It’s New Year’s Eve, and about time that I finished my series of entries in Our Year in Games. Through the first two parts of my chatter, I covered games from the last couple of years that I had spent quite some time playing this year, while in Part Three I covered three highlights from games released this year. Now, I have three further games released in 2016 that I want to talk about. Hit the break dear reader for musings on Battlefield…
I’ve already looked at the singleplayer component of Battlefield 1, now it is time to take a closer look at the multiplayer action. Read on, for the Verdict.
When EA first announced Battlefield 1, I had concerns over how they were portraying the Great War. I wasn’t the only one who expressed misgivings, and others have put forth their opinion in the past week. But having played through the singleplayer War Stories, I think DICE have paid the events of 1914-1918 the respect they deserve.
I covered all the nastiness that has been going on recently in my Editorial from Friday night, so I won’t dwell on that. I think the big news from the past week was the announcement from Nintendo that they are releasing a new model of the 3DS and 3DSXL…which is an interesting proposition. The new machine features a second analogue stick which the handheld has been crying out for since launch along with NFC capabilities which will let the device work with Nintendo’s new Amiibo figurines. There is also the small factor of an upgraded CPU, which in turn means that the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles port will only be available on the new and improved machine. That doesn’t sound very Nintendo-like to be, previous hardware revisions for the 3DS have all been fully compatible with each other. I foresee this causing a lot of confusion if more games go the way of Xenoblade. Even worse, we won’t see the new 3DS machines until next year here in Europe.
Once you have digested that disappointment, why not hit the break to check the latest edition of Our Week in Games.
Games journalism is moving forward and breaking new ground with prominent figures such as Matt Lees and Cara Ellison use Patreon to crowd-fund support for exploring new avenues. Matt looks to be branching into doing YouTube on his own terms while Cara is travelling and getting into embedded journalism with indies. And then of course we get articles which spend the first half talking about how to breathe. I won’t link to that, save to say I didn’t see the point. The question is, what can we do here at Reticule Towers to give you what you want. Let us know in the comments.
On a less serious note, lets get on with Our Week in Games.
To celebrate the Battlefield series’ 10th Anniversary and the 2 millionth Premium Member, DICE and EA are giving away the one that started it all, Battlefield 1942. The official Battlefield Twitter account confirmed this earlier this evening and if you head over to the Origin website you can see 1942 listed under the demo section as being free to play.
It is just the base game without the expansions Road to Rome or Secret Weapons of WWII and it doesn’t appear to have received any updates with this free release. We are stuck with a maximum resolution of 1280×960, but it is worth it to play this game which has had such an influence over online shooters.
The first details for the third DLC pack for Battlefield 3 have emerged on the official site along with the above piece of concept art.
Aftermath will be set in Tehran after an earthquake has struck which means we will see four new multiplayer maps already full of dust and debris. We can also look forward to cracks and fissures providing on the maps to provide cover and new paths to objectives. There will also be some heavily modified military and civilian vehicles to take for a ride, and there will also be a new game mode, no details on that yet. Before Aftermath comes, we have Armored Kill which is coming in September, more details on this vehicular DLC can be found on the official blog.
[Update]An official website is now live right here, and a press release is now available after the break. Lo-and-behold, Battlefield 4 has been confirmed by way of a Medal of Honor blog-post which reveals that you will get Beta access to Battlefield 4 if you pre-order Medal of Honor. It should be no surprise that there is another Battlefield game, but I can see some people wondering why it isn’t another Bad Company game and instead is going to be…
DICE are releasing a mahoosive patch tomorrow for Battlefield 3 which is making some changes to the awful Tactical Light and fixes a problem where a TV guided missile could be shot into its own helicopter. The whole list is copy/pasted after the jump, but there is one upcoming change which I welcome with open arms.
“Our plan for the future is to introduce a warm-up mode, where players can move about and play the game, but with scoring disabled; then, when the number of players goes above the threshold — that’s when the real round starts.”
Sitting on a server with only a handful of players, not being able to do anything because you are being stuck in place is awful, and puts people off joining low populated servers. If this change is brought it, it will bring Battlefield 3 into line with Battlefield 2 where you could have as much fun as you wanted before the game started properly. This will be an ideal time for you to hop onto an empty server and practice your jet or helicopter flying. Full change list for tomorrow follows.
Gulf of Oman was one of the best maps from Battlefield 2, hell the majority of the maps in that game were awesome and still blow away anything from Battlefield 3. So it is nice to see that the map that started it all with the Battlefield 2 demo is coming back in the Strike at Karkand DLC for the newest title in the series. Those classic vehicles are going to be wonderful to play with. Now for some maps from Battlefield 1942 to appear….
“Fuck you Cole!” The moment I said those words was the moment I realised that I was actually involved in the campaign mode of Battlefield 3. I hadn’t been expecting to enjoy the singleplayer story mode at all, in fact the opening levels had nearly managed to stop me from completing it. I had bought Battlefield 3 because of the multiplayer, which is excellent, but the singleplayer ended up surprising me by getting me involved. That isn’t to say singleplayer…
Forgive me a moment if I reminisce about a simpler time, a time when a kill in a game lke Battlefield 2 would result in a nice and easy two points. Getting a kill damage assist would grant you a point. Everyone knew where they were at, but now, you look at the beta for Battlefield 3 and people are racking up thousands of points in a round.
Chris was at the Eurogamer Expo, and one of the biggest draws for him was the Battlefield 3 booth, this is his account of his hands on impressions of the game.