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Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:55pm 29/07/14 | 3 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 | 1 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 | 1 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).

    Monday, 28 July 2014
    Post by Dan @ 09:55am 28/07/14 | 8 Comments
    Firefly Online, the upcoming strategic roleplaying game based on the cult-hit Joss Whedon TV series just scored itself a whole lot more credibility as it was announced at the recent San Diego Comic-con event that the actors from the show would be reprising their roles:
    Yep, It's true. The Big Damn Heroes have joined Firefly Online!

    Nathan, Alan, Adam, Sean and Ron have already recorded their parts, and Morena, Jewel and Summer are on the schedule and will be in studio soon. And we're currently working with Gina to find a time for her to record.

    There's an epic new story they'll be helping tell (and when we say "epic", we mean "EPIC") and sidequests where you might just run into a familiar face.

    In addition to the BDHs, Michael Fairman has joined the cast to reprise his role as Niska. We've already recorded Michael and his performance was nothing short of bone-chilling. Look forward to taking some jobs from Niska, if you dare!
    Given that the game is in development by a studio only known for a handful of casual mobile games, we'd find this news hard to believe if Mal Reynolds himself, Nathan Fillion, hadn't made an appearance at the end of the first "gameplay" trailer. See for yourself below.

    The announcement also suggests that the targeted release window for Firefly Online has been pushed back to Spring 2015 (Southern Hemisphere Autumn 2015).

    Post by Dan @ 09:28am 28/07/14 | 1 Comments
    Following a month or so of reports of development staff not being paid, and current projects in jeopardy, Crytek has published its first official comment on the matter. In a statement provided to Games Industry International a Crytek representative encourages confidence in the company's future, but does not delve into specifics of any of its studios or their games.
    Like the games industry as a whole, Crytek has been in a transitional phase. Our evolution from a development studio to an Online-Publisher has required us to refocus our strategies. These challenges go along with an increased demand for capital which we have secured.

    We can now concentrate on the long term strategic direction of Crytek and our core competencies. We kindly ask for your understanding, that we won't be communicating further details about our developments and progress.

    Ultimately, with our organization, capitalization, portfolio and technologies we have now laid the foundations for securing Crytek's future - not just in the short term, but also long term.
    No mention was made of the state of Homefront: The Revolution, which has been in development at Crytek UK, the studio where many staff were recently rumoured to have walked out.
    Post by Dan @ 08:49am 28/07/14 | 0 Comments
    Insomniac has released a new promotional video for its upcoming Xbox One exclusive open world action game Sunset Overdrive, wherein several of the game's developers talk about character clothing customisation.
    Live out your end-of-times fantasies and be who YOU want to be. You're the hero after all, right? Play as male or female, with multiple body types and skin tones, and mix all sorts of completely gender neutral apparel, hair and body art customizations in whatever combination you want. Hear directly from the creators of Sunset Overdrive as they discuss the inspirations behind the customization options in Sunset Overdrive, and their favorite pieces players can use
    If you're ever wondered what a kangaroo cod-piece might look like, check out the video below.

    Sunset Overdrive is due on Xbox One on October 28th 2014.


    Post by Dan @ 08:40am 28/07/14 | 1 Comments
    Acclaimed RPG developer BioWare has dropped a mysterious teaser trailer for what appears to be an announced game, telling us only that "The time is near... they are watching. Your power is rising. You've been chosen", and asking "what really happens when we sleep?".

    According to VG 247 the video has been linked to a recent trademark filing by publisher and BioWare parent company EA for something named "Shadow Realms", which seems to suggest a full reveal shouldn't be too far away -- perhaps the 2014 GamesCom expo in Cologne in a few weeks time.

    Whatever it is, it's certainly a departure from the usual themes of BioWare games, which have traditionally been straight up sci-fi and medieval fantasy.

    Saturday, 26 July 2014
    Post by Eorl @ 02:15pm 26/07/14 | 18 Comments
    It won't require much more than a functional PC to run The Sims 4 according to The Sims official website, where a new FAQ has revealed the system requirements needed to run the game.

