It’s not quite Battlefield 4, and let’s face it, I’m not sure anything could top Bad Company 2. Hardline is the latest instalment from EA in the Battlefield franchise, and at only £20 on last gen consoles and £24 for current consoles, four months after it’s release it’s going to be quite difficult to resist.
VideoGameBox have a new discount code valid for this weekend only. The discount code is for 10% off purchases which means you can get Battlefield: Hardline for just £25.83 on PS3 & Xbox 360 or £31.23 on both PS4 & Xbox One. You will also receive £1 in rewards into your VideoGameBox account.
use code 'FBMAY' at checkout to get the discounted prices.
For the next few days, Xtra-Vision are running a St. Patrick's promo and offering a HUGE 20% discount code.
Big discount vouchers like this don't come along very often, and there are some pretty tasty prices on some of their games using the discount.
Keep checking this thread for updates, we'll list everything we can find and in the meantime, if you're wanting to hunt out some deals of your own, use code PATDAY20Click here to read more...
On this week's Game Buzz we tell DICE exactly why people love the Bad Company games and stop just short of calling them idiots, we check in with WildStar now that the massive review is complete and try to determine if that subscription is justified, we wonder aloud why on Earth Razer are making an Android microconsole, and we applaud the introduction of a dedicated stealth button in Assassin's Creed: Unity.
Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.
I've been playing a lot of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD of late, and it's impossible not to do so without remembering a time when Square knew who and what it was as a company, where its strengths lay, and what it was truly best at.
A week or so ago, Jon reported on a few telling quotes from Square Enix president Yosuke Matsuda, as he talked about the company's desire to pursue mass market appeal with their games.
"If you focus too much on the global aspect, you might lose sight of who you're actually making the game for," Matsuda said. "For example, if you look back at 2013, we've had some home console games made for a global audience that struggled."
He pointed to Hitman: Absolution in that regard, before holding up Bravely Default as an example of a game that stuck to its guns and delivered an outstanding JRPG that refused to compromise, and sold well because of it.
But why did Square Enix go down this path in the first place? Why try to fix a problem that wasn't broken to begin with? To take a look at the recent instalments in their flagship series -- Final Fantasy -- is to see a process of paranoid tinkering, desperately trying to make the series more streamlined and action-oriented, to the point where, in Final Fantasy XIII, all you had to do for the first fifteen hours was push "Up" and "A". Now, with Lightning Returns, we have a game that's barely recognisable by the standards that made Final Fantasy a household brand name.Click here to read more...
Patrick Soderlund, EVP of EA’s games label, has outlined the company's mission statement with regard to their Battlefield frnchise. It's very simple indeed: they won't stop until they've beaten Call of Duty into second place when it comes to the FPS market.Click here to read more...
Frank Gibeau has, rather unsurprisingly, placed Battlefield at the top of the mountain of FPS games, declaring that no game can do what DICE's series can, and highlighting the series' unique features and attractions.Click here to read more...
"Gosh, that looks shiny."
Let's face it: that was the first thing we all thought when DICE unveiled the Battlefield 4 gameplay trailer. "Ooh," we gushed. "Aah."
And then I started thinking - really thinking - about what I'd just seen.
Right off the bat: it's clear that EA accidentally released the wrong trailer. DICE have been teasing images of boats, planes and tanks over the last week, yet subjected us to seventeen minutes of generic brown ground pounding when it came to the crunch. Obviously that was just B-roll footage. The real trailer naturally showed swarms of player-controlled aircraft screaming over enormous battleships, raining fire down onto well-organised squads of infantry battling for territory while tank squadrons rolled through the streets. Someone will probably get fired for that embarrassing cock-up.
But the second thought was much more exasperating. Why, oh why, is Battlefield still trying to be Call Of Duty?Click here to read more...
As part of their latest financial postings, EA announced that the Medal Of Honor franchise has been dishonourably discharged from their active roster, following Warfighter's poor performance. This could potentially make room for a new Battlefield title, if not a debut from Respawn Entertainment.Click here to read more...
DICE is keen to avoid being typecast as the studio who just make Battlefield, and plans to diversify accordingly.
Which ties in nicely with another report suggesting that Mirror's Edge 2 is still in development.Click here to read more...
EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau has stressed the importance of having two separate brands - Battlefield and Medal of Honor - with alternating release patterns, suggesting that it lessens the risk of "annualized [sic] sequel fatigue".Click here to read more...
Free Radical co-founder Steve Ellis has suggested that publishers aren't interested in backing anything "quirky and different" when it comes to first-person shooters, going to state that "pretty much every FPS loses money.
Gallingly, he also reveals that he did the rounds trying to sign up TimeSplitters 4...and none of the big fish bit.Click here to read more...
Now this one is PRIMAL! I want to see handbags at the ready. There's pride and valour at stake here. Are you a Call of Duty man? Do you go nuts for Halo? What about Battlefield, or Medal of Honor? Or are you into the classics - Doom, Quake, Unreal Tournament? Cast your votes and let us know, then tell us why in the comments below. We know you want to champion them! Get it off your chests!
