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Here's twelve minutes of Battlefield Hardline's single player campaign

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Here's twelve minutes of Battlefield Hardline's single player campaign

Battlefield Hardline's single player mode has just been shown off over at that there Gamescom, with developer Visceral doling out a generous twelve minute slice of footage ahead of the game's freshly delayed 2015 release.

Though the recent multiplayer beta was a scrappy mess of cops and robbers gone all wrong, this single player campaign looks clever enough, starring a protagonist with the near-magical ability to make baddies surrender using the incredible power of a police badge. Take a look!

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War is cheap in Battlefield 4: it's free for a week and on sale

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War is cheap in Battlefield 4: it's free for a week and on sale

Battlefield 4 has really struggled to shake off its terrible launch. Even after countless patches and updates, it’s still got that reputation. If you’ve been put off snatching it over fears that it remains broken, then now might be the time to find out if it’s improved. EA is offering up the game for free, for a week. That’s from now until August 14th. 

You can download it from Origin and play the core game and it’s multiplayer without dropping a penny

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Battlefield Hardline has been delayed until 2015, and that's okay

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Battlefield Hardline has been delayed until 2015, and that's okay

Battlefield Hardline’s delay until next year shouldn’t come as a surprise given how thin the beta was. It’s a smart call by Visceral. Despite the developer claiming that it’s not simply a Battlefield 4 reskin, that’s exactly what it felt like during the beta. Steve and Matt put some time into it, so check out Two men complain about the Battlefield Hardline beta. They were not impressed. 

Visceral will be using the extra time to push the game further based on feedback from the beta. “The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing," said DICE VP Karl Magnus Troedsson. “However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months."

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Battlefield 4 patch will put an end to adamantium shield

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Battlefield 4 patch will put an end to adamantium shield

Battlefield 4’s DLC, Dragon’s Teeth, brought with it EA’s very own version of Captain America’s adamantium shield. The ballistic shield could deflect bullets, sure, but it could also deflect armour-piercing tank shells and, with a single hit, kill other players. Battlefield’s next patch will see an end to that.

It’s not the only thing being changed. DICE have been looking at “how to decrease the feeling of getting killed when behind cover." Hopefully they’ve managed this by preventing of you getting killed when behind cover. Just one of the reasons we put Battlefield 4 on trial for being a broken, bug-ridden mess.

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Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth adds a floating restaurant and a vanishing lake

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Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth adds a floating restaurant and a vanishing lake

Battlefield 4’s upcoming expansion, Dragon’s Teeth, has nothing to do with the Argonautica. There will be no soldiers sprouting from canines or hunts for golden fleeces. Knowing this, as I do, makes me extremely sad. 

It will, however, feature gunfights on a floating island and the ability to drain a lake. That makes the lack of Greek mythology easier to stomach. 

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Two men complain about the Battlefield Hardline beta

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Two men complain about the Battlefield Hardline beta

Battlefield Hardline is a disappointing let down. No matter which way you slice up this pie, no matter whether you enjoy or resent what Battlefield Hardline actually is, the reality of the game simply doesn't tally with the beautifully choreographed trailer EA so proudly projected in front of thousands of salivating E3 attendees.

EA suggested this was a pure co-op bank robbery sim. In truth it's a loot grabbing free for all with little to no incentive to work together. EA suggested we'd have fully populated car chases and explosive getaway centrepieces. In truth we have self-serving gunmen spread thinly across a map, camping on rooftops, picking off lone players in a sort of dressed-up deathmatch mode. EA suggested this was something new. In truth it's something old, a game that feels tired and over-familiar from the first loadout screen.

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Ziplines for all: Get instant access to the Battlefield Hardline beta right now

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Ziplines for all: Get instant access to the Battlefield Hardline beta right now

Are you uncontrollably jealous of all the folk playing cops and robbers, ziplining across skyscrapers, speeding around on motorcycles and shooting people in their silly faces? Don’t fret - you can get instant access to the Battlefield: Hardline beta right now. 

The whole thing is quick and painless, unless you are averse to Origin. 

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Rooting around in Battlefield: Hardline's trash

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Rooting around in Battlefield: Hardline's trash

Battlefield Hardline’s beta only reveals a small slice of the game, but within the beta files are more firearms, yet unused sound files, hints about futures maps and modes - stuff that’s just been waiting around for sleuths to dig through. 

And they have, even throwing up videos showing off their findings. Nothing stays hidden for long. They’d probably make good detectives. Not the kind of police in Hardline, of course, who are more concerned with ziplines and murder. 

