GamesRadar - PS3 News, 29 Jan 2015 13:25:10 -0800Battlefield Hardline open beta set for early February <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>Get your handcuffs ready - no, not those handcuffs - because Battlefield Hardline's open beta is set for February 3 to February 8. And it's gonna be a big one: full access to three modes and three maps, and a "first look" at a fourth mode which should be exciting for fans of Commander mode in previous battlefields. The beta will be available on all of Hardline's platforms (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One), though only PC and new-gen can jump into 64-player Conquest battles on the Dust Bowl map. <p>The other two main modes are Hotwire and Heist, which respectively see criminals trying to claim high-value cars or escape from a bank with cash in tow as cops go into full excessive-force mode in an effort to stop them. Players will also get a look at Hacker mode, in which one player per team can exploit security cameras positioned across the map to designate targets and areas to focus on. Want to brush up on the details before beta kicks off? Click on for more of our Battlefield Hardline impressions.</caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>If the title didn't give it away, Battlefield Hardline's hotwire multiplayer mode is all about stealing cars. Though, during my play session, no one really gave a damn and just ran around shooting each other (myself included). If we HAD been playing for the objective, we would have needed to control certain vehicles for as long as possible to earn victory points. The longer you control those vehicles - which are all horribly cumbersome vans and tanker trucks - the more points you earn for your team. </p><p> Also featured in my demo was the new glades map. And while It was certainly big, this map was essentially a giant oval with some dilapidated buildings in the middle. I think there might have been a ramp at one point. This meant that when someone DID bother to hop behind the wheel, all they could really do was drive in a circle. Ideally, the other players would pile in the back of another vehicle and give chase, but in practice it was just pure chaos.</p></caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>Visceral is taking the stern, world-ending military situations involving nukes and evil Russians, and trading that for more small-scale conflicts like bank robberies and heists. Instead of the hardened soldier, the developers are saying they will introduce characters like cops that don't play by the rules or slick criminals that you'd see in a TV police drama. So, you can expect characters to be more in line with Battlefield: Bad Company's troublemaking squad of misfits. <p>Visceral isn't sharing any concrete details on the single player story yet. What the developer has said is that the solo mode will incorporate the tactical choice of the multiplayer gameplay, and that the single player will include the tools, gadgets, and vehicles you see in the competitive game. As far as single player goes, that's all we've got, but there is another reason to play Hardline. </caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>Yes, Hardline will have multiplayer. Even though the setting has changed, you're still going to get dozens of guns, heavy vehicles, and massive maps that the Battlefield series is known for. You'll spawn into your squad, capture objectives, and mount a mobile turret to take down the opposing faction, but thanks to the relatively confined, urban environments, and some clever game modes, the gameplay feels distinctly unique from the other titles in the series. <p>You won't see the open tank fields of the militaristic battlefield games, but you also won't be forced into the stringent, tactical mentality of a close quarters-fighting SWAT team. From what we've played, the game strikes a good balance between giving players the space they need to create the "did you see that?" Battlefield moments and keeping the action contained to one (or several) action-packed areas of the map. </caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>Like its predecessors, Hardline gives players four classes to customize, leaving each to function as a valuable member of a squad. Enforcers are armed with light machine guns and ammo packs. The Operator carries a standard assault rifle, health packs, and can revive allies (you can also take health and ammo from teammates by pressing the interact button next to them). The mechanic can repair any vehicle if he has a repair tool on hand. Lastly, the Professional is your long-ranged sniper. <p>The classes all sound like carbon copies of their militarized brethren from previous games, but once you start earning cash for better weapons and gadgets (more on progression later) you can customize your urban soldier to play many different, vital roles for your team. How? Well, by equipping some of the new gadgets... </caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>The most prominent new items you can equip to your cop or criminal