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Star Wars Battlefront Beta Impressions | “Great, kid! Don't get cocky.”

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Carl Phillips
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Features
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Beta, Beta Impressions, DICE, EA, PC games, PS4 games, Star Wars: Battlefront, Xbox One Games

Star Wars Battlefront Beta Impressions | “Great, kid! Don't get cocky.”

After an extended weekend of slaughter of Imperials and Rebels – in which 9 million players took part – the Star Wars Battlefront beta ended earlier this week. Giving us a taster of three of the modes available, along with just a handful of customisation options, we all finally sampled the action that will be coming in November. However, with the blasters now silent, the lightsabres no longer massacring people, and the Walkers no longer treading on everyone, it’s given me time to reflect on what the beta showed us.

The first big impression I felt once in-game was that it looked and felt like Star Wars. From the fantastic visuals, to the way characters move, to the sounds of the weaponry, engine roars, and iconic music playing in the background – it’s like we’re actually in the films. The replication of the Battle of Hoth in Walker Assault made me feel like I had been thrown into the start of The Empire Strikes Back, especially as a Rebel. It’s a feeling that I haven’t really had with a Star Wars game since playing through Star Wars: Alliance back in the day, so the Battlefront beta was off to a good start.

Star Wars Battlefront Beta Impressions | “Great, kid! Don't get cocky.”

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Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass announced, new mode revealed

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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DICE, EA, Hero Hunt, season pass, Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass announced, new mode revealed

DICE and EA have announced that, much like with the Battlefield series, Star Was Battlefront will feature a Season Pass that will cover all four of its upcoming expansions.

It will also cost £40, so there's that.

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Star Wars: Battlefront beta extended to tomorrow

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Beta, DICE, EA, Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars: Battlefront beta extended to tomorrow

Stay on target, Red 2. It definitely isn't a trap. Something something Star Wars quote.

It was announced last night that instead of ending the beta test as originally planned, the servers for Star Wars Battlefront will remain online until sometime on Tuesday 13th October.

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Does your PC meet the specs for Star Wars Battlefront? Here’s the cheapest price

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Deals
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DICE, EA, Open Beta, PC games, PC specs, Star Wars: Battlefront

Does your PC meet the specs for Star Wars Battlefront? Here’s the cheapest price

While the Open Beta doesn’t start until tomorrow, quite a few people are already playing the Early Access beta for Star Wars Battlefront. Those battling it out on Hoth are realising that it’s quite the demanding beast in terms of hardware, so you may want to check out the minimum and recommended specs for DICE’s latest. We’ve got them for you after the jump, including the cheapest price around should you decide this is the FPS you’re looking for.

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Star Wars Battlefront beta details emerge

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Beta, DICE, EA, Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront beta details emerge

Yet more beta news this morning, this time for Star Wars Battlefront. In a community post on their official website, EA announced that the upcoming beta will not only be available on all platforms, but will be open to everyone when it goes live early next month.

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Blast Mode to provide “classic, core gameplay” for Star Wars: Battlefront

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Carl Phillips
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News
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DICE, EA, Rush Mode, Star Wars: Battlefront

Blast Mode to provide “classic, core gameplay” for Star Wars: Battlefront

We’ve already seen how Star Wars: Battlefront will be able to create huge, action packed moments over huge spaces, but DICE have decided to deliver something a bit more pure and simple with Blast Mode. The 10 vs 10 team-based competitive mode will focus on close-quarter skirmishes, and will contain no vehicles, heroes or villains, focusing on what DICE are calling “classic, core gameplay.” The match ends once one team reaches 100 kills or after 10 minutes, whichever happens first.

So, it’s Team Deathmatch, then, which is fine with us.

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Star Wars Battlefront reveals astonishingly beautiful PC footage

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DICE, EA, FPS, PC games, Star Wars: Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront reveals astonishingly beautiful PC footage

DICE have released the first PC footage of Star Wars: Battlefront. Pretty is an understatement of galactic proportions.

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Mirror's Edge: Catalyst debut gameplay trailer and release date

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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DICE, E3 2015, EA, Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Trailers

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst debut gameplay trailer and release date

A packed E3 2015 showing from EA included a rather tasty gameplay trailer for Mirror's Edge: Catalyst where we see Faith in action. The first-person free-running skills are looking slicker than ever as Faith perform wallruns, slides and even boots enemies clean through windows. Unlike some, I was never struck with motion-sickness with the original, but that new backflip may take some getting used to!

Rumours of an open-world city to explore were confirmed and there will be no loading screens at all. Having a huge playground to explore with Faith's skillset sounds like a fantastic way to expand on the ideas of the under-rated original title. Hopefully there will be lots of collectibles littered around the city to encourage lots of sky-high climbs and death-defying last-gasp gap leaps. Devilishly tough time trials are sure to return also, which will be great if they include ghost images of the best times again.

