Star Wars Battlefront Sold an Estimated 4.66M Retail Copies During First Week

Star Wars: Battlefront’s combination of unbelievable graphical fidelity and dramatic trailers made it one of the most anticipated titles in recent memory. While the experience is fun for brief periods, it’s difficult to look past the lack of maps, rubbish character customization and repetitive gameplay. Furthermore, success doesn’t really depend on skill level and the spawn system is completely broken. Nevertheless, according to VGChartz Global Weekly Chart, ending the 21st November, Star Wars: Battlefront managed to ship a total of 4,658,169 units during the first trading week. Please note, this only includes retail sales.

In terms of sales per platform, the PlayStation 4 came out on top with 2,939,473 units sold (63%), compared to 1,547,019 units sold on the Xbox One (33%). Windows PC retail sales are always a very niche sector as the majority of PC gamers use digital CD key resellers. As a result, Windows sales only accounted for 4% and reached a total of 171,677.

VGChartz also provided information about the game’s popularity throughout the world. As you might expect, the US reported the best sales numbers with 2,141,423 units sold (46%), compared to 1,561,240 units sold in Europe (34%), and 126,723 units in Japan (3%). In contrast to this, Star Wars: Battlefront recorded 412,930 units in the UK, 291,882 units in Germany, and 256,497 units in France.

What do you think of Star Wars: Battlefront?

Star Wars Battlefront Receives Balance Patch

Star Wars Battlefront is possibly one of the most shallow games I’ve ever experienced and suffers from a severe lack of content. While the game’s visuals are awe-inspiring, it’s difficult to look past the unbalanced multiplayer, poor map selection and terrible character customization. This results in one of the most disappointing titles this year and raises questions about EA’s ability to properly honor the Star Wars saga. On the other hand, EA has just released a patch including balance tweaks, enhanced optimization and improved physics. Hopefully, this helps to create a more enjoyable multiplayer experience but I’m not hopeful.

Here is the complete patch notes in full:

  • General bug fixes for vehicles and physics improvements

  • Game modes balancing tweaks

  • HUD UI adjustments

  • Audio optimizations

  • General crash and stability fixes

  • Online traffic performance improvements

  • Various text fixes for all languages

  • General bug fixes for both Missions and Multiplayer

  • Legacy Controls should now work as intended

There’s no need to manually apply the update as it will automatically install via EA’s Origin client. I’d love to hear feedback on this particular update and if it makes the game more playable. I personally find it a repetitive mess which doesn’t reward good players. Furthermore, EA’s pricing with the digital deluxe edition and season pass leaves a lot to be desired.

Battlefront Glitch Gives Gamers a Massive Advantage

If you’ve been Star Wars: Battlefront, one of the most eagerly awaited games released this year, you may have noticed a slight glitch in the system.

Recently there have been a lot of players crashing their X-wings and tie fighters at full pace into the ground, daft as it sounds, doing so triggers a glitch in the game that gives you infinite health. Kotaku said that “It’s the kind os s*** that you would tell a new player in the chat so you can laugh as they fly their craft straight into the ground”

Above you can see the video by Flynn Moloney demonstrating the new-found glitch. Since the surfacing of the bug, there has been lots of threads and videos popping up on various forums. Reddit users have posted their thoughts on the matter, you can see them here. alongside over videos of people finding the glitch.

The confusing (and a little amusing) thing is, not every nose dive into the map activates the glitch and sometimes the glitch happens without a crash occurring. Hopefully, Dice will manage to correct the glitch before too many people discover it and ruin the game.

The problem seems limited to Xbox One and PS4 only though, but please let us know if you find any bugs on the PC version.

I will say though, this game is stunning, they really have done a fantastic job (other than the glitches) and it certainly fails to disappoint me. What do you think of the game so far? let us know in the comments below

Star Wars Battlefront Bundles with R9 Fury

Prepare your wallets, the Force is coming! If you haven’t already heard, Winter 2015 is probably going to be re-branded as Star Wars Season. Not only are we getting Star Wars Episode VII (no more Jar Jar Binks), we are eagerly anticipating Star Wars Battlefront. If you don’t know what Battlefront is, just imagine all of the best Star Wars battles rolled into one game in a huge 40 player laser gun fight and the original score as your motivational music.

The beta was a huge success with hundreds of thousands of players getting in on the action. AMD wants a piece of that and has announced the brand new bundle of Battlefront with every purchase of an R9 Fury graphics cards.

