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, 21 May 2014
Post by Dan @ 10:11am 21/05/14 | 0 Comments
Publisher Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has announced September 3rd 2014 as the launch date for the upcoming Gauntlet reboot, the cooperative action RPG in the works at Magicka developer Arrowhead Game Studios.
The classic Gauntlet 4-player co-op action gameplay returns in a completely new experience! Battle the endless hordes of foes as you and your friends fight for treasure and glory via both local and online co-op multiplayer. Invade the Darkness this Summer on PC and Steam Machines!
Pre-orders are available on Steam at US$19.99, or $59.99 for a 4 pack, which appear to still be non-regional discriminating price points.

Additionally, a special issue DC comics digital comic has been included as a pre-order bonus, promsing to detail the oriigns of the Gauntlet's most vile master.

Gauntlet its currently in development for PC only. Find out more about the game in our recent hands-on preview.
Post by Dan @ 10:02am 21/05/14 | 4 Comments
After some months in beta, developer InXile has marked the "end of August" as the release window for its crowdfunded strategy sequel Wasteland 2.
Before saying anything else, I want to first and foremost again thank you, our backers. Without you I'd never be where I am today, just a few months removed from finally releasing the game I've been wanting to make for 25 years. It's exciting to be in this home stretch, and all your support and feedback throughout the process has made the game much better than it would have been otherwise.

What we're releasing is a game of much greater scope than we ever dreamed of when starting our Kickstarter. More features, more areas, more reactivity, more words, all thanks to you for funding our game and for giving us the time needed to finish it. My goal has been to over deliver on your expectations for Wasteland 2.
Wasteland 2 is currently publicly available via Steam Early Access for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Post by Eorl @ 10:00am 21/05/14 | 0 Comments
While we sit patiently waiting for May 27th to approach, Ubisoft's upcoming open-world title Watch Dogs has been given the retro treatment, courtesy of animator Balázs Kalocsai.

In his latest video on YouTube, the rather talented animator has taken Watch Dogs' very early E3 2012 "Demarco" mission and placed it inside the Commodore 64, showing us just what it may have looked and played like. Complete with retro tunes and graphics, the reimagining still manages to look fun despite its lack of 3D graphics.

Check it out below. Watch DOgs will be launching May 27th on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. A Wii U version is also slated for launch later this year.

Post by Dan @ 09:56am 21/05/14 | 3 Comments
The sky is the limit for Valve Software's crowdfunded prize additional prize pool for the annual Dota 2 tournament The International, as contributions to The Compendium have now passed the $6 million mark.

$6 million had previously been the highest listed stretch goal for the campaign, and having met that, another nine have been outlined all the way up to $10M.
It’s been only twelve days since the Compendium launched, and already the prize pool for The International has risen to astonishing heights, rocketing beyond the $6,000,000 stretch goal. Now we’re introducing several new stretch goals to aim for. Head over to the Compendium website to learn more.

Haven’t bought a Compendium? Now’s the time make your mark on the biggest Dota 2 event of the year. Activate your Compendium to get the Evolving Battle Point Booster, Couriers, Loading Screens, HUD, a vote for which hero will receive the next Arcana item, upcoming Immortal items, and much more.
That's already a whole lot of change for a videogame tournament. The International 2014 will take place in Seattle on July 18th.
Post by Mass @ 09:40am 21/05/14 | 14 Comments
Microsoft has revealed its latest tablet in the Windows Surface lineup during a press event early this morning, titled Surface Pro 3.

The Surface Pro 3 will feature a rather large 12-inch screen with a 2160x1440 resolution, and the entire tablet will come in at only 9.1mm thickness. Unlike its previous predecessors, the Surface Pro 3 weighs a measly 800 grams, making it far lighter than before.

The big innovation here is in its adaptable "full friction" multi-position kickstand and Type Cover that offer far more comfortable options to rest the tablet at. The kickstand has three different settings including a 150 degree angle-based "canvas mode" while the Type Cover magnetically connects to the screen, so it's more adjustable and sturdy than before. It also features a larger trackpad than previous models and Microsoft is touting the Surface Pro 3 as "The tablet that can replace your laptop."