    The Sims 4 will require Windows XP (or later), at least 2 GB RAM and 9 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB of additional storage for custom content and saved games. The Sims 4 will also be DirectX 9.0c compatible.

    The processor and video card requirements are as follows:
    PROCESSOR: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent)

    VIDEO CARD: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better
    A one time internet connection, as well as an Origin account, will be required for product activation and installation - however a persistent online connection won't be necessary.
    Post by Eorl @ 11:02am 26/07/14 | 0 Comments
    This week The GAP is bringing two episodes to you, which means you've got about 5 hours of people sort of talking about games. The first episode is your regularly scheduled broadcast as Luke, Heath, Junglist and Joaby talk about the Destiny Beta, Heroes of the Storm Alpha (pre-game destroying patch), Hidden in Plain Sight, Depth and more. They also talk about the news of the week -- the Dota 2 International winners, the Yogventures controversy and whatever else comes up.

    The second episode is something for the Dota 2 fans, as Luke and Joaby are joined by local game developer Tim Stobo and games journalist Ryan Cunningham to discuss The International Dota 2 Championships 2014 in detail. With a collective play time of over 4500 hours there's more than enough experience to go around. Except for Joaby, who doesn't know what he's talking about. But at least he stays quiet.

    As always, these episodes are available right here on AusGamers, but you can also subscribe to their RSS feed to grab the show off iTunes or PocketCasts or whatever.

    The GAP Episode 232 - Podcast Simulator 2015

    The GAP Episode 233 - The Dota 2 International 2014 Pubstomp
    Post by Eorl @ 10:55am 26/07/14 | 0 Comments
    Zojoi's remake of 1989 NES adventure game Shadowgate will launch for Mac and Windows PC on August 21st, with Android and iOS versions slated to launch this fall, the developer announced today.

    Shadowgate will be available through Steam and other online distribution outlets for $19.99. This reimagined version, made possible in collaboration with indie company Reverb Triple XP, features new puzzles and harder difficulty levels, as well a bonus Retro Mode that let's players "experience the game like its 1989."

    Shadowgate was successfully crowdfunded via Kickstarter in November 2012, pulling in $137,232 from 3,468 backers. For a better look at how the remake stacks up to the original, check out the below video comparing the two.

    Post by Eorl @ 10:35am 26/07/14 | 18 Comments
    Sony Pictures has today announced that Naughty Dog's critically acclaimed title The Last of Us will not only be seeing a remastered version on PlayStation 4, but will also be seeing a silver screen release in the not-to-distant future.

    Details are still to come on just what the movie will entail, with knowledge on what the movie's storyline will entail. Producer Sam Raimi, who is very well known for his work on the Evil Dead series, has apparently been contracted to work on the film. Sony hasn't confirmed who will be playing Joel and Ellie of the game, however according to some fans at the booth Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) has been name dropped for Joel while Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams who plays Arya Stark has apparently been contacted to play as Ellie.

    Hopefully we'll be hearing more on the movie soon enough, but until then you can stare at the first-ever poster release below. What are your thoughts on video games to movie adaptations? Was Super Mario the best movie ever made? Let us know in the comments!

    Post by Eorl @ 10:20am 26/07/14 | 0 Comments
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has been pushed forward, it was revealed at Comic-Con, however, Australia will still be seeing the game in retail form for home consoles on October 8th, though WB Australia points out that the PC version will be available on Steam from October 3rd.

    Warner Bros. has also released a new trailer to coincide with the game's promotion at San Diego Comic-Con. The spectral figure paired with Shadow of Mordor's protagonist, Talion, is revealed to be Celebrimbor, the long-departed Elven smith who forged the Rings of Power. Beyond their connection to Middle-earth's notorious mind-control jewellery, both Talion and Celebrimbor have reason to venture into Mordor and hijack Sauron's army for their own purposes.

    For a more on Shadow of Mordor, head by our game page which includes all the various material to get you up to scratch with open-world title.

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