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Battlefield 4 Second Assault DLC free for EA Access subscribers

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EA Access subscribers will be pleased to hear that EA has added even more content to its already bargain-filled service.

The subscription service already grants players free access to Battlefield 4 and its first batch of downloadable content but for a limited time only, players will be able to download the Second Assault pack free of charge.

You have from now until 28th February 2015 to grab the content which includes four new maps, five new achievements, five new weapons and two new vehicles to play around with.

So, what’re you waiting for EA Access subscribers? Get downloading!

Battlefield Hardline beta details revealed

Two maps and two modes. That’s what you can expect from the upcoming open beta for Battlefield Hardline. The beta will be available to all platforms and the Visceral team will be waiting to hear your feedback, which can be left over at the Battlefield forums.

Downtown and Dust Bowl are the maps. Hotwire and Conquest are the modes. Everyone should be familiar with the classic Battlefield Conquest mode where each team has a limited number of tickets that bleed out depending on how many capture points are held – the more points you hold, the slower your tickets will expire.

Hotwire on the other hand is the new mode that’s being flaunted as the classic cops and robbers chase with the OTT Battlefield destruction thrown in for good measure.

The best news is that there’s no level cap for the beta.

While it’s just a taste of the whole game, we want you to come in, take your jacket off, stay a while. There won’t be a cap on the max progression level so whether you’re busting criminals or fleeing the cops, unlock away.

We want you to play this beta to death. We need you to. This test is only going to make the game stronger, and help us take a look at ways we can ensure we deliver the most stable launch you deserve. We’ll see you on the streets of Battlefield Hardline soon.

Steve Papoutsis, Executive Producer for Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield 4 – Xbox 360 Review

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Battlefield 4 is the latest chapter in the Battlefield series, published by EA and developed by DICE. Known for its grand scale MP game types and more emphasis on a more realistic combat gameplay then the more arcade style of other FPS franchises, Battlefield has always been an impressive FPS title to take online, but how does the Xbox 360 edition fair?

The Single player campaign begins with a prologue mission that sees the player’s character known as Recker, appearing trapped in a vehicle under water with fellow squad members Irish, Pac and Dunn. Handed a pistol by Dunn the squad leader who is trapped, the player must shoot out the window to enable the squad to swim to safety. With Irish protesting you must take aim at the window, and then following an onscreen RT prompt you fire and shatter the glass trigging a flashback to the first mission.

Set in Baku, Azerbaijan, the opening action plays out the events which lead to being in the car underwater. In a nice introduction to the playing style of Battlefield 4, as the player you are introduced to the rest of your squad as you all must escape Russian forces trying to prevent you from escaping with important intel. What strikes you is the size of the world in which the missions take place. Starting off inside an old school with no ammo, you are soon in an open fire fight across open land as you fight your way to the extraction point. The action is fast with up close battles and long range combat will keep the player on their toes. Nice set pieces will see helicopters play a part both in support as the player can spot enemy soldiers and call in the helicopter to take them out but also the enemy will send in their gunships, which dramatically changes the dynamic of the mission in a well choreographed and visually impressive set piece.

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Successfully completing the prologue mission will set up the story which is told over the next 6 missions.  Following an assassination attempt on Chinese president Jin Jie, Admiral Chang wants to use it to blame the US and trigger a War knowing that Russia will support Chang. As marshall law takes over China, you and fellow squad members Pac and Irish, forming Tombstone, are sent into Shanghai to rescue Chinese VIPs to help prevent the war.

Now 7 missions may not sound like much, but each level can take up to 20 or more minutes to complete and each will feature changing gameplay styles from FPS to vehicle use. The story is very mature with twists and turns, it is one of the best Single Player story campaigns I have played in many years of FPS playing and is good to see that once again a FPS game can have a solid Single Player campaign and a good Multiplayer experience to make it a total package in a title.

Visually it looks quite dull compared with previous Battlefield games but the engine is still impressive with a smooth and fluid transition from game play to a cut-scene which is all in game engine. Having seen how the game looks on Xbox One, it will certainly benefit from the additional power of next generation, but on 360 the game engine is still one of the best FPS visually and with superb audio effects for weapons and set pieces with great voice acting for all the characters made this 360 experience for Battlefield 4 really stand out amongst other game series available.

Of course the strongest aspect to any Battlefield title is the Multiplayer experience and Battlefield 4 is no exception to this. This time the scale of the action is much grander than previous titles. Returning is the now standard Battlefield Soldier class system; Assault, Recon, Engineer and Support.

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Playing as each class will earn the player experience points which unlock gadgets, weapons and attachments. Picking the right class for the right game type and map is essential to victory on Battlefield 4 Multiplayer. I found myself using Engineer most of all and there is nothing more satisfying then using my repair tool to fix a squad’s vehicle, take out an enemy solder and then quickly switching to my Stinger rocket launcher to take out an enemy attack chopper.

