Cam Lee Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition producer Cameron Lee has become a fixture here at AusGamers. The Aussie ex-pat took tie out of his Gamescom duties to chat with us again. Check it out!
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Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is now upon us, but it might as well be called "definitive edition". Read our review to find out why - click here!
Resident Evil Within
The Evil Within is creeping up just around the release corner, so we decided to take a look back at Shinji Mikami's incredible Resident Evil 4. Click here for more!
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Wrapping up a tour in Australia and with Summerslam dominating August, we had a chance to chat with the Great White himself, Sheamus! Check it out right here!
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:42am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Popular sci-fi TV show Doctor Who will soon be time travelling through his Tardis onto the game screen of Minecraft for Xbox 360, Microsoft and BBC announced today.

Starting in September, Doctor Who-themed DLC packs will be arriving onto the Minecraft universe, thanks to a deal struck between Microsoft and the BBC that will allow players to dress as key characters. According to the BBC blog post, the first pack will cost a measly $2.99 and will feature a twelfth doctor look-alike, five other doctors and their companions, and several key Doctor Who adversaries including the infamous Daleks.

More packs featuring Doctor Who content will be released later on to coincide with the broadcasting of episodes in the latest series and will each contain six different doctors and characters spanning the 50-year history of Doctor Who.

“We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring Doctor Who content to our loyal fans. Working collaboratively with Microsoft, we’ve created an exciting new product which will allow Doctor Who fans to create their own brand new adventures in the heart of the iconic world of Minecraft.”
Post by Dan @ 10:20am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Beloved DRM-free digital games distributor GOG.com is expanding its product range to cover films, kicking things off with 20 games and tech related documentaries all sold with no copy protection.

A launch promotion price is offering each movie currently on offer for US5.99 and to let users test the service out, two of the docos -- The Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard -- are currently available completely free.

While the range is currently limited to indie films about games, the company hopes to attract major studios once the system is more established:
Our goal is to offer you cinema classics as well as some all-time favorite TV series with no DRM whatsoever, for you to download and keep on your hard drive or stream online whenever you feel like it. We talked to most of the big players in the movie industry and we often got a similar answer: "We love your ideas, but … we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk". DRM-Free distribution is not a concept their lawyers would accept without hesitation. We kind of felt that would be the case and that it's gonna take patience and time to do it, to do it, to do it right. That's quite a journey ahead of us, but every gamer knows very well that great adventures start with one small step. So why not start with something that feels very familiar? We offer you a number of gaming and internet culture documentaries - all of them DRM-Free, very reasonably priced, and presenting some fascinating insight into topics close to a gamer's heart.
If nothing else, it seems like a great outlet for any independent filmmakers, particularly stand-up comedians, to hock their wares.

Check out the current catalogue of DRM free movies on GOG right here.
Post by Eorl @ 10:15am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Roll7's skateboarding title OlliOlli is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe, the developer has announced.

The PS3 and PS4 versions are a straight port of the PlayStation Vita original — which launched this past January — includes an upgraded menu system and leaderboards that can be viewed among friends. These leaderboards have also been added to the PS Vita version and will allow players to compare scores.

OlliOlli is also cross-buy and cross-save compatible, which will allow those who already own the PS Vita version to pick up and play their game on consoles.

"[SCEE strategic content specialists] Shahid [Kamal Ahmad] and Spencer [Low] at PlayStation in London pretty much insisted we did the port after the first day's success, it was totally unexpected and took a while to sink in," Roll7 studio director Simon Bennett said in a press statement. "We have since been working our collective balls off to bring OlliOlli to PS3 and PS4 — it could not have happened without the diligence and hard work from BlitWorks in Spain and Sam, our QA Manager here."
Post by Dan @ 10:10am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
If you own both Xbox and PlayStation platforms and have been scratching your head as to which version of Bungie's hugely anticipated Destiny to pick up, this video might help make your mind up.

As has been loudly promoted every time Sony mentions Destiny, the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 offerings will feature some exclusive content that won't be available for Xbox players at launch, including weapons, gear and some complete multiplayer maps. Check out the video below to deduce whether they're worth signing your platform alleigance.

Destiny is due to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 worldwide on September 9th 2014.

