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Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:51pm 30/07/14 | 0 Comments
Trion Worlds' attempt at bringing over Korean open-world sandbox MMO ArcheAge will soon be heading into the second closed beta weekend early tomorrow morning, allowing those who have grabbed a Founders Pack or been lucky enough to snag an invite the chance to help test the game's content.

ArcheAge's second closed beta weekend will begin July 31st at 3:00AM AEST, and will run through to August 5th. Like the first closed beta weekend, the game will be pretty much open to entire exploration, though Trion's work on Westernising the game is still underway so expect some bugs and glitches.

ArcheAge is expected to launch on Western shores sometime later this year as a free-to-play MMO. To find out what our community thought of the past weekend's event check out the forum post over here.
Post by Dan @ 12:00pm 30/07/14 | 0 Comments
In an extremely cool first for videogames, The Last of Us developer Naughty Dog hosted a sold out stage show yesterday in Los Angeles, wherein the game's voice actors Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hana Hayes and Annie Wersching performed key scenes from the game to a live audience, and composer Gustavo Santaolalla played several songs from the game's score, with Naughty Dog's Neil Druckman directing.

For those not fortunate enough to be in attendance, the whole thing was live-streamed and the recording can now be viewed by way of the official PlayStation Youtube channel, embedded below (there's a half hour of standby at the start, so skip to 29:49 for the show opening).

The event was orchestrated to promote today's launch of The Last of Us Remastered on the PlayStation 4, but its just a fitting tribute in general to a memorable game. That said, if you have yet to play The Last of Us, most of the scenes probably won't make too much sense, and you'd do well to avoid it for spoilers anyway.

Post by Eorl @ 11:09am 30/07/14 | 0 Comments
Following on from the launch last week, Blizzard has announced that the second wing for Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas update will be launching across the world this afternoon, along with all of its juicy rewards.

For Australian residents we'll be gaining access to the single-player expansion's second wing come 4:59PM AEST this afternoon, with New Zealand fans gaining access at 6:55PM NZST. Unlike the launch of the first wing last week, the Arachnid Quarter, that was free to anyone who logged in within a months time, the remaining four sections will only be available for in-game gold or real-world money purchases.

Coming in the Plague Wing will be three new bosses, their unique rewards plus the class and heroic challenges. Pricing for each of the next four wings will be either a 700 gold in-game cost or real-world cost of $8.99. Blizzard will also offer three packages depending on the amount of wings you own: $18.99 AUD for those owning the first two wings and want to buy the remaining three and $12.99 AUD for those who own the first three wings and want to buy the remaining two.
Post by Dan @ 10:25am 30/07/14 | 0 Comments
Like pretty much every other BioWare game, Dragon Age: Inquisition offers players the ability to push through combat encounters in real-time or pause the action for a a more strategy turn-based approach, and that's the topic of the game's latest trailer.

The video purports to being the first in a series of trailers relating to various gameplay features, so we'll likely be getting a look at other staple BioWare fetures like character customisation and progression in the coming weeks.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled for launch on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 18th 2014, following a recently announced delay of a few extra weeks.

Post by Eorl @ 10:24am 30/07/14 | 0 Comments
After teasing a new champion for the ever-popular MOBA League of Legends yesterday, Riot Games has today revealed Gnar as the newest top lane tank for the free-to-play title. Be careful though, this one is far too cute.

According to the announcement, Gnar is Teemo’s and the other yordles' ancestor that was frozen in true ice and has now escaped into the game. Gnar’s defining trait is switching between his mini and mega forms, which is his passive ability, Rage Gene, rather than an active ability.

To get into his Mega form, Gnar’s rage meter must charge. This can be done more quickly by using abilities and engaging in combat, but it will also charge more slowly when Gnar is not in combat. While in mega form, Gnar’s rage meter will slowly drain and he’ll revert back into Mini Gnar. There is one caveat to his mega form, in that by changing you'll become much slower in movement speed, so be careful not to throw out abilities too quickly or else you might find yourself not available for team fights.

