During the Q&A section of EA’s second quarter 2014 financial earnings call, EA’s Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen put recent rumours about TitanFall eventually coming to the PlayStation 4 to rest by stating that TitanFall will be exclusive to Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC “for the life of the title”. Vince Zampella, General Manager of Respawn Entertainment, has tweeted that as far as the TitanFall franchise is concerned the exclusivity deal is tied to “just this release”. Meaning that even though there is no hope for PlayStation fans to get the first TitanFall, TitanFall 2 has the potential to be an entirely different story.
The Old Republic sure looks a lot like the movies these days.
BioWare and Electronic Arts have lifted the non-disclosure agreements from the beta of their massively multiplayer online world, and the news is starting to flow about what the latest venture into the Star Wars galaxy is like. Sitting down for a day of gaming, I found myself sucked into George Lucas’ brainchild, and playing the adventure as just one more character in the persistent world that has been presented to me; the question is, how does the game look?
The beta is over, the release is here, but is this game worth your time?
A few weeks back, I made an ongoing post about the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding the Battlefield 3 PC beta. Well, now that we’re seeing the live retail version of the game, it’s time to take another look and see what was improved, and what was not – Electronic Arts and DICE promised some changes were already set, so let’s take a look and see how things pan out. Since I already had the prior review, we’ll go through this bit by bit and compare the Beta to what we can play now.
The billionaire bat with far too many a pseudonym makes his Rocksteady return in the company’s savoury sequel to 2009’s acclaimed caper, Batman: Arkham Asylum. Fans shocked that the previous iteration of the long-plagued superhero game franchise wasn’t capitalizing on the monstrous success of the Dark Knight, but was risking the road less traveled in creating its own original story and universe, were rewarded with a title that above all made you feel like the caped crusader. It was a gamble that paid in spades, er, rather riddler trophies, and two years later the Dark Knight once again aims to topple the supervillainous vermin of Gotham in Arkham City, a sequel to silence the skeptic and satisfy the silent.
The latest installment looks great, but does the gameplay match up?
Edit: As some will no doubt note, this is the beta; as such, I will be updating this with my impressions as things go along, and changing my score if needed. That said, check out the bottom of the post, as any updated impressions will be left there.
Before I start this, I should get something out of the way: PC players are required to use the Origin service (EA’s Download Manager) to acquire and play this game in any form. I’m going to start with this fact since, honestly, I understand that it’s not going to change between now and next month, but some due criticism needs to be put out. To begin with, Origin is a clumsy service to use at best: upon downloading the initial beta, it took several tries for the download to start. Once it started, the download didn’t actually appear in “My Games” until I tried to start it yet another time, and the service finally updated its display. The interface is clunky in Origin, and several times while the download was going, it tried to tell me that I wasn’t connected to the internet (despite the download continuing without any problems).
It's a whole new world out there, are you prepared?
EDIT: The beta is now live to all players, have fun!
For fans of the many iterations of the Battlefield series, the wait is nearly over to begin playing the newest entry into the series, Battlefield 3. While the game itself is still slated for a release on October 25th, players will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in the expansive first-person shooter world in just a few days when the official beta opens up to players. Mark your calendars, and get ready to play on September 29th; to sign up, just take a look at this link! The beta will be open for PC, Xbox, and PS3 players to enjoy.