Games are great, they really are. They allow us to do things that science, reality and the like are probably never going to allow. It's not just the glory of stabbing dragons in the face, or the elation of winning the world cup that we wish would spice up the real world every now and then though. There are lots of little features in gaming that we take for granted, but would be incredibly helpful in the real world.
Here's seven of the best. Don't forget to let us know some of your own too!
Naturally if we're following gaming convention, you will of had to have visited your destination at least once by natural methods first. After that though, being able to pick a destination and then just be there would make life much simpler. Being late for work, or driving across the country for birthdays would no longer mean numb bums in trains, planes and automobiles.
Get on it science!
And what better way to select your fast travel destination than your very own RobCo Pip-Boy 3000. This wrist-mounted personal information processor has been the go-to gadget of the apocalypse in the Fallout series and it's clearly the way to go. Pulling a phone out of your pocket is so last century you know, you savage. It's all about wearable tech nowadays, so would someone kindly get this sorted en masse?
The Origin New Year sale has kicked off, and although it's not the best sale we've ever seen, two super cheap games certainly caught our eyes. SimCity can be had for under a fiver, but even better, Battlefield 3 is just 74p.
To be quite honest, you're actually more likely to have a good time with BF3 than you are with BF4 due to the exponentially decreased probability of a horrific system failure. As for SimCity, well, I've gone back to it several times this year just to thoroughly make sure that it's actually a crock of poo.
It all starts so well, but then after two hours you've reached the city limits and then... yeahhhhh.
The campaign is a bit naff, but the multiplayer is all sorts of awesome. Unlike last year's follow-up, we're pretty sure most of the bugs have been ironed out by now. Sure the servers aren't as busy as they used to be, but you shouldn't have a problem getting regular matches. If you're not sure about Battlefield being a fit for you, you may as well get this on the cheap before laying down the extra cash for Battlefield 4.
Thanks to Spark at HotUkDeals.
Man, Battlefield 3's campaign was dross. We don't sugar-coat our opinions here at Dealspwn, and BF3's singleplayer component was, in pretty much every way, a shiny pile of steaming balls. I think we're all agreed on that.
Part of the reason for that was, in our eyes, DICE's decision to scale down the maps and the encounters players faced, abandoning the breadth and choice upon which Battlefield has traditionally been designed, and opting instead for shamelessly plagiarising Call of Duty. Thankfully, though, it seems that DICE might be blowing things wide open once again, if a recent interview is anything to go by.Click here to read more...
This, this is getting ridiculous! How are we meant to play all of these games? Well, let's give it a go anyway. From July 3rd, PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to download a fresh batch of free titles. This time we're getting EA's classic FPS, Battlefield 3 and the wonderfully fun Saints Row: The Third. Online bank-heist shooter Payday: The Heist will also be available to whet your appetite for the upcoming sequel.
Vita owners can look forward to more awkward memory card management as they try and fit in the third-person military shooter Unit 13 and the slice and dice action of Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus. Isn't it about time Sony released some decent sized memory cards over here and made them cheaper too?Click here to see what games are leaving PS Plus.
Guess what, DICE fans? It's time for a SPORTS analogy. When playing against a good team, coaches often talk about "identity" -- that is, ignoring what the other team's gameplan is in order to impose your own on the contest. In other words: play to your own strengths.
It can be argued, and we did, that DICE took the fight to Call of Duty with Battlefield 3 by stealing Activision's crib notes a little, especially when it came to the latter's mediocre singleplayer campaign.
But at least DICE have owned up to it, and are swearing to stay true to themselves for Battlefield 4.Click here to read more...
If you own Battlefield 3 and haven't picked up the Close Quarters DLC pack, you can apparently now do so for free on PS3 and Xbox 360 - just visit the in-game store. PC owners will have to be slightly cannier by typing "BF3E3" into Origin's File>Redeem Code panel.
I personally haven't played Close Quarters' selection of intimate maps, but have heard some mixed reports. Either way, it's free over the coming week, so you might as well grab it and let me know. [Battlefield Official Blog, credit to Dancorp @ HUKD!]
