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Today EA has announced the first feature has been revealed for FIFA 16 and it’s the addition of Women’s National Teams to the game.

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There are only 12 women’s teams, all of which are international, so none of the world’s vibrant domestic or college leagues are featured. The full list of teams are USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Sweden, China and Australia.

FIFA 16 will be available this 22nd September (NA), 25th September (UK) on: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 & PlayStation 3.

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Today EA has revealed that its new Need for Speed game will release in Autumn this year.
Need for Speed is a full reboot of this storied franchise and will feature a large open world of urban culture car culture, driven by 5 unique ways to play and win, which the publisher describes as “Speed, Style, Build, Crew and Outlaw, enabling you to earn reputation and win your way.”

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EA has revealed that its new Need for Speed game will release in Autumn this year.

Need for Speed is a full reboot of this storied franchise and will feature a large open world of urban culture car culture, driven by 5 unique ways to play and win, which the publisher describes as “Speed, Style, Build, Crew and Outlaw, enabling you to earn reputation and win your way.” 

“Need for Speed is one of the most iconic names in gaming, and we’re returning it to greatness in this reboot,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games. “Pulling on our 20 years of history, and then taking a year out from releasing a game, we are making the game we’ve always wanted to. We’re listening to the fans and delivering an experience that will capture their imagination and unleash their passion for cars and speed.”

Our own community has helped us to anchor the roots of NFS in the authentic car culture of the past and up to the present with the emerging trends in the urban engine scene,” added EA via the PS Blog, although that’s about all.

More will be revealed at E3 this year.

Authentic Customization: Allowing you to build a car that reflects your character through visual and performance customisation.

– A West Coast Urban Setting: Ventura Bay is your urban playground; from downtown, the harbour and the canyons.

Need for Speed is one of the most iconic names in gaming, and we’re returning it to greatness in this reboot,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games. “Pulling on our 20 years of history, and then taking a year out from releasing a game, we are making the game we’ve always wanted to. We’re listening to the fans and delivering an experience that will capture their imagination and unleash their passion for cars and speed.”

Need for Speed will launch worldwide in Autumn 2015 on Origin on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Yesterday Dice revealed a new location for Star Wars: Battlefront in the shape of Sallust, a barren planet with snow, ice and volcanic lava.
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Battlefront will ship with 12 different multiplayer maps, although there are more if you count those within the Battlefront missions. Not every map will support every mode, so you may not get to play them all in your favourite mode, whatever that may be.

Battlefront is out this November one game I can’t wait to play later this year.

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The new Star Wars Battlefront will take place amid the conflicts of the original film trilogy and is scheduled for release 17th November for the US and the 20th November for the UK and the 19th November for Europe for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Star Wars “Battlefront” will focus on frenzied shoot-outs between up to 40 players portraying Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire forces. It seems the site was even shown a demonstration of the game’s multiplayer mode, from which it describes “a team of jetpack-equipped rebels shown carving their way through the woodsy Endor while Stormtroopers charged at them on foot, on speeders and within walkers, including a hulking AT-AT war machine.

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The new game footage played today included the snowy Hoth, sandy Tatooine and gooey Sullust, a lava-spewing planet referenced in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi,” as well as many “Star Wars” games and novels.

This is from the in-game engine from the PlayStation 4 version

In Star Wars Battlefront won’t solely be centred on expendable ground troops, but will also allow you to play as the likes of Boba Fett and Darth Vader on the battlefield.

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In the game can storm in as the Dark Lord himself, You can wield a lightsaber. You can Force choke the rebel scum. Basically, you are the boss of the battle. This means that you, as Vader, can lead your team to victory if you play well.

The most exciting part for us is that you’ll be able to take part in dogfights with TIE Fighters, X-wings and the Millennium Falcon.

You can get into these vehicles, from speeder bikes to X-wings, TIE fighters, AT-STs, AT-ATs. There’s a wide range of vehicles that we wanted to realize.

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The difficulty with a game is that they need to be balanced with the troops on the ground.

Of course, with a certain Star Wars movie set to release a month after Battlefront’s release, DICE is also being given special content related to it. The Battle of Jakku, the key battle with Imperial holdouts that takes place in the immediate aftermath of “Return of the Jedi,” will be added to Battlefront as free DLC.