As a tank, Mega Gnar uses burst damage, slows, and stuns to help in teamfights, while Mini Gnar is the “more fragile form” and relies on mobility for survival. For the full run down of his abilities including visual guides, check out the official page.
Post by Eorl @ 09:47am 30/07/14 | 0 Comments
Developer Sledgehammer Games has unveiled a new trailer today showing off a glimpse at the story available in the futuristic Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, pointing out that while the multiplayer may be the big draw card, the story can still be an interesting premise.

In the trailer seen below, it seems terrorists have attacked nuclear power plants all over the globe in a show of unlikely coordination that causes the world's governments to topple. In the wake of this collapse, a private military corporation known as Atlas rises to restore order to humanity. Unfortunately, that corporation is lead by actor Kevin Spacey, who decides that after cleaning up the streets its time to use the company's military might to assume de facto control over the planet.

In related news, Activision has today announced the Atlas Limited Edition for Advanced Warfare, available exclusively to consoles. The limited edition ($109.95) comes with a bonus multiplayer map (Atlas Gorge) and a digital content pack featuring two weapons, an Atlas-decorated exoskeleton, an Atlas helmet, and five bonus supply drops. These will be further explained at the multiplayer reveal on August 11th.

The limited edition also comes with an extra upgrade token for the exoskeleton in the single-player campaign. It also includes a steelbook case and the Welcome to Atlas: Advanced Soldier Manual.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches November 4th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Post by Dan @ 09:34am 30/07/14 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has released a new cinematic trailer from the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Unity, this year's addition to the popular open world action franchise.

As the game takes place during the French Revolution, public beheadings feature quite prominently, and the latest cinematic trailer draws on a few cliches to tell the story of a hero that saves the damsel from the guilotine. Check i tout below.

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

Post by Eorl @ 09:13am 30/07/14 | 1 Comments
It seems eSports is still a very big thing in the gaming world, with Valve today announcing that more than 20 million viewers tuned in to watch the fourth annual International event for free-to-play MOBA Dota 2.

Valve's number crunchers came out with a new win today as well, noting that this year's International had "well over 2 million" peak concurrent viewers, more than double of what was seen last year. Helping gain those streamers was the ability to watch the tournament pretty much anywhere, with streams running through Steam, streaming service Twitch and even in the actual game. As a first for the eSports series, the game was also watchable through American channel ESPN.

While it is an impressive number for Valve, it seems Riot Games' League of Legends is still the winner. A chief competitor to Dota 2, LoL brought in 32 million viewers with its Season 3 Championship in 2013. The eSports event had 8.5 million peak concurrent viewers, according to Riot's numbers.

To put the eSports events into a more 'real life' perspective, Polygon notes that this year's Super Bowl drew in a crazy 111 million television viewers, with an estimated 2.3 million streaming online. While we may not get to those numbers anytime soon for eSports, its still amazing to see numbers as high as 20 or 32 million eagerly watching champions battle it out.
Post by Eorl @ 09:04am 30/07/14 | 9 Comments
Electronic Arts has announced a new $5-a-month subscription plan with Xbox One that will give those willing to pay a monthly subscription fee access to select Xbox One games. The subscription, which is rolling out in limited beta to select people today, will be available as a monthly or annual subscription.

EA Access membership unlocks what EA calls "The Vault," a collection of EA games on Xbox One that users can download and play whenever they want. During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 - with more titles to be added "soon."

EA Access members will also save 10 percent on purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store; access to games five days earlier than the rest of the unwashed masses - starting with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, and more and other perks to be announced at a later date.

You can join EA Access for $4.99 per month, or you can purchase an annual membership for $29.99 per year on Xbox LIVE. To learn more about the system, head over to the official website.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:55pm 29/07/14 | 7 Comments
It seems you can play id Software's iconic shooter Doom on just about anything according to a team of Australians (via Engadget), who have torn open and modified an ATM to play the classic first-person shooter utilising the machines controls.

Software-wise this hack isn't exactly a difficult feat, with a majority of ATMs like the one featured in the video below running Windows XP. That isn't to say it wasn't easy though, with the team requiring custom software and hardware, including a circuit board that would interpret typical ATM deposit commands into demon slaying.

