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!
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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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Friday, 22 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:38pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
Welcome all to the very first Indie Friday feature! As the name suggests, each Friday we'll be taking a look at a handful of independent game developers from around Australia and giving you, the reader, a chance to know a bit more about the local scene and just what to keep your eyes on.

Do keep in mind that some of these titles aren't quite ready, but we believe that even without the polish these games have some great potential at showing off Australia's very prominent local talent.

To start off the first week we have five indie titles to check out, all from around Australia and all with very different playstyles. Check out the list in action over here, and as always leave a comment on your thoughts.
Post by Eorl @ 04:11pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
World of Warcraft developer Blizzard may be planning to immortalise late actor Robin Williams in the form of a genie in their upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion, along with a couple of other additions.

Files datamined by fansite WoWHead from the latest beta build reveal the addition of a new NPC called "Robin the Entertainer". The nod to Williams' Genie role in DIsney's Aladdin is definitely a big one, and the idea that his in-game character has the ability to shapeshift could mean different models may be used to represent some of his more famous movie roles.

Other models spotted so far include a human female, which is no doubt a nod to the ever popular Mrs. Doubtfire, and a human male. That one could possibly be a take on Williams' breakout success, Mork and Mindy. We aren't quite sure where these characters will feature or what they will have to offer, as Blizzard has yet to confirm if these are indeed the official ones previously promised.
Post by Eorl @ 02:35pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
Assassin's Creed Memories, the free-to-play mobile spin-off title from Ubisoft's Assassin Creed series focusing on card battles, is now available for all the iOS devices today via the App Store.

Assassin's Creed Memories explores Renaissance Italy and Colonial America and adds new periods such as feudal Japan and imperial Mongolia. Players travel through time and collect cards while engaging in missions to hunt boss targets. Stats are boosted through the use of weapon or armor cards, while ally cards summon special characters to assist in combat. Multiplayer is available in the form of 20 vs. 20 player guild battles; participants build combos and choose their strongest to engage in front-line battles.

The game is a collaboration between free-to-play mobile game developer PlayNext and mobile social company Gree, and comes with your typical mobile in-app purchases.
Post by Dan @ 02:21pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
After some delays, Ubisoft's The Crew looks to now be on track for its holiday 2014 launch, and the publisher has sent along another new gameplay trailer.

This latest 4 minute clip presents a rather comprehensive overview of the arcade racing title, explaining how players can race across the entire continental United States.
The Crew is a vast, gorgeous and diverse imagining of the United States of America; one of the biggest playgrounds ever conceived for high-speed, exploration and MMO action driving. Are you ready to join countless other players on a boundless journey?
Check it out below. The Crew is due on November 14th 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4.

Post by Eorl @ 11:52am 22/08/14 | 4 Comments
Paradox Interactive and developer Creative Forge have joined forces to unveil Ancient Space, a title that the duo describe as "a new story-driven real-time strategy game."

As its title suggests, Ancient Space takes players to the edges of the universe. Specifically, an area known as "The Black Zone." Though objectives vary throughout the game, the core goal of Ancient Space is to build an impressive interstellar fleet that can survive attacks by aliens, space pirates and things that exist only in nebulous regions of the cosmos.

Unlike most real-time strategy games, which are split equally between a b-movie singleplayer campaign and an online multiplayer component, Ancient Space focuses entirely on the former. To that end the developers have enlisted a cast of sci-fi genre regulars to populate the game, including John Billingsley of Star Trek: Enterprise and Dina Meyer of Starship Troopers.

The game is aiming for a release on both Windows and Mac later this year, though no solid release date has yet been given. Those eager for some space action can check out the announcement trailer below.

Post by Eorl @ 11:05am 22/08/14 | 12 Comments
Valve's first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has turned another year older, and to help celebrate this milestone the developer has introduced exploding chickens into the game. Yes, exploding chickens.

Jumping into the game you'll discover that all the chickens roaming around on the various maps are equipped with party-themed hats for the occasion. Pointing a gun at said chicken and pulling the trigger will not only explode said chicken, but bring about a shower of confetti in true birthday spirit. Get out there and celebrate!

Are you still playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive? Happen to miss out on last week's Cologne 2014 ESL One tournament? Check out the full coverage over here to see all the action.
Post by Eorl @ 10:24am 22/08/14 | 1 Comments
The fifth and final episode of The Walking Dead Season 2, "No Going Back," hits next week, developer Telltale Games announced today.

The final episode will launch on August 26th for PC and Mac via Steam, with August 27th marking Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita's launches. August 28th will mark an iOS release as an in-app purchase for Season Two.

If you'd like a refresher of what's happened thus far in the series, Telltale has released the following trailer bringing people up to speed. As you would expect from a catch up trailer there will obviously be major spoilers for everything prior to this upcoming episode, so you have been warned.

