Posts Tagged ‘Electronic Arts’

Dragon Age: Inquisition MP Gets Easier, More Difficult

If you’ve mastered the multiplayer side of Dragon Age: Inquisition [official site], killing everything and saving everyone a dozen times over, good news: the game’s latest update has added a new ‘Nightmare’ difficulty setting to tackle and new rare weapons to collect.

Conversely, if you’ve barely scratched Inq’s multiplayer and find it a bit overwhelming, good news: the update also added a tutorial, which teams you up with AI characters on a guided experience through your first adventure.

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18 Years Later, Why Are People Still Playing Ultima Online?

Later this year, Ultima Online [official site] will turn 18 years old. In the genre of MMOs, that makes the game positively ancient – and it’s even more remarkable when you consider that it’s still funded via a subscription model.

I’ve never played an Ultima game, much less one that’s nearly my age. I wanted to find out what the game is like to play today as a newcomer, and to ask people why they’ve continued visiting Britannia for nearly two decades.

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Star Wars: Battlefront – A Yoghurt-Scented Hands-On

Leave my lovely innocent AT-ST alone

R2-D2 smells like yoghurt. In fact, the whole second part of the Star Wars Battlefront [official site] queue at E3 smells like yoghurt. I’m in a group of 40 attendees waiting for our turn to do battle on Hoth in the final play session of E3. I think the yoghurty smell is coming from the copious dry ice, which is swirling around R2’s wheels as EA try to create a Hoth-like experience in a cavernous conference hall in downtown LA.

The Hoth of the game is not yoghurty, but it is gorgeous. An expansive snowy wilderness which we spawn into as Stormtroopers. Well, 20 of us do. The other 20 are rebel scum, ripe for the shooting.
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Need For Speed Reboot Looks Pretty And Fast

Look, I don’t like cars and cars don’t like me. Having said that, the new Need For Speed [official site] reboot is looking really, really pretty. I can appreciate a fine looking game, even if I can’t drive for toffee. Below you’ll find the E3 trailer. It’s all shiny paint and blinding headlights and urban fantasy. In a good way.

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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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Unravel: A Yarny Puzzle-Platformer Published By EA

Sandwiched between booming music, screeching wheels, and blasting guns in EA’s E3 show was a quiet and cutesy platformer named Unravel [official site], which they’ll be publishing. It stars a little doll of red yarn (named Yarny) who’s adventuring through the Swedish countryside, solving physics-based puzzles by unspooling himself to swing across gaps, fly kites, hook onto fish, and so on. It’s a bit like life, yeah?

That’s going to end in tragedy, isn’t it? Just imagine his little yarny face when only a few winds are left on his wire bones. Heartbreaking. Have a look:

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Announced For Holiday 2016

Glory be! I can finally stop tutting as my colleagues casually refer to the next Mass Effect game as ‘Mass Effect 4‘, which BioWare have been quite clear it wouldn’t be. I’m a little insufferable as RPS news editor. But! Electronic Arts formally announced the game this evening with a trailer, a tiny handful of details, and a name: Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site].

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Oh: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Announced

What I’d wanted next from Plants vs. Zombies was a tower defence sequel not all guffed up with mobile microtransaction-y stuff. What EA gave us was a third-person multiplayer shooter, Garden Warfare. I’m sure they thought they knew something we didn’t. They still do, as EA today announced Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 [official site].

The sequel will take the action to suburbia, bringing new characters and weapons and whatnot. And an orange who doesn’t seem at all perturbed that he’s partially flayed.

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When To Watch The Big E3 Press Event Streams

Sleep is for the weak and the uninformed and the sensible. Which is why I’ll be up until the stupid hours of the morning watching the E3 festivities play out like a parade of dreams (or a collection of marketing hoo-hah and 30sec reveal trailers, depending on your outlook). It all kicks off today, and you can see all of the big press conferences streaming over on Twitch or YouTube at the following times:

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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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Need For Speed “Full Reboot” Announced

I know this one: that's a car. The front of a car, unless I'm very much mistaken.

2014 was the first year since 2002 to not receive a new Need for Speed game, but Electronic Arts said they’d bring the racing series back for 2015 and here we are. EA today announced the game named simply Need for Speed [official site], a “full reboot” of the series.

Details are thin for now but the important stuff: yes, it’s set in an open world, and yes it’s set in perpetual night. It’s due this autumn and being made by NFS Rivals developers Ghost Games, a studio which absorbed a whole load of folks from Burnout Paradise devs Criterion. There’s a trailer.

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Star Wars: Battlefront Will Have Fighter Squadron Mode

Whether in-engine or not, cinematic game trailers offer plenty of hints as to what you’ll be able to do in an approaching game. For example, we can assume that if speeders, fighter ships and Darth Vader are in the Star Wars: Battlefront trailer [official site], then the game will let us drive, fly or be those things.

And now there’s a little confirmation. The first real game footage of Battlefront will appear via E3 next month, and in a post on the Battlefront site, design director Niklas Fegraeus mentions a new mode called ‘Fighter Squadron’.

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