Players will get to see Jakku as it was before they see it as it eventually becomes in this December’s “The Force Awakens.” Those that own Star Wars Battlefront will be able to pick this DLC up free of charge on 8th December. Anyone that takes the plunge and pre-orders will be able to pick it up a week early on 1st December.

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The forthcoming “Battlefront,” is part of a 10-year deal between the Walt Disney Co. and Electronic Arts to create new “Star Wars” games.

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Whilst certain ‘other shooters’ go for the annual release model, the Battlefield series have often scheduled their games a couple of years apart. Not only should this encourage making games that provide an extended lifespan, but also afford enough opportunities for newly implemented ideas when the time comes around to releasing another. Hardline brings about a lot of alterations, the question being, can Battlefield retain its classic multiplayer offerings after doling out some fairly radical changes?

We’ll start with the singleplayer. Instead of playing as generic military grunt 4 and solving the worlds’ war problems with more…war, Battlefield Hardline has completely switched things up by emulating your favourite cop’s and robber’s drama. Meet Nicholas Mendoza, a stereotypical cop who lives up to his cliché name by doing things solely by the book, despite how many hand-outs he’s offered along the way. Mendoza’s the kinda guy you can rely on when the local drug war escalates to one of explosive proportions, one who’ll keep his head when others are literally losing theirs around him.

Embroiled in a world of dirty cops, double crosses and of course, exploring the local swamps in a fan boat, you’ll find that each of the games’ ten levels pays more than just a passing homage to shows like The Wire and The Shield. Presented in a televised, episodic format, each time you decide to pop on the campaign, you’ll have a ‘previously on…’ section which attempts to serve as a little refresher from where you last left off. To add to this, each episode usually follows the format of its respective show too, where you’ll often start off with a slow section, complete with background and filler, before ending on a bang.

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In previous Battlefield games, being stealthy was usually a precursor to all hell breaking loose; especially when there’s no real incentive to keep it quiet. Hardline encourages it however. Even though you can of course blast your way through the levels with no regard for something as menial as collateral damage, you’re rewarded for being the good guy. The game couldn’t give a monkey about your ability to line up multiple headshots; instead it’ll applaud using your police issue kit to take down perps alive and disgruntled. Included in your arsenal is a scanner, of which you can use to tag enemies, alarms and secrets; all of which you earn points for doing so. Alongside this, you carry your trusty badge which you can point at up to three ne’er-do-wells and get them to surrender whilst you handcuff them. The challenge being that you’ll have to keep a gun trained on them whilst moving in, or risk one of them acting out and kicking things off.

There are good and bad points to the singleplayer portion. One of the main criticisms I have is that it’s entirely singleplayer; which makes little sense as you’ll go through a large portion of the game alongside your forgettable AI controlled partner. It would have been nice to have a little co-op action in there so you could clear rooms effectively and flank enemies to get the jump on them, but never mind. More problems arise due to the game solely rewarding you for stealth. It’s a great moment when you’ve cleared a room or two in pristine fashion only for a couple of rogue criminals (you were unaware of) to spot you and turn the rest of the level into a tense firefight. Instead of thinking great, that was just like that bit in such and such, you just think, I’ll reload the checkpoint so I get more rewards for doing it ‘properly’. In terms of the narrative aspects of the game, there’s ultimately a fine line between being either engrossed or embarrassed in both the plot and the way it’s presented; with unfortunately, some of the script bordering on cringe worthy at times.

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Despite a radically different singleplayer experience on offer, inevitably most people’s interests will lie with Hardline’s multiplayer offerings. Having always been a contender to Activision’s shooter, I’ve felt Battlefield will often draw in a different crowd due to its slower, more deliberate style of play. That seems to be changing a little this year with Hardline adopting a much more fluid and quicker pace. Maps are generally smaller and much more infantry focused; the inclusion of the new game modes reflects this. On top of the ever viable Conquest mode and the increasingly popular Team Deathmatch type, Hardline brings: Hotwire, Heist, Blood Money, Crossfire and Rescue into the mix. A combination of small team tactics with no respawns, high speed vehicle shenanigans and as ever, teamwork will all be necessary to compete in these modes. Each offers something different and what some people enjoy will be no doubt the bane of others.

