Finally, after months of exclusivity on Xbox consoles, the second DLC pack for Battlefield 4 is coming to PC and PlayStation consoles. Second Assault includes 4 fan-favorites maps re-made for Battlefield 4 and include their own Levelutions. The four maps are Operation Firesstorm, Gulf of Oman, Caspian Border and Operation Metro.
The DLC pack will cost $15 seperate from the Season Pass and will also include new weapons, assignments, dog tags and water vehicles. February 18th is the day PREMIUM members will be able to download the pack and March 4th is when non-premium PC and PlayStation members can download the pack.
After much teasing and wait, the Beta for Titanfall is here. It started out as a closed beta, but now Respawn has announced that it is in OPEN BETA for Xbox One owners.
In order to get the beta, go to the new game demos section of the store or you might see a section that says “Join the Titanfall Beta.”
PC players who have to play through Origin have been given a wider BETA option. Anyone who registered for the BETA before 4PM on February 15th is now included in the Origin-Exclusive PC Beta.
Origin, some of us love it and some of us hate it since we have steam, is not going anywhere anytime soon. Especially for EA’s upcoming blockbuster FPS, Titanfall. Respawn Entertainment’s CEO Vince Zampella revealed on Twitter that Titanfall will require being played through Origin if you’re planning to play it on PC.
He also mentions that the upcoming Titanfall beta on PC will also run through Origin.
Respawn has announced pre-order bonuses for their hotly-anticipated debut game Titanfall, which is a PC, Xbox One and Xbox 360 exclusive. Respawn has partnered with different retailers for bonuses. Here are the current known ones, thanks to Gamespot.
Those who pre-order at WALMART will get a patch “First To Fall”
Those who pre-order at GAMESTOP will get the “The Divide” poster (in-store pre-orders only)
Those who pre-order at BEST BUY will get a $10 reward certificate and 15% off the Prima Strategy Guide
Those who pre-order on AMAZON will get a mini Prima Guide which includes a breakdown of one of the multiplayer maps
With the game already being a timed-exclusive, can EA be anymore buddy-buddy with their upcoming game to Xbox One? Yep. EA has announced that Boss Mode and Split-Screen CO-OP will be exclusive features to Xbox One and Xbox Smartglass.
The CO-OP aspect is basically a wave mode. You and friend(s) will have to hold off waves of zombies. Every few waves, slot machines will spin revealing what 3 bosses you will see in the next wave, or give you a bonus for the next round.
Boss Mode is exclusive to Smartglass and will allow you to have a overhead view of the action and you can drop healing stations to your buddies, drop motion detecting stations to reveal enemy locations to the HUD, drop Cherry Bombs on the zombies, or revive a downed ally.
Respawn confirmed on Twitter that Titanfall will not have any sort of microtransactions in game.
Respawn also says that it has no news on a Season Pass. However, given how big this game will be and what kind of game it is, I am sure that some sort of DLC and/or Season Pass will be announced in February or sometime post-launch. I could be wrong, but fingers crossed!
EA has announced the delay of PopCap’s upcoming Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare game, but it is only a one week delay. The game will now launch February 25th in the U.S. and February 27th for Europe on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Maxis has confirmed two pieces of information about SimCity. First off, they revealed on their blog that SimCity now supports mods; granted they adhere to guidelines. Maxis also says they encourage players to make mods, but not sell them (basically free mods.) Maxis also writes a disclaimer on the website “Electronic Arts does not pre-screen, endorse or support SimCity Mods and your use of this product is at your own risk.” The 5 rules of mods, as outlined on the site, are:
- “Mods must not jeopardize the integrity of the gameplay or harm the experience of others. Mods that affect the simulation for multiplayer games and multiplayer features, such as leaderboards or trading with other players, are not allowed.
- Mods must not infringe any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or other intellectual property right of any third party and will not include content that is unlawful, tortious, defamatory, obscene, invasive of the privacy of another person, threatening, harassing, abusive, hateful, racist or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate. SimCity has an age rating of ESRB Everyone 10+ and PEGI 7, and similar ratings from other ratings boards around the world. EA requires that Mods not include any material that would not be allowed under these ratings.
- Mods may not modify any .com, .exe, .dll, .so or other executable files.
- The terms and conditions of SimCity EULA and EA’s Terms of Service are specifically incorporated into this policy by this reference. In the event that the terms of this policy are in conflict with the terms of the SimCity EULA or EA’s Terms of Service, the terms of this Policy shall supersede and govern over any such conflicting terms.
- To maintain the integrity of SimCity and ensure the best possible gaming experience for our players, EA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to revoke permission to use, distribute or make Mods at any time, to disable any Mod within SimCity and to take disciplinary action against players who harm the experience of others.
Maxis has also confirmed SimCity will be getting an Offline Mode in the forthcoming update 10, which will be a free update and all you DLC will work offline as well.
Check out this trailer for the Atlas titan in Titanfall. Become the tank Titan in the upcoming Game of the Year 2014 contender Titanfall which hits PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One March 11, 2014.
Peggle 2, perhaps one of Xbox One’s most-anticipated downloadable titles, has been given a release date and price, as well as PopCap revealing gameplay details of its upcoming sequel. Thanks to a preview story on Venturebeat, we know can learn about the game to help give us some background on how to play as well as advantages to how to start out clearing the levels without expiring your limited tries. Peggle 2 launches December 9th for $11.99.
In Peggle 2, much like its predecessor, you will be shooting balls from a cannon on top of the screen down and clearing as many blocks or “pegs” before it reaches the bottom or certain challenges (clear all orange pegs, clear all pegs etc) as well as optional objectives. Along the way, you earn points for clearing out pegs. Perhaps Peggles biggest charm is the sounds the pegs make when hit or when you complete a level, you hear awesome classical music. PopCap says that the sights and sounds will be amazing thanks to the new technology of Xbox One. Plus, the mechanics stay the same:
- Hitting orange pegs helps clear your path easier
- Hitting blue pegs gets you bonus points
- If your ball lands in the basket that is moving at the bottom you regain that ball aka free shot or free ball like in pinball
You will also get helpers along the way, dubbed as “masters”, that can give you an advantage by hitting the green bumpers in the levels associated with the helpers
- Jeffery will allow you to drop a boulder down an entire line of pegs
- Gnorman electrifies your ball shot and the electricity will take out any nearby pegs
- Luna will help you knock out orange pegs, even if blue ones are in the way
- Berg will freeze the pegs allowing the ball to hit the pegs more often
Add in the pinball-style bumper on the side to help your ball stay in play and over 120 levels, seems like a real good deal for any Xbox One owner if it’s your forte (or for the family if you have one.)