This episode on The Rundown, we talk about EA’s bungling of Battlefield 4, Razer’s new iPhone gaming extension, and Steam’s release of Final Fantasy VIII. Here’s the big one: Electronic Arts has suspended DLC for Battlefield 4 until the massive bugs plaguing the game are fixed. EA apologized for the broken game, vowing that the company “will not stop until this is right.” Probably should have made sure it was right before forcing an early release to combat Call of Duty Ghosts. It won’t matter if your product is the first one on the shelves if consumers can’t use it. This disruption will probably just push buyers towards Call of Duty, despite EA’s promise. Moving along. Images of Razer’s new iPhone game controller have been “leaked” online. The case snaps onto the phone, creating a Game Gear-like shape. Not a compliment, by the way. It should cost around $100 whenever it comes out, if you’ve got an iPhone5 to attach it to. I’m not sure why hauling a game controller around for your phone is any less troublesome than having a separate device altogether. Then again, about the only thing I play on my phone is Chess. And in news that should immensely please me: Final Fantasy 8 has finally been released on Steam! Huzzah! Except Sony released a downloadable version of the game for PS3 four years ago, and it doesn’t look like the Steam has been greatly improved. The game hasn’t been rebuilt with an HD platform. Instead, the original models from the game’s 2000 Windows release - those have just been retextured. But at least we can finally see Squall, the game’s taciturn star, in all his sullen-faced glory. Still, it’s a nice option if you don’t have a PlayStation or PlayStation2 lying around and a TV with component cables I guess? There are a few additions to the game, if you want to call them that...the most important being “Chocobo World,” a side game that wasn’t included in the original Western releases. Regardless, Steam is providing an easy alternative for gamers without PS3s.
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