The offer is available From November 17th 2015 to January 31st 2016 and the code can be redeemed up until February 29th 2016, yes I had to double-check that next year was in fact a leap year too.

If you’re not quite sure on an upgrade, why not check out our review of the Sapphire Tri-x R9 Fury, which can be purchased for £429.95 from OcUK or $499.99 from Newegg US. Those of you who have recently purchased an R9 Fury with this code can redeem it here!

Have you already tried Battlefront or own an R9 Fury graphics card? Why not tell us about your experiences down in the comments.

EA Doesn’t Want to “Nickel And Dime” Their Customers Via Microtransactions

EA has an atrocious reputation among the gaming community and often ridiculed for their obsession with DLC, microtransactions and pre-order exclusives. This viewpoint isn’t unwarranted when you take into account EA’s anti-consumer decision-making and treating the customer like a cash-cow. While other publishers implement similar strategies, EA is usually the main target of people’s hostility. Some critics have argued, EA’s blatant use of premium extra content will hurt their sales in the long-term.

During the UBS Global Technology Conference, EA’s Chief Financial Operator, Blake Jorgensen said:

“I do think there’s a bit of consumer fatigue around feeling like they’re getting nickle and dimed all the time. And a lot of mobile games don’t allow you to have fun unless you’ve paid for it,”

“So we’re looking at new models of ways to try to alleviate some of that fatigue that’s going on. Some of those might come in the form of subscription-style, but some of them might simply come in different ways to play games over time so you don’t feel like you’re always getting nickel and dimed.”

“It could a subscription, a subscription that has extra content as part of it, or a sole subscription, or it could be simply an upfront payment to a game that has extra content coming over time,”  

“What we want to do is give the consumer a great value for their money and keep them deeply engaged in something they love to do.”

“The fundamental way that we as an organization think about [microtransactions and subscriptions] is all around engagement,”

“How do we engage the consumer as long as possible? In the old days, people played Madden for a few months and then stopped playing. When the Super Bowl finished, they were completely gone. Today, with Ultimate Team, they engage for 12 months, all the way up until the time you start playing a new season.”

Jorgensen’s comments come across as a PR exercise trying to alleviate concerns about Star Wars Battlefront’s DLC model. Furthermore, he’s certainly correct about gamer fatigue and users becoming sick of paid content just after a game’s launch window. Despite this, EA is part of the problem and consistently releases digital deluxe editions at absurd prices. Additionally, they have to take responsibility for implementing microtransactions in $60 titles. I realistically cannot see EA’s reputation changing unless they end anti-consumer measures. This isn’t going to happen anytime soon, due to the profit margins from microtransactions.

Do you purchase season passes?

GreenManGaming Hit With Battlefront Launch Day Supply Issues

GreenManGaming’s reputation has been under fire of late as recent reports suggested the company acquired game codes from unauthorized sources. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the keys are stolen, it’s just they don’t have direct support from Activision and Ubisoft. The huge amount of CD key sites and staggeringly low pre-order discounts are an enticing proposition. Furthermore, in most cases, consumers receive their keys on launch and download games in a swift manner via Steam, Origin or UPlay.

However, it appears a large number of customers haven’t received Star Wars: Battlefront after pre-ordering from GreenManGaming some time ago. Below is just a brief snippet of the user complaints on the site’s official Facebook page:

It’s difficult to deduce how many customers actually received their Battlefront code, but initial reports don’t look promising. GreenManGaming has decided to offer a 30% off voucher for those affected but I doubt this will be enough to keep people happy. Consumers often pre-order to become involved in launch day discussions and sense the excitement. Unfortunately, many people saved up their hard-earned cash to get the game on day one.

This entire situation applies further pressure on GreenManGaming and raises questions about their suppliers. The company’s customer service is usually quite good, so I’m surprised to see reports of customers being told their order couldn’t be fulfiled due to a stock shortage. Surely, GreenManGaming knew about the stock shortages and should have informed customers about the problem in advance. Perhaps, they hoped to receive a last minute shipment. Whatever the case, this isn’t going to help GreenManGaming’s reputation and if negative publicly continues, people will no longer be prepared to pay the extra compared to grey key resellers.

NVIDIA 358.91 WHQL Drivers Released – Ready for Fallout, Battlefront and SC2

Are you ready for a week of awesome gaming? If you’re planning on sitting down to enjoy some of the latest and greatest PC games of the year, such as Bethesda’s Fallout 4, or EA’s Battlefront and even SC2: Legacy of the Void, you’ll want to ensure you have the latest drivers for your Nvidia graphics card.

