updated 09:30 pm EDT, Wed October 6, 2010
SimCity Deluxe for iPad coming in November
The latest lineup of iPhone and iPod Touch games (along with one iPad-specific title) from Electronic Arts Mobile features war, sports, hunting, fantasy and city-building, most of which are available now or by next month in time for the holidays. Titles include Battlefield: Bad Company 2, EA Sports FIFA 11, Heroes Lore, High Caliber Hunting, EA Sports MMA, EA Sports NBA Elite 11 and -- specially built just for iPad -- SimCity Deluxe HD.
FIFA 11 ($5) adds more than 500 real teams from leagues around the world, along with 30 authentic stadiums and real players such as Kaka and Wayne Rooney, and is available now. Compatible with the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4, iPad, or the 3rd-generation or better iPod Touch running iOS 3.0 or higher.
Also debuting is EA Sports MMA, the company's first foray into MMA for iOS and specifically designed for the Retina Display of the iPhone 4 and latest iPod Touch, the game features multiple fighting styles and more than 20 real-life fighters. It is expected to appear in the App Store this month.
The last sports title is EA Sports NBA Elite 11, the only true 5-on-5 NBA game on the App Store, and also designed with the Retina Display in mind. Updated rosters for all 30 teams and commentary from the NBA announcers at ESPN add realism. Players can use over 450 players, unlock legends, and play the new 3-point Shootout Mode. It too is expected to appear in the App Store later this month.
On the fantasy and adventure quest front, Heroes Lore is a RPG imported from Korea that features online 1-on1 or 2-on-2 player action. The game is expected to be released this month, but pricing has not yet been announced.
Announced for November is Battlefield: Bad Company 2, a console-style warfare-simulation game featuring 14 single-player missions across five battle zones. The game offers tanks, choppers and online multiplayer options.
High Caliber Hunting uses the Retina Display of the latest iPhone and iPod Touch to maximize the realistic natural environments of more than 20 different types of game, from squirrels and rabbits up to bear and moose. The game offers up to 70 brand-name firearms and gear to give players the most authentic hunting experience.
Finally, November will see the release of EA's iPad-specific title SimCity Deluxe HD, boasting immersive graphics, a bigger interactive display and improved touch control. The HUD has been optimized for the iPad screen, and includes drag-and-drop placement of the HUD panel. The game sports other improvements such as simultaneous disaster strikes, textured terrain and animated water. Pricing for SimCity Deluxe HD has not yet been announced.