The exploding barrel is a well-worn video game trope. Ever since we first saw these in Doom, these have been a handy way to clear rooms full of enemies with a single shot, as the resulting detonation eliminates them en masse. But what happens when an entire game world is filled to the brim with exploding barrels? The game ends up being Just Cause 3.
Taking place in the fictional island country of Medici, Just Cause 3's irreverent tone, cheesy dialogue, and goofball plot are all reminiscent of older action games and movies. It's highly derivative but enjoyable all the same. In Just Cause 3, you set the world ablaze as former special agent Rico Rodriguez, hellbent on freeing Medici from the iron grip of dictator Sebastiano Di Ravello.
With this comes the opportunity to run amok. The exploding barrel trope takes the form of transformers, satellites, and obviously, fuel tanks – almost every thing in Just Cause 3 can be destroyed in a chaotic haze of fire and smoke.
Star Wars Battlefront, a first person shooter set in the Star Wars universe created by Mirror's Edge and Battlefield developer EA Dice, holds a lot of promise. Dice has a history of making great games, and of course the Star Wars universe is rich with lore that promises a variety of exciting settings for large scale battles.
After all, which self-respecting Star War fan wouldn't like to fly an X-Wing or be Darth Vader? And you can do that right now without buying the game, thanks an open beta of Battlefront that is available for all and sundry to check out. To test out the beta, we jumped right in with the rest of the online populace to see how well the game holds up at maximum capacity. The results were a mixed bag that left us with “a disturbing lack of faith”.
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It doesn't look as good as it should
Firing up the Xbox One version of the demo, we were greeted by what appeared to be sub-HD resolution, a..