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Battlefield Hardline developer is reeeaaally excited about the PC version of Battlefield Hardline

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Battlefield Hardline developer is reeeaaally excited about the PC version of Battlefield Hardline

Well yeah, he would be, wouldn't he?

Over on the Battlefield Hardline website, developer Mike Glosecki has penned a san-serif love letter to PCs, PC games, PC gamers, Police Constables, Perry Como and PC gaming. It's full of impassioned promises about graphics and flirtatious, stability-related assurances.

We are being courted. Oh my, teehee.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens' speeder bike has been spotted in SWTOR’s beta server

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens' speeder bike has been spotted in SWTOR’s beta server

It looks like Star Wars: The Old Republic is set to start introducing crossovers with the new trilogy of films. @SWTOR_miner found a version of the chunky speeder bike shown off in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer hidden away in SWTOR’s beta server’s data files.

It looks satisfyingly meaty compared to the speeders in the original trilogy which had a tendency to hit trees and explode.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic beefs up pirate planet flashpoints for level 60 players

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Star Wars: The Old Republic beefs up pirate planet flashpoints for level 60 players

With Shadow Realms banished, Star Wars: The Old Republic has once again become the primary concern of BioWare Austin. Imagine each letter of its overlong name taking up an individual day in their calendar. And then repeating, for emphasis.

The MMO’s latest update, 3.1, finds pirate haven Rishi awash with blood yet again. Two co-operative flashpoints have been retuned to match the level 60 cap introduced in Shadow of Revan.

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Bioware are inviting PC players to try the next Dragon Age Inquisition patch

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Bioware are inviting PC players to try the next Dragon Age Inquisition patch

Bioware are building a beta test program for Dragon Age Inquisition which will let a group of PC players play upcoming updates ahead of general release.

Bioware admit that their patches are being slowed down “due to the nature of the certification process" on consoles. “It can often still take weeks after developing a fix to release it on different platform". PCs don’t have that problem so they’re looking to “foster better communication between our players and developers."

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Star Wars Battlefront rumours suggest huge campaign and saga-spanning multiplayer

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Star Wars Battlefront rumours suggest huge campaign and saga-spanning multiplayer

DICE are holding onto the secrets of their Star Wars Battlefront development tighter than Darth Vader grips throats, but an information leak may be our first real glimpse into what’s going on behind the bulkhead doors. Fan site Making Star Wars - better known for normally reliable film news - has grabbed some information and published it. 

If the information proves right, Battlefront is huge: spanning from the days of the Clone Wars, through the years of Imperial reign, past the Battle of Endor, and right up to the doorstep of the upcoming seventh film: The Force Awakens. 

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Shadow Realms is cancelled; BioWare Austin take a speeder back to The Old Republic

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Shadow Realms is cancelled; BioWare Austin take a speeder back to The Old Republic

Oh, um. Gosh. While countless would-be BioWare RPGs surely sit half-formed in tanks, neglected like the experiments of Jon Irenicus, never before has one been announced and then cancelled. Shadow Realms was an ambitious attempt to combine the co-op convenience of Left 4 Dead with the fun and fellowship of tabletop D&D. But if you weren’t one of the very few to play it at an expo over the past year, then you never will.

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Battlefield Hardline’s interrogations are super effective (and other changes since the last beta)

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Battlefield Hardline’s interrogations are super effective (and other changes since the last beta)

If Jack Bauer’s taught me anything it’s that you can hold in poos for 24 hours and not have an accident. If he taught me two things it’s that torture always works and almost anything can be turned into a torture device.

It must be true because Visceral’s made Battlefield Hardline’s interrogations super effective since the last beta. Taze someone to the floor and you can reveal every enemy player on the minimap.

EA’s published a list of other changes Visceral’s made since Hardline’s disappointing first beta.

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Battlefield Hardline is a fine Battlefield, but not the game we want

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Battlefield Hardline is a fine Battlefield, but not the game we want

Battlefield Hardline has been under some some murder investigation-like scrutiny since its announcement. The E3 beta from last year did little to settle peoples fears, instead acting as evidence that perhaps the bullet hurling chaos of Battlefield wasn’t the right home for a game of cops and robbers. 

