Posts Tagged ‘Electronic Arts’

Titanfall 2 Timing Tosh: EA Explain Eccentric Intent

Adam’s review of Titanfall 2 [official site] praised Respawn’s mechtastic FPS but he did worry the game might end up overlooked. Titanfall 2 launched at a very busy time for faceshooting, see: one week after Battlefield 1, one week before Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Given that Titanfall has solved some of the issues that stopped the first game from taking off–it has a singleplayer campaign, and all new multiplayer maps and modes will be free–it’d be a shame to see it flop. So what were publishers Electronic Arts thinking here? Turns out, a big load of foolishness. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sims 4 City Living Expansion Moves In Today

The Sims 4 City Living

The Sims 4 City Living expansion [official site] is due out today (and already out in North America) so this is probably a good time to look at what it actually involves. I’ve lived in several cities over the course of my life so, if nothing else, I feel really well placed to look at the features list and see if they fit with my own recollections. Read the rest of this entry »

Mass Effect Andromeda Says Bye To Milky Way In Teaser

Space: one of the frontiers. These are the trailers of the videogame Mass Effect Andromeda [official site]. It’s mission: to explore strange new worlds, discover new lifeforms, and then have sex with them. As November 7 comes closer, a day which Bioware has stolen for itself during which they will likely reveal something important about the upcoming guns ‘n’ conversation game, the developers have decided to tease some plot in a brief moon-based video. Not much plot, but a little.
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Wot I Think: Titanfall 2

The Titans are the worst thing about Titanfall 2 [official site]. In the campaign, your robot buddy BT provides occasionally amusing commentary and support, but the game really sings when you’re free of him and permitted to engage in the kind of wall-jumping, face-kicking heroics that are usually the domain of cutscenes rather than actual play. Multiplayer is where Titans shine, acting as both a cathartic death-dealing reward in some circumstances, and a welcome change of pace in others, but they’re still the worst thing about the game.

They’re great though. It’s just that everything else is so much better.

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Origin Lifting Sanction-Fuelled Block Against Myanmar

I get it: keeping up with news is bor-ing. It’s all, “This person said this, the other person said that” with only brief joy in “this skateboarding otter saved that family from a fire” before plunging back into “our country invaded that country, this policy is doing that” and it’s like ugh, I’ll wait until Hollywood make movies out of the exciting bits, thanks.

So I entirely understand why EA have overzealously blocked Origin users in certain countries, blaming trade sanctions that are already lifted: it’s all boring to keep up with. Read the rest of this entry »

Titanfall 2’s Campaign Is Joyous, Memorable And Brief

Titanfall 2 [official site] doesn’t quite have my favourite FPS campaign of the year but it’s so close that one extra burst of power from its jump kit might have boosted it into first place. To even be close to the gold in the year that brought us id’s blisteringly-paced reinvention of DOOM is a hell of an achivement though. Respawn have crafted a singleplayer story that shifts gears more often and more efficiently than a top notch rally driver.

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Stomp Stomp: Titanfall 2 Released

This screen from Adam is him starting on the tutorial.

Stomp stomp bompity bomp bomp, goes the big robot. Titanfall 2 [official site] launched overnight, bringing more FPS antics with parkouring soldiers and honking great mechs armed with megaguns and power swords. Adam has strapped himself into a robot’s tummy (and in the game) to play so he can tell us all Wot He Thinks, and should be sharing some preliminary thoughts on its campaign late today. All I need to know is: gosh dang it, its mega-chunky revolver is a high-level unlock this time around too. But I want it so much. Read the rest of this entry »