Posts Tagged ‘Electronic Arts’

Mass Effect: Andromeda released, in some countries

Given that hot takes, early access impressions, reviews, and (not very positive) Wot I Thinks have been flying for a week, it feels like Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] has been out for days. Nope! Today is the official launch day of BioWare Montreal’s sci-fi RPG, rolling out through Origin across… certain corners of the world. For some ludicrous reason, the European launch isn’t for another day or so – even digitally. Wah wah. But much of the world can now blast off to explore a new galaxy with new spacechums. Here’s the dramatic launch trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer test cancelled

As the marketing cannons volley and thunder to the left, right, and front to clear a path for the launch of Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] later this month, I’m trying to pick out the pertinent bits. Such as: for those who signed up for the multiplayer test, hoping to have a crack before launch, I bring bad news. BioWare have scrapped the planned ‘multiplayer tech test’ because reasons. In other Andromeda titbits, hey, the gang of the Ian Games Network have put out a 17-minute singleplayer gameplay video (with story bits edited out) but it’s not too great. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield 1 details DLC, holding trial this weekend

With the first Battlefield 1 [official site] DLC due to arrive some time this March, adding the mystifyingly-excluded French army, EA have started gabbing more about the other expansion packs. Hussars and destroyers and nightmarish horrors, oh my!

EA have also announced that a free trial is coming this weekend, letting folks play for ten hours with bits of multiplayer and singleplayer. Read the rest of this entry »

Titanfall 2 launches new mode today, Live Fire

A new Titanfall 2 [official site] multiplayer mode, Live Fire, arrives today in a free update. Two teams of six have left their robot buddies at home for the day, and will scampering around on foot (and jets, and grapple lines) to shoot each other to pieces in one-minute rounds. Live Fire sounds pretty intense and fun, so I look forward to giving it a crack when it arrives… soon? Respawn Entertainment haven’t said quite yet when it’ll launch. Today. With a little luck, before I finish work. Here, peep at this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield 1 mystery solved, spawning new mystery

A scattered crew of spies, intelligence analysts, undercover agents, code crackers, and commando squads have solved a Battlefield 1 [official site] easter egg which unlocks a shiny bonus dog tag – and opens up a further mystery. This is nowhere near as cool as a monstrous prehistoric shark but hey, perhaps this will all lead to a 50-metre cybernetic Wilfred Owen striding across no man’s land bellowing poetry. It’d be very authentic and respectful of his memory, I’m sure. In the meantime, you can faff around with a big ole puzzle to get a bauble. Read the rest of this entry »

Pew pew! Mass Effect Andromeda trailer details combat

How can you kill a man? I don’t mean, how can you manage to do it then live with it, with yourself and with what society thinks of you. More like, what cool weapons and special abilities can you use? A new trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] answers that question for BioWare’s upcoming shoot-o-RPG. Demonstrating with gameplay snippets, it goes over how weapons from different places use different tech, how you’re free to use every weapon and learn every skill, and how you can cower behind anything you please. Have a look: Read the rest of this entry »

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 »