Earlier this week across the internet rumors have spread about the new Battlefield that suggested a new game named Battlefield Hardline and that it will be delivered by the creative minds behind Dead Space games - Visceral Games. Shortly fter came the official confirmation from Electronic Arts, which has promised that despite the fact that the new BF will not be another product of DICE studio, fans of the series will get a good game.
DICE on Battlefield blog posted details of the seven multiplayer modes, which are intended for Battlefield 4. It is noteworthy that only Conquest and Dominion modes will be available in the multiplayer beta, which on the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 arrives on 4th of October. In addition to the above mentioned modes, Battlefield 4 comes with a brand new multiplayer mode named Obliteration, which (like almost all other modes) should support up to 32 players on PC, Xbox and PlayStation 4 One, and up to 24 players on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
A little less than two months before the release of the long-awaited Battlefield 4, DICE and EA have released the official system requirements, leaving us plenty of time so that if necessary, we can splash money to upgrade our gaming machines.
DICE has confirmed that Battlefield 4 at the release will contain seven multiplayer gameplay modes. Besides already seen modes like Conquest, Domination, Team Deathmatch and Squad Rush, guys from Dice prepared and two brand new multiplayer mode.
Electronic Arts has announced plans by which they will throw their weapons from licensed games, which will be reflected in their upcoming projects. This decision has nothing to do with the recent shootings and attempts to blame the video games for them.
DICE in Stockholm on Tuesday unveiled Battlefield 4, revealing some interesting details about the new game in this mega popular series and promised even better and more impressive experience of virtual warfare. After the launch game will be available for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, which comes as a surprise since the new generation of consoles at the door.
Let’s talk about gaming for a little bit. In the last couple of weeks we have watched the launch of the third installment in both the Battlefield and Modern Warfare franchises. These two games have been long awaited and have already spawned more than a few comments, arguments and in some cases violence. In addition to the happy news of these two game launches we heard that Steam’s servers were hacked and some user information was accessed. Each of these has been a significant event and deserves a little time.
The first item up in our gaming recap is the incident with Steam’s servers. One of the things that has attracted users to Steam has been its perceived safety. Consumers can enter their information (credit card and billing etc) and purchase new items with relative ease. Many have also begun to enjoy the simplicity of being able to have their games installed on more than one computer without the need to tote DVDs or CD-ROMs around from machine to machine. Steam also hosts a large number of game servers and an online forum.
In one attack much of the safety and security that people felt using Steam has been crushed. When the news of this broke, before I had even read the whole article I found myself checking my credit card balance and then my account information. I am sure that more than a few people will discontinue using the service for purchases at least for the present.
Once the initial reaction passed I dug into it and found that user information was compromised. The attackers were able to gather user names, hashed and salted passwords. User purchase histories and encrypted credit card numbers were also accessible. So far Steam is saying that they do not think the encryption for the credit card numbers has been broken, but they do urge people to check their balances. This will affect Steam and now puts them into same category as the PSN and Xbox networks. Both of these have been hacked in the past with the loss of user information; looks like it is true that nothing that can be connected to via the internet is safe.
The next big gaming event was the launch of Battlefield 3. This long awaited game hit the internet to rave reviews which seemed to falter after a few people began to actually play the game. As it stands right now there are still complaints that there are areas of the game that simply cannot be gotten around unless have help. We have also heard that the game is relatively linear, but still a lot of fun. We have a copy and will be checking it out on our new gaming platform next week.
The final bit of information is the launch of Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 3. This game has had some very mixed reactions. These differing opinions have not stopped it from racking up about $400 million in sales so far. This is another one that we have in house and will be trying out in the coming week (we have a pressing project going right now). So far the complaints are; the single player game is too short, the graphics are still DX9 (meaning it is a console port again), some buildings and many of the textures have been reused for this game.
Still is has been an exciting couple of weeks for the gamers out there. We will bring you more information about the Steam hack as well as our thoughts on both Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 soon.
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If anyone has ever really thought that console gaming is better than the PC then here is one to put a nice monkey wrench into that thought machine. As we see the installers for PC games getting larger and extending into more DVDs we find that the console gamers are hitting something of a wall. You see even with Bluray you have a finite amount of space to stuff everything in. This means that as graphics and other objects in a game grow you lose out in many other ways. Bulky AI code gets slimmed down, expansive maps get trimmed.