The Electronic Entertainment Expo media conferences for 2018 have started off. Electronic Arts is up first with their EA Play conference hosted by the internet’s Andrea Rene. Here’s everything that EA announced:
Here’s the news from the EA E3 press briefing:
- The new Mass Effect has a name, it’s Mass Effect: Andromeda. “Discover a new galaxy.”
- Need for Speed. No subtitle. Customization, what a surprise. “A new narrative.” with five ways to play. November 3rd. Looks good. I’ve been playing a bunch of Wreckfest lately and getting back into arcade racing.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic has a new expansion, Knights of the Fallen Empire. October 27th. Free to paid subscribers, free 2 play players are left out I guess?
- “…next two original IPs…” STOP SAYING “IP”
- Unravel. A cat made out of yarn called Yarny. Puzzle-platformer. The yarn that Yarny is made out of unravels while you move. It’s nice to have a completely different tone to this than the extreme bro-ocity of Need For Speed.
- Of course we have to revisit Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. A zombie walks out on stage in a super hero outfit. The Zombie is ushered offstage while a joke, “You can’t take Zombies anywhere.” is delivered flatly and received by the audience with no reaction. Excuse me while I take a 5 minute power nap. Zombie co-op mode called Graveyard Ops. Local split-screen. A timer on-screen reminds us that it is only 35 minutes to Star Wars: Battlefront. Garden Warfare 2 launches spring 2016. Free content updates are promised.
- NHL 16. Lots of Tim Hortons advertisements on the boards.
- PGA Tour.
- EA Sports Ultimate Team. It’s the same dumb card game thing.
- NBA Live 16. “Rooted in self-expression.” Hoop God is here to show us how to do stuff. Face scanning. Face scanning is the stuff Hoop God is here to show us how to do. September 29th. Phone app for the face scanning. Apparently it’s spelled THAHoopGawd. “Up your swag.” No, up your swag. Dude only has one tweet.
- Here’s a little secret between you and me, I didn’t even know that the Golden State Warriors were a professional team and I’ve been in Oakland since 2011. I thought they were a college team.
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes collectible card game for phones.
- Minions Paradise. I’ve never see any of the Despicable Me movies. This awful game has two currency systems on screen already.
- PelÃ© is on screen talking over a montage of football video. Now he’s on stage. The crowd rose to all take cell-phone photos. Nobody think about the current FIFA scandal. Nothing is wrong in the world of football. PelÃ© is here to make you feel better.
- FIFA 16. “Tons of innovations in our game.” We’re once again reminded that it there are only 15 minutes until Star Wars: Battlefront. “Women’s teams are in the game.” Okay, that’s legitimately innovative.
- “What would life be like if we willingly gave up our privacy?” I don’t know, is Eric Schmidt up next to tell us about how we’ve been doing that for years? Oh, never mind. It’s Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst. “She doesn’t need any guns.” Correct, Faith doesn’t. Please don’t ruin Catalyst with them. In-engine footage. February 23rd, 2016. Awesome. The game looks like they’ve been inspired by the lens-flares of Mass Effect.
- Madden 16. Some dude from ESPN 2. I just hear the trombone sound of the parents from Peanuts speaking. Draft Champions is helpfully on-screen because I had forgotten what they were talking about. Fantasy football. That’s what they were talking about. I’m checking on my Fallout: Shelter on the iPhone.
- Fuck the timer, the Battlefront trailer is already on YouTube:
- Peter Moore is speaking about Star Wars: Battlefront but not showing the trailer.
- They’re finally playing some Star Wars music in the background and trying to convince us how much they care about Star Wars.
- Multiplayer and AI battles for singleplayer.
- They’re still not showing game footage on stage. They just keep talking.
- They’re finally playing the exact same trailer that is on their YouTube channel. The view switches between first and third-person. The schwartz is strong with this one.
- No Battlefield 5 mentioned during this one. Did they not want to confuse people or what?
