Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 have been added to EA Access

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Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 have been added to EA Access

Earlier this month Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 received backwards compatibility on Xbox One. Now they're both available on EA Access, the £3.99 a month service exclusive to Xbox One that grants players unlimited access to various EA titles.

EA noted on Twitter that the new games are slowly rolling out, so if it doesn't show up in the vault for you yet, don't panic.

When asked about whether these titles would come to the publisher's similar program on PC, Origin Access, EA said "EA Access has been tailor made for the Xbox One console. We have nothing to announce for other platforms at this time."

20 minutes of Ghost Recon Wildlands single-player footage

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20 minutes of Ghost Recon Wildlands single-player footage

There's a new Ghost Recon game just around the corner - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands. Hasn't exactly been shouting and hollering has it?

But here's a new video showing 20 minutes of single-player mission footage no less, narrated by lead game designer Dominic Butler. The last time we saw Ghost Recon Wildlands was at E3 2016.

The footage shows a helicopter mission to a ramshackle jungle village, which the player and squad infiltrate in classic Ghost Recon tactical fashion, all gadgets and gizmos and funny hand gestures.

Goodbye! BoxBoy! Lets you unlock cubed Kirby characters with amiibo

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Goodbye! BoxBoy! Lets you unlock cubed Kirby characters with amiibo

Goodbye! BoxBoy!, the recently revealed third game in HAL Laboratory's delightful series of 3DS puzzlers, will let you play as cubed versions of Kirby critters if you use their amiibo with the game.

As seen in the latest Japanese promo for the game (via TinyCartridge), using any of the Kirby amiibo will let you import that character into Goodbye! BoxBoy! This makes sense as both series are developed by HAL Laboratory.

It doesn't look like these Kirby creatures have any special powers or change the gameplay in any way. They simply look adorable.

Inside and Limbo dev teases its next game

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Inside and Limbo dev teases its next game

Limbo and Inside developer Playdead has teased the following concept art for its next game on Twitter:

"Thanks for your warm reception of Inside," the delightful Danish studio said. "Since release, Playdead founder Arnt Jensen and the team have been working on the next adventure."

The murky grey/blue colour palette is certainly reminiscent of Inside, while its main character looks like an astronaut wandering through a desert lugging about what appears to be either a net or shredded parachute. They're looking up at a flaming object zipping through the sky. What could it be?

Retro procedural shooter Strafe gets a PC release date

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Retro procedural shooter Strafe gets a PC release date

One of our earmarked games of 2017, Strafe, has a release date: 28th March on PC.

This is the fly by the seat of your pants shooter, the one where you get one life, random levels, and guns. There's lots of blocky blood and frantic action. Strafe harkens back to simpler days when cover systems hadn't been invented, to the days of Quake, and mixes in Spelunky for endless replayability. The Strafe website is a lovely homage to the '90s too!

Jeffrey previewed Strafe last summer, and Ian made a video, embedded below.

Recommended strategy game Kingdom coming soon to iOS/Android

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Recommended strategy game Kingdom coming soon to iOS/Android

Pixelated fairytale game Kingdom - actually a fiendishly tricky strategy game I Recommended in a review - is coming to iOS and Android on 31st January. It'll be $9.99, which now translates to £9.99, thanks Brexit.

Kingdom is a natural fit for mobiles because the controls and gameplay are so simple. You touch the screen at points to spend coins on building structures or units that protect your settlement at night. You expand right or left; this is a side-scrolling game. And that's all you really know to begin with, that 'What do I do?' question being very much part of the game.

The mobile version is called Kingdom: New Lands and has exactly the same content as on PC and Xbox One. It can be played on Apple TV.

The killing joke: How Hitman turns murder into farce

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The killing joke: How Hitman turns murder into farce

There's an old adage that tragedy is easy, comedy is hard. Tragedy falls into more easily definable universal truths. We all grieve more or less the same things: the death of a loved one, abandonment, the deterioration of one's mind and body. Simply show a dog growing old waiting for its master never to return and watch the waterworks flow! But comedy? That's a tricky one as humour is entirely subjective. And even when the content is clever, the delivery of a gag could see the humour fly or flounder. Pause for a half second too long or talk a little too quick and you'll botch the punchline. It's all in the execution.

As such, it makes sense that probably the funniest game I've ever played is about execution, literally. Indeed, Io Interactive's recent Hitman reboot is all about assassinating people. It's not exactly the most lighthearted topic, but the developer delivers this morbid premise in such a comical way that its grim subject matter only enhances its ludicrous follies by contrast.

Free XCOM 2 overhaul mod Long War 2 released

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Free XCOM 2 overhaul mod Long War 2 released

Free XCOM 2 mod Long War 2 has been released on Steam Workshop so you should download it.

Long War 2 lengthens the campaign; adds classes, guns, aliens; changes how things work; expands squad size and even lets you take more than one squad out on missions. It's possible to have more than one Avenger transport ship too.

Long War 2 is The Mod for XCOM 2 in other words. That it's free is frankly ridiculous but also brilliant. And it's free because developer Firaxis paid for it, having been so impressed with Long War for XCOM 1.

Jelly Deals: Amazon offering £10 off a £50 purchase today only

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Jelly Deals: Amazon offering £10 off a £50 purchase today only

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Amazon UK announced today that, to celebrate being voted the number one organisation in the UK for Customer Service (according to a survey by The Institute of Customer Service, which is apparently a real organisation), the company is letting each and every customer get £10 off a purchase of £50 or more for one day only. That one day being today!

The offer's small print prohibits the discount from being used on digital products, alcohol, gift cards and for some reason, baby formula. One thing it does still apply to, though, is pre-orders. This means, if you're planning on picking up a Nintendo Switch for launch, you'll be able to take £10 off any Switch games or accessory ahead of time, as long as you can make the total purchase hit £50 or above. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, for example, is currently £49.99 but as long as you can throw something cheap into the basket along with it, you'll get your £10 off, effectively making the game £40.

The Division movie now has a director

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The Division movie now has a director

The movie adaptation of Ubisoft's The Division continues to gather pace, with Syriana director and Oscar-winner Stephan Gaghan now attached to direct the film.

He joins stars Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal - the latter, of course, having already appeared in a movie inspired by a Ubisoft game.

The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, released in 2010, wasn't a critical success, though its earnings saw it become the highest-grossing video game adaptation before Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie surpassed it.