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EA: Online Passes now available “free of charge”

EAlogoContinuing their efforts to do away with their Online Pass program, Electronic Arts has removed the restriction from many of their EA Sports title and made the Online Pass content/multiplayer features for many other games available for free.

Speaking to CVG, an EA representative had this to say about the end of the company’s Online Pass program: “Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online. These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come.”

A NeoGAF user has noticed that EA Online Passes are now available as free downloads on the Xbox Live Marketplace for the following games:

  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Bulletstorm
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon Age II
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Medal of Honor
  • Shift 2: Unleashed
  • Skate 3

Presumably, this content will be available for free on the PlayStation Network and PC download services soon.

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Sony adds nine more Ultimate Editions to PS Store

Sony is expanding their line of “Ultimate Editions” today with nine new game + downloadable content bundles. Each Ultimate Edition includes a downloadable version of the original game along with all DLC currently available. And for this week only (today until November 26), each Ultimate Edition has been discounted by up to 66% (up to 73% for PlayStation Plus subscribers).

So which games made the cut for the second wave of Ultimate Editions? Check ’em out…

Alice: Madness Returns
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $31.97
PSN Price: $19.99 ($15.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $39.99
PSN Price: $27.99 ($22.39 for PlayStation Plus members)

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $53.99
PSN Price: $49.99 ($39.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $50.46
PSN Price: $34.99 ($27.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $58.95
PSN Price: $19.99 ($15.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Mass Effect 2
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $49.96
PSN Price: $34.99 ($27.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Red Faction: Armageddon
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $43.95
PSN Price: $24.99 ($19.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Saints Row 2
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $36.97
PSN Price: $24.99 ($19.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $79.97
PSN Price: $29.99 ($23.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Sony has also announced another PSN rebate offer, so if you spend $60 on the PlayStation Store this week, they’ll send you a $10 PSN Voucher in December.

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Red Faction: Armageddon, Alice 2, others added to PlayStation Store

Sony wants you to get your ass to Mars and return to Wonderland today as they’ve added Red Faction: Armageddon and Alice: Madness Returns to the PlayStation Store. Another “Full PS3 Game,” Techland’s Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is also available to download now.

As for new “PSN Games,” survey says… Family Feud Decades is the number one (and only) answer. According to Sony, it’s perfect for “all the family get togethers in your house over the holidays.”

Hit the jump for more details on all of these games and for a complete list of this week’s new game add-ons, hit up the PlayStation.Blog. (more…)

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Alice: Madness Returns Review: Almost the Nightmare of Your Dreams

mad·ness, Noun
1. The state of being mentally ill, esp. severely.
2. Extremely foolish behavior.
3. The state of that grayish-pink thing in American McGee’s skull casing.

Only once before has American McGee dared to present an intriguing new spin on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. Alice: Madness Returns dives back into a nightmarish Wonderland where the very fabric of poor Alice’s mind is being torn asunder from overly long levels and a maddening lack of story. Let’s see if American McGee is insane. I certainly think so. (more…)

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New Releases: Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D, Duke Nukem Forever, Alice Madness Returns, More

14 years, 1 month and 17 days.

That’s how long Duke Nukem Forever has been in development. An actual war against aliens that stole our babes wouldn’t take that long. But after the countless delays, the constant cries of “vaporware” and the empty promises of George Broussard… it’s finally here. And that’s all that matters because I always bet on Duke.

Interestingly enough, Duke Nukem isn’t the only oldtime franchise being resurrected this week. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, the fourth version of the classic game, will be available this week for the 3DS. Think about that, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1998 and has been remade three times since Duke Nukem Forever was announced. Amazing.

And now that E3 is over, publishers are pushing out a ton of other big titles as well, including…

Check out the full list of the rest of this week’s new releases after the break. (more…)

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EA confirms original Alice included with Alice: Madness Returns

It looks like American McGee didn’t sneak a hit off the Caterpillar’s hookah when he told CVG that American McGee’s Alice would be included with PS3 and Xbox 360 copies of Alice: Madness Returns.

After initially issuing a “no comment,” Electronic Arts has confirmed the first Alice game will be included with Madness Returns as the company’s latest “Project Ten Dollar” bonus. The one-time-use Online Pass will unlock the game within the main menu of Madness Returns, which means it won’t be offered as a separate PSN/XBLA release.

However, those that purchase Alice: Madness Returns on the used market will be able to access Alice by obtaining an Online Pass through the PlayStation Store/Xbox Live Marketplace for $9.99 (or 800 Microsoft Points).

Alice: Madness Returns will be released on June 14.

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American McGee’s Alice returns with Alice: Madness Returns

Yo dawg, I heard you like Alice, so I… nevermind. American McGee had a little exchange with CVG, discussing how a game without multiplayer can achieve the longevity of of the typical modern game. He disclosed that Alice: Madness Returns will have a strong DLC stream flowing throughout its lifespan, such as dresses that will augment Alice’s powers and change how you have to play the game.

However, the most impressive feature, beefing up the game’s content offering, will be the inclusion of its predecessor, American McGee’s Alice, with all console copies of the game. The formerly PC/Mac-only game will be available via a download code given with all copies of the sequel on the PS3 and Xbox 360. There’s no word yet on if it’ll be available to people who didn’t purchase Alice: Madness Returns or if PC buyers will receive the downloadable bonus.

Alice: Madness Returns releases for PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on June 14.

UPDATE: EA has informed Joystiq that they’re not ready to comment on this, saying “Unfortunately, we do not have information in regards to Alice: Madness Returns including the original Alice game.”

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Alice: Madness Returns gets a gameplay trailer, kinda freaky

There’s been some great trailers for Alice: Madness Retruns, but we finally got to see it in action. The beautiful art design we’ve seen in cutscenes has certainly carried over into gameplay, as American McGee’s dark take on Wonderland is beautifully rendered in the trailer above. The game is scheduled for release on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on June 14.

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