Visceral Cuts Hardline’s Ridiculous Couch Stats

Visceral looks like it will be lowering down the game’s drivable couch stats with the first patch. The intended Easter egg apparently proved to be too popular and too effective as an actual vehicle rather than the joke it was intended to be. Battlefield Hardline’s patch now state that Visceral will lower the couch’s stats by drastically lowering its health and repair rate.

“Couch health reduced and repair rate decreased to a miniscule amount, making the Couch the one-off it was intended,” the developer wrote.

The exact date of when the patch will roll out is not yet known, but Visceral said that the new stats will take effect in the “near future”. The full patch notes can be found over at Battlefield’s forum.

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Battlefield Hardline NVIDIA Game Ready 347.88 Driver Analysis

Introduction


Yay, another update. You know what that means don’t you? That’s right, another driver analysis. Well this time around, it’s a little different. NVIDIA released the newest driver (WHQL 347.88) mainly to add compatibility for the absolute monster, GTX Titan X; there were a few other additions and bug fixes, but more on that later.

So what’s new? Not a-lot in a nutshell, that are no performance increases for any of the range of graphics cards, no advancements to any of the existing line up; so this is shaping up to be a rather boring driver. Oh wait, did I mention that this driver supports maximum compatibility for the highly anticipated Battlefield Hardline? That’s right folks, not only did we get a new driver and a new graphics card, but we also got given a new game too.

So what about the not so interesting stuff? Well NVIDIA are really pushing PhysX, by giving it away for FREE to developers. It’s already featured in hundreds of current games and is even a part of the Unreal Engine 3 and 4, so it sort of makes sense to go Green with some pretty big titles coming out using that game engine. Enough on that, let’s move onto a few graphs of how our current line up of Maxwell based graphics cards handle the new driver and new game.

Battlefield: Hardline Ultra vs Low Graphics Comparison

It looks like GreenManGaming has provided DSOGaming with some Ultra vs Low graphic comparison for Visceral’s Battlefield Hardline. Below you can see the comparison. Note that the Ultra screenshots are the top ones, while the Low are right below the Ultra screenshots.












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NVIDIA Game Ready Driver 347.88 Ready for Download

So with the release of the NVIDIA GTX Titan X, NVIDIA decided to release a new set of drivers to fully optimise the Titan X for gameplay. These drivers not only optimise the Titan X, but also other previous graphics cards for the release of Battlefield Hardline, due for release on the 20th March.

“Just in time for the highly anticipated title Battlefield Hardline, this new GeForce Game Ready driver ensures you’ll have the best possible gaming experience. With support for GeForce SLI technology and one-click game setting optimizations within GeForce Experience, you’ll have the best possible performance and image quality during gameplay. In addition, this driver is aligned with today’s launch of the world’s fastest gaming GPU; the GeForce GTX Titan X.
Game Ready
Best gaming experience for Battlefield Hardline, including support for SLI Technology and GeForce Experience 1-click optimizations  
New GeForce GPUs
Supports the new GeForce GTX Titan X; based upon the second-generation Maxwell architecture”

A full breakdown of the Driver specification notes can be found here! To quickly download these drivers, just open up the NVIDIA control panel and click update. The driver download can also be found here!

Will you be updating to the new drivers? Are you looking forward to our testing of the GTX Titan X and Battlefield Hardline? Let us know in the comments.

Launch Trailer for Battlefield: Hardline Released

Electronic Arts has recently released the official trailer for its upcoming Battlefield title, Battlefield: Hardline, ahead of the title’s launch on March 20th. Check the trailer out below.

Though the trailer looks great, it still remains to be seen whether the title will live to its expectation. Given that the beta had its little hiccups and that its predecessor, Battlefield 4, led to a lot of people being disappointed due to its bugs when it first launch, we just have to see what the new title has to bring.

Battlefield: Hardline is said to launch on March 20th through Origin on PC and Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 through retailers.

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Battlefield Hardline Won’t Make It to 1080p on Consoles

Console owners who were looking forward to playing Battlefield Hardline on their Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in 1080p resolution, like it was initially announced during E3 last year, will be let down. Visceral Games, the developers of the game, recently revealed the resolutions for the upcoming game.

We all know that the Xbox One is a little slow and it will only make it to 720p in Battlefield Hardline. The PS4 has a little more power packed and can make it to 900p, but still not the original goal of 1080p. PC Gamers can disregard all of this as we’ll be able to play the game in 4K if we want to. The good news on the decreased resolution is that the consoles will be able to keep up the 60 frames per second for a smooth gameplay.

Source: Twitter

 

Official Battlefield Hardline PC System Requirements Revealed

The open beta phase for Battlefield Hardline starts tomorrow and EA revealed to official PC system requirements for the game to go along. You’ll need a pretty decent machine to play this game under recommended guidelines, but not as bad as it could be.

A quad-core CPU and 8GB of RAM isn’t hard to achieve, but you’ll also need either a Radeon R9 290 or GTX 760 graphics card with 3GB or more VRAM. It will also take up 60GB of storage on your hard drive.

Lower end systems are supported, but Electronic Arts said that PC systems with 4GB or less RAM may experience issues in tomorrow’s Battlefield Hardline open beta. Gameplay performance for lower-end PCs is still being optimized.

