Post by Eorl @ 03:24pm 06/12/13 | 1 Comments
The Verge's employees, Sony says it "routinely monitors for any irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes reset passwords of affected accounts to protect consumers and their account information."
The email didn't specify exactly what caused Sony to reset the select PSN accounts, though two major hacks may be the cause of decision. Adobe recently suffered a security breach causing tens of millions of customer accounts to pour out to the wild, while Facebook, Twitter and other server to issued password resets of their own after hackers made off with 2 million passwords.
As always we encourage anyone worried about their account security to reset their password, and to always use one that is both secure and hard to guess. Creating a password that is also unique and never been used elsewhere can also help tighten security.
Post by Eorl @ 11:19am 06/12/13 | 1 Comments
taken to Reddit to outline their very first update to 2D sci-fi sandbox title Starbound which will see a number of tweaks and bug fixes to the early access beta.
One of the more prominent changes players will see is that the pixel cost (in-game currency) for crafting some of the early weapons and armour on your workbench have been significantly reduced, some to the point of no cost at all. The change will hopefully help those struggling a bit to overcome the quite high initial cost when building your weapons or armour.
Other changes include new climbable ropes that you can craft, iron will now appear more often, reduction of fuel costs by a bit to visit other planets, the addition of a hunting knife weapon that compliments the hunting bow for meat gathering, tweaks to the UFO boss and of course a number of UI changes including making the warmth bar more obvious.
If all this sounds like your kind of style, you can check out the official website for more or find the game available on Steam for Windows, Mac and Linux at $15 or $44.99 for a four pack.
Post by Eorl @ 10:17am 06/12/13 | 0 Comments
The nights may be growing longer and colder, but Lion’s Arch is merrier than ever before! Wintersday is returning to Tyria, along with everyone’s favorite toymaking inventor – Tixx! Celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next in this six-week winter festival!Returning once again to help celebrate Christmas in Tyria is Tixx’s marvelous miniature toys, all available to once again collect incase you may have missed out last year. Toymaker Tixx’s workshop is also returning, though this time with a few tweaks to the previous year's content.
Other features include the Winter Wonderland multi-path jumping puzzle, a bell choir that will task you with recruiting friends to sing your lungs out, the Toypocalypse event where you'll find toys running amok and a snowball fight to round things off.
New rewards are also being offered up in their neat little wrapping this year, including the increase of Armorsmith, Leatherworker and Tailor crafting to skill cap 500. With this increase you'll be able to now craft your own Ascended armor once you hit Grandmaster Crafter. New healing skills have also been added to help those in need while battling the rampant toys.
You can find more on the update at the official splash page or direct your eyes below to see the update in action.
Post by Dan @ 09:43am 06/12/13 | 0 Comments
The “Rough Guide to Combat” tutorial video covers the basics that a beginner needs to consider when preparing for battle and the tactics they need to think about while in the heat of combat.Check out a few new screenshots and watch the video below.
The Banner Saga is due on January 14th 2013 on Windows and Mac
Post by Dan @ 09:32am 06/12/13 | 0 Comments
Currently available in Beta via Steam Early Access, War of the Vikings will appear for free in every Steam member’s library from December 5, 2013 until December 8, 2013. Players can purchase War of the Vikings in Early Access to keep playing after the weekend is over and enjoy the game up to and beyond its official release.Early access to War of the Vikings is currently available for US$19.99 via the game's Steam page, and a new trailer can be enjoyed below.
Post by Dan @ 09:22am 06/12/13 | 0 Comments
Inviting players to "discover what powers a true Next-Gen game" the 24 second teaser video doesn't show much of anything, just a single scene with some rusted cars on a derelict bridge.
The full video is promised on December 9th at 10am CET, which translates to 8:00pm on Monday in Sydney time.
Post by Dan @ 09:09am 06/12/13 | 0 Comments
has confirmed that is definitely not the case.
No, folks. I am not going to VGX. Bethesda is not showing/talking about anything at VGX. Just some PR meetings in LA. Take deep breaths.Other upcoming Bethesda-published titles known to be in development are The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and The Evil Within, so don't expect to see anything from those at VGX either.
Post by Eorl @ 03:59pm 05/12/13 | 4 Comments
Kickstarter crowdfunding drive, with only $20,000 left of their $50,000 goal to go.
Hand of Fate is a card based roguelike, in which the player builds a collection of cards into a deck, which is then used to deal out the dungeon floors through which they adventure. Upon entering a combat, all of the cards the player has collected fly into their hands as fully modeled 3D assets, and combat begins.The local talent showed off their card trading game at this year's first Australia PAX event in Melbourne, with a number of positive impressions walking away from the hands-on demonstration. Those looking to chip in will find that the Kickstarter reward tiers start at $20, which includes alpha and beta access, with higher tiers offering the chance to design your own card and even visit the studio in Brisbane all for the right price.
