EA and CodeMasters take aim at GT5!

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Well it sure didn't take long for other notable publishers to take on GT5 in a battle of words. EAGames best known in the racing realm for Need For Speed and CodeMasters known for DiRT and the latest in the F1 series are quick to issue statements regarding their new formitable competitor. GT5 has been critisized lately for its lack of polish with Kotaku showing images of a dog that looks almost as bad as a 64 model.

This critisizm can only be good for Polyphony to help them in the future create a better game. Considering how much blood sweat and tears went in to making the final product perfect, their will always be faults. No matter what Sony did somebody was bound to find a weakness and it seems EAGames and CodeMasters have done exactly that.

"I think they have a very sterile, almost car collecting type of product where that's mainly what we do and I think we can offer something different," - Patrick Soderlund (Senior VP EAGames)

With over 1,000 cars it does seem like EA may have a point. Alot of time and effort was put into making all these vehicles availible for play. Now that same fact could be used against Need For Speed they lack the diversity of cars that GT5 has. But in this point EA is on the offensive calling the experiance very sterile.

"You can have a technically phenomenal game, but you can also have a game concept that doesn't really appeal [to some racing fans] and could be accused of - and you have to be careful how you write this - of being boring," - Rod Cousens (CEO CodeMasters)

CodeMasters went alittle further then EAGames in their attack of GT5. Calling it a technically phenominal game. Which could be refering to the graphics as technical. Notice Rod doesn't want to sound to offensive telling the journalist to watch how they write it. But he calls GT5 boring none the less. I gotta say I played F1 2011 and was not intrigued or entertained so I find it hard to see how CodeMaster's CEO can call it more boring then their products. But he could be refering to one of CodeMaster's flagship racers DiRT which I thoroughly enjoyed.

So their you have it, EA and CodeMasters dishing out the hate. But do they have valid points? Are DiRT and Need For Speed actually good competitors or are they completely wrong and Sony owns their butts? Its up to you the gamers of VGChartz to decide!


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I was just about to post this as well.  And to some extent I agree.  GT5 is a REALLY good racer but feels...kind of cold almost.  It doenst really have any character whatsoever while other sims like Forza managed to.  I really need more time with the game first before I decide if GT5 or Forza 3 are better but its honestly much closer than I originally thought it would be.

Shit just got serious.

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Joelcool7 said:


"You can have a technically phenomenal game, but you can also have a game concept that doesn't really appeal [to some racing fans]



Questioning the appeal of something that sales 10 million while your own game struggles to get to 2, ok.

Blue3 said:
Joelcool7 said:


"You can have a technically phenomenal game, but you can also have a game concept that doesn't really appeal [to some racing fans]



Questioning the appeal of something that sales 10 million while your own game struggles to get to 2, ok.

I dont see GT5 selling 10 million.  At all.  Unless Europe REALLY pulls through because I dont think NA numbers will be anywhere near GT3's

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These guys don't even know that their games is arcadey , its just like NFS Shift , its realistic looking but its arcadey.

i wouldn't mind if Turn10 said this, but Codemasters don't even make Sim racers so they should just shut it.

EA? Codemasters? Bye! :)

They gonna come off like whiny, butt hurt little trolls if GT5 sells >5 million and shows great legs. It might not live up to its predecessors' sales but at over 5 million in sales it would still blow away every other current gen racer that doesn't have Mario in its name...except for GT5P. [Edit] Actually FM2 has sold well (with bundling) and it would be close enough to 5 million not to be in the "blown away" category, but still substantially outsold.

87 Metacritic suggests reviewers aren't thinking it's bland and boring. A bland and boring, yet technically impressive racer would be getting low 70 or less on Metacritic. In fact when it comes to the actual racing on the track the reviewers seem to be almost universal in giving it high praise.

An interesting sales mark, at least according to VGC numbers, is 6.5 million. If GT5 gets to 6.5 million it will have sold more than any other racer except for other GT games and Mario racing games; i.e. better than all current and past gen EA and Codemasters racing games.

Merely because they went and trashed GT5 I hope GT5 gets to that 6.5 million mark (and beyond) just so some decent crow can be served upon those who wanna trash other peoples hard work. I really hope the folks at PD rise above this pettiness and don't respond in kind. Have your revenge where it counts: in the sales charts, but praise Codemaster's and EA's efforts because it costs you nothing to praise other people's work, it won't even cost GT any sales to give priase to other racing games.

The racing genre has suffered somewhat this gen. It would have been nice if racer developers would actually support the genre as a whole by trying to bring the love back to racers rather than talk smack about each other's work.

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EA does it all the time, they did it with BFBC2 dishing hate at MW2 and promoting there game. they are trying to draw attention to NFS

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EA would be bitter with Hot Pursuit being bulldozed by the GT5 hype and Codemasters? How many more flops until they shut that studio down? These guys wish they could make a game as good and as popular as Gran Turismo.