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EA To Stuff Microtransactions Into ALL Of Their Games Going Forward

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dead Space 3, EA, Fee-to-Play, Microtransactions

EA To Stuff Microtransactions Into ALL Of Their Games Going Forward

What's that? You like payments? Well how about some payments on top of your payments.

Just when you thought the word 'microtransactions' could be saved from inequity by the positive efforts of free-to-play games such as Planetside 2, EA reveals that they're going to be trying to implement microtransactions in all of their games going forward. Especially fully-priced retail titles.

Just in case you thought that you can't fit a free-to-play model onto a £50 game, EA are out to prove you wrong!

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RUMOUR: EA To Announce "Exclusivity Agreement" With Microsoft In April

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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EA, Exclusivity, Microsoft, Next-gen, Xbox 720

RUMOUR: EA To Announce "Exclusivity Agreement" With Microsoft In April

We noted that it was a little strange to see Activision at the PS4 event a week ago, given that usually it's Microsoft who've been the beneficiary of their timed exclusives (certainly for Call of Duty) in the past. But times are changing and just as the PS4 will be getting some exclusive additional content for Destiny, it looks as if EA might be jumping into bed with Microsoft, and announcing their partnership at the rumoured Microsoft presser coming in April.

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Command & Conquer Screenshots Show Off Frostbite-Powered F2P

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Command & Conquer, EA, PC games, Screenshots, Strategy games

Command & Conquer Screenshots Show Off Frostbite-Powered F2P

Generally Impressive

EA have released some new screenshots of Command & Conquer (formerly known as C&G: Generals 2), in order to demonstrate how shiny the Frostbite 2.0-powered free to play strategy game will be. Realistic lighting and physics, alongside trademark destructible terrain, will hopefully distract us from all the brown.

Do note that the last few images are concept art, not screenshots. Game's out later this year on Origin.

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Mass Effect 3: Final Free Multiplayer DLC Out Today

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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BioWare, DLC, EA, Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3: Final Free Multiplayer DLC Out Today

Mass Effect 3 will receive its last multiplayer content update today in the form of Reckoning: a weighty free download that includes six new classes, seven new weapons and plenty of gear. Details and trailer below.

Note that PS3 owners will need to wait until tomorrow's content update.

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Dead Space 3 | £29.86 | ShopTo | 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Action Games, EA, Horror games, Visceral Games, Xbox 360 games

Dead Space 3 | £29.86 | ShopTo | 360

While the series may be leaning away from its horror-based beginnings, there are still plenty of jumpy moments in the opening few hours of Dead Space 3. The co-op works well and even includes some unique story elements that you won't get playing alone. Best bet? Play it through twice in each mode to get the most out of the game. The new weapon crafting system offers lots of combat depth and the micro-transactions aren't the obtrusive nightmare they could have been. ShopTo are beating the competition by over a fiver at the moment, but only on 360.

Thanks to  YoSingh at HotUkDeals.

Battlefield 3 | £9.99 | Origin | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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DICE, EA, FPS games, Origin, PC games

Battlefield 3 | £9.99 | Origin | PC

If you haven't picked up Battlefield 3 yet, Origin's £9.99 deal is pretty good going. You'll save a couple of quid on the definitive version of this multiplayer masterpiece - considering that you can enjoy 64-player battles and push the Frostbite 2.0 engine to the full, don't accept the stripped-back console substitutes unless you absolutely have to. Thanks and credit to danhufc at HotUKDeals.

Mass Effect 3 | £12.99 | Green Man Gaming | PS3 / Xbox 360

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, EA, PS3 games, RPGs, Xbox 360 games

Mass Effect 3 | £12.99 | Green Man Gaming | PS3 / Xbox 360

Last week saw the PC crowd get a good deal for this one, and now it’s the console crowd’s opportunity. Green Man Gaming are the retailer in question, and with Asda currently out of stock it means that the overall saving currently stands at around £2.50.

Debatable ending or not, Mass Effect 3 is an excellent game that is an action packed race to stop the Reapers, and anyone who has already played through the first two should definitely finish the tale of Commander Shepard. Along with an entertaining online co-op component, the overall package is worthy of your attention. Thanks to gerrymig @ HUKD!

FIFA 13 | £13.99 | Simply Games | PC

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
EA, FIFA 13, PC games

FIFA 13 | £13.99 | Simply Games | PC

Simply Games have a very tempting offer going for the latest FIFA game on the PC. All you need is an Origin account and you could be playing the game today. The attacking AI has been improved and the new First Touch control will be much appreciated by skilled players. PES is closing the gap, but FIFA still just about edged it for the title once again.

Thanks to dindan11 at HotUkDeals.

Battlefield 3 | £15.99 | Game | 360

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Battlefield 3, DICE, EA, FPS games, Xbox 360 games

Battlefield 3 | £15.99 | Game | 360

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.

Mass Effect 3 | £7.48 | Gamersgate | PC

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, EA, PC games, RPGs

Mass Effect 3 | £7.48 | Gamersgate | PC

As part of its EA week of deals, Gamergate have slashed their usual price for Mass Effect 3, making it the cheapest around. It beats the next best offers by around £2.50.

Debatable ending or not, Mass Effect 3 is an excellent game that is an action packed race to stop the Reapers, and anyone who has already played through the first two should definitely finish the tale of Commander Shepard. Along with an entertaining online co-op component, the overall package is worthy of your attention.