CPU-wise he Surface Pro 3 will be powered by "the latest Core i7 processors", but this appears to be an optional extra with the Core i5-4300U chip the mid-range choice. Storage options range from 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB SSDs. The new hardware starts at $799 for an entry-level Intel Core i3 version with 64GB SSD and 4GB of RAM, with a Core i5 unit with 8GB and a 256GB SSD costing $1,299. At the highest end of the scale, a Core i7/512GB upgrade costs an eye-watering $1,949. Accessories include a new $130 Type Cover, a $200 docking station and a $40 Ethernet adaptor.

Post by Eorl @ 09:18am 21/05/14 | 1 Comments
Sony has revealed a new trailer today showing off Blizzard's Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls expansion in action on the PlayStation 4, including a quick look at some of the new expansion content like the Crusader class.

As with the PC expansion and its 2.0 update, the PlayStation 4 (and the other three platforms) will be gaining all of the content changes including the Crusader class, Act V, changes to the difficulty levels, loot 2.0 and the loot-filled Rifts. The trailer follows previous news that consoles will be getting a special "Ultimate Evil Edition" that will include exclusive Infernal Pauldrons bonus in-game item.
Wearable at level 1, these devilishly sharp transmogrifiable shoulderplates provide Health, Life regeneration, and Cooldown Reduction. The key for the Infernal Pauldrons will be available in launch day copies of the Ultimate Evil Edition (cannot be transferred across platforms). Blizzard has also made it clear that saves can be taken over from each respective platforms past-gen console to new-gen console.
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition will be available on August 19th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Check out the trailer below to see the PlayStation 4 version in action.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:25pm 20/05/14 | 1 Comments
Neverwinter: Tyranny of Dragons, the fourth expansion to Cryptic Studios' massively multiplayer online role-playing game, will be released August 14th, publisher Perfect World Entertainment announced today.

Set within Dungeons & Dragons' Forgotten Realms universe, the Tyranny of Dragons module will bridge the gap between both mediums. Dungeons & Dragons creator Wizards of the Coast announced separately today that it will release "serialized entertainment offerings" for the Tyranny of Dragons expansion this year, including the Neverwinter content and two new tabletop games.

“This is a pivotal year for Dungeons & Dragons, and we are thrilled to have Perfect World and Cryptic on board to make Neverwinter a key part of the D&D experience as we transition to the future,” said Nathan Stewart, Dungeons & Dragons brand director. “The new Tyranny of Dragons module is just the beginning of us bringing our new serialized entertainment to the fans of both tabletop and digital games.”
Post by Dan @ 02:32pm 20/05/14 | 1 Comments
On a pre-order page, Ubisoft appear to have inadvertently published some details for Far Cry 4 that weren't in the initial announcement. The page has been pulled now, but not before the hard working Google web spiders cached it for posterity (thanks Reddit).

Here's the blurb that seems to confirm the new villain's name, as well as the protagonist and his background:
Hidden in the majestic Himalayas lies Kyrat, a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale. Traveling to Kyrat to fulfill your mother's dying wish, you find yourself caught up in a civil war to overthrow the oppressive regime of dictator Pagan Min.

Explore and navigate this vast open world, where danger and unpredictability lurk around every corner. Here, every decision counts, and every second is a story. Welcome to Kyrat.
Some controversy was sparked when the game's cover art was released without context, showing an evil looking blonde-haired man seemingly dominating a darker skinned individual, but Creative Director Alex Hutchinson has confirmed via Twitter that "for those jumping to conclusions: He's not white and that's not the player".

Presumably, the guy on the makeshift statue-throne is Pagan Min, and judging by the player character's name, Ajay Ghale, both of them will be ethnic Nepalese or Tibetan.

Far Cry 4 is expected to be more comprehensively revealed during the E3 Expo next month, but a November 18 release date has already been set.

Post by Eorl @ 02:30pm 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
Previously available only in Sweden and North America, Mojang's private server service for Minecraft - Minecraft Realms - has now gone worldwide for Mac and Windows PC worldwide today, Mojang announced in a post on the studio's blog.

Priced at $13 a month, players can host private Minecraft servers for groups of up to 20 players. Minecraft Realms servers, which are run by Mojang, are available around the clock and allow owners to roll back the server's world to earlier points in time for restoration in case something goes wrong.

The server system also requires less setting up, removing the difficult methods of setting up LAN networks or configuring new IP addresses - buying and setting up a server, according to Mojang, is simple. Currently the private server service is only available for the Mac and PC versions of Minecraft, but according to the post, Mojang is "planning on releasing it on other formats in the future."
Post by Eorl @ 01:56pm 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
PlayStation 4-exclusive racing title DriveClub will have the option of choosing between a male or female driver, Evolution Studios director Paul Rustchynsky has confirmed through Twitter.

