Posts Tagged ‘Electronic Arts’

Squad goals: Mass Effect: Andromeda intros teammates

Got the squad on speed dial

Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s [official site] trailers and pre-game bumf have thus far made me feel a bit like when you’re trying to get in the mood for Christmas but you never quite get anything to feel magical. This latest cinematic trailer has been like when someone shoves a mug of mulled wine into your hands and the cinnamony, red winey scent gives you a glimpse of… something in the right ballpark, you know? Read the rest of this entry »

Titanfall 2 adding ‘Live Fire’ one-minute mode for free

A zippy new multiplayer mode is coming to Titanfall 2 [official site], offering 6v6 Pilot-only close-quarters action with one-minute rounds. I know a lot of our gushing about our favourite FPS of 2016 has focused on its campaign but the multiplayer is cracking too. It doesn’t hurt that all new multiplayer modes and modes are free. So yes, the new mode is named Live Fire and it should arrive in the next big content update with two maps of its own. Read the rest of this entry »

Sims 4 invents awful new stage of human life, ‘toddler’

Discovering the consequences of playing god, the fools behind The Sims 4 [official site] have invented a new stage of human life and this so-called ‘toddler‘ is truly dreadful. These squished children throw temper tantrums, injure themselves, throw things, fall over, demand attention, and have the most ghastly taste in decor. They seem awful. What did Sims players do to deserve this, EA? Simeers, your only chance to avoid this nightmare is to destroy your router and stay forever offline, lest you accidentally install the free Sims 4 update which added toddlers yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sims 4 getting vampiric mini-expansion this month

Bela Lugosi may be dead but soon you’ll be able to revive him and stalk around undead undead undead in The Sims 4 [official site]. The next DLC ‘Game Pack’ for EA’s live ’em up will introduces vampires who, sure, will have supernatural powers, drink blood, and own ha-ha-hilarious spookhouses but ultimately live the same as everyone else. That’s the ennui of the vampiric condition for you. The Sims 4 Vampires is due on January 24th so you’ve got a bit to dust off your crushed velvet frock coats, gang. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sims Online revival FreeSO launched, closed again, will return

The Sims Online met a sorry fate, being re-branded and redesigned as EA Land and eventually put to sleep as player numbers continued to dwindle. That doesn’t mean that many don’t have fond memories for the bizarre MMO. Enter FreeSO [official site], a fan-created attempt to revive the original game, without the subscription fee and on its own servers. The revival launched on January 6th, unlaunched shortly thereafter as the servers collapsed under the weight of players trying to log on, and has plans to return in the future. Step below for details of what happened and an (un?)launch trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield 1’s ‘holiday truce’ includes new game mode

It’s easy to forget that as we sleep soundly in our beds, the screaming, blazing grindwar of Battlefield 1 [official site] is still happening on foreign servers. It’s a good thing the combatants enjoy it. And, lucky them, there’s a new game mode being introduced as part of a Christmas event, as well as some other bits and bobs for the troopers. Snuggle up and I’ll tell you all about it.
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EA says no Battlefield next year, new Star Wars Battlefront instead

At the Nasdaq 35th Investor Program, EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen stated that a new Battlefield title wouldn’t be releasing for a “couple of years.” Instead EA will be pushing Star Wars Battlefront‘s [official site] sequel (Star Wars Battlefront III 2?) as their big fall shooter.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer visits brand new worlds

I’m not going to pretend that I understand the setting of the Mass Effect games all that well, but even though I’ve only played bits of the first, you can’t work in this job for long without learning all about the adventures of FemShep. That’s how I know that Andromeda [official site] is about a new crew searching a new galaxy for a new home, because somebody left the taps running on Earth during the events of the original trilogy, and now the whole place smells of mildew.

A new, hefty trailer shows some adventuring, some chatting, some fighting and some gorgeous hub world wandering. Mass Effect may not be my thing, but good grief, this looks very much like it might be my main squeeze of Spring 2017.

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Nu-Mass Effect’s absent races may return later

I write this with the hesitation of someone who worries it might provoke someone else into starting an online petition. “Boycott Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] unless it has that one alien that looks like a space-cow made of jelly in it!” But, I am curious as to just how much of the existent Mass Effect universe the game they don’t want to put a 4 after will cherry pick to remain.

