Remember that time when Battlefield was all about, you know, an actual battle field with tanks and planes and not cops n robbers driving couches and cars around? Pepperidge (cabbage) farm remembers! Don’t worry, EA remember too, because they haven’t abandoned support for Battlefield 4 in favour of the newer Hardline. A new patch is coming to the former, and it arrives later today.
There’s a lot of love out there for the Battlefront series of games. For fans, Battlefront uno and dos were games that allowed console owners to finally drop into the kind of large-scale combat that PC gamers had been enjoying for years. That makes for one hell of a nostalgic field trip down memory lane, and has already set a high bar for the upcoming EA and DICE-developed Battlefront game. A game which is being tackled as a complete reboot.
There have been numerous leaks, mock-ups and renders of what AMD's upcoming Fiji line of cards might look like, with the R390X unsurprisingly claiming the majority of interest. AMD is expected to reveal these new cards at Computex next week - although it seems like a lucky few already have their hands on the card. And they're taking some photos.
What do you look for in a collector’s edition of a game? Maybe it’s a fancy art book. Maybe you want a beautiful resin statue to put on your shelf that you can gawk at and convince yourself that all those Rands spent were well worth it. I on the other hand, prefer practical collector’s editions of games. And since it looks quite rainy today, I think I might just pre-order Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.
Like every other Battlefield in recent times, Hardline has a multitude of additional content planned to keep the game’s community hooked well after release and into the foreseeable future. Reckon you’re over EA’s cop and robbers simulator already? The release of Hardline’s first DLC may jump start your excitement once more. It’s called Criminal Activity (such title, so creativity), and it’ll be available next month.
Suffice to say EA is not the favourite company of many gamers who feel the company exists purely to increase profits. And the best way for the company to do that, says many, is to ship sub-par games and then ruthlessly release crap DLC while slashing head counts.
One gaming genre I tend to overlook or ignore completely these days (other than SPURTS) is that of the VROOM VROOM kind. It’s surprising actually, seeing as I am not completely bored by cars and tend to drool over them in real life. The thing is, I used to dig racing games. The franchise that pulled me in fully years ago was Need for Speed. I played Hot Pursuit into the ground towards the end of the 90s, and then I got hooked on later iterations, Underground, and its sequel, Underground 2. I even played Carbon a little. Those later titles were fantastic; Neon lighting, sexy cars, kickass soundtracks, and TJOONING… what wasn’t to like? Then I lost interest completely – the games became a little too serious/washed out for my liking. That may all change though, as there is a new Need for Speed on the way, and it hints at being a spiritual successor to the one iteration I loved most, Underground.
Star Wars: Battlefront is highly anticipated, but many were worried it would be a Star Wars skinned Battlefield. There're a lot of differences though, and they go way deeper than pure cosmetic or lore characteristics.
Star Wars is pretty much a license to print money, and far more legal than the dodgy counterfeit operation I’ve got set up in my garage where the man is constantly trying to keep me down yo. But just how much money can it make? Well for EA, the answer is a Bantha poodoo-load, but not all of the Bantha poodoo that is.
E3 is just a few weeks away, but EA felt necessary to share release date details about some of their most anticipated titles before taking the stage this year. Aside from Star Wars: Battlefront, the publisher is expected to give updates on the Mirror's Edge sequel, Titanfall and possibly new Plants vs. Zombie games. At the very least, we now know when they're all expected to hit shelves.
Even though the biggest discussion factor behind Star Wars Battlefront has been how the game will probably have nowhere near as much content available at launch as the original games did in earlier generation, I’m still kind of cautiously optimistic for the upcoming reboot. As far as Star Wars games go, I’ve got massive confidence in DICE creating the prettiest game in the franchise thus far, and then fixing it up with monthly updates down the line to look even purdier. And while discussing the upcoming game, DICE may have just leaked that there’ll be 12 multiplayer maps within which to support the sister-kissing resistance known as the Rebel Alliance.
I'll forgive you for forgetting that Dragon Age: Inquisition, last year's stellar RPG epic, even had DLC. It's been ages since Jaws of Hakkon released as a little timed-exclusive package for Microsoft platforms (sorry 360, not you), but if you've waited with bated breath you can finally let out a sigh of relief. It's coming to every other platform, and pretty soon too.
It’s tricky to get refunds on games you’ve bought – whether at retail or through digital distribution. It’s especially tricky when the store you’ve bought it from doesn’t provide a method for refund. EA’s Origin doesn’t. At least everywhere other than Australia. They’ve been forced to change their policies by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
I feel a disturbance in the Force. No wait, that’s just my KFC Dunked Zinger Wing lunch reminding me of the dark side of the colonel. What I do see however, is a new Star Wars game on the way. A new Star Wars Battlefront! Sure, it may not feature nearly as many modes as the original two Battlefront games but what the hell, my obvious fanboyism is clearly not allowing me to see that. It’s a DICE game through and through, and I’m hoping that it doesn’t bother too heavily from their Battlefield series. Which is one of the main development focal points of this game apparently.
DICE’s new Battlefront looks pretty damned good, even if it is based on that hackneyed Star Wars nonsense. While many fans’ brains are set to explode with excitement, a great many others are doing their best to contain their enthusiasm. Why? Because they’re certain that EA – being EA – are going to nickel-and-dime them with this game’s inevitable DLC. They’re worried that EA and DICE will hold content back, only to sell it to them later as DLC. EA wants to assure you that that’s not the case.