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Battlefield

DICE reveals what game it's working on next


Some team members remain on Battlefront
Dec 14
// Vikki Blake
Development director Dan Vanderlind has confirmed that DICE is working on an all-new Battlefield game. Though he didn't go into the details of what the new project entails, he did confirm that though some team members are staying on to continue working on Star Wars Battlefront, he has moved onto the next Battlefield instalment.  What are you hoping to see in the next Battlefield?
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Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is still looking pretty rad


I'm so in after the first game
Dec 11
// Chris Carter
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was an amazing shooter, and I wish more people had given it a shot. Sure, EA is EA, and they added in microtransactions after release, but the game was incredibly fun to play, well designed...
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Electronic Arts

EA announces new Competitive Gaming Division


'Competition runs deep in the DNA of EA'
Dec 11
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts has announced that it is launching a new Competitive Gaming Division (CGD). The new team will be led by EA's former COO, Peter Moore, who's switching to a new role as executive vice president and chief competi...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront's Jakku DLC is now out for all for free


It's okay
Dec 09
// Chris Carter
If you didn't pre-order Star Wars Battlefront, you can now download the Battle of Jakku DLC, which comes with a new map and several modes. There are still four more DLC packs coming, which will be a bit more substantial and p...
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Star Wars Battlefront

EA admits Battlefront 'may not have the depth' you want in the game


EA designed it to be 'accessible'
Dec 07
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts' CFO Blake Jorgensen admitted Star Wars Battlefront's "accessible" design "may not have the depth [hardcore players] wanted in the game." Talking at the Nasdaq Investor Conference in Europe ...
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Star Wars Battlefront

EA: 'There is no weakness' in Star Wars Battlefront sales


Shots fired
Dec 03
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts was "a little bit" surprised by GameStop's comments that Star Wars Battlefront had "underperformed." As reported by Eurogamer, talking to investors, GameStop executive Tony Bartel stated that three r...
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Star Wars

Star Wars Battlefront's Jakku DLC looks like a good start


Casualties aplenty
Nov 30
// Jordan Devore
The first wave of free Star Wars Battlefront DLC debuts tomorrow for players who pre-ordered the game, while everyone else can get it a week later on December 8. As we've heard a few times now, the Battle of Jakku is made up ...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Breaking Benjamin frontman hates Star Wars Battlefront


He seems like a reasonable man
Nov 30
// Mike Cosimano
Within the first thirty seconds of the video linked below, Breaking Benjamin founder Benjamin Burnley admits to punching his Xbox One to the point where there is damage visible on the console. This comes on the heels of a muc...
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Battlefront

There will be more free DLC for Star Wars Battlefront in the future


Alongside the season pass content
Nov 25
// Joe Parlock
After launching with no single-player content and only 12 multiplayer maps, EA has announced what sort of things to expect from Star Wars Battlefront’s coming DLC. The first bit of new content will be the free Battle of...
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Deals

Origin Black Friday arrives early: $15 Inquisition, $12 Hardline


Even some Steam key deals too!
Nov 24
// Dealzon
Black Friday for PC Gamers has begun with Origin launching the first salvo of discounts. Now through November 30 (Cyber Monday), get up to 75% off hundreds of titles and DLC packs. For the most part, Origin has discounts on E...
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Star Wars

Battlefront's new free mode should be chaotic


Turning Point
Nov 24
// Jordan Devore
I'm far enough into Star Wars Battlefront's progression system that I have most of the unlocks I genuinely want (aside from the best Rebel and Empire characters, which is the final carrot on the stick). I've played every mode...
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Need for Speed

What's new in the latest Need for Speed patch


Get your motor running
Nov 24
// Vikki Blake
Ghost Games has detailed what's new in the upcoming Need for Speed patch, "Icons." Community lead Ben Walke stated in a blog post the developer was aware of issues with AI catch-up (AI cars that magically keep up with you when racing) and while the details haven't been specified, it has "made changes to the AI behavior which should improve your overall experience."
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Star Wars

A Stormtrooper smacking his head is one of Star Wars Battlefront's best easter eggs


So that's what the helmet's for
Nov 23
// Brett Makedonski
Stormtroopers are kind of a clumsy lot. For supposedly elite soldiers, they sure do miss often with their blasters. Oh yeah, a bunch of Ewoks outsmarted and defeated them, too. It seems like if Darth Vader wants something do...
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Deals

There's a $329 PS4 Star Wars Battlefront bundle on eBay


A week from Black Friday? Hmm...
Nov 17
// Dealzon
It's Tuesday and it's another big release day. If you've digested all the Star Wars Battlefront reviews (e.g. this one here) and you still want in on the action, particularly on the PS4, then here's a worthwhile pre-Black Friday deal for you to gander at.