Responding to a fan question on whether players will be able to choose "a feminine character on DC," Rustchynsky responded with a simple "most certainly will be able to :)" The studio's director also revealed that screen-tearing currently seen in a number of their gameplay videos will not occur during the game, with Rustchynsky stating that it's "just the video player on the web site, it doesn't happen in the game."

DriveClub will be launching on October 8th for PlayStation 4.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:55pm 20/05/14 | 33 Comments
MachineGames' Wolfenstein treatment has been an up-in-the-air prospect ever since it was unveiled. Veteran shooter fans will always be happy to sink their teeth into a game borne from the grandaddy of all shooters, but it's also fondly remembered as a multiplayer goldenchild with Enemy Territory -- a facet The New Order does not carry over.

But it's not all doom and gloom. In fact, all signs point to a solid and enjoyable single-player romp with replayability up the wazoo, thanks to Nathan Lawrence's review of the game for us. We won't mince words, you're better off just reading his.

Click here for our Wolfenstein: The New Order review.
Post by Eorl @ 11:55am 20/05/14 | 5 Comments
Previously scheduled for a Steam Early Access release on May 22nd, Vancouver-based studio SKS Games has today announced that their procedurally generated horror survival The Forest has been delayed just a few short days, now opening up on May 30th.

As you would guess from the title, the game takes place in a forest after you are left stranded from a freak plane crash. You'll have to stay alive by trusting your survival instincts and learning how to build a shelter, hunt for food, maintain warmth, farm for food and set traps as you find you are sadly not the only one living in this forest.

SKS's Mick Solomons previously revealed that inspiration for The Forest came from various cult classic films like The Descent and Cannibal Holocaust. Solomons also explained that as the player you'll be able to choose "between combat with crude weapons or taking the stealthy approach" when it comes to fighting enemies.

Find out more through the game's Steam Early Access page.
Post by Eorl @ 11:39am 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
Developer Team 12 Digital has today announced that their iconic Worms series will see a return to the new-gen console with the launch of Worms Battleground come May 30th.

In Worms Battlegrounds, players suit up worm soldiers with their choice of weapons and items and attempt to eviscerate an opposing team. The game includes a level editor, single-player campaign with 25 story missions and 10 "Worm-Ops" time-attack missions, as well as multiplayer options for up to four in local and online battles. Multiplayer is available in modes such as Deathmatch and Classic.

"A particularly cool thing is that if we were in a clan together we could — for the first time — play controlling the same team," Team 17 Digital representative Bethany Aston wrote on the PlayStation Blog. "I'd take control of two of the worms, and so would you."

Team 17 is also introducing clans, allowing players to create and customise their group of strong worm brethren in the fight against death. You'll be able to create your own emblem as well to ensure everyone knows exactly who you are at a glance, and by participating in matches you'll earn community points to further grow your clan.

Worms Battleground will be available come May 30th for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Post by Dan @ 10:22am 20/05/14 | 7 Comments
Mortal Kombat co-creator and NetheRealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon has been posting a series of cryptic messages on Twitter, seemingly hinting that the studio is preparing to announce a new Mortal Kombat game on June 2nd 2014 (thanks Game Informer.

Far from any actual confirmation yet, the developer has posted several clues that appear to be counting down to June 2nd, and suggest that Mortal Kombat X could be the title of a tenth entry into the long running fighting game franchise -- following on from the 2011 Mortal Kombat which was widely referred to as MK9.
Hmmm... I wonder what the X stands for ? pic.twitter.com/qDq5LvK4vs
— Ed Boon (@noobde) May 18, 2014
Unless it's all just a crude prank, we'll likely know more in a couple of weeks.
Post by Eorl @ 10:13am 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
Sony will be bringing its private beta of their in-development game-streaming service PlayStation Now to PlayStation 4 later tonight, though sadly this is still only available to United States residents.

The company announced the news this morning, noting that PlayStation users who registered for the private beta may receive a code for the PlayStation 4 version "soon." A beta for the PlayStation 3 has been on-going for a few months now since its announcement in January, and Sony has also noted that they plan on extending that platform's beta "in the near future."

