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Battlefield 1 first DLC is free for Xbox one and PC

Battlefield 1 first DLC pack is free

If your playing Battlefield 1 on Xbox or PC your in luck. EA/DICE are giving away Battlefield 1 first DLC pack away for free. The only catch is that you need to be an Xbox or PC player. Sorry Sony no free stuff for  you.

They shall not pass was Battlefield 1 first of four DLC packs offered for Battlefield 1. In this DLC you will get access to.

Four new maps, the Trench Raider elite class, six unlockable weapons, two additional Operations and the Frontlines mode.

You can download this free DLC for Battlefield 1 by going to the Xbox marketplace and through origin on the PC.

From now till June DICE will be focusing on long-term balancing of Battlefield 1 before there all-new game mode Shock operations is live. This mode will give access to five maps currently unavailable unless you have premium DLC pass. Those maps will only be available in Shock operations game mode

Battlezone: Gold edition

Welcome to the Battlezone

Today Rebellion announced that Battlezone will be playable on May 1st, also that it will be fully playable with OR without a VR headset, on PlayStation 4, Steam, Oculus, and now… Xbox One!”

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The best news of all, however, is that it will be coming to the Nintendo Switch, there is no release date as of yet for the Switch. One thing that I have to do is tip my hat to Rebellion because, they will be upgrading everyone who has already bought Battlezone, to the gold edition for free. The gold version will include, Classic mode, all released tank skins, bobbleheads, and horns. Check the trailer out below; this game looks like it will be a hit.

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NBA playgrounds 2 coming this summer

Heading back to the playground

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Today we were shown an all-new trailer for NBA PlayGrounds 2; Saber Interactive boasts this installment of NBA PlayGrounds 2 features a new season mode, playground ranked mode, 200 current, and retired NBA superstars, PlayGrounds 2 also hosts further improvements as well like all new character models and animations.

 

Check out the trailer above, and let’s get ready to hit the PlayGround together. NBA PlayGrounds 2 releases summer 2018; it will be available on PS4, XboxOne, PC and Nintendo Switch

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Serial Cleaner Review (Nintendo Switch)

Lets Clean!

Serial Cleaner is a game that I previously covered for its PC version as part of my 31 Days of Halloween series from October. I went into quite a bit of detail there, but I’ll refresh everyone on much of the details, and then discuss how the game translated over to the Nintendo Switch.

Serial Cleaner starts off with a very stylistic, and cinematic cut scene reminiscent of the great seventies cops and robbers action movies. The cheesy, but pulse-pounding movie score sets the mood perfectly, and the hand-drawn paper craft like graphics make the game less grotesque than it ought to be and add a lot of charm and personality. The autumnal shades of oranges, greens, and browns lend themselves well to the era, and the game play is well tuned.

You use your analog stick to move around, A to interact with most items (besides bodies, Y to pick up bodies, ZL to activate cleaner sense (allows you to scan the map for bodies and items of interest), and ZR to activate the vacuum used to clean blood away.

Stealth Cleaning

Serial Cleaner is a stealth puzzle game that tasks you with recovering dead bodies, cleaning up puddles of blood, and collecting evidence at brutal crime scenes, usually populated by enemies of the locally organized crime syndicate. iFun4All has even scattered collectibles throughout the levels that will net you clothes changes and bonus contracts to extend your gameplay experience. Hiding these collectibles around the stage adds replayability, and as is usually the case, adds to the difficulty of the game.

The game has a fair amount of difficulty, but there are a few things that make it somewhat easier than it could be. For one, finding a hiding spot instantly stops your pursuers from looking for you. Obviously, this isn’t unique to Serial Cleaner (I’m looking at you, Grand Theft Auto series), but it can be immersion breaking for some. If you repeatedly get busted during a contract, the location randomly places the bodies around the crime scene again. Sometimes this makes it easier, sometimes harder. Collectibles and evidence don’t have to be located again on a body moving fail, but if you don’t complete the contract before shutting the game down, you will have to find the evidence again.

One minor gripe that I didn’t address before, is that if you walk away from the game and come back to it from a fresh load, you have to watch the opening cinematic that sets up the contract again. No big deal, because it lets you experience the world with the story and characters fresh in mind, but it would be nice to have an option to just skip that portion and start at the contract itself. The world is well fleshed out by having pop cultural references in newspapers delivered to your doorstep, and by having your mom prompting you to watch the news or latest television show with her. It’s a nice touch, but the story and characters are mostly inconsequential since the game is really all about the stealth puzzles.

Conclusion

How does the game run on the Switch? Perfectly. The controls feel very intuitive, and zipping around the stages cleaning up blood with the vacuum is much better on the Switch’s Joycon than with mouse and keyboard. HD Rumble is utilized in the game to enhance the experience. When you get busted, which is shown on screen with a cop whacking you with a nightstick, there is an intense rumble. When you pick up and drop a body into your car or out of a window, you get little rumbles simulating the action of picking up the body and the thump that would accompany dead weight.

I feel like the vacuum cleaner not having HD rumble was a missed opportunity, as it doesn’t even activate the motors at all, so I’m hoping for an update that patches that in for the future.

In my original review of the game, I pointed out that the gameplay may get a little tedious during long play sessions, and that it would be well suited to the Switch’s pick up, play, and then suspend and go style of accessibility. While it is true that being able to suspend the game and later jump back in instantly does make the game a better experience compared to the PC, I actually found the gameplay itself less tedious because of this. I’ve personally never been one to play games on PC, but when I did it tended to be long haul simulation games. Things like Sim City or Civilization. A game that you will be investing hours on end into. Serial Cleaner is a quirky puzzle game best suited for short play sessions, but addictive enough that those short play sessions can turn into an hour very quickly. Puzzle games have always been a better fit for handheld consoles, and so Serial Cleaner really shines on the Switch because of this. I love this game more each time I play it, and cannot wait to get into the bonus contracts. This is the best version of the game.

4 out of 5 stars

*Originally published at Soda’s Fountain Arcade