The editor writes: We'll be publishing Eurogamer's official top 30 games of 2018 tomorrow. In a break with Eurogamer tradition, we didn't put that list together by voting among ourselves this year. But I still asked for everyone on the staff (plus the Digital Foundry team and a couple of our most regular freelance contributors) to submit their favourite games of the year because I thought it would be interesting to build up a picture of what the Eurogamer team really plays and cares about, rather than some homogenised arithmetic byproduct of that. Each staffer submitted five games, listed in no particular order. Remasters and reissues on new platforms were allowed, as were games which weren't first released in 2018 but which made a major impact or underwent significant changes this year (such as Fortnite). I wanted these lists to reflect about what we were actually playing rather than the release schedule. This is our gaming life, warts and all. Don't judge us too harshly. Aoife … [Read more...] about The Eurogamer team’s favourite games of 2018
Battlefield 5 fans who failed history
Certain game companies have established themselves as monoliths of the industry. For years, no matter what lousy PR they’ve received, it never seemed to affect their numbers. As other studios have disbanded or been absorbed, these huge companies have continued to make more and more profits. However, in the last year, we’ve seen the public perception of conglomerates like EA, Bethesda, and Blizzard splinter to the point where even these giants are starting to reel. In the last few months, in particular, we’ve seen PR blunders that would cause smaller companies to close occur with the Battlefield, Fallout, and Diablo franchises. The latest entries in each of these series have been subject to corporate decisions that seem out of touch at best and apathetic at worst. Unlike before, though, fans aren’t going silently. With the snowball effect of bad press over the years, have these companies reached their “too big to fail” moment, where they’ll be … [Read more...] about Is Gaming Having its “Too Big to Fail” Moment?
Of all the things one could take away from Battlefield 5’s big reveal, a few decided to focus on DICE’s inclusion of women. A certain segment of Battlefield fans have taken to criticising DICE for showing women prominently in the trailer, and on the cover of the Battlefield 5 standard edition, crying ‘historical accuracy.’ Oskar Gabrielson, general manager at DICE, addressed these comments once and for all. “First, let me be clear about one thing. Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay,” Gabrielson said on Twitter. Gabrielson further explained that being able to play as a character you identity with is important to DICE, just as it is important for the developer to offer players customisation options. “We want Battlefield 5 to represent all those who were a part of the greatest drama in human history, and give players choice to choose and customize the characters they play with. “Our commitment as a studio is to do … [Read more...] about Battlefield 5: DICE says female characters are here to stay
The next iteration of Battlefield takes lessons from Battlefield 1 and storms into the Second World War. That’s no bad thing: it’s looking like a confident, strong iteration on a brilliant game. Battlefield fans are passionate people. The event I attend is more muted, given it’s for media, but one still gets a sense of the excitement that no doubt dominated the fan and influencer version of the same event. “LMGs are going to be so powerful,” a German journalist breathlessly, excitedly gasps at me after a lengthy deep-dive presentation into the events of the game. So excited is he, it seems, that he blurts this out as we stand at the urinals. That’s the level of glee we’re talking here – pissing with excitement. Now, you know, I can’t say I’m at the toilet-proclamation level of enthusiasm that chap was, but after a lengthy look at the vision for the game and its updated systems, I’m pretty pumped. I played a lot of … [Read more...] about Battlefield 5: DICE storms back to WW2, armed to the teeth – here’s an epic info drop
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was actually quite a decent game. It had a lot of varied combat and somehow managed to make melee weapons effective vs ranged ones. The game had a lot going for it and both the Single and the Multi player variants of the modes were quite well designed. However, there was a massive stain on the game. For some reason, EA decided to make Star Wars: Battlefront 2 a complete money grabber. Microtransactions in the game were literally some of the worst that anyone had ever seen in the history of gaming. Eventually, the problem got so bad that the developers had to turn off microtransactions altogether to save what little face they had left. This is something that EA needs to avoid when it comes to Battlefield 5 or Battlefield 2018. Causes of Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s Microtransaction Controversy Star Wars: Battlefront 2 was released to reviews that were slightly above average. Most of the major gaming channels recognized that this was a solid game which needed … [Read more...] about Battlefield 5 Should Not Suffer the Microtransaction Disaster of Star Wars: Battlefront 2