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#1 SynGamer

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 09:36 PM

On February 2nd, 2010, the following games' online servers will be shut down;

UEFA Champions League 07 (PC and 360)
Facebreaker (360 and PS3)
Fantasy Football 09 (360 and PS3)
FIFA 07 (PSP, PS2, PC)
Fight Night Round 3 (PS2)
Madden 08 (Wii)
Madden 08 (PC)
Madden 09 (Xbox)
Madden 09 (Wii and PSP)
March Madness 07 (360)
NBA 07 (PSP, 360)
NBA 08 (PS2, PSP, Wii)
NBA 09 (Wii – Europe only)
NBA Street 2007 (PS3 and 360)
NCAA Football 08 (PS2)
NCAA Football 09 (PS2)
NASCAR 08 (PS2)
NASCAR 09 (PS2)
NASCAR 09 (PS3 and 360 – Europe Only)
NFL Tour (PS3 and 360)
NHL 07 (PSP and 360)
NHL 08 (PC)
Tiger Woods 07 (PC)
Madden 09 (360 and PS3)
Madden 07 Xbox 360


I'm wondering if Madden 09 is a typo...that's ridiculous to shut down the server to a game that's been out for less than two years.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 09:41 PM

Its Bullshit about facebreaker, I just got that game

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#3 SynGamer

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 09:41 PM

Its Bullshit about facebreaker, I just got that game


Honestly, they should issue patches to allow P2P for online games. I'd rather take my chance with P2P than to have nothing at all.

EDIT: Said patch(es) should be released the day after the servers are taken down...

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 03:55 AM

I'm wondering if Madden 09 is a typo...that's ridiculous to shut down the server to a game that's been out for less than two years.


Probably not. Super Bowl (and in turn football season) will be over , which in turn means Madden 10 will probably price drop down to between $20-$40 , which in EA's eyes means anyone still holding out for Madden 10 at that point will probably upgrade. No need to keep servers up for a game "nobody" is playing.

Incidentally , it's things like this that makes me hope that changes to the Achievement/Trophy concept will happen in the future (or next gen consoles) that will make it so that if servers for a online game go down , that online chevos for the game don't become permanently disabled (or as you suggested such apply a P2P game patch).

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:05 AM

And this is why I don't buy EA games anymore.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:17 AM

Does MS not host these servers?
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Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:24 AM

Madden 09 is sad to say the least, especially considering on the PS3 there were still a few hundred people online at a given time, but understandable on EA's part. They don't want to spend the money to keep up a rapidly slowing server when they will probably soon drop the price of Madden 10 and see a huge spike in online play on that.

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#8 SynGamer

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:29 AM

Madden 09 is sad to say the least, especially considering on the PS3 there were still a few hundred people online at a given time, but understandable on EA's part. They don't want to spend the money to keep up a rapidly slowing server when they will probably soon drop the price of Madden 10 and see a huge spike in online play on that.


But at the same time we're paying for a game that has the ability to play online...

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:36 AM

But at the same time we're paying for a game that has the ability to play online...


That is true 100%. EA is money hungry, right up there with Microsoft in the way they run things. Also, whether or not EA would save some money from shutting down Madden 09 servers, they have the money to keep it going. It is obvious this is just a way to silently push Madden 10 on people.

P.S. Madden 09 on the PSP is being shut down too. That is weak, I loved playing Madden on the PSP...of course, the PSP (and Wii) community cannot be compared to the PS3/Xbox 360 communities. That is just sick.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:40 AM

think I'm more shocked with them shutting down NHL 07 on the PSP. That game has a HUGE following when you take into account the game was released in 2006.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:41 AM

Does MS not host these servers?


Nope, they are on EA server.

Also why shut down NBA 09 for Wii? EA didnt even release NBA 10

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:44 AM

No big surprises here. To be honest, I would have assumed they shut down the servers as soon as the next year game is released.
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Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:53 AM

so does this make some of these 360 games have some achievements that will never be unlockable, with online modes, etc?

That sucks.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:08 AM

It surprises me they would do this considering Christmas was just a few days ago...most people are going to grab the cheaper game, Madden 10...

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:14 AM

It surprises me they would do this considering Christmas was just a few days ago...most people are going to grab the cheaper game, Madden 10...