Let there be war!
Until the end of tomorrow, you can grab a copy of the Ultimate Edition of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for only £27.93 (usual price £29.93) from The Hut, using their August promotional code. This undercuts the next best price for either console (£29.89 from Send It) by just under £2.
Don't forget to enter the following voucher code to get the game for the reduced price of £27.93: AUG20
In addition to the game itself, the Ultimate Edition includes the following: Battlefield 1943 — a full WW2 online shooter, Onslaught Mode expansion which allows you to play 4 player co-op in an attempt to thrust your squad to the top of the leader board, and four vehicle and two weapon unlocks.
This sequel to the excellent Battlefield: Bad Company builds up the successes of its predecessor to offer an experience which is even more fun and satisfying. It's a more focused and taut outing but it certainly doesn't scrimp on opportunties for the player to go wild with anarchic glee and a reckless disregard for personal property.
There's plenty of humour in the excellent single player campaign but, as is often the case with such titles, it is the multiplayer action which really shines here. It's almost a physical impossibility to play on these massive maps, filled with well designed, powerful vehicles, where everything is wonderfully destructible, and not have a fantastic time.
Thanks to richx45 at Hotukdeals!
You've just run behind a wall to take cover from a spray of hostile bullets, and after looking around you find that every member of your team is pinned down taking cover behind the nearby buildings, whilst the enemy are slowly advancing without any way for you to stop them other than moving into open ground causing you to take a significant amount of damage in the process. Luckily, you're armed with a decent supply of grenades, which'll let you blow your way through the buildings' walls and safely bypass a suicidal attack on your enemies. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Battlefield: Bad Company.
An ordinary copy of the game'll set you back around about the same price as the gold edition, so by taking advantage of this deal you'll be getting all of the extras for free.
In addition to the main game the gold edition comes with gold metal case packaging, an exclusive smiley grenade poster, a behind the scenes documentary, eight multiplayer map strategy videos, and five multiplayer weapons that would normally only be unlocked once you reached level 25.
The team that you're a part of isn't made up of your standard military personnel, in fact it consists of soldiers who have all come a hair's breadth away from being court marshalled for various offences that they've committed during their careers. However, this definitely works in the game's favour as it adds a bit of variety to the genre and you quickly find yourself getting attached to each character along with their various quirks.
There are quite a few weapons, gadgets, and vehicles to take advantage of whilst you're running around trying to wipe your foes from the map and operating them is a joy to behold thanks largely to the amount of destruction that you can cause with them.
I was pretty impressed with Bad Company when I first picked it up because I wasn't expecting it to be half as much fun as it turned out to be, and I'd definitely recommend that you to check it out if you've not done so already.
Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD
Is Modern Warfare 2 starting to look a little bit familiar? If so you probably need a tiny break from it. Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait just one minute, I hear you cry, I don't think I want to leave the FPS genre just yet though. Well then in that case why not check out Battlefield Bad Company 2 for a bit of variety.
You can pick up a copy of the game on the PC for £12.99 at the moment, courtesy of Amazon (HMV still OOS unfortunately), saving you a quid or so on the nearest competition.
I like Bad Company 2. There's something satisfying about knowing that with enough firepower you can take down most of the structures on the map. Of course, the game never really gives you that firepower - appart from one highly satisfying bit with a minigun and a chopper...mmmmm - which proves a little frustrating in a way. DICE have created something wonderful with the Frostbite 2.0 engine but you do get the feeling that you're not allowed to play around with it as much as you'd like in the Campaign mode, streamlined and ModWarfed as it is.
That all changes once you leap online, though, with the tried and tested DICE magic shining through once more. This'll be a personal preference thing more than anything else when it comes to comparisons with MW2, but if you've ever played a DICE game you know what to expect: multiplayer brilliance in all of the right places. One thing that might attract people is this game's emphasis on teamwork. You're much more likely to reap higher rewards by working together, and the game acknowledges that gunning things down isn't the only thing that deserves XP, which is great for class-based combat.
Highly recommended. Check out Matt's review if you don't believe me.
This is another great first-person shooter to add to your collection that makes some great improvements on the original and is probably one of the few titles out there that gives Modern Warfare 2 a run for its money.
If you drop by HMV at the moment you can pick up a copy of the game on the PC for £17.99, which'll make you a saving of exactly £2 on the next best offer of £19.99 coming in from Grainger Games.
The story is thoroughly engrossing, filled full of rich characters who have an amazing amount of depth for a video game and set in wonderful environments both in terms of their presentation and destructibility. As with the original, the destruction that you can cause is great fun at first when you're running around the numerous battles, but you'll soon learn that you can use it to your advantage, for example by creating new pathways that provide you with cover by bringing down the walls of certain building and travelling straight through them instead of traversing the incredibly exposed streets. But be warned, your enemies can also cause their fair share of mayhem and if you're taking cover in what seems like a secure area, there's the chance that after a few moments you'll be starring at a gaping hole through which you can be easily targeted.