Some familiar knobbly faces will return, others will not – not yet, anyway. Read the rest of this entry »

Titanfall 2’s first free map dropping from orbit next week

The first new Titanfall 2 [official site] multiplayer map will arrive next week and, well, it’s not really a new one. Respawn Entertainment have fancied up the first Titanfall’s map Angel City for the sequel, see. They’ve rolled it into an update along with a new weapon for pilot and new weapon options for titans, and the whole thing will launch next Wednesday. As promised, the map will be free (though there is one bit of silliness afoot, I’ll explain in a bit). The gang have also detailed their plans for future updates, including special temporary modes with different rules. Read the rest of this entry »

Terrific Titanfall 2 is £25 on Amazon UK

Twenty five quid! Just three weeks ago, at launch, Titanfall 2 [official site] was twice the price on Origin. I’m always wary of telling people whether I think a game offers “value for money” because the value of forty quid is entirely relative to how many quids – or cash of another currency – a person has. When I reviewed Titanfall 2 I did mention the pricetag though because I was keen to recommend the game for its singleplayer as much as for the multiplayer. If you were unlikely to play online, it felt important to mention that fifty quid was getting you a short (but excellent) campaign.

Now, three weeks after release, Amazon UK are selling the game for £25. That gets you an Origin code and plenty of bot for your buck. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Battlefront’s Rogue One DLC on December 6th

'Last one over the top buys the first round of Shtööhbs!'

With Star Wars Rogue One now mere weeks away from cinemas, Electronic Arts are gabbing more about how new Star Wars Battlefront [official site] DLC will cross over with the movie. The DLC, Rogue One: Scarif, will debut on December 6th with levels including a recreation of that tropical beach battle seen in the film’s trailer. It’ll also add new playable heroes in Jyn Erso, the film’s hero, and Orson Krennic, the Imperial fella in the white suit (a bold fashion statement, always) who she’ll butt heads with.

Before then, hey, all players can play the other expansions’ new maps and modes for free this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield 1 adds Hardcore servers and Fog of War mode

‘Hardcore’ servers have arrived in Battlefield 1 [official site], crammed full of warsettings to make the WW1 FPS’s multiplayer deadlier and more difficult. The official custom game mode ‘Fog of War’ has arrived too, chucking players into a foggy forest for team deathmatch action. These have both launched as part of the first BF1 ‘Battlefest’ event, which kicked off yesterday – hot on the warheels of this week’s BF1 Fall Update. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield 1’s Fall Update rolling out like autumn mist

Bad autumn news: everything is flipping freezing and wet and god it’s barely 4pm but the sun’s down this is miserable. Good autumn news: at least it means a new seasonal update for Battlefield 1 [official site]. Developers Dice today launch the World War 1 shooter’s Fall Update*, which rebalances Operations mode, tweaks the Suez Conquest map, fixes plenty of bugs, and generally has a good rummage in the game’s guts. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… The Sims 2?

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

The Sims [official site] are having a mid-life crisis. What started as an experimental house-building and life sim game has become something entirely different. The Sims 3 introduced experimentation of its own in the form of open world neighbourhoods, which met with mixed response, and The Sims 4 is a lighter, happier take on the formula, stripping back on neighbourhood features to focus on the Sims themselves.

Looking back, The Sims 2 may have been the game that found the sweet spot, with enough complexity to make every life a little different and with characters that weren’t quite so removed from reality as the weird cartoons of later entries in the series.

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No Classes, Better Choices In Mass Effect Andromeda

BioWare bopped up a new trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] yesterday to celebrate their ‘N7 Day’ annual celebration but, in all the excitement, the big sillies forgot to say much of anything about the game. Thankfully, GameStop’s magazine Game Informer managed to briefly catch their attention for a huge cover story getting into details like making character classes more freeform, doing away with binary ‘Paragon vs. Renegade’ morality, exploring planets, and sitting in a tree k-i-s-s-i-n-g. Whew! BioWare would’ve felt mighty foolish if they’d gone the whole day without mentioning any of that. Read the rest of this entry »

Titanfall 2 Multiplayer Patch Adds Solo Private Play

I’ve not had a crack at multiplayer in Titanfall 2 [official site] because oooh isn’t that singleplayer fun. However, folks who have leapt into competitive action will be glad to hear that developers Respawn Entertainment gave multiplayer a touch-up with a patch over the weekend. Along with tweaking balance a bit, it also added a support for playing private matches on your tod. If you’ve fretted about falling flat on your face in the online playground, hey, now you can practise movement and learn maps in quiet solo study. Read the rest of this entry »

Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer Shows New Worlds

Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] is boldly going where no Mass Effect has gone before, taking BioWare’s sci-fi RPG series to a new galaxy, in the far future of the original trilogy’s far future setting. Because of the N7 designation held by Mass Effect protagonists, November 7th is to Mass Effect what May 4th is to Star Wars, and today brought a new cinematic trailer showing some giant monstrosities, a bland default player character who you’ll probably want to edit immediately, and some ominous voiceovers. Take a look.

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Reinforcements: Battlefield 1 Update Plans

Now Battlefield 1 [official site] has been out for a fortnight (here’s Wot Brendan Thinks of it), DICE are gabbing about their future update plans. In the near-ish future, you can expect a rebalancing of the map Suez, Hardcore servers, the introduction of ‘Custom Games’ including a team deathmatch mode, and a free new map. Read the rest of this entry »