Posts Tagged ‘Electronic Arts’

Star Wars Battlefront Revisiting Hoth In New Free Stuff

Two months after the release of a multiplayer-focused game seems a good time to ask: how are you getting on with Star Wars Battlefront [official site] nowadays? What do you like, and what do you wish it had? And how does your wishlist stack up against DICE’s planlist? The developers have shared their plans for the next few months, which include a patch adding private matches and cosy outfits ↑ today, two free new Hoth maps in February, a new Endor map in March, and, of course, plenty of paid DLC.

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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 Hardline Getaway DLC Legging It This Month

“Do people even still play Hardline?” I wondered, having seen EA announce a release date for the third lump of Battlefield: Hardline [official site] DLC. “I thought everyone stuck with to Battlefield 4.” So I checked and yep, they mostly have: Hardline’s PC playercount is less than 10% of the older BF4’s. But hey, if you’re one of those 2,000-odd folks playing murdercops and robbers right now, you might be glad to hear that ‘Getaway’ pack is coming this month with new maps and vehicles and weapons and things. Even if not, you might still enjoy watching the getaway in its slick trailer:

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Unravel Hammers Away At Every Emotional Button Going

I fear this hyper-earnest behind the scenes vid might somewhat unravel the charm and emotive clout of Unravel [official site] by being so very on the nose about love and bonds and big hearts. This may, of course, be because I am a sneering critic within whose eyes lurks only icy deadness. I hope the game itself resists such overt emotional signposting.

I really do want to play Unravel though – its pseudo-stop-motion aesthetic is ridiculously pretty, the yarn-based psychics puzzling has a ‘why hasn’t someone done this before?’ ingenuity to it, and its Swedish origins show just enough that it has a welcome touch of otherness to it to these Britcit eyes. Cuteness that might have become cloying in other hands has an appealing undertone of bleakness to it.
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Unravel Swinging Into February

You may be starting to think about a New Year’s resolution, so here’s one idea for you: get buff tear ducts. I’m talking super-swole, mega-ripped tear ducts able to clamp down to a molecular level, so tight water particles can’t squeeze through. For while Unravel [official site] might look like just a cutesy puzzle-platformer, with its wee red yarn man swinging around on himself, there’ll be tears. Oh, there’ll be tears, I feel it in my salt. The kicker: you’ve only got two months to get those ducts jacked, as EA have announced Unravel will launch on February 9th, 2016.

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Star Wars Battlefront Brings Battle Of Jakku To Some

Star Wars fans seem awfully excitable lately, and it’s not just about Star Wars Battlefront [official site]. Surprisingly, for a fanbase usually so discerning and wary of merchandising, they’re worked up about a new Hollywood movie adaptation of EA’s video game. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the silver screen later this month, and fans are going wild even though the only connection is the movie’s inspired by a level that wasn’t even in Battlefront at launch.

That inspiring level, The Battle of Jakku, has sorta arrived, with EA unpleasantly holding it back from people who didn’t pre-order Battlefront. Oh, and a new patch is here.

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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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