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EA Announce Further Server Shutdowns - Including Titles Requiring an Online Pass
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Oh dear, here we go again. EA has announced the latest batch of server shut-downs, effectively calling an end to multiplayer activity on a bunch of titles. Some of these required a payed Online Pass.

Across all formats, servers for a total of 11 games are being shut on April 13th, seven of which are on Xbox 360. These include Burnout Revenge, FIFA 10, The Godfather II, Need for Speed ProStreet and The Saboteur.

Rather worryingly, some of the listed games have only been available for a short time and quite a few require pre-owned purchasers to dish out extra for Online Passes. That means that despite generating revenue directly from these titles, specifically for their online components, the publisher has still chosen to halt support.

Spare Parts has been available for around 15 months, while MMA has been in shops for approximately 18. EA has gone on record to state that they only pull server support for titles once the player base dwindles below a certain point. They haven't been specific about what that point is.

Expect to hear more on this subject from X360A in the near future.

April 13, 2012 - Online Services Shutdown (All Formats)

  • BOOM BLOX Bash Party for Wii
  • Burnout™ Revenge for Xbox 360
  • EA Create for PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
  • EA Sports Active 2.0 for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360
  • EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp for Wii
  • FIFA 10 for PlayStation Portable and Wii
  • The Godfather™ II for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • MMA for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Need for Speed™ ProStreet for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • The Saboteur™ (loss of The Midnight Club access) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Spare Parts for PlayStation 3 Xbox 360


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Comment #1 by RasHP7
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:07:39 AM
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This is rather disappointing, especially because if they are halting these servers it can't be too long before they start taking down BF: Bad Company!
This is below low EA!

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Comment #2 by CienPR
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:14:48 AM
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I think it's rather funny to see them close servers that required an online pass. Maybe people who are for them begin to actually see the problem with implementing this type of system. It's win-win for them and lose-lose for the players.

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Comment #3 by coljay
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:14:59 AM
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i loved burnout revenge online so i better start getting the last online chevvos before the time is up. Damm u ea

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Comment #4 by CraziedZombies
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:15:00 AM
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IS EA Sports Active 2.0 the one that requires Kinect?

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Comment #5 by Vigor
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:15:28 AM
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So I go to the store like a n00b to buy any of these games, YAY!
Come home, want to play online (buying OP if I haven't got one already) only to find out they shut down the servers.

More reasons to vote against online achievements and Online Passes.
I didn't want to buy KoA Reckoning at first knowing this garbage company was the publisher but I do know now that it was the last EA published game I'll ever buy.

No loss for me, voting with my wallet.

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Comment #6 by shadowfeeder
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:20:56 AM
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>The Saboteur™ (loss of The Midnight Club access)

This makes no sense, it's an offline feature. Why not just unlock it properly like every other game handles DLC.

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Comment #7 by Slayinfool
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:22:11 AM
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And people still want to kiss EA's ass.... *facepalm*

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Comment #8 by CienPR
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:23:34 AM
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@5- There will probably be a prompt saying that online gameplay is unavailable before you get a chance of buying an OP, if they don't do that they could face a lawsuit.

However, games with an online pass are a no buy for me either (unless I bought them at release or close to it, like BF3).

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Comment #9 by M1 Punk
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:24:33 AM
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Do you really think they would shut down servers of a game a lot of people are still playing?

Reducing costs by shutting down the servers of the games listed in the article is what every person in their right mind would do, that way they can support the more popular games and invest money in new ones.

EA Servers (BF3) over any Player Hosted Server (COD) any day of the week!

So stop bitching.

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Comment #10 by eunhathes
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:24:45 AM
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I just noticed: They seem to be closing servers for so many games... yet you can still climb on Battlefield Bad Company and kick ass with the best of them. Thanks, EA, for having your priorities straight. ^.^

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Comment #11 by IXISHADOW
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:25:40 AM
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Bit late with the news.

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Comment #12 by linktriforce007
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:26:10 AM
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I thought EA would do the kind thing and keep games that require an online pass still usable.

well, there's a letdown. Kind of funny that Bioshock 2's servers have been up longer than theirs.

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Comment #13 by zeroy042
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:26:53 AM
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Im never paying for an online pass again. period

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Comment #14 by Triplewing
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:27:22 AM
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Godfather 2? Does that even have online multiplayer/co op? And associated achievements?

