Posts Tagged ‘Dice’

Have You Played… Battlefield: Bad Company 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 threw out a little of the scale of the main Battlefield series, making smaller maps that didn’t contain the planes that offered some of the most fun experiences in Battlefield 2. But what it gained was better level design which more consistently delivered great, tense firefights.

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Battlefield 1 Campaign Promises War Stories In Trailer

War is dreadful. But also: exciting! We’ve already had a look at Dice’s next romp through War 1, by diving into the multiplayer beta of Battlefield 1 [official site] held earlier this month. But what of the story mode? This is normally where Battlefield games tend to stumble and fall on their own grenade. This new trailer showing off some of the campaign is here to convince you that it won’t be like that this time. It features lots of sad men saying brave things and then killing everybody with a gun. Come and see.

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I Say Thee Neigh: Battlefield 1 Post-Beta Balance Tweak

Battlefield 1 [official site] developers DICE have announced a few tweaks and changes they’re making to their World War 1 FPS following its open beta test earlier this month. Sorry, jockeys – the news isn’t good. Along with stripping horses of their adamantium plating, they’re changing scoring in Conquest mode and fiddling with more. Oh and hey, if you didn’t get to play in the open beta to discover how it runs on your PC, hey, DICE have finalised the system requirements now.

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Star Wars Battlefront: Death Star Expansion Gets An Explode-y New Trailer, Release Date

X-Wings activate! Or whatever it is X-Wings do! It’s time to blow up the Death Star… again! But this time it’s in a video game—Star Wars Battlefront‘s [official site] Death Star add-on to be exact. If there’s one thing Star Wars’ bad guys love, it’s creating a massive planet-sized weapon and watching it get blown up by their enemies. When will they ever learn?

The Death Star expansion is out next Tuesday to Season Pass holders, so EA has treated us to a gameplay trailer. It looks as though you’ll be able to take the battle into outer space, or light up some Storm Troopers in frantic gun fights within the Death Star itself, re-enacting the classic battle.

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Cease Fire: Battlefield 1 Open Beta Ends On Thursday

When DICE launched the free Battlefield 1 [official site] open beta test last week, they didn’t say how long it would run for. Now we know. If you want to check out DICE’s arcade-y FPS take on World War 1, you’ve only got until Thursday. Or heck, if you’re happy living vicariously, you can read what happened when we sent Brendan trotting into the beta on his pony.

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Impressions: Battlefield 1 Multiplayer Beta

The Battlefield 1 [official site] beta has launched and despite some troubles it is now recruiting strapping young men and women to come and fight. We gave Brendan a shovel and volunteered him for the front lines.

As daft naming conventions go, many thought Microsoft had set the bar after slapping a big ‘One’ on the end of their newest Xbox. That is, until Battlefield 1 was announced, prompting the gaming intelligentsia (journalists on Twitter) to reflect on the silliness of it all. If there were 358 missing Xbox consoles between the ‘zero’ and the ‘360’, then there must also be some dimension containing all 2140 unannounced Battlefield games. In this dimension, nobody eats or sleeps. There are no movie theatres or public parks. There is only churning war, snipers and grenade spam. There is only Battlefield.

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Charge! Battlefield 1 Open Beta Is Live

How does Battlefield 1 [official site] tie into Battlefield 1942? Will this prequel’s story be impossible to follow without playing the other 1941 games first – or at least reading the extended universe novels? How many confusing audiologs will be awkward in-jokes? Is it even the same timeline? Finally we can discover the answers to these questions and more, as Electronic Arts today launched a free open beta test for the World War 1 multiplayer first-person shooter. Head over to Origin to download and play.

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Over The Plop: Battlefield 1 DLC Season Pass Detailed

Battlefield 1 [official site] is launching an open beta test next week but nah, you don’t want to hear about that. The full game’s out in two months but nope, you don’t want to know more about that either. I know you. The question on your lips is: “Can I buy DLC?”

Electronic Arts today announced the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass, saying that “for only $50” – only $50 extra! only! the cheek! – players can get four expansions, including new maps, new weapons, new vehicles, and French and Russian armies. You can even pre-order the DLC to go with your pre-ordered game.

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Sound The Bugle: Battlefield 1 Open Beta Starts On 31st

“War!” sang Edwin Starr. “Huh!” he added, “Yeah”. He continued to pose a question: “What is it good for?” Well, if you sufficiently abstract and gameify war and don’t think hard about it, it’s a fun setting for a video game, yeah? The thrills, chills, and mustard gas spills of The Great War are coming in Battlefield 1 [official site] on October 21st and developers DICE will let people have a go early in an open beta. They’ve now announced that will begin on August 31st. But first, a new trailer out of Gamescom:

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Battlefield 1 Trailer Mixes Old Timey Weapons With Modern Warfare

Battlefield 1 [official site] got a fresh trailer this week, this time showcasing the game’s arsenal. I’m not usually one for realistic military shooters, but even I was impressed by the amount of behind-the-scenes info DICE managed to pack into this two minute trailer. It covers everything from the design of the weapons to the actual history behind World War I’s battle tactics.

