Posts Tagged ‘Dice’

Lagolution: Battlefield 4 Patches Netcode

By Alice O'Connor on June 4th, 2014.

Pew pew.

“Lag!” you cry as the bullet zooops down your scope and through your virtual face. “Laaaaaag!” You’re awful and everyone wants you to be quiet, but last week you might have elicited a modicum of sympathy in Battlefield 4 by grumbling about netcode, or at least recognition. Now you’ll get only contempt. Maybe. Assuming a new fix actually works. Developers DICE yesterday rolled out a patch adding a ‘High Frequency Bubble’ option which should take a knife to the visible lag. One of DICE’s test shows this cut in half, though of course things may be different in actual real games.

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Battlefield 3 And Plants Vs Zombies Free On Origin

By Nathan Grayson on May 29th, 2014.

Battlefield: Hardline is mere weeks away from being shown off for the first time, and Battlefield 4 just got microtransactions. What’s an already overwhelmed Battlefield neophyte to do? Why, dive into a different Battlefield altogether, of course. I mean, I guess that’s rationale behind EA’s decision to make BF3 100 percent free as part of Origin’s On The House program, and – while things haven’t exactly been sunshine and butterflies on the battle-est of fields lately – I won’t look a gift tank in the turret. I feel like that would be a very, very poor idea under any circumstance, virtual or not.

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Blood Money: Battlefield 4 Adds Microtransactions

By Nathan Grayson on May 28th, 2014.

Argh, my... wallet...

Somewhere beneath all of Battlefield 4‘s glitches, server woes, and ceaseless controversy lies a very good game. Even back when it first launched, I jumped into a few matches that went off without a hitch, and I thought to myself, “Wow, there is a preposterous amount going on here and also I just murdered a man with a defibrillator.” But it’s like a “levolutionary” building with sickly hunks of concrete hanging from twisting threads of rebar – one small push, and everything comes crumbling down (unless there is a physics glitch). And now the latest not-so-great-looking mark on a very not-sterling record: EA and DICE have added microtransactions to Battlefield 4, a premium game that still hasn’t seen a single price drop. But hey, at least they’re optional.

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War(ts) And All: Battlefield 4 Servers Get Anti-Lag Uprade

By Nathan Grayson on April 28th, 2014.

Battlefield 4 is kind of like Humpty Dumpty. It launched, pretty much immediately face-planted off its precarious perch, and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men still haven’t managed to fully put poor ol’ Humpty back together again. There’s a good game in there somewhere, but lag and a smattering of related (and unrelated) issues threaten to drown it beneath the Megalodon-infested seas. So DICE has finally elected to bring out the big guns in the form of new server hardware. The question is, did it work?

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You’re Going To Need A Bigger Aircraft Carrier, Battlefield 4

By Alice O'Connor on April 7th, 2014.

Playful lil fella

Many a cold night they spent together on the hunt for the beast, scanning the seas from watchtowers, wading in the surf, riding the waves, and diving down to the dark ocean’s wrecks. Days turned to weeks, and weeks to months. They’d never seen it, but they know it was there. Each secret uncovered brought them closer to the beast. They felt it in their bones. And then… it was upon them. They were snuffed out in an instant.

After many moons of searching, dedicated Battlefield 4 players have finally found a long-rumoured secret: a megalodon. Lurking in the seas of DLC multiplayer map Nansha Strike, the prehistoric mega-shark will rise and breach to devour the bold and foolish.

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Remember The Titans? B4’s Naval Assault’s DLC Does

By Craig Pearson on February 14th, 2014.

HONNNNNNNK!

I haven’t played one second of Battlefield 4 (is it still all kinds of broken?), because I was taking a personal stand against Dice and EA’s refusal to acknowledge how awesome Battlefield 2142 was. Specifically Titan Mode, where each side had a hovering carrier that could be boarded by launching yourself at it in your own personal missile. It was all fashooomgrawwwwwgnargle *headshot*, and it was the best thing Battlefield ever did do. Well, there’s some good news if you’ve been part of my protest: the upcoming Naval Strike map pack (ugh!) will be paying homage to Titan Mode with Carrier Assault mode, though there’s no mention of the personal missiles that made that mode so much fun.
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EA Defends BF 4, SimCity Launch Efforts, Discusses Future

By Nathan Grayson on February 11th, 2014.