Post by Eorl @ 10:00am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Single-player survival/mystery action adventure Escape Dead Island will be launching its way into our zombie infested arms come November 21st, publisher Deep Silver announced today.
Delivering the key features of a Dead Island game – visceral melee combat set in a beautiful paradise setting – ESCAPE adds a completely new tone to the zombie universe. The visually unique styles accompanies the player on his struggle against insanity as he experiences the secrets of the Dead Island universe, fights off zombies with a vast and unique array of weapons and opens the path to the events that will happen in Dead Island 2.
Anyone who opts to pre-order and purchase the survival mystery designed to bridge the gap between the original Dead Island and its sequel will apparently be guaranteed access to the Dead Island 2 beta. At this time it seems the access is available only to UK pre-orders, however we are hoping to hear as to whether Australia and New Zealand are bundled into this.
Post by Eorl @ 09:39am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
After offering a small amount of details yesterday in regards to the rumoured 4 player cooperative multiplayer mode coming to BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition, the developer has now revealed a full-fledge gameplay video demonstrating exactly that in action.

Being kept largely from the single-player experience, the multiplayer co-op will offer its own various encounters between you and three of your friends. Customisation is also a key part of the mode, allowing you to create unique armour, weapons and level your character up. In regards to characters, you'll have 12 to choose from with a range of abilities, all of which can be modified through a talent-like system.

Check it out in action below, and let us know your thoughts on this new addition to the previously predominate single-player franchise. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be launching November 18th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Wanting to know more about Dragon Age: Inquisition? Why not check out our recent hands-on preview of the game at this year's Gamescom, or better yet read up on all the goss in our interview with BioWare Aussie ex-pat Cameron Lee.

Post by Eorl @ 09:25am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Microsoft has revealed that a standalone release of the Xbox One's Kinect sensor will be hitting stores in October, with a US suggested price of $149.99.

Microsoft launched the Xbox One last November for $599 with a Kinect in the box. In June, the company unbundled the Kinect from the console and began selling the system itself for $499. At the time, Microsoft said it would release a stand-alone Kinect sensor this fall. Last month, the company announced that Xbox One sales in the U.S. doubled once the console became available without Kinect.

The package will include a copy of Dance Central Spotlight, which launches September 2nd. The game comes with 10 songs; customers can purchase additional downloadable tracks and import music from previous Dance Central titles. The second-generation camera was also made available for Windows last month, at a price point of $199.00.
Post by Eorl @ 09:06am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Microsoft has today announced that those eager to take a hands-on approach to learning the wheel in Forza Horizon 2 will soon be getting the chance to do just that, with a demo arriving on Xbox One come September 16th.

Details on what to expect track or car-wise have not yet been revealed, with the announcement providing very little on the demo besides that it is coming. Going by the announcement, it also seems like we shouldn't expect an Xbox 360 version; Forza Horizon 2 launches for it on the same day. Playground Games, which is developing the Xbox One version, said the two versions are "different games inspired by the same ideas."

Alongside the demo announcement, Microsoft also revealed the full list of achievements that you can expect in the open-world racer. Check them all out over here to prepare for the achievement hunting.
Post by Eorl @ 08:53am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Arrowhead Game Studios reboot of the classic co-op dungeon crawler Gauntlet was initially slated to launch on September 3rd, but has now been pushed back to September 23rd, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today.

The reboot — announced this past March — will launch for Linux Windows PC through Steam for $19.99. Gauntlet will include full support for the Steam OS software in preparation for the 2015 launch of Steam Machines.

According to a statement from the publisher, the reason for the delay is so the team can fine-tune Gauntlet's multiplayer mode. As a thank you for support, Warner Bros. is including an in-game bonus item with all pre-orders — a Wizard's Robe called the The Spawn of Kerthull, crafted from dead imps.
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:02pm 27/08/14 | 0 Comments
Tango Gameworks' psychological survival-horror title The Evil Within will feature a handful of actors known for their work on emotionally-driven TV and film, including Dexter and Watchmen veterans, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today.

Vocal talents in The Evil Within includes Jennifer Carpenter, best known for her seven-year run as Debra Morgan on Showtime's drama series Dexter. She also played the titular girl in 2005 film The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Carpenter will voice Juli Kidman, Sebastian Castellanos's junior detective partner, whom players will get to spend more time with in a post-launch DLC mission tailored to her perspective.

Joining Carpenter is Jackie Earle Haley, who recently played Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and was the grumbling, snarky Rorschach in the 2009 Watchmen film. Haley will lend his voice to Ruvik, the main antagonist of The Evil Within. Anson Mount, known for his roles in 2012 film Safe and AMC television series Hell on Wheels, makes his video game vocal debut with The Evil Within. Mount will play lead Sebastian Castellanos, whom players will control throughout the game.

