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For a few weeks now, Battlefield 4 players who were gaming on 64-player servers have been experiencing rubber-banding randomly when the battle heats up. DICE is still unsure what is causing this, but they did say that they have been very unhappy with server performance as of late and are working hard and investing more to improve the experience across all platforms.
"We wanted to provide a quick update on the issues with Battlefield 4 "rubber banding" that some players on certain platforms have experienced during matches with 64 players.Looking into this further, we're unhappy with our server performance, so we'll be upgrading the hardware as soon as possible, investing more to deliver a better experience," DICE said in an official blog post. "As soon as we know the exact timetable, we'll let you know the ETA. Reducing lag for these players is absolutely a top priority for us to solve and we expect to have the solution very soon."
If you are a fan of the Alien movie franchise with Sigourney Weaver, one of the masterpieces of science fiction, you may have been following the development of the newest game based on the film series. The game is called Alien: Isolation and it has Ripley's daughter as the main character.
Earlier this month a behind the scenes video turned up looking at the game and it got us very excited. The game has now been given an exact launch date when it will land for PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC gamers. That launch date is October 7, 2014.
That will put the horror/survival shooter launching during the spookiest month of the year. Players will have to fight the Xenomorph that is hunting them with scavenged resources and wits. This may be one of the coolest games to launch this year.
A few years back an interesting video game called Metro 2033 launched. This survival/horror shooter had players playing in a post apocalyptic Moscow. Most of the game took place in the metro tunnels under the city.
Players fought against mutants and other humans with a mix of weapons. The original game was offered on the PS3 and the Xbox 360. It was a cool game and spawned a sequel eventually. If you liked the original game and its sequel and have a PS4 and Xbox One, some leaked photos have surfaced that will interest you.
These leaked photos claim that Metro 2033 Redux will be coming to the PS4 and Xbox One. Details on the game are scant at this point. The developer and publisher haven't officially confirmed the game is in the works for the new console.
It's been almost a week since DICE first tried released the Naval Strike expansion for Battlefield 4. Unfortunately, only PlayStation 4 owners who were Battlefield premium members could play the new DLC. A major bug in Naval Strike forced DICE to postpone the game for PC and Xbox One premium members until a fix could be implemented. In a statement on the delay,DICE said that: "We know that many Battlefield 4 Premium owners wanted to play Naval Strike today. However, we didn't want to release the new content until we believed it was quality content."
It appears that DICE was able to implement the fix a little earlier than expected, and today Battlefield 4 premium members on PC are beginning to receive the Naval Strike update. This follows a roll-out to Xbox One premium members just three days ago. I just finished downloading the update, and will have a post up very soon with a first look at Battlefield 4 Naval Strike in high-resolution on max settings.
If you are a PC gamer looking for something to play over the weekend, EA has a deal for you. EA is offering an older horror shooter game as a free download for a limited time. The game is called Dead Space.
There are three game in that franchise, and they have all been reasonably popular. I have played that original title in the franchise and it is defiantly creepy. You might want to play with the lights on, those skeleton spider things jump out at you and it's unmanly to scream like a little girl.
EA has the game as the On the House promotion on Origin right now. The game is free forever. That means you can download it now and keep it unlocked as long as you want. The game launched in 2008 and while it didn't set any sales records, it was popular enough.
There is nothing more I hate in this world that someone who cheats at online games such as Battlefield 4, Call of Duty, or any of the FPS shooters. The latest blockbuster to hit the FPS gaming world, Titanfall, has a solution for this. Over the last few weeks, Respawn Entertainment has been silent and letting cheater cheat so they could collect data on what could be hundreds of cheaters, and has just now implemented a fix that will take these players out of the general population.
If you get caught cheating in Titanfall, you will not be banned from the game, but rather placed on a special blacklist that will only allow you to play on maps populated entirely by other cheaters. The segregation from legitimate players began this past Friday, and those caught saw a "FairFight: Cheat Detected" message pop up on their screen while inside the private lobby interface. Respawn included a contact email for those who feel they were incorrectly flagged to use, but users will have to prove they have not cheated.
Even though cheaters are banned from public servers, their non-cheater friends can still play with them though, but the match will have to take place on the isolated, cheater friendly servers. For now, the anti-cheating system is limited to the PC as it is the easiest platform to enable cheating on. While I despise cheaters to the core, I feel that this is the best solution possible for removing cheaters from the game, and could prevent those huge kill to death ratios we often see from cheaters.
If you are a fan of video games from Crytek, you may be familiar with the free to play title called Warface. It launch in January 2013 in beta form for PC gamers. Earlier this year it launched in limited beta for Xbox gamers to try out.
Crytek has now announced that the open beta for the game has kicked off. As an open beta, anyone can get in on the action and play the game. The open beta has three Versus modes from the closed beta and several maps.
The open beta also brings two initial co-op settings with several mission types and difficulties. Crytek promises that there will be a continuous flow of new content for the game. It's unclear how long the game will stay in open beta before moving to a final version.
California State Senator, Leland Yee, has very openly voiced his opinions on violent video games and gun ownership in the past, and has led several campaigns to ban both from his home state, but it appears that Mr. Yee was about as big of a hypocrite as they come. This morning news has came in that Yee has been arrested in California on charges of corruption and firearms trafficking.
The State Senator was caught when he introduced an undercover FBI agent to an international arms-trafficking ring, and then asked for a kickback if the undercover agent made a deal with the traffickers. The FBI says that Yee even offered to source rocket launchers and assault rifles for the undercover agent through a Filipino source. Yee is best known for heavily criticizing games like Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Battlefield, but he also was one of the leading proponents of gun control laws in California. The irony here is that Yee's actions more than likely caused more violence to occur than video games ever have.
Earlier this month, Blizzard started teasing us with details about the Reaper of Souls expansion for Diablo III. Along with some details of the game, Blizzard also unveiled a video. If you have been waiting to get your hands-on the expansion, the time is now.
Reaper of Souls is officially available for the PC and Mac platforms. The expansion is offered in two formats, one is a standard version for $39.99, and the other is a digital deluxe version for $59.99. Both versions have the same basic features.
Those features include a level cap bumped to 70, a new character class called Crusader, and a new act to play through. Adventure Mode has been added with the freedom to wander and kill whatever you want to. Bounties in the form of random awards are also offered for exploring the game.
If you think you have a good idea for a product, but no money to make it happen Kickstarter is the place to go. A litany of cool tech products have started there getting the funding needed to come to life. One of the cool products from a bit over a year ago was an Android gaming controller called the Phonejoy.
The company raised almost $70,000 in January of 2013 and has been working on its product ever sense. If you were a backer of the Phonejoy on Kickstarter, you will be glad to hear your controller is finally shipping. Early backers should get their units any time now.
If you didn't back the product, but need a good game controller for your Android smartphone, iCade, or PC, you will soon be able to order one. The Phonejoy will be available online on April 8 for $69.90.