Check it out in action below, though you'll notice that the ATM hack still has a fair way to go, with the number pad and side buttons still needing mapping. The group also mention the possibility of using the receipt printer, though the odds of getting that working are probably rather slim.

Post by Eorl @ 03:33pm 29/07/14 | 4 Comments
Microsoft has revealed next month’s slate of free games for those with a Gold subscription to Xbox LIVE, coming to both Xbox One and Xbox 360 subscribers.

On the Xbox One front, gamers have two titles to choose from: Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut. Sadly, it looks like Xbox 360 fans are getting the better deal with dystopian steampunk stealth title Dishonored coming to the platform's program, alongside Motocross Madness.

Not a terrible selection of games this time round, especially with Dishonored leading the charge on Xbox 360. Will you be jumping in on these deals? Let us know in the comments!
Post by Eorl @ 02:42pm 29/07/14 | 0 Comments
Rise of Incarnates, the two-on-two fighting game from the Tekken and Soul Calibur creators will soon throwing closed beta punches, publisher Bandai Namco announced today.

Eager fighting fans wanting to jump in on the action can find all the details at the official website. The doors to the beta program open at 4:00PM AEST on Friday, August 8th. It will last ten full days, ending at the same time on Monday, August 18th.

Announced in April alongside its initial alpha program, Rise of Incarnates is a free-to-play PC fighting game that features humans with god-like powers battling in mostly-destroyed, yet real-life locales. The beta will include New York City and Paris-based levels that allow players to use the environment to their competitive advantage. The program's limited character roster starts with four fighters: Mephistopheles, Lilith, Grim Reaper and Ares. The fifth playable character, Brynhildr, is expected to join the roster on August 13th, along with the Paris level.

Rise of Incarnates' beta will also include the ability to purchase in-game items and goodies, such as character customization options. Players will be able to synthesize skill cubes to improve their fighters' performance use a new "Awakening" system.
Post by Eorl @ 01:22pm 29/07/14 | 0 Comments
Fans of both Zelda and Monster Hunter will be pleased to hear that the iconic Link costume and weapon set will be making its way to Capcom's Monster Hunter 4, the publisher announced today.

Capcom revealed the news directly through their blog, with a new trailer showing off the Hyrulian regalia. Players choosing to take on Link's look will not only find a fitting costume but also the iconic Master Sword, Hylian Shield and a deadly looking bow for use against the monsters.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will be making its way onto 3DS come the first quarter of 2015, so we've got a bit of waiting before we can take on the monsters dressed Link style. Until then, why not check out the trailer below depicting the Link-like monster hunter in action.

Post by Eorl @ 12:14pm 29/07/14 | 1 Comments
While The Last of Us Remastered won't be out until tomorrow for Australian and New Zealand residents, Sony isn't stopping the promotion train with a new interview between actors Troy Baker (Joel) and Ashley Johnson (Ellie) appearing online.

The interview takes a good look at the two characters that the actor and actress play, including reminiscing on some of the more heated moments that the two shared while acting out scenes. The best bit is when Johnson talks about recording a heated scene with a different actor going up for the Joel part, giving us a glimpse into how motion-capture can get emotional, and quick. The video also touches on the very enjoyable "alternate" ending - if you've not seen that in full, that footage is waiting for you below along with the interview.

The Last of Us: Remastered will launch on PlayStation 4 tomorrow, July 30th. Fans eager to get in early can purchase through the American store, with their version going live in roughly an hour or so time. Though be warned, the download weighs in at 45GB.



Post by Eorl @ 11:19am 29/07/14 | 0 Comments
To celebrate a decade of the tactical action series, Koei Tecmo Europe has today unveiled the Special Anime Pack for Samurai Warriors 4, coming exclusively for PlayStation 4.