The Evil Within will launch on October 16th for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Post by Eorl @ 03:38pm 27/08/14 | 2 Comments
Pokkén Tournament, a fighting game adaptation of the Pokémon universe, was just announced in Japan this morning. It will be a two-player arcade game and it is being developed in collaboration with Bandai Namco, publisher of the Tekken series.

This morning's announcement showed the CEO of The Pokémon Company meeting with Tekken chief producer Katsuhiro Harada and Soulcalibur producer Masaaki Hoshino, meaning both of those teams are working on the game. Pokkén Tournament is expected to launch in 2015 exclusively in Japan, however going by the trailer below we may see an English adaptation in the future.

Post by Eorl @ 03:11pm 27/08/14 | 0 Comments
Continuing our rolling coverage of this years Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, AusGamers had the chance to test out the newest title in the Dragon Age series from prestige developer BioWare, Inquisition (be careful you don't say that too loudly for fear of red dressed men barging through doors).

To take up the arms - literally - we tasked Nathan "NachosJustice" Lawrence to find out all things Inquisition-y on from his hands-on preview, and it seems his faith in the series after the questionable Dragon Age II may have just been restored.

Read on for his hands-on preview of Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Post by Eorl @ 02:40pm 27/08/14 | 0 Comments
Telltale's fifth and final episode in the second season of their gripping episodic series The Walking Dead is now available to gamers, but how well does it shape up compared to last year's first season?

Titled No Going Back, the new episode continues on with the survival of 11-year old Clementine as she battles the apocalypse by herself, though not without help from a handful of strangers. Being the finale also brings with it a number of solid season decisions to fruition, plus depiciting what could happen for a possible third season.

Taking the lead once again is James “Jickle” O’Connor who finds that while Telltale certainly have a knack for a good story, it seems this season may be lacking in that bang of the original debut.
The second season of The Walking Dead has had highpoints, but in the end it can’t match up against the first season. While individual episodes worked well, the series arrived at a conclusion that it hadn’t really bothered to build up to, and the last episode falls a bit flat as a result.
Follow the zombie trail for the full review of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5: No Going Back.
Post by Eorl @ 01:33pm 27/08/14 | 12 Comments
An Ubisoft representative has let slip the graphical benchmarks the team behind open-world racer The Crew is currently aiming for: 30 frames per second at a resolution of 1080p on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

This revelation comes in response to a forum member's complaints that the PC beta test of the game is locked at 30 frames per second. An Ubisoft community manager stepped in to respond with a succinct rebuttal: "The final game will run in 1080p with 30 frames per second on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and will support up to 5760 x 1080p on PC for triple screen set-ups," the response reads. "Right now the team is focusing on providing an optimal experience for all players."

Later, the community manager would edit the reply to note that the development team is working to reach 60 frames per second on the PC. "We can officially say that we're aiming for 60FPS on PC at launch," he wrote. "Our Beta build is still more performant at 30FPS, but you can expect to play at 60FPS on PC when the game is launched."

As a prominent PC player it is quite disheartening to hear that I won't be able to go above and beyond 60FPS. Hopefully Ubisoft will have something more solid by the time The Crew debuts on November 11th.
Post by Dan @ 12:21pm 27/08/14 | 9 Comments
Right on schedule, Blizzard has launched the rather significant 2.1.0 patch for Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls on its North American servers, introducing its new seasons concept as well as greater rifts, leaderboards, itemisation updates and new environments.

A blog post discussing everything can be found here on the battle.net site. As Australian players default to North American servers, you can update right now, but if wanting to Global Play on the European or Asian servers, you might have to wait until those patch.

Watch the overview video below.

Post by Eorl @ 11:39am 27/08/14 | 0 Comments
Riot Games has revealed their newest addition to the ever-growing list of champions available in free-to-play MOBA League of Legends, this time taking a very Eastern desert theme with Azir, The Emperor of the Sands.
Azir is a mage who summons "Shuriman soldiers to control the battlefield and basic attack for him", reads the rather lengthy champion page. "The soldier’s piercing basic attacks furnish most of Azir’s damage potential, making him an outlier amongst mages as a right-click-focused champion. Azir’s spells, on the other hand, manipulate his and his soldiers’ positions to keep him safe and establish dangerous no-go zones for his enemies."
One of the very unique things about Azir's ability list is his passive, Will of the Emperor. The mage will be able to summon a Disc of the Sun on the base of a destroyed turret, with the disc behaving like a turret except for its increased damage and granting Azir gold on minion or champion kills. Be careful though, as the Sun Disc will only last a short time and you won't want to get caught out.

