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!
Wrestling Time
We take a look at 2K Games' latest WWE contender and find out just what the game has in store for fans of the wrestling series. Click here for our full preview!
Resident Evil Within
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!
handsome devil
We took the five winged, five week challenge with Hearthstone's first campaign and walked away less deathrattled than you might think. Read on for more!
Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 01:27pm 03/09/14 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has released a batch of new screenshots for the upcoming Assassin's Creed Rogue, showing us that the previous-gen isn't yet done with squeezing out all it can muster for pretty graphics.

With some quite large scenery thanks to its watery setting like past Assassin's Creed title Black Flag, Rogue is looking to be a decent extender in the shelf life of Ubisoft's open-world explorer. While next-gen and PC may be getting a more visually pleasing and tech-heavy upgrade with Unity, Ubisoft isn't shying away from trying to show us how much juice the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 still have left in them.

Check them out in action below or head over to the game page for more. Assassin's Creed: Rogue will be launching later this year for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Post by Eorl @ 10:55am 03/09/14 | 0 Comments
While it was announced last week that Team Ninja would be once again taking up the reigns of a new Dead or Alive 5, today marks the first official look at the game in motion.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will include the largest roster of characters in a Dead or Alive game, over 300 unlockable costumes and a variety of hairstyles and accessory options. It's unclear how much of Dead or Alive 5's previous downloadable content will be included in Last Round, but rosters, costume and accessories from Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate and purchased downloadable content "will be transferable from last gen consoles to the PS4 and Xbox One."

Team Ninja leader Yosuke Hayashi says the current generation of console hardware "is allowing us to create the most graphically striking version of any Dead or Alive game ever." It will also be available on previous-gen consoles, though only in digital form.

Post by Eorl @ 10:31am 03/09/14 | 1 Comments
Electronic Arts' Xbox One subscription service EA Access will be gaining a new contender for their "vault" of games, last year's Need For Speed Rivals, the publisher announced today.

Additionally, EA confirmed that the early access period for NHL 15 will begin on Thursday as expected, ahead of the game's regular September 12th release. FIFA 15 likewise will have an early access period before its release on September 25th and both will follow the same plan as Madden NFL 15, limiting players to just six hours of gametime over the pre-release window.

Need for Speed Rivals will join Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Peggle 2 and Madden NFL 25 as full games available from the vault. A subscription costs $30 a year, or $5 monthly. Subscriptions are available only on Xbox One.
Post by Eorl @ 10:16am 03/09/14 | 0 Comments
Even though Grand Theft Auto V's online counterpart is nearly one year old, Rockstar is still keen on pumping out new content for its online open world.

This month, the developer has launched 16 new jobs, new races and contract missions, and the chance to earn double RP all week in a new Flight Schools Job playlist. As part of today's update, players will have access to two new Contact Missions, including:
Chop Chop (Contact: Trevor, Rank 43, 2-4 Players)
"Our friend Ronald is getting increasingly agitated about Merryweather Security’s presence in the state, and a nervous Ron gets on my t***. Why don't you go to Sandy Shores Airfield, hack into the Merryweather Network, find their outposts and then take their choppers and blow 'em all to hell. Okay? Great!"

Effin' Lazers(Contact: Martin, Rank 44, 2 Players)
"The market’s about to be flooded with inferior product. I... WE... have too much invested in it to let that happen. I need you to get in some Lazer fighter jets and take out the planes holding product before they land. It sounds extreme, but these are desperate times."
Players will also want to check out the new scenarios for all three of the new VS Mission modes (Acquire Targets, Air Force Zero & G-Rating). Those who play through the entire new Flight School Jobs Playlist will gain access to an exclusive 'High Flyer' Parachute Pack, which was previously only available through an event weekend.
Post by Eorl @ 10:11am 03/09/14 | 1 Comments
Star Trek Online: Delta Rising, the free-to-play MMO's newly announced second expansion, will feature some of the Star Trek series' most well-known actors in its cast.

Three actors will be reprising their roles from the series Star Trek: Voyager - Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine, Ethan Phillips as Neelix, and Robert Picardo as The Doctor. They'll be joining Garrett Wang as Harry Kim and Tim Russ as Tuvok.