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Comment #15 by yamayamayaamaa
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:27:45 AM
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I learned my lesson a long time ago when the 2007 games shut down.

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Comment #16 by the action frampton
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:28:06 AM
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Disgusting. Nobody but EA do this (that I know of). Just another reason I avoid EA published games with MP.

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Comment #17 by Space Cadet
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:28:43 AM
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A lot of manly tears will be shed on the day they shut down Bad Company. I have a really bad feeling it's going to happen sooner rather than later.

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Comment #18 by Divine Darkness
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:28:55 AM
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R.I.P. Prostreet and Burnout Revenge.

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Comment #19 by Caramel Cardinal
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:29:17 AM
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you make us pay to play the game, then make us pay more to play online then tell us we can't actually play online
dear EA please stop fucking us iver and just let microsoft handle the servers from now on

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Comment #20 by Silent_Murder92
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:29:38 AM
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I wonder how many stores will sell online passes for these game's when the servers have shut.
Online passes have to be the lamest idea ever, that after talk of future gen console game's being registered to that console to kill off pre-owned sales.

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Comment #21 by X monkfish69 X
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:30:21 AM
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Microsoft need to step in and say that for the next generation Xbox, ALL servers are managed and governed by them and them only. Only way to be fair to all gamers IMO....

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Comment #22 by SevenJesterHats
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:31:01 AM
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wish EA severs would shut down their face!

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Comment #23 by xxrpggamemanxx
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:33:31 AM
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April 13th? I sure hope a ton of EA moderators are playing on pro street.

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Comment #24 by Lazy_FAQer
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:36:19 AM
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Lol EA etc

I always try to avoid buying EA where possible anyway, but I will be upset when they turn off NFS Hot Pursuit in a few years (or months!).

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Comment #25 by CienPR
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:37:45 AM
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@9- That is not the issue. The problem is that they are charging us TWICE to play online and still shutting down servers. If I pay for server upkeep directly, I expect them to stick around for a long ass while.

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Comment #26 by ThousandLegs01
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:37:49 AM
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I hope they rember to remove the online passes from xbox live and the PSN other wise they might as well just be bending people over a bin rapeing them and then charging for the pleasure =/

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Comment #27 by bennoth
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:38:12 AM
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Sad to see burnout revenge being shut down, awesome game, already feels slightly nostalgic.

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Comment #28 by MEMANIAsama
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:41:41 AM
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Wait, you're getting rid of my Saboteur nudey scenes?!?!?!?!?! That's really dumb actually.

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Comment #29 by quidyg
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:43:53 AM
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@9 as much as i hate activision for releasing pretty much the same game every year, at least they dont charge you extra for the online only to shut the servers down later. even though with a game as popular as cod they could easily add an online pass.

OT: i dont tend to buy EA games unless there good franchises (Dead space/mass effect)but now i dont even know if i'll do that anymore. they rinse you for all your money then basically say we've got your money, fuck you. well fuck EA!

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Comment #30 by BUZZARDIO 1080
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:46:00 AM
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i really dont care, these games are old and the only one i imagine people give a damn about (fifa10 )is only having psp/wii servers shut.
how many of these games actually had an online pass anyway?

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Comment #31 by BUZZARDIO 1080
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:55:27 AM
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@25 ea are only charging you once.

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Comment #32 by unkled20
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:59:26 AM
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Simply put...screw you EA!

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Comment #33 by Stevilinho
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 07:59:44 AM
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as much as i dont like servers shutting down everyone complaining there paying double for an online pass must not be buying the game new which compared to pre-owned prices are either cheaper or like £2 more expensive

and with me if i know a game has an online pass then i would buy it brand new and not having to worry about paying extra for the pass

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Comment #34 by reaperdan23
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:08:35 AM
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Dont see why a company that makes billions would have to cut costs and risk pissing gamers off.

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Comment #35 by ZoMbiE_DooMsDaY
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:09:02 AM
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Don't understand why people are bitching about EA closing there server's cost them money to keep them open and if no one is really even playing those games online then its time to move on...

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Comment #36 by choppercreasey
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:10:15 AM
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EA are a joke

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Comment #37 by Mr.Pink26
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:11:37 AM
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I understand that some people are upset over the servers that are being closed, however, if these games were still being widely played, EA would keep the servers running.

I'm upset because I just bought Create 2 weeks ago and was looking forward to getting the full completion on it.

