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Feature: Trial by Firestorm

Love and loathing in Battlefield Firestorm

Battlefield Royale, or Battlefield V Firestorm if you're an EA executive who shouldn't be trusted with naming things, is terrific. Sometimes. When you're oh-so-slowly tiptoeing through a building, anxiously attempting to outflank a foe as they do the same. Or when you spend a solid five minutes laying in a ditch, your patience pays off, and you spectacularly blow up a tank with your last…

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Battlefield V’s Firestorm is now lit

I still cannot tell you why Battlefield V's battle royale mode is not named Battlefield Royale, but I can tell you that this so-called 'Firestorm' has launched today. It's a battle royale game, right, but in Battlefield - and with a swish ring of fire closing around you, an inferno on the horizon that eats through buildings in that pleasing Battlefield destruct-o-tech way. I wouldn't…

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 revives Battlefield 2142’s best mode next week

Dice and EA have given a name and official rule-set to Star Wars: Battlefront 2's upcoming new mode. Capital Supremacy is due to roll out as a free update next Tuesday, March 26th and looks similar to the excellent Titan mode from the defunct Battlefield 2142. Large teams of mixed humans and bots work to hold points around a planetary battlefield. After holding territory long enough, a…

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Feature: DICE with death

The real star of Battlefield V’s battle royale is a giant, roaming bonfire

DICE appeared to drop the ball when they didn't call Battlefield V's upcoming battle royale offering 'Battlefield Royale'. They called it Firestorm instead, which sounds like a terrible Steven Seagal film you'd buy for 99p at a petrol station. Having now played the mode, due as a free update next Monday, I can see why they went with it. The titular blaze dominates the whole…

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Battlefield V starts Firestorm battle royale on March 25

What happens if you fall into a burning ring of fire? It's a given that you'll fall down, down, down while the flames climb higher and that doubtless burns, burns, burns. What many don't expect is that you'll then lark about on a big red tractor with your pals and blast other firefools to pieces with some serious artillery. That's how it'll go in Firestorm,…

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Leaked Battlefield V Firestorm trailer looks hot

Fire! Doobey dooo! I want you to burn, and it looks like my wish will soon be granted. A leaked trailer for Battlefield V's upcoming battle royale mode (foolishly called Firestorm rather than Battlefield Royale) hit the net last night. There are tanks. There are guns of different tiers. There is fire. There are no surprises, in other words, but I'm still keen to warm…

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Battlefield V rolling back time-to-kill changes

Tomorrow is unpatch day for Battlefield V, after a messy storm of backlash last week from players over tweaks to its time-to-kill. In an attempt to make the game more accessible to newcomers who might have been dying too quickly, Dice tweaked damage figures - detailed here - to make bullets just plain less deadly than before. Unfortunately, this went down about as well with…

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Tanks are making overtures in Battlefield V’s first big update

It is a good day for tanks. Though now that I think about it, the tanks themselves in Battlefield V's freshly released Overture update are doomed to an eternal cycle of being murdered, then plucked from silicon heaven to fight one of humanity's damnable wars once more. It's a good day for people who would like to blow up tanks. After yesterday's launch hiccup, the…

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Battlefield V’s tanktacular Overture update trundles out tomorrow

Tanks in single-player, tanks in multiplayer and probably some bonus tanks just for fun. Battlefield 5's first episodic update, Overture, is out tomorrow - December 4th - and all about the armour. There'll be a new and grim-looking War Story called The Last Tiger, a new multiplayer map called Panzerstorm, a handy practice range to hone your sharpshooting on and a tank cosmetics system. Below,…

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Obi-Wan and the Battle Of Geonosis arrive in Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is still alive and kicking, despite being supplanted by Battlefield 5 as flavour of the week. The once-wonky shooter has seen some laudable improvements since launch (including loot boxes being almost entirely excised), and recent months have been especially kind. Today's update adds a new Clone Wars-era map, the Battle of Geonosis plus a young-ish Obi-Wan Kenobi playable. This is on…

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Ducks are coming to Battlefield V

Sorry, not those kind of ducks. Even better ducks! In a Battlefield first, as of Battlefield V's next patch you'll be able to dodge behind cover when you're in a tank's top gunner slot. It's one of those minor tweaks that could wind up having a major impact, encouraging more people to hop into bullet-spewing death machines. I imagine you'll still get sniped a lot,…

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Battlefield V is now properly out for real

"Taken on its own terms, Battlefield V is an incredible achievement that's absolutely worth your time and its AAA price tag," young Matt said in our Battlefield V review. That sounds good! "Taken in the context of every battle that's gone before, what's on sale is the all-too familiar fantasy of being one insignificant drop in a sea of raging war-soup." That sounds... fine? You…

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Feature: Needs more skis

Battlefield V review

Croutons adrift in war-soup. If you want an analogy for playing soldiers in Battlefield V, it’s hard to do better than that. That soup is delicious, but it’s also very easy to drown in. You’re one tiny ant in a conflict that’ll crush you without even realising you’re there, in an arena dominated by disposability. None of this is new.

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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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Battlefield V system requirements locked in

You can tell EA aren't afraid of no ghost, goblin, nor ghoulie nuh uh because on Halloween they were casually reeling off lists of technical specifications and not mentioning monsters at all, which definitely wasn't a nervous tic to distract them from the feeling shivering up their spines that they're next. No, they simply chose the spookiest day of the year to announce final PC…

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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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The Battlefield V beta had me getting into more photo shoots than gunfights

The Battlefield V beta is raging right now and I can confirm: war is indeed hell. According to Dice, though, war is also full of some incredibly stunning vistas just begging to be screenshot. Handily, they’ve also allowed you to turn off almost all the UI (except that ‘BETA’ notice in the corner, and the fact you can’t holster your weapon), so I spent several…

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Battlefield V’s battle royale mode will have objectives and tanks

Last night, I stopped thinking about Battlefield V's battle royale mode as a semi-interesting inevitability and started getting excited. I'd just finished a three-hour stint in the open beta, when my fading memories of Battlefield's mesmerising war soup had been replaced with fresh ones. I quit out to find EA had dropped the first concrete details about what their spin on battle royale would involve,…

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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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