Tag Archives: Electronic Arts

EA dumps Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions hours ahead of launch

I sense a disturbance in the Force, as if a million voices cried out in anger and were suddenly victorious. With only a few hours remaining before it officially launches in the US, EA have announced that Star Wars Battlefront II will no longer offer paid microtransactions. Continue reading EA dumps Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions hours ahead of launch

Games Review: Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Xbox One X, 2017): Tempted, but not quite giving in to the Dark Side

Star Wars Battlefront II, a game mired in launch window controversy. Is it as terrible as the screaming denizens of the internet would have you believe or is it all being blown out of proportion? For our Battlefront II review, we thought we’d split it into two discrete components — the single player campaign, reviewed by our own David Hunter and the multiplayer, reviewed by our games editor David Smith. Continue reading Games Review: Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Xbox One X, 2017): Tempted, but not quite giving in to the Dark Side

Games Review: Need for Speed Payback (Xbox One X, 2017): Grind before fun

If I can communicate anything to you about Need for Speed Payback, it’s this: when the game first asks you to pick a car, choose wisely. Choose wisely, because you’re going to have that car for a really, really long time. Continue reading Games Review: Need for Speed Payback (Xbox One X, 2017): Grind before fun

EA and DICE retool Star Wars Battlefront II‘s loot box and progression systems

Following player ire regarding Star Wars Battlefront II‘s implementation of loot box and XP progression systems during the game’s last beta period, Electronic Arts and developer DICE have announced a re-balancing of both systems in time for launch. Continue reading EA and DICE retool Star Wars Battlefront II‘s loot box and progression systems

EA shutters Visceral Games, in-development Star Wars title delayed indefinitely

Electronic Arts have closed the doors on in-house developer Visceral Games. The publisher announced the closure in a blog post from executive vice president Patrick Söderlund, along with the news that they would be making rather sweeping changes to Visceral’s still unnamed Star Wars adventure game.  Continue reading EA shutters Visceral Games, in-development Star Wars title delayed indefinitely

EB Expo’s return to the Gold Coast is a successful one

This weekend saw the EB Expo return to its roots, overtaking the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for the first time in five years. It was, by all accounts, a successful homecoming. Continue reading EB Expo’s return to the Gold Coast is a successful one

Games Review: NBA Live 18 (PS4, 2017) is a step forward for a series overshadowed by the competition

Do you remember the last time you played an entry in the NBA Live series? Me either. More or less off the radar for about a decade at this point, the series is back in the public eye this year with NBA Live 18, a basketball sim with a clear desire to leave the series’ average reputation behind. Continue reading Games Review: NBA Live 18 (PS4, 2017) is a step forward for a series overshadowed by the competition

Video Games Review: Madden NFL 18 (PS4, 2017) is somehow both the same game and a very different one

As of this filing, I will have now reviewed fully three instalments of the Madden NFL series for this website. Reviewing sports titles, as I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, is one of the easier aspects of the gig as a games critic — the games don’t change much year-to-year and they are, by and large, quite enjoyable. This is why, when Madden NFL 18 decided to alter the thrust of its entire experience this year, it came as a bit of a surprise. Continue reading Video Games Review: Madden NFL 18 (PS4, 2017) is somehow both the same game and a very different one

EA officially announces Star Wars Battlefront II

Though its existence has been something of an open secret for a while now, Electronic Arts have formally announced the follow-up to their 2015 shooter Star Wars Battlefront. Moreover, Star Wars Battlefront II will have its first official showing at Star Wars Celebration 2017. Continue reading EA officially announces Star Wars Battlefront II

Video Games Review: Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4, 2016) isn’t great, it’s just good and that’s okay

Mass Effect has been a series on my personal review Bucket List for quite some time. I wasn’t yet working as a journalist and critic when Mass Effect 3 was released in 2012 and so Bioware’s big post-Shepard return to the series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, was in my sights. Having finally crossed this particular item off my bucket list, I wish I had nicer things to say about it. I have some nice things to say about it, just not as many as I would like. Mass Effect: Andromeda is uneven in some respects, downright disappointing in others and a real triumph in others still. After a five year wait, it’s hard to admit that it’s merely good, not great. But that’s okay, and I want to talk about why it’s okay. Continue reading Video Games Review: Mass Effect: Andromeda (PS4, 2016) isn’t great, it’s just good and that’s okay