Battlefield Hardline has come under fire before (ha ha guns) for being a 'wacky' militarised police game, scheduled for release at a time when tensions with the police are particularly strained stateside.

EA has stressed that it's purely coincidental, but that doesn't change the fact that Hardline has a serious image problem. I decided to have a look at exactly what it is that makes Hardline such a problematic release.

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Johnny Chiodini

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Johnny is one quarter of the Eurogamer video team - specifically the part that looks like it comes from East London. He loves pen and paper role playing games, his dog Watson, and pretty much any video game with a bit of grimdark to it. You are almost certainly pronouncing his surname incorrectly.