Posts Tagged ‘EA’

Titanfall: Collector’s Edition

October 22, 2013

EA and Respawn Entertainment have finally announced a release date for Titanfall. March 13, 2014 is when this insanely promising game is coming out. My most anticipated shooter ever.  I cannot wait.

Also, a $249.99 Collector’s Edition bundle has been announced. It comes with juicy content such as an 18″ Titan and 190 pages art book.

I will buy this insanely overpriced edition because I believe this game will give me roughly 1000 hours of fun.

More information is available on the official website.

I’ll be spending $249.99 on this beauty.

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No more FIFA

October 22, 2013

I bought FIFA 14 because I haven’t bought a FIFA game since FIFA 11.  That’s three years, figured I’d give it a shot because it was really cheap, only $30 at the time.

Boy,  am I disappointed. The balance is horrible. The defenders are insanely overpowered. The strikers are still way too defensive and the same problems that have been there forever are still present. 

The head game in FIFA 14 was a joke – so they patched it two weeks after launch. But that doesn’t solve all problems. It’s still a very, very poor product.

Therefore, there will be no more FIFA for me for a long time. At earliest I’ll pick up FIFA 16, but then I expect a dramatic improve in AI and gameplay and not a cheap shovel ware like FIFA 14 was. I’ll see you in two years EA, hopefully you’ve actually done something new by then.

No more FIFA for at least two years. I want dramatic improvement.

Battlefield 4 beta impressions

October 5, 2013

I have now spent several hours with the open beta of Battlefield 4 and after going through some horrible errors to play it thanks to DICE’s choice of ancient anti-cheat technology, I can finally deliver some impressions.

If you want to play Battlefield 4, expect DICE to enforce three things you might not necessarily want on your computer:

  1. Battlelog
  2. Punkbuster
  3. Origin

Without these three things you can’t play BF4. Whilst I like Origin, I hate the other two. Punkbuster is an ancient anti-cheat software from the 90:s that doesn’t do shit other than make your unable to join servers and give you no indication that it’s the problem. It complicates things and requires you to update it and it’s full of hassle. I thought they would get rid of it after Battlefield 3, but I was wrong. Insanely disappointed. Battlelog also sucks as you can’t change your settings outside the game and you have to do that in-game and the menus are slow, imperfect and the design isn’t as smooth as it should be to navigate. Just like Battlefield 3.

The graphics are gorgeous, they really are. Although I expected a bigger leap from Battlefield 3, but there’s no contest here. Call of Duty: Ghost can go hide itself back in 2007 where it belongs from a visual perspective. DICE are showing that they know graphics and sound effects, but unfortunately, that’s where my praise will end for Battlefield 4.

I understand the heart of Battlefield. It’s meant to be a war. It’s meant to be huge and immerse you. And it does that. It totally feels as if I am in a war and fighting for my life as a soldier. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. It takes a long time to find enemies sometimes. It’s insanely frustrating when two tanks roll up to you and you aren’t the Engineer class because you can’t do shit against that. It’s annoying that the respawn time is between 7-10 seconds after death. It’s annoying that you run for five minutes without action sometimes only to get shot from the other side of the world by a sniper or gunned down by a chopper. I guess Battlefield’s style of gameplay simply isn’t for me, simple as that.

Not everything is bad though. They finally improved the party joining system and squad system. It feels more polished, although it should’ve been like that in BF3 already, so this is more than two years delayed stuff. Nothing impressive, nothing worthy of praise as every other shooter did this years ago.  It just seems that DICE are not knowledgeable at several basic core things that I have come to expect from a shooter and that’s sad to see as I want to support the Swedish gaming industry but it’s simply not to my satisfaction.

The thing that impressed me the most with Battlefield 4 was without a doubt the jet-ski and water physics. They were incredible. It feel authentic just as if I was on a jet-ski. But should that really be the most impressive feature in a shooter? I don’t think so.