Azri's other abilities include his Q that orders Sand Soldiers to rush at a target position, W for summoning the untargetable Sand Soldier's (though be warned, they only last a short time), a gap-remover on E that will feint to a target Sand Soldier causing knock up, and his ultimate on R that will call orth a phalanx of shield-wielding soldiers who press forward, knocking back and damaging enemies.

For more on Azir, The Emperor of the Sands, check out the full champion spotlight page which includes a handful of screens, ability preview videos and a lengthy amount of backstory for lore fans.
Post by Eorl @ 11:07am 27/08/14 | 0 Comments
Today marks the release of the second DLC pack for From Software's unforgiving RPG Dark Souls 2, this time taking the battle to the Iron King.

After searching for the Crown of the Sunken King in the first portion of Dark Souls 2, Crown of the Iron King promises "an entirely different environment to conquer," one filled with molten lava just waiting for you to slip into. I'm hoping I don't have to go diving in this molten magma for the cruddy crown.

You can snag Crown of the Iron King on PSN, Xbox Live and Steam for $10.99. Alternatively, you can pick up the season pass, which grants access to all three pieces of Dark Souls 2 for $26.99. The final chapter of Dark Souls 2's DLC, "Crown of the Ivory King," launches on September 24.

Post by Dan @ 10:40am 27/08/14 | 2 Comments
BioWare has shared a generous amount of details and footage from the single-player campaign of the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition, but had been quiet on the rumoured 4 player cooperative multiplayer mode.

IGN recently had a chance to go hands on with the co-op, and in addition to a full write-up on the experience -- which they explain is kept largely separate from the single-player experience -- they also have a video feature where a couple of the site's editors discuss what they know, over the top of some of the mode's first video footage.
Single-player is aiming for a smart marriage of narrative and gameplay systems. Multiplayer is pure, meant to attract role-playing junkies with a passion for loot, combat, and team-based battles in the gorgeous, brutal world of Dragon Age. After completing a multiplayer quest, you’ll take home your found gold to spend on treasure chests, which include items such as item recipes, new equipment, potions, grenades, and salves of varying rarity. Some may even unlock a new hero or character skin. Nine heroes join Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer roster at launch -- three for each mage/melee/archer class, each unique in their appearance, abilities, and characterization.
The article elaborates on the item unlock feature with a microtransaction element, but is quick to point out that such purchases are an "optional time saver" currency, and that "Nothing is behind a paywall", comparing the business model to that of the popular League of Legends.

Watch the video below. Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled for launch on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 21st 2014.

Post by Dan @ 10:21am 27/08/14 | 0 Comments
It looks like the assassins are still causing trouble for Abstergo as some more information has leaked its way out of the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Unity. A reddit user that was reportedly verified as a beta tester for the game has spilled some inside information about some manner of challenge mode called Rifts that will run auxiliary to the game's already revealed campaign single-player and cooperative multiplayer modes.

Perhaps most interesting is that the leaker claims that the mode will feature several thematic areas outside of the game's French Revolution Parisian setting, each based on other prominent assassin characters from the franchise, and supposedly offering them as playable characters.

A leaked video shows the player performing some manner of time trial, collecting glyphs to preserve corrupting data or some such, but an alleged screenshot displays a list of familiar faces (assassins from previous games) that include Altair, Ezio, Haytham, and Edward as well as Aveline and Shao Jun -- those last two suggesting that the game may have playable female characters in some form after all.

The youtube video has since been removed, but VGLeaks have preserved it. Take a closer look at the character page image below.

Assassin's Creed: Unity is due on October 28th 2014 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Post by Eorl @ 10:11am 27/08/14 | 3 Comments
Bethesda has revealed a loyalty program for its MMO The Elder Scrolls Online, designed to reward those who subscribe to the game for an extended period of time.

The developer announced the first such reward will take the form of a High Hrothgar Wriath vanity pet, and will be emailed to anyone who's subscribed to the game for a combined time of three months or more in September. These three months don't include the month of time that comes free when you purchase the game.

"There’s so much more on the horizon, but we think it’s important to give some special recognition to those of you who have already been there every step of the way," a post reads. "The loyalty program will keep expanding over time, so keep an eye out for more tokens of our gratitude if you’re a longtime player. Our next reward will be granted for those who have subscribed for six months — we’ll reveal it to you soon."

The system definitely sounds awfully free-to-play like, with a number of free MMO's utilising a loyalty program to reward those who choose to spend money in a in-game store or subscribe. Those who aren't subscribed at the moment can take up the rewards once they meet the requirements.
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