Posts Tagged ‘Battlefield Play4Free’

Battlefield Bye Bye Bye: EA Closing Four F2P Games

We received a report from the eerie ghost world of EA’s free-to-play MMO drive ‘em up Need for Speed World only last week. Its streets lay empty, making the twilight world a spooky haunted house of a city. And then… a car appeared. Oh, how much I’d like to have told young Jack “But Jack, NFSW closed down on this very day three years ago” and watch his jaw drop. But I couldn’t, because it’s only now closing.

EA today announced plans to close four of their free-to-play games: Need for Speed World, FIFA World, Battlefield Play4Free, and Battlefield Heroes.

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Play4Free Is No More: EA Debuts Origin Free To Play

If you have anything even vaguely resembling a working knowledge of the English language, you’ll probably agree that Play4Free – EA’s diabolical label for its gaggle of free-to-play offerings – was painful, difficult to look upon, and probably responsible for the deaths of millions. But now, on this happiest of days, EA’s kicking it to the curb in favor of Origin Free to Play, a long-overdue reorganization under the service’s woefully anemic (though largely harmless) umbrella.

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Easy Now: Battlefield Play4Free Is Out

Free to manshoot!
Easy Studios’ free manshooter Battlefield Play4Free is in open beta now, which means that anyone can play… for free! Hurrah for that. I’ve been playing for a few days now, and will soon post CRITICAL JUDGEMENT on it, sat, as I am, on the throne of judgement that we now use to judge things critically. I’ll be investigating its guns, free and paid for, as well as looking up its nose. Then, and only then, can we be sure of its worth. Here are some initial impressions: Argh, you can’t change any settings in game! Also: hmm, it’s all a bit locked down with these skill trees ‘n stuff. And: there’s lag about, and it really needs that server browser (which is coming, apparently). Fourthly, I totally shot some dudes. I am invincible!

Anyone else in there?

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Ben Cousins Talks Battlefield Play4Free

Electronic Arts are making some serious progress into the sphere of free-to-play games, and it’s interesting to watch this established and old school mainstream publisher gear up to explore that fresh frontier. One of EA’s pioneers heading off into that great unknown is Ben Cousins, who is the general manager of EA’s free-to-play branch, Easy Studios. I talked to him about Battlefield Play4Free. Battleforge, and more.

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Battlefield Play4Free: Trailer2Watch

I'd like to go to all the effort of building a tank with a gun that fires out a giant one of those BANG! flags.

Battlefield Play4Free is unacceptable. The title, I mean. It looks like it should be some ramshackle shop that briefly appears on the road that runs behind the high street. The one with offers in the window written in pen, and a guy behind the counter with a recent prison tattoo on his knuckles. “Yeah, I can yet ya Battlefield. Nah, sorry, I only take cash.”

However, that’s what those shifty-looking sorts at EA and DICE have chosen for the second free-to-play incarnation of Battlefield, following on from the slightly disappointing (but highly populated) Heroes. All serious this time. There’s a new trailer for it – a proper one, not some shaky cam footage – below.

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Watch4Free: Battlefield Play4Free Footage

Coincidentally, that's the face I pull the entire time when playing an FPS game.

Who’s excited about Battlefield Play4Free? I’m not, but only because as Ben Cousins, Senior Producer of EA Dice says, “It’s much more aimed at a traditional First Person Shooter fan.” Me? I like contemporary first person shooters. I like to scald myself by taking fat bites from the endless chili pepper of innovation. Battlefield: Even Better Destructible Terrain, that’d be the game for me.

Below you can watch the first in-game footage from Play4Free, as well as hear Cousins talk about what they’re doing with the game, why they went free, and why that might be a pretty good idea.
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Shot Shot: Battlefield Play4Free Announced

EA has announced Battlefield Play4Free, which will be released in Spring 2011 and will offer you guys Battlefield… for free! It’s from the makers of Battlefield Heroes (which you can also play for free), will feature 32 player action and will combine “the most popular maps from Battlefield 2 with the familiar classes and powerful weapons of Battlefield: Bad Company™ 2.”

Fighting will “earn in-game currency to spend on a massive array of devastating weapons and equipment.” Are you ready for my guess? Here’s my guess: You will be able to buy in-game currency with real money. Pow. A teaser trailer lies in the grubby foxhole below.
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