By Samit Sarkar on Apr 02, 2013 04.02.13
In an era when accessory manufacturers are releasing computer mice with ever-increasing numbers of buttons, the creators of the Stinky Footboard decided to go in a different direction. They wanted to fill a niche that hasn't really existed until now, and give players of PC games not just another input device, but a better one. Secondary buttons on mice and keyboards allow players to increase their all-important actions per minute (APM) number, but they often require you to take your fingers — and attention — away from a game's vital actions, even if only for a moment. Two and a half years ago, Montreal-based Stelulu Technologies began working on a device that would allow players to offload secondary actions to a foot, letting them keep their fingers focused on the game. According...
By John Funk on Mar 26, 2013 03.26.13
Battlefield 4 is scheduled to be revealed today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and EA has released a Battlefield 3 retrospective to commemorate the most recent chapter in the franchise before moving on. In the video produced by EA's "Pwned" show, staff at Battlefield studio EA DICE talk about their experiences creating the game, from its inception to its first reveal to how it felt when the game faced the guns of the critics upon release. "If [the critics] pick up on thing that I know of, it feels better that I wasn't 100% pleased with [it]," says creative director Lars Gustavsson, "but if they find new stuff, that worries me." Polygon is on the floor at GDC and will be bringing you the Battlefield 4 announcement later today.
By Griffin McElroy on Mar 05, 2013 03.05.13
The bombastic launch trailer for Battlefield 3's latest piece of DLC, End Game, features aerial dogfights and dirt bike chases, two of the focal points of the expansion. The End Game DLC adds new modes, maps and vehicles to the already expanded multiplayer component of EA's shooter, all of which are previewed in the trailer above. The biggest addition is the dirt bike, a recon vehicle that can be maneuvered all over the map while a passenger shoots down foes in pursuit. The bike is especially useful in Capture the Flag, one of the long overdue modes that makes its debut in End Game. End Game launches for Battlefield Premium members on PS3 today, and for 360 and PC Premium members March 12. Standard PS3 players can grab the DLC March 19, while 360 and PC players without memberships...
By Dave Tach on Mar 01, 2013 03.01.13
End Game, the final Battlefield 3 add-on, will be released on four dates throughout March, according to a post on the official Battlefield blog. PlayStation 3 owners with Battlefield Premium accounts will get the DLC next Tuesday, March 5. Xbox 360 and PC Battlefield Premium members will get End Game the following Tuesday, March 12. Those without Premium memberships on PlayStation 3 can download it on March 19, while Xbox 360 and Windows PC owners can download it on March 26. You can check out a video above to see lead designer Niklas Fegraeus discuss the four new maps, which will arrive with End Game alongside the new dirt bike vehicle and Air Superiority mode.
By Dave Tach on Feb 28, 2013 02.28.13
A trailer for Battlefield 3's upcoming End Game expansion takes viewers on a flyby tour of the DLC's four new maps. You can ride along with the camera in the trailer above as it swoops past the mountainous terrain in Operation Riverside, the sparse desert in the Nebandan Flats, the tracks in Kaisar Railroad and the snowy tundra in Sabalan Pipeline. You'll also catch a glimpse of the new dirtbikes coming with End Game, which will be available this March.
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Jan 31, 2013 01.31.13
The latest video released for Battlefield 3's End Game expansion features gameplay footage of Capture the Flag, showing two teams locked in a heated contest and less-than-friendly fire. The video above also includes more footage of the brand-new dirtbike, which proves a difficult target for gunners to hit. Dirtbikes will support two riders, with the passenger firing away at enemies while the driver stays on course. End Game will also include a new drop ship, which will bring new vehicles onto the battlefield, as well as four new maps and the Air Superiority multiplayer mode from Battlefield 1943. End Game, the fifth add-on pack for Battlefield 3, is scheduled to be released in March this year.
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 21, 2012 12.21.12
Battlefield 3's fifth and final downloadable expansion, End Game, will bring dirt bikes and a capture the flag mode into the 2011 first-person shooter, as seen in a teaser trailer for the DLC released by publisher Electronic Arts today. EA debuted the trailer this morning exclusively for Battlefield Premium members, at least one of whom, it appears, downloaded the video and posted it on YouTube for public viewing. End Game's dirt bikes can carry two riders, with the passenger able to fire his weapon from his seat. Not seen in the teaser trailer is the new dropship, which will allow teams to transport vehicles into the field. The expansion includes four new maps and a capture the flag mode, which previously appeared only in two other Battlefield games: the original, Battlefield 1942,...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Nov 30, 2012 11.30.12
A bit of Mirror's Edge shows up in a surprising place in Battlefield 3's Aftermath add-on, according to a player-captured video shared on YouTube recently. In the video posted by "xXHerseyBoyXx," players can see a pair of red "Runner" shoes, Faith Connor's iconic trainers, placed on the rooftop cornerstone of a building in the Markaz Monolith map. Stand close enough to the shoes and turn the volume all the way up, and you can hear the Mirror's Edge protagonist's ragged breathing. Recently EA Games vice president Patrick Soderlund expressed that developer DICE is not a "Battlefield factory," and that other games are currently in the works at the studio. The statement was closely followed by a Tweet from former Battlefield franchise executive producer Benjamin Cousins that Mirror's Edge...
By Griffin McElroy on Nov 27, 2012 11.27.12
Battlefield 3's upcoming add-on, Aftermath, includes a symmetrical multiplayer map called Talah Market which, as seen in the video above, is a twisting network of narrow corridors and buildings. As explained in the developer diary, the inspiration for Talah Market was the symmetrical, skill-based maps of Counter-Strike and similar shooters, where map dominance wasn't as important as individual player talents. Talah Market is composed of plenty of varied layouts to accomodate a number of layouts — long straightaways for snipers, close corners for SMG enthusiasts and so on. Check out the video above to get a feel for the map. Battlefield Premium subscribers can grab the whole expansion on PS3 today, and on PC and Xbox 360 Dec. 4. Non-members will have to wait until Dec. 11 on PS3, or...