Showing posts with label Electronic Arts. Show all posts
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Play Anthem With Origin Access

After seven months of drag following launch, Anthem has finally joined EA Access monthly subscription service.

Though debuted as one of most anticipated video games of 2019, online multiplayer action role-playing game Anthem from developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts has been a train-wreck ever since it was released.

After a couple of failed attempts to revive its player base with content and patches, EA has finally made the game available for their subscription-based service EA Access and Origin Access on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Play Anthem With Origin Access

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Regular subscribers will be able to play Standard Edition of the game and Premier tier members of Origin Access for PC platform can get their hands on Legion of Dawn edition, which has bunch of more cool staffs for each Javelin classes.

Earlier, Origin Access members were only able to get "Play First" trial comprised of a 10-hour preview of main game. Instead of paying $14.99 for Premier subscription, players can now have the game on regular Access for $4.99 only.

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BioWare's latest open-world action RPG was updated with endgame activity Cataclysm back in August and received another patch on September 4, yet it could never lived up to its hype or even deliver a decent experience for many who supported it.

At one point there was a rumor that Anthem is likely to go free-to-play anytime and now joining EA Access vault has made it pretty much that. They simply do not have enough content to do that like Bungie did with Destiny 2: New Light.

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Origin Access Games for September 2019

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September 19 will see FIFA 20 to arrive for all three major platforms on "Play First" and full game on Premier. EA Access to add Out of the Park Baseball 20, The Escapists 2, Ultimate Chicken Horse, Vambrace: Cold Soul and Yooka-Laylee today.

After lead producer Ben Irving leaving recently, the future of Anthem seems uncertain but Electronic Arts pledges to continue their support through post-launch content, which still is a critical and commercial disappointment to them.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Revealed and Out Now

PopCap Games and Electronic Arts revealed Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, out now on major platforms.

Earlier in July, developer PopCap Games and publisher Electronic Arts has announced free-to-play mobile game Plants Vs. Zombies 3 on Google Play store from their popular strategy tower defense franchise Plants Vs. Zombies.

It was leaked back in April 2019 that Garden Warfare series will release a new title but then EA revealed and launched their latest third-person shooter game Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville at once on September 4, 2019.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Revealed and Out Now

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Following a 24-hour countdown on social media, PvZ: Battle for Neighborville is released for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is more of an early access version of the game that will be adding features and new modes over time.

For next six weeks, EA will drop content for their newest multiplayer shooter from PvZ series, which is out now for purchase for $29.99 only as Founder's Edition until it gets full release on October 18 as Standard Edition for $39.99.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Founder's Edition

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By time when Battle for Neighborville becomes fully available to play, both versions will have access to all contents. However, some cosmetic rewards are solely exclusive for owners of Founder's Edition for jumping in early.

Many aspects that made their past class-based shooter games successful will be re-invented to fit their new gameplay mechanics. A social hub called Town Center is where you go battling enemies, interacting with NPCs or to find collectibles.

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A brand-new official trailer offers some gameplay features and welcomes you to Neighborville for some crazy time.

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Earlier in a presentation, PopCap reveals at Gamescom 2019 that PvZ: BfN to have ten classes of Plants and Zombies including some fan-favorite heroes from Garden Warfare series like Captain Deadbeard, Citron and Kernel Corn.

There is a ninja mushroom named Night Cap specialized in stealth attacks and a flame spraying attack class called Snapdragon. 80s Action Hero is all about exploding stuffs whereas Space Cadet zombie class can form a space station.

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Welcome to Neighborville

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First PvP game mode to go live in Founder's Edition is Turf Takeover where up to 24 players play for an objective. Then 8v8 mode Team Vanquish will be making a return along with anticipated comeback of PvE horde mode Garden Ops.

One particular area Plants vs. Zombies: BfN do not wish to venture is Battle Royale, albeit of some fan-expectation, because either of Plants or Zombies don't fight their own kind and making that would be canonically wrong.

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Founder's Edition Content Roadmap

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Although there are some premium in-game currency in there, EA representatives strongly emphasized on the fact that there will not be any loot box micro-transactions but players can but every item from Rux's Emporium cosmetics shop.

