View Full Version : Bwhahaha, EA Sports cuts prices, this time all around the board! Go Sega!!!

11-09-2004, 09:48 AM
Gamespot (http://www.gamespot.com/news/2004/11/08/news_6112689.html)

EA Sports announces across-the-board price cuts
Madden NFL 2005, NHL 2005, and NBA Live 2005 now just $29.95 apiece; NCAA Football 2005 will be $39.95.

A new salvo was fired in the sports-game price war today as Electronic Arts announced drastic price reductions for almost all of its flagship EA Sports franchises. Effective immediately, all console versions of Madden NFL 2005 and NHL 2005 will retail for just $29.95, which is $20 less than the original prices for both. NBA Live 2005 and NCAA Football 2005 will be discounted by $10, so the games will now sell for $29.95 and $39.95, respectively. All four games are rated "E" for Everyone.

Frank Gibeau, EA’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, naturally had great things to say about the price drop. “People who buy sports games late in the season tend to be more casual players. Our pricing strategy will be a big draw during the holidays and will attract new players to EA Sports.”

As most industry watchers are aware, EA Sports' price drops are in direct response to ESPN Videogames' aggressive pricing strategy announced earlier this year. Copublished by Take-Two Interactive and Sega, all of the most recent crop of games bearing the ESPN name--ESPN NFL 2K5, ESPN NBA 2K5, ESPN College Hoops 2K5, and ESPN NHL 2K5--only cost $19.99. While the pricing strategy was initially, and publicly, scoffed at by EA executives, subsequent analyst reports and sales information have apparently prompted the company to take a different tack.

By Tor Thorsen -- GameSpot
POSTED: 11/08/04 02:43 PM PST

Hm... $29.95, or $19.99 (for the better game)... you decide :p

11-09-2004, 09:58 AM
I CAN see it now " ESPN $10.95!!!" .. HAHHAHAH

11-09-2004, 10:08 AM
i just paid $25 for a used nba live 2005 yesterday :(

11-09-2004, 11:44 AM
You shouldnt have picked up live in the first place becuase Sega sports rule!

severd hed
11-09-2004, 02:14 PM
now if only this trend would roll over into other genres. i personally dont like sports games..but i do feel that $50 is way too much for a video game.

11-09-2004, 07:57 PM
Why the hell do people like NFL 2K5... Madden kicks its ass.

11-09-2004, 08:56 PM
Why the hell do people like NFL 2K5... Madden kicks its ass.
Whatchoutalkinbout Willis? NFL 2k5 is sweet. I would take ESPN over Madden any day, even if the prices were the same.

11-09-2004, 09:07 PM
Ditto... I'd also take ESPN NBA, NHL, and College Hoops over EA's... but that's just me.

11-09-2004, 09:27 PM
mvp baseball owns u :)

11-09-2004, 11:23 PM
People have been introduces to the truth and it's costing EA money.

11-09-2004, 11:39 PM
Maybe all games will soon be 20 bucks.

... Nah.

I sure wish though.

11-10-2004, 12:03 AM
Why the hell do people like NFL 2K5... Madden kicks its ass.

Uhhhhhhhh, no.

11-10-2004, 12:27 AM
I was thinking of getting Madden until I saw how much they were gonna sell Espn NFL 2k5... :p

Karma caught up to them, huh! :yikes: :D

11-10-2004, 08:04 PM
In football, Madden is better than ESPN in the gameplay department by far. In Hockey, ESPN crushes EA's title. In basketball, who gives a crap about that sport...LOL! In baseball, I have to say EA's title is stellar but lost out to ESPN due to the lack of Live play. MVP will be the title to go with next year I am sure.

ESPN's games, with the excpetion of hockey, are ok and probably only wort the $19.99 you pay for them. IMO of course.

11-10-2004, 09:58 PM
Classic EA, they claim to be superior, but aren't confident enough to keep their price at what it was originally, THEN claim it was their idea all along