But since that beta, Visceral Games have been working on improvements. With a council of fans and YouTubers guiding them, the studio has tweaked, refitted, and changed sections of Hardline in hope of producing something worthy. 

The good news? Battlefield Hardline is distinctly better these days. The bad news: it’s still not going to convert anyone. 

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Battlefield Hardline has been influenced by YouTubers and fans

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Battlefield Hardline has been influenced by YouTubers and fans

Battlefield Hardline has been a bit of a hard sell for EA and Visceral, with its last beta recieving a less-than-warm reception. But Visceral have been working hard to make Hardline a great new entry in the Battlefield series. They’ve been doing this with the help of an army of fans, community members, and YouTubers, who have been informing them where they’re going wrong. 

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Battlefield Hardline PC requirements have been confirmed; no need to steal a new rig

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Battlefield Hardline PC requirements have been confirmed; no need to steal a new rig

EA has announced the minimum and recommended PC specifications for Battlefield Hardline, just ahead of the open beta. Unsurprisingly, they’re fairly similar to the requirements for Battlefield 4, so if you felt like you’d have to roleplay as one of Hardline’s robbers and steal a bunch of components from PC World this weekend, you don’t need to bother. 

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Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

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Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

In The Sims 4 you can build a rocket ship and catapult your Sims into space. This got me thinking: who would I really like to fire at the moon? The answer was pretty clear: Fox Mulder, protagonist of The X-Files and serial lover of all things alien. 

So I built Mulder’s office in the game, a Sim who was a rough approximation of David Duchovny, and set him to work. Also along for the ride was his faithful FBI partner Dana Scully, because someone needs to remind him about the science. This can’t possibly work, right? 

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Battlefield Hardline's open beta is coming, and it won't have a progression cap

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Battlefield Hardline's open beta is coming, and it won't have a progression cap

Visceral and EA have spilled the beans on Battlefield Hardline’s upcoming beta, which will be open to everyone, regardless of platforms or previous beta participation. 

The first beta, which popped into existence not long after the Battlefield spin-off was first announced, left a lot to be desired. It wasn’t going to be a reskin with cops and robbers, but that’s exactly what we got. Hopefully the game’s postponement has lead to it becoming a bit more distinct. 

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Has BioWare's Shadow Realms shapeshifted?

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Has BioWare's Shadow Realms shapeshifted?

Shadow Realms is the most radically-designed BioWare game since Mass Effect. Uncloaked at GamesCom last year as a four-versus-one multiplayer proposition, it was Left 4 Dead by way of pen and paper RPGs.

But that same design doc may have been rewritten. Grain from the rumour mill spells out a full campaign to take advantage of a beefier budget from EA.

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Best games of 2014: Dragon Age: Inquisition

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Best games of 2014: Dragon Age: Inquisition

In this time of the cRPG renaissance you’d be forgiven for thinking that AAA developers can’t turn out a decent fantasy romp anymore. But in a final-hour move BioWare have stepped in and delivered 2014s most delicious RPG in Dragon Age: Inquisition; a game that’s not only one of this year’s finest, but also the best game that BioWare has made since Mass Effect 2.

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Battlefield Hardline will be the "fastest Battlefield ever", swears single player trailer

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Battlefield Hardline will be the "fastest Battlefield ever", swears single player trailer

It’s got a name like concrete, but Visceral’s Battlefield Hardline release date has been nothing but unsteady - slipping from Autumn through the membrane of 2014’s new game schedule and coming to rest in March.

For something more solid, look to this new round of single player footage - built around all the non-lethal takedowns and muscle car getaways missing from the Battlefield Hardline beta.

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Respawn's Vince Zampella says future titles might not be Origin exclusive; teases non-Titanfall game

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Respawn's Vince Zampella says future titles might not be Origin exclusive; teases non-Titanfall game

Respawn’s monster mech shooter, Titanfall, currently only comes in Origin for; but that maybe not the case for future releases. Speaking to Game Informer, CEO Vince Zampella explains that he regrets not being able to field the game on more platforms.

“We would have loved for it to be on Steam from day one," said Zampell. “but at some point it just doesn't make sense anymore and you start looking to the future and I think we should not make that same decision again."

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