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  1. Depending on what platform you own and the subscription service you're signed up for, Anthem launches either February 15 for early birds or the 22nd for everyone else. Get hyped for Bioware's shared world shooter with a launch trailer designed to rocket anticipation to the stratosphere. The bombastic trailer doesn't reveal much that hasn't been shown already in terms of gameplay. It does, however, look very cool. Check it out to determine where the game sits on your excitement meter. Like Destiny, Anthem drops players into a shared alien world as Freelancers who pilot high-tech suits called Javelins. In addition to tackling enemy factions, Freelancers must also contend with dangerous fauna and violent weather events. Anthem recently wrapped up its open beta. It experienced several server issues, largely during its early VIP period for pre-order customers. Looking forward to Anthem? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  2. Depending on what platform you own and the subscription service you're signed up for, Anthem launches either February 15 for early birds or the 22nd for everyone else. Get hyped for Bioware's shared world shooter with a launch trailer designed to rocket anticipation to the stratosphere. The bombastic trailer doesn't reveal much that hasn't been shown already in terms of gameplay. It does, however, look very cool. Check it out to determine where the game sits on your excitement meter. Like Destiny, Anthem drops players into a shared alien world as Freelancers who pilot high-tech suits called Javelins. In addition to tackling enemy factions, Freelancers must also contend with dangerous fauna and violent weather events. Anthem recently wrapped up its open beta. It experienced several server issues, largely during its early VIP period for pre-order customers. Looking forward to Anthem? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  3. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new battle royale in town from the makers of Titanfall. Apex Legends is a new free-to-play competitor to Fortnite and PUBG and is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (via Origin). Apex Legends is a spin-off set in the Titanfall universe, taking place 30 years after the events of Titanfall 2. Though it lacks actual Titans, the hero-focused, squad-based game pits teams of 3 against 19 other teams (making 57 players total) in a last-team standing deathmatch. Players choose from one of eight Legends. These characters sport unique abilities, such as a medic and tracker, giving the game more of an Overwatch or Rainbow Six vibe in that assembling a balanced team is key. Other twists include the Jumpmaster system which allows players to manually pinpoint their exact landing zones prior to the start of the match. Respawn Beacons act as one-use locations that revive downed teammates. Additionally, an intelligent gear system automatically attaches accessories to their appropriate weapons, saving the player time in having to manually do so themselves. The implementation of Seasons affirms Respawn’s commitment to making Apex Legends an engaging long-term experience. Season 1 kicks off in March alongside a purchasable battle pass that unlocks cosmetic items traditionally obtained through gameplay. Respawn states that future Seasons will bring new Legends, weapons, cosmetics, and more. Cross-platform play, while currently unavailable, is said to be in the works as well. As for what Apex Legends means for the development of Titanfall 3, the follow-up to the acclaimed 2016 sequel is apparently not in the works. According to a Eurogamer interview with Lead Producer Drew McCoy, Apex Legends has been the project that the studio has been quietly working on and not Titanfall 3 as many had assumed/hoped. It’s worth noting that Respawn is also developing Star War Jedi: Fallen Order, set to release this fall. Have you played Apex Legends? If so, what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.
  4. In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new battle royale in town from the makers of Titanfall. Apex Legends is a new free-to-play competitor to Fortnite and PUBG and is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC (via Origin). Apex Legends is a spin-off set in the Titanfall universe, taking place 30 years after the events of Titanfall 2. Though it lacks actual Titans, the hero-focused, squad-based game pits teams of 3 against 19 other teams (making 57 players total) in a last-team standing deathmatch. Players choose from one of eight Legends. These characters sport unique abilities, such as a medic and tracker, giving the game more of an Overwatch or Rainbow Six vibe in that assembling a balanced team is key. Other twists include the Jumpmaster system which allows players to manually pinpoint their exact landing zones prior to the start of the match. Respawn Beacons act as one-use locations that revive downed teammates. Additionally, an intelligent gear system automatically attaches accessories to their appropriate weapons, saving the player time in having to manually do so themselves. The implementation of Seasons affirms Respawn’s commitment to making Apex Legends an engaging long-term experience. Season 1 kicks off in March alongside a purchasable battle pass that unlocks cosmetic items traditionally obtained through gameplay. Respawn states that future Seasons will bring new Legends, weapons, cosmetics, and more. Cross-platform play, while currently unavailable, is said to be in the works as well. As for what Apex Legends means for the development of Titanfall 3, the follow-up to the acclaimed 2016 sequel is apparently not in the works. According to a Eurogamer interview with Lead Producer Drew McCoy, Apex Legends has been the project that the studio has been quietly working on and not Titanfall 3 as many had assumed/hoped. It’s worth noting that Respawn is also developing Star War Jedi: Fallen Order, set to release this fall. Have you played Apex Legends? If so, what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments. View full article
  5. EA has once again opened up the Vaults of EA and Origin Access, subscription services that gives members access to "free" games from the publisher's portfolio, among other perks. Headlining the pack of newcomers is Mass Effect Andromeda, which launched earlier this year to a polarizing reception. Members will also be able to play EA's biggest holiday titles ahead of launch, including Star Wars Battlefront II. Beginning this month until December, the following titles will be added to the Vault. Mass Effect Andromeda Dead Space 3 The Sims 4 (Play First Trial) Star Wars Battlefront II (Play First Trial) Need For Speed Payback (Play First Trial) If you're an EA Access member, what do you think of the new additions? For non-members, is this line-up enough to convince you to give the service a shot.
