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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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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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 | 1 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 | 8 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 | 8 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.
Post by Eorl @ 09:31am 27/08/14 | 0 Comments
Warner Bros. has announced a November 14th release date for their Bat-infused LEGO title Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.

Lego's third DC Comics-themed release, Lego Batman 3 is developed by long-standing Lego video game maker Traveller's Tales. More than 150 playable characters will be featured, from Adam West to Zatanna. As you might expect from its name, Beyond Gotham moves the action further afield from Batman's usual stomping grounds and out into space, into planets and cities that Brainiac has captured and shrunk down in size.

The bat game will also be featuring the one and only Adam West, who will be taking up his role as the 1960's Batman TV show man himself.

The game will launch for 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Post by Eorl @ 09:05am 27/08/14 | 10 Comments
Edit: Nintendo has sent over official word on the DLC packs, noting that prices for both packs will be U$10.00/NZ$14.00 each, or AU$16.00/NZ$20.00 for the two. Considering the amount offered in this DLC, I'd say that is one killer pack.

Following the Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U leak, it seems Nintendo might have accidentally leaked the upcoming DLC planned for their arcade racer Mario Kart 8, pointing towards 16 new tracks and six new characters coming to the Wii U title.

With two upcoming downloadable content packs, Mario Kart 8 players will be able to add The Legend of Zelda's Link and the villager and Isabelle from Animal Crossing, according to a post from Nintendo's official UK store. Also included in the DLC packs is 16 brand-new tracks, a whopping 50% increase to the current track count.

The first pack of the two adds Link, cat-suit Peach and tanooki-suit Mario, as well as four vehicles and eight tracks. It will be available in November of this year. Pack 2, available in May 2015, adds Animal Crossing's Villager, Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, the skeletal Dry Bowser, four vehicles and eight tracks.
"Each Add On Content pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of available courses by 50 percent," the site reads. "The Add On Content packs include classics like Wario's Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first AOC pack."
Those who purchase both DLC packs will receive additional content as well: eight new colors each for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Those who pre-purchase those packs gain access to the new colors immediately.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:11pm 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
Nathan "NachosJustice" loves a good shadowy realm. It's how we found him -- hiding out of sight of the sun; his milky-white skin being the perfect reflection of the average gamer and so it seemed fitting we let him take his fear of light to BioWare's new IP, Shadow Realms.

Of course none of that is true, Nathan is a model of Vitamin D sustenance and has never lived in his parent's basement (to our knowledge), but he still knows games and where some games came from, so taking on the role of the Dungeon Master in Shadow Realms is especially fitting for him.

Read on for his full thoughts on BioWare's Shadow Realms.
Post by Eorl @ 04:52pm 26/08/14 | 2 Comments
Seasons, two new zones, and tons more content will be coming in the form of patch 2.1.0 to Blizzard's loot-filled title Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls according to a new forum post on Battle.net.

Blizzard announced the new Seasons game mode back in June, along with details on the addition of Greater Rifts, a type of Nephalem Rift, and Cesspools, one of two new areas for Reaper of Souls. Blizzard's 2.1 Patch Roundup revealed even more content coming with the 2.1 patch, including The Vault (another new area), leaderboards for Seasons and Greater Rifts, and details on the first Season's new items.

Community manager Tyvalir noted on the Diablo forums that while the patch only weighs in at 300mb, "it will be making several changes to the game files stored on your computer. As a result, the “Applying Patch” phase may take up to 30 minutes to finish once the patch has been downloaded." Those lost or wanting to catch up on the new changes can also find a stack of cliff notes giving the quick rundown on the patch over here.
Post by Eorl @ 04:05pm 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
Bandai Namco have today revealed new details of their next Adventure Time game, subtitled The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom.

Its Adventure Time! The third entry into the Adventure Time series of video games is due this coming November 21st, coming to Steam, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and 3DS. The latest entry in the popular video game adaptation is being developed by veteran game studio WayForward, who also created the first two titles.

“WayForward is the perfect studio to bring the third all-new Adventure Time video game to fans of the animated series,” said Matt Scott, CEO of Little Orbit. “Just like the Adventure Time television series, these video games have resonated strongly across all age groups and we’re thrilled to be publishing the latest installment of this beloved franchise.”

In Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, you will take on the personas of Finn and Jake as they battle through the eponymous kingdom, an unexplored region in the Land of Ooo.

Post by Eorl @ 02:32pm 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
Blizzard's casual take on the competitive MOBA scene will be heading into the eSports limelight beginning tomorrow, with ESV Champions League announcing a new month-long Heroes of the Storm tournament for the top teams in North America.

Promising to provide "insight on the competitive side of Heroes of the Storm," the ESV Champions League will pit some of the very best alongside each other as they compete for the first of many eSports challenges. These include Team dIISENt, ESV's own teams Tempest and Wildfire, plus Glorious! Gaming led by Heroes streamer ZPs.

The tournament will begin on August 27th, 8:00am AEST, with the first six matches being broadcast through ESV's Twitch channel. A coverage hub has also been set up to offer match schedules, list of results, news and anything else pertaining to the event, which you can find over here.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:50pm 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
AusGamers had a chance to not only get hands-on with WWE 2K15 (impressions coming soon), but to also speak with a number of WWE superstars at the company's most recent PPV event, Summerslam.

While not active on the roster currently -- and during the PPV -- due to injury, crowd (and AusGamers) favourite, Daniel Bryan, stopped by the site for five-minutes to answer a few questions about his thoughts on the game, his own ranking within it, and wanting a head like Brock Lesnar's.

Click here for our full WWE 2K15 Daniel Bryan interview.
Post by Dan @ 11:37am 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
Boutique games hardware manufacturer Razer is continuing its R&D on the software side of things too, and the latest project is Razer Cortex, described as a "gaming nerve center" with several utilities for optimising your PC gaming experience -- including, it seems, trawling for bargains on online games retailers (thanks Polygon).
From combing the web for the best game deals, improving your PC performance in-game, to recording then sharing your in-game moments on Facebook and YouTube, and even backing up your save games in the cloud, Cortex is the free all-in-one software which gives you the best gaming experience possible.
A product overview page explains that Cortex currently monitors the likes of Steam, GOG, Origins, Green Man Gaming, Amazon, GameStop and GamersGate, updating prices every hour and informing games of discounts relevant to their tastes.

Cortex is expected to launch official in a couple of weeks, but interested users can sign up for early access here at razerzone.com.
Post by Eorl @ 11:33am 26/08/14 | 2 Comments
Microsoft has revealed a new return to the long-running series Age of Empires, though this time in the form of a touch-based multiplayer game coming to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

Titled Age of Empires: Castle Siege, the fast-paced game lets players choose from several civilizations — including the Britons, Teutons and Kievan Rus — then tasks them with fortifying a castle and surrounding city, training armies and attacking other players' castles. Microsoft says the game is being built with touch devices in mind, meaning players will control their armies with swipes of a touchscreen.

At first glance the game bears a striking resemblance to Supercell's hit strategy game Clash of Clans, but Microsoft promises "the strategy and combat Age of Empires is renowned for." Age of Empires: Castle Siege is being developed by Smoking Gun Interactive. The developer has worked with Microsoft in the past on Kinect Doodle Jump, Mars Rover Landing, Kinect Adventures and multiple Kinect Fun Labs titles.

The game is scheduled for release sometime in September, and will feature cross-play support between Windows 8 PCs, tablets and mobile phones.

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