Get a Piece of the Action in an All-New Cops vs. Criminals Battlefield Multiplayer Experience Built on Speed and Strategy

Visceral Games, an Electronic Arts studio, announced that Battlefield Hardline, the next installment in the critically-acclaimed Battlefield series, will host an open multiplayer beta from 3-8 February. The beta will be available to all players around the world on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Visceral Games also released a new trailer that gives gamers an in-depth look at how new innovations with story, speed and strategy in single player and multiplayer are helping to make Battlefield Hardline a complete first person shooter experience. To see “What’s New in Battlefield Hardline” watch the trailer below:

Steve Papoutsis, General Manager of Visceral Games and Executive Producer of Battlefield Hardline, stated:

There’s nothing more valuable to our team than the relationship we have with our community. Their passion feeds our passion and their feedback has definitely helped make Hardline a better game. We want them to play the hell out of the beta next week and trust that they’ll keep that feedback coming so we can continue to fine tune the game.

Battlefield Hardline builds on the foundation of the franchise’s signature multiplayer experience focused on team play and strategy and adds a new dimension of speed, making it the fastest Battlefield game ever. The open beta will feature three different maps and modes highlighting this cops and criminals fantasy world. The all-new Hotwire mode brings high-speed chases to the battlefield, as the criminals attempt to steal a list of marked cars while the cops try to repossess them. Available on two maps in the beta, Downtown and Dust Bowl, success in Hotwire will be predicated on teamwork and precision driving. Players can also experience the Battlefield franchise’s signature mode Conquest in Dust Bowl, with epic battles for up to 64 players on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC whereas a 24 player cap on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will apply. And finally, the beta will also feature Heist, another new mode being introduced in Battlefield Hardline. Playable on the map Bank Job, the mode will pit criminals trying to pull off that big score and break into a bank vault, securing their take at drop off points in the map while a squad of cops work together to stop them.

The Battlefield Hardline beta will also provide access to the full breadth of multiplayer progression in the game, which features fresh new weapons, vehicles, gadgets and gear. Players will have to create new strategies on the battlefield with faster getaway methods like the zipline and muscle cars, or new entry tactics with the grappling hook and non-lethal takedown options like arrests, interrogations and stun guns. On top of all this, the beta will give the first look at another game mode called Hacker. This takes surveillance to the next level as one player on each side can hack the battlefield in different ways including hacking into security cameras, spotting enemies and specifying areas for their team to attack or defend. Hacker mode will be playable on all modes in the beta.

Battlefield Hardline brings the awe-inspiring, only-in-Battlefield destruction moments to LA and Miami in chaotic urban warfare. Powered by the Frostbite 3 game engine, Battlefield Hardline delivers an episodic single player campaign that follows rookie Miami Police Detective, Nick Mendoza, through a story of crime and revenge. This is brought to life by a veteran cast of Hollywood acting and writing talent, including Alexandra Daddario from True Detective, Wendy Calhoun from Justified, and Benito Martinez from The Shield.

Battlefield Hardline will be available on 19 March in Australia for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Battlefield Hardline Beta Details Announced

Steve Papoutsis who is the General Manager of Visceral Games and Executive Producer of Battlefield Hardline has released a blog post containing initial information about the upcoming Battlefield Hardline beta. While not revealing all the details, it has been confirmed that the beta will be open to everyone and available on all formats, PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3, and will allow players to use new gadgets, form new strategies and showcase their skills on two different maps and modes.

Hotwire is an all-new mode coming to Battlefield which focuses on combining all-out warfare with all-out vehicular speed, while players will also have the opportunity to go all out in 64-player cops and criminals warfare in a traditional Battlefield mode, Conquest.

Papoutsis also had a message for those who play the Battlefield Hardline beta:

While it’s just a taste of the whole game, we want you to come in, take your jacket off, stay a while. There won’t be a cap on the max progression level so whether you’re busting criminals or fleeing the cops, unlock away. We want you to play this beta to death. We need you to. This test is only going to make the game stronger, and help us take a look at ways we can ensure we deliver the most stable launch you deserve. We’ll see you on the streets of Battlefield Hardline soon.

Anyone who plays the Battlefield Hardline beta can submit their feedback in the Battlefield forums, the team at Visceral will be listening. Battlefield Hardline will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Battlefield Hardline will be available in Australia on 19 March 2015.

OXCGN’s Dead Space 3 Review

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OXCGN’s Dead Space 3 Review

A ‘visceral’ stomp?

by Daniel Geikowski

©2013 Daniel Geikowski

dead space 3 3It seems that during the course of gaming, various trends come and go, much like everything nowadays.

Whether they are visual styles, aesthetics, themes, mechanics or gameplay styles, many publishers attempt to incorporate these current trends into their games and franchises, with mixed results.

The Darkness II altered its visual style from a realistic to cell-shaded effect, reminiscent of the game’s comic origins.