Delta Rising, which is set 32 years after the events of Star Trek: Voyager, promises to be Star Trek Online's biggest content update to date. It'll be released later this year.

Post by Eorl @ 10:02am 03/09/14 | 1 Comments
The rather ambitious dinosaur-based survival game The Stomping Land has been removed from sale on Steam Early Access, following months of inactivity by developer SuperCrit.

Since its debut through Kickstarter where it raised nearly six times it s original $20,000 goal, the survival game soon launched on Steam Early Access in May to a price point of $25. Once the game was available through Steam the developer updates dried up, causing concern for those had backed the Kickstarter and purchased the game. This prompted the developer to respond on July 14th confirming that The Stomping Land was still in-development, then subsequently announcing they would quit posting on Steam.

"I am stringing the community along. I don't want that. You don't want that. So I'm not going to continue doing that," the rep said before bowing out. Fundora, an ex-Skyrim animator, has been AWOL since then, neglecting to update the game's forums with any word as to its progress. Earlier reports suggested that the developer was moving the game over to the Unreal Engine 4, though I'm not quite sure why that would reason for the pulling of Steam Early Access.
Post by Eorl @ 09:31am 03/09/14 | 0 Comments
Free-to-play co-op sci-fi shooter Warframe has made its way onto the Xbox One today, developer Digital Extremes announced.

Those eager to try out the game can do so now with no additional costs, though eager fans wanting to open their wallets can do so in the form of micro-transactions. These include unlocking gun mods, extra perks and more, all available in a variety of currency packs.

Originally launching on PC early last year and then available on the PlayStation 4's launch, Warframe involves a lot of running around and shooting, so if that's your jam you can check out the launch trailer below and then head over to the Xbox Live store.

Post by Steve Farrelly @ 09:27am 03/09/14 | 0 Comments
It's as if you were using Google Maps and Street View, only instead of having a look at your own house, your mate's house or the Pyramids (who hasn't?), you're going off-world via Google Technologies into the world(s) of Destiny.
Created using Google Technologies, Destiny Planet View gives fans an immersive first look of Destiny's in-game locations on Mars, Venus and the Moon. While the experience only reveals a small slice of Destiny's massive worlds, users will be able step through each area and discover useful lore, gameplay tips and even a few hidden real-world and in-game incentives along the way.
Destiny is already closing in fast, and an awesome feature like this only wants us to explore all the game has to offer more.

Click here to head to Planet View or watch a video of the feature embedded below. Destiny arrives next Monday, September 9 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Post by Eorl @ 09:18am 03/09/14 | 1 Comments
Developer Overkill Software has unveiled their latest add-on pack for bank robbing title Payday 2, however this time with a little bit of a creative twist.

Titled the Gage Assault Pack, the DLC is taking a leaflet out of DICE's Battlefield series with its quite tongue-in-cheek artstyle of orange and blues so typical of Battlefield 3 and 4. The pack is a collection of four weapons, 28 mods, four melee weapons, four masks, four materials, four patterns and 10 achievements, all for $4.99 and due for release this Thursday.

Overkill confirmed the artistic nod to DICE on their Steam page, noting that "Yes, this is us at Overkill tipping our hats to a fellow Swedish game developer. :)" According to fictional arms-dealer, Gage, the pack is for when go south and you want to "fill the air with high velocity rifle rounds, and plenty of them."
Post by Eorl @ 09:04am 03/09/14 | 8 Comments
Mojang's latest Minecraft update, named the Bountiful Update, has launched today on PC bringing with it a quite large list of improvements, new additions and more to the ever-expanding blocky world.

Version 1.8 has been in development for over 300 days - the longest amount of time to date for any major update. It brings with it some major new additions to the game, such as the underwater Ocean Monument dungeon types plus associated new enemies (Guardians and Ender Guardians) and block types (Prismarine, Sea Lanterns). Half a dozen new dirt and stone types have also been added, along with decorative items such as Banners.