And Burnout Revenge is a great game, its online will be sorely missed.

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Comment #38 by x_Silxx_x
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:12:37 AM
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The question is, will the game still unwillingly allow people to buy an online pass, even with the servers offline?

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Comment #39 by Wicelow
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:13:01 AM
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Great ! Fu** you EA !
I'd love to hear what the people supporting EA for milking us with online passes to "extend online support" have to say now...

In that batch, the only one I'm concerned with is ProStreet.
Unless they put the race day cheevo back for the last month, that's another title we'll never be able to complete.
Oh well, no biggie.

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Comment #40 by Ceejus
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:14:15 AM
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#9 is a good example of one of the idiots #7 is referring to.

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Comment #41 by Andreas_loel
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:14:42 AM
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@37 Do them quick they are not that bad. GG shutting down an arcade games server...

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Comment #42 by Explodius
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:20:56 AM
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I'm glad they're shutting down these servers as it will make room for new games such as Mass Effect 3...


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Comment #43 by waterhead71
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:27:47 AM
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I can still play Smackdown Vs. Raw 2007 online. Why the hell would they shut off the servers for EA MMA? That game came out in 2010!

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Comment #44 by Jack Flak
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:32:05 AM
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Just another reason online passes are GAY!

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Comment #45 by Fleshpuppet
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:32:45 AM
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@35 what a completely uninformed and worthless opnion. if you knew anything about running servers and server maintenance. then you would understand the VERY VERY little ammount of money to have 1 or 2 dedicated servers running virtual server clients that could run and maintain dozens of games at a time (since the player base is lower). EA makes plenty of money to keep a dozen or so dedicated servers for their older games even without the online pass which is sold extra. this is a greedy marketing stragety to DEvalue older (and likely used) games and force you to purchase the newest title (and hopefully another online pass) the sports games are teh worst because online multiplayer is a big part of a sports game expierence. and EA is pretty lazy about comming out with genuinly NEW features to the games(mostly just roster adn stat updates that could just as easily be done with a downloaded update) ITS JUST WRONG and i will be boycoting EA games in the future i think. as a consumer dedicated to their product YOU ARE BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. companies like EA think its your privlage to pay them more and more for less and less and your only way to protest is with your wallet.

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Comment #46 by DamagedWill
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:33:42 AM
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I remember when all we hated EA for was the yearly sports releases. But they sure like digging that PR grave, don't they?

I really miss those days.

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Comment #47 by Ostrowski
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:37:50 AM
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Didnt MMA just come a year or two ago? Why is it being shut down so soon?

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Comment #48 by dirge
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:40:35 AM
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Great me and a friend only recently bought Burnout Revenge.

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Comment #49 by colderclimate
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:49:57 AM
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Presumably, DLC like the Midnight Club in Saboteur authenticates to unlock the feature in the game? If that's the case, then we'll just lose access to content we have on our HDDs? Crazy, EA.. you HAVE to sort this out.

Forget online passes - some of you need to be smart about what you rally against - the concept of losing access to things we already paid for and have using up space on our consoles is paramount. I don't really believe that online petitions serve much purpose, but has anyone got an SENSIBLE ideas on how EA take note of this and give them enough time to put anything in place to fix things such as the Saboteur DLC issue?

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Comment #50 by Project K-2
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:54:40 AM
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It sucks everytime EA shutdown their servers of some game. I hope this doesn't happen soon to titles like Brutal Legend and Monopoly Streets. I still need the online achievements on those two.
I think that, everytime EA shutdown their servers, they should lanch a patch that would make all games Player Hosted Matches instead of official servers. That way, we could get the online achievements after the official servers shutdown.

@14 - The Godfather II have competitive multiplayer, but isn't anything special at all. Also there's no online achievements on that game.

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Comment #51 by jlavaia
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:57:24 AM
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how so many of you are complaining about this is mind boggling. are any of you actually playing online on a regular basis any of the titles listed above? no you're not. im actually surprised they left the servers open for as long as they did on some of these games. i hopped on ea mma a few months ago during prime hours and there was 7 people playing online. i mean there werent many people playing it even when it was first released, but 7 people during prime hours means its not an active game. and there's a very good chance that half those people were on just to boost the insanely time consuming online achievements. the server shutdowns shouldnt come as a shock to any of you.