Splinter Cell: Conviction ditched its primary focus on stealth and silence, opting to turn to a more “Bourne-like” action theme.

dead space 3 screenshots oxcgn #1The Fallout series was originally a top-down RPG, however Bethesda mixed things up in Fallout 3 by utilising a first person perspective, used in titles such as Oblivion, and later Skyrim.

Some hit the jackpot, while others damage their franchises by incorporating something which feels seemingly out-of-place.

Dead Space 3 is no different.

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If You Don’t Like Dead Space 3, Speak With Your Wallet Not Your Keyboard

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If You Don’t Like Dead Space 3, Speak With Your Wallet

Not your keyboard

by Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos

Dead_Space_3_boxart_oxcgnDead Space 3 is still the same Dead Space we know and love, albeit with the inclusion of auto and semi-automatic weapon wielding Unitologist soldiers and Necromorphs.

Yes, the game now features a very basic cover system, and various intense action pieces which are fleshed out through the game dependent on the story.

These have not been included for the sake of including them because Visceral and EA wish to ruin the Dead Space franchise, but instead as producer on Dead Space 3 John Calhoun puts it in our interview which you can read here:

Other things like weapon crafting and other features, these are just ways of innovating and making sure that Dead Space isn’t stale. When people buy this game, we want them to make sure they get a good value. There’s a lot that’s new and everything that you love is still intact.

After playing through the first three hours of the title, the game still retains the same basic functions that made Dead Space such a great new IP when it was released in 2008. What do you think?

OXCGN’s Dead Space 3 Demo Impressions

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OXCGN’s Dead Space 3 Demo Impressions

Freezing never felt so good

by Kent Sobey

©2013 Kent Sobey

dead space 3 3“Why won’t you just DIE?!”

This is probably a sentence that you’ll be thinking to yourself over and over again when you get a chance to play the Dead Space 3 demo. Or, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be screaming it at the TV in a mad panic just trying to stay alive yourself.

The demo gives you two options to whet your appetite before the 7th of February when the game is actually released.

You can go at it alone and give the single player a try, or play the same section of the game with a buddy – or in my case, some random stranger on Xbox Live.

Is this the Dead Space we’ve been waiting for?

Dead Space 3 Preview: Don’t like change? Then you most likely won’t enjoy Dead Space 3

E3 2012: Don’t like change? Then you most likely won’t enjoy Dead Space 3

True survival horror is dead

by  Arthur Kotsopoulos

©2012 Arthur Kotsopoulos

Spending time at the EA booth at E3, which took the better part of 5 hours. I managed to get my hands and eyes on almost every title they had to offer.

Dead Space 3, developed by Visceral Games, was being shown and was an extremely visceral (oops…a pun) and visually gruesome showcase.

From the moment Isaac awoke upside down in a crashed cockpit, to the sound of the howling blizzard he needed to traverse, everything sounded crisp and clear.

Too bad the vision for this game seems less clear, as what followed had me shaking my head in dismay.  True survival horror seems to have died, an action-focused alien bursting from its innards to replace it.

Dead Space, dead horror: read here

Dead Space 2 Review: Slice-n-Dice, Is It Twice As Nice

Dead Space 2 Review:

halo reach consoleSlice-n-Dice, is it as twice as nice?

by: Shadow Wave

©2011 Ben Cadwallader

Visceral Games brand new flagship title, Dead Space 2 has finally been released to slice up the usually quiet January period.

Be prepared to watch every possible limb be torn, ripped, cut or shot off of the evil Necromorphs who have once again made their way back into the protagonist: Isaac Clarke‘s life.

Oh Isaac is insane and has a voice now, so expect to see some more Doom 3-esque horror sequences that don’t revolve around enemies jumping out from the dark to scare the pants off you.

With that being said, don’t expect to be losing your pants at all in this game (well maybe once or twice).

As Visceral said when Dead Space 2 was announced that the sequel would focus more on action and Uncharted 2 like action scenes. And they have done just that.

Gone are the incredibly eerie and dark confinements of the Ishimura from the original game, gone (mostly) are the unique set/scripted pieces that just made you scream and finally gone are the freak-you-out moments that turn out to be nothing, and you just laugh it off…

Turn those lights back on . . .

OXCGN’s Dante’s Inferno Review – Is Hell bad, in a good way?

Is Hell bad, in a good way?

by ChiefJimbolaya:

©2010 Aaron Klein
Get your dose of Hell NOW!

Dante’s Inferno is an arcade-style action game that works only because it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I mean, one of the early enemy types is the unbaptised baby…

The game is loosely based off the first cantica of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem The Divine Comedy, where the poet is escorted by the Roman poet Virgil through the nine circles of Hell.

The poem is an allegorical journey through the true nature of sin, populated by many historical figures and Alighieri’s contemporaries.

As far as adapting a 689-year-old manuscript into a video game, Visceral Games did a great job while taking tremendous liberties.

Dante’s Inferno – welcome to Hell . . . >