Star Wars Battlefront II stirred up controversy at launch with grindy progression systems and questionable loot boxes. Over the last six months, the game has added new modes and done its best to win back players. Here’s where things stand today.
Star Wars Battlefront II’s latest update brings microtransactions back to the game, allowing players to spend premium currency on cosmetic outfits. It’s an improvement over the ability granting loot boxes from early access but pricey skins add an unwelcome new grind to a game.
A Way Out seems like a tough sell. The cooperative narrative game, which requires you to play the whole thing alongside a second person, probably isn’t for everyone. But it sure was for a lot of people—more than EA seems to have expected.
Electronic Arts’ Search for Extraordinary Experiences (SEED) Division—which sounds like an anime space force—has created a “self-learning AI-agent” that has managed to teach itself how to play Battlefield 1 multiplayer.
At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Jason Schreier and I sat down with Aaryn Flynn, formerly of BioWare, to talk about his time working under EA on games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and Anthem.
Star Wars Battlefront II’s new update overhauls the game’s loot box laden progression system. One of players’ biggest complaints since before the game was even officially out was how hard it was to unlock iconic characters like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader. A new patch finally unlocks every hero character in the…
I downloaded The Sims Mobile to see if it would let me trap a virtual person in a bathroom-less building. Now I’m two working mothers raising a child. I couldn’t be happier, at least not without having to wait out some sort of happiness timer.
Here’s a nightmare I’ve actually had: I’m a soldier in a war, and no one’s told me what to do. Bullets are whizzing overhead and death could arrive at any moment. Everyone around me seems to know what they’re doing, but not me. I shouldn’t be here. I’m just some guy. I sit there, paralyzed, waiting to die.
I’ve played hours of the remastered version of Burnout Paradise prior to today’s release of the game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. So how are the higher resolution textures and enhanced lighting effects? I don’t know, man. I’m just playing Burnout Paradise again, and it’s as wonderful as it ever was.
Months after removing controversial microtransactions from Star Wars Battlefront II, publisher EA today announced its plans to bring them back, this time tied only to cosmetics rather than gameplay.
Nobody asked for this, but UFC President Dana White has been added a playable fighter to EA UFC 3. And since White is a cantankerous blowhard who spouts obvious untruths on a regular basis, it’s fitting that his in-game stats do not even remotely resemble his capabilities in real life. At least he’s a free download?
EA’s $30-a-year Origin Access service for PC gamers is getting six Batman games today. Subscribers will be able to play all three Lego Batman games as well as Arkham Asylum, Origins and City in full at no extra cost (adding to a library mostly comprised of EA games). UPDATE: Asked if Batman’s coming to EA Access on…
Battlefield 1’s final expansion, fittingly called Apocalypse, released during the last week of February. Alongside new guns and maps, the content pack also contains some very difficult unlockable dog tags. Reading over them, I wondered what it would take to get them.
The people who make Battlefield, just like many other developers across the video game industry, have heard the loot box furor loudly and clearly. The next Battlefield’s microtransaction plans remain in flux, as they are in many games until close to release, but it’s unlikely they’ll inspire as much anger as Star…
Battlefield 1’s final DLC, Apocalypse, shows some of World War One’s most harrowing battles and experimental weapons. A powerful new machine gun included in the DLC is gaining popularity with the community, but forcing others to ask how long before it gets nerfed.
The fourth and final expansion pack for Battlefield 1, Apocalypse, released last week. It leans into everything that Battlefield 1 has sold itself on since its release back in 2016: big maps, interesting historical and pseudo-historical weapons, and the general feeling that you will not make it out of this place alive.
Oh yes, it’s already time to start thinking about E3. EA said today that it will again host EA Play, which will still take place in Los Angeles from June 9 to June 11, 2018. Attendees will get to play the next Battlefield, lots of sports games, and “get an inside look at the stunning new action game Anthem.”
Burnout Paradise is getting a remaster for PS4 and Xbox One, publisher EA said today. This new version of Criterion’s beloved 2008 open-world racing game will be out on March 16. Vroom vroom, etc.
Of all the different ways I’ve gained new abilities in video games, singing softly to animals as a baby fox is definitely my favorite.