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Comment #52 by jpg30
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:57:33 AM
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it makes sense to close servers of games that are not being played much, but i don't think it's right to close a server of a game u have paid an online pass for as that is just taking the piss.

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Comment #53 by ModernSith2010
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:59:49 AM
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EA need to fucking die, COD might have a repetive MP but at least you can go back and play COD 2 still online if you wish so. We pay good money for these games and we repeatidly get fucked over by EA, first it was online passes which I accepted due to it bringing in more revenue to create better games(but hasnt seemed to help battlefields glitch filled MP) and now this AGAIN. Now EA do us a favour and FUCK OFF AND DIE

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Comment #55 by littlejay
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:08:18 AM
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what's the deal with The Saboteur? I want to play that game at some point but know there is no online play. Does this just disable the DLC that comes with new copies?

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Comment #56 by RikusTwilight
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:15:41 AM
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Everyone quit your whining against EA. From a business standpoint it makes perfect sense to shut down servers that aren't being played much. As #51 said, 7 people were playing that game...7! If that's as low a number as it takes then clearly a majority of games are still going to be up and running for a long time.

Online play has spoiled so so many of you. If there's a game that you haven't played in one or two years, then there's a good chance you're not going to go back to it anytime soon, or at all whether it has online play or not. It's a simple fact for any company to shut down online play.

As for everyone complaining about online passes - buy the game NEW then you don't have to pay extra! If you don't want to buy it 'new' from a shop for 40 pound then just wait a week or two and buy it 'new' from Amazon or somewhere where they drop the price but still have the game un-opened with the online pass intact. It's not that big of a problem, people like just complaining about everything these days it seems

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Comment #57 by trymemf
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:16:46 AM
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Cluck you EA!

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Comment #58 by Blue Thunder28
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:24:16 AM
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Spare Parts ALREADY?!?!?!?!?! Also Midnight Club Acess for Saboteur! I should have bought that ages ago I always kept forgetting and now it's too late.

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Comment #59 by Purified666
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:24:42 AM
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this is so sad... bought a couple of games in the past (skate series and lord of the rings bfme2) came home and servers were closed, now they gonne shut another batch down, i got a couple of those games and again they're gonne shut them down, as stated above, when are they gonne shut down the bf series or the assassins series... cmon ea, we payed you money for the games, if you wanne shut down servers at least wait till we get the NEW xbox!

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Comment #60 by Blue Thunder28
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:27:22 AM
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Also yes it makes sense from a business standpoint but at the same time... stop hosting your own servers if you can't handle it, I'd rather servers stay up than have them the exact same but with EA's watermark on them and last less than two/three years.

Oh well life goes on. EA games die we just have to accept that.

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Comment #61 by XxStuartxX 1990
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:28:03 AM
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I thought they brought in the online passes so they wouldnt have to do this....... or so they said.

Just plain money grubbing.

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Comment #62 by LORD LEGOMAN
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:30:47 AM
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well they proved me right, damn wish id bet all my mates a tenner this would happen!! i stopped buying ea games when they first introduced the online passes. at the end of the day i can see why they charge for their servers, but once a customer pays for the service, shouldnt they expect it to remain there for them? personally i think everyone should not buy thier stuff anymore.

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Comment #63 by ian760
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:32:47 AM
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get over it call of dutys go down every 2 years

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Comment #64 by Mr Rodster
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:35:48 AM
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The idiots supporting EA for making a "sound business decision" are overlooking an important fact: it is EA's choice to host their own servers. Why do they use their own servers rather than MS's? So they can track your game usage and market to you better. It makes EA more profitable, but when it is your money they are using as profit, don't sit there and take it blithely, you fucking sheep.

Note: this does not even take into account just how little money it takes to run an online server. Sorry, but EA does not get a pass on this one.

Buy EA games used. If you absolutely must have an online pass, buy it from Ebay. Share those games and the online passes with everybody you can. EA does not care one bit how you feel about them, but they damn sure care about money.

Fuck EA.

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Comment #65 by linktriforce007
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:37:25 AM
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@63 *turns on his MW2* You okay? You're kind of inaccurate. =0

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Comment #66 by linktriforce007
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:40:20 AM
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Just for fun, let's look at EA's stock quote.

Wow, look at that graph.