  6. EA has once again opened up the Vaults of EA and Origin Access, subscription services that gives members access to "free" games from the publisher's portfolio, among other perks. Headlining the pack of newcomers is Mass Effect Andromeda, which launched earlier this year to a polarizing reception. Members will also be able to play EA's biggest holiday titles ahead of launch, including Star Wars Battlefront II. Beginning this month until December, the following titles will be added to the Vault. Mass Effect Andromeda Dead Space 3 The Sims 4 (Play First Trial) Star Wars Battlefront II (Play First Trial) Need For Speed Payback (Play First Trial) If you're an EA Access member, what do you think of the new additions? For non-members, is this line-up enough to convince you to give the service a shot. View full article
  7. Since launching last fall, Titanfall 2 has been bolstered by a steady stream of content at no cost to its players. The latest freebie DLC pack, The War Games, brings even more goodies, the centerpiece of which is a remastered version of the War Games map from the first Titanfall. War Games takes place in a combat simulation scenario that combines virtual metropolitan elements with those of the real-life Pilot/Titan training center. Players battle across city streets and within towering buildings, using suspended virtual surfaces for wall-running. Other additions include the introduction of a third weapon slot, a slick "shadow boxing" Holo Pilot execution, Titan Brawl as a permanent game mode, and a new Live Fire map dubbed "Traffic." Check out the action-packed trailer below. Titanfall 2 released October 28 of last year. For Titanfall fans, are you looking forward to jetpacking around War Games once again? View full article
  8. Since launching last fall, Titanfall 2 has been bolstered by a steady stream of content at no cost to its players. The latest freebie DLC pack, The War Games, brings even more goodies, the centerpiece of which is a remastered version of the War Games map from the first Titanfall. War Games takes place in a combat simulation scenario that combines virtual metropolitan elements with those of the real-life Pilot/Titan training center. Players battle across city streets and within towering buildings, using suspended virtual surfaces for wall-running. Other additions include the introduction of a third weapon slot, a slick "shadow boxing" Holo Pilot execution, Titan Brawl as a permanent game mode, and a new Live Fire map dubbed "Traffic." Check out the action-packed trailer below. Titanfall 2 released October 28 of last year. For Titanfall fans, are you looking forward to jetpacking around War Games once again?