EA taking an early access approach for Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville like indie studios doesn't make much sense from a financial point but it would eventually help them launch a less bug-filled and more polished game.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Madden NFL 20 Superstar KO Mode Live Now

Play as NFL superstars in fast-paced Superstar KO co-op mode live now for Madden NFL 20.

This year's football season has already been kicked-off for fans when Madden NFL 20 by developer EA Tiburon and publisher Electronic Arts was officially released earlier on August 2, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

While most players are probably busy with Super Bowl or building their Madden Ultimate Team to take the fun to another level, EA decided to add Superstar KO co-op mode to its roster through a free update and it's live now.

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Madden NFL 20 Superstar KO Mode Live Now

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Take a brief look at what gameplay features newly added Superstar KO mode will offer you in Madden NFL 20.

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This is an attempt to let you team up with your friends to play a 3v3 Madden game after choosing a Superstar KO team that features a unique celebrity coach and each of them will bring their own strategies to win over.

Usually, a regular game in any sports simulator title would require nearly an hour to complete and not everyone has that much time. Instead of stretching for 45-60 minutes, this new co-op mode will let you finish within 5-8 minutes.

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Squad Up Your Superstars

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These games are quite competitive and have great replay value for its intensity for lasting over a brief period of time. Aside from ringing your squad mates to join up, you can also draft X-Factor players to lift up their spirits.

There are about 50 of NFL's most elite athletes that have made it to X-Factor for Madden 20. These superstars will enter the field with more than their start status and their actions will reflect their real-life skill set for game.

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Feel Like an NFL Superstar

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All of these amazing abilities are enrolled into latest Superstar KO mode for players to make good use of them to win your rivals over. This is your way of showing who the champ is and you can earn some Ultimate Team rewards as well.

Aside from emphasize on squad play and each Superstar KO team has their own playbook in Madden NFL 20. Depending on what playstyle suits you most, browse for one from eight premade teams that works best for you.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Apex Legends: Iron Crown Collection Event

Iron Crown Collection limited time event for Apex Legends starts today with new challenges, mode, skins and more.

At launch on early 2019, free-to-play battle royale game Apex Legends came out dominating other established genre favorite titles like Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Blackout mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

That fire somewhat died down by the time Season 2, which prompted developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts kicked-off Iron Crown Collection event recently through a massive mid-season update.

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Apex Legends: Iron Crown Collection Event

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With lots of new features packed, Iron Crown Collection event has gone live now as an official trailer is dropped.

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Latest Apex Legends event unloads a slew of new area, challenges, gameplay mode, skins and tweaks to popular shooter title. For upcoming two weeks, players will be able to enjoy these balance changes and roam around new map area.

Although it is a competitive squad-based play at heart, limited time Solos mode is introduced to appeal to lone wolves within community. You can go up against 60 players in a free-for-all style match just like any other battle royale shooter.

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Apex Legends Adds Solo Mode

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Then in Town Takeover, you will explore new Octane-themed areas in Gauntlet map from Kings Canyon. It has jump pads, ring of fire and upward ramps to make things interesting and has potential to be more lore focused in future.

A bunch of new skins for players and weapon are making their way into Apex via Iron Crown Collection Packs. You can earn these top-tier loots by completing specific challenges or purchase them with real-world money.

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Octane-themed Town Takeover

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Other than making slight UI and UX tweaks, developers are intending to keep Solos mode as it is at start and change a few things to make adjustments if Respawn ever brings back the mode in future after Iron Crown Collection event is over.

Titanfall spin-off title Apex Legends is now in full swing with their limited time Iron Crown Collection event on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that started with a bonus XP weekend opening to run until August 27, 2019.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Jedi: Fallen Order is Very Similar to Sekiro

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order combat system is "very similar" to From Software's latest title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

After much anticipation, fans got their long-awaited reveal of single-player action-adventure game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts at E3 2019, which is set within Star Wars franchise.