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Star Wars: Battlefront trailer shows gorgeous 'in-engine' footage

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Brendan Griffiths
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News
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DICE, PC games, PS4 games, Star Wars: Battlefront, Xbox One Games

Star Wars: Battlefront trailer shows gorgeous 'in-engine' footage

It's been a great day for Star Wars fans as many of us had breakfast while hitting repeat on the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and now we have the first proper trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront. It looks like we'll get to play the game before the new movie too as EA announced a November 20th release date in the UK and November 17th in US for the game PS4, Xbox one and PC.

If you've missed out on earlier details on Star Wars: Battlefront, we'll catch you up before you watch the trailer below. Up to 40 players will do battle as two teams across famous environments of the original Star Wars trilogy. Players will be able to switch between first and third-person perspectives while on foot or when controlling vehicles. Oh yes, those iconic vehicles like AT-ATs, X-Wings, speeder bikes and more are back and set to be ridiculous amounts of fun. There will also be hero/villain gameplay opportunities where players will get to control legendary characters like Darth Vadar and walk around the Battlefield with almost godlike powers.

Star Wars: Battlefront trailer shows gorgeous 'in-engine' footage

Sounds almost perfect, but we're a little disappointed that there will be no space battles (local atmosphere aerial battles are still a thing). Being able to go from the battlefield to space in one fight would have been great though, and we were kind of expecting it as a next-gen feature to be honest. DICE General Manager Patrick Bach told IGN: "The core of Star Wars battles — the Endors, the Hoths, et cetera — you want to take that to perfection. You want to do it right. Space is hard, right? Not from a [development] perspective, but from a logistical perspective. Is that fun? For us it doesn’t make sense to create a battle above you if you’re fighting other players who are not there to fight. Our focus is to do planetary battles." We're not entirely sold on that excuse, but given how poorly DICE's choppers handle in Battlefield 3 and 4, we might be better off. Anyway, aren't you the best for reading through all this first? Enjoy the trailer!

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What's in Battlefield 4's massive winter patch?

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Battlefield 4, DICE, EA, Patches, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Updates, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

What's in Battlefield 4's massive winter patch?

Battlefield 4 has received an enormous new update on all platforms. Entitled the Winter Patch, this new wodge of content weighs in at 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles, and is naturally mandatory for playing online.

So what's in it, exactly?

The answer is a metric butt-load of tweaks and improvements, both to performance and the netcode, as well as a brand new Squad Obliteration mode. New player servers will make it easier to get involved, new premium playlists are available and you can customise the UI to a much more granular degree.

There are so many patch notes, in fact, that DICE have rolled out a massive PDF to make things easier. Check it out along with a representative sample of the biggest fixes below.

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Play Battlefield 4 free for a week on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Battlefield 4, DICE, FPS, PC games

Play Battlefield 4 free for a week on PC

We've seen some cheap Battlefield 4 deals over the last few months, but wouldn't you rather play it for free? Now you can, courtesy of Origin, who will give you a free week of access to the entire game. Better yet, it now actually works.

Battlefield 4 is a great shooter, but was effectively broken for the best part of the year thanks to a rushed launch and substandard netcode. Things have finally been shored up by DICE, and this is a nice opportunity to blow off some virtual steam in massive big-team engagements. Even if you decide that you've had your fill and don't need to spend a single penny! Click here to read our Battlefield 4 review, and check out our video of what happened when three total noobs took on the Naval Strike DLCThanks and full credit to f_p @ HUKD!

Battlefield Hardline Preview | Choice-alution

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Battlefield: Hardline, DICE, EA, FPS games, Games previews, Gamescom 2014, Visceral Games

Battlefield Hardline Preview | Choice-alution

Up until now, the general consensus regarding the single player portion of Hardline has been largely that dismissal – “it’s all about the multiplayer, stupid!” or “When has there ever been a decent storyline in a Battlefield game without Bad Company in the title?” It’s hard to ignore those cries as they’re fairly accurate, but Visceral Games came to Gamescom to restore some faith in the single player campaign, and I was invited to see how they planned to rekindle our interest in the storytelling aspect of the franchise.

The first thing we were told was that the focus on story was of great importance to Visceral, so much so that they had hired writers responsible for bringing the critically acclaimed series’ Justified and True Detective to life on the small screen. This was clearly evident during the early part of the level we were shown, which happened to be the same one used in the EA press conference. Taking place halfway through the game (or “season,” if the episodic thing is to be believed) protagonist Nick Mendoza finds himself and his partner Boomer being double-crossed in a deal-gone-south, with the player tasked with escaping their imprisonment and completing their assignment.

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EA Gamescom 2014 Press Conference: Watch Live Here – 9AM BST

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Battlefield: Hardline, BioWare, DICE, Dragon Age: Inquisition, EA, FIFA 15, Gamescom 2014

EA Gamescom 2014 Press Conference: Watch Live Here – 9AM BST

Can EA provide a better showing than they did at E3? Well, at least we know there's a mystery game amongst the roster out at Gamescom. All eyes will surely be on BioWare for some concrete information on Shadow Realms, and it couldn't hurt to see some extensive material hyping up Inquisition, either, given the lack of competition this side of Christmas. And what of Hardline? Delayed since its mixed bag of a beta, can EA convince that they made the right choice? Hopefully we'll get answers to all of this and more. We've got the official embed after the jump so you can watch it right here, not to mention some morning commentary from yours truly.

