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June 14, 2010 at 2:29 PM

E3: EA shows its top 10 new games, Speed, Medal of Honor

LOS ANGELES — Electronic Arts is making it easy to follow its announcements by showing 10 games in a row.

It caught me at No. 1, the new “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit” coming out Nov. 16. It takes the franchise back to its early, purer form with a cops and robbers theme. Except the cops may be driving a Bugatti or Lamborghini, and its practically photo realistic.

Also announced:

— “Dead Space 2,” a nightmarish war game coming out Jan. 25.

— “Medal of Honor’s” new edition set in Afghanistan, “the most authentic modern war experience this year.” It was shown with a 24-person live demo on the stage. Launches Oct. 12 and a multiplayer beta starts June 21 on Xbox, PS3 and PC.

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— “Battlefield Bad Company 2: Vietnam,” an expansion pack coming this winter.

— “MMA,” a mixed martial arts game, that’s showcasing EA Sport’s new “Live Broadcast” service that lets players customize avatars and vie for a chance compete in virtual MMA matches broadcast online. Live sportscasters will call the matches and the company will provide prizes. “Now it’s a fight,” EA Sports boss Peter Moore said.

— “Active 2,” an update to EA’s hit fitness game for the Wii, which is coming to the Wii, PS3 and Xbox Kinect. It includes a heart rate monitor that displays the heart rate and calories burned on the screen.

— “Madden NFL 11” gets a new engine and capabilities, including three-on-three online games, the ability to create full game plans and a trick that lets you play a full game in half the time. Joe Montana came on stage to help Moore talk up the game.

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— “The Sims 3” franchise is coming to consoles this holiday after its success on the PC.

— Crytek’s intense PC shooting game, “Crysis 2,” is coming to consoles, in 3-D for the Xbox, PS3 (and PC) this holiday.

— Epic Games’ “Bulletstorm,” a frenzy of shooting and cussing in which players unlock features with skillful shots, is coming out Feb, 11, 2011.

— More details were released about “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” a massively multiplayer online game. Each player will get his or her own starship, which will serve as a sort of home base for them. Players can choose to play on the side of the Empire or the Republic.

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