Top Ten Reasons why Electronic Arts is Hated

What’s really sad is that I used to love EA. In the 2000s, they were one of the greatest video game companies out there, publishing triple-A games and some of the greatest franchises out on shelf, sometimes even surpassing the almighty Nintendo itself.

Sadly, this beast of a company started to degenerate as it entered the 2010s, with its excessive use of DLCs, loot boxes, and expansion packs. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Even though they still managed to publish stellar games like Battlefield 3/4/1 and Titanfall, they never seemed to learn their mistakes of their bad games. For these reasons EA is often considered as one of the worst video game companies of all time.

The Top Ten

1 Closing many other companies

They might even close BioWare because of Anthem. (BioWare is the company behind Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic). I really hope they don't close them down, but honestly, they might as well close them down, because BioWare won't be able to make anything good under EA, unless they manage to separate from EA like the creators of Destiny did with Activision. - RogerMcBaloney

They might as well buy out the entire NA video game industry by this point. - Swellow

EA bought numerous major companies in its history, with each one of them creating at least one major games that contributed much to the gaming industry. Sadly, most of those companies are now closed for good, thanks to EA. Let's look at all the dead companies shall we?

- Maxis (The Sims franchise)
- Mystic (The Dark Age of Camelot)
- Bullfrog Productions (Dungeons Keepers)
- Origin (Ultima / Wing Commander)
- Westwood (Command and Conquer)
- Dreamworks Interactive (Medal of Honor)
- Black Box (Need for Speed / Skate)
- Pandemic (OG Star Wars Battlefront)
- Visceral Games (Dead Space)

Pay $4.99 to pay respect - Not_A_Weeaboo

2 Star Wars Battlefront II loot box controversy

80$ to play as darth vader? , like in the multiplayer? , - B1ueNew

Star Wars Battlefront 2015 wasn't exactly a masterpiece of a game, but it still managed to have beautiful graphics, realistic destruction, and fun gameplay. In 2017, EA made a sequel to the predecessor to “make up” for the lack of content. And many gamers were actually pretty hyped for the Battlefront game everyone wanted. Unfortunately, the sequel turned out even worse than the first game. The game was riddled with loot boxes only accessible through grinding or spending real life money. Not only that, the heroes in the game took an average 40 hours to unlock without spending any money. The community manager of EA attempted to answer the players’ questions by going on Reddit. The post was about a player who complained how he paid $80 dollars to unlock Darth Vader in game, and the community team responded by stating that the reason why it’s so hard to get heroes is that EA wanted the gamers to feel “pride” and “accomplishment” by buying/ grinding for heroes. This made ...more - Not_A_Weeaboo

3 Excessive DLCs

Electronic Arts is considered a huge laughing stock amongst gamers. And for a valid reason. A lot of their games revolves around paying extra money to unlock an in-game item or gameplay. For example, in Plants vs Zombies 2, it takes about five dollars to unlock ONE plant without grinding. This spawned a long period of time where people would mock EA’s greed with its “pay X amount of money to unlock/see” meme. - Not_A_Weeaboo

4 Lack of innovations in sports games

Same thing every year. No variety at all. Eh, they never change it, they're not bad, yet I hate them because they do the same thing again and again - iliekpiez

Before I get started, FIFA, NHL, and MADDEN games aren’t necessary bad. I actually had a lot of fun playing FIFA. The problem here is that EA never puts much effort in any of the sequels they spew out every single year. The sequels add nothing new to the game, and is basically just a copy paste of the previous games. The only “major” update EA made was adding female leagues in FIFA. Nothing really changed ever since. - Not_A_Weeaboo

I agree. Every year they bring out a new FIFA or Madden game whatever and it seems as if they hardly change up the game apart from team updates. - ParasN2000

5 Battlefield V’s female soldiers

Battlefield 1 was a great game, if not one of the best games of 2016. It had an enormous amount of action, one of the best graphics of this generation, and a perfect mix of destruction and emotional scenes. Players were very excited to see what the next game would look like. What they received was a huge disappointment. The trailer’s look itself wasn’t even impressive. But the real punch here is the bombardment (haha get it? ) of historical inaccuracy. In the first trailer, there was a female frontliner armed with an LMG running across the battlefield. She later is pinned down by an enemy soldier, who is later killed by another woman armed with a cricket bat and a prosthetic arm with her face covered in paint like a pirate. Even people who doesn’t know much about World War II should know something like this never happened. People hated this trailer so much, that the like/dislike ratio was worse than the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 trailer. It is unclear how the game will turn out, ...more - Not_A_Weeaboo

6 Mass Effect Andromeda facial animations

The Mass Effect trilogy is arguably one of the greatest trilogies in video game history. Great story, realistic graphics, fun gameplay, and lovable characters, so when Bioware announced the 4th installment to the franchise, many fans were hyped. Each trailer seemed amazing, showing off all the combat mechanics and beautiful scenery. However when the actual game came out, it left a huge disappointment in the fans. It was still an okay game, but the plot was bland, and the game was pretty repetitive. However the biggest punch to the face would have to be the horrid facial animations, which sparked a huge outcry amongst gamers. It literally looked like a cheap Garry’s Mod animation made by a 12 year old. - Not_A_Weeaboo

7 Mass Effect 3’s ending

Mass Effect 3 was an amazing game, containing everything good about video games: good story, good gameplay, and good characters. It would have been a perfect game, if it weren’t for the ending. It doesn’t matter which of the 3 endings you get, all of them are BAD. It was so controversial, that Bioware had to release an “extended cut” to the game, which wasn’t any better. - Not_A_Weeaboo

8 Simcity's mandatory online mode

Remember how I said Maxis died? Well I’m about to tell you the cause of death. Simcity 2013 was a reboot of the popular game made years before. On the outside, it looks like an okay game. But when gamers start downloading the game, they realize that they are forced to connect to the internet, even if they’re playing single player. Now, all these players connecting to the internet all at once caused the game to crash constantly. This lead to the downfall of the beloved company that created the Sims franchise. - Not_A_Weeaboo

9 Lack of content in Sims 4

I'd say that the problem was fixed, as they added what was missing. - Swellow

Sims 4 is a fun game, but it dies very quickly. Once it launched, it didn’t really have that much content fit into it, and updates had to be constantly made in order to make it a “full game”. Even that wasn’t enough to satisfy a lot of the players, so they decided to release (you guessed it) DLCs and Expansion packs. - Not_A_Weeaboo

10 Two consecutive "Worst Company of the Year" Awards

Good. I have some hope in humanity. - iliekpiez

It’s easy to see why. Considering that EA did all of these terrible things, it rightfully deserved those two awards. What’s even more surprising is that even after they received two golden poos, they didn’t even bother to change their courses and continued to do what they’re best at: enraging gamers. - Not_A_Weeaboo

The Contenders

11 Ruining what NFS once was
12 Lot's of Microtransactions

I don't think I need much of an explanation for this.-DarkBoi-X

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