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Feature: On the horizon: zero yawns

Video: The most exciting PC games still to come in 2018

Has it really been six months? 2018 is passing in a blur of frozen architects, drug-pushing prophets and accordion duets. Hell, six months ago the RPS Video Department was but a glint in Graham’s eye. You may also recall a gathering of the most exciting games of 2018, a rundown of the year as it looked back in January. With E3 done there’s a clearer…

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Feature: Suppressive fire

Battlefield V interview: dodging the lootbox question, and why battle royale “would really fit the universe”

I came away from my Battlefield V first look surprisingly ready for another tour of the Western front - prosthetic-armed Cockneys and all - but with a number of nagging questions. Firstly, how exactly is EA DICE approaching monetisation right now, in the wake of the uproar over Star Wars: Battlefront 2's rubbish launch-day microtransactions? I was treated to an hour-long presentation on the game's…

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Feature: Squads and ends

Battlefield V is about making friends, building forts and daily chores

World War 2 has broken out once again as EA DICE heads back to the 1940s with Battlefield V, a theoretically safe sequel with some curious, and possibly divisive, ideas at its core. After the thematic reset that was Battlefield 1 I wasn't expecting much from this year's instalment of the long-running shooter series – class tweaks, new period accessories and still-higher fidelity explosions, all…

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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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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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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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Feature: Fantasy vs reality

Have You Played… Star Wars Battlefront?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. The new one's out right about now, but I feel little pull towards it. Two years ago, I couldn't stop staring at Battlefront screenshots, almost disbelieving about how Star Warsy it looked. What changed?

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Old Battlefield games re-killed after EA’s legal warning

All good things must end, and all that we love will turn to ash some day. The fan-run Revive Network, a community project to support and restore online play to several defunct EA games (including Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2142, and most recently Battlefield Heroes) is closing its doors after receiving a warning letter from the monolithic publisher. They had a good run of 3 years…

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Feature: The joy of Titan mode

Have You Played… Battlefield 2142?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Long before Titanfall 2, Battlefield 2142 [official site] put mechs in the middle of large, multiplayer first-person battles. It also did those mechs about a tenth as well as Titanfall, but it had something else going for it...

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Feature: We review the Death Star

Is Star Wars: Battlefront Better After All The DLC?

On release, Star Wars: Battlefront was big on spectacle but short on substance. With only a handful of maps, blasters that felt identical, and a distinctly lightweight feel to the combat, there was a sense that DICE’s Star Wars shooter had jetted off to meet its destiny before its training was complete. Since then, DICE have launched both free and paid-for DLC that takes players…

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Feature: Remembering Wake Island

Have You Played… Battlefield 1942?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. We take it for granted now, but in 2002 I was still impressed that Battlefield 1942 was a multiplayer game that let you fly planes and drive tanks and jeeps. I was even more impressed that, unlike the previous year's Tribes 2, it…

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Feature: The best Battlefield game

Have You Played… Battlefield 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I liked Battlefield 1942, but I loved Battlefield 2. Trading World War 2 for a modern day setting, BF2 maintained the formula of large maps mixing open terrain and tight urban spaces with vehicles aplenty.

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Explore Mirror’s Edge Catalyst’s City Via Interactive Map

I like that Mirror's Edge Catalyst seems to be a second take at the same ideas that drove the original, rather than a significant departure. Example number one: the pristine white city model that featured in the original game's menu backgrounds is now an explorable map of the game's open city. It's also now an interactive website you can explore ahead of the game's release.

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Feature: Bald but golden

Codename Eagle: Reflections On The Real Battlefield 1

Charlie Brooker and an atrocious Bust-a-Move port was all that stood between Codename: Eagle and dubious distinction in the bumper Christmas 1999 edition of PC Zone. If it hadn't been for Puzzle Bobble 2 and Mr Brooker's merciless demolition of it (“Pay money for this abysmal conversion and you may as well phone up the publishers and ask them to come round and piss in…

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Feature: A historian's hopes.

Why Battlefield 1 Could Be The Best WWI Game

One of the most difficult jobs I have as a history professor is reminding students that the First World War was a world war. I know. It seems obvious from the title. Nevertheless, here we are. The hardest students to convince of this fact are literature majors. You see, they’ve read Brittain, Graves, Hemingway, Owen, Remarque, Sassoon, and the Regeneration Trilogy. They “know” the war.…

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Battleface: New Battlefield Game Teaser-Trailed

At 9PM BTS/4PM ET, we'll find out whether the new Battlefield game is Battlefield 5, Battlefield: More Uncomfortable Police Brutality Allusions, or something else entirely. I'm wondering if it could be something a little science-fictional, in order to go toe-to-toe with what COD is up to. Also, wild speculation funtimes: the seconds-long teaser trailer below suggests that its Big Face Man is looking up at…

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Greedo, Jabba’s Palace & A New Mode For Battlefront

I haven't been back to Star Wars Battlefront [official site] since release, which is partly because it left me a little cold after I'd grown accustomed to the lovely, dad-pleasing graphics and partly because the nostalgia bubble I'd spent a couple of months in burst after finally seeing The Force Awakens. (It was Quite Good But). If they ever introduce a playable Jawa mode, I…

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Star Wars Battlefront Has Free Maps On The Horizon

My favourite Star Wars film is the one with Liam Neeson. Star Wars Battlefront [official site] is set much later, and next film The Force Awakens even later still. Battlefront's first free content update will bridge that gap a little with The Battle of Jakku - and EA say there will be more "new maps and Star Cards, for free in the coming months."

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Feature: A good game or good Star Wars?

Star Wars: Battlefront review

16 years after cosmic expectations were brought crashing down to Earth when the Phantom Menace started droning on about the taxation of trade routes, poor old Star Wars still seems helpless to prevent the profoundly exciting from becoming slightly tedious. I've opened cruelly, but it's not a complete summary of my feelings about Star Wars Battlefront [official site].

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