Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2018 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ea, battlefield, battlefield 1, battlefield 4, origin
If you didn't pick up BF1 when it was released or during a sale, or you still lack some or all of the DLC then you should consider picking it up this week. The DLC, as in all of them, are currently free over on Origin and the base game is selling for $5 US. You could pick up the the Premier Edition for about $12 US if you are one of those who like to support the existence of loot boxes; which are supposedly not in the new Battlefield.
While you are there you can also grab the entire list of DLC for BF4 for free as well, though the base game will set you back $20 if you do not have it. Visit Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN for direct links or just head to Origin.
"Battlefield 5‘s open beta is over, but the battle for objective points is eternal. As promised last week, EA have made the DLC Premium Pass for Battlefield 1 free today and for the next week."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Battlefield V: It's not you, it's me @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Benchmark analysis: Battlefield V Open Beta: PC @ Guru of 3D
- The 16 surprising new games that made PAX West an absolute blast @ Ars Technica
- Redneck Rampage looks smarter but feels as dumb as ever with this modern port @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Dragon Quest XI Benchmark Performance Analysis @ TechPowerUp
- Quake Champions brings back The Longest Yard and some fun arcade playmodes @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Bandai Namco shows off Ace Combat 7's VR mode @ HEXUS
- Humble Unity Bundle
- Call of Duty's 'Blackout' battle royale looks epic in first trailer @ HEXUS
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Fighting for my life and loving it @ Ars Technica
- Collective Minds VR Showcase PS4 charging stand @ PC Review
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2018 - 04:06 PM | Alex Lustenberg
Tagged: video, Threadripper, synology, skype, ryzen, podcast, P65, msi, logitech, Kirin 980, Huawei, g502, g305, falcon northwest, DS1618+, bitfenix, battlefield, amd, 2950x
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Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2018 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: ea, battlefield, lootboxes, dice
EA mentioned a new Battlefield game in passing, during a presentation in which they described how delaying BioWare's Anthem to early 2019 is not a delay. To make things even more unclear they replied to a question about lootboxes by describing "a need to tailor monetisation and content additions to each game" and not wanting to "bifurcate the community". That second comment seems to refer to the paid expansion DLC which EA has historically released for Battlefield games and implies we may not see that model used in this mysterious new, totally not announced, game. Pop by Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN for more prognostication.
"Will it be set in the past, near-past, present, near-future, or future? Battlefield 5? Bad Company 3? Hardline 2? 1944? 2143? Hut hut! It’s all a big mystery for now. Assuming EA follow their traditional Battlefield behaviour, they’ll likely formally announce the game in May or June then release it in mid-to-late October."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- The Banner Saga 3 due in summer, earlier than expected @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Celeste review: With amazing twists, this 2D game reaches great heights @ Ars Technica
- Space Viking lovers rejoice: The Endless Space 2 – Vaulters expansion is out now @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Epic Games to close down its Paragon F2P MOBA game @ HEXUS
- ‘ave you heard? Vintage RPG remake Avernum 3 released, with free demo too @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Humble Rockstar Bundle/A>
- Stellaris’s Apocalypse DLC will blow you away on Feb 22 @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2016 - 10:13 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: nvidia, GTX 1080, ea, dice, battlefield, battlefield 1
Battlefield 1 looks pretty good. To compare how it scales between its settings, DigitalFoundry took a short amount of video at 4K across all four, omnibus graphics settings: Low, Medium, High, and Ultra. These are, as should be expected for a high-end PC game, broken down into more specific categories, like lighting quality and texture filtering, but I can't blame them for not adding that many permutations to a single video. It would just be a mess.
The rendering itself doesn't change too much between settings to my eye. Higher quality settings draw more distant objects than lower ones, and increases range that level of detail falls off, too. About a third of the way into the video, they show a house from a moderate distance. The lowest quality version was almost completely devoid of shadowing and its windows would not even draw. The lighting then scaled up from there as the settings were moved progressively toward Ultra.
Image Credit: DigitalFoundry
While it's still Alpha-level code, a single GTX 1080 was getting between 50 and 60 FPS at 4K. This is a good range to be in for a G-Sync monitor, as the single-card machine doesn't need to deal with multi-GPU issues, like pacing and driver support.
Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2015 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: gaming, battlefield, harebrained schemes
This will not be the Mechwarrior of old, the new Battletech game will be turn based and resemble the tabletop version of the game in more ways than the faster paced Mechwarrior and Mech Commander series. As mentioned in the interview by Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN with Jordan Weisman, the main creator of this world the turn based play allows you to delve far deeper into managing your mechs heat, ranges, and armor exposure in combat . Battles will also focus more on mixed forces with crunchies and quite possibly air support present on the theater in addition to your mechs. Read the full interview for more information on what this game will look like. It has been fully funded and all the extra tiers were reached, including an extended single player campaign and PvP battles in the Arenas of Solaris VII, you can still get in on the action on their second chance pledge page.
