When EA was initially announced as an exclusive video game partner with Lucasfilm for Star Wars, we reached for our collective blasters waiting for the polarizing publisher to make the first slight on the beloved property. Then the announcements came – a third-person action game from Visceral Games headed by Amy Hennig of Uncharted fame and a Star Wars Battlefront revival from the Battlefield experts at DICE – and we holstered and rejoiced. But the release of Battlefront in 2015, along with the numerous failings to live up to the Death Star-sized expectations that come with reviving a fan-favorite franchise, led to a salvo of well-deserved criticisms. Lack of a campaign, limited maps and modes and an expensive Season Pass tarnished a fantastic representation of the original trilogy. Continue reading Star Wars Battlefront II hints at a motivated EA
Star Wars Celebration 2017 has been a juggernaut of announcements. First a teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi film, then the confirmation of Star Wars: Rebel’s final season, and now we have a slew of Star Wars Battlefront II news!
Join the podcast crew of Myles Farrington, Adam Leonard and Jordan Loeffler as they mull and converse over the most topical of news. From the resurrection of Turtle Rock’s Evolve, the Nintendo mini, the bastardization of Metal Gear Solid and so much more, they cover it all! Don’t forget the hilarious Kojima quotes and the Thought from Nowhere! Welcome to the MONG podcast, enjoy! Continue reading MONG Podcast 131 | The Golden Oldies
As gamers, we have all made snap judgments about a game or series that we’ve never gone near. Our thoughts may be a little haphazard, though we stick to them nonetheless — but what happens when our flimsy opinions are proven wrong? Well, I’ve got a confession to make regarding just that… Continue reading CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSE-MINDED GAMER
After waiting for what seemed like eons to hear anything about the first expansion for EA Games’ Star Wars: Battlefront, we finally got our announcement for a first taste of the details of the Outer Rim DLC, and you’re not going to be thrilled about it. [read more]
Along with a new mode and two new maps, Star Wars: Battlefront will be adding two brand new heroes to the mix. You can now play as Greedo, the alien bounty hunter who the Star Wars community firmly believes was unjustly murdered in cold blood by Han Solo. And the second character is Nien Nunb; that short, fishy-looking alien whose name you definitely didn’t know before this was the copilot of the Millennium Falcon in Return of the Jedi, and makes a brief appearance as an X-Wing pilot in The Force Awakens. Now I don’t know about you, but I am just itching to get my hands on those B-list characters that even huge Star Wars nerds like me forgot even existed to add an even bigger sense of blah to an already unfortunately disappointing game.
The new mode, Extraction, also seems intriguing. As a Rebel, you will be tasked with finding a shipment of what EA calls “much needed supplies” and will be responsible for getting those supplies to the extraction zone, which sounds a lot like capture the flag or a ground variation of the Fighter Squadron mode. As an Imperial, you will be tasked with stopping the Rebels. So yeah, capture the flag. Nothing new or super exciting, but it’ll add something to the game that it desperately needs: more.
Not all is lost, though, as the new maps sound interesting enough. One takes place on Sullust (again) at a smelting factory, and another takes place on Tatooine (again), but in the throne room of Jabba’s Palace. I remember his palace not exactly being large in the movie, though, so we’ll have to see how it plays. My main gripe is that the first DLC for the game features planets that were already in the main game, giving almost no change of scenery. With a universe as vast as one in Star Wars, it just seems lazy that EA would build a new map on the same landscapes. Now I haven’t seen the maps yet, so all this scrutiny might prove fruitless once the DLC drops. They could be awesome. We’ll just have to wait and see.
But how long will we have to wait? We don’t know.EA has neglected to mention a release date for Outer Rim, but I’m sure more details are coming soon. While a price hasn’t been revealed for the individual DLC pack yet, you can still pick up the Season Pass, which includes Outer Rim and three others slated for later this year, for $50 in the Xbox Live and PlayStation stores.
Elijah Arnold is an Associate Writer for Middle of Nowhere Gaming, a gamer, and Star Wars enthusiast from Orange County, California. In his spare time he lives out his dream of being a rockstar by being the frontman of a metal band. Check him out on Twitter
The crew decided to take a departure from the norm this week by only covering one story each and taking that extra time to do a nice little spoilercast. Can you guess what it’s on? Probably, if not, it’s Firewatch. However! Before the Firewatch spoilercast, they covered the news of the beautifying of Knights of the Old Republic, the revival of Carmageddon, and the continued news of the Kojima-Del Toro dream team! So join us for another fun week of talking about our beloved hobby, games, and jokes. Apparently Parrapa the Rappa was on one caster’s mind! Continue reading MONG Podcast 113 | The Fireside Firewatch Firecast
All of them! Just kidding, only Call of Duty. Anyway, how ya doing viewers, listeners and fans? Welcome to the description of the 110th episode of MONG Podcast! This week the crew is back and in their Tuesday best with a fresh episode covering Marvel Heroes 2016, the furthering decline of the Vita, Lego: The Force Awakens (the least surprising game announcement since a certain R&B artist refused rehab), Campo Santos’ Firewatch release information, Bethesda doing their own thing and last but not least… alcohol and strippers! MONG Podcast, now the #1 adults only video game podcast! Not really. Continue reading MONG Podcast 110 | Which Series Have Run Their Course?