A trio of Battlefield 4 screenshots has been fished out of a DICE media directory by hawk-eyed NeoGAF users. All three shots boast environment effects and textures powered through the meaty Frostbite 3 engine, features particularly apparent in the first-person outdoor gaze of a massive cloud of birds flying lazily about in a sunny afternoon.
The day of Battlefield 4's rain-spattered reveal is upon us, and we've got troops deployed at GDC to bring you all the info when it hits. The fourth major Battlefield game continues a franchise of massive multiplayer warzones and vehicle-on-infantry combat, but Battlefield 3 has borne the series banner for the past two years across a highly anticipated launch and five subsequent add-on packs. In a dev diary video, members of DICE look back on the game's design hurdles and post-launch reception, all of which has likely influenced what we'll see in Battlefield 4 today.
Next week we'll catch our first proper glimpse of Battlefield 4, and if the picture on the press invite is anything to go by, DICE's latest in the supersized shooter series will stick with the near-modern-day setting. Also: it will have rain. Though I'm delighted by the presence of these delicately rendered drips, with over 700 Battlefield hours under my belt, and a clan to lead, I have a few more items on my wishlist.
It isn't often we see the words "Origin" and "sale" next to each other, but this week is the exception: EA is running a week-long Player Appreciation Sale which discounts some pretty hefty games in the publisher's lineup—titans such as Mass Effect 3, Crysis 3, and Battlefield 3.
Official invites for Battlefield 4's GDC unveiling poured in last week, plopping an unfocused Abrams guardian right next to the RSVP email. Now All Games Beta has fished out the entirety of the invite's background image, which offers a few more hints on the fourth 'fields' setting.
On the week of SimCity's ill-fated launch, during which a lot more people wanted to play SimCity than SimCity's servers could handle, Maxis SVP Lucy Bradshaw promised us each a free EA game for our troubles. Today, EA announced that SimCity sold over 1.1 million units in its first two weeks (well, there's your problem), and Maxis announced the list of apology games for SimCity owners to choose from.
Battlefield 3's End Game DLC may have appeased futurists by including a miniature hovering dropship from Battlefield 2142, but what about fans of late-Jurassic period dinosaurs, hey DICE? Come on, where's your bizarre Easter egg for those guys? Oh, it's on the Nebandan Flats, in the form of a pterodactyl that's merrily flapping about the place.
Just as DICE adores filling Battlefield 3's battlefields with the bangs and bullets befitting its Frostbite 2 engine, it also loves sprinkling craftily hidden Easter eggs as nods to other games it's worked on. The futuristic, fan-favorite Battlefield 2142 previously left some graffiti on a shipping crate on the Wake Island map, but the impending End Game add-on includes something a little less subtle. Thanks to explorer KingEmperorPure (via Gameranx), a video shows the Kharg Island location of a cutely shrunken and silently floating 2142 dropship stickered with a faction logo.
EA have released the launch trailer for Battlefield 3's final DLC pack, End Game. Logically, then, you'd assume this last hooah of maps, vehicles and modes has released? Nope! The huddled troops of the PC nation have another week to wait for the End Game supply drop. Meanwhile an army of PS3 owning premium members are free to unwrap the new arsenal from today. Fie on their black boxes and reduced server size!
Despite having spent hours with Battlefield 3, my jet-setting career has been far from illustrious. A few minutes soaring high above the carnage below, an idle attempt to shoot something and, inevitably, a nose-first crash into a building while desperately hoping no-one was looking. Even with my gross incompetence, I'm looking forward to End Game's Air Superiority mode. The 12 vs. 12 dogfights look like just the intensive crash course in aerobatic aptitude that I need. In preparation for End Game's March release, DICE have unveiled the mode's very first screenshot.
The next time you ram a jeep riddled with C4 explosives into a hulking tank in Battlefield 3, you'll now know you've added a few extra bytes to the colossal 1 TB data-horde EA collects daily from the multiplayer FPS. As VentureBeat reports, the publisher tracks over 50 telemetry events for each player in every match, according to a Morgan Stanley Technology Conference presentation by Chief Technology Officer Rajat Taneja.
Although the appearance of a beta page last June confirmed the existence of Battlefield 4, we haven't seen nary a lens-flared screenshot or gun render from EA since then. Someone else has, though: GameStop CEO J. Paul Raines tweeted that he's seen the game.
Tricksy modders have wrestled control of Battlefield: Bad Company 2's architecture from DICE's iron fist. Using... magic, probably, the community at Emulator Nexus have reverse engineered EA's servers, allowing support for custom matches that support modifications.
In layman's terms? Super powered helicopter rocket attacks are go.
Battlefield 3: Ramps of WAR would be a better title for the final expansion pack. It adds a new AA vehicle, capture the flag, jumpy dirt bikes and four quite large new maps. "They are comparable to Caspian Border and Operation Firestorm from the base game" say DICE in the latest post on the Battlefield blog. Expect to hit conveniently collapsed bridges/angled stone slabs for massive air across desert, arctic and alpine locales. Spy them for yourself in the new screenshots below.
Watching this trailer for Battlefield 3's final DLC pack, End Game, you can see why many online shooters have started to replace the flag part of Capture the Flag with Intelligence, Bombs - really anything that isn't a flag. It does seem a little bit silly when you think about it.
The hurricane of savings that's swirled over PC gaming in the past few years has been tremendous. Deep discounts seem to pop up weekly on digital stores like Amazon, GOG.com, and Steam. But should the ubiquity of sales fundamentally change our buying habits?
In this Face Off debate, Logan argues that waiting for a sales gets you get a more refined product at a cheaper price. But Evan thinks that waiting too long denies you the best-possible experience, especially in multiplayer games.
Running a website called Dead End Thrills (about pictures of grafix), I spend a lot of time playing with visual mods. When PCG asked me to list my favourites from 2012, I agreed thinking I could do it in the style of the prize round from Bullseye. "You'll be up all night 'cause it don't look like shite." "Act well-heeled with this depth-of-field." But that wouldn't work overseas, they said, and stopped being funny after two examples.
Here's a straightforward top ten, then, in no particular order.
Battlefield 3's fifth expansion will be all about speed, according to information on CVG. They report that the four new maps added in End Game will host three new vehicles (including a dirt bike) and a drop ship that "provides support to ground troops with vehicle drop capabilities." That extra pace should prove useful in the returning Capture The Flag mode. I'm looking forward to seeing the ensuing silliness rendered in Battlefield 3's ultra-gritty environments.