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‘Battlefield 1’ review: Make war matter again

Battlefield 1 Review
What does it take to reinvigorate a video game franchise? Although I was impressed with Battlefield Hardline, it wasn't really much of a Battlefield game. Still, by handing the reins over to Visceral Games for a year, it gave EA DICE the time to build a true Battlefield game that would bring the series back to its roots. Battlefield 1 might be the best game in the series since Bad Company 2.

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Jacob Siegal

October 30th

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6 most important announcements from EA’s E3 2016 press conference

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E3 2016 has officially begun as EA's press conference comes to a close. As expected, it was an eventful afternoon, with a bevy of games on display and a ton of information to comb through, but we're going to do our best to round up only the most important announcements of the day below.

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Jacob Siegal

June 12th

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Watch the EA E3 2016 press conference live stream right here

EA E3 2016 Press Conference Live Stream
In an interesting turn of events, EA will be the first to take the stage on Sunday for its E3 2016 press conference. Traditionally, EA has held its press event on Monday afternoon, but having opted not to have a booth on the show floor this year, the publisher is putting all of its eggs in one basket on Sunday at 4:00PM EDT.

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Jacob Siegal

June 12th

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Hands-on: Real Racing 3 with split-screen multiplayer lands on the new Apple TV [Video]

Real Racing 3 Apple TV

Real Racing 3 has been around for several years on iOS, but yesterday’s update marked its debut appearance on tvOS and the fourth generation Apple TV. This isn’t the first time that the Real Racing franchise has been associated with Apple’s set top box, as previous versions allowed you to use AirPlay to stream races to the Apple TV while using an iOS device as a controller. Check out our hands-on video with the new racer below:

That was a nice nod to the future, but of course, nothing beats the experience of native code running directly on the Apple TV. Yesterday’s update of Real Racing 3 marked the beginning of a new journey and, as you might imagine given the game’s history, the graphics are impressive. Take a look at our hands-on video walkthrough for the details.

As you can see from the video, Real Racing 3 features some of the best graphics available on the Apple TV thus far. True, Apple’s fourth-gen box packs much more of a punch than previous iterations, but it’s still impressive to see such graphical prowess made possible by a small fanless puck that you can grasp in one hand.

Sadly, since EA has taken over the reigns, Real Racing 3 remains inundated with in-app purchases that look to impede progress whenever possible. It’s playable, but the artificial barriers employed can be off-putting to say the least.

More concerning, though, is the presence of frequent frame rate dips, especially when more than a few cars are on screen at once. At first, I thought that might be the result of resources downloading in the background, but the frame rate problems persisted throughout my entire test drive.

Real Racing 3 Siri Remote Control

Still, Real Racing 3 can be fun to play, and it even features the ability to enjoy true local split-screen multiplayer with up to four participants. The nice thing about the multiplayer is that you can use spare iPhones and iPads as controllers, in addition to the Siri Remote and third-party controllers. I found that I preferred the motion controls made possible by the Siri Remote, but it’s nice to have the option of going the traditional route as well.

Real Racing 3 Daytona

Gamers can also save progress to the cloud, and pick up where they left off on an iOS device. That’s pretty handy, especially if you plan on venturing through the title’s new Daytona 500 features, which includes the Daytona International Speedway and racing legends like Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick.

You can download Real Racing 3 for free and begin playing on your Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad today.


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February 16th

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Unravel review: If Pixar made a game, it might look something like this

Unravel Review

For years, Flower has been the game that I've shown friends and family when I want to prove to them that gaming isn't all about shooting aliens and screaming at strangers over the Internet. Flower is beautiful, tranquil and meaningful, but after all these years, I think a new game has finally taken its place.

That game is Unravel.

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Jacob Siegal

February 8th

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‘Star Wars Battlefront’ is a stellar trip, but lacks the depth of its predecessors

Star Wars Battlefront Impressions

After spending several hours with the Star Wars Battlefront beta earlier this fall, I wasn't convinced that EA and DICE had been able to rekindle the magic of the original series. I was also willing to give the small slice of the game available during the beta the benefit of the doubt. After all, Battlefront and Battlefront II thrived on mountains of content.

Sadly, the new Battlefront comes up a little short in that regard.

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Jacob Siegal

November 17th

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Watch 10 minutes of leaked footage from the ‘Star Wars Battlefront’ closed alpha

Star Wars Battlefront Leaked Alpha Footage

Two weeks ago, EA announced that it would hold an open beta for Star Wars Battlefront in early October. For fans of the series, it's going to be a long second half of September, but while you're waiting for the beta to kick off, why not check out some leaked footage from the game's closed alpha test?

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Jacob Siegal

September 14th

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Watch all the new trailers that EA showed off at Gamescom 2015

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If you live in the United States, there's a high probability that you missed EA's Gamescom 2015 press briefing at 4 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning. Although no new games were announced at the briefing, EA had plenty of new footage to show off from the games it spotlighted at E3 2015.

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Jacob Siegal

August 5th

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‘Star Wars Battlefront’ Leaked Gameplay Footage: See the Game in Action

Star Wars Battlefront Leaked Gameplay Footage

There were few third-party games as anticipated as Star Wars Battlefront at E3 2015. I wasn't as pleased with the reboot as I'd expected to be, but I only had a chance to play a single match on a single map. Battlefront only really thrives once you get a hang of the character classes and learn the maps backwards and forwards.

Unfortunately, we aren't going to have that opportunity for another few months, but there are gamers out there who are currently participating in the closed alpha, and one of them decided to share some footage from the game.

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Jacob Siegal

July 3rd

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‘Star Wars Battlefront’ Isn’t the Reboot I Was Looking For

Star Wars Battlefront Preview

Of all the games we knew about before E3 2015 kicked off this week, Star Wars Battlefront might have had the highest profile. Few other games have the pedigree and history of the Battlefront series, fading away before its time with an ambitious third entry canceled before Pandemic Studios could ship it.

After years of silence, Battlefield developer DICE decided to take up the mantle and reboot the series itself. It was one of the biggest reveals of E3 2013, and two years later, I've finally had a chance to play it.

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Jacob Siegal

June 19th

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