The House.

Syndicate

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EA Closes Down Maxis

EA is closing down Maxis Emeryville, the main studio for Maxis, long-running developers of Sim City and The Sims franchises.

EA Closes Down Maxis

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EA Ends Online Pass Program

EA have announced that they are ending their controversial Online Pass program!

EASports Online Pass

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Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time!

PopCap have announced that Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time will arrive in July!

Plants vs Zombies 2

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A Terrible Theme Park

When it comes to theme park games, I think of the awesome RollerCoaster Tycoon series (mainly #2), and to a lesser extent, Bullfrog’s Theme Park, though I didn’t get around to trying that one.  While poking around on the iPad, I noticed that there was another Theme Park game.. EA’s Theme Park for iPad and iPhone.  I think Tim warned me it wouldn’t end well..

EA Theme Park

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The Sims FreePlay: Play-Free

Going back a few months, Tim brought home an iPad, and showed me The Sims FreePlay.  After previous experiences with “social” games, I wasn’t expecting all that much.. even so, I was disappointed.

Neighbourhood Screen

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