As with a lot of FPSs, the single player gameplay is fairly linear and doesn't leave you much room to explore but its greatest strength, as with the multiplayer, is the excitement that it inspires as you take cover in the middle of a frantic firefight to avoid being cut to pieces by a hail of bullets. There are four multiplayer classes that you can choose from in the game including soldiers, engineers, medics, and snipers, each of which carry specific weapons and have unique abilities. You'll also be able to upgrade the items in your inventory by collecting points for completing certain tasks whilst you're online.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 provides you with a rewarding single player campaign and a range of multiplayer modes that'll definitely bring you a welcome distraction from Modern Warfare 2 for a while.
Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is the first true competitor actually capable of nabbing Modern Warfare's crown. And if you fancy graduating from the war-zones of Infinity Ward to the battlefields of Dice, Bad Company 2 can be bought from Zavvi for just £14.95!
Almost ten pounds cheaper than the nearest offer, the PC version of Bad Company 2 is a superior game, if you have a rig capable of running it. The minimum specifications require you run Windows XP, in conjunction with Core 2 Duo @ 2 GHz, 15GB of hard-drive space for the digital version, 10GB for the disc-based version, a 256 MB graphics-card, either NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT or ATI X1900, and a DirectX sound-card.
Averaging a score of 87 on MetaCritic, Bad Company 2 continued the true of the titular band of wayward soldiers, with protagonist Preston Marlow and co dropping into the Bolivian jungle to investigate reports relating to Project Aurora. Aurora is a mythical Weapon of Mass Destruction, and the team soon discover a Russian army colonel, Kirelenko, is attempting to rebuild Aurora and cripple the United States in a pre-eminent strike foreshadowing war.
Once you've rattled through the single-player campaign - or if you grew bored of it - you can graduate to the multiplayer arena. Battlefield is a series with a tradition of providing great multiplayer options, and Bad Company 2 is no different. Up to 32 players can join in on 8 enormous, sprawling maps, choosing from 4 character-classes, 46 weapons, 15 gadgets, 13 character specialisations and over 15000 kit variations to unlock as you progress.
What I love the most about Bad Company 2 is the destruction tech. If you're online, and you've chased an opponent to a building, where he's currently holed up, lobbing grenades and spraying bullets to halt your advance, merely equip your rifle's grenade launcher, aim squarely at the wall or door or window he's hunkered behind, and blow it apart. You can level entire buildings, eat chunks from walls, and with an air-strike can lay waste to cities.
A big fan of the Battlefield series, I had high hopes for this one. EA set their sights high with this one, hoping for it to become a Modern Warfare 2 beater. Unfortunately, the timing wasn't quite right, but this is still one hell of a game.
Gamestation are currently selling both console versions of the game for £20.99, which is a good £9 than anywhere else.
With DICE behind the wheel, this was always going to be pretty special and whilst fans of the first Bad Company might not appreciate the more focused singleplayer campaign, even the most hardcore of COD fans will find something here to get excited about. The destruction model - using the Frostbite 2.0 engine - is glorious to behold, although the game doesn't quite give you enough chances to raze things to the ground which is a shame. Get in behind that chopper-mounted minigun, though, and I defy you not to chuckle a bit with childish glee.
However, all gloves are off for the multiplayer, which not only stands up to Infinity Ward's game in this department, but might well top it for some players. You'll earn XP for absolutely everything, especially class-based teamwork, with DICE's model for online play nudging towards a more co-operative experience. Of course there's the usual assortment of vehicles to be driven and planes and helicopters to get you airborne, along with a return of the fantastic Conquest mode. Simply put, FPS fans would do well to give this game a look. You might even find it far more deserving of praise than Activision's effort.
Thanks to Rukshan at HUKD
We're into the final week of Direct2Drive's spring fiesta of sales, with another barrage of choice games and a discount downloadable rate. It must be said, I rather think that the sales peaked around week 2 but, whilst there's nothing here to maybe rival snapping up GTA IV for under a fiver, there are a couple of sparkling price drops that may well interest the discerning gamer.
As with the previous three weeks, there are another 11 featured deals, which we've listed below; be sure to hit the link above, though, to have a look at all of the sub-£10 offers they've got going on.
In all honesty, this list is not quite as impressive as Direct2Drive might like to believe. Mass Effect, for example, can be bought as a double separately for under this price (considering that you can nab ME2 for £12.99 elsewhere). The Saboteur's price is the cheapest around at the moment, but only by about 3p. No, the real bargains here come at the bottom end, and Sid Meier's fans will have a bit of a field day. Civilization 4 and Pirates! are two absolutely cracking games, and you won't find them cheaper anywhere else for a couple of quid.