  9. DICE showed of Battlefield 1's first gameplay trailer during EA Play's live event. The video highlighted the World War I-era shooter's standout features, such as behemoth vehicle assaults, dynamic weather, and refined destructibility. Unpredictable, ever-changing weather conditions are designed to continually alter playstyles, presenting new gameplay options with each match. Elements such as rain and fog require players to approach the battlefield with different tactics to find new ways of engaging the enemy. DICE is also refining Battlefield's destructibility to further allow players to blast their own path through maps to invent unique strategies. DICE revealed Operations, the multiplayer arena where players can take control of massive vehicles - dubbed "behemoths" - to turn the tide of conflicts in their favor. Air ships, battleships, and armored trains can be controlled to lay waste to scores of enemies and shift the momentum in the massive, interconnected clashes. The gameplay trailer was highlighted by an explosive dogfight between a zeppelin airship and a squad of fighter planes. Battlefield 1 is getting an open beta later this summer for those looking to take a zeppelin for a test spin a few months early. Otherwise, circle October 28 as the date Battlefield 1 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. View full article
  10. DICE showed of Battlefield 1's first gameplay trailer during EA Play's live event. The video highlighted the World War I-era shooter's standout features, such as behemoth vehicle assaults, dynamic weather, and refined destructibility. Unpredictable, ever-changing weather conditions are designed to continually alter playstyles, presenting new gameplay options with each match. Elements such as rain and fog require players to approach the battlefield with different tactics to find new ways of engaging the enemy. DICE is also refining Battlefield's destructibility to further allow players to blast their own path through maps to invent unique strategies. DICE revealed Operations, the multiplayer arena where players can take control of massive vehicles - dubbed "behemoths" - to turn the tide of conflicts in their favor. Air ships, battleships, and armored trains can be controlled to lay waste to scores of enemies and shift the momentum in the massive, interconnected clashes. The gameplay trailer was highlighted by an explosive dogfight between a zeppelin airship and a squad of fighter planes. Battlefield 1 is getting an open beta later this summer for those looking to take a zeppelin for a test spin a few months early. Otherwise, circle October 28 as the date Battlefield 1 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
  11. Sports titles have taken a few stabs over the years at implementing a narrative-focused campaign with middling success. Sometimes the idea clicks like Fight Night Champion's Champion Mode, other times it's an ill-advised debacle like NBA 2K16's bizarre "Livin' Da Dream" plotline. FIFA 17 looks to try its hand at telling a compelling sports drama with The Journey. The Journey centers around the fictional player Alex Hunter, a rookie prospect hailing from a lineage of football greatness. Players witness his rise to the premier league through cinematic storytelling and steer Alex's career by making decisions both on and off the field (such as selecting his team). EA promises the story will include "new characters full of depth...navigate emotional highs and lows of their unique story arc through decisions off the pitch, their performance on it, and character interactions throughout the 2016/17 season while playing for any of the 20 Premier League clubs." While Frostbite 3 powers the graphical and gameplay elements of The Journey, the narrative aspects and authenticity are influenced by the inputs of actual premier players. We'll see how Alex's story shapes up when FIFA 17 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC September 27 in North America, followed by a worldwide release on September 29. View full article
  12. Sports titles have taken a few stabs over the years at implementing a narrative-focused campaign with middling success. Sometimes the idea clicks like Fight Night Champion's Champion Mode, other times it's an ill-advised debacle like NBA 2K16's bizarre "Livin' Da Dream" plotline. FIFA 17 looks to try its hand at telling a compelling sports drama with The Journey. The Journey centers around the fictional player Alex Hunter, a rookie prospect hailing from a lineage of football greatness. Players witness his rise to the premier league through cinematic storytelling and steer Alex's career by making decisions both on and off the field (such as selecting his team). EA promises the story will include "new characters full of depth...navigate emotional highs and lows of their unique story arc through decisions off the pitch, their performance on it, and character interactions throughout the 2016/17 season while playing for any of the 20 Premier League clubs." While Frostbite 3 powers the graphical and gameplay elements of The Journey, the narrative aspects and authenticity are influenced by the inputs of actual premier players. We'll see how Alex's story shapes up when FIFA 17 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC September 27 in North America, followed by a worldwide release on September 29.
  13. Each year, EA Tiburon introduces tweaks and enhancements to its annual football title, and this year is no different. This time around, some additions aim to streamline the experience for casual players while others provide rabid enthusiasts with new play-calling and team management tools. A new Play the Moment option offers an express version of a full game and season. While activated, Franchise players can simulate an entire season in just a few days. Play the Moment also lets players sit out on all the nitty-gritty gameplay by allowing them to only engage during exciting moments such as critical third downs and similar clutch plays. Of course, those who would rather play a game of football from kickoff to the final whistle can simply deactivate Play the Moment. More strategic players can create tailor-made strategies to enhance players' strengths (and exploit opponent weaknesses) using Franchise gameplanning. A Big Decision feature presents crucial staff decisions such as contract negotiations, signing new athletes, and returning injured players to the field. Calling all of this action is a new commentary team comprised of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Madden 17 feature top community requests such as full player editing and practice squad. Additionally, Xbox One EA Access members interested in taking Madden 17 through some practice drills prior to release will be happy to know that the game will be available for play via a Play First Trial on that platform only. Madden 17 releases for both current and last generation consoles as well as PC on August 23. View full article
  14. Each year, EA Tiburon introduces tweaks and enhancements to its annual football title, and this year is no different. This time around, some additions aim to streamline the experience for casual players while others provide rabid enthusiasts with new play-calling and team management tools. A new Play the Moment option offers an express version of a full game and season. While activated, Franchise players can simulate an entire season in just a few days. Play the Moment also lets players sit out on all the nitty-gritty gameplay by allowing them to only engage during exciting moments such as critical third downs and similar clutch plays. Of course, those who would rather play a game of football from kickoff to the final whistle can simply deactivate Play the Moment. More strategic players can create tailor-made strategies to enhance players' strengths (and exploit opponent weaknesses) using Franchise gameplanning. A Big Decision feature presents crucial staff decisions such as contract negotiations, signing new athletes, and returning injured players to the field. Calling all of this action is a new commentary team comprised of Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Madden 17 feature top community requests such as full player editing and practice squad. Additionally, Xbox One EA Access members interested in taking Madden 17 through some practice drills prior to release will be happy to know that the game will be available for play via a Play First Trial on that platform only. Madden 17 releases for both current and last generation consoles as well as PC on August 23.