are stun guns, gas masks, blunt melee weapons, gas grenades, grappling hooks, and ziplines. Most of these items are fairly self explanatory, and when you use them by themselves you don't really get much out of them. It's when you combine multiple items that things start to get interesting. <p>For example, equipping your Operator with an ammo bag, gas grenades, and a gas mask lets you flood enemy defensive areas with an unlimited number of vision clouding, accuracy-screwing gas canisters--making opponents easy kills in the maps' chokepoints. Stun guns, blunt weapons, and grappling hooks make it easier to sneak up on perching snipers. Just shoot a hook up a ledge behind the sniper, climb up, and incapacitate them with a stun gun or police baton. Interestingly, you're then free to interrogate them (which gives you their allies' locations). </caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>To get all of those lovely new gadgets, you'll need to earn experience and cash. Experience works the same as it has in previous games. You'll get points for every kill, assist, and support action for your team. Each class then levels up its own progress bar to earn medals and higher ranks. <p>By bringing in cash as well as experience, Hardline gives you more flexibility when it comes to class customization. With the money you earn from killing cops or arresting criminals you can buy new weapons and equipment whenever you want. So, you won't necessarily have to wait until you're rank 120 to use the gun you want. You can just buy whatever items you like, save up for specific attachments and equipment, and build your unique class. </caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>Just because you're playing as a bunch of cops and robbers doesn't mean you won't get to ride in some heavy vehicles. Along with police cruisers, four-door sedans, and motorcycles, you'll also be able to jump into armored cars with machine guns mounted at the top. <p>We haven't seen tanks yet, but the existing armored ground vehicles are formidable to say the least. And for those flyboys out there, you'll also get a chance to pilot various machine gun-mounted helicopters. Only, the skyscrapers and narrow flight paths will surely weed out the pilots lacking skill very quickly. </caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>In keeping with the fresh setting, Hardline will introduce a number of exciting new modes. In the two we played, the focus is on successfully holding giant bags of loot. The Blood Money mode challenges both teams to grab money from a central location and bring it back to their vault--which the opposing team can also steal from. Even if you're behind on the loot grab, good teamwork and coordination in defending the money drop and vaults can lead to a victory. The Heist mode has even more of a cops and robbers feel. The criminals start the match by blowing up two armored trucks carrying tons of cash, which land in two separate locations. From there the criminals need to breach the trucks and take two money bags to two separate locations while the cops try to stop them. The result ends up feeling like Rush and Capture the Flag, all mixed together. </caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>Battlefield 4 made completely destroying the map a thing in the Battlefield series, and that trend continues in Hardline. In the High Tension map, you can set a few breaching charges on a construction crane's support cables, bringing it crashing down. On the way it knocks into buildings and brings tons of debris down with it. In the aftermath, the collapsed crane makes a handy bridge shortcut for the criminal team, allowing them to move from their spawn point to the center of the map with ease. <p>Apart from the huge levolution events, there's still the little bits of destruction that make the battle feel more realistic. Low eaves on the sides of buildings can be blown down to make a handy ramp to higher levels, bullets chip away at concrete barriers, and underground road supports can be destroyed to make a sinkhole shortcut. </caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>Those are all the details we have so far about Battlefield Hardline. Are you ready to step into the urban war zone come March 17 in North America and March 20 in the UK? Let us know in the comments. <p><b><i>Want more on the future games coming soon? Check out our list of the <a href="" target="_blank">upcoming PS4 games</a>, and our <a href="" target="_blank">most anticipated games of 2014</a>.