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.
Newzoo has a new comparison out for the year. Based on the financial years of 2013 and 2014, we can get a sense of which companies are leading the industry. While we talk about Sony, Microsoft, EA and everyone else who has big stands at E3 all the time, there are other players in this game who are raking in billions.
Let's get this out of the way: EA sort of lied. Everyone was expecting the first proper look at Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay at the Star wars Celebration over the weekend, and while attendees definitely got that chance the rest of us didn't Instead, we now know a hell of a lot more about the online shooter, and it's sounding very much like a sequel any fan would want to play.
The next Mass Effect is highly anticipated. I know I'm desperate to know more about what's going on in that universe and I'm certainly not the only one. While this is pure rumor and shouldn't be taken too much to heart, a new survey might have just revealed some details about the upcoming game. Of course, these should be taken with a grain or two of salt, as well as a celebratory margarita.
Humble Bundles are the nightmare fuel of backlogs. They’re deviously cheap, offer a massive bundle of games and usually justify the admission fee. The latest bundle for this month comes courtesy of EA, and it’s a healthy collection of some of their best games in recent years. There’s also still a few to be added in the coming weeks – but they’re far less exiting.
The anticipation floating around every Star Wars fan globally is so thick, I’m not even sure that unstable red lightsaber could slice through it. Not only with Friday give us a new trailer for The Force Awakens, but we’ll also get our very first glimpse of Star Wars: Battlefront gameplay – which will supposedly break the internet. As for when we’ll actually get to play, who knows. We do know, however, that Xbox One will get it first.
You know what’s better than playing games? Many, many other things but I’m contractually obligated not to mention them. Still playing games that you’ve bought with funds that are going straight to charity on the other hand, is an easy feel-good experience! And EA has teamed up with Humble Bundle for a sequel Origin special. Here’s what a whole dollar (or more) will get you.
Star Wars is a big deal. No matter what EA does with Battlefront, they will have fans buying Battlefront just to get another taste of the Star Wars universe. It looks like they're actually doing some good work on the project, though, with the hype train going full steam ahead thanks to some social media excitement.
Industry analyst Michael Pachter likes to make predictions. He has all kinds of views on the future of the industry and what we can expect going forward. Now he has turned his attention to EA's upcoming titles and his predictions might turn out to be correct.
Transitions are hard for anyone. Like breakups or moving house, it can be really hard to let go. However, Mass Effect might make it a bit easier to abandon your aging consoles - the new one won't be making an appearance on Xbox 360 or PS3.
Battlefield Hardline: Terrible single-player, fantastic multiplayer. It’s the component of the game that Battlefield fans will spend the majority of their time on, as the abuse of police power does get tiresome after a while. Multiplayer on the other hand, is pretty damn fantastic. Especially when you and a bunch of mates jump into a car, drive like lunatics and shoot shotguns off into the faces of the opposing team. It’s been a smooth launch so far, but that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been a few teething problems with the online side of Hardline. Problems which will hopefully be patched out in the next update.
If I asked you who the most sadistic gamers were, you might have a variety of answers. Perhaps all the pew pew of FPS titles make those guys the worst, or maybe the far more intimate hack and slash of a sword shows the true depths of horror. Well, you'd be wrong. The creepiest people you could meet play The Sims.
I am incredibly keen for the new Mass Effect. I know it's not being released any time soon, but I'm just curious about what it will hold - will some characters return? Where will the story take place? What mechanics will change and how will Bioware deal with a universe sans Shepard? While those questions are yet to be answered, twitter gives us a tiny glimpse into some progress that's coming.
And you can blame coin sellers for that. Yep, it’s all their fault.