Check out their pitch video below and swing by the Kickstarter page for more on what the game is about.
Post by Eorl @ 02:52pm 05/12/13 | 8 Comments
The cast includes the likes of Ben Foster (The Messenger, 3:10 To Yuma, X-Men: The Last Stand), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (2 Guns, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Rob Kazinsky (True Blood, Pacific Rim, Red Tails).
Legendary Pictures also revealed that production is set to begin in Vancouver come January 2014, with Polygon reporting that Universal Pictures is also in final stages of negotiation with Dominic Cooper to star in the film adaption.
Post by Eorl @ 01:19pm 05/12/13 | 17 Comments
Currently DICE is working on the Mirror's Edge sequel and the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront game, as well as the remaining Battlefield 4 expansions. It is unknown exactly what this decision will mean for these projects, but hopefully they aren't affected too badly.
"We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game – it is absolutely our #1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game," an EA representative told IGN. "We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel your pain. We will not stop until this is right."
For those who may be scratching their head wondering why the team decided to go ahead with releasing the first of five expansion packs, China Rising, yesterday instead of delaying, EA told IGN the expansion was "already in the final stages of development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4," so the company "decided to fulfill our promise to deliver it this week."
Since its launch back in late October for PC and past-gen, and with the recent launch of new generation consoles PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players haven't been getting the best experiences. Consistent crashing on all platforms isn't unusual, with a number of game-related bugs like guns muting sound effects when shot and networking issues also plaguing the title. DICE decided to reward those who've stuck with Battlefield 4 through the hard times with a double XP fan appreciation event, which ends tomorrow.
Post by Dan @ 11:06am 05/12/13 | 5 Comments
As per usual, the Internet has done a fantastic job of summarising all the pertinent bits. Reddit user USplendid has compiled an exhaustive list of bullet points from the coverage, which include more in-depth lore details, a bunch of new information on gameplay specifics, and more new bits and pieces on both competitive and cooperative multiplayer. Here are but a select few:
There are some new screenshots and art included in the Game Informer article, but those have not yet been made publicly available by Bungie or publisher Activision.
Destiny is due in 2014 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. Sadly, still no love for PC.
Post by Eorl @ 10:59am 05/12/13 | 9 Comments
"Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming," said Valve's Mike Sartain in the announcement.
"Through these efforts we hope to contribute tools for developers building new experiences on Linux, compel hardware manufacturers to prioritise support for Linux, and ultimately deliver an elegant and open platform for Linux users."
Earlier in September Valve announced that they would be heading to the living room in the form of a new and open-source operating system, SteamOS, built on Linux framework that is expected to be released soon as a free download. The announcement was also followed by further reveals of a new Steam Controller that was also open-source, utilising trackpads instead of the traditional analog sticks, plus the official confirmation of Steam Machines, their own living-room tailored PCs.
Also joining the foundations work to accelerate the growth of Linux are Cloudius Systems and the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation.
"Our membership continues to grow as both new and mature entities embrace community development and open technologies," added Mike Woster, COO at The Linux Foundation.
"Our new members believe Linux is a strategic investment that allows their markets to evolve as quickly as possibly to achieve long-term viability and competitiveness."
Post by Eorl @ 10:36am 05/12/13 | 3 Comments
The official campaign for Arma 3, named ‘The East Wind’, unfolds over three episodes: 'Survive', 'Adapt', 'Win'. In the first episode, players were introduced to Ben Kerry, a regular soldier who’s part of a NATO-peacekeeping mission in the Mediterranean. After a botched withdrawal trapped Kerry’s unit on the island of Stratis, in the midst of a flashpoint, they attempt an escape to the neighboring island of Altis.Ahead of the episode's launch Bohemia will also be releasing the episode’s new sandbox content. Included in this (free) package are 3 additional vehicles for the Altis Armed Forces faction: the Wy-55 Hellcat helicopter, the FV-720 Mora and fully new MBT-52 tank.
"While the first part of the campaign focused on the basics of infantry combat, this second ‘Adapt’ episode plays with the other cool features of Arma 3’s sandbox”, said Jaroslav Kasny, Playable Content Lead for Arma 3. "Players will find more open and unorthodox scenarios, and with the help of guerrilla warfare, set out to defeat a much stronger enemy."
Post by Eorl @ 10:27am 05/12/13 | 10 Comments
n Starbound, you take on the role of a character who’s just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another. From there you'll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe.Other features besides the exploring and building include spaceships, mech suits (yes, mech suits) and a whole variety of enemies to gnaw at your virtual pixel bones. Of course there is also PvP against your fellow planetary survivors, one which you can choose to participate in or not depending on if you are feeling lucky.