PlayStation Now was officially revealed during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, where Sony described it as a cloud-based streaming service that will encompass PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games. The service will utilise Gaikai, who Sony acquired a few years back, and will offer a number of titles including The Last of Us and God of War: Ascension. Plans for rolling out a public beta are expected later this year, though no word on Australian access.
Post by Dan @ 09:45am 20/05/14 | 1 Comments
As Bungie's first new project since Halo launching on both major console platforms, Destiny is getting a lot of care and attention from both the Xbox and PlayStation camps.

Today, the official PlayStation Youtube channel has another new video for the game, once again offering a general overview of some its focused features.

Titled "everything you need to know", the clip actually only really scratches the surface of what we already know about Destiny, but it is a useful introduction to the game's core multiplayer tenets with commentary from several Bungie developers. Check it out below.

Destiny is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 9th, but sadly, still no word on PC.

Post by Eorl @ 09:45am 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
Free-to-play zombie MOBA Dead Island: Epidemic has entered into the Steam Early Access arena, with developer Stunlock Studios offering three starter packs to gain access to the game.

While on its launch the title will be free-to-play, those wanting to jump in ahead of its planned open beta phase will find three starter packs up for purchase. Each one offers access to the game, though the higher-priced tiers also come with a select set of weaponry and costumes to dress your character up in. These include Tier 2 weapons, a Golden Precise shotgun, a Keghammer (yes, kegs on hammers) and a bundle of character and gear points plus in-game cash.

You can find the Early Access page and all its starter packs over on Steam, with the cheapest option starting at $16.99 and rolling through to $44.99. Do remember though that this is early access, so expect bugs and the usual in-development tweaking that comes with the name.
Post by Eorl @ 09:23am 20/05/14 | 0 Comments
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer Monolith Productions have today revealed a brand new gameplay trailer for their third-person RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, taking a look at how you can upgrade protagonist Talion's powerful weapons.

In Shadow of Mordor, Talion possess three weapons: a sword, a dagger, and a bow. Killing enemy captains, or higher ranked enemies will cause them to drop runes, with its attributes defined by the manner in which you killed your foe, so while some will increase the damage done by your fire arrows, others will make your stealth takedowns that much more effective.

Getting the runes though will be a challenge, with the more epic ones locked behind killing overlord bosses. In order to actually kill said overlords, you'll need to dominate and stage enemy captains to draw out the overlord, though be wary of their rather tough bodyguards. Check it out in the video below.

Alongside in-game runes, certain retailers will be offering exclusive runes if you pre-order, including Steam, EB Games and online outlets like Green Man Gaming. Shadow of Mordor will launch on Oct 7th for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Monday, 19 May 2014
Post by Dan @ 03:26pm 19/05/14 | 5 Comments
Over the weekend, Ubisoft released a new promotional video for the upcoming and hotly anticipated open world action game Watch_Dogs, but a little different to its usual trailers.

With an extensive crew of technicians and stunt people, the publisher stages and elaborate hidden camera prank in Los Angeles, where an unsuspecting citizen supposedly looking for a phone repair is duped into believing a smartphone app can wirelessly hack other electronic devices -- as players can do in the upcoming game.

Check it out, followed by the behind the scenes video below. Watch Dogs is due on May 27th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360, with Wii U expected to follow later in the year.



Post by Dan @ 10:53am 19/05/14 | 4 Comments
What was earlier reported as a rumour that Microsoft was planning a Halo 2 anniversary edition similar to what we saw with the Halo: Combat Evolved remake for Xbox 360, reports are now suggesting that the Xbox One will be getting all four of the previous primary Halo adventures this year with a bundle titled Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Engadget (which has a pretty good track record on rumour reporting) cites industry sources that claim the Master Chief Collection will launch ahead of the recently announced Halo 5: Guardians, but won't include remastered versions of Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach -- the adventures that featured alternate protagonists.
The game's developer is unknown at this point, but considering that Saber Interactive handled Combat Evolved Anniversary and is also working on an unannounced Xbox One project, the team is a likely suspect. Also unclear are plans for digital distribution, resolution and frame-rate (Microsoft bragged that that the next Halo will run at a "blistering" 60fps), piecemeal releases, or if the games will surface on other platforms as well (PC, anyone?).
The first 3 Halo games appeared on the Steam Database last year, but nothing ever came of that (which is unusual for SteamDB appearances) so perhaps that has something to do with this bundle also. Microsoft's E3 press conference seems like a likely reveal opportunity for it, so we'll have to wait and see.
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