activision cares a lot about money and hardly support games if they don't succeed.
EA is money grabbers and will do anything they can to get a penny. never delay games, removes features to sell in dlc, microtransactions in most of their games with dlc on day one, Was the ones who started the online pass crap and plenty fucking more and Peter got the nerve to say gamers don't like change...
EA does make more solid games then activision though but got some of the worse policies in the gaming world
Activision is pretty bad, besides milking their only other games are shitty licensing deals. Then they had that whole West and Zampella incident with Infinite Ward too, which they didn't handle gracefully. I'd say Activision is a much worse company than EA.
I feel bad though think of EA as bad at all in comparing them to Activision in such a manner. EA actually makes good games that are fun and lots of different types of games. Sure they milk their stuff too, but there's a lot more to pick from, and many of those games are immensely gratifying.
To be honest activisions only crime is making games people want like WOW expansions, COD etc, EA on the other hand actively attempt to screw you over repeatedly, they knowingly release broken games and their greatest sin in my opinion is the number of great studios/franchises that have been destroyed
I dislike Activision more then EA for sure. There are many reasons to dislike EA, but atleast they take a chance every full moon.
Activision is pretty much the EA with no risk taking, and all the negatives.
Which is a shame really, on both accounts, EA jumps from being pretty good, to outright aweful, Activision WAS good a long time ago. But the Policies they follow nowadays are a far cry from the Companies WHO clearly loved games and wanted to help publish the gems they saw.
Too much Corperate BS from people WHO rarely if ever know anything about games in general, and I often question the logic in putting people WHO clearly knows nothing about games in charge of such a Company, sure they know about finances, but when they themselves clearly don't understand the product they are selling, the reasons for buying them becomes iffy.
But EA atleast tryies, they discount games faster, they outright offer games for free, they DO offer decent support for the games they sell (although they are also masters of disasters). They try something different from time to time as stated above. Of the big 3 (Ubi, EA, Activision) I honestly like EA the most, Ubisoft is a trainwreck, if you Wonder why I dislike them, just take a two year trip back in time and examine the BS they've done (DRM, broken games, horrible stagnent game design, and out right offensive). Activision I already covered, a bit, but mostly hostile Development envioment, killing devs as the same Pace as EA, but hiding it under the rug, highly Priced games, that by all accounts should be considered Expansion packs and not full games (I am looking at you CoD series).
EA is not exactly a good thing for the industry no, but of the three big ones? They might be the best.
Activision is shady, but these days their largest issue is that they are super conservative. They are a blockbuster company, and at this point their only merit to the industry is that they release Call of Duty, WOW expansions, and soon Destiny, with some licensed stuff here and there. Safe, predictable, but at the least it's not Call of Duty doesn't work as intended, and Blizzard isn't holding up their end. From what I got out of the Destiny alpha it seems right solid on all acounts.
EA is far more infuriating given that they've had some quality IP's with potential under their belt, and their hand has led those games in poor direction. Battlefield was once this mighty multiplayer experience that they thoroughly compromised with Battlefield 4, and Hardline isn't exactly looking good either. The Sims were on a good run, and then there was the Sim City fiasco. Dead Space was a solid start to the series, and then we ended up at Dead Space 3: shoot the necromorph moon (I wish I was fucking kidding). Crysis? admittedly this one is also on Crytek, but again another bastardized child.
They closed Pandemic, they closed the Command and Conquer guys after one misfire (as opposed to actually giving them another shit to fix it). Madden because of the lack of competition has gotten away with poor handling, and you know wwhat the COD model is what they should adopt for Madden. Imagine some of the general moment to moment improvements Madden (and their sports games in general) would get if they had 2 teams working on them on a bi-annual basis. Nope, why do that when the status quo is working out perfectly fine.
Activision for all their shit coming has a better understanding of taking advantage of their ips these days. They are safe and boring though. EA? the fact that they have games with potential, that they routinely are finding ways to compromise I would argue is more frustrating. Call of Duty being more Call of Duty is at least whatever, why mess with what sells? I buy that argument. But Battlefield being straight broken? come on, son. It's EA, and it's not close.
EA is the worst by far. They destroy nearly all of their promising IPs by the third installment. The majority of them are awful by the second. They just ruin good games. Their business practices mostly suck, too.
All Activision does is give Call of Duty fans what they want. It's hard to begrudge that.
Activision is merely getting their production staff to make an awful lot of sequels to their existing IP. EA is actively trying to deceive and mislead their customers into their poor quality products (see "next-gen" sports games, Dungeon Keeper, etc).
Sadly, EA has my favorite game ever, Mass Effect. And EA further kept going and brought Titanfall which is also becoming my favorite online game. I don't understand why Microsoft hasn't bought those 2 games first place, at least buy ME which was first published by you.