UPDATED! A living list of games ruined by Electronic Arts



Electronic Arts might be the worst company in the world. It is, if you listen to what the people say. But they continue to ruin game after game, series after series and franchise after franchise. It’s heartbreaking for true fans of video games since EA has some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports to design for. How is it that they screw up so much, so bad? Greed. Playing to their stockholders instead of their customers.

Here exists a living, updated list of games Electronic Arts has absolutely ruined, in my opinion of course. If you want to add a game to the list, just reply! If I add it, I’ll credit you with the suggestion!

Battlefield 4 – The launch diamond-jewel of next-gen turned out to be a cubic zirconia. When it first launched for PS4, it actually wouldn’t play! The game crashed at the MAIN MENU. LOL. Not even during a game (although it would crash then too), but during the opening text of the game! The quality bar was set extremely low and Electronic Arts promised to fix BF4 and make it a priority! Which is why a year later, another Battlefield game is coming out. Right.

Battlefield Hardline – It’s going to suck. The beta is already so laggy, it’s unplayable for anyone without zen-like patience. Give it a chance? No. I gave BF4 a chance and it cost me $120 bucks for Premium and the game. This game won’t be bought if it’s game of the decade.

Burnout – One of my favorite racing games because it took a new approach to driving games. EA got it’s grubby hands on Criterion in 2004 and this series has gone absolutely no where since.

Dead Space – The first Dead Space was awesome! It took chances, was scary, had a great story and was generally interesting! So what did EA do? Ruin it. Microtransactions, dumbed down game and what you generally would expect from EA have this game series on the rocks. Too bad.

EA’s UFC – Junk junk junk. This could have been so much and it ended up being nonsensical. A terrible submission system, a weak roster, a really weak create-a-fighter with the least customizable created character in modern gaming and many other reasons cause this game to be a major letdown. Read all about it here. 

Mass Effect 3 (or the series) – Mass Effect ended up being one of the rare times EA did something right. It was a very deep and exciting space RPG that was also a third-person-shooter. We got the first two games and they were simply good. A job well done. Mass Effect 3 comes along and plays well, upgrades graphics and attacks and generally, just improved the game. Even a fun multiplayer was added. But the ending? The ending of this game and the series were bland. You have three real endings and that’s it, despite three games worth of choices. I am not getting into the details or spoilers for those that haven’t yet beat this wonderful series but you can’t get to that last moment, in ME3, and not be let down if you’ve played the whole series.

NBA Live 2014 – What a joke! This ended up being a bit humorous because EA had to go up against 2K and 2K showed why it is a superior brand. This game actually has ZERO positive reviews on Metacritic. The average reviewer score is 41/100 (which makes you wonder about some reviewers). But the average user score? 2.7/10. That’s really bad. As for why this game sucks, I never have played it and don’t actually plan to. As Gamespot said, “NBA Live needs serious work in just about every aspect in order to raise its game to a respectable level.”

NEW: Need for Speed – A series once looked forward to every several years as something fun to explore and play is now constantly cashed-in on with mediocre titles unappealing to mass audiences. Hot Pursuit ruled because it was fun chasing people as a jerk cop. Then, the ideas started becoming lamer. A glimmer happens once in a while but it usually gets worse and worse. Just look how many have been made!

1 The Need for Speed (1994)
2 Need for Speed II (1997)
3 Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit (1998)
4 Need for Speed: High Stakes/Road Challenge (1999)
5 Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed/Porsche 2000 (2000)
6 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (2002)
7 Need for Speed: Underground (2003)
8 Need for Speed: Underground 2 (2004)
9 Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
10 Need for Speed: Carbon (2006)
11 Need for Speed: ProStreet (2007)
12 Need for Speed: Undercover (2008)
13 Need for Speed: Shift (2009)
14 Need for Speed: Nitro (2009)
15 Need for Speed: World (2010)
16 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
17 Shift 2: Unleashed (2011)
18 Need for Speed: The Run (2011)
19 Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)
20 Need for Speed Rivals (2013)
21 Need for Speed: No Limits (2015)

Plants vs. Zombies – The first one was pretty fun! I will admit, I didn’t like it all that much but I had my time playing it. However, EA is so stinking greedy, they filled the sequel with microtransactions to the point that you have to pay for individual plants.

Sim City – Another game I couldn’t wait for!! I was glad they dropped the numbers and just made me a fun little Sim City, modern day of course. Then, I bought the game. So did my best friend. We both got home, stoked about building our cities and working together to do great things. And the game wouldn’t work. Why? EA chose to have 4 servers for the entire United States, at launch. None were connectable because “so many players” were playing. For days, we couldn’t start a game, because Sim City was ONLINE ONLY! (it’s since been updated, an admission of wrongdoing). EA gave us an online only game and put 4 servers up at launch. Fans revolted and I got a refund on it.

NEW: Sim City: Build It – Part of the Sim City franchise. An iPad game that is a total piece of shit. First, the focus is entirely on these phony coins (that you can buy for insane amounts of cash). Or, there is in game cash (Which is even more expensive). You must build things like vegetables, hammers and pieces of wood to build houses. Eventually, some hidden formula makes them desire to upgrade. It gets old incredibly fast and I just don’t find it fun.