The new Nvidia GeForce 358.91 WHQL Driver is the latest “game-ready” driver, which packs in optimizations for the three big game releases. The only downside is that the driver doesn’t add anything new for any other game, or any general bug fixes, so if you’re not playing Fallout, Battlefront or SC2, there’s really no point in updating the drivers just yet.

Game Ready
Learn more about how to get the optimal experience for Fallout 4, Star Craft II: Legacy of
the Void, and Star Wars: Battlefront.

Application SLI Profiles.
No SLI profiles were added with this release.

3D Vision Profiles
No 3D Vision profiles were added with this release.

3D Compatibility Mode Profiles
No compatibility mode profiles were added with this release.

Software Modules
NView – version 146.78
HD Audio Driver – version 1.3.34.4
NVIDIA PhysX System Software – version 9.15.0428
GeForce Experience – version 2.5.15.54
CUDA – version 7.5

The new drivers can be downloaded from the official Nvidia website.

Turtle Beach Reveal New Battlefront & X-Wing Pilot Gaming Headsets

 

Turtle Beach are on of the biggest names in the gaming peripherals market, and Star Wars is one of the biggest names in movie history. With Star Wars set to enter the realm of gaming once again, which the launch of Star Wars: Battlefront, is was only a matter of time before a brand launched a special edition headset, or two, to celebrate.

The Star Wars themed Sandtrooper and X-Wing Pilot gaming headsets are the perfect match for fans of Battlefront, although I personally think they look pretty cool in general, so perhaps you don’t have to be a hardcore Star Wars fan to enjoy them.

The Sandtrooper headset (above) is themed after the squad of Stormtroopers donning the signature orange shoulder pauldron and is available for a MSRP of £69.99.

The celebrate Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the X-Wing Pilot headset is themed after the signature orange jumpsuits worn by Rebel Alliance pilots and is based on Turtle Beach’s all-new lightweight and comfortable entry-level Recon series design and features a very reasonable MSRP of £34.99.

Star Wars is one of the hottest, must-have consumer brands heading into the holiday season and we’ve got two truly unique, high-quality Star Wars-inspired headsets fans will definitely want to add to their collections,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “Turtle Beach is filled with hardcore fans, so it’s been a real pleasure for us to design these two headsets that will let gamers further immerse themselves in theStar Wars universe.”

Star Wars Battlefront launches November 19, 2015 on the PS4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC. The Star Wars Battlefront Sandtrooper and Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Headset are available now. Which of the two headsets would you rather own?

More Unseen PC Footage From Cancelled Star Wars Battlefront III Revealed

LucasArts help create a number of magnificent Star Wars games including Knights of the Old Republic, Dark Forces and Jedi Knight II. Sadly, their last few games were extremely disappointing and it seemed like the studio had lost its creative spark. In a rather surprising move, George Lucas sold the Star Wars rights to Disney and LucasArts was officially disbanded. Tragically, they had commissioned Free Radical to make Battlefront III, which from the leaked footage, looks phenomenal.

EA and DICE eventually acquired the Star Wars license and created their own version of Battlefront. However, there have been some concerns regarding the game’s DLC model, lack of space battles and core gameplay. Today, a video containing unseen footage from Battlefront III’s cancelled PC edition has just been released. While graphically showing its age, the chaotic space battles cater to every Star Wars fan’s wildest dreams.

It’s unknown if the remaining assets will be released via videos or publicly available to download and play. I would love to see if there’s any more footage showing Battlefront III and it’s possible some modders could try to produce an unofficial version. Despite this, EA’s Battlefront is the official product and only time will tell if it matches the expectations of Star Wars fans.

Star Wars Battlefront PC and PS4 Versions Compared

Today marks the public Beta of Star Wars Battlefront and there has already been a great deal of discussion regarding the technical differences on various platforms. Often, game publishers showcase the PC edition at events to demonstrate the best possible visual quality and this can make the final console versions look rather disappointing. In an open Beta, consumers can experience first-hand how Battlefront performs and it’s quite easy to make graphical comparisons.

There has already been a video released containing side-by-side footage of the PlayStation 4 and PC Betas. As always, it’s best to judge with your own eyes, but the PC version features an enhanced depth-of-field and increased sharpness. Rather oddly, the PS4 edition relies heavily on motion blur and can cause nausea. Obviously, it’s unfair to directly compare a top-tier PC with the PlayStation 4 but it’s certainly an interesting talking point.

