Posts Tagged ‘Electronic Arts’

Battlefield 4 And Battlefield Hardline Giving DLC For Free

Electronic Arts plan to announce this year’s new Battlefield game on Friday, but before then are shaking hands with Battlefield players, kissing their babies, and blasting free DLC at them out of air cannons. The old Battlefield 4 multiplayer Dragon’s Tooth DLC and cops & robbers spin-off Battlefield Hardline‘s multiplayer Robbery DLC are both free to keep forever if you grab ‘em by next Tuesday, May 10th. More freebies are due over the next few months.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Gets Timed Trial

“All flesh is grass,” goes the popular saying (listen for teens chanting it as they skip to school). The conflict of Plants vs. Zombies revolves around this sentiment (look for it stenciled on alley walls), and it’s tragic. Plants are irate that zombies won’t let them sink their roots into their festering flesh for nourishment. Zombies believe plants are denying their role in this cycle, and want to devour plants so seeds will sprout in their rich guts and burst forth splitting their ribs like mouldering sepals.

Where do you stand on this complex issue? You can now explore it for free for ten hours in a timed trial for Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 [official site].

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Titanfall 2 Trailer Teases Electroswords

Titanfall 2 [official site] will bring whopping great swords for mechs. That’s the important news from the teaser trailer for Respawn’s follow-up to their pretty fun FPS. Also something about heroes and jungles and… I don’t know, the important point is, a mech has a big sword in it. An electrosword, even. I always found the first Titanfall’s mechplay less fun than being diddy little infantry, preferring to wall-run and double-jump around then leap onto mechs and gun their robobrains out, so hopefully this indicates some more fun options for robomen. Sorry, I realise I’m reading too much into a short teaser trailer, but… electromechsword. See:

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A Smidge Of Possible Mass Effect Andromeda Footage

I can’t tell you if the footage paraded around as snippets from Mass Effect Andromeda [official site], supposedly spotted in a BioWare FX artist’s demo reel, are real. BioWare’s next spacefaring RPG is due within the next twelve months but we still haven’t seen or heard much of it, going mostly on scraps and leaks. If this footage is real, though, I can tell you that Andromeda has a jetpack, it has explosive barrels, and it may finally solve the mystery of why people use the aubergine/eggplant emoji so much.

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Origin Puts Unravel’s Yarny On Trial

Unravel [official site] is currently on trial over on Origin. I assume that means Yarny will finally have to answer for his woolen crime spree*, taking to the stand as a jury of his peers (balls of yarn) listen to witness testimony and shake their heads at the awfulness of… Oh. Apparently it just means that you can try playing the first level of Unravel for ten hours as a kind of trial/demo thing.

I thought there was already a demo/trial for Unravel but after investigating further I must have confused that with the early trial thing EA run as part of their monthly Origin Access subscription program.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst’s City Looks Terribl-y Good

If there is one complaint I have about the original Mirror’s Edge, aside from the “combat is terrible” refrain, is that I’d have liked to see the city explored more, almost as a character of its own. The story is set in an authoritarian dystopia, but we don’t actually get to see much of it outside of the first cutscene of the game. There is a lot of promising worldbuilding hinted at throughout the levels, but it’s not nearly as developed as it could have been.

So this new page that just appeared on Mirror’s Edge Catalyst‘s website, detailing the city’s districts and factions, with wonderful pictures, is getting my hopes up. I know I shouldn’t, I know it’s against my better judgement and I’ll be sorely disappointed, so help me out here. Let’s keep the hype to a minimum and let’s all look at the negatives. Here’s a great start: the city is called “Glass.”

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Garden Warfare 2 Is Still A Thing, Gets Free Update

Ever since Plants vs. Zombies turned into a multiplayer shooter in Garden Warfare, I somehow manage to forget that it’s a thing that exists in the world. I guess that my subconscious is trying to protect me from the idea of EA taking a cute and quirky franchise and turning it into a multiplayer shooter filled with references to other EA franchises. That does sound like the perfect recipe for a trainwreck, doesn’t it? And yet, if you ask someone who has actually played it, they’ll likely tell you it’s not a trainwreck at all. Some people actually think it’s fun. Go figure.

During my bouts of amnesia I missed the fact that Garden Warfare 2 [official site] is out, and after two weeks it’s already received the first of many promised content updates and balance fixes, bringing a new map, new activities, and “lowered time as a goat.” I wonder if that’s a good thing.

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