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Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession photo
Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

It was the beginning of 2013 when I finally just got tired of the competitive aspect of first-person shooters. It's been my favorite genre ever since the GoldenEye 64 days, but over the last few years I've just been losing more and more interest in them. That's not to say there haven't been some great competitive FPS games of course. PlanetSide 2, Tribes: Ascend, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Halo 4 were some of the last ones I really got into, and while they were great, they just weren't able to hold my interest for long.

And outside of playing them for the purpose of coverage on Destructoid at preview events, I didn't even touch Call of Duty: Ghosts or Battlefield 4's multiplayer after they launched. Playing the preview builds was enough for me, a "been there, done that" sort of feeling.

Titanfall, though -- it's the game-changer for me. I've played it in shorts bursts at E3 and PAX, but last week I got to go hands-on for several hours, and feel confident in saying it makes me feel as if I'm rediscovering the genre like I did in the Nintendo 64 days.

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Go and sign-up for the Titanfall beta RIGHT NOW (Update) photo
Go and sign-up for the Titanfall beta RIGHT NOW (Update)
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

[Update: The Titanfall beta kicks off on February 14 for the Xbox One and PC as revealed by this new trailer. There will be two maps available, and three modes which are Attrition (team deathmatch), Hardpoint Domination, and a Last Titan Standing gametype where everyone starts in a Titan in a round-based mode that ends when one team has lost all of their Titans as there is no respawning or replacement Titans.]

Want in on the Titanfall closed beta? Then just go to this website, pick your platform of choice, fill out your info, and you're good to go. Well, I mean you'll be entered to maybe get into the closed beta. So there's a chance.

You will be emailed by EA no later than 11:59PM PST on February 17 if you've been selected to enter. You also have until February 14 at 4PM PST to register for the beta period. Good luck!

For those of you that don't make it in you can expect some coverage of Titanfall's beta to appear this week on Destructoid, and we'll be doing some live gameplay of Titanfall on our Twitch channel too.

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Preview: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare photo
Preview: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
by Alessandro Fillari

How weird was it seeing that reveal trailer for Plant vs Zombies: Garden Warfare at last year's E3? Plants vs Zombies was known for its focus on strategy and quirky humor, so it was a pretty surprising move for the developers at PopCap Games to bring such an interesting twist to their hugely popular franchise. As a fan of the series, I was mostly curious to see how it would translate from a tower defense style game to an online focused shooter.

But strangely enough, the transition worked out surprisingly well. And then some. Using the Frostbite 3 engine, PopCap Games took a chance and made its first foray into 3D, bringing along many of its characters from the series. EA invited some the press out to try a new build of the class-based shooter Garden Warfare and it turns out it's still just as strategic as ever.

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1:30 PM on 11.07.2013

SimCity going futuristic in Cities of Tomorrow expansion

SimCity is due to receive its first major content expansion next week with the release of Cities of Tomorrow, which introduces a host of new building types like drone factories and air scrubbers. Check out the latest tr...

Conrad Zimmerman

4:30 PM on 08.22.2013

Populous and Red Alert 3 join Humble Origin Bundle

The Humble Origin Bundle is a curious thing. On the one hand, it's Electronic Arts, a company that's easy to dislike these days, and in the case of some -- but not all! -- of the featured games, there's the dreaded Origin req...

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 08.20.2013

Sony Cuts Prices, Good Guy Origin & Microsoft Gets Indie

Hey everybody! Here's today's Destructoid Show, which is just full of crazy news. If you can't keep track of everything coming outta Gamescom, here's all the big stuff from Microsoft, here's all the big stuff from Sony, and beyond that, it's mostly EA news, inlcluding the Dragon Age Inquisition launch window, some new Battlefield 4 stuff, and Origin's surprising new policy.

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11:15 AM on 08.20.2013

Is that you, EA? 24-hour refunds on Origin games

In a surprisingly progressive move, Electronic Arts will offer full refunds on game downloads for Windows or Mac that are purchased on its distribution platform Origin. What's the catch? There isn't one, really. You just have...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 08.14.2013

Now it's EA's turn to have a Humble Bundle

Over the last few months, we've seen more and more major publishers sell their games via the always popular Humble Bundle. Now it's the turn of maybe the biggest dog in the pound, EA, to get involved. The new Humble Origin Bu...

Alasdair Duncan

5:00 PM on 08.05.2013

SimCity for Mac launches on August 29

After being hit with a not insignificant delay, the Mac version of SimCity should be ready for release at the tail end of this month. At least, Maxis and Electronic Arts have announced an August 29 launch -- let's hope t...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 07.01.2013

EA: Re-establishing Origin, making EA games better

It's been almost a year since Electronic Arts' David DeMartini said he wanted Origin, EA's content distribution and DRM platform, to be the the Facebook to Steam's MySpace; to take what Steam has done exceptionally well,...

Steven Hansen

6:00 AM on 07.01.2013

Server bugs make Darkspore unplayable, still up on Origin

[UPDATE:] EA responded to a Kotaku inquiry about Darkspore thusly: Maxis continues to support Darkspore and its servers. We recently resolved a problem where players were having issues connecting to the game. The post in q...

Steven Hansen

10:00 PM on 06.14.2013

Weekend PC deals: The Witcher, Awesomenauts, EA

After doing a fairly poor job of letting people know when they're holding a sale, imagine my surprise as an email from EA arrived in my inbox letting me know there's a 50% off sale on Origin. Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and ...

Alasdair Duncan

3:34 PM on 06.10.2013

Need for Speed Rivals blurs single-player and multiplayer

EA showcased the open world of Need for Speed Rivals, where players can suddenly join races that can turn into pursuits -- with both the cops and the racers being controlled by players. With the All Drive mechanic, a single-...

Fraser Brown

1:00 AM on 05.24.2013

FIFA 14 out September 24 for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC

FIFA 14 will be out on September 24, 2013 in North America, and September 27 in Europe. Those of you that want to pre-order the upcoming soccer game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or PC will be able to get the "Ultimate Pas...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:15 PM on 05.10.2013

Origin client update targets 64-bit and achievements

Electronic Arts has introduced a new update for its Origin platform that uses some humorous language but actually sounds rather useful. PC and Mac users that have opted in for for beta updates can upgrade to version 9.2.1 ahe...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 03.19.2013

Origin has 200+ games on sale this week

Between the SimCity PR nightmare and Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello stepping down, the company could use a good sale right about now. As fate would have it, Origin is currently throwing a "player appreciation sale" with...

Jordan Devore