Please note, that YouTube compression horribly impacts on the captured footage and makes the final product look fairly mediocre. Unsurprisingly, the PC utilizes a wide range of complex graphical effects and aesthetically pleasing Anti-Aliasing. Furthermore, many high-end PC gamers will be opting for 2560×1440, 3440×1440, or 4K monitor setups which vastly improves the sharpness and overall clarity.

Do you think the PC version is visually superior by a significant margin?

Star Wars: Battlefront PC Requirements Revealed

Star Wars Battlefront’s release is tantalizing close and EA has scheduled a Beta phase to mark this momentous occasion. As you might expect from DICE, the PC release is visually stunning due to the Frostbite 3 engine. Throughout DICE’s history, they have attempted to bring a certain visual flair to each PC release and thoroughly test the best configurations on the market. To prepare users for the upcoming Beta, EA has announced the minimum and recommend specification:

Minimum PC System Requirements:

OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i3 6300T or equivalent
Memory: 8GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
Graphics card (ATI): ATI Radeon HD 7850 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

Recommended PC System Requirements:

OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
Processor (Intel): Intel i5 6600 or equivalent
Memory: 16GB RAM
Hard Drive: At least 40 GB of free space
Graphics card (NVIDIA): nVidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection

The minimum specification isn’t overly taxing and should be suitable for any system from the past few years. However, 16GB RAM seems absurdly high on the recommend section considering most games don’t even come close to utilizing 8GB. Apart from this anomaly, every other aspect appears to indicate a scalable PC version.

At the time of writing, some early access copies have already been issued to press outlets and streamers with a large audience. Patience is key though, as a large roll-out should happen extremely soon and there’s no need to spend ages retweeting or sharing social media posts for a code.

Are you looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront?

DICE Almost Turned Down Star Wars Battlefront Due to Hectic Schedule

Star Wars fanatics have faced an antagonizing wait spanned across many years for a sequel to the highly-popular multiplayer shooter, Battlefront II. Thankfully, this long, arduous wait is almost over and Star Wars: Battlefront appears to be shaping up quite nicely. Although, there are some concerns about it being a re-skinned Battlefield 4 and lack of space battles. Interestingly, it seems DICE almost refused the job due to other commitments and being “fully booked”.

In the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazine, Patrick Bach, the general manager of DICE said:

“Disney came to EA looking for a partner to make games and suggested, ‘Maybe DICE should make a Battlefront game’,”

“On our side, we had this opportunity but were fully booked with other work and thought, ‘Argh, we can’t do that!’ But then the heart kicks in, says ‘we will figure it out,’ and we figured it out. Because you can’t say no to a project like that.” 

Despite the time constraints, DICE couldn’t turn down a project of this magnitude and used their organizational skills to work on the game. Ideally, Battlefront should take priority over a Battlefield sequel but once a project is mapped out, it’s virtually impossible to suspend it. I’m intrigued by this revelation and wonder if any other publisher barring Ubisoft and Activision would have the budget to create an authentic sequel to Battlefront II.

Are you looking forward to Star Wars: Battlefront?

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Star Wars Battlefront Beta Date Confirmed

The sounds, the lasers firing and hitting everything but their target, the zoom of the speeder bike and pod racers as they flew past you. Everyone remembers them, once you have seen them (if you liked them or not) you were drawn to the shows as lights swirled around from the iconic weapons of the Jedi and Sith clashed. With the classic game series Star Wars Battlefront due an update courtesy of EA, the latest revelation is that the beta for the new release will be open to everyone, online and offline gameplay.

Included in the beta will be three distinct modes set on three planets, two of which are fairly iconic. First up you have 40 players fighting as Rebels vs the Empire on Hoth fighting to either destroy or protect respectively, then a quick flash across to Tatooine for a survival experience on your own or with friends to fight off everything from AT-ST’s to Tie Fighters. Finally set on the Sullust (a volcanic planet in the outer rim) will have two teams of 8 fighting over control of drop pods.

Excited yet? Then you will be overjoyed to hear that on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Origin will all get access to the beta on October 8th, with the companion app giving you access to a strategic card game called Base command, with the ability to unlock weapons and credits for Battlefront.

Are you excited? Will you be supporting the Rebels or the Empire?

Thank you Star Wars EA for the information and the image.

Star Wars Battlefront Scraps Single Player in Favour of Multiplayer Gameplay

I always used to play the single player campaign in all Battlefield series. It might not have been the best, but it was enjoyable and something to do to pass the time. But since the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront title was announced, no word about its single player campaign was released to the public.

