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In all seriousness, Battlefront II looks great. It seems to be fixing most of the issues people had with the previous Battlefront back in 2015. They’ve added a single-player campaign, you can now fight in every canonical era in the Star Wars universe, there are now space battles, multiplayer is being “expanded” from its barebones original, and there’s no season pass. All of these additions and changes to the sequel are great and EA and Dice should be commended for listening so closely to the fan base’s complaints and rolling with them gracefully.

That being said, there are plenty of reasons to be worried about this new outing in the rebooted Star Wars: Battlefront games. For starters, the fact that it is a rebooted series of games highlights the first major issue with this game and the problem many gamers had with Battlefront in 2015. When that game came out, it was constantly being compared to the original Star Wars: Battlefront from 2004 and its 2005 sequel, Star Wars: Battlefront II. The sheer amount of quality content in the original two games completely outshined the 2015 reboot. Despite the fact that it wasn’t meant to be a sequel, people couldn’t help but make comparisons to the originals, especially since the games share a name.

To quickly go over some of the complaints, the originals allowed for gameplay in both the Clone Wars (prequels) era and the Galactic Civil War (original trilogy) era, they had single-player content and even a campaign to go along with it, Battlefront II had space battles, and they both had a huge amount of maps to work with from the massive pantheon of Star Wars lore that existed at the time. The new Battlefront only allowed for gameplay in the original trilogy era thus only allowing for two factions to be used (Empire and Rebels), minimal single-player content that paled in comparison to the originals (whose campaigns weren’t much to write home about to begin with), there were no space battles in the base game, and there were only four playable planets: Tatooine, Hoth, Endor, and Sullust. I’ll give Dice credit for making Jakku playable as free DLC and for not having much to work with considering the entirety of Star Wars’ canon had been soft-rebooted with barely any new content at the time of release, but the prequels and the roadmap for a successful single-player, multiplayer, and outer space gameplay experience already existed and they didn’t take full advantage. All this, not even mentioning the steep $110 price tag for the “full” yet still lacking experience.

EA seems to be moving in the right direction with this game but, there’s also absolutely no guarantee that even this version of Battlefront II will live up to the hype surrounding it by fans of the original two and by people scorned by the initial reboot hoping for this game to be where things get better. I’m right there with everyone hyping this game, hoping for it to be great. I caved and bought the last one, but I’m going to wait and see what the general consensus is here before I spend my hard earned money on what could potentially be another disappointment.

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I spend most of my days working towards my Writing and Rhetoric degree at the University of Central Florida, but I spend a lot of my down time keeping up to date on the best TV, movies, and video games the industry has to offer. Here I put all of that extended time to use discussing each of them in-depth.

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Exciting news for gamers! The highly anticipated PS5 game Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will be joining EA Play on Thursday

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Update: It seems that the PS Store may have acted prematurely, as it has now been officially confirmed that Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will be added to EA Play on Thursday, April 25th, 2024. Once the active members are in, they’ll have the opportunity to download and play the complete game.

Original Story: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, released in 2023, has been added to the EA Play subscription service. This exciting action-adventure game is now available for download and play at no additional cost for active members. While EA has yet to provide any official updates, you can head over to the PS Store and find it listed as “included with EA Play.”

Adding to the mix is the recent announcement of a forthcoming price hike for the subscription, affecting both monthly and yearly payment plans. Starting on May 10th, 2024, the monthly subscription fee will be increased from £3.99 / $4.99 to £5.99 / $5.99. For those who choose the 12-month commitment, the price will be £34.99 / $39.99, which is a £15 / $10 increase.

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In April 2023, the highly anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Survivor made its debut on the PS5. After thoroughly evaluating the game, we are pleased to announce that it has earned an impressive 9/10 rating in our review. We praised the game for its ability to build upon the first installment’s foundations and improve upon every aspect. “The combat is highly enjoyable and provides a plethora of options, while the exploration reaches new heights. The incorporation of Metroidvania elements adds an extra layer of depth, resulting in captivating puzzles and rewarding experiences.”

Click the link to access a comprehensive list of all EA Play games available on PS5 and PS4. Are you planning to give Star Wars Jedi: Survivor a try on the service? We would greatly appreciate your feedback in the comments section.

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Rest assured, the highly anticipated PS5 exclusive, Stellar Blade, will be available in its original, uncensored form across all regions

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Fear not; for those worried about potential censorship issues with the PS5-exclusive Stellar Blade, set to release on April 26th, Sony has got you covered. ShiftUp, the developer, proudly assures players that the game will maintain its uncensored content across all regions, including Japan.

We have to admit, we didn’t anticipate this as a potential issue or a potential selling point. The main character, Eve, and her revealing costumes have been heavily showcased in the game’s pre-release marketing. Nevertheless, it is pleasing to witness ShiftUp’s evident enthusiasm as their vision prepares to reach the hands of a vast number of players.

Regarding Stellar Blade, Yoko Taro believes it surpasses NieR: Automata, and we were pleased to learn that the game will be considerate of your PS5 storage capacity. The demo is now available for you to try, and it has nearly doubled the daily active users of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth. This is quite impressive, especially considering it is the game’s first console showing.

Will you be there to experience Stellar Blade on its release day? It’s certainly a relief to witness the game remaining uncensored until the last moment. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount

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There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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