EA Replay Hands-On

Some great games from the vaults at Electronic Arts are getting compiled onto one UMD this October.

While the roots of Electronic Arts go all the way back to 1982 and games for the Apple II and Atari home computers, the modern era of EA really got going during the 16-bit days. The Sega Genesis and, later, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System housed some great games with EA's name on them, and now the company is working on a compilation that brings some of those games together on one disc for the PSP.

Remember when games were played in only two dimensions?

Of course, some of the games are better known and loved than others. There are 14 games on the disc, including the isometric helicopter Genesis games Desert Strike and Jungle Strike. There aren't any licensed sports games like Madden or NBA Live, but you'll get the classic Mutant League Football. Racing is covered by the first three games in the Road Rash series, which is a motorcycle racing game that lets you punch, kick, and swing weapons at the other riders. The Genesis games map the A, B, and C buttons to square, X, and circle, respectively.

Some SNES emulation is also present with Ultima VII, Syndicate, and two Wing Commander games. These are pretty faithful versions, but unlike many of the Genesis games on the disc, most of these SNES games were originally PC games that were better on the PC. So you'll be getting the sort-of-crippled console versions of these games instead of the classics you might remember.

So far, the version we've seen appears to play many of the games just fine, though the audio is clearly unfinished, and a few games, like Ultima VII, don't seem to be working just yet. The options and menus are in, however, and you'll be able to save your progress in any game at any time--which should get around some of the password entry hassles found in the original games--and select from either the original 4:3 aspect ratio or a stretched 16:9 view.

Look for some unlockable supplementary goodies to accompany the 14 classics found in Replay.

In addition to the games themselves, it appears that the package will include unlockable artwork for many, if not all, of the games in the collection. Also, though not available in the version we saw, there is an ad hoc menu intended to allow for wireless multiplayer play. Considering games like Mutant League Football were great multiplayer games, we're hoping the ad hoc functionality works well.

While not every game on the list is something to write home about, so far there seem to be enough great 16-bit games in this collection to make it worth watching. The final version of EA Replay is scheduled to be released at the end of the month.

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38 comments
gautam3
gautam3

sweet! punch guys on a motorbike!

--michael--
--michael--

y spend money on a game with bad graphics on psp? some ppl might want this but this is not what a psp is for

Pork_Lord
Pork_Lord

Road Rash and the Strike games will bring back some memories.

Robnoxious
Robnoxious

Not a bad set but I'd rather it has Mutant League Hockey over Football.

nightshadeA
nightshadeA

mutant league football was nothing but a parody of madden 92/93

arawk
arawk

they never really sold well while i was working at gamestop, but with this comp and the sega genesis collection, i can see a lot of people jumping on these games. I cant wait to play mutant league football and desert strike in between classes.

Dualmask
Dualmask

Mutant League Football was a great game. And unlike Madden or other pro licensed titles, it's timeless. No worrying about outdated rosters here (maybe outdated gameplay, but meh.) But really, do these retro game compilations sell well? I've never bought one...but I guess they must since companies keep releasing them.

Romayo83
Romayo83

Road Rash! yes! the Strike series games...meh there okay..other ones such as syndicate were good. Mutant league football was fun but wheres the hockey??? lets hope they added that one too.

_Sam_
_Sam_

it looks alright

madgamer2000
madgamer2000

mutant league football!!!! and road rage?!?! sounds like quite the compillation. I wish EA didnt own mutant league football though, as with their madden and EA street franchises going strong, I doubt we'll ever see a true sequel to it for next gen systems. It could make a great arcade NFL blitz on steoids type game.

n_ii_nty
n_ii_nty

hmmm maybe EA was better in the old days...

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Good deal. Compilation games are what I like, especially on psp.

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

Where is General Chaos!!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!! >:)

gaiden1024
gaiden1024

Sounds awesome , I love all the old console games. I guess you can see many people feel this way from the development of all the snes games and genesis games being emulated on the psp already (either via dgen , snes9x) or actual umd's by companys :)

dillyhox
dillyhox

Jungle Strike and Desert Strike are totally worth it...so is Road Rash 1-3... along with Wing Commander 1 and 2....Syndicate is great....thats 7 out of 14. and it should be $19.99

N15PCA
N15PCA

I just hope this game is not 40 dollars like every other PSP game when it first comes out! It should be more like 20 dollars. Then I well buy it.

Lobezno_D
Lobezno_D

When is this heading to other consoles?

Aeronautical
Aeronautical

Montrealien, while I agree the video game industry is a business, I also believe it is an art form.

Dkarlowicz
Dkarlowicz

Is there a chance that EA will release EA Replay on PS2 for those of us that don't have PSP?

Montrealien
Montrealien

Every person that knee jerks "EA money blah blah blah" is a troll, and have no reason for there hate, plain and simple. You guys forget this Videogame thing is a business and if you cant see beyond, "EA is taking over the world and will ruin Videogames forever!!!" You are, as I said, a troll, and have no life, wich I hate because how do you kill, what has no life? /rantoff This compilation looks cool, memory lane for me, thats for sure. I am positive the psp could handle all the great stuff EA put out on the 3D0 also while they are at emulation, next time maybe?

FallenAngel
FallenAngel

Only games to look forward to: Jungle and Desert Strike. And why are all three Road Rash games included? They were all pretty much the same anyway. That's a lame way to make up the numbers. and this Ultima VII version was the worst one ever. If you want to experience that game, find the PC one. now THAT was a classic.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Meh, all these games are kinda lousy. The Mutant League games were cool though.

kambion313
kambion313

oh so another game that requires no effort and is designed to make money for ea and sony...awesome...

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

If I had a PSP, Mutant Leaugue Football would be one of the main reasons to ge this game. But since I don't, I'll wait until EA runs out of ideas for the NFL license and remakes it using real teams or stadiums. And the reason they probably aren't using the PC versions of games is the emulators they're using. That and the console versions are already optimized for play with a controller.

Foolio1
Foolio1

Desert and Jungle Strike? Mutant League Football? Man, I wish I had a PSP now, lol

gonzalezj1
gonzalezj1

Why couldn't they have used the PC versions of Ultima VII and the Wing Commander games? I'm pretty sure the PSP could handle it...

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

"Haunting Starring Polterguy"? o_O I would hardly call that a classic. I suppose it could be WORSE though. They could throw in the Gen version of "The Immortal", "Sword Of Sodan" and "The Killing Game Show" aka "Fatal Rewind". @_@ But if you as me, they would've been better off just concentrating on a Road Rash game like that first one on PS1, what was it called, RR 3D or something? I remember finding that midly amusing as the first game I rented for my PS1 way back in 1999. And just include the Gen versions as extras.

xche78x
xche78x

since these are snes and genesis games, capcom's compilations is much better because they are arcade perfect translations + extras, which offers more like 20+ of em. and there's this !@#$%^&* cough cough 9x cough cough mdpsp gpsp cough cough. they should have opt for the pc versions . nice compilation though slightly overshadowed. may still become a sleeper hit due to great titles.

joker2763
joker2763

Mutant League Football is worth the price of admission alone.

MrBurns
MrBurns

I am buying this for Mutant League Football alone. Desert and Jungle Strike are just a plus. The other games........meh.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

This game is sure to bring back some memories.