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The patch is available from numerous sites but they’ve allocated so little bandwidth to this 2GB file that I was reduced to tears, until I remembered these guys. For some of you, this will be the first time you’ve used a file-sharing program for a completely legal purpose, so savor the moment. You’ll need to install a torrent client of course.
Battlefield 2 has been updated again, Patch 1.50 Beta 2 brings these changes from Beta 1:
- Consensus to revert to 0.3 second delay between jump and prone – Fixed
- Mouse wheel acceleration on jeeps and APC’s – In Test
- Mouse wheel acceleration on parachutes – In Test
- Falcon controller prevents joystick controls being assigned to work especially on jets and helicopters. Falcon always acts as primary controller for pitch and roll. Resets to Falcon at the start of every round. – Fixed
- The jets on Highway Tampa were replaced with attack choppers in 1.50 – Fixed, Highway Tampa is now as it was in 1.41
- The graphics for Highway Tampa are the same as Mashtuur City on create a local match in the menu and load screen. – Fixed
- Picking up the kit of a player who disconnected causes crashes – In Test
- Audio settings do not always save after clicking APPLY – Fixed
- Registry Version remains at 1.4 after Update 1.5 is installed – Fixed
- BF2OpenAL.dll was version 18.104.22.168 – Fixed – Updated to version 22.214.171.124
- ch_gas_station collision mesh on Dragon Valley was inconsistent with other gas station buildings – Fixed
- MEC artillery piece on Operation Clean Sweep changes to the USMC’s control when they capture the Airfield flag – Fixed
- Challenger2 HUD icon was incorrect showing M1A2 HUD icon instead – Fixed
- Road to Jalalabad has PLA FAV spawn in place of a MEC FAV – Fixed
- Dragon Valley Chinese artillery used default respawn time instead of 360 seconds as other artillery uses – Fixed
- Bizon (PP-19) had no delay time after weapon switch – Fixed (this now has a delay of 0.666)
- F35B had a lock delay of 1.5 compared to 1 second lock delay of other aircraft – Fixed
- Incorrect camo Humvee was being spawned in Taraba Quarry – Fixed
- UH-60 (Black Hawk) guns had 0.25 splash damage setting, down from 3 making it difficult to hit infantry. – Fixed (this is now set to 1.5 to improve the UH-60’s usefulness while not allowing it to dominate)
- It was impossible to pass a claymore unless an engineer disarmed it first. – Fixed (players can now go prone to pass the claymore)
- Allow BF2.exe to use more than 2Gb RAM on machines that support it – Fixed
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The OLNEY clan went out for a spin with the Battlefield 2 1.50 beta patch tonight. By far the best new feature is that the disc is no longer required to be in the drive while playing. This game is 4 years old now; why keep up that ridiculous charade?
Also new to the patch is the map you can see above, Operation Blue Pearl. This is a Chinese versus the United States map, and it is really well done in my opinion. Armor and infantry battle it out at various points along the map. Some of the bridges are raised high with slopes on which you can hide anti-tank mines. There is even a path for water vehicles and a unique sniper perch similar to the one in Gulf of Oman.
The ability for native wide screen support is also a very welcome addition.
The beta 1.50 patch’s real issues are that some people are having trouble getting their joysticks working, most everyone is having issues even joining servers, and that hardly anybody is using 1.50. I’d guess they’re staying away due to the bugs.
It is really incredible that DICE has managed to add so much to Battlefield 2 over these years and left so many flaws in. The game still takes longer to load a level than Crysis or Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. Unfortunately, this patch retains the bug where you have to go into task manager (CTRL+ALT+ESC) and set your processor affinity to just one CPU instead of two, otherwise the game is unstable online. Why?
Oh well, it is still Battlefield and I’m happy to be able to keep my disc out of the drive. Hopefully DICE will put enough resources behind BF2 1.50 and actually fix the issues in short order. 1.50 has taken a long time and the community remains strong in the face of games with arguably better infantry feel mainly due to the larger maps and more interesting vehicles.