Battlefield Hardline trailer is all about new toys


Despite being possibly the worst time to make a AAA game about militarised police, EA is forging ahead regardless. Judging from this new trailer, their plan to avoid any tricky real-world parallels is to double-down on the ridiculous gadgets. In real terms, this means grappling hooks and a zipline firing crossbow—tools that make me approximately 50% more interested in a game I was previously ambivalent towards.

All in all, it looks like an enjoyable romp. We'll find out more when the open beta launches next week, on 3 February. Soon after, on 17 March, the full game will be unleashed.


Phil has been PC gaming since the '90s, when RPGs had dice rolls and open world adventures were weird and French. Now he's the deputy editor of PC Gamer; commissioning features, filling magazine pages, and knowing where the apostrophe goes in '90s. He plays Scout in TF2, and isn't even ashamed.
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