Recommended:

  • OS: WINDOWS 8 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
  • CPU: INTEL QUAD-CORE CPU, AMD SIX-CORE CPU
  • MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS CARD: AMD Radeon R9 290, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • GRAPHICS MEMORY: 3 GB
  • HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
  • DIRECTX 11

Minimum:

  • OS: WINDOWS VISTA SP2 64-BIT (with KB971512 Update)
  • PROCESSOR: Athlon II/Phenom II 2.8 GHz, Intel Core i3/i5 2.4GHz
  • MEMORY: 4 GB RAM
  • GRAPHICS CARD: ATI Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 (896 MB)
  • HARD DRIVE: 60 GB
  • DIRECTX 11

Visceral Games Reveals Battlefield Hardline’s Single Player Story

The Battlefield Hardline title has been confirmed some time ago, having developer Visceral Games working on the title and aiming to bring a new feel to the Battlefield series. The developer expects to do this by taking the battle towards a more urban environment, namely adding a ‘cops vs robbers’ theme instead of a traditional military faction-based scenario.

What we did not know up until now is what the story is about. We know that there will be a lot of shooting involved, robbers with masks and police officers arriving in cars, leading to a lot of shooting and explosions (as seen in previous Battlefield titles too). However, Visceral Games has apparently revealed the actual goal and story of the title at its San Diego Comic-Con panel.

The developer stated that the Battlefield Hardline title will be based on the story of a police officer by the name of ’Nick’, who gets framed after a drug bust goes wrong. Nick is then said to go deep undercover in order to clear his name, having players experience both sides of the story. Ian Milham, the title’s creative director, describes it as “desert, Breaking Bad meth country”.

In terms of storyline support, Visceral Games is said to have Eugene Byrd and Kelly Hu feature in major roles, while The Shild’s Mark Rolston and Sons of Anarchy’s star, Benito Martinez will also have some important roles in the title. Also, Wendy Calhoun, Nashville and Justified’s writer and producer, is said to be helping the developer as a narrative consultant.

These are quite some big names for a game title, but since Milham pointed out that the game has been pushed back to ‘early 2015’, we should expect a great single player gameplay experience. However, as it is a Battlefield title, the multiplayer experience will also bring its own ‘charm’.

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Battlefield Hardline Open Beta Available for PlayStation 4 and PC Gamers

Electronic Arts has previously bragged about its upcoming Battlefield title, namely Battlefield Hardline, having emphasised the radical changes regarding the story, which is now focused on ‘cops and robbers’, as well as giving the project to Visceral Studio instead of DICE.

Fans and curious gamers alike should be happy to know that EA has just opened the beta to PC and PS4 gamers, which can now sign up on the Battlefield Beta website. No need to wait in line for approval to enter the game, just a quick sign-up and Terms & Conditions agreement to check are required before adding the game to Origin.

Unfortunately, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners have a bit of bad luck, since EA has not made the game available for the aforementioned platforms (yet). Instead, users of the latter console types can sign up to be notified when the beta will open for their console, being greeted with the following message:

“The Battlefield Hardline closed beta is only available for PC and PS4. But don’t worry, we wouldn’t leave you hanging. We’ll have an open beta available this fall on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC. On top of that, we are hooking you up with these rewards in Battlefield Hardline and Battlefield 4. Log into your Origin Account below to be granted access to your rewards. The Battlefield Hardline gear will be available when the game releases. The Battlefield 4 unique dog tag will be available in the game next month.”

For PC and PS4 players, the game is stated to have some interesting content unlocked to tinker with as well, including weapon skins and camp, weapon sights, additional Battlefield Hardline content and a unique dog tag in order to give a taste of what the new title has to offer.

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New Battlefield Title Dubbed ‘Hardline’ to be Released This Year

Electronic Arts had some hiccups and major bugs to fix in its latest Battlefield 4 release. That does not meant it will stop them from releasing another Battlefield title it seems, confirming the claims that the company is attempting to set a yearly cycle to the Battlefield title.

Dubbed Battlefield Hardline, Electronic Arts and Visceral Games has shifted the main focus of the Battlefield feel from the war between two or more armies to a more common battle, which is the war on crime. This is quite an interesting change, not only from the game’s objective and scope, but also from the development point of view.

EA’s DICE took charge of all Battlefield titles up until now, but Electronic Arts however decided to give Dead Space developers, Visceral Games, the lead this time around. What we expect to see as an outcome from all of this can be seen in the video below:

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnXW9cq7umc[/youtube]

It appears that more light on the change is given from Visceral’s VP and GM Steve Papoutsis with the following statement:

“Several years ago, I was at an internal EA meeting in Barcelona with creative leaders from across the company. It was there I met Karl Magnus Troedsson, the GM of DICE, for the first time, and we immediately began talking about games – I’ve always loved Battlefield and KM was a huge fan of Dead Space, which I was working on at the time”, he said. “ We started talking about different ways we could work together, different ways we could take Battlefield and action games in a new direction. It was then that this project that became Battlefield Hardline was born.”

Sources also indicate that Battlefield Hardline along with other ‘secret’ projects will be revealed at E3 on the 9th of June.

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Image courtesy of KitGuru and video courtesy of YouTube