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Comment #67 by MasterGazelle
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:41:59 AM
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Biggest argument against dedicated servers. At least release private server patches before shutdowns. feel sorry for peeps that only just bought any of these. I bet the OP's will still be sold upto a week before shutdowns.

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Comment #68 by Animal Mother
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:42:44 AM
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I thought Medal of Honor would be on that list for sure.

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Comment #69 by Kaskade
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:54:01 AM
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Hope they dont shut down servers for BFBC2 since I enjoy going back to that game once in a while

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Comment #70 by Pyrochaos
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:55:22 AM
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"The Saboteur™ (loss of The Midnight Club access) for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360"

Confirmed: EA hates titties.

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Comment #71 by KidDivinegon
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:57:08 AM
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I own most of the xbox360 games on that I'm gonna have to rush to get the online achievements in enough time...

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Comment #72 by pauly_27
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 09:59:36 AM
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Medal of Honor Arborne lives on woop woop

As for the shutdowns, my friend will be gutted about Burnout Revenge, but I honestly can't see many people mourning the titles listed.

Saboteur doesn't really lose anything (nude scenes and a mini game)
EA MMA nobody was playing apart from a handful of dedicated boosters (small community straight from the off)
Godfather 2 multiplayer - Nothing of value was lost
EA Sports active - Never played, but lol kinect as most people tend to say on here anyway
Spare Parts was fun, but short. Can't see anyone losing sleep over that one.
Need For Speed - I can't comment on as I've never played it. Would imagine it's dead though now anyway - it's difficult to get games on Hot Pursuit which came out after that.

I know Burnout still has a small community, and that people will be sad to see that one go, but it has had it's time. If you still need the achievements for it, it's not like you haven't had long enough to get them.

As far as shutdown lists go, this is probably the best result we could have got. Much less annoying than previous years shutdowns. I get that people who paid for online passes would be mad though. I see the point of the system, but clearly it's flawed.

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Comment #73 by Fire Mage
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:05:21 AM
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@56 and others like you:

You're all being stupid. What if people don't buy a game until after it's been released for a little while, or what if people simply don't want to buy the game at a full big price of $60 or £40 or what have you?

There are plenty of games that are not necessarily worth the full price that games are. I've bought plenty games new and full-priced but I've also bought plenty later on, etc.

It's stupid things like this trying to force people to give the maximum amount of money -- e.g. buying pre-owned then requiring a pass. Further, if you don't really know about a game or you just decide to buy it down the road, look at that: I'm sure more than a decent amount of people have bought some of these games lately and they're learning that online will be shut down in just a few weeks.

It's plainly unfair, and everyone complaining that EA is losing money--don't give any of us that shit. It costs them next to nothing (comparatively to their profits) to host a few servers for older games, ESPECIALLY when they claim that server demand (i.e. number of players) is low. That means the cost is even LESS to host the servers.

EA has enough money to be set forever and they will never bankrupt at this rate. So they have no need to shut this shit down other than to pocket extra funds and let people waste hard-earned money on this crap.


Take note, none of these games even remotely affect me. But it's a horrible principle.

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Comment #74 by Smurfboy
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:23:14 AM
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This is the reason why I don't like EA. AT ALL.

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Comment #75 by Capn Doug
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:26:37 AM
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Wow, first time I think I've ever been upset at the reporting on x360a. You list 11 games, but only five have online achievements, 3 are not going down on 360 and only one requires an online pass (the game that came extremely close to having lawsuits launched over it).

You have to know that some readers aren't reading beyond the headline before unleashing the hate. The headline shouldn't help them get to that point.

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Comment #76 by tdogg769
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:26:51 AM
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Im sorry, I don't get this at buy a game and you wanna play online and you don't get to play online because the company is very quick to shut down the servers on a game..especially games that have been out for less than 2 years/24 months. I don't think its fair and plus with achievements online, if your a fan of the game and wanna try and get all the achievements your not allowed to because of this silly ass problem...

Now for those people who say "its business" I have a newsflash, when you charge people $ for a online pass and then you take the ability away from them to actually play online, then that's a bad business decision..that will set them back in the Future

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Comment #77 by pauly_27
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:39:26 AM
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Godfather 2 and The Saboteur have no online achievements, Burnout Revenge came out 6 years ago, and NFS: Prostreet 5 years ago.

The only one people should take issue with is the MMA game, but it didn't sell well, and the community was very small right from the get go. A failed experiment if you will to try and tackle the THQ UFC games.

