The PS4 version has held its price fairly well, so this deal is definitely worth highlighting. With the latest squad listings and all manner of graphical improvements, the big new additions this time around are the FUT Draft mode, an improved Career mode, tutorial indicators for newcomers, and the inclusion of international female players.
The Need for Speed series has struggled to find an identity for years, despite takes by numerous developers. Between the forgotten titles, we've had the Fast and the Furious-inspired Underground, the cops vs racers of Hot Pursuit (twice), the straight-faced track racer Shift and the open-world attempt by Criterion in Most Wanted.
This latest game has had an extra year of development, breaking the habit of releasing a NFS game every year. The subtitles are gone, 2015's game is simply Need for Speed. Although, given the nature of the game, EA must have been pretty tempted to call it Need for Speed: Underground 3.
The emphasis is once again on the street racing and car modification culture, which is something many fans have been crying out for. What they've not asked for is an intrusive story, putting you in the shoes of a new racer, invited to hang with a crew that worship the ground you walk on like a tire-shredding messiah.Click here to read more...
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.
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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.Click here to read more...
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.Click here to read more...
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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After having to replace it with Theme Hospital for a while because of heavy demand, Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 and its expansion are once again On The House. As always, all you need to do is log into Origin, claim the game, and it will be yours to keep. I still regard Red Alert 2 as one of my favourite RTS titles thanks to its varied units and fantastic gameplay balance (not to mention those fantastically hammy FMV sequences between mission.) In short, go and grab this freebie, listen to the glorious tones of the Hell March, and then roll that tank column over your foes like there's no tomorrow.
The eagle-eyed users over on Reddit have discovered that Battlefield Hardline will be the next game to be added to the EA Access vault in October. It follows in the footsteps of such titles as Titanfall, Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Dragon Age: Inquisition to make their way onto the subscription-based, Xbox One exclusive service. Considering Hardline only came out in March, this is a fine addition for those who are part of EA Access, which costs £3.99 a month.
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.Click here to read more...
Well, this is odd. Apparently the demand for a free copy of Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 was so great that EA have taken it off Origin's On The House promotion. In an effort to "let their servers cool down" they have brought back Theme Hospital for a short time. EA have promised that Red Alert 2 and its expansion "will return to on the house very shortly," so don't worry if you've yet to grab it. So, if you didn't secure a free copy the last time it was offered, now is a great chance to sort out all those cases of slack tongue and bloaty head.
EA are once again giving an absolute classic away for free with their On The House promotion. This time it's for Command & Conquer Red Alert 2, as well as its expansion. As always, all you need to do is log into Origin, claim the game, and it will be yours to keep. I still regard Red Alert 2 as one of my favourite RTS titles thanks to its varied units and fantastic gameplay balance (not to mention those fantastically hammy FMV sequences between mission.) In short, go and grab this freebie, listen to the glorious tones of the Hell March, and then roll that tank column over your foes like there's no tomorrow.
Last week I finally revisited The Secret World. After reviewing it at launch, calling it “a brave new world worth spending time in,” I gradually had less and less time to play it. This was despite former colleague Jon falling head over heels for it, proclaiming his love it again, and again, and again. I could only watch from the sidelines as the intrigue and mystery of its storyline evolved, new systems added to its class-free combat, and new dungeons opened, filled with brutal bosses to beat.
Last week, Funcom released Issue #12: To The Dark Tower Below. The new patch not only added in a new dungeon and open world content, but included new social features, a revamped currency system and daily rewards program. It’s not ground-breaking for the genre, but it’s an important step for The Secret World. You see, it not only gives former players a reason to return, but provides newcomers with the more accessible way to experience the game, as well as catch up with the rest of the community.
Basically, with Issue #12 live on the servers, now is the time to experience one of the most unique MMO properties on the market, and I’m going to explain why.Click here to read more...
Let's not beat around the bush, here - SimCity was an omnishambles. What promised to deliver a perfected city-building sim with online connectivity was beyond broken. It's such a shame, too, because the user interface is intuitive, the art style visually appealing, and the music an absolute triumph. It does enough to distract you for a good few hours, but even though it ultimately doesn't deliver, for £4 it's worth seeing the agonising potential that was there. Or, you know, you could put the money towards the infinitely better Cities: Skylines. Thanks to Buzz for the heads-up!
Be sure to check out our SimCity review for more details.
Here's a bit of news that we actually missed from earlier this week, as EA announced on Monday that all future titles from the publisher would now be released on a Thursday in the UK instead of a Friday. The move has been done to bring release dates in line with the rest of Europe, who have up until now always had a day head-start over UK gamers. As a result, the new release dates for the remaining 2015 release schedule from EA now looks like this:
We're still some way away from its release, but this offer for a physical PC copy of Garden Warfare 2 is the cheapest around by £8. While the gameplay and various modes will mostly remain the same, there are a number of changes elsewhere that were announced at this year's Gamescom. Multiple new classes will be available for both plants and zombies, solo and co-op play will be introduced, and the brand new Backyard Battleground will act as a social hub along with daily missions to complete. As long as the gameplay is as fun as it in its predecessor, we expect Garden Warfare 2 will be yet another great team-based shooter.
Be sure to read up on our EA Gamescom 2015 Presentation Roundtable Impressions for more thoughts on Garden Warfare 2 and other upcoming EA titles.
EA's Gamescom 2015 presentation was only an hour long compared to Microsoft's 90 minutes, but that didn't mean it wasn't a padded affair. There were some gems in there though along with another adorable appearance from EA's unofficial new mascot. Let's see what the team had to say.Click here to read more...
Closing the show at EA's Gamescom press conference this morning was a brand new trailer for FIFA 16, highlighting yet more graphical improvements and game engine improvements. Coincidentally, you can also pre-order this year's edition for current-gen consoles for a record low price thanks to Rakuten's latest voucher code.
There's still a few months until this year's edition is released, which will contain the latest squad listings and all manner of graphical improvements, but the big new additions this time around are the FUT Draft mode, and the inclusion of international female players. Considering how popular the recent Women's World Cup has been, I suspect there will be many players wishing to virtually recreated some of the impressive displays from this year's tournament. Thanks to viperkeith @ HUKD!
Stay tuned to the site for our impression of EA Gamescom 2015 press conference.
9am is an early time to watch EA talk about sports, mobile guff and have awkward special guests on stage. But in between you might just see some red hot footage of the games you really want to see. We're talking Mirror's Edge: Catalyst, Star Wars: Battlefront, Mass Effect Andromeda, Need for Speed, and more importantly, Unravel.Click here to read more...
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.Click here to read more...
Theme Park, Theme Hospital, Ultima and Medal of Honor are included in this weekend's EA sale from GoG.com. I had planned to continue with The Elder Scrolls Online this weekend but it now looks like I will be spelling funny words on Theme Park I shouldn't be using the path tool. Immature, yet fun.
Check out these great classic EA titles and more in the GoG.com EA sale.