Review: Star Wars Battlefront

Nov 17 // Chris Carter
Star Wars Battlefront (PC, PS4, Xbox One [reviewed])Developer: EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE)Publisher: Electronic ArtsMSRP: $59.99Release Date: November 17, 2015 My main problem with Star Wars Battlefront is how arcadey the game feels, when it's very clear DICE is trying to push a fully-fledged shooter on you. The end result is a Frankenstein's monster of sorts, with a lot of fun bits, and some elements of overproduction and bloat fixed in to boot. Let's start with how the game handles class creation. "Cards" are basically uninspired loadout options, with the tired gating process to boot. Why does the game feature a "credits" system on top of ranked level gating? Call of Duty solved this conundrum ages ago with tokens, which simplify everything with a singular in-game currency that you can use to unlock things. With Battlefront, it feels like DICE is actively gating you at every turn, and willingly deterring you from experimentation. Once you actually open up your options they aren't exactly mind-blowing either, with generic powers like "focus fire" (more temporary accuracy), or Thermal Detonators, which are just grenades. The only standout is the jump pack. All of the aesthetic options lack personality as well, and beyond the token gender and race choices, everything looks the same. Whereas previous titles would allow players to choose between multiple races with drastically different abilities (read: droids), every Battlefront player is humanoid in nature, whether they're a Twi'lek rebel or a Stormtrooper, they all operate the same. [embed]320463:61122:0[/embed] That isn't to say that the game isn't fun. Locations are sprawling and full of life, even if the character models aren't nearly as vibrant. Every single environment is detailed to the point where it looks like it was taken directly from the films, and most of the time, there's a gigantic battle playing out in the skies above, adding a dire feel to every match. I really like most of the modes, particularly Supremacy, Fighter Squadron, and Hero Hunt. There are nine in all, and all of them are fine in their own way. Supremacy is basically the new core mode of the game, featuring a "capture the point" tug of war system. It fits with Star Wars' high-octane action, as tons of different vehicles are scattered about at a frantic pace, to the point where every spawn is interesting. This game type is pretty much always fun when it's featured in a Battlefront game, and I haven't had a bad experience yet. Fighter Squadron, while rudimentary, is also a go-to of mine. Across several landscapes two teams will battle it out in the sky, solely in vehicles. It's not even close to the thrill of a proper X-Wing or Tie Fighter game, but again, as an arcade-like experience, it does the trick. Barrel rolls, quick turns, shields, and missile locks are all in, and it feels unique enough to set itself apart from other similar titles. My other standout favorite is Hero Hunt. This one basically teeters from a team-based mode to a free-for-all in an instant, placing a collective of soldiers against one named character -- the person to score the killing blow gets to play as that hero. It's a rush due to the fact that heroes cycle after every death, and fighting the jet-pack wielding Boba Fett is a completely different experience than taking on a Force user. You're constantly forced to change up how you approach any given situation (and learn all of their abilities, and how they impact the flow of a match), and the recognizable characters elevate the mode. Playing online is the gift that keeps on giving with Battlefront. There's a wide variety of game types to choose from without having so many that the community feels segmented. Even in EA Access there are plenty of people online, and games fill rather quickly. Then you have the mission mode, which is separate from everything else. I'm not convinced that it's much more than a fleeting fancy, even with an online or offline co-op partner. The first half consists of basic "versus" battles with or without placing players in the shoes of heroes and villains, and survival essentially amounts to another horde mode. What's weird about the former is that it's so incredibly limited, almost for no reason. The game forces you to play with "tokens," similar to Call of Duty's "Kill Confirmed," and with just four maps, it gets old in an afternoon. Why did it have to be like this? Why aren't there more maps, and better bots available? It feels rushed, almost like EA had to add in a token offline game type just to have it in there. The same goes for survival, because while I do like that the wave-based mode has an "end," unlike many other boring infinite horde modes, there isn't much to it. Occasionally waves will throw an AT-ST or Tie Fighter at you, and all players have to do is blast it into oblivion with environmental weapons or their normal gear. They have a lot of health even on normal, so it can get incredibly tedious. In short, do not count on a reliable single player component. Star Wars Battlefront feels authentic in many ways, but that authenticity is aggressively pursued at the cost of gameplay, and is often tacked-on. If you're in the mood for a relatively shallow shooter with caveats you likely won't be disappointed, but I wish that DICE had a little more time to polish it and add more substance. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher, as well as time spent online with the EA Access program on Xbox One, purchased by the reviewer.]
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Ready are you? What know you of ready?
Star Wars has been a part of my reality ever since my parents showed me the first film on VHS. From there I attended the release of every movie in the series, including the re-releases of the original trilogy -- if you'r...

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Andromeda

Is this our first glimpse at the name of the Mass Effect: Andromeda protagonist?


