Though it's only July, it's never too early to plan a holiday shopping list. Finding the right thing for the right person can be quite a chore, but if those on your list happen to be gamers, Electronic Arts has a few options to choose from. While most of the games on the list have been known about for some time, there were some new ones.
EA's grip on the pigskin continues not only with the recently released NFL Head Coach and the upcoming NCAA Football 07 and Madden NFL 07, but also with NFL Street 3 for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. The over-the-top action of the series returns with new power-ups and game modifiers that can be snatched from the air to make the game extreme times two.
Also of note is a release period for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07. The game, which will be released on the Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 2, PSP, and PC, hits the links in October. A PlayStation 3 version is scheduled for release this fall, but it is currently unclear whether it will be a launch title or not.
Speaking of launch titles, NBA Live 07 for the PS3 was not included on EA's release schedule, but it has been confirmed by an EA rep to be a launch title for Sony's next-gen system.
Though it was previously revealed by online retailers, EA has also confirmed that the PSP version of The Godfather will be named The Godfather: Mob Wars and will have an exclusive mode called...yep, Mob Wars. EA describes the mode as "a turf war" where gamers maneuver mobsters and "play the right cards to take control of NYC one territory at a time."
Curiously, one of the most anticipated PC games EA will distribute, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, was not on the list--previously, the game was pegged for a fourth-quarter 2006 release. Nor was any mention made of the widely rumored Xbox 360 version of Half-Life 2. EA did not return requests for comment as of press time.
For more information on all the games, check back tomorrow for GameSpot's coverage of EA's press event.
The full list of EA's holiday lineup is below (all dates 2006).
Madden NFL 07
Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, GameCube, PSP, PC, DS, GBA--August
NBA Live 07
Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, PSP, PC--Fall
NCAA Football 07
PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PSP--July
NFL Street 3
PS2, PSP, Xbox 360, Xbox, PC--September
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, PSP, PC--October
The Godfather: The Game
The Godfather: Mob Wars
Need for Speed Carbon
Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2, Xbox, GameCube, DS, GBA, PSP, PC--Fall
Superman Returns: The Videogame
Xbox 360, PS2, Xbox, PSP, DS, GBA--Fall