Post by Dan @ 10:10am 22/08/14 | 1 Comments
CD Projekt RED and Fuero Games are inviting Android device owners to beta test the recently announced The Witcher Battle Arena, the MOBA style game based on the Polish studio's much-loved RPG franchise.
Once launched, the closed beta will allow the community to test the core functionalities of Battle Arena and will help CD PROJEKT RED and Fuero Games balance gameplay, fix potential netcode issues and further refine in-game features. Upon being granted access to the event, selected participants will be given the possibility to playtest 8 heroes on two maps playable in Conquest Mode--The Arena and Korath Desert. Players will also have the opportunity to develop their player profiles in an RPG fashion, as well as help to test several other functionalities present in the full game coming later this year.
The mobile-tailored game is also headed to iOS and Windows Phone devices, but beta testing is currently limited to Android for moment. Watch the debut gameplay trailer below, and head over to thewitcher.com/twba/beta for a chance to get in on the early action.

Post by Dan @ 10:04am 22/08/14 | 2 Comments
The Astronauts -- the Polish independent studio founded by former People Can Fly vets of Painkiller and Bulletstorm fame -- has announced a September 25th 2014 launch date for the PC version of its debut title The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.
Inspired by the weird fiction (and other tales of the macabre) from the early twentieth century, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter aims to significantly evolve immersive storytelling in games. While it features a private detective and quite a few mental challenges, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is not an especially puzzle-ridden game. Our focus is on atmosphere, mood, and the essential humanity of our characters.
Accompanying the release date news is a new developer commentated walkthrough trailer, offering up around 13 minutes of narrated gameplay that should give you a good idea on what to expect. Check it out below.

Post by Dan @ 09:57am 22/08/14 | 1 Comments
The much anticipated release date for Destiny creeps ever closer, and publisher Activision has now let loose the obligatory launch trailer.

It's not quite as interesting as most previous videos for the game, but it ought to still get you in the mood for defending the solar system and humanity from the galactic threat.
There are enemies out here you would not believe, but they’ve never seen anything like you. It doesn’t matter who you are, only what you will become.
Destiny is due on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 9th 2014.

Post by Eorl @ 09:40am 22/08/14 | 5 Comments
Hideo Kojima and Konami have lifted the curtains on what to expect in the multiplayer side of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain thanks to a new batch of gameplay footage.

The reveal was streamed on IGN and clocks in at just over the 22 minute marker. The gameplay showcases new uses for Snake's infamous cardboard box, further exploration of the vast open-world players will get to experience and how the day-night cycle will impact missions. Actual multiplayer doesn't appear until around the 17 minute mark of the video, and seems to focus on stealing resources from each other.

You can check it out in action below, alongside another gameplay video from the single-player perspective that was showcased at last week's Gamescom 2014 Konami event.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. The Ground Zeroes pre-sequel is also heading to Steam for PC, which was announced at Gamescom last week.



Thursday, 21 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:12pm 21/08/14 | 3 Comments
The ESL announced that the ESL One Cologne 2014 event saw peak online concurrent viewership of more than 409,368 during the Counter Strike: Global Offensive match in-game or online. In addition Twitch saw 343,638 peak concurrent viewers, beating a record set in March by 153 percent.

"It's amazing to see the growth of Counter Strike: Global Offensive in the eSports community. Just five months after ESL One Katowice, we see ESL One Cologne 2014 break our previous record by an amazing 161 per cent," said the ESL's Ulrich Schulze.

"We had over ten million sessions and were just shy of three million unique viewers for ESL One Cologne 2014. It's absolutely amazing to see and we're all very excited to get back to work and see where we can take Counter Strike: Global Offensive next."

The competition offered $250,000 in cash as prizes with winners Ninjas In Pyjamas taking home $100,000. Hosted at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany last week, ESL One Cologne 2014 feature the world's best Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams compete for $250,000 in community-funded prize money.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:30pm 21/08/14 | 3 Comments
Friend of the site, Cameron Lee, might as well write for us permanently. He's appeared in numerous interviews with us over the past two years and remains one of the best voices for getting information regarding BioWare's next major project -- Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Speaking with Nathan Lawrence from the Gamescom showfloor, the Aussie ex-pat talks at length about the game's tone and mood, about how an inquisition isn't actually a bad thing, and about how there are no Lightsabers in their new, massive open-world action-RPG.

Click here for another Cameron Lee Dragon Age: Inquisition developer interview.
Post by Eorl @ 02:19pm 21/08/14 | 0 Comments
Upcoming yearly iteration Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be skipping the Wii U, developer Sledgehammer Games has announced.

Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey said today that there won't be a Wii U version of the game, which he explained on Twitter was "an Activision decision." The game was announced back in May for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions handled independently of Sledgehammer.

The news isn't a terrible surprise for Nintendo fans, with previous Call of Duty titles taking months to be officially confirmed. Last year's Ghosts wasn't confirmed until July, with Black Ops 2 waiting until September for its release date. The struggle even dates back to the Wii, where Modern Warfare 3 was announced in August 2011, months after the other versions had been revealed.