Check out the Steam launch trailer below and hit up the official Steam page for more. Starbound is currently available only on Steam for PC, Mac and Linux or through their website, with a base price of $15 or a four pack for $44.99 ($11.25 each).
Post by Dan @ 10:19am 05/12/13 | 0 Comments
Infiltrator Demo, including GPU particle simulation and collision and lit translucency, and take a closer look at some of the water effects.
The first games to make use of Unreal Engine 4 tech are expected to being landing next year, although little has been heard about Fortnite -- Epic's own debut Unreal Engine 4 title-- for quite some time now.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:22pm 04/12/13 | 1 Comments
We talk about a lot of Max-related stuff, including where any elements from the movies fit in, how fuel and vehicles might work as an economy, character and player trepidation with NPCs in the wasteland and, importantly, why we haven't seen or heard anything about Max's dog.
"Well, we haven’t announced all of the characters yet. That’s all I can say," teased Kraftling when we asked about the dog.
Click here for our full Mad Max developer interview.
Post by Eorl @ 02:56pm 04/12/13 | 22 Comments
The China Rising pack includes four maps: Silk Road, with giant sand dunes; Altai Range, land and air battle for control of the mountains; Guilin Peaks, focused on close-quarter fighting in caves; and Dragon Pass, a reimagining of Battlefield 2's Dragon Valley map. The pack will be available for non-Premium members on December 17 for $14.99.
Sadly the news isn't all that positive, with DICE revealing earlier this morning that PlayStation 4 users anticipating the stability patch promised last week has now been delayed. "The PS4 game update that was originally meant to go live Dec 3 is undergoing some additional testing and will be rescheduled for a later date." DICE says. "We will get back with final details as soon as we have verification that the update is good to go."
The delayed patch is designed to eliminate a few problems, including unintended one-hit kills, missing sound on video capture, and crashes due to having too many friends. No further news has been provided on any other fixes in the works though hopefully we'll see more on the situation soon.
Sadly since its launch back at the end of October, Battlefield 4 has still been experiencing a number of issues plaguing all platforms, including some major server issues for PC. DICE are aware of the issues though so hopefully we'll see some more patches to fix the ongoing concerns sooner rather than later.
Post by Eorl @ 02:46pm 04/12/13 | 0 Comments
rymdkapsel is a game where you take command of a space station and its minions. You will have to plan your expansion and manage your resources to explore the galaxy.The official site notes that the PC version will be on Steam for those wanting to keep their library all in one place, though a DRM-free version will also be available from another store. The PC release will feature two more game modes, plus some new monoliths and missions.
A New Nintendo Game, The Witcher 3, Quantumn Break, Titanfall and more to be Showcased During VGX 2013 This Weekend
Post by Dan @ 12:44pm 04/12/13 | 3 Comments
For 2013, VGX organisers have revealed that in addition to a brand new Wii U title to be announced on stage by Nintendo of Amercia, we can expect to see world premiere promotional footage of South Park: The Stick of Truth, Titanfall, Quantum Break, Broken Age, Dying Light, Tom Clancy’s The Division, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
More reveals are expected, and as per usual, we'll have a round up of all the trailers locally as soon as we're permitted to post them.
VGX 2013 will air on an assortment of Viacom-owned TV channels at 15:00 PST on December 7 2013 (which is a rather pleasant 10am Sydney time, this coming Sunday, December 8th), and will also be streaming live on Steam, Twitch, Hulu, Yahoo, and GameTrailers, as well as on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Some streams have been nonsensically geo-locked in previous years, but judging by the variety of sources this time around, that shouldn't be an issue.
Post by Eorl @ 12:39pm 04/12/13 | 4 Comments
The news follows on the tails that the PlayStation 4 had smashed the UK's launch expectations, surpassing the PSP's sales record of 185,000 with their own 250,000 unit sales according to MCV. This put Sony's profits at approximately £87m during this period, a great feat for a company that was previously struggling with the initial launch of PlayStation 3.
Posting on the PlayStation EU blog, Sony's Andrew House rattled out some numbers for the worldwide launches. Initially selling over one million consoles in America on its November 15th debut, House confirmed that "Now, with PS4′s global launch expanding to a total of 32 countries worldwide, including Europe and Latin America, I'm proud to announce that more than 2.1 million PS4s have been sold."
"It’s an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry, and we couldn’t have done it without you. I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence. The best part: the PS4 journey has just begun. In addition to an incredible line-up of PS4 games from the best developers in the world, we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead."
For those who may have had trouble getting their hands on the newly released console, don't worry as Sony Computer Entertainment Australia indicates that availability is going to be limited in the short-term but there may be units on the shelves.
Did you happen to snag a PlayStation 4? How has your experience been so far? Let us know in the comments below or check out our recent hands-on review for what we thought of the new console.