I know the title in question is not Battlefield, but I was hoping to see a single player campaign that follows the Star Wars storyline a bit. However, the latest information coming from Pete Moore, EA’s COO, tells that they scrapped the single player mode and are solely focusing on the multiplayer bit.

Moore says that nobody is playing the single player campaign in games focused on multiplayer gameplay and he emphasizes that they encountered the same problem when developing Star Wars: The Old Republic. He stated that “people don’t play the single player on these types of games”, but still leaves a back door opened to make single player available in a sequel, should there be demand of it.

I don’t think people would mind the title not coming out with a single player campaign since everyone will rush for the multiplayer feature from day one, but it would have been nice to have one for those of us who want a story strapped to the Star Wars title. What do you think?

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EA Tease Star Wars Fans with X-Wing from Battlefront Game

EA and Dice have been teasing a lot of bits from the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront game and with the release date being set for November 20th (November 17th in North America), we don’t have to wait that much longer to find out the details for ourselves.

For now we know that the game will have a lot off different game modes from 10 vs 10 deathmatch games and also what appears to be close-quarter combat modes. One thing that everyone wants to have in the upcoming game is space battles, but sadly that mode has so far been denied to be in the making.

This newest teaser, seen below, was posted on Facebook by EA itself and clearly pictures a beautiful rendered X-Wing, but not much more information. The image was posted over the weekend and right away people got excited and started to question whether there would be space battles or not. Official representatives were quick to shoot the new rumour down with replied that still indicate the same, space battles aren’t planned for Star Wars Battlefront, sadly.

So it doesn’t appear as EA and Dice have made a U-turn on this decision, but also didn’t clarify what the X-wing will be used for. It might just be general (and well-known) graphics from the game or it could maybe be a vehicle only mode. We don’t know, but we would surely like to hear what you think EA could tease with this latest image.

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Star Wars Battlefront Alpha Torrent Leaked

There is still some waiting time until Star Wars: Battlefront officially launches, but it has already made it to Alpha stage. We’ve gotten more and more details over time and it looks like the game actually could live up to the hype that surrounds it.

Just hours after the Alpha launched for a limited number of people, it made its way to torrent sites. That was very quick after launch and some people are speculating if this could be an elaborate marketing strategy. It wouldn’t be the first time that the ‘illegal’ users have been used this way; tell people they aren’t allowed to participate and it is all they want.

Whether this is an actual unintended leak or a clever campaign from EA and Dice to raise the hype around the game even more, we don’t know and we probably never will. What we do know is that what we have been shown so far looks amazing and that the Alpha version is out in the wild.

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones to get into the official Alpha selection, if so, then let us know what you think of it so far.

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Star Wars Battlefront Multiplayer Details Revealed

There is still quite some time until EA launches their Starwars Battlefront game developed by DICE and in a recent blog post DICE now revealed the amount of multiplayer levels that will be available as well as where the inspiration for some of them comes from.

The Starwars theme allows for a literary endless universe of world possibilities. DICE however wanted to create something new and of their own for the game, but it should still fit the universe and give the player a great Star Wars experience. They decided on a lava planet and named it Sullust. DICE is located in Sweden and almost around the corner is Island, the perfect scenario to get inspiration for such a place. It has a breathtaking nature that appears dead, has lava and steam erupting from the surface and one that fascinates like no other. People who have visited the place always have a hard time to describe it, it is something that has to be experienced.

And you can do just that in the new Starwars Battlefront, at least when it comes to the experience and atmosphere. Granted, you’ll probably meet more storm troopers in the game than you would on the island itself, although I don’t know for sure.

“When the DICE team first set foot on the Icelandic surface, parts were bubbling, giving off short yet intense bursts of heat. The solid ground gently rumbled, reverberations felt from head to toe. They stood still, looking far and wide only to see eerie streams of smoke rolling across the horizon and over awkward arrangements of gigantic black rocks. The air was cool but surprisingly calm, as if life was non-existent. It was in this moment that they knew this was what players need to feel when trudging through the cold, dark, and unstable terrain of a previously unexplored planet and bringing this to Star Wars Battlefront would be one of their biggest challenges yet.”

There is no final count on how many maps the Battlefront Missions will cover, but we now know that there will be 12 multiplayer maps upon release and that Sullust is one of them. The lush forests of Endor or the tundra of Hoth were also mentioned as new maps that will allow you to re-live your favorite moments from the films.

The game has a release date that is set for 17th November, but if recent game release history is any indication then we should expect a delay on that.