This follows a report yesterday that Ubisoft will be ceasing production of "mature" games for the failing Nintendo console, with Watch Dogs being the last of their efforts.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:30pm 21/08/14 | 1 Comments
In just a few days old-school gamers can get their N64 on at Press Play at Spectrum on Oxford Street in Sydney, with a Mario Kart 64 tournament. The event will also host live art and DJs, and encourages people to cosplay in retro gaming style for a chance to win prizes.

Entry is $12 which covers free pizza and a beverage upon entry (for the first 100 peeps), with doors opening at the ripe time of 8pm.

Always great to see gaming-themed nights like this happening - let us know if you plan on heading down in the Comments section.
Post by Dan @ 12:14pm 21/08/14 | 0 Comments
TT Games' continue to crank our their popular LEGO branded couch co-op games and the next addition the series is LEGO Batman 3, due this spring (Northern Autumn) on all major platforms.

Warner Bros has sent along a new promotional video for the game, featuring a bit mix of cut-scenes and gameplay featuring DC villain Braniac :
The new trailer for LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham reveals Brainiac’s diabolical plan to shrink the Earth and take control of his enemies using the power of the Lantern Rings. Now, the super heroes of the DC Comics universe must join forces with the Legion of Doom on a journey across the Lantern Worlds to stop the nefarious evildoer from adding Earth to his twisted collection.
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is in the works for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Wii U, and 3DS.

Post by Eorl @ 11:06am 21/08/14 | 4 Comments
Upcoming first-person sci-fi horror Routine has decided to put a halt on Oculus Rift support, with the developers citing motion sickness as the cause.
"We are all extremely excited about VR because we believe it brings unparalleled immersion and that is something we would love to be a part of. However at the moment we have had to slow down our VR integration as we all get extremely motion sick with the current kits," wrote developer Aaron Foster of Lunar Software in a Steam Community update. "We will take another look at implementing VR closer to release but for now we can't fully commit to a VR version of Routine."
Foster also reiterated that development is still ongoing, noting that the team have opted to not release an Early Access version of Routine. "We only want to release a fully finished game as we believe it's the best way to play Routine," he said.

"Routine has been advancing very well lately, as we've been making a lot of progress in all areas of development," Foster noted. "We've also begun to polish and finalise a few small areas in Routine, which has been thrilling as were seeing less and less placeholder work in the game."

Routine was scheduled for a 2013 release, however it is only being made by a four-person team so delays are to be expected. The game is aiming for a Windows and Mac release.
Post by Dan @ 10:30am 21/08/14 | 1 Comments
It's been a while since Humble Bundle has run one of its higher profile pay-what-you-want deals with bigger AAA games, but there is another good package of smaller titles up for grabs in the latest offering.

The current package boasts $210 worth of games if you paid retail, for US$15, or as little as $1 if you only want the first three:
No gamer is safe when Jumbo comes to town. Is it friend or foe? The only thing we know, it's Jumbo! Pay what you want for the DRM-free version of Deadlight. Paying $1 or more gets you access to the title on Steam, as well as The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Complete Pack and Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition. If you pay more than the average price, you'll also get Terraria, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition and Crusader Kings II with 3 DLC Unit Packs. Those who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus the Age of Empires Legacy Bundle.
Sadly, the promotional trailer is devoid of the usual humour, but is still a perfectly adequate showcase of the games on offer. Watch it below and head over to humblebundle.com for the goods.

Post by Dan @ 09:26am 21/08/14 | 1 Comments
It's only a single number posted to on an official Twitter account right now, but the speculation is that Codemasters has begun to tease DiRT 4, a new iteration of the popular rally driving series that carries the torch of the publisher's legacy Colin McRae branded games. (thanks VG 247)

A tweet with only the number "4" was posted to twitter.com/dirtgame, followed by a cheeky "oops sorry finger slipped."

If Codies are indeed teasing DiRT 4, it might not even be all that far away, as the recently released Grid Autosport made its way to shelves only a couple of months after its initial reveal. Dirt 3 was released on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in May 2011.
Post by Eorl @ 09:20am 21/08/14 | 0 Comments
Developer The Behemoth, the creator of Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater, has a new game in the works, which it's tentatively calling "Game 4." That new game, set to be revealed soon, is the subject of a new teaser video released today.

The Behemoth says development on its next game started shortly before the release of BattleBlock Theater in April 2013. While the studio doesn't provide any real gameplay details on the prototype it's been polishing for more than a year, it says the game "is of a genre we haven't covered before and seek to breathe a new flavor into." Hexagons are prominently on display throughout the teaser, which could point to a hex-based strategy game.

Narratively, The Behemoth's new game appears to be about the aftermath of a galactic, six-limbed bear crashing a hex-based planet, "transforming all we once knew into a colorful kaleidoscope of delicious chaos," according to the teaser's narrator.

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