Black Friday is soon upon us (tomorrow as of the time of writing) which means that while our friends over the pond guzzle all manner of turkey dishes and their appropriate trimmings, we get to take advantage of the deals. The latest retailer to jump on the budget buy bandwagon is UK gaming brand GAME. Their Black Friday bonanza kicks off proper tomorrow but for the rest of the day they have some fantastic offers on including Battlefield 4, Remember Me and Dishonored.
‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ chimes the classic holiday tune over the in-store speakers, but you know better. You have a mottled bruise on the left side of your ribcage that says that shoppers at this time of the year are rabid, vicious and will gladly shove you in the side to get the last copy of Battlefield 4 and you’ve had painful shin splints for the last 48 hours from making a mad dash around the aisle in a last ditch attempt to get a half decent gift for your gamer friend who probably has it already anyway. But you don’t want to go through all of that do you? We thought not, which is why we’ve put together this 2013 holiday gift guide for the gamer who has it all.
With new console generations brings new specs, the new scent of ‘fresh console’ (that they really do need to consider making an air freshener out of) and more new types of games than we can shake an upgraded processor at.
The PS4 and the Xbox One are now upon us and we’re all eager to see what’s changed. Specifically, have the cries for diversity in our games paid off? Or are we still subject to straight, white, male protagonists? Thankfully, those shouts have been of use and you can find our list of 8 diverse PS4 and Xbox One launch games after the break.
Sometimes, you just want a change. You want fresh, new, original takes on genres that you love while the publisher wants reskinned sequels like a plucked chicken with a coat on. But we’ve had 7 whole years of that and the time is now to throw the system out the window attached to a giant lead balloon, and Sony’s upcoming PS4, could be the very console to start that revolution.
Let it be said that Battlefield 4 does not have big shoes to fill in terms of its story. More like tiny, shrunken down clogs that its predecessor left behind, EA’s next big, bombastic shooter won’t have to do much to impress after the bitter taste that BF3’s double crossing plot left behind. But leaving the past in the cold like a dog that got its teeth on your favourite pair of loafers, Battlefield 4’s story looks like it’s going to be bigger, bolder and most importantly, better, than ever before.
What’s also key with Battlefield 4’s story is that it isn’t just fighting against past iterations, it’s also going up against the long reigning king of FPS sales that is Call of Duty: Ghosts. But unlike Activision’s fire-powered offering, EA’s seems to be doubling down on both the explosive factor (and those orange clouds of heat do look mighty impressive) as well as the interactions between a squad (which you could argue was perfected in other Battlefield series – Bad Company). And, showcasing that now in video form, is the Battlefield 4 story trailer, which you can watch after the break.
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With EA’s premier shooter preparing to go toe to toe with Activision’s finest next month, we’ve taken to the Battlefield 4 beta on PS3 to test the game out.
Battlefield 4 is in a prime position right now. If being seen as a better and more successful game than Call of Duty : Ghosts is a feat akin to climbing Mt. Everest, then Battlefield is a foot away from the summit with all of us feeding it tea and biscuits. Running on Frostbite 3, EA’s breathtakingly spectacular game engine that you’d wish upon only the very best of games, there’s little doubt that Battlefield 4 will look anything less than phenomenal. But, the game’s success later this year won’t rest on its graphics, it’ll (mostly) be down to its multiplayer. And, with a Battlefield 4 multiplayer beta currently online, we thought we’d dive in and see just how well the game is shaping up (spoiler alert : it’s incredible).
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It’s going to have guns, it’s going to have soldiers and it’s going to have more explosions than you can shake a ton of C4 at, this much we know about Battlefield 4. But should you want to get a taste of the bombastic gameplay of EA’s premier shooter for yourself, the publisher have set up the Battlefield 4 beta (which we’ll hopefully have a feature on soon), letting anyone who wants to play the game do so.
In the latest PlayStation Store update you’ll be able to find the Battlefield 4 beta available on the store, to jump in the action and take on others ahead of the game’s release, but if you need some encouragement, there’s also a video on the game’s multiplayer to watch too. The game’s lead multiplayer designer, Thomas Andersson, discusses DICE’s level editor as well as what they’re calling ‘Levolution’ (the dynamic map feature) along with some other interesting features that you’ll be able to get your hands on. You can watch it after the break.
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