Battlefield 4 comes with a great selection of game types which will appeal to whichever style of Battlefield you like to play.

  • Conquest – Classic Battlefield match type; Large Scale warfare with infantry and vehicle use, aim to capture and hold objectives.
  • Team Deathmatch – No Vehicles and close quarters combat.
  • Obliteration – Medium Scale warfare; Both teams fight over possession of a bomb which they need to detonate enemy objectives.
  • Rush – Medium scale warefare; Attackers Vs Defenders match type, with defending team protecting two objectives.
  • Squad Deathmatch – 4 squads do battle in close quarters combat, most kills win.
  • Domination – Close quarters combat, no vehicles; aim to capture and hold objectives.
  • Defuse – Close Quarters combat; no redeploy option, no vehicles. Multiple quick rounds for Attackers Vs Defenders with one bomb and two objectives

For me, Obliteration stands out as my favourite mode online. It was fast and frantic with both teams of 12 battling to get hold of the bomb and then trying to reach the enemy objective to detonate it. Nothing quite like being in a vehicle with the bomb carrier trying to speed to the nearest enemy zone with enemy gunships and jets bearing down on you or being metres close to deploying the bomb only to be taken out at the last moment by an enemy sniper or infantry.

The modes of course need the right balance in map types and again, Battlefield 4 delivers with 3 types of map for large, medium and close quarter scale maps. Combined with the game types above the multiplayer offers so much choice for players. Battlefield 4 comes with ten maps to begin with, more maps will become available over time via the usual DLC of Map Packs:

  • Siege of Shanghai
  • Paracel Storm
  • Operation Locker
  • Flood Zone
  • Golmud Railway
  • Dawnbreaker
  • Hainan Resort
  • Lancang Dam
  • Rogue Transmission
  • Zavod 311

I got to play on Hainan Resort most and sadly there is a known issue of freezing issues on this particular map which can be frustrating when it hits if you have been happily playing matches for a while.

Overall for me, Battlefield 4 is a great FPS title which has made a welcome return to offering a solid Multiplayer experience but also giving a memorable Single Player campaign that will have you replaying the mission to get those missing collectibles and is a challenge for experience FPS players. Visually impressive with amazing audio, Battlefield 4 ticks a lot of boxes as an FPS fan and with Xbox One enhancing this experience even more with greater numbers of players online and more refined visuals, Battlefield 4 delivers for both current generation on Xbox 360 and will deliver a great next generation FPS experience on Xbox One.

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Battlefield 4 Premium Membership and BETA Detailed

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DICE and EA has today announced Battlefield 4 Premium at Gamescom today. Described as an exclusive membership for Battlefield fans that provides a wealth of new content to keep the action going all year long. With Battlefield 4 Premium, DICE will serve up weekly content and unique personalisation options so players can dominate the battlefield in style!

It was also announced that the Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta will start in early October and will be exclusive for Battlefield 3 Premium owners, those that pre-ordered Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe, and owners of Medal of Honor Warfighter Digital Deluxe and Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition for three days. Following that, DICE will host an open beta for all gamers worldwide and will feature the Siege of Shanghai map on the popular Conquest mode. Players will experience the next level of all-out warfare with a new design concept called Levolution, which creates a dynamic environment that reacts to the player’s every move to ensure no two games are alike.

Now, the content for Battlefield 4 Premium membership includes five digital expansion packs featuring new multiplayer maps and more:

  • Battlefield 4 Second Assault – Includes four fan-favorite Battlefield 3 maps now re-imagined with the power of Frostbite 3. Available first on Xbox One.
  • Battlefield 4 China Rising – Players fight for dominance across the vast and majestic Chinese mainland. Available December 2013.
  • Battlefield 4 Naval Strike – Experience dynamic ocean combat as the Chinese armada takes the fight to the sea. Available Spring 2014.
  • Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth – The US strikes back engaging in all-out urban warfare. Available Summer 2014.
  • Battlefield 4 Final Stand – Bring the war to its epic conclusion. Available Summer 2014.
  • Two-weeks early access to all expansion packs for that competitive edge
  • Unique personalization options including camos, paints, emblems, dogtags and more
  • Priority position in server queues
  • New content every week
  • 12 bonus Battlefield 4 Battlepacks
  • Transfer Battlefield 4 Premium membership from Xbox 360 to Xbox One

Battlefield 4 Battlepacks add an all-new layer of persistence and an exciting element of chance to the multiplayer progression system in Battlefield 4. Through the course of a player’s multiplayer career, they will receive packs containing random combinations of new camos, dog tags, knives, XP boosts, and gun attachments. In addition to what players will earn in-game through normal play, Battlefield 4 Premium members will receive the 12 bonus Battlefield 4 Battlepacks.

