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1 week ago

Battlefield 1 players called a truce on Armistice day

As we all know, there's only one better way of honouring the fallen soldiers of World War 1 than observing a two minute silence. The best way is to load up Battlefield 1, a game about shooting soldiers in World War 1, and then not do that. At 11am Canberra time yesterday, (nearly) everyone on a Battlefield server agreed to stop shooting each other. Footage…

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2 months ago

Feature: Great games to play against friends

The 25 best multiplayer games on PC

Multiplayer games are the best type of games, because they're built around the most interesting components known to humans: humans. Men, women, and an awful lot of children. Internet strangers aren't always the friendliest bunch, but they can surprise you in ways that a static system can't. People form the living, beating hearts of the gaming moments I value the most. Join me, then, as…

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Feature: GPUs and HDR explained

What graphics card do I need for HDR and what PC games support it?

HDR on PC continues to be a bit of a mess these days, but provided you haven't been put off by the astronomical prices of the [block id="604469" title="Best gaming monitor"]s for HDR or, indeed, the ongoing debacle surrounding Windows 10 support for it, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get an HDR compatible graphics card. Below, you'll find a…

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Battlefield 1 goes cheap as chips and its DLC Premium Pass is free to keep this week

Battlefield 5's open beta is over, but the battle for objective points is eternal. As promised last week, EA have made the DLC Premium Pass for Battlefield 1 free today and for the next week. You'll need the game itself to use it, but it expands the (questionably) historical World War 1 FPS from 12 multiplayer maps to 26, featuring new classes, vehicles and weaponry.…

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3 months ago

Battlefield 5’s open beta starts tomorrow and preloading is available now

Keep it on the down-low, but I hear that there's a new Battlefield game coming soon. Even more shocking, this 'Battlefield 5' will be running a free open beta, starting tomorrow. No, really - I heard it on the grapevine. Better yet, you can start preloading it now if your connection threatens to buckle under a 12.5 gigabyte download on the day. Don't say we…

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Battlefield 1’s Premium Pass will be free for a week after Battlefield 5’s open beta

Any battlefield is as good as another, once you've got the taste for blood. Sound reasoning for a generous giveaway next week, at least. Despite the full game's delay, Battlefield 5's open beta is still scheduled for Thursday, September 6th (with early access for some tomorrow on the 4th), to run until September 11th. Rather than leave players desperate for more soldiers to shoot post-beta, EA…

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4 months ago

Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 4 receive another supply drop of giveaway DLC

Ever since EA announced that season passes were on the way out, they've been showering the (still very active) Battlefield 1 & Battlefield 4 communities with giveaways of premium-priced DLC, for those who haven't taken the plunge yet. Accompanying Battlefield 1's Summer Update (mostly balance tweaks and quality-of-life improvements, according to the patch notes) comes a triple giveaway. BF1 players can pick up the game's…

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Feature: Deal or no deal

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals on PC games and hardware

This year's Amazon Prime Day is almost at an end. At midnight tonight, Amazon's big day o' deals will be over for another year (or, you know, until Black Friday in November), so if you had a look at the deals yesterday and thought, 'Hmm... I could do with a new SSD or graphics card', then you've still got time to pick one up. I know Amazon is…

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5 months ago

Battlefield 1 & 4 get another wave of free DLC giveaways

EA are retiring season passes for the Battlefield series starting with Battlefield V, and it seems that they're gradually making that change retroactive, at least in part. Today, owners of Battlefield 1 and Battlefield 4 who only have the base games can pick up the Turning Tides and Second Assault expansions respectively for the always-reasonable price of free, although you'll need to grab them via…

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6 months ago

Battlefield 1 & 4 serve up free Russian winter DLC today

Battlefield V is practically upon us already, but its two immediate predecessors are still very well populated games. Still, thanks to their old focus on season passes, many players just stuck with the base games, a problem which EA have been rectifying lately with giveaways. Today, owners of Battlefield 1 can snag the In The Name Of The Tsar expansion for the game, while Battlefield…