  15. Electronic Arts held their first-ever EA Play press event earlier today. If you missed out on the festivities, we’ve got you covered with this handy summary of all the big announcements and glossy new trailers. EA CEO Andrew Wilson kicked things off by hyping the EA Play format, admitting that it’d be impossible to sufficiently show off everything they’re working on in only an hour. So instead, think of this as a taste of the great projects in development and “opening the door to players, influencers, media, and partners” and inviting them to play. After a quick shout-out from Peter Moore, broadcasting live via satellite from another EA Live event in London, Wilson ran down the line-up, including details for Mass Effect: Andromeda, a glimpse into upcoming Star Wars projects, and a Battlefield 1 gameplay footage. Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella welcomed PlayStation 4 players to the world of Titanfall 2. He then revealed the first multiplayer gameplay for Titanfall’s sophomore outing. Building upon the foundation laid in the first game, Titanfall 2 features six new titans, expanded customization options and deeper progression. Online looks to retain the same chaotic action and David vs Goliath-esque encounters. Respawn is planning a pre-launch multiplayer ‘technical test,” which players can sign up for by visiting Titanfall’s website. “For the four people who didn’t see the leak this morning,” Zampella officially confirmed a single-player campaign for Titanfall 2. This offline story mode will delve deeper into the Titan/pilot relationship as well as expand on the series’ mythos in general. Titanfall 2 releases October 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A new Madden 17 trailer was used as the flag bearer to wave EA’s new eSport initiative. Three new competitive events – Challenger, Premier, and EA Major, are poised to enhance competitive play among elite players. Challenger events let players host their own tournaments, Premiers will be larger gatherings hosted by both gaming and non-gaming partners, and EA Major are marquee events that pit the best players in the world against each other. A new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer provided the most substantial look at the game yet, but details surrounding its plot remain elusive. BioWare did share that the game is built using the Frostbite 3 engine, and the team promises to build upon the elements players adored in the original trilogy. BioWare boasts Andromeda features the greatest amount of player freedom than in any game they’ve made. Frostbite 3 isn't the only big change coming to FIFA 17. EA's popular soccer title is getting a significant new mode in a story campaign chronicling life of rising soccer star Alex Hunter. Additionally, premier league managers are set to be featured and large-scale improvements have been made to player A.I. and physical play. EA continues its support of independent developers with the announcement of EA Originals. The initiative aims to support smaller titles by providing their development teams with the resources to bring their vision to life and thrive as a studio (such as allowing creators to earn 100% of their games’ profits). The first title to emerge from this is a whimsical title called Fe from Swedish developer Zoink. Set in a stylized forest, players control a cub with no memory of his past. By communicating with both creatures and plant life thorough song, players unlock new parts of the forest to explore. They must also combat the Silent Ones, malevolent entities corrupting the forest using silence. Fe forces players to carve their own path by omitting any kind of direction or "hand-holding". It's up to the player to create their personal experience. EA executive Jade Raymond highlighted the multiple Star Wars projects both released and in development. Among them are Visceral Games’ third-person action/adventure take bolstered by an original narrative, as well as Respawn’s own third-person game set in a different era of the franchise. While nothing was formally revealed, EA did share a video discussing the current and future of Star Wars games at EA. Battlefield 1’s action-packed gameplay trailer concluded the event. DICE confirmed that large battle vehicles such as airships and armored trains would be in the hands of players. Dynamic, unpredictable weather conditions such as rain and fog aims to dramatically alter the way players approach maps. The series’ signature destruction is more intuitive than ever before, with aerial battles looking especially impressive. EA kept thing short and sweet this year, focusing on concise, quick game announcements with none of the prolonged dull spots (e.g. Pelé last year) that plagued them years prior. Showcasing gameplay for anticipated heavy-hitters like Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 likely scored them a lot of brownie points with shooter enthusiasts. Mass Effect fans still don’t exactly know what Andromeda entails, but they got their best look at the title to date. EA Originals seems like another good option for independent games looking for a home, and Fe appears to be as weirdly intriguing as Unravel was before it. Not getting any formal reveals for Viscreal or Respawn’s Star Wars titles is a bummer as is the lack of any major surprises, but the games shown all look promising and gives EA a bright portfolio of titles on the horizon. View full article
