The time for the mythical beast slaying and party tactics combat of Dragon Age: Inquisition’s gameplay is nearly upon us, with EA and BioWare’s medieval fantasy RPG gearing up for release on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Set to be the leading RPG on next-gen platforms, Dragon Age: Inquisition can’t just play the part, building on original game, Dragon Age: Origins’ brilliant gameplay, it will also have to look the part, delivering gorgeous graphics to our peepers like da Vinci had painted them in front of us himself. EA and BioWare are confident that the game fits the bill and they’ve release the Dragon Age: Inquisition ‘Discover the Dragon Age’ trailer online. You can watch it after the break.
Video game consoles aren’t ‘video game’ consoles any more, they’re fully fledged media boxes, with TV shows, movies, games and music ready to sap away our free-time and attention like a leaky dam at the touch of a button and a flick of an analogue stick. We shouldn’t have to decide between a quick gaming session or catching up on our favourite show when both are available in the same package. So with that in mind, what would happen if the two types of media merged and 20 hour gaming epics were whittled down to concentrated 40 minute bursts of television entertainment? It would be incredible, that’s what. Read on to find out our top picks for the best games that would make brilliant TV shows.
BioWare are hardly strangers to controversy (the Mass Effect 3 ending, anyone?) but rather than staying away from it, like the shy development team in the corner, they are more than happy to embrace it, with open arms and open hearts because often, the BioWare choices that cause the most flack are the ones that matter. This is according to David Gaider, the lead writer of their upcoming title, Dragon Age: Inquisition, discussing in-game romances, and he not so much kicks the hornet’s nest as he does punts it out the stadium. Read what he has to say after the break.
Like most other game sites, we run on willpower, a non-existent budget and a love of gaming, but unlike other sites, J Station X is also fuelled by a whole lot of anger and a little bit of indignation that the video game industry that we know and love still continuously fails to represent women in games, people of colour and those who identify as LGBTQ. It’s for that reason that I’ve put together the first annual Video Game Diversity Report so that we can yell back statistics when the mob bangs on the door protesting that gaming must stay as a Straight, White Boys Club. Read my findings after the break.
FIFA 14 on next-gen is not what you expect. It’s not what you thought of in your wildest dreams and it’s not even encompassing what you wanted improved upon from EA’s previous attempt at perfecting the footie genre. If what EA say in this new FIFA 14 next-gen trailer is to be believed, it’s set to be so much better. Year on year we get incremental updates to the game; updated kits, more beautified blades of grass and that sort of thing but now, on next-gen it looks like EA Sports have finally accomplished something substantial. You can watch the new trailer discussing it all after the break.
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 Madden NFL 25 on next-gen consoles, EA are looking to avoid getting sacked on a third down by making the right play that’s going to see them cruise past the redzone to score an all important touchdown. Meanwhile, we’re trying not to get tackled by an LT for all of those cheesy American football references. The point at hand is that with the current gen version of Madden NFL 25 already on store shelves, EA now have to prove that the game is worth a purchase on PS4 and Xbox One and now, with the help of a two minute trailer, the likelihood of us all shelling out for the title has just gotten a little bit higher.
In the 120+ seconds worth of Madden NFL 25 gameplay footage (it wasn’t clear as to whether what’s in the trailer was running on PS4 or Xbox One) EA introduce us to all of the fancy new branded features that their title will be running down the field with. ‘Player Sense’ is reportedly set to make characters more like intelligent, game aware players and less like reanimated muscly corpses while ‘True Step’ is the slightly gimmicky name EA are giving to Madden NFL 25’s new motion capabilities and you can watch both features in action after the break.
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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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One of the biggest selling points of the NHL franchise has always been its ‘Be a Pro’ mode, letting you fill the sweaty ice skates of your own self-imposed ice hockey star with approximately none of the training or effort. EA aren’t getting rid of that in NHL 14 either, and are in fact upgrading it with the NHL 14 Live the Life mode, which will focus on your off-ice actions as much as they do with your on-ice skills.
Even more opportunities for upgrading your pro or just getting a massive rink-sized ego are on offer in NHL 14 Live the Life mode, as EA are letting your player garner endorsements, fan love, increase teammate support as well as the chance to go toe-to-to with the media as you now get to talk to the press. As demonstrated in the NHL 14 Live the Life trailer, posted after the break, how you choose your player’s conduct outside the rink will effect their performance in the rink too, with the video below showing that your stats can be decreased as a result of your player’s actions.
The trailer didn’t shed much light on just how much the teammate support or the endorsements will affect your player, but the EA Sports dev blog does say that “[The aforementioned] factors will influence your skills, progression and performance.” So going off of that then, you can likely expect NHL 14 Live the Life to help you improve your team’s chemistry or for any earned money to go towards unlocking new hockey gear for your player.
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Ever thought that the realistic football simulation of FIFA 13 just wasn’t enough? Did you spend more time complaining about the lack of lifelike virtual footballing animations than you did about letting in yet another goal to cheat character Lionel Messi? Apparently you’re not alone as EA are improving their football game even more with FIFA 14, citing ‘Pure Shot’ and ‘Real Ball Physics’ as the main features here, making us wonder that if this is the best then what the hell were we all playing before?
In FIFA 14, the players are reportedly going to have a few more smarts in their AI noggins than they did in FIFA 13, according to two members of the dev team in this new trailer. Smarter thinking is going to lead to an even more impressive range of goals and if you’re eagle eyed enough you’ll be able to see that even the airflow around the ball is taken into account with each shot.
Effectively, what EA are trying to say is that FIFA 14 will be ‘much, much better’ than its predecessor, and from what we’ve seen so far, we can only agree with them. You can watch the new FIFA 14 trailer after the break.
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