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7 months ago

Battlefield 1’s They Shall Not Pass DLC is free today

The sun is officially setting on Battlefield 1 this month. After the surprise addition of the Shock Operations playmode, DICE announced that updates for their pseudo-historical multiplayer manshoot would be ending this June. That doesn't mean that the game is dying, by any means. In fact, owners of the basic edition (sans DLC) are getting a pleasant little boost today as the first expansion - They…

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Battlefield 1 rallies the troops for one final offensive

While EA undoubtedly have their problems, they've gotten a lot better at supporting their big-name multiplayer games. It seemed safe to assume that when Battlefield 1's final DLC module - Apocalypse - was released, that the game would find itself put on a back-burner. Instead, Dice recently announced that a new playmode called Shock Operations was in development for the game, plus they're making moves to open…

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8 months ago

EA’s self-taught Battlefield bots are a glimpse at the future of AI

So much of AI in games is smoke and mirrors, designed to create the impression of intelligence. Characters moving around navigation node-maps hand placed by developers, seeking cover behind whatever objects the level designers have marked as the most dramatic looking place to hide. SEED (Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division) are a research group with EA that - among other things - are experimenting with a different,…

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9 months ago

Rumour-o-rama: Battlefield V revisiting WW2 this year

How do war game makers pick which war to fight in their next game? It's a little-known fact that the games industry unites every year to settle this by drawing balls. It's important that games don't all pick the same war, after all, and draws were deemed the best method after several disastrous years of paintball tournaments. Call of Duty got the much-coveted World War…

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Battlefield 1’s final expansion, Apocalypse, is out now

Some people just want to see the world burn, but there's enough smoke and hellfire in Battlefield 1's final chunk of DLC to make even the hardiest of soldiers want to pack up and go home. Fittingly wrapping up the pesudo-historical shooter's tour of World War 1 with its grimmest battles, Apocalypse is live for anyone with the Premium pass, or the complete 'Revolution' edition…

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10 months ago

Battlefield 1’s final DLC, Apocalypse, thunders in next month

All good things must come to an end. Not to imply that World War 1 was good in the slightest, but the fanciful and oft-spectacular playground of historical inaccuracy that is Battlefield 1 is finally reaching the end of its extended development cycle. Battlefield 1's final DLC pack, Apocalypse, will launch in February. Set in the closing months of WW1, it brings the usual bundle…

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12 months ago

Feature: The cure for trench foot

Premature Evaluation: Tannenberg

This week's Premature Evaluation sees our early access conscript, Fraser, flung into the nightmarish Eastern Front of World War I in multiplayer FPS Tannenberg. It's a companion game to Verdun, but the weather is worse and and there are a lot more angry men with guns. A man sprints out of the woods just in front of my hiding spot, screaming as he jumps over…

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Cyber Monday 2017: The best deals on PC games, graphics cards, monitors, SSDs and more

After a weekend of gorging yourself on turkey and elbowing people in the face to get that last discounted something or other in the shops, now it's time to settle in and continue those deal hunts from the comfort of your own home. For today is Cyber Monday, the day that's reserved for purely online-only deals following the shopping bonanza that was Black Friday. This year, we've done the hard work…

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1 year ago

See what you’ll see at sea in Battlefield 1’s Turning Tides

Battlefield 1 [official site] is off to sea sea sea in its next expansion, Turning Tides, so come see what you will see see see. EA today blasted more details on the DLC, explaining about flying airships over the Gallipoli peninsula, cruising the waves of Heligoland Bight in a new destroyer, and shooting guns whose names have a lot of letters and numbers. It's still…

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Battlefield 1’s Russian DLC rides out Sept 19th (or 5th for the bourgeoisie)

The next Battlefield 1 [official site] expansion, the Russian-themed In the Name of the Tsar, will arrive on September 5th for bourgeois Premium Pass owners, DICE have announced. The proletariat will need to wait until September 19th to buy and play it separately, because that's the kind of division that seems sensible and justified to EA. Anyway! The DLC brings new maps, weapons, vehicles, and…

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