Minecraft will also be populated with Rabbits, which if we go by Monty Python's logic will most likely be the most foul, cruel, and bad-tempered rodents you ever set eyes on. A rare "Killer Bunny" will also be possible to find, most likely a nod to Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

A full changelog can be found on the official website.
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:47pm 02/09/14 | 14 Comments
Volition studio creative director Steve Jaros has opened up on Twitter in regards to the continued discussion on female representation in video games, noting that recent mention of Saints Row 4 in Feminist Frequency’s Anita Sarkeesian latest Trops Vs Women in Video Games installment was right to be included, and that the industry should work to improve on its portrayal of women.

“This is something we all should be better at,” Jaros said, taking up the issue on Twitter. “Yes, the original saints Row is listed here. Yes, it should be.” Jaros also revealed in a recent interview with The Escapis that the use of abuse against women as background content in games should stop, saying that "we shouldn’t be portraying senseless abused women and I think that if I could go back and hop in a time machine I would have done things differently."

“I think it’s fair to be called out on your shit. I think that it’s a sad man that can never be self-reflective. I think that we tried to go and carry ourselves with respect, and try to respect sexuality and respect gender as much as we can, and sometimes we fail but hopefully we’ll do better and continue to get better.”

You can check out Sarkeesian's latest Tropes Vs Women in Video Games below, and let us know in the comments on your thoughts.

Post by Eorl @ 01:16pm 02/09/14 | 5 Comments
While Nintendo's home console may not be doing the greatest in regards to third party support, with publishers like Ubisoft announcing no more "mature" games, the Wii U is still going quite strong with its first party listings as revealed by a new infographic of all 2014 and 2015 games.

As mentioned, the list is quite strong with typical Nintendo IPs like Super Smash Bros (which incidentally is on 3Ds as well), but a smattering of newer IPs can also be spotted. These include titles like Hyrule Warriors, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and Splatoon. Though third party support is weak, Wii U owners will still be able to enjoy multi-platform titles Just Dance, Skylanders and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Next year we can also expect big hitters like a new Star Fox, Zelda and Xenoblade Chronicles X.

Check it out in full over here, and let us know in the comments on what you'll be picking up for your Wii U.

Post by TiT @ 11:45am 02/09/14 | 16 Comments
After being served up the toned down German version of Valve's popular zombie co-op shooter Left 4 Dead 2 since its launch, it seems Australian gamers will soon be enjoying the uncensored version thanks to a re-classification.

Dated August 29th on the classification entry, the Australian Classification Board has seemingly passed the original off as all okay to sell, citing it contains "High impact violence, blood and gore." The website listing on states a PC version as being re-classified, and no word on when exactly this new version will be available.

The Australian Classification Board refused to classify the original version of Valve’s co-operative shooter in 2009, barring it for distribution in the region. Valve submitted a heavily censored version that the board awarded with an MA 15+ rating, stating "the element of violence in the game has been sufficiently modified and is now able to be accommodated within the MA15+ classification."

Update: Doug Lombardi of Valve has confirmed the reality of the uncensored version to Kotaku Australia, noting that "We are making plans to deliver that version to those who have already purchased the game. We will announce more details on that soon.”
Post by Eorl @ 11:34am 02/09/14 | 0 Comments
Blizzard's digital tabletop card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has had its first expansion come and go, bringing with it a variety of new "Deathrattle" cards (among others) to help players build more unique decks.

Not only was Naxxramas filled with phat lewt to gain, but the game's first single-player expansion brought to the table a relatively difficult Heroic Mode and fun Class Challenges. Overall, the price paid - either using in-game gold or real money - was well worth the value given, and our own Steve Farrelly takes a looking glass to what made this expansion tick, and where Blizzard could go with the ever-expanding Warcraft well of lore.

Check out our full Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Curse of Naxxramas review for all his juicy thoughts.
Post by Eorl @ 11:22am 02/09/14 | 0 Comments
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia unveiled a slew of new games — and some not so new games — coming to PlayStation 4 during their pre-Tokyo Game Show event last night, including Disgaea 5, Earth Defense Force 4.1 and a new Ys title.

