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Maybe many of you wondered what is the first game in the FIFA series? Well in 1993 EA Sports released the first game from this hystoric series and it was actually the first FIFA game beside the 1994 release that wasn't named by using a year. FIFA International Soccer, that was the name for the first game in the FIFA series. There was madness in the whole world when EA released that game. It was maybe the single major sports game that didn't had a proper virtual release. EA Sports was on the wave in those years so they entered a market where they still lead with their FIFA 'enter year here' games.
The other two games, NHL and John Madden Football also started to be named by using years since 1993. NHL 94 and Madden 94 were their names. Maybe FIFA didn't had a year in it's name because EA wasn't that sure that the game will succeed but obviously it exceeded all of the expectations and here we are with the FIFA series leading in EA Sports earnings. Till date the FIFA series has sold over 100 million copies. There are very few games that managed to do that.
Now let's take a look at how the covers of those games looked like:
1. FIFA International Soccer (1993)
2. NHL '94 (1993)
Just like we had for 1990, we also have four games for 1991. In that year gamers were happy because another John Madden game was coming out as well as another Baseball game. EA Sports seems like isn't making that much profit out of Baseball games nowadays so they aren't releasing baseball games anymore (or not as often as in the 1990's).
A new racing game has been released in 1991 by EA Sports called Mario Andretti's Racing Challenge and the third PGA Tour game was also out in 1991. Now EA has a contract with the best golf player, Tiger Woods so they are releasing PGA Tour under his name and only on consoles (like many of their games since they are getting better profit out of them).
The John Madden '92 game was signed by EA Sports Network. That was the first name the sports division of EA had before changing it's name to EA Sports as we it's known today.
Soon we will get closer to the year when the games started to look more realistic and have success worldwide.
1. Mario Andretti's Racing Challenge
2. PGA TOUR Golf III
3. Earl Weaver Baseball II
4. John Madden Football '92
Which one have you played?
You may have noticed that most of the games that are set in an older period are having more success than a game that is set nowadays for example or even than the one that are set in the future.
I am a fan of these games mainly because usually developers have a strong ability to create the game and the story with a perfect time setting. Rockstar is a more recent example with their L.A. Noire story. L.A. Noire is set in the 1940's Los Angeles and they had a specific department where their main mission was to gather as much information as they can about the 1940's Los Angeles (buildings, cars, people, design, fashion, everything). They finished by doing a great job and i may put L.A. Noire on my favourite games list. But as i said i am a fan of this kind of games. Some of you may like the games that are set somewhere in future (which are mainly sci-fi). These kind of games are also good to learn more history. L.A. Noire had a nice feature ... everytime you went beside a famous building in Los Angeles, a message would pop out in which you were finding out more about that building. Also i find it extremely interesting to see how people were living in those times, the clothes they were wearing, the cars they were driving and to make a comparison to nowadays and see how much the world evolved.
We are getting closer to the launch of Hitman Absolution which will take place in November this year. We waited so much for this game and the developers finally announced a month ago that the fifth game in the Hitman series will be released on November 20, 2012 on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
The Hitman series doesn't need to many presentations since there has been even a movie made after the game. The movie was also a pretty good one just like the games. Hitman in my opinion redifines with every released game the term of tactical shooter. The way you must find clues and finish the mission is nowere near close to L.A. Noire. Of course they are two different games and not only because of the main characters (a paid assassin and a detective) but still ...
The fans of the game had to wait for six years to play another Hitman game. But i think the waiting will worth it.
Io Interactive stated that the action will take place in the United States. A more detailed location is Chicago. Also, Hitman: Absolution will be easier to play (can't imagine that and i hope it won't be easier to play since this is actually the main reason why many are playing Hitman, for it's mistery and for the way you must find clues and ways to finish the mission).