You Should Be Level 20 For Dragon Age's Surprise 1.5GB DLC

The surprise Jaws of Hakkon downloadable expansion for Dragon Age Inquisition appears to be designed for people who’ve played a fair amount of the game. Out today for PC and Xbox One, it advises players to be level 20. » 3/24/15 11:05am Tuesday 11:05am

Before Elder Scrolls, Bethesda Created...Madden

Bethesda is a developer famous for its work on the Elder Scrolls and (more recent) Fallout games. It's also now a successful publisher. Over twenty-five years ago, though, it started small, playing an important—and controversial—part in the creation of the...Madden series. » 3/23/15 9:40am 3/23/15 9:40am

Battlefield Hardline Tries Real Hard Not To Be Battlefield

Battlefield Hardine is a shooter that rewards not shooting. In the single player at least. If you wondered how it would deal with the idea of a 'bad cop' in the current real-world climate, it turns out the solution is, ironically, to pretend it didn't happen. » 3/17/15 9:40am 3/17/15 9:40am

The Shape That's Everywhere In Mass Effect

There's no getting around it: a lot of modern, graphically intense games look kinda same-y. At a glance, it can be hard to tell the difference. But show me a shot of the Mass Effect series and I'll instantly be like, "Yeah, that's Mass Effect." Why? A single shape that's everywhere. » 3/13/15 9:40pm 3/13/15 9:40pm

A History Of Maxis: Thanks For SimCity

The Maxis that you knew, the studio that released SimCity and invented The Sims, is no more. The SimCity brand might live on, and the Maxis brand might live on elsewhere, but they'll survive only as brands, things EA will invoke to sell things. This is a very sad thing, but let's try and remember the good times. » 3/04/15 7:30pm 3/04/15 7:30pm

An Updated List Of Studios EA Has Bought And Then Shut Down

Massive game publisher Electronic Arts has a reputation for snatching up talented development studios and then running them into the ground. » 3/04/15 6:30pm 3/04/15 6:30pm

EA Shuts Down SimCity Developer Maxis

EA has shut down Maxis Emeryville, the main Maxis studio and longrunning developer behind SimCity and Spore, among other games. Though the Maxis brand will carry on, the studio that most people knew as "Maxis" is no more. » 3/04/15 3:03pm 3/04/15 3:03pm

Heads up: The Sims 4 is now out for Mac. If you own the PC game, you can get the new version for free. If you're just starting out, make sure to check out our tips for how to improve your Sims experience. Or how to kill your Sims once you start to get bored. System requirements are listed on the game's FAQ page. » 2/17/15 5:45pm 2/17/15 5:45pm

Here's a cool new way to try playing The Sims 4: the creator of one of popular "legacy challenges" recently came up with an idea for another custom mode he's calling the "moments challenge." It adds neat short-term objectives and funny punishments (like grounding your Sims). Check out the rules here and give it a shot! » 2/10/15 4:43pm 2/10/15 4:43pm

Developer BioWare Austin has officially cancelled their online game Shadow Realms. Last month we reported that the 4v1 multiplayer game was in flux and that it might have been rebooted—but we hear things changed very recently. » 2/09/15 4:12pm 2/09/15 4:12pm

Dragon Age: Inquisition Used To Be A Way Different Game

Just a year before it came out, Dragon Age: Inquisition looked very different. And I'm not just talking about trivial things—UI changes, line tweaks—what we saw in 2013 was almost an entirely different game than what we saw last year. » 2/06/15 5:00pm 2/06/15 5:00pm

The Sims 4's First Expansion Pack Sounds Cool, Super Expensive

The Sims 4 is getting its first full-blown expansion pack in April, developer EA announced today. Known as "Get To Work," the pack adds new jobs with full-blown workplace locations you can actually visit and play around in. That's pretty darn exciting. Less thrilling is the $40 price tag. » 2/04/15 1:00pm 2/04/15 1:00pm

Months Later, Dragon Age's PC Version Is Still Frustrating Players

I remember when I first booted up Dragon Age: Inquisition on my (not exactly wimpy) PC. The framerate was unexpectedly low, and there were stutters and crashes. Moreover, the controls were awkward as all get-out. Months later, some problems have been solved, but many still linger. PC players are getting fed up. » 1/22/15 8:45pm 1/22/15 8:45pm

The Sims 4 Is Coming To Mac Next Month [UPDATE]

Well, it's finally happening. Nested underneath an announcement about the game's first paid DLC, The Sims 4 developers confirmed today that a Mac version will be arriving very soon. As in, next month. I know, I know: Took them long enough! » 1/13/15 11:00am 1/13/15 11:00am

The Sims 4 just got a neat mobile app that lets you access the game's gallery features from Android smartphones and iPhones. This is a nice way to check out other players' Sims or houses when you're on the go. Sadly, you can't use it to monitor your Sims from afar. Download it on Google Play and iTunes. » 1/07/15 11:20am 1/07/15 11:20am

Users Complain Of False Charges On EA's Origin

A number of people across the web say they're seeing fraudulent charges on their EA Origin accounts—though a representative for the publisher says there's no evidence of a hack. » 12/31/14 11:30am 12/31/14 11:30am

SimCity Purists Are Understandably Upset About The Newest SimCity

The new SimCity game for iOS and Android may have a four-star user-review rating on the iTunes app store, but a glance at those reviews—and some time playing the game—make it clear that this city's got some problems. » 12/26/14 3:41pm 12/26/14 3:41pm