Attention PS3 Owners: EA Is Working To Reclaim Your Trust
In 2007, PlayStation 3 owners weren't too happy with Electronic Arts. In fact, according to what we saw in terms of feedback, many PS3 users were downright furious. EA admitted they were slow to get their heads around to Sony's new architecture, and that resulted in plenty of mediocre PS3 ports. Some may say it culminated with the Madden 08 debacle (love that 30fps in the PS3 version, thanks!), but it went well beyond that.
However, while EA certainly lost a lot of trust on the part of PS3 owners, it seems the publisher has taken significant positive strides in 2008. Sure, they've gone on record by saying they've finally "caught up" with the rest of the development community in terms of PS3 understanding, but we didn't put much stock in that. After all, the report sounded a lot like a typical PR statement. But perhaps surprisingly, EA appears to be backing up that claim with actions: the 20th Madden Anniversary event in New York was entirely PlayStation exclusive, this year's Madden turned out to be equally solid on both the Xbox 360 and PS3, and they have emphasized their desire to provide gamers with successful new IPs. Furthermore, Dead Space is already raking in the high praise, and with their multiplatform next-gen games no longer sucking it up on the PS3 (for the most part), we should probably start to take notice.
We'll be the first to admit we were pretty hard on EA last year, and while we still believe they deserved it, we're man enough to admit when a company takes the appropriate steps to fix the situation. So really, don't swear off EA just yet, PS3 owners. From what we've seen so far, it seems they're on the right track...
10/6/2008 Ben Dutka