Also, a 26-minute long gameplay walkthrough was presented to audience that involves using The Force and lightsaber. Respawn recently confirms to have drawn inspiration for its combat mechanics from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

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Jedi: Fallen Order is Very Similar to Sekiro

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Although gameplay demo shown at E3 only gives an idea of how things will play out but not much on how things would feel. Then upon reveal of an extended clip, people started comparing it to From Software's latest release.

Then in a recent interview with Edge Magazine, lead combat designer Jason De Heras stated what Respawn is designing for Jedi: Fallen Order gameplay is very similar to what Sekiro allowed players to do, which was inspiring.

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About combat flow in the game, De Heras had the following to say about Fallen Order in his lengthy interview.

They let you attack, they let you roll, they do all this for free – and then the AI will tell you if you’re doing the correct thing. It just confirmed to us that you don’t have to limit everything the player does; let them have a little more agency, and then let the AI give them a slap on the wrist or a punch in the face. It was a positive thing for us to know there was a game that was similar to ours. Very similar.

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Sekiro is known for its punishing difficulty so much so than typical From Software games; it eventually sparked debate among critics, developers and players about whether or not it is keeping people from entirely enjoying the game.

However, it turns out to be less difficult than previous titles by same developer and gotten rid of stamina bar from Dark Souls series, which actually used to put a limit to how many actions player could perform before they need to take a break.

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From Software made it so that players could block and slash as much as they want in Sekiro or traverse relentlessly using grappling hook device without ever having to worry about a stamina gauge that would ran out and slow them down.

There are many games out there that tried and mostly failed at mimicking what developers have accomplished with Dark Souls series. Respawn is not looking to copy anything in particular but to take lessons and improvise on it.

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To make players feel powerful enough when wielding a lightsaber as Jedi Cal Kestis but still make things challenging for him, developers decided to add fodder enemies that will go down in a single hit, like blaster carrying basic Stormtroopers.

Then there are some baddies who can outright block your strikes and fight back pretty well, notably the Purge Troopers we have seen in demo. They will scale up in-game difficulty of facing enemies and will do better than regular troopers.

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De Heras continues saying, every enemy that you come across in Fallen Order that are capable of blocking has a guard meter, which is similar to Sekiro's guard system and once you manage to break it, you are in for an instant kill with a single hit.

Game director Stig Asmussen of Jedi: Fallen Order has also expressed his appreciation for From Software games even before from the days of making Demon's Souls and especially noting of his all-time personal favorite King's Field II.

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Here is a key-part of Jason De Heras talking about Fallen Order combat system with Game Informer.

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Despite drawing inspiration from and being "very similar" to Sekiro for having almost same-styled posture system, Fallen Order would not likely to be as tough as the former and even casual players will probably be able to have a good time.

Respawn Entertainment is eyeing towards releasing Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order later this year during holiday season and is currently scheduled to launch on November 15, 2019 worldwide for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Plants Vs. Zombies 3 Announced

PopCap and EA just announced newest sequel of lawn defense game, Plants Vs. Zombies 3 for mobile devices.

Following a direct sequel and two third-person shooter spin-offs, developer PopCap Games and publisher Electronic Arts are all set to make a comeback in zombie-battling experience with upcoming free-to-play mobile game Plants Vs. Zombies 3.

Currently, a pre-alpha version of the game is launched on Google Play store already that has no micro-transactions in it yet and whether or not they will add this highly controversial feature in it are not confirmed by publisher as well.

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Plants Vs. Zombies 3 Announced

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Back in 2009, Plants Vs. Zombies was launched on Mac and PC platforms as a tower defense title that received immense popularity overnight. It is a comedic take on zombie apocalypse, where players defend their home from zombies using plants.

As soon as Electronic Arts got involved, they shifted towards a free-to-play approach from Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time and started to update it in following years with new enemies and worlds under a premise of time-travel.

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Since "in-app purchases" is listed on store entry, we can bet that there would be some loot box like aspects in PVZ3. EA has released the game on Android devices to get early feedbacks on combat system because it is still in pre-alpha state.