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Star Wars Battlefront Launches Offline/Co-op Skirmish

The dream is to boldly go where no one has gone before but what if you arrive in a galaxy far, far away to find Rando Calrissian, Han Rando, and co. are already there all boisterous-like? Mate, that’s not on. Good news: Star Wars Battlefront [official site] has added Skirmish mode to let folks enjoy big starbattles on their lonesome in Walker Assault and Fighter Squadron levels. It brings AI bots to fill out teams so you can play by yourself offline or together with a pal in online co-op. Make it so.

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Star Wars Battlefront Shows Off Death Star Expansion

“May July the 16th be with you,” as Star Wars fans say. This weekend saw Trekkies from across the world gather in London to celebrate the Star Wars Summer Holiday Special festival, which brought announcements aplenty. For starters, you’ll be able to swing a glowtube in cyberspace with Trials On Tatooine coming free on Vive today. Then there’s Star Wars Battlefront [official site] news. Electronic Arts showed off the Death Star expansion’s space-battling, trench-running, and Chewbacca-hgrngnnrnging action in a wee trailer, which you can see below. They also said a tiny bit about the final add-on, which draws from the upcoming spin-off movie Star Wars: Rogue One.

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Battlefield 1’s New Medic Class Will Revive & Retaliate

Battlefield 1‘s [official site] dramatic 64-player E3 outing last month looked fantastic, but, like most of the big budget games showcased at these kinds of events, at times felt a bit staged. Loads of slightly more reliable closed-alpha footage surfaced through the week, though – the most interesting of which focuses on the returning Medic class. Gone are defibrillators this time round (the popular external device used today wasn’t invented until 1930, see), and in their place are vials, drugs and syringes; while the medicine men patrolling the Great War’s battlegrounds can also repair vehicles. Which seems a bit odd.

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Supplémentaire: France Heading To Battlefield 1 As DLC

Battlefield 1 [official site] may have wowed us mid-week with its 64-player Conquest mode, but its multiplayer is still missing two key WWI players: France and Russia. As it stands, the game’s multiplayer includes the British, Germans, Austro-Hungarians, Italians, Ottomans, and Americans, however, given that France were part of the First World War from the outset, it seems a bit odd for them to miss out.

DLC? DICE’s Julien Wera appears to have confirmed so in an interview.

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Battlefield 1 Shows Off 64-Player Gameplay

Battlefield 1 [official site] was one of only two games EA had much of to show during their E3 annouce-o-rama, the other being Titanfall 2. Along with your traditional sound-and-fury E3 trailer (which was pretty swish, to be fair), they also showed a heck of a lot of actual gameplay. Two celebrity-studded teams squared off in 32v32 Conquest mode action, and it’s preserved online for your war-watching wonder.

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Wot I Think: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

The original Mirror’s Edge landed in 2008 like a breath of fresh air. Gears of War had released two years prior and all the games in the world seemed suddenly to be brown third-person shooters about crouching. By comparison Mirror’s Edge, about a secret postwoman in an anti-utopia, had blue skies, interior decorating that favored orange and lime green, and a focus on leaping over walls rather than hiding behind or firing bullets around them. It had many flaws, but for me its aesthetic and the satisfaction of its free-running movement made it worth championing.

Eight years later and now we have not a sequel but a reboot in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. You are still secret postwoman Faith Connors bounding across rooftops in a dystopic city called Glass; your parents were still killed in protests when you were young; you still had a sister and still have an older, male mentor who trains you in running. Your moveset is mostly an unchanged combination of leaps, slides, wallruns, walljumps and swings. Sadly, many of the same old problems remain too, which we’ll get to.

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Battlefield 1 Devs Talk Weapon Changes

Abandoning modern warfare for the brutality of World War I was a bold move for Battlefield 1 [official site], and now developers DICE have revealed more details on how that change in setting will affect what Battlefield does best: shooting. Along with a small teaser trailer earlier this week, DICE have posted a Q&A with weapon designer Julian Schimeck hinting at some of the more nuanced changes.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Launch Trailer Is Pretty Talkative

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [official site] might not be out for another two weeks, but that’s not stopping EA from showcasing some cryptic cutscenes in this suave new launch trailer. It’s got the standard dramatic swell of music punctuated by all-too-serious clipped together dialogue, but I actually like the way it blends in with the serene ambiance of the first game. You should probably just watch and see for yourself.

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5 Reasons Battlefield 1 Will Be Better Than Dark Souls 3

With this weekend’s announcement of Battlefield 1 dominating the newsosphere, it put us to considering whether this could be the game to finally topple Dark Souls 3 from the top of things people will click on if we write a headline like that. It’s okay, people don’t read this bit – they start at 1) below.

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Battlefield 1 Announced, Set In World War One

Battlefield 1 [official site] will be this year’s new game in EA’s FPS series, set in World War One, earlier than ever before. I suppose this means that all the hilarious jokes people have made about “not playing Battlefield 2142 until they’ve played the previous 2141 games” were actually eerie predictions. All Battlefield games until this have been part of an incredibly ambitious plan to create over two thousand virtual wars. That’s at least four millennia of games at this pace. Heck, the series started with its 1,942nd part – George Lucas can suck an egg. So! Yes, BF1, WW1, coming on October 21.

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