Posts Tagged ‘Dice’

Has Solo: Star Wars Battlefront Beta Offline Mode

As if millions of 30 and 40-something voices cried out in delight, and were suddenly interested. If you’re an ageing nerd who loves a bit of Long Time Ago / Far Far Away but worried that DICE’s upcoming original trilogy shootybang game Star Wars: Battlefront [official site] would involve far too much fraternising with terrifyingly skilled and extremely sweary children, rest easy. The offline solo mode is so central to it that even the upcoming beta will include a taste of it. Also that beta will be freely open to everyone, so you don’t need to get involved in icky pre-order schemes.

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Hothtober: Star Wars Battlefront Beta Out Next Month

I’ve felt so little about Star Wars for so long now, and had so much distance from a fictional universe I threw myself into in my late teens that it no longer feels quite as over-exposed and cynical as it once did. This means I’m starting to find it vaguely appealing again. Nostalgia inexorably returns, God help me. Whether that will be aided or undermined by the looming marketingageddon of The Force Awakens I don’t know, but I do look at images of DICE’s Star Wars: Battlefront [official site] and think ‘yes, those are science fictional battles I want to be a part of.’ It’s the industrial look of the ships and structures that does it, a sweet spot between functional and stylised that the prequel movies totally bungled.

I don’t care about the characters, though. Mostly I just want to drive an AT-AT. Oh God now I’ve opened an eBay tab and typed ‘AT-AT’ into it. This is bad. If I can just hang on until October, when the Battlefront Beta will be released, maybe I’ll be OK.

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Pew Pew: Star Wars Battlefront’s Fighter Squadron Mode

Pew pew.

Twenty players will soar through the skies shouting “Zwap! Zwap!” and making noises like a trumpeting elephant driving a car on wet pavement (true story) in Star Wars Battlefront [official site], backed up by more AI ships, in the newly-announced Fighter Squadron mode.

EA teased the mode recently, but at Gamescom this morning gave Fighter Squadron the old reveal-o treatment with a trailer and details and all those things. Sadly, no one ran around on stage with their arms swept back like an A-Wing making zapgun noises.

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Run, Faith, Run: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Gameplay Trailer


We got a little peek at Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [official site] during E3, with snippets of gameplay cut up and smooshed into a trailer form using the talking faces of DICE employees as vidglue. Don’t turn people into glue: it’s not fair to them, and it’s not kind to us.

Anyway, now a new Mirror’s Edge Catalyst trailer out of Gamescom shows a few minutes of gameplay with only weirdly clipped snippets of cinematics to interrupt. When they let Faith just run, jump, wall-run, wall-jump, and otherwise ‘do her thing’, it looks pretty swish:

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Blasted: Star Wars Battlefront Dogfighting Mode Teased

Star Wars Battlefront‘s [official site] newly announced team deathmatch Mode goes by the name of Blast and pits 10 against 10 in hot rebel v. empire close-quarter action, according to details coming down from on high by way of Lead Level Designer Dennis Brännvall. It’s one of two modes EA’s alluded to in the run up to Gamescom – The other is something they’re keeping relatively mum about: X-Wing dogfights, or, well possibly.

EA took to Facebook to sort-of-mention-but-not-properly-announce a dogfighting mode named Fighter Squadron through a short trailer. But don’t expect any more info until EA’s Gamescom event which takes place on Wednesday at 9am UK time.

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Star Wars Battlefront Gameplay Trailer Stomps Over Hoth

Update: Now with a co-op trailer too!

I don’t trust most people’s opinions on Star Wars-y things. They’re weakened by nostalgia, too keen to remember the time when they were young and beautiful and free. But you can trust me. I barely saw Star Wars as a kid and hold little affection for it. When I say “Gosh-o! Star Wars Battlefront [official site] looks pretty swanky all right!” it’s because I want to drive a giant robocow through the snow, blowing up little spacemen.

EA showed off some multiplayer action during their E3 show, and it is quite exciting. Come see:

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Is Free Roaming With No Levels

Well then! That’s certainly a pleasant surprise. Electronic Arts had said they’d show off a little Mirror’s Edge Catalyst gameplay during their E3 show, but I’d mostly expected better combat, a faster pace, and a cleaner flow to everything. The revelation that the game’s set in an open world with no levels or loading was something else is… well, that’s just blimming splendid, isn’t it? EA also announced the release date: February 23rd, 2016. Here’s the E3 trailer:

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‘Mirror’s Edge 2′ Is Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, Not A Sequel

Announcements are usually supposed to clear things up, but the game we’ve blithely assumed would be called Mirror’s Edge 2 is perhaps hazier than before. EA today announced that its actual name is Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [official site] and no, it isn’t a sequel.

Seems they’ve done enough work back at the drawing board “re-evaluating every aspect of the game” that it’s now “a new experience”. We’ll find out quite what that means during E3 next week.

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Have Faith: Mirror’s Edge 2 Slated For Early 2016

We still haven’t seen Mirror’s Edge 2 [official site]. Not a screenshot, not a snippet of gameplay, nowt. Still that prototype footage Electronic Arts were showing off last year did look jolly nice, with swift punchy kicky and plenty of nifty free-running.

After years of muttering about rethinking and prototyping and reworking and going back to the drawing board, it seems the parkour ‘em up sequel is actually happening now. It’ll be in your one gloved hand at the start of 2016, some time from January to March, if EA’s plans pan out.

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Totes A Moon – Star Wars: Battlefront Trailer And Details

I’m not one for Star Wars myself, but the trailer announcing a release date for Star Wars: Battlefront [official site] – November 17th, forcefans – still made me coo and aah at its many exciting explosions. Spacemen and their weird vehicles buzzing around exotic locales look great, yeah. It’s got all your favourites: the robocow, crossjets, hoverbikes, the notorious Crumpet Eagle, Johnny Rockets, and even that mean black Cylon with his lasersword. I am far more interested in the unreal possibilities of sci-fi face-shooting than humdrum real-world jazz.

Seriously though, come see how gorgeous a virtual Endor the Battlefield folks DICE have made:

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