Weapons in general seem to kill quicker than in previous entries, yet the game still doesn’t rely upon the reactions of a new-born fly in order to succeed. In fact, playing to the strengths of your selected class will often see you raking in the points regardless of whether you end up killing anyone or not. Especially useful considering Battlefields gracious system of the amount of damage dealt to determine who ‘earns’ the kill, certainly something I’d love to see implemented in other shooters. Much like other Battlefield games, the ‘create a class’ screen, despite being drastically improved, is still overly complicated and seemingly obtuse for the sake of it.

Unlocking gear has had a work around this time too. Similar to the way the first Call of Duty: Black Ops worked, you earn money during matches for anything and everything; which can then be spent on weapons, gear and attachments. Certain items are locked from the offset, for example weapon attachments can only be purchased once you’ve earned X amount kills with it and so on. It’s a good system that allows you to get what you want quicker. If you’ve found an optical sight you like better than others, you’ll likely be able to equip it on the majority of your guns without any trauma besides remembering its name.

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There are a few irritants however, not solely aimed at Hardline in particular, but rather things that are consistent amongst all Battlefield games. Firstly being each faction’s unique weapons, it’s tedious having to adjust to the cop’s version of the carbine for example, when the opposing robber’s version seems categorically better, despite costing around the same amount. In my opinion, all guns should be available to each side, and the player should get to choose when to use them instead of the game arbitrarily deciding which team to put you on. More frustration occurs when you can’t preview what a certain optical sight looks like, or determine how a heavy barrel will affect your gun without going into a game and being a detriment to your team. Granted, they don’t cost a lot to procure, but there are many different configurations for each weapon that can drastically alter its performance. A firing range option akin to Advanced Warfare’s would be an elegant solution and surely not too much bother to implement considering there was something similar in Battlefield 4. My final quibble involves the ‘kill-cam’. It does me little good to see an enemy jumping about in 3rd person when the maps are this large. I’d rather it showed me vaguely where they were on the map or adopted Call of Duty’s first person perspective style.

Battlefield’s always been a bit of a looker, and in terms of character models and facial capturing, it’s no surprise here. The environments aren’t at their best, nor do they seem as destructible as in previous games; however this can be justified to an extent online when there are 63 other people on the map. Sound quality is as punchy as it always is and weapons sound believable yet distinct.

Despite being carried on Visceral Games’ shoulders in this iteration, make no mistake; this is the Battlefield experience you’ll know and love. The singleplayer shows promise but is let down a little in execution; whereas the multiplayer is smooth, tactical and more importantly, fun. The lack of a campaign co-op is a little disappointing, but then again, the action is where it always has been, online.

You’ve Been Patient Young Padawans, and soon your Patience will be Rewarded.

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With the Star Wars Celebration next month in Anaheim, CA from 16th-19th April. EA and Dice could not think of a better or more appropriate place to debut the game officially for the first time than the premier event that celebrates the Star Wars universe and the legions of fans who have fallen in love with it. For more information on Star Wars Celebration and ways to attend, please visit http://starwarscelebration.com.

Last night saw the first crews compete in Battlefield Hardline: Live (#BFHardlineLive), a competition giving players the chance to lead their crew in a high adrenaline, high stakes experience that could see them win £10,000.

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PlayStation Access had a preview of the experience and a video of them fulfilling their criminal fantasies.

Players wanting to win a place to lead their crew in Battlefield Hardline: Live can still enter at www.battlefield.com/hardline/live where an ongoing leaderboard of crews that have taken part will be listed. Entry is open until 23:59 this coming Sunday 22nd March.

Those that win the opportunity to take part in Battlefield Hardline: Live against other crews will lead their chosen crew in to a murky world where deceit and destruction are all in a day’s work. Can crews get in, get the goods, then get out without being caught to pull off the perfect crime?

Theatre company differencEngine are hosting Battlefield Hardline: Live at a secret Central London location for eight days until Wednesday 25th March 2015. It is a one-hour controlled yet immersive experience with the winning crew leader claiming the £10,000 bounty but then facing a dilemma – keep it all or share with their crew?

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Battlefield Hardline: Live draws inspiration from three of Battlefield Hardline’s new game modes – Heist, Blood Money and Rescue as well as the multiplayer maps Growhouse, The Block and Derailed.

Dan Sheridan (@EA_ActionMan), UK Social & Community Marketing Manager, said: “We hope our fans in the UK enjoy this real-world competition inspired by Battlefield Hardline. If I had some advice for crews taking part, I’d say focus on playing the objective (PTO), play as a team and define a winning strategy!”