Disgaea 5 is coming to the PlayStation 4 sometime in 2015. Earth Defense Force 4.1 appears to be an update to the most recent Sandlot-developed bug-slaying shooter.

Also announced at Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference was a new PlayStation 4 game from Bandai Namco based on the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and a new game in the Senran Kagura series, subtitled Estival Versus, which is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

Tecmo Koei also re-confirmed that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, a new version of its 3D fighting game, was coming to PlayStation 4. No word yet on whether any of these titles will be showing their faces in the West.
Post by Eorl @ 10:24am 02/09/14 | 0 Comments
Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us developer Telltale Games has given eager fans a clue as to what kind of setting we can expect their next choose-your-own-adventure title, Game of Thrones, will entail.

Posting on their official Twitter account, Telltale feature an image of a (non-spoiler) quote from the latest Game of Thrones book, A Dance with Dragons, highlighting a very specific family name. "...Trackers and hunters sworn to Deepwood with clan names such as Forrester and Woods, Branch and Bole," the excerpt reads.

The house in question is a minor one in George R.R. Martin's series, however going by this recent post we can expect it to be a feature in Telltale's story. In the series' lore, the Forrester family are sworn to House Glover of Deepwood Motte - a northern location which has popped up in both the books and TV series. Deepwood Motte in turn holds loyalty to House Stark of Winterfell.

Telltale has given no word yet on when we can expect the series, which is due out at some point on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Post by Eorl @ 10:10am 02/09/14 | 1 Comments
Sony will bring themes to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in future firmware updates, the company announced at its Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference late last night.

The ability to customize your PlayStation 4 and Vita will introduce game-themed wallpapers and icons for each platform. In the example shown for PS4, PlayStation mascots Toro and Kuro (above) were shown in animated form playing in a house — with nods to LocoRoco — alongside a user interface that featured theme-specific icons.

Footage from the pre-TGS show can be found below, detailing what to expect from the custom themes. PlayStation 4 users can expect the themes in firmware version 2.0, though there is currently no date on when we can expect that update.

Post by Eorl @ 09:55am 02/09/14 | 6 Comments
After revealing last week that their launch for sci-fi strategy title Planetary Annihilation would be coming very soon, developer Uber Entertainment has today announced that the game's launch build is now available to those who jumped in early.

Revealing the news through their Steam page, Uber noted that the release build would feature “a number of upgrades, including “enhancements to both single-player and multiplayer”. “It will also include two new features: resource-rich gas giants and the “Annihilaser,” a celestial laser of doom that obliterates planets with each tremendous blast,” they added.

Actual details on the enhancements have been left out, so presumably players will have to find out all the nitty gritty details themselves. Those who still haven't yet jumped on the pre-order bandwagon can do so here before its launch on September 5th, for a $30 price tag. Considering its original launch on Steam had it pegged for $100, the low launch price is definitely worth it, though you can check out the latest gameplay trailer below if you aren't quite sure what to expect.

Post by Eorl @ 09:07am 02/09/14 | 1 Comments
Having already enhanced both Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2, developer Beamdog now sets its sights on another Dungeons & Dragons Infinity Engine classic, Icewind Dale.

"It is now official, Icewind Dale:Enhanced Edition is available for pre-order on Beamdog," reads a tweet from Trent Oster, creative director on the aforementioned Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Following through to the official website will greet you with a large pre-order option, and a nice price tag of $20.

Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will be making its way to Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS and Android. No release date has yet been set, though in the meantime prospective players can learn all about the various tweaks and improvements Beamdog has planned for the roleplaying classic by visiting this page.
Post by Eorl @ 08:46am 02/09/14 | 0 Comments
A UK retailer has accidentally let slip a possible date for the upcoming current-gen port of Rockstar's open-world utopia Grand Theft Auto V, pinning it for a very specific November 14th to be exact.

As usual, Rockstar hasn't commented on the legitimacy of the leak, however VG247 notes that two days ago a rep for the developer has confirmed a "Fall" window, which usually means September to November period.

Videogamer has snapped a copy of the UK retailer's listing for integrity sake, though hopefully we'll be hearing something more official soon enough. Grand Theft Auto V and its online counterpart will be available to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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