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Battlefield Hardline brings the noise to city streets, along with tasers and ziplines

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Battlefield Hardline brings the noise to city streets, along with tasers and ziplines

If you were skeptical that Battlefield’s move to the urban streets would prevent it being the bombastic battle ground it has been previously, have no fear. There may not have been a tank in sight, but Battlefield Hardline is just as bombastic as it always has been. Just replace some of the explosions with wailing sirens and you’re almost in the right frame of mind. 

Shown off at the E3 EA press conference was a 32 player Heist game, Cops v Criminals duking it out in the streets. The criminals task was to steal an item from an armoured truck and get it to a helicopter extraction. The cops had to bring the noise and justice hammer down on them. Cue destructive car chases and baseball bats to the skull. 

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Battlefield 4's netcode is the subject of today's community tested update

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Battlefield 4's netcode is the subject of today's community tested update

With all the Battlefield: Hardline talk, you might have forgotten that Battlefield 4 is still kicking about and still needs a bit of work. Today, DICE has rolled out an update to improve the game’s netcode, minimising the delay between input and action.

It’s the first update to be developed using the Community Test Environment, where premium members can test and provide feedback on developing features. “The number of changes possible in this update would be difficult to pull off without the continued support from our community, both through direct constructive feedback and telemetry data gathered on the CTE," said DICE.

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Battlefield Hardpoint has police bikes, and they make short work of plate glass windows

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Battlefield Hardpoint has police bikes, and they make short work of plate glass windows

Last night, a man named Freddy Dance posted a video of himself pulling dangerous stunts alone. So far, so YouTube: but these stunts were performed on an supposed empty server for Battlefield Hardline, Visceral’s filth-flavoured reworking of the DICE formula.

The video’s since been pulled by EA, which is as close to official confirmation as we’re going to get. So what did Freddy run into? Choppers, police bikes, and floor-to-ceiling windows just wide enough to drive through.

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Battlefield Hardline doesn't mean DICE will stop work on Battlefield 4

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Battlefield Hardline doesn't mean DICE will stop work on Battlefield 4

Since a game named Battlefield Hardline emerged prematurely from Battlelog’s database, we’ve seen quiet acknowledgements from EA and gushing missives from Visceral Games. The only people we haven’t heard from are DICE - the custodians of the entire Battlefield series, until now.

“I want to be sure you all understand that introducing Hardline in no way means we’re done working on Battlefield 4," said DICE president Karl Magnus Troedsson today. “Nothing could be further from the truth." 

Troedsson outlined a future for Battlefield 4 built on continued support, mystery new features, an expanded community test environment, and something that community has been clamouring for - a major netcode patch.

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Battlefield Hardline footage leaked so far is six months old - Visceral will show "real deal" at E3

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Battlefield Hardline footage leaked so far is six months old - Visceral will show "real deal" at E3

At some point yesterday, between digging up mention of a SWAT-themed Battlefield in Battlelog’s files and scouring leaked Battlefield Hardline footage for clues, we felt a pang of guilt.

We’d ruined EA’s E3 for them, surely? That trailer had to be the backbone of their conference - and we’d taken it from them. Poor CEO Andrew Wilson would now be forced to play for time performing on-stage skits with Pitbull or shouting the word ‘sports’, over and over.

Apparently not. Visceral Games say the Hardline footage is now six months old - and E3 will be about showing us “how much further the team has taken things".

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Battlefield Free: EA knocks Battlefield 3's price down to zero

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Battlefield Free: EA knocks Battlefield 3's price down to zero

With Battlefield 4’s slew of technical problems and introduction of microtransactions, Battlefield 3 looks pretty great in comparison. Of course, it’s pretty great regardless. And If you’ve never dipped your toes into the series, it might be an excellent place to start, especially considering that it is currently free on Origin until June 3rd. 

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Battlefield Hardline footage vows "more open" environments in single player, place-anywhere ziplines in multiplayer

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Battlefield Hardline footage vows "more open" environments in single player, place-anywhere ziplines in multiplayer

Did you know we were at war? With crime? Over these seven minutes of Hardline footage, EA are at pains to point out that a change of uniform doesn’t mean Battlefield is leaving its military hardware behind: the cops are carrying, to say the least, and so are the robbers.

More or less everything else has changed, though. In multiplayer, expect ziplines and grappling hooks applicable to “any map, anywhere", and car chases across “huge open environments. In single player, a cop show-inspired campaign to be played “multiple times in multiple ways", and built from environments “wider and more open than ever before".

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