With Battlefield Hardline will be available tomorrow the 20th March in the United Kingdom on Origin for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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Battlefield fans get ready to give the chance to be among the first to get their hands on its latest instalment, Battlefield: Hardline, before its official launch on Friday 20th March.

To ensure gamers can enter the fray as soon as possible, GAME will be opening over 200 of its stores across the UK at midnight on Thursday 19th March – giving fans the chance to experience the launch buzz and make the most of some exciting GAME exclusives.

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Battlefield: Hardline sees a shift from the traditional backdrop of warfare, as gamers are immersed in a world of street crime and heists. Play as either the cop or criminal as you navigate through this action-packed blockbuster in gripping single and multiplayer modes.

And if the chance to get the game before anyone else wasn’t enough to tempt fans to get along to their local store, the Battlefield: Hardline Deluxe Edition, only at GAME, includes a Versatility Battlepack, Precision Battlepack and Suppression Battlepack – all featuring unique assault rifles, weapons, camos and XP boosts. There are also 10 gold backpacks delivered in-game once a week, featuring a host of invaluable extras.

For those visiting GAME Stratford, GAME Liverpool Lord Street, GAME Birmingham Bull Ring, GAME Newcastle Eldon Square or GAME Edinburgh St James’ Centre, there is the added bonus of having your prison mug shot photo taken. Gamers can stand in front of an official GAME prison wall and share their photo on social channels using #GAMEmugshot.

Dave Howard, Operations Director at GAME Retail Ltd, says: “We’re really excited to open so many store at midnight for this highly anticipated title. There will be lots of added theatre at our stores across the UK and more importantly, the Exclusive Deluxe Edition looks to be a much-needed lifeline for gamers to help them navigate through the game.”

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EA are set to release the first expansion pack for The Sims 4 called Get to Work and we got some time with it.

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In The Sims 4 Get to Work players will take active control of their Sims while they’re at work and determine whether they are headed towards the big promotion or becoming the workplace menace.  Jump to the rescue and save countless lives as a Doctor, torment your neighbours with mischievous inventions as a Scientist, or investigate crime scenes and crack the big cases as a Detective.  Additionally, players with an entrepreneurial spirit can decide to set up shop to create, customize, and manage their own Sim retail businesses to become a Simoleonaire!  However players choose to get to work, this expansion pack will introduce new venues, skills and other fun gameplay elements to their The Sims 4 experience.

I sat down with Azure Bowie, one of the Producers from The Sims team to talk about the new expansion pack and also the free updates coming this month to The Sims 4, plus there is some brand new gameplay in there showing Get to Work:

The Sims 4 Get to Work will be available in April 2015.

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With EA set to release Battlefield Hardline next week, we got to play a lot of multiplayer, so we thought we would share three Blood Money maps with you.

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There are 9 new maps and 7 new modes for Hardline, here are a few of them all captured in 1080p from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and thanks to @Teflon for being the one who was playing:

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The Block Blood Money

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Battlefield Hardline will be available March 20th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Are you going to play it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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With EA set to release Battlefield Hardline next week, we got to play a lot of multiplayer, so we thought we would share two Crosshair maps with you.

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There are 9 new maps and 7 new modes for Hardline, here are a few of them all captured in 1080p from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and thanks to @Teflon for being the one who was playing:

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Everglades Crosshair

Battlefield Hardline will be available March 20th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Are you going to play it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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With EA set to release Battlefield Hardline next week, we got to play a lot of multiplayer, so we thought we would share four Hotwire maps with you.

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There are 9 new maps and 7 new modes for Hardline, here are a few of them all captured in 1080p from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and thanks to @Teflon for being the one who was playing:

Riptide Hotwire

Downtown Hotwire

Derailed Hotwire

Everglades Hotwire

Battlefield Hardline will be available March 20th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Are you going to play it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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With EA set to release Battlefield Hardline next week, we got to play a lot of multiplayer, so we thought we would share it with you.

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There are 9 new maps and 7 new modes for Hardline, here are a few of them all captured in 1080p from the PlayStation 4 version of the game, and thanks to @Teflon for being the one who was playing:

Riptide Rescue

The Block Rescue

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Everglades Blood Money

Bank Job Team Deathmatch

Battlefield Hardline will be available March 20th on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Are you going to play it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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