Would certainly make some sense
Nov 17
// Laura Kate Dale
The internet is full of really eagle-eyed geeks, the kind of people willing to freeze frame trailers that seemingly show off absolutely nothing and find nuggets of new information in them. Sometimes they are right on the mone...
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Electronic Arts

EA is working on its own 'Assassin's Creed-style' game


Jade Raymond is leading the way
Nov 17
// Vikki Blake
EA has confirmed that it is working on a new Assassin's Creed-type action game. At the UBS Global Technology Conference yesterday, CFO Blake Jorgensen said that Jade Raymond - an Ubisoft veteran who joined EA in July to found new Montreal studio, Motive - would be leading on the "gigantic action" game. 
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Star Wars

Lots more Star Wars games coming from EA, including sequels to Battlefront


The bloody thing's only just come out!
Nov 17
// Joe Parlock
Star Wars: Battlefront is out today in the US (Chris was kind of “meh” about it), and there’s still a whole ridiculously expensive season pass of content to come out. But don’t let that almost £1...
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Deals

Star Wars Battlefront deals plus free Jade Empire from Origin


It's a Star Wars holiday no matter what
Nov 15
// Dealzon
As Star Wars Battlefront approaches the deals are actually drying up. We've seen the PC digital version go for as much as 25% off, but now the best deal for PC is a measly 17% off at DLGamer dropping the price from $60 to onl...
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Battlefront

A better breakdown of the Star Wars Battlefront season pass


Maps, modes, characters
Nov 13
// Jordan Devore
The season pass for Star Wars Battlefront is $50. We had a basic understanding of what the package entails, and as of today, we have a slightly better idea what to expect. Here's the latest summary from EA: 4 expansion packs...
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Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 is getting some new free DLC at the end of this year


Dragon Valley from Battlefield 2 returns
Nov 13
// Joe Parlock
EA announced a new bit of free DLC for 2013’s Battlefield 4, called Legacy Operations. The DLC was shaped by a community vote that took place almost a year ago, where Battlefield 4 fans were asked which map they’...
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Review events

As a reminder, Destructoid does not attend industry review events


Including EA's recent one for Star Wars
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
As you may have heard, major publishers often run "review events" for big games, seeking to gather up members of the press into one location. These events are located in highly controlled environments, with near-perfect setti...
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EA Access

Random Xbox Live members are getting free EA Access codes


Just in time for Battlefront
Nov 10
// Brett Makedonski
Some Xbox Live users are finding that they suddenly have access to way more EA games than they own. That's the nature of the appropriately-named EA Access -- it's a service that allows unlimited playing of certain titles that...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Here's everything that can be unlocked in Star Wars Battlefront


Unless there are some surprises
Nov 10
// Brett Makedonski
It's only one week until an estimated 13 million players will hop into Star Wars Battlefront and contribute to the eternal struggle of good versus evil. Regardless of which side you're on, there will be plenty of ways to...
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PlayStation 4

Check out this awesome Darth Vader PS4 controller


May the PS4 be with you
Nov 10
// Vikki Blake
The Darth Vader-themed PlayStation 4 DualShock controller will be available in Europe from November 18, 2015, and November 19 in the UK. Sony confirmed the news on the official EU and UK PlayStation twitter accounts.
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UFC

Will EA confirm EA Sports UFC 2 today?


All signs point to yes
Nov 10
// Vikki Blake
Looks like Electronic Arts will be confirming EA Sports UFC 2 later today. A post on the official EA Sports UFC Facebook page states: "The Wait is Finally Over! Tune in tomorrow".
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Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront has a surprisingly small file size


Comparatively speaking, of course
Nov 09
// Brett Makedonski
In a sea of 40 and 50GB game installs, Star Wars Battlefront flies under the radar. It defies what we've come to expect from a triple-A title. I bet the other games think it's a traitor and call it Rebel Scum. According ...
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Star Wars

If you like Star Wars and Anna Kendrick, I have the thing for you


Or if you like vanishing from clothes
Nov 09
// Brett Makedonski
In a week's time, a lot of people will be transported to the battlefields of Star Wars Battlefront. EA is expecting around 13 million, in fact. All those folks living out the Star Wars fantasy before shuffling off to th...
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Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda teaser is all filler


A new journey and details about it await
Nov 07
// Kyle MacGregor
Happy "N7 Day," Mass Effect fans! I hope you can muster up some excitement for this teaser trailer, which is mostly a montage of old space footage with Commander Shepard (voiced by Jennifer Hale) putting a bookend on the original trilogy, as we move forward with a new story and different heroes. Mass Effect: Andromeda is expected to launch in late 2016.
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Garden Warfare 2

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is out in February


Pre-orders come with a Mass Effect mech
Nov 05
// Jordan Devore
The eternal plants versus zombies conflict returns on February 23, 2016 -- that's when Garden Warfare 2 is hitting PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Thinking back on how many hours I poured into the first game, my fate is sea...

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