"This is a turn-based game, and that allows us to dive a little deeper into what makes a mech a mech. When you’re real-time, you have to kind of… not allow the player to dive into that kind of depth because there’d be too much information overflow and decision paralysis,” Weisman said."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Dakka Dakka: Battlefleet Gothic – Armada’s Orks @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- The Big Fall Sale Starts Now! Free games, 350 deals up to -90%, and new stuff every day @ GoG
- Paradox Buys White Wolf – Including World Of Darkness & Vampire The Masquerade – From EVE Online Firm CCP @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- Halo 5: Overhyped, but still way above your average shooter @ The Register
- Do Gaming Computers Need a High-End CPU? @ Hardware Secrets
- Windows 10 is the OS of choice for nearly a third of Steam gamers @ HEXUS
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2015 - 04:08 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: ea, free to play, battlefield
Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free, Need for Speed World, and FIFA World are set to disappear in three months. According to the site for one of these games, Battlefield Heroes, that corresponds to Tuesday, July 14th, 2015. The other three might be plus or minus a little bit, but it sounds like it will be a simultaneous shutdown. Refunds will not be provided, even if you have premium credit remaining unspent on your account. I guess that means that you should burn whatever you have left over while the servers are still running; EA will not accept new accounts or payments though.
The announcement, made by Executive Vice President of EA Studios, Patrick Söderlund, assures players that other EA free-to-play titles are growing in player base and content. He uses Star Wars: The Old Republic as an example, which will receive updates over the year, including ones that build on its narrative.
But this is one of the problems with “free-to-play” and other genres with an authoritative online component: timed life. These titles are not going to be critiqued and celebrated in University courses over the upcoming decades and centuries. It is a difficult balance. On the one hand, it is interesting to create a universe that evolves and possibly mutates based on player interaction. Those experiences disappear though (and so does the money you tie into it). That doesn't mean “don't play them” -- just be aware what you're investing your time, money, and self-expression into.
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2014 - 05:28 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: battlefield, battlefield hardline
Yeah, I will admit it, the title is a joke. EA can annualize Battlefield as much as they like (as long as quality does not drop). The point is that Battlefield: Hardline has been delayed until early 2015. It is only a few extra months, which haters can still it to be a yearly release schedule, but it will not be under your tree, at least not this year.
Apparently, release dates are not hard lines...
DICE (not Visceral??) made the announcement on their Battlefield blog. Three areas will be worked on with the free time: Multiplayer "Innovation", Single Player Story "Depth", and Stability. I could remember a time, prior to ubiquitous internet access, that "stability" was a certification requirement, not a stretch goal. That was also a time that some platform owners could push you out of their first-party release windows to increase their own sales. I guess, give and take?
Battlefield: Hardline is now set for a launch in early 2015. That should be one less distraction from your Grand Theft Auto V PC experience.
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | June 17, 2014 - 07:54 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: battlefield, medal of honor, ea
Last year, we got Battlefield 4. The year before? Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The year before? Battlefield 3. The year before? Medal of Honor (Reboot). We will not be getting a new Medal of Honor this year, because Danger Close was shut down in June 2013. Danger Close developed the two recent Medal of Honor titles and, as EA Los Angeles, many of the previous Medal of Honor titles and many RTS games (Command and Conquer, Red Alert, Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth).
Many of their employees are now working at DICE LA.
So, when a new Medal of Honor title should be released, we get Battlefield: Hardline. A person with decent pattern recognition might believe that Battlefield, or its spinoffs, would fill the gap left by Medal of Honor. Not so, according to Patrick Söderlund, Executive VP of EA Studios. As was the case at E3, where both studios (DICE and Visceral) repetitively claimed that Battlefield: Hardline was the product (literally) of a fluke encounter and pent-up excitement for cops and robbers.
Of course, they do not close the door for annualized Battlefield releases, either. They just say that it is not their plan to have that be "the way it's going to be forever and ever". Honestly, for all the hatred that annualized releases get, the problem is not the frequency. If EA can bring out a Battlefield title every year, and one that is continually a good game, then power to them. The problem is that, with an annual release cycle, it is hard to get success-after-success, especially when fatigue is an opposing, and (more importantly) ever-increasing force.
It is the hard, but lucrative road.
Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2014 - 04:43 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: E3 14, E3, beta, battlefield hardline, battlefield
Quick message: The Battlefield Hardline Closed Beta is accepting applications now on a first-come-first-serve basis. Hardline is Battlefield in a cops and robbers universe. Think of PayDay 2 with Battlefield 4 graphics and gameplay elements, basically. It is developed by Visceral Games, the studio known for Dead Space.
Note: The signup page is a bit glitchy, likely because of server load. If you are interested, hop in quick, before all of the slots are gone. The beta is open now, although it apparently takes a little bit of time before Origin recognizes that you are in it. You will know you are in when you get an email "invoice" for the Battlefield Hardline beta with a $0 transaction.
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Shows and Expos | March 27, 2013 - 03:25 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: battlefield, battlefield 4, GDC, GDC 13
Battlefield 4 is coming, that has been known with Medal of Honor: Warfighter's release and its promise of beta access, but the gameplay trailer is already here. Clocking in at just over 17 minutes, "Fishing in Baku" looks amazing from a technical standpoint.
The video has been embed below. A little not safe for work due to language and amputation.
Now that you finished gawking, we have gameplay to discuss. I cannot help but be disappointed with the campaign direction. Surely, the story was in planning prior to the release of Battlefield 3. Still, it seems to face the same generic-character problem which struck the last campaign.
In Battlefield 3, I really could not recognize many characters apart from the lead which made their deaths more confusing than upsetting. Normally when we claim a character is identifiable, we mean that we can relate to them. In this case, when I say the characters were not identifiable, I seriously mean that I probably could not pick them out in a police lineup.
Then again, the leaked promotional image for Battlefield 4 seems to show Blackburn at the helm. I guess there is some hope. Slim hope, which the trailer does not contribute to. I mean even the end narration capped how pointless the character interactions were. All this in spite of EA's proclaiming YouTube description of this being human, dramatic, and believable.
Oh well, it went boom good.