Follow us here to get stuck into the conversation.

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Play Battlefield 4 FREE for one week

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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Battlefield 4, DICE, EA, FPS games, Origin, PC games

Play Battlefield 4 FREE for one week

But you need to download it before August 14th

Origin Game Time is returning, and you can download Battlefield 4 for this week for absolutely nothing and play away to your heart's content for a full week from when you fire the game up for the first time.

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Battlefield: Hardline is getting delayed, and that's probably a good thing

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Battlefield: Hardline, DICE, EA, FPS games, Visceral Games

Battlefield: Hardline is getting delayed, and that's probably a good thing

I think that we can all agree that Battlefield: Hardline seemed a bit of a mess when it first emerged in beta form straight after it was shown off at this year's E3. The biggest complaint was the notion that iut seemed more like a BF4 spin-off than a new game in its own right -- a series of new maps, and new skins that could easily have spawned as a DLC drop than a full price new game.

Here we go again, thought many. Typical EA.

Jon posited in his article on the matter that knocking £15-20 off of the top and just releasing it as a multiplayer content pack would have bee fine, and he's probably right. A few more distinctive modes and we might have been happy with that. It's impossible to say just how the much-vaunted singleplayer component was coming along because no-one got to see it. The Bad Company games are testament to the fact that DICE can deliver strong campaigns, and Visceral have had their moments, but the latest BF singleplayer components have been utter rubbish. Po-faced, COD-copying mediocrity of the highest degree.

Battlefield: Hardline is getting delayed, and that's probably a good thing

But it's okay, because Hardline is getting pushed back into early next year, and with a fresh 2015 release date all of these wrongs will be righted.

Hopefully.

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Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Assassin's Creed: Unity, Battlefield, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, DICE, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, Razer, WildStar

Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail

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.

Game Buzz | Episode 81 - Battlefail. Recorded 27th June, 2014.

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.

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Not sold on Battlefield: Hardline? A fresh beta kicks off in Autumn

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Beta, DICE, EA, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Visceral Games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

"It's something different and we're fired up about it"

Battlefield: Hardline's beta has come to an end, raising more questions than it answered. Is it too similar to Battlefield 4 to be worth buying? Should it be released and priced as DLC? Will you ever behold a more gloriously epic motorbike jump?

The jury is most definitely out, but we'll get another chance to sample Visceral and DICE's controversial collaboration later this year.

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What did you love about Bad Company? Tell DICE, because they have no idea

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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DICE, EA, FPS

What did you love about Bad Company? Tell DICE, because they have no idea

Why haven't we seen another Battlefield: Bad Company game since the superb Bad Company 2? It turns out that DICE doesn't actually know what makes the series unique, or what gamers really want from a sequel.

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COMMENT | Battlefield: Hardline - Map-pack stopgap or something more?

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Battlefield: Hardline, Beta, DICE, EA, FPS games, Visceral Games

COMMENT | Battlefield: Hardline - Map-pack stopgap or something more?

EA dropped the mic with the announcement that we'd be able to jump into Battlefield: Hardline straight after their E3 presser. Despite the snoozefest that came before, it was a cracking way to end their show. But after spending a fair few days getting to grips with High Tension and the two modes -- Blood Money and Heist -- it's clear that there's something of a mixed bag here. I thought I'd make a list of a few things I've enjoyed and things that need addressing with the Hardline beta, following Jon's preview. But it sort of turns into something of a despondent rant at the end, which is sort of how my time with Hardline has gone in all honesty...

Excitement, frustration, elation, disappointment, realisation, shrugging.

I like... the vehicles

Ragging around in a Police Interceptor with the siren blaring and your mate in the passenger seat literally riding shotgun is glorious. Stick on a custom music playlist with some blues, a spot of Miami Vice and some Hawaii Five-0, maybe the Heat OST, and it's so awesome. If you manage to rack up some roadkill whilst you're at it, even better. Equally satisfying is running an armoured SUV or an APC into the enemy base in Blood Money and having a vehicular showdown, or terrorising would-be thieves in an attack helicopter (as long as I'm not driving). The vehicular respawns seem a bit snappier in this game, too, which adds to the immediacy of the action.

Also, sick jumps are awesome.

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Jump into the Battlefield: Hardline beta instantly on PC

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Battlefield: Hardline, DICE, EA, FPS games, PC games

Jump into the Battlefield: Hardline beta instantly on PC

Were you fearing that you might miss out on the Battlefield: Hardline beta? Well fret no longer PC gamer! EA have just announced today that anyone who wants to jump into the action can now do so instantly. PC players now have immediate access to the Battlefield Hardline Beta.

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