Plants Vs. Zombies 3 marks to be third mainline entry in PVZ franchise of lawn defense titles. Official announcement also stated there would be limited number of downloads available during pre-alpha, so player may have to check in more than once.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Tale of the Taco Update

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 introduces "Tale of the Taco" weekly event series in a latest update.

If you haven't been playing third-person shooter title Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 by developer PopCap Games and publisher Electronic Arts for some time, it would be a nice time to get back at it for some new event.

In a latest update Tale of the Taco, a series of awesome community challenges unfold that involves more plants shooting up zombies in the name of lawn defense and is available for players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 Tale of the Taco Update

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Years ago, Crazy Dave has created a giant taco out of his love for the food and then launched it onto outer space. That tortilla fold is coming back now with intent to crush land on Town Hall and unleash crispy havoc among all.

This sudden arrival of space taco has brought us a series of community challenges that would be running for weeks and offer rewards. Starting from July 16, Tale of the Taco would continue for all PVZ: GW2 players until September 2, 2019.

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Rain of Flavors Challenge

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During this time period, players would take on different challenged each week in GW2 and earn unique rewards upon completion. Whenever a new challenge is on, you can check on set goals and made progress in Progress-O-Meter.

Rain of Flavors is a variation of Suburbination mode where ice cream cones will randomly fall on places from sky and then explode. Capture the Taco game mode is back again in Taco Panic to serve chaos over a single taco.

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Capture the Taco Mode is Back

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Then there are Dairy Disaster, Hot Headed Rumble, Devious Cheese, Snack Attack and Farewell Taco to keep you busy until it all ends. Prove your worth as a taco warrior and sow your loots in coins or legendary items within chests.

However, once a week is passed, its rewards are gone for good and no one can do anything about it. So, you probably would not want to miss any of it whenever they are ongoing and enjoy full action of each eventful week.

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Tale of the Taco Event Roadmap

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Although PopCap Games and Electronic Arts originally introduced Plants Vs. Zombies to PC platform as a tower defense game in 2009, they eventually moved to third-person shooter genre for its Garden Warfare spin-off series.

Experience twists of existing modes in Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 in entire Tale of the Taco community event and have fun with your buddies in amazing action-filled zombie shooting throughout this summer season.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Apex Legends Season 2 Launch Trailer

Respawn releases official launch trailer for free-to-play battle royale shooter title Apex Legends Season 2.

Although mech Titans are not coming anytime soon to Titanfall series spin-off and free-to-play battle royale game Apex Legends, they sure will be featuring some new surprises for players in upcoming Season 2 when it launches on July 2.

Today, developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts released a new trailer video for upcoming season that is titled "Battle Charge", which probably teases at a new Legend and environmental hazards into the arena.

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Apex Legends Season 2 Launch Trailer

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Brand-new Season 2 official launch trailer for Apex Legends showcase overhaul Respawn has in store for players.

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The trailer opens up with Bangalore, Caustic, Gibraltar, Mirage, Octane and Wattson chasing each other on King's Canyon map. From a nearby high ground, a character named Crypto gets busy on a laptop in isolation and goes through strings of code.

Soon an EMP explosion causes the Repulsor tower to fall over and it makes Wattson really worried. Containment field around them goes down letting winged dinosaur-like creatures called Flyers and Leviathans to stomp all over the map.

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Up until now, those fields were a fence that was holding such prehistoric beasts off the island and worked as a defense against them. Whether or not it going down is up to Crypto still remains to be seen in forthcoming future.

Apparently, none of those beasts are after any Legends directly but that doesn't mean your arena is safe from being wrecked and developers may have come up with this idea just to make change to King's Canyon map for next season.

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L-STAR Machine Gun

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Season 2 Battle Pass will include changes to airdrops, emote, new hop-ups, new engineer type Legend Wattson, Ranked Leagues mode, unique weapon L-STAR machine gun and possible structural changes to map upon release.

Respawn is looking forward to scale up player count for their battle royale shooter with enticing content updates and Apex Legends Season 2 is days away from launching on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One to introduce a slew of changes.