I am thankful for the open beta because it allowed me to save money and cancel my pre-order. I wouldn’t enjoy this game at all. The hours I played it weren’t that fun. I mean, it had its moments that were exciting with my friends and what not, but not nearly enough. I prefer a faster pace that’s more tight and intesive. and I think that Titanfall will simply crush BF4 and CoD: Ghost. So that’s where I am putting my money and time. Bottom line is that Battlefield 4 is looking to be what Battlefield 3 should have been, but it’s two years late and it’s still sub-par on many things even though it’s the industry leader in many other areas such as the graphics, physics, sound and unlimited sprinting. Such a shame. Maybe Battlefield 5 will be more to my liking. But until then, I am waiting for Titanfall.

Gorgeous graphics and great physics cannot save the game from cancer like Battlelog/Punkbuster.

Origin > Steam

September 22, 2013

I know I will be frowned upon after this statement, but I don’t care. I actually prefer Origin over Steam, any day.

Origin has a fresher and cleaner design in my opinion. It offers 24-hours refund policy for EA titles. Steam does not offer this. They have a vastly superior customer service with 24/7 chat service available, for Steam it takes me on average 2-3 business days to get a reply.

No, the only thing that’s better with Steam right now is their library, it’s much broader. Also, their seasonal sales are very, very enticing but Origin has begun doing this as well.

I just bought FIFA 14 and pre-loaded it on Origin and realized that Origin will be my primary DRM for the coming years. FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, Titanfall, Star Wars: Battlefront, Mirror’s Edge 2 and are just a few of the Origin exclusive titles I will be playing between 2013-2015. What does Steam have that exclusive? At the moment, nothing really.

Origin, just like Steam, will need time to improve, but it’s doing so at an insanely impressive pace.

Some new Titanfall gameplay

August 31, 2013

I have insanely high expectations for this game.

EA Sports UFC

August 22, 2013

EA has finally shown us some pre-alpha gameplay and talked about the vision of the game. I like it. I like it a lot. This is one of the reasons as to why I will be getting a console.

Star Wars: Battlefront coming 2015

August 1, 2013

EA just announced that my most anticipated shooter, Star Wars: Battlefront, will be coming out in 2015 to coincide with the new movie.

I myself cannot wait to get to experience the Star Wars universe on Frostbite Engine 3 and in glorious high resolution and photo realism like never before. I think I will exceed any playtime I have with any other shooter game with the upcoming Battlefront. That’s how much I love Star Wars and how much I believe in Frostbite 3.

We’ve come a long way since this. 

Impressive Battlefield 4 smartscreen features

July 26, 2013

Star Wars: Battlefront Wish-list

July 2, 2013

There’s finally a really promising Star Wars title coming now that Electronic Arts have the license. The first and announced title is Star Wars: Battlefront which is created by none other than DICE themselves, the creators of Battlefield series. And that, of course, means I have insanely high expectations since Battlefield 3 was great and Battlefield 4 looks phenomenal.

Here are some things that I want to see from the Battlefront:

  • First-person perspective
  • Epic singleplayer co-op campaign
  • Minimum of 32 player multiplayer component with different game modes (CTF, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch & more)
  • Vehicle warfare with X-Wings and other trademark Star Wars vehicles
  • Some sort of “wave defense” mode as well with minimum four friends
  • Better graphics than BF4

What’s on your wish-list for Star Wars: Battlefront?

I can’t wait to shoot down enemies on Hoth. Or to become a true Stormtrooper on the battlefront.

EBGames poster reveals Battlefield 4 info

April 25, 2013

A poster from EBGames has revealed some yet unannounced information regarding Battlefield 4, amongst them is the release date.

  • October 31, 2013 release.
  • Battlelog 2.0: every bullet and every action you, your friends and your enemies make will be logged with unprecented details.
  • Premium Membership: Exclusive weapons, content and even expansions for premium members. Guess it’s time to throw cash at EA if you want the complete experience.

All seems very reasonable and nice. Or does it? What are your thoughts on having to pay an additional $59.99 for the premium membership to be able to get all of the expansions? Plus the “normal” ones ahead of time? With Battlefield 4 it seems that premium membership will be a necessity if you want to have the best possible game experience, not a luxury. I knew this day would come. So be ready to put down $120 for BF4 to get the same experience you’d gotten for $59.99 just a few years ago.

It will be an expensive experience if you want access to the whole cake.