Conceived with the intention to honour dedicated players of the series, fans can look forward to a treasure trove of “must-have” Samurai Warriors content in the Samurai Warriors 4: Special Anime Pack including:
  • “Special Anime Pack” 10th anniversary Collectors Edition packaging
  • SAMURAI WARRIORS: Legend of the Sanada anime (Blu-ray Disc)
  • SAMURAI WARRIORS 4 game (PlayStation 4)
  • SAMURAI WARRIORS 4 Official Soundtrack (CD)
  • Special Costume Pack 4: Garcia, Ina, Nene and Oichi (DLC)
  • Old Costume Pack 1: Yukimura, Mitsuhide, Nobunaga, Noh, Oichi, and Ranmaru (DLC)
  • Edit Parts Pack 1 which allows facial and Western themed armor customization (DLC)
  • Alongside the 10th anniversary edition, Koei Tecmo also announced pre-order incentives for those willing to part with their hard-earned cash early. These include new states "Sinister Beauties" and "Men of Charm and Courage," plus special costumes and new weapons for over 25 characters.

    Samurai Warriors for is scheduled to launch on October 23rd in Australia and New Zealand for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.
    Post by Eorl @ 10:10am 29/07/14 | 3 Comments
    A new trailer has appeared with about 36 minutes of gameplay footage from Rainbow Six Siege, showing off Ubisoft's upcoming first-person shooter in action with a well-coordinated team of players.

    The footage goes for roughly 36 minutes, and features a number of key elements that the original gameplay demo at Ubisoft's E3 2014 conference showcased, including drones, breaching and the level's destruction. Check it out below.

    Rainbow Six: Siege is expected to launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One come 2015.

    Post by Dan @ 09:43am 29/07/14 | 0 Comments
    Building on the success of the fun loving franchise, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham has expanded its voice cast to include even more experienced videogame character actors and several notable film actors.

    The latest promotional trailer from WB takes viewers into the recording booth to chat with the likes of Troy Baker, Laura Baily and Travis Willingham, as well as the iconic 1960s Batman himself Adam West.

    LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is coming to PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in Spring 2014 (Northern Fall).

    Post by Dan @ 09:27am 29/07/14 | 3 Comments
    Following a Comic-Con panel over the weekend, 20th Century Fox has released some promotional stills from Hitman: Agent 47, the upcoming film based on the classic Eidos murder simulation franchise (thanks Polygon).

    UK actor Rupert Friend (best known for his role as CIA Agent Peter Quinn in TV drama Homeland) is the latest thespian to wear the iconic barcode-clad bald head and business attire, replacing the late Paul Walker, who had originally been cast in the role. Agent 47 was previously played by Timothy Olyphant (Justified, Deadwood) some seven years ago in the studio's first attempt at a film adaptation.

    Polygon has gotten a hold of a couple of stills of Friend wearing his Hitman garb and akimbo Silver Ballers, and some other less interesting information about the supporting characters played by Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness, Heroes) and Hannah Ware (Betrayal).

    Hitman: Agent 47 is due in theatres on Feb 27 2015.



    Post by Eorl @ 09:23am 29/07/14 | 0 Comments
    It seems Sony won't be stopping at The Last of Us when it comes to bringing over older PlayStation 3 titles to the currently barren PlayStation 4, with both Journey and The Unfinished Swan heading to the console, according to a now-removed list of titles due to be shown at Gamescom.

    The list appeared on Sony's official Gamescom.4theplayers.de site, where it was noticed by NeoGAF. Hours later, the list was then removed. Also mentioned was missing in action PlayStation 3 adventure Until Dawn - a pulpy teen horror title shown off at Gamescom 2012 for PlayStation Move.

    Sony has yet to confirm the PlayStation 4 releases for any of the above obviously, so we'll have to wait for the official word come August 12th when Sony is scheduled to go live with their press conference.
    Post by Dan @ 09:09am 29/07/14 | 0 Comments
    Firefly wasn't the only videogame adaptation of a sci-fi TV series to reveal its first gameplay footage during the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, TNT's Falling Skies got in on the action too.

    A teaser trailer shows a very XCOM-inspired, tactical RPG take on the alien invasion of Earth versus human resistance tale that is also boasting voice acting from its TV series cast and a storyline that takes place between seasons 3 and 4.

    Falling Skies: The Game is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Spring 2014 (Northern Fall).

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