</b></i> </caption> </div> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:25:10 -0800 Avengers and Jurassic World coming later this year, 29 Jan 2015 06:56:07 -0800 gets Spotify in spring with PlayStation Music, 28 Jan 2015 09:40:49 -0800 Cry 4 DLC adds Hurk Deluxe missions <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>By this point in the Far Cry franchise, you either want more Hurk, or you don't want anything to do with Hurk. The latest Far Cry 4 DLC pack is better suited to the former kind of open-world shooting enthusiast. Ubisoft released the Hurk Deluxe Pack on January 27, adding five new missions which star the globetrotting good ol' boy for both single-player and co-op. As you can probably guess from Hurk's starring role, things get weird. <p>The pack also introduces several new weapons, including Hurk's beloved harpoon gun. The Hurk Deluxe Pack (we've officially passed the point where 'Hurk' begins to sound less like a character and more like a choking sound) is available on its own or as the third part of the Far Cry 4 Season Pass. Make sure to check back in for more details on the rest of the game's downloadables, including the Overrun multiplayer mode and the mysterious Valley of the Yetis...</caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p> Far Cry 4's Escape from Durgesh Prison isn't content to throw a new weapon or ability your way and let you go to town on familiar enemies - y'know, the standard DLC shtick. Instead, it takes the opposite route: protagonist Ajay Ghale and his co-op buddy Hurk find themselves locked up in the eponymous prison, completely stripped of all their weaponry. But that's not the worst of it. With no friendly places to mend his wounds nearby, if Ajay gets taken out, he's done for. <p> That's right, Escape from Durgesh Prison introduces permadeath to the open-world shooter, meaning you'll have to play cautiously and learn from your mistakes if you're ever going to complete your grand exodus.</caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>Clearly, the developers are having some fun with this one. Valley of the Yetis has quite the involved backstory: our hero Ajay has crash-landed onto a Himalayan ridge, which from the sounds of it will be a much harsher, colder climate than Kyrat. You'll have to set up camp to survive, upgrading it with scavenged tools so that you can ward off crazy cultists at night (sounds like the snowy version of PC horror game The Forest). <p>Of course, if the name didn't give it away, this DLC sounds like it'll pit you against hordes of Yetis, like the one hilariously mimicking Pagan Min's signature box art pose above. I'm picturing something very similar to the Wampa scene in Empire Strikes Back. You can explore the Valley of the Yetis in single-player or co-op, though it's not clear how you'll see other players if you're playing as Ajay. Either way, this should be awesome.</caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>That's the score on the Far Cry 4 DLC for now. Was it tempting enough for you to invest in a season pass, or are you happy to wait and see? Let us know in the comments below! <p><b><i>If you want to know all about Ajay, Pagan Min, Hurk, and Kyrat at large, be sure to read up on everything we know about <a href="" target="new">Far Cry 4</a> and <a href="" target="new">10 ways to stay alive in Far Cry 4's deadly world</a>.</p></b></i></caption> </div> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:28:01 -0800 Destiny DLC won&#39;t repeat The Dark Below&#39;s gear mistakes, 26 Jan 2015 09:30:12 -0800 10% discount codes live for weekend savings, 23 Jan 2015 11:33:39 -0800 is Strange video shows time rewinding troubles, 23 Jan 2015 09:05:02 -0800 The Handsome Collection bundles previous two games for PS4 and Xbox One, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 -0800 Crota&#39;s End raid gets hard mode next week, 16 Jan 2015 07:18:04 -0800 Souls 2 patch will add a ton of stuff (for free) in February <div> <img src=""/> <caption><p>If you already own <a href="" target="_blank">Dark Souls 2</a>, From Software and Bandai Namco are treating you right… which is only fair, given all the pain and suffering they put you through in the course of the game. As you may already know, all the <a href="" target="_blank">tweaks and new content</a> planned for Dark Souls 2: The Scholar of the First Sin on PC, PS4, and Xbox One (aside from improved visuals, naturally) were simultaneously confirmed as planned updates for the original versions. <p>Now the date for the patch and its planned changes have been revealed, and boy howdy, <i>it is a doozy</i>. The update will roll out across PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on February 4 (a few days before the new-gen version releases) adding everything from new characters to new items to mechanical refinements - check the <a href="" target="_blank">official post</a> for a more detailed rundown. Be sure to click on for some screenshots of the new stuff you can expect to encounter after the update. </caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption></caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption></caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption></caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption></caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption></caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption></caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption></caption> </div> <div> <img src=""/> <caption></caption> </div> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:59:28 -0800