People are getting hot under the collar about something that most likely doesn't even affect them, just because it's EA.

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Comment #78 by l.maciver
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:43:14 AM
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pay upto 30 quid for pre-owned, spend 800msp on online pass, find out the servers will still shut down. more to the reason why i never but EA games with online counterparts, only single player games work for me.

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Comment #79 by Tim 13
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 10:55:57 AM
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LMAO, they shut down the EA MMA servers. That game came out less than a year ago!

This is pathetic...

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Comment #80 by Big Stoz
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:06:28 AM
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Bend over grab your ankles and bite down hard on your xbox comes EA!!!!!!!

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Comment #81 by jlavaia
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:10:32 AM
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@ 76:

so you buy the game, and you wanna play it online, but wait you cant, because no one else is playing it online. even if the server stayed open forever on some of those games doesnt guarantee that you'll get a match. if you're the only person trying to play it you wont find a match.

and they are giving advance notice to everyone about the shutdown, which they dont have to do either. you now have 3 weeks to play these games online. go to town. the announcement actually helps people who recently got these games and want to play online because now maybe they will find some matches before the shutdown.

here's a tip to all those complaining: go play your games online and you wont ever have to worry about them being shutdown. if every person on this site that is bitching and moaning about the server shutdown were actually online playing the games they are complaining about being shutdown then they wouldnt be shutdown in the first place.

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Comment #82 by jlavaia
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:13:10 AM
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@ 79:

it came out 10/19/10. in the future it may help to have knowledge before commenting.

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Comment #83 by Capt_Ron CFH 01
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:16:25 AM
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With the Saboteur I think that only applies to those who buy the game after the cut off date...meaning that you won't be able to have access to the Midnight Show.

@#55 If you haven't played Saboteur you should pick it up. It was a good game, a mix of Mercenaries and WWII shooters. Also probably easy to pick up under $20-15 new at this point.

As far as the Midnight Show, it's just a basement club under the Belle. (strip/cabaret club) your first safe house in the game. If you don't get access to it, you're not missing out on much,a game where you throw knives at a spinning wheel to win a gold car (which doesn't stack up to the race cars you'll unlock) and some one on one videos of 3 girls dancing topless (there are still boobs in the upper club so chill out kiddies)

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Comment #84 by Capt_Ron CFH 01
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:18:26 AM
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Anyone know if Burnout Paradise is still up and running? I haven't played it in at least a year but wouldn't mind getting back into it.

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Comment #85 by ash356
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:25:00 AM
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It's the principle of the matter that people are complaining about.
EA are closing down servers for games that require an online pass. DESPITE, in the fast, going on the record and stating that the Online pass will safeguard the features of a game for a few years.

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Comment #86 by ash356
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:26:09 AM
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*in the past -__-
As far as I know, I went on about 3 weeks ago :)

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Comment #87 by Spanish Assault
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:28:29 AM
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EA is the anti-christ. How they were lucky enough to be apart if great games like Mass Effect, Dead Space and Dragon Age is beyond me. If they close Need for Speed Hot Puruist im gonna be pissed.

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Comment #88 by FatalFlaw810
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 11:34:06 AM
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I can see both sides of this argument but it seems that those who argue the most against EA are those who are completionists(for achievements). Well the only thing I can tell you is to get the game ASAP and get those achievements so you don't have to worry. I mean it's not the end of the world and it's not EA's responsibility if you don't get those achievements. It does make sense for EA to shut down servers when rarely anyone is on to play those games. However, it does suck for gamers who purchase the online pass and get screwed by not being able to access the online after paying for it. Maybe EA should rethink their strategy and have an expiration date as soon as a game comes out or guarantee 2-3 years of a game being online before shutting down servers. I don't know just throwing out ideas. There's no reason for some of you to be so hostile, it's not the end of the world that EA is shutting down their servers.

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Comment #89 by MustaPastori
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:04:39 PM
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I think next time Command & Conquer 3 will be on the list, hopped online for the first time after getting the game a while back and it said 20 people were online.. Bad Company 1 seems to have a quite large max ranked player base, always end up in a game with full ranked enemy team when I play. The official stats page is gone unfortunately. :/

But yeah, online passes have nothing to do with ensuring server longevity. Just another way to grab quick revenue.