Battlefield 4 will be available October 29 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Battlefield 4 will also be available for Xbox One at launch.

Battlefield 4 for Xbox One Includes Kinect Functionality

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Dice has confirmed via GameInformer that the edition of Battlefield 4 for Microsoft’s Xbox One console will include Kinect functionality. It hasn’t been greatly detailed nor confirmed if the Xbox 360 version will come with the same features.

“We have a pretty pragmatic view [on the new Kinect],” DICE general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson explained in the latest issue of Game Informer. “Instead of just trying to tick all the boxes of features you can do with new hardware, we look at what actually adds value [for] our players.

“When you look at the kind of games that we build – or Battlefield at least – it is a first-person shooter that is very much about skill. Input is really important. You need to have very precise control over what’s going on, and trying to do something like that with motion control input does not make sense – not if you want to keep the same kind of formula of the game as we [have] now. You’d need to build a different kind of shooter.

“But there are other places where it will make sense, and we are going to use it for other things in the game, but we haven’t announced exactly what.”

All will be revealed soon enough – we’ll keep you updated soon as word hits the ground!

Via VideoGamer

Battlefield 4 BETA Dated September 24 in Leaked Image

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A leaked image has hit the net suggesting that EA’s upcoming Battlefield 4 BETA will go live across three platforms (Xbox 360, PS3 and PC) on September 24th 2013. This demo will give players the opportunity to prepare for battle on at sea, on land and in the air on the all-improved Frostbite 3 Engine technology.

Battlefield 4 was officially unveiled in March this year and is fueled by the next-generation power and fidelity of Frostbite 3, providing a visceral, dramatic experience unlike any other according to the developers DICE. Only in Battlefield can you demolish the buildings shielding your enemy. Only in Battlefield will you lead an assault from the back of a gun boat. Battlefield grants you the freedom to do more and be more while playing to your strengths and carving your own path to victory.

In addition to its hallmark multiplayer, Battlefield 4 features an intense, dramatic character-driven campaign that starts with the evacuation of American VIPs from Shanghai and follows your squad’s struggle to find its way home.

When official announcements are made – we’ll keep you updated, but the image looks pretty real indeed.

Source: BF4Central

EA Opens New DICE Studio in LA for Star Wars Games

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According to reports made by The Wall Street Journal, EA is investing in a swanky new Los Angeles studio for DICE who shall be “a key cog” in the creation of a new series of Star Wars videogames. Walt Disney had previously announced last week that it enlisted EA to make Star Wars games weeks after closing its LucasArts games division. LucasArts pointed in our direction a Trademark Infringement claim recently regarding our posting of Star Wars content, and we can’t help but smile at this news.

DICE, General Manager Karl-Magnus Troedsson said in an interview at the Stockholm office:

“There is an extreme talent pool over that we want a part of,” he said. “It’s no secret that our main competitor is there,” referring to Activision’s Infinity Ward and Treyarch operations, which use Southern California studios to work on the popular Call of Duty game that outsells Battlefield…”

It was further said that “creators of the new Star Wars game are looking at either creating an entirely new experience or piggybacking on an older Star Wars game series.”

We shall be looking forward to DICE and EA’s announcements in due course.

Via WSJ

Battlefield 4 Officially Revealed – 17 Minute Gameplay Video

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Battlefield 4 has been confirmed for a Fall 2013 release by EA in all official press releases, but EA’s Youtube account has stated that it will arrive in the Autumn. Has their Youtube account inadvertently leaked the release window for next-gen?

A 17-Minute “Fishing in Baku” video is available to view below and was shot entirely in-game showing the first glimpse of the human, dramatic, and believable single player campaign you can expect in Battlefield 4 this Fall – or Autumn!

Battlefield 4 is fueled by the next-generation power and fidelity of Frostbite 3, and provides a visceral, dramatic experience unlike any other according to the developers DICE. Only in Battlefield can you demolish the buildings shielding your enemy. Only in Battlefield will you lead an assault from the back of a gun boat. Battlefield grants you the freedom to do more and be more while playing to your strengths and carving your own path to victory.

In addition to its hallmark multiplayer, Battlefield 4 features an intense, dramatic character-driven campaign that starts with the evacuation of American VIPs from Shanghai and follows your squad’s struggle to find its way home.

There is no comparison. Immerse yourself in the glorious chaos of all-out war, found only in Battlefield.

It is available for pre-order now with free pre-order upgrades to a Premium Expansion Pack at no additional cost, check with your retailers for confirmation when you pre-order.

Here’s the video: