Posts Tagged ‘Battlefield 4’

EA’s All-You-Can-Eat Games Subscription Comes To PC

If you like a lot of big-budget on your biscuit, join this club. Enormo-publisher EA just announced that its previously console-only Access service is now available on PC, as a bolt-on for its Origin game store. Pay a monthly Origin Access subscription fee of $4.99/€3.99/£3.99 and you’ll get all-you-can-eat access to a (currently) small archive of recent EA titles. Perhaps more likely to flog subscriptions is that they include access to ‘trials’ of new releases five days before the full games go on sale, as well as 10% off Origin purchases. The walls around the garden just got taller.
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Battlefield 4 ‘Dragon Valley’ Remake Coming Free Soon

The temple, meandering river, and destructible bridges of Battlefield 2’s Dragon Valley are returning in Battlefield 4 [official site] for free later this year, all gussied-up and reworked for BF4. The map’s no secret – it hit the Community Test Environment months ago – but DICE have now announced it’ll arrive as part of the free ‘Legacy Operations’ DLC alongside the game’s holiday season update. They’ve also explained some of their changes while showing off how fancy it looks now in a wee trailer:

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To Your Left A Bit: Battlefield 4’s Community Map Today

MONKEYS! Oh, Internet.

What sort of level would you most like to see in a video game? DICE asked the whole Battlefield 4 [official site] community, and design by committee has produced a spooky jungle map where monkey virus research has gone wrong. That… sounds about what I’d expect.

Hardline may be the shiniest Battlefield around, but 2013’s BF4 is still kicking. For folks more into army men then cops and robbers, an update is out today bringing a new map DICE made based around player feedback and votes: Operation Outbreak.

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Battlefield 4 Spring Patch Will Add Guns, Guns, Guns

Balance!

It’s no surprise to see DICE continue to support Battlefield 4[official site]. If you compare its stats with those of the more recently released Battlefield Hardline, it’s clear BF4 is the PC owner’s Battlefield of choice. With the upgrades made in the upcoming Spring Patch, releasing “late May”, those players will probably be sticking around a while longer.  With rebalanced weapons across the board, this could feel like an entirely new game.

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Check Out My Patches: Battlefield 4’s Autumn Update

Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Megadeth, Judas Priest... yep, they're all still there. Relax.

You like patches, kid? I couldn’t help but notice you checking out my cool leather jacket. Yep, that’s a Counter-Strike beta 5.2 patch. Best damn version, I say. And look, on my shoulder: CS beta 3.1. The last days of gun-running, that one. Hey, you’ve got a good eye kid! That is DotA Allstars v5.84c! Different times… Here, you’ll like this: QTest. I was there, first night. You see a lot of folks wearing fakes nowadays, claiming they were there and warbling on about how this or that ruined the scene, but check the thread: it should be copper wire. Fakes miss that. Posers, they’re the real problem.

Say, what’s that you’ve got hidden away under your scarf? A Battlefield 4 Fall Update patch? Aw, don’t sweat it. Everybody’s gotta start somewhere, kid.

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Invade China in Battlefield 4: Dragon’s Teeth

Prepare for extreme explosiabangs! It’s the fourth (of five) Battlefield 4 map packs, Dragon’s Teeth. Continuing the narrative of a China-America conflict, the fighting has now reached the south of mainland Asia, putting the focus squarely on infantry combat in urban environments. Furthering the series mainstay of having everything best about C&C Generals present, there’s a map where trains will destroy tanks that have been left on the tracks. Best. It’s out now for “premium” members, while mere mortals must wait until July 29th. Trailer and details below for your honourable service to this great nation.

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Despite Hardline, EA Says Battlefield Not Being Annualized

Upon hearing EA claim that Battlefield will not succumb to annual sequelitis like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, and their ilk, I was immediately reminded of that time it snapped up the domains for Battlefields 13-20. I’m not saying it’s indicative of anything, just that I can’t help but think of it, given the context. But yes, despite the fact that we’re now on our second consecutive battleyear thanks to Battlefield Hardline, the series is apparently not an annual guarantee.

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Lagolution: Battlefield 4 Patches Netcode

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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Blood Money: Battlefield 4 Adds Microtransactions

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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