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Comment #90 by RDrules
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:07:13 PM
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you would think EA would hold ff on this for a while... theyre no exactly very liked by the fans at the moment

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Comment #91 by HugTheBear
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:15:53 PM
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I've been done purchasing EA games since in Madden 09 when a player on mine got injured and the game offered me to "fix" my player for 160MSP. I will not support such a money hungry company. I do rent their games, because some are definitely worth playing, just don't want anymore of my money going directly to them.

The only games I purchased/will purchase by EA was/is BF3 & Dead Space 3.

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Comment #92 by XxMayhemxX
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:28:00 PM
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Multiplayer is fun.. but if your going to the store buying games solely for the online/multiplayer portion of the game... especially without proper knowledge of the games online status... dumb.. Do your homework... don't impulsivly throw down 20-60 bucks for a game that its servers may be shut down...

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Comment #93 by Chuunks
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:28:42 PM
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Old topic, but still a huge/annoying PITA.

On topic:
Anyone have a list of the unavailable achievements after these shut down?

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Comment #94 by ufc fan andy
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:30:14 PM
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ONLINE ACHIEVEMENTS SHOULD BE BANNED!!! I have EVERYTHING to do for MMA which is not going to happen. And possibly all the Prostreet too

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Comment #95 by Brainiac427
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:40:39 PM
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If EA spent more time worrying about security and stopping the FIFA 12 money laundering scam and less time worrying about closing servers, everyone would be better off. But no, it's all about the money, making as much money as possible while screwing the customers.

It's bad enough to close servers for older games in a series, like Madden and other sports games. But it's horrible to close servers for unique games. I loved Create and loved uploading my creative puzzle solutions for all to see and learn from. Now that'll be gone forever. It's pathetic. :-(

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Comment #96 by eiVaL
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:41:17 PM
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lol@anyone who bought an EA pass for any of their games, including Mass Effect

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Comment #97 by Bullhorse
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 12:49:40 PM
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i missed the announcement last time around and now i'll never be able to finish nhl 10. have a good amount of games on my card that are impossible to finish now. it's taken away most of my desire to go back and complete my games. just want to reset my gamerscore...

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Comment #98 by Sanchezz4387
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 01:27:57 PM
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Well if this doesn't bring about the end to online passes I don't know what will. Fuck all you people who say they do it to re coup lost revenue from pre owned sales to pay for servers etc, this proves that to be nothing other than a piss poor excuse to rape customers even more. The mass effect series and kingdom of armalur are most certainly my last ever purchases of an EA published title. Im a guy of principle and I will not tolerate this cowboy company anymore. I will also vote with my wallet. Developers like bioware and DICE should break away from these arseholes before their reputation gets flushed down the drain.

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Comment #99 by tripleb2k
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 01:45:50 PM
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Noooooo not the Saboteur!... wait, a SP game had servers?

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Comment #100 by Rekker09172194
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 01:52:38 PM
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The assholes from EA are fucking us again...

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Comment #101 by thisispreston
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 02:13:06 PM
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and on top of shutting down servers after a time, loads of the EA servers are shit to start with, Skate 3 springs to mind very quickly.

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Comment #102 by boond0ck 83
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 02:26:05 PM
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Wow, EA you really suck.

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Comment #103 by Thicketford
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 02:37:54 PM
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Microsoft should have a rule that forces all developers to add support for player hosted games.

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Comment #104 by Cinderkin
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 02:44:21 PM
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This is terrible!

First they kill Skate (which I played a lot even after Skate 2 came out) Now Burnout Revenge. That was a ton and I mean a ton of fun online.

I don't care when it came out, fun games are always great to go back to. I'll never be able to get 6 friends together to race in one of the best racing games out there ever again. That is what is upsetting. I shouldn't have to play my games every single day for EA to consider them worthwhile.

I love spending rainy days or long weekends revisiting classics that I own. Sports games should get their servers cut if anything, but Burnout Paradise is nothing compared to Revenge and thats just wrong.

I'm done with EA, seriously done.

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Comment #105 by 1morey
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 02:51:45 PM
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At least Medal of Honor: Airborne is still up....oh crap...QUICK!!! DELETE THIS COMMENT BEFORE EA READS IT!!!!!

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Comment #106 by priwogic
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 02:58:38 PM
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@2 online pass comes with new game for most people, close of server matters little if online pass was part of it or not since they can give 30 days notice on any game.