Some games just never have the decency to tumble in price, so this may be a good time to finally give Battlefield 3 a chance. The single-player side isn't much to shout about, but the multiplayer is amongst the highest rated FPS combat seen on this generation of consoles. We'd recommend this version if you know you probably won't be too bothered about the multiplayer DLC expansion packs. If you are though, you may prefer the Premium Edition of the game which gives you access to all of them. Game currently have that one on offer for £32.99.
Thanks to Jnoosh at HotUkDeals.
Battlefield 3's next (and presumably last) downloadable content offering has finally broken cover. End Game will include four new maps, fast-attack vehicles and a menacing dropship that can carry troop transports to critical locations.
Details and teaser trailer below.Click here to read more...
Battlefield 3's latest expansion - Aftermath - should be rolling out today for PS3 Battlefield Elite members. If you want to start learning the maps early, this new trailer gives us a narrated walkthrough of the Talah Market level.
"We look at the challenges the team at DICE faced when designing the Talah market map," explains the blurb, "to encourage different play styles, such as sniping, big standoffs, mid-range encounters as well as fast paced close quarters action."
Aftermath will deploy over the next three weeks depending on your platform and Elite membership status. Just in case you've lost track, I've stowed the relevant dates below the video.Click here to read more...
This new trailer for Battlefield 3 expansion Aftermath gives us a closer look at some of the earthquake-strewn environments we'll be fighting over when it releases on November 27th.
If you're a PS3-owning Battlefield 3 premium member, that is. Expansion will be rolling out over the course of a fortnight depending on which platform you own - we've got the details after the break.Click here to read more...
EA Europe’s Patrick Soderlund has hit back at criticisms of the publisher lacking innovation over the last few years, suggesting that experimenting with new IP is absolutely paramount.
Interestingly, though, he then proceeds to cite two sequels as examples.Click here to read more...
Battlefield 3's vehiclular expansion, Armored Kill, has received an official launch trailer before its staggered release window begins.
Expect tanks and planes, planes and tanks. And explosions. We like.
Battlefield 3 Premium members will be able to download Armored Kill today on PS3, or next Monday (September 11th) on Xbox 360 and PC. Non-subscribers can get involved the following week. More details here.Click here to read more...
DICE have delivered another little video for their upcoming vehicular-focused expansion - BF3: Armored Kill - this tie providing a little flythrough of the Alborz Mountain map. Created by senior environment artist Andrew Hamilton, the video looks typically gorgeous.
As we learnt a few days ago, Armored Kill will be released in staggered waves, with BF3 Premium PS3 owners getting it first on September 4th, before other Premium subscribers receive it on September 11th.
DICE's Patrick Bach has taken pains to stress that the company are fully committed to supporting their current flagship title - Battlefield 3 - in spite of the hilariously botched Battlefield 4 reveal, and announcement that purchasing Medal of Honor: Warfighter will give players access to next year's BF4 beta.Click here to read more...
CD Projekt RED scooped top honours at the 2012 European Game Awards, with The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings receiving no less than six of the twenty-two prizes including Best European Game. DICE, Mojang and Wargaming.net were also honoured with a selection of awards during the ceremony held in Cologne.
Minecraft creator Markus Persson was the recipient of the Personality Award.
We've got the full list of winners after the break.Click here to read more...
Battlefield 3 will be receiving a Premium Edition that contains a subscription to the Battlefield Premium service - hence, all five DLC expansions - and a multiplayer bonus pack this September. DICE announced the package during their Gamescom press conference, stating that it will launch at £49.99. More details below.Click here to read more...
We've got three new screenshots for Battlefield 3's Armored Kill Expansion, which will bring some enormous maps, pitched tank battles, artillery and gunships to the multiplayer arena this September. More details and a trailer here.
Spoiler alert: pictures may contain tanks.Click here for the Battlefield 3: Armored Kill screenshots >>