Most people are going to buy a game with up-to-date rosters, or a newer game in the case of something like Facebreaker. We are oddities here on CAG, most people have no interest in yesterday's games.
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Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:17 AM

Well, we're in a recession, and I just spent $200-250 on an Xbox 360...I'm going to want some cheap games.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:20 AM

I'm OK with it, they are all old games and you can not really think they will keep servers up forever.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:20 AM

I bought facebreaker for like 5 bucks at a local shop and I was wanting to check out the online play after button mashing with some friends, but now the billion dollar corporation EA trys to pinch pennies by shutting down these servers. Fuck you EA!

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:22 AM

Well, we're in a recession, and I just spent $200-250 on an Xbox 360...I'm going to want some cheap games.


Like I said on CAG we're the exception. Most people are not going to buy a 360 so they can play Madden 09. People want the latest and greatest, especially when it comes to annual sports games. The rosters are the entire point, playing with them being out-of-date seems pointless(to most people).
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Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:24 AM

It surprises me they would do this considering Christmas was just a few days ago...most people are going to grab the cheaper game, Madden 10...


I don't think EA cares in the least bit if people have no way to play their new, but older games online.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:22 AM

Doesn't seen ridiculous to me. Online communities for console games die fast. Really fast, unless were talking about Halo or Cod. I spent a good part of my weekend trying to play fear 2 online. I ended up getting to play half of 1 game after trying for several hours. Fear 2 is less than a year old.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:26 AM

Well, we're in a recession, and I just spent $200-250 on an Xbox 360...I'm going to want some cheap games.


Ditto that.

Although, I can understand what contej is saying. Most people like to have the newest stuff, but that mentality has somewhat slowed since people started, you know, not having a home to live in.

I still think this is a low move from EA. They are just trying to force you to buy Madden 10. "If you want online, you have to buy the newest we have"

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 05:28 AM

I don't think EA cares in the least bit if people have no way to play their new, but older games online.


Especially when the games were most likely bought second hand, or at such a steep discount that EA didn't see any profit.

This is the remnants of MS conceding in order to get EA games to have online on the original Xbox. EA was big enough to bully them into allowing them to run games through their own servers. The funny thing is these games still run P2P in most cases, you just have to log into the EA servers for an authentication of sorts. The servers serve no purpose other than to make sure EA has the ability to do this.

that mentality has somewhat slowed since people started, you know, not having a home to live in.


These people should probably worry a bit less about if their copy of NHL 07 has online play, and a bit more about well, everything else.
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Posted 04 January 2010 - 06:57 AM

At this point if anyone buying those old sport games they are getting it used.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 07:51 AM

Nope, they are on EA server.

Also why shut down NBA 09 for Wii? EA didnt even release NBA 10

Nobody bought it, so there's not enough people playing it to justify the upkeep for those servers.


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Posted 04 January 2010 - 06:03 PM

so does this make some of these 360 games have some achievements that will never be unlockable, with online modes, etc?

That sucks.


Yes, it is pretty common for EA to shut down game servers and make their online achievements unobtainable. Not that there is anything good about these mass shutdowns for games, but at least word gets out and you have some time to finish off the online achievements before everything shuts down. The ones that really get me are the achievements that have become unobtainable within a year of release due to how they are setup. For example the Game of the Week achievement in NBA Live 09. These ones sneak up on you so your best bet with all EA and 2K sports games is to get the online achievements out of the way ASAP or risk getting impacted by this type of thing.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 06:12 PM

Can't really expect them to keep old sports game servers up and running, especially the ones that are made every year. Now if this list had included Burnout or something, then it would probably be a big deal.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 06:17 PM

LOL Sports games and online sports games being shut down is not a major catastrophe or at least it isn't to me anyway. Now if they were to shut down any servers they have running for Mercenaries 2(a fine, fine game LMFAO), then I would be pissed.

Not really though, since I never finished the game due to all of the friggin' glitches in it. Shutting down Pandemic was the best decision EA ever made. How they went from the first Mercs game to the pos known as Mercs 2 is beyond me.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 06:28 PM

Dont think they will touch Burnout since you can still buy the game as a download

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 06:27 PM

How they went from the first Mercs game to the pos known as Mercs 2 is beyond me.


Economic Recession was how.

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