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Comment #107 by AirborneRichard
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 03:30:31 PM
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To be honest its not just EA trying to get some extra cash from us gamers to have us buying on-line passes or the famous season pass, why the heck would anybody buy them when in some cases you still gotta pay half of the points it cost regular (in this case Saints Row 3) I don,t know been watching this whole thing for awhile now: Elite,Season Pass, On-Line Pass, and still when i watch the stuff you actualy getting for free or better said the stuff you actualy realy want or not then its just a overall bad thing. I can imagine some are far better off just buying the maps and extra content they actualy realy want seperate then trowing their money or points into all these passes. Even more bothers me the news that EA is planning something simular to COD,s Elite. And last but not least i don,t get the whole point they complaining about having something against used games but still offering those same used games buyers the ability to let them buy an needed on-line pass and then after coming with the news they shut down the servers..well to say it lightly i would be pretty pissed!

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Comment #108 by DecadentBeaver
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 03:42:12 PM
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I'm not an owner of any of these games, or have ever been affected by server shutdowns. But I feel for anyone who has spent money on a game with closed servers already, or will be soon. I only have 1 EA game, Mass Effect 2. So I'm not affected by that. But how long until the release a patch to stop that game working, forcing me to buy Mass Effect 3? Or put a a piece of code in a game that gives it a timed life span?

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Comment #109 by three15
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 06:48:48 PM
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They should just allow individuals to run a server from their 360 maybe, once the game has lost most of it's following. At least keep some online functionality, my misses was pissed when they closed Tiger Woods 2010, 100+ people played that together on a daily basis.

As for people saying "they wouldn't shut down game servers lots of people play" Well yes of course they WOULD or why would you go buy the newest version if you were happy with the first one.

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Comment #110 by Killa12
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:09:29 PM
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fucking bastards are lucky they have a lot of mullah to back em up

or else that business of theirs would have been driven to the ground by now

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Comment #111 by dravenschaos
Monday, March 19, 2012 @ 08:18:32 PM
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I sure hope ea gives us the "Community Race Day 2" achievement in nfs prostreet before they close it. EA can kiss my ass.

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Comment #112 by Tim 13
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 06:44:54 AM
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82: You're right. I'm so sorry. Being incorrect about the date of release of EA MMA by a few months totally renders my argument invalid, and deserves for you to thumbs down my post and make me look retarded.

Fucking trolls... sometimes I don't even understand the point anymore.

Okay, so EA MMA didn't come out less than a year ago, it came out seventeen months ago. HAPPY, ASSHOLE? Either way, if people are enjoying the game (I'm certainly not one of them, but if you are, then more power to you), and especially if you've forced players to pay for an online pass, then just let the servers be. You really make yourselves look like a lightweight company when you can't support any more servers than the ones that exist for the current season of games. I know, you have to support NCAA Football and Basketball 12, you have to support NHL, Madden, and NBA 12, and probably some others, like Nascar or something... that's really not enough to justify shutting down servers for games constantly.

If you want to shut down old, inactive servers, fine. Do it. There is one exception though: IF you've forced pre-owned gamers to pay for an online pass, shutting down the servers for that game is no longer an option. People have paid directly for that. Leave them alone.

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Comment #113 by Ephidel
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 10:14:17 AM
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Nooooooooo! Not The Saboteur!!!! The rest of those games, I'll never buy, but it's too soon for The Saboteur.

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Comment #114 by lildevilbmxer
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 12:54:10 PM
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i dont see why they dont just make the servers public soo the gamers can host the games to still play makes sense right money hungry EA?????

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Comment #115 by Kyle Isaac
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 @ 01:12:14 PM
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The thing that absolutely infuriates me about this is that EA had very plainly stated that the purpose of these bullshit payed Online Passes was to fund the maintenence of servers for said games. It's already irritating enough having to do my homework before I buy an older title to deduce whether or not I'll even be able to earn the online achievements, I thought that the whole online pass deal (which I can understand, but I'm not a fan of) would be the end to that. It's too bad everyone continues to support EA financially; they're only growing stronger. Terrible customer service, Steam integration online (which I could give two shits about, since I'm primarily a console gamer), etc...
Fuck EA. Please, excuse my french, this just depresses me.

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Comment #116 by StabaCadaver
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 06:37:53 PM
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I'm done buying EA games that have online features. I don't care how good the game is. The company is terrible.

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