EA: Next-Gen Consoles Will "Likely Not Be Backwards Compatible"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Backwards Compatibility, EA, Next-gen

EA: Next-Gen Consoles Will "Likely Not Be Backwards Compatible"

Hints At Christmas 2013 Release

EA's Chief Financial Officer has dropped a few interesting hints about the next console generation, suggesting that neither Sony nor Microsoft's offering will support current-generation games.

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Crysis 3 Trailer: Sharp Dressed Man

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Crysis 3, EA, trailer, ZZ Top

Suit Up & Swagger

Stop the presses: EA have finally managed to release a decent advert that's both humorous, effective, playful and only slightly disingenuous. With music aptly provided by ZZ Top, no less.

This scarcely-believable phenomenon aside, it's also a fun look at some of the cool stuff you can do with Crysis 3's Nanosuit. It's out on February 22nd.

Syndicate | £8.99 | The Hut | PS3

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Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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EA, FPS games, PS3 games, Starbreeze

Syndicate | £8.99 | The Hut | PS3

Watch enough trailers for Syndicate and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was DLC for Deus Ex: Human Revolution minus the gold paint on everything. It's a far cry from the old PC games as it's gone down the FPS route. Cool weaponry and fun co-op features make up for the linear campaign though. For under a tenner, you could do far worse.

Thanks to Snakeyes646 at HotUkDeals.

EA Takes Credit For Dead Space 3 Resource Farming Exploit

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Dead Space 3, EA, Exploit, Visceral Games

EA Takes Credit For Dead Space 3 Resource Farming Exploit

"We Encourage Players To Explore The Game"

EA has no plans to fix a recently-discovered exploit in Dead Space 3 that allows players to farm resources instead of shelling out for microtransactions... because it was apparently a purposeful design decision.

No, really.

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Second Sim City Beta Event Announced

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Dr Vu, EA, Maxis, Maxisman, PC games, Sim City, Simulation games

Second Sim City Beta Event Announced

Heroes & Villians Make Their Way Into The Limited Edition Pre-Order

It’s not long until it finally hit our PC, but Maxis have announced that a second beta event for will take place on February 16th if you want to sample (and provide some last minute feedback) for Sim City. Those interested can head over to the official website to sign up.

As well as announce the beta event, Maxis have added a little extra incentive for prospective buyers to put money down for a pre-order. The Limited Edition will now come bundled with the Heroes and Villians set, adding in a superhero called Maxisman to defend your city, and a supervillian called Dr. Vu to cause havoc on your streets. We have a new trailer for your perusal after the jump.

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BioWare Elaborates On Next Mass Effect: Don't Call It Mass Effect 4

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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BioWare, EA, Mass Effect

BioWare Elaborates On Next Mass Effect: Don't Call It Mass Effect 4

But Player Choices Might Carry Over

BioWare doesn't want you to think of the next Mass Effect game as "Mass Effect 4, " instead cautioning players that it will be a very different game despite being set in the same universe. However, previous player decisions might be factored into the deep backstory, suggesting that a chronological sequel with a new protagonist may well be on the cards.

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"Fuse Is Just About Done" - Insomniac Details Last-Minute Changes

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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EA, Fuse, Insomniac Games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

"Fuse Is Just About Done" - Insomniac Details Last-Minute Changes

Cooperative shooter Fuse may have slipped from March into "Q2 2013," but Insomniac Games have explained that the time will be used to implement some last-minute tweaks to what is essentially a finished product.

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Dead Space 3 Players Flout Microtransactions With Infinite Resources Exploit

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Dead Space 3, EA, Exploit, Microtransactions, Visceral Games

Dead Space 3 Players Flout Microtransactions With Infinite Resources Exploit

Dead Space 3 may have only released in the States yesterday, but players have already found a way to stick it to EA's myriad microtransactions with an exploit that lets them farm resources for free. Whoops. If you're interested in thoroughly spoiling it for yourself before Friday's European launch, we've embedded an explanatory video under the break. [Courtesy of Game Front via D'Toid]

Resources will be used to upgrade weapons as you progress through the campaign, with limited amounts designed to tempt players into buying more for real money. Until a fix is released, however, you probably won't need to bother (or, you know, if you don't want to ruin Dead Space 3's pacing).

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Game Buzz | Episode 17 - Cattle

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Dead Space 3, EA, Game Buzz, Medal Of Honor, Nintendo, Podcast, PWNCAST, Wii U

Game Buzz | Episode 17 - Cattle

Things get a bit ranty on this week's Game Buzz. We pick apart all of the Nintendo news of the week, including the slashed revenue projections, Crystal Dynamics' excuses for not bringing Tomb Raider to Wii U, Iwata's conference call, and the lack of a price cut on the horizon. EA also come under fire for their Day 1 DLC policy and running Medal of Honor into the ground.

Game Buzz | Episode 17 - Cattle. Recorded 1st February, 2013.

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.

Click the banner at the top to play the file, or right click and select 'Save Link As' to download the file onto your hard drive.

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Medal Of Honor Franchise "Taken Out Of Rotation"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Battlefield, EA, FPS games, Medal Of Honor, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter

Medal Of Honor Franchise "Taken Out Of Rotation"

EA "Launching A New Battlefield Game Next Year"

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.

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