NEW: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic – It occurred to me after including “The Old Republic” below that I should add Knights of the Old Republic here, because EA killed it in order to make their shitty poor-man’s World of Warcraft, with a Star Wars theme. Why not make a third Knights? Oh yeah, because you guys suck.

Star Wars: The Old Republic – This should have been a great and lasting experience for Star Wars fans. Instead, we get another run and deliver MMO that looks like a crummier version of KotOR. We also never got a KotOR3, because of this. And it’s reported that EA spent around or more $400 million to make this game. The game dropped to a free to play model, signaling something bad.

The Sims – One of the greatest games of all time was The Sims. So what did EA do? Start chugging out a new Sims every few years. What was wrong with the first one? Even if they did make a single sequel to it, making a third sequel was ridiculous. The DLC is excessive, the game has microtransactions and if you think I’m even a little excited about Sims 4, sorry. Not.

NEW: Ultima – (Submitted by Infinite) “they took a shit on it (Ultima 9 & 8)” I researched this and read that EA pulled the team off of Ultima 9 to finish Ultima Online, effectively killing 9. I never was into this series but from what I gather, fans of it often agree that they were screwed over by EA.

To be continued…

Updated 2/12/2015


22 thoughts on “UPDATED! A living list of games ruined by Electronic Arts”

  1. Great, ea sports ruined battlefield now too? I will not be purchasing battlefield at all either now

    Fxck Hardline and Fxck Ea Sports


  2. Please correct me if I’m wrong but did ea ruin the command and conquer red alert series? Red alert 3 was awful but 1 and 2 are classics. NOt sure if ea developed all of them or bought a company and ruined it.


  3. anything maxis, anything origin systems, anything bullfrog, etc. etc.

    EA was even worst in the past as unbelievable as it may sound.


  4. Look, Dead Space 3 is a pretty odd game. In some ways, it has dumb fun action, but in other ways, it’s just dumb. It can be quite boring in parts, but to the game’s credit, it doesn’t really stray TOO far away from its roots. You see, this game still manages to cook up a ton of spine-chilling moments, especially with the Awakened DLC, and the banter between Isaac and Carver is pretty witty.

    Dead Space 3 may be bad by its predecessors’ standard, but it’s not the worst Dead Space game, since that honour goes to Dead Space Ignition.

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  5. Command and Conquer… EA killed that one off… I’m thinking they kill off certain franchises as deals with other companies so they aren’t all making competing games. So C&C was killed off for Blizzard to take over RTS with StarCraft (Literally the only AAA RTS around SINs is more of a 4d RTS than a quick play skirmish game)

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  6. I see a lot of negative comments. But people are still playing EA games and they keep buying them. So shut the fuck up and stop paying for EA to make shitty games you don’t like. Stop playing, buying and talking about them if you want to achieve something against them.

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    1. How exactly are people supposed to know what they consider shitty if they don’t buy and play the game? Sure you can take other people’s word for it but you still don’t know if You like it until you experience it yourself. I’m sure some people love battlefront the way it is but let’s be honest
      Graphics and all the other features are worthless if there isn’t any stimulating content worth playing. battlefront and fallout 4 are very similar in the sense that they have good looking/functioning game play and a story that most everyone is attracted to. But they both lack in the most important aspect
      Fallout 4 is pretty fun when you’re doing the missions but once you hit level fifty there really isn’t anything left to do except build up settlements and run around. The Far harbor dlc will be their largest dlc. That’s cool but what good is all that area if it has less content than a 10 year old shivering isles dlc? I don’t care about exploring that area if I don’t have any missions to go with it.
      I call this a polished turd
      Everything on the outside looks really cool and appealing but it’s true nature is complete shit.
      That is EA’s specialty
      Creating games that look like you’d spend hours playing them but in reality you run out of things to do within the first week you play it. If you honestly believe boycotting EA will improve the quality of games to come
      Feel free to do so
      But you and I both know that’s not going to happen. EA doesn’t give a shit if you or I stop buying their games because they know that as long as their turds have a fine layer of polish on the outside the public will continue to pay for incomplete games. Being silently defeated won’t change EA. Letting them know that we (the public) know they’re ripping everyone off is the only way they will change their practices. You have a voice and you see something you don’t like “shutting the fuck up” won’t do anything for you.
      I am aware fallout is not EA but I mention them because I’ve purchased skyrim 4 or 5 times since its release thinking I would run out of things to do but I always have new content to explore in that game. That’s why fallout 4 was such a disappointment to me. I was done with fallout within a couple months of purchasing and I hadnt even played it that often.

      Content over cosmetics


  7. medal of honor seems to be forgotten, they rushed it and released it long before it was even finished, the result: moh series is retired permanately


  8. You forgot the newest star wars battlefront! Literally only has 12 heros/villains compared to battlefront 2 which had 21. You spawn in the middle of the battlefield surrounded by enemies. The skill ceiling is very low. It has nothing in common with the first two because they made this one like call of duty, In which you create your own class instead of picking out pre-set classes. I would’ve been fine with this if all the guns didn’t feel the same or repetitive. If it wasn’t for the graphics I would think this game came out before the others because the game play and design of the maps are so shallow and so uneventful. The people who made this game did not put any heart into this game and it shows up in every aspect besides the graphics. But graphics is not what makes a game. And this is why star wars battlefront is a high resolution turd.


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