  16. Electronic Arts held their first-ever EA Play press event earlier today. If you missed out on the festivities, we’ve got you covered with this handy summary of all the big announcements and glossy new trailers. EA CEO Andrew Wilson kicked things off by hyping the EA Play format, admitting that it’d be impossible to sufficiently show off everything they’re working on in only an hour. So instead, think of this as a taste of the great projects in development and “opening the door to players, influencers, media, and partners” and inviting them to play. After a quick shout-out from Peter Moore, broadcasting live via satellite from another EA Live event in London, Wilson ran down the line-up, including details for Mass Effect: Andromeda, a glimpse into upcoming Star Wars projects, and a Battlefield 1 gameplay footage. Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella welcomed PlayStation 4 players to the world of Titanfall 2. He then revealed the first multiplayer gameplay for Titanfall’s sophomore outing. Building upon the foundation laid in the first game, Titanfall 2 features six new titans, expanded customization options and deeper progression. Online looks to retain the same chaotic action and David vs Goliath-esque encounters. Respawn is planning a pre-launch multiplayer ‘technical test,” which players can sign up for by visiting Titanfall’s website. “For the four people who didn’t see the leak this morning,” Zampella officially confirmed a single-player campaign for Titanfall 2. This offline story mode will delve deeper into the Titan/pilot relationship as well as expand on the series’ mythos in general. Titanfall 2 releases October 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A new Madden 17 trailer was used as the flag bearer to wave EA’s new eSport initiative. Three new competitive events – Challenger, Premier, and EA Major, are poised to enhance competitive play among elite players. Challenger events let players host their own tournaments, Premiers will be larger gatherings hosted by both gaming and non-gaming partners, and EA Major are marquee events that pit the best players in the world against each other. A new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer provided the most substantial look at the game yet, but details surrounding its plot remain elusive. BioWare did share that the game is built using the Frostbite 3 engine, and the team promises to build upon the elements players adored in the original trilogy. BioWare boasts Andromeda features the greatest amount of player freedom than in any game they’ve made. Frostbite 3 isn't the only big change coming to FIFA 17. EA's popular soccer title is getting a significant new mode in a story campaign chronicling life of rising soccer star Alex Hunter. Additionally, premier league managers are set to be featured and large-scale improvements have been made to player A.I. and physical play. EA continues its support of independent developers with the announcement of EA Originals. The initiative aims to support smaller titles by providing their development teams with the resources to bring their vision to life and thrive as a studio (such as allowing creators to earn 100% of their games’ profits). The first title to emerge from this is a whimsical title called Fe from Swedish developer Zoink. Set in a stylized forest, players control a cub with no memory of his past. By communicating with both creatures and plant life thorough song, players unlock new parts of the forest to explore. They must also combat the Silent Ones, malevolent entities corrupting the forest using silence. Fe forces players to carve their own path by omitting any kind of direction or "hand-holding". It's up to the player to create their personal experience. EA executive Jade Raymond highlighted the multiple Star Wars projects both released and in development. Among them are Visceral Games’ third-person action/adventure take bolstered by an original narrative, as well as Respawn’s own third-person game set in a different era of the franchise. While nothing was formally revealed, EA did share a video discussing the current and future of Star Wars games at EA. Battlefield 1’s action-packed gameplay trailer concluded the event. DICE confirmed that large battle vehicles such as airships and armored trains would be in the hands of players. Dynamic, unpredictable weather conditions such as rain and fog aims to dramatically alter the way players approach maps. The series’ signature destruction is more intuitive than ever before, with aerial battles looking especially impressive. EA kept thing short and sweet this year, focusing on concise, quick game announcements with none of the prolonged dull spots (e.g. Pelé last year) that plagued them years prior. Showcasing gameplay for anticipated heavy-hitters like Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 likely scored them a lot of brownie points with shooter enthusiasts. Mass Effect fans still don’t exactly know what Andromeda entails, but they got their best look at the title to date. EA Originals seems like another good option for independent games looking for a home, and Fe appears to be as weirdly intriguing as Unravel was before it. Not getting any formal reveals for Viscreal or Respawn’s Star Wars titles is a bummer as is the lack of any major surprises, but the games shown all look promising and gives EA a bright portfolio of titles on the horizon.
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