I recently attended the D.I.C.E. Summit in Las Vegas (which is not related to game developer DICE, actually), and there I interviewed the entire gaming industry. OK, that’s not entirely true, largely because many D.I.C.E. attendees spontaneously break out into hives if anybody so much as mentions the word “indie.” But still, I talked to a whole mess of people. I encountered EA chief creative officer Rich Hilleman on an award show red carpet, so time for chit-chat was brief. Given recent events, however, I had to ask: what’s the deal with EA and hideously botched launches on games like Battlefield 4 and SimCity? And while Hilleman (very vaguely) promised change, I found his response more than a little upsetting. Read on and see what you think.

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Mere’s Edge: Rhianna Pratchett Not Writing Mirror’s Edge 2

By Nathan Grayson on January 9th, 2014.

hey faith what are you up to oh you know me just haaaaaaaaanging out [audience goes wild]

Rhianna Pratchett’s writerly quill has guided the words and deeds of many a game character, but that won’t be the case with Faith in Mirror’s Edge 2. Fresh off stints on the likes of Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite, and Beat Buddy, Pratchett is not reconvening with DICE and EA. She was apparently never even contacted. But perhaps it’s for the better, as Pratchett wasn’t particularly pleased with how the original Mirror’s Edge turned out in the story department.

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DICE Halting Future Projects Until Battlefield 4 Is Stable

By Nathan Grayson on December 5th, 2013.

No, I can still go on! I can still fix one... more... bug.

Like Battlefield 3 before it, Battlefield 4‘s launch hasn’t exactly been graceful. If our baseline metric for grace is a lithe, ethereally beautiful swan, then BF4 thus far has been said swan getting squashed into a writhing mass of meaty chunks by a thousand levolutions. Bugs, glitches, crashes – you name it, BF4 has grappled with it on PC and consoles. DICE, unsurprisingly, is aware that its flagship shootyblam has issues, and has – in the wake of new issues stemming from the China Rising DLC pack – dedicated its full developmental force to making the game, you know, work.

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So I Thought I’d Play Battlefield 4’s Single Player. About That.

By John Walker on November 13th, 2013.

Our coverage of Battlefield 4 got rather interrupted by the arrival of a baby. It happens. So in trying to catch up, I wanted to play through the single player campaign, see how it compared to COD: Ghosts’. Yeah. That would have been nice, wouldn’t it. But then EA happened.

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Square Peg: The Battlefield 4 Story Trailer

By Craig Pearson on October 23rd, 2013.


Battlefield 4 has a story? Yes, it has a story. I’m not alone in forgetting that it would be coming with single-player, am I? It just doesn’t seem to be the reason for people to play it. And now I’m thinking about it, I can’t remember if the previous game even had a campaign*. So now I want to know: who plays the single-player bits of Battlefield games, and were you/are you excited about the fourth game’s offline shootery? Actually, you should probably wait until watching the trailer before answering that, because it looks a bit crap.
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Battlefield 4 Might Have A Game Mode For Everyone

By Craig Pearson on September 30th, 2013.


I tend to just glom onto one mode in multiplayer games, which means when I’m playing other modes and maps*, and people are shouting at me to do the thing with the thing, all I hear is “Blah blah Craig is handsome and best blah”. I just stick to what I know, because I don’t need affirmation. Anyway, other people like variety in their games, and therefore demand modes for every occasion from the likes of DICE. Battlefield 4 will come out with seven game modes across ten maps, and I will now list them and give some commentary based on my previous experiences on the Battlefield.
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Betafield: BF4 Open Beta In October

By Craig Pearson on September 16th, 2013.

J.J. Abrams called. He wants his lens flare back.
I’m more of a far-off admirer of Battlefield than someone with an active interest in it. I have my binoculars trained on it and I can tell it’s beautiful, it’s big, and it looks like a lot of fun. But I have Arma 3 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (I’ve been casually playing CS:GO with some friends for the past few evenings), and there’s no more room for another shooter where I have to know things about the guns. For those of you who really want to play it, you’ll be able to on October the 1st for free: that’s when the open beta will allow everyone to hop on Conquest mode on the Siege of Shanghai map.
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