Post by Eorl @ 02:49pm 01/08/13 | 6 Comments
Created for the original game as part of a Relic map design competition, Langres quickly became one of the most popular small-scale multiplayer maps. Over the years Company of Heroes players have clocked up over 3.2 million matches and 1.2 million hours battling for control of this unassuming rural location.According to the official press release the new map should be available now through a free patch for all, and will come complete with both traditional summer and winter variations.
If you haven't yet, you can check out our recent review on the PC strategy title, and check out the trailer below for a look at the classic map being re-done in the new engine.
Post by Eorl @ 01:45pm 01/08/13 | 0 Comments
Hi folks, it's me, Internet sensation and game review subject, Deadpool, here to shatter your fragile world views once more by revealing that the “Merc with a Map Pack” for MY video game, DEADPOOL, is now available to all players for purchase.According to Deadpool himself the two new maps for challenge mode are "GRT Plaza and Inside the Tower. These are good maps. I have broken bread with these maps. They went to private school. They will serve you well." Those looking forward to dressing Deadpool up, you'll be able to find the My D-Pooly and Uncanny X-Force suits available in Infinite Mode.
To help you decide on whether you should get this DLC pack or not, Deadpool has kindly photographed himself on the new maps, so check them out below. The Merc with a Map Pack is available now on Xbox 360 for 240 Microsoft Points, PlayStation 3 for $3.99 and Steam for PC at $3.99.
Post by Eorl @ 01:24pm 01/08/13 | 17 Comments
According to the official forum post, when "building your road, pressing the comma key or period key will lower or raise the road accordingly creating overpasses, bridges and tunnels." Sadly however pre-existing roads can not be raised or lowered with this new tool, so you may have to start afresh to see the tools usage.
Other changes to the game include improvements for Traffic behavior to make it smarter, a tree tool to place trees around your city, sports parks are now accepting Sims 24 hours a day and a number of other usual bug fixes.
The new update is currently undergoing some testing and should be available shortly for players.
Post by Eorl @ 12:10pm 01/08/13 | 2 Comments
IGN). According to the meeting, CFO Blake Jorgensen stated that the Battlefront title will "most likely come out around the same time that the Star Wars movies start to come out, probably in the summer of ’15."
Star Wars Battlefront was initially revealed at E3 this year, during which a short CGI cutscene was showcased but no timeframe was given. Previously EA has said that their new Star Wars titles would be seeing the light of day until 2014 at the earliest.
Hopefully we'll hear more on what exactly the new Star Wars Battlefront has to offer, but for now you can check out the clip below for what little we know of.
Post by Eorl @ 10:56am 01/08/13 | 9 Comments
In 3DS news, the handheld console is continuing to show a strong performance worldwide, with hardware numbers at 1.4 million in the quarter ending June 30, 2013. Software sales are also at quite large high, with a number of titles passing the one million mark including the hit title Animal Crossing: New Leaf, which found sales of 1.54 million units worldwide and 3 million in japan.
Sadly though in Wii U news, it isn't looking as grand as their handheld. Hardware sales for the new consoles slumped to just 160,000 within the three month period, bringing the total Wii U sales to 3.61 million. This quarter saw total first-party software sales for the console only amount to 1.03 units for the Wii U. To rub salt into the wound the report also revealed that the Wii has sold 210,000 units compared to the nine-month old console.
For the "Wii U" system, we will attempt to concentrate on proactively releasing key first-party titles from the second half of this year through next year to regain momentum for the platform. Starting with Pikmin 3, which was released in Japan and Europe in July and will be released in United States in August, we plan on releasing key titles such as The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Wii Party U, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Super Mario 3D World and Wii Fit U. Moreover, Nintendo strives to improve the sales by communicating the compelling nature of our hardware and software to as many people as possible through our new network service called "Miiverse," which offers an environment where people can empathize with others and share their gaming experiences. We also strive to improve hardware profitability by reducing the costs.Nintendo are holding steady on their forecasting, putting the company at ¥55 billion net income ($563.3 million) at the end of the current fiscal year. Sales predictions are also remaining unchanged, with the company targeting sales of 900,000 Wii U units and 1.8 million 3DS handhelds. Hopefully we can see the Wii U picking up its slack at some stage, but for now we'll have to wait and see what Nintendo has in store.
For the full financial report, you can find the sales summary here and the financial report here.
Post by Eorl @ 09:36am 01/08/13 | 13 Comments
yesterday's article on how the Xbox One will be changing the way matchmaking occurs on their next-gen console, Microsoft has today revealed a new blog post featuring details on the new reputation system that the console maker plans to enable come launch day. This new system aims to help curve many of the complaints gamers have had when they interact with their fellow players, with a simple colouring system to identify who is good and who is not so good.
With the new community-powered reputation model for Xbox One, we want to help you avoid the players you don’t want to play with. If you don’t want to play with cheats or jerks, you shouldn’t have to. Our new reputation model helps expose people that aren’t fun to be around and creates real consequences for trouble-makers that harass our good players.According to the blog post, a new algorithm will be put in place that will identify players as one of three colours: "Green = Good Player", "Yellow = Needs Improvement" or "Red = Avoid Me." Each of these colours isn't a permanent allocation, with the ability to change it by how you play. Play nice and you'll stick to the green corner, but play rough and you'll be sent to the naughty red corner.
The algorithm is looking to identify players that are repeatedly disruptive on Xbox Live. We’ll identify those players with a lower reputation score and in the worse cases they will earn the “Avoid Me” reputation. Before a player ends up with the “Avoid Me” reputation level we will have sent many different alerts to the “Needs Improvement” player reminding them how their social gaming conduct is affecting lots of other gamers.Microsoft are also planning on making sure this new reputation isn't abused or miscalculated "and won’t penalize you for a few bad reports." The algorithm that the Xbox One uses for its reputation system will weigh each report so if a dozen people suddenly report a single user, the system will look at a variety of factors before docking their reputation. A verification will also be made to see whether the people have actually played with the person they are reporting, and also judge based on time spent as well.
For the full details on what this new reputation system will be like, head over to the official blog post for more.
Post by Dan @ 09:05am 01/08/13 | 10 Comments
the Classification Board having designated the upcoming title with R18+.
The classifier's break-down lists "strong impact" checkmarks across the board in themes, violence, language, nudity, and sex, with only 'drug use' requiring the elevated "high impact" distinction.
Grand Theft Auto V is due on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 17th 2013.
Post by Dan @ 08:56am 01/08/13 | 3 Comments
Launchpad McQuack takes you on a journey underground as Scrooge dives deep inside the African Mines in search of the Giant Diamond of Inner Earth.Lovingly re-drawn slugs, bats, and err.. mer-ducks await in the video below.
DuckTales: Remastered is due on PSN, Steam, and Wii U eShop on August 13th 2013, with an Xbox Live launch to follow on September 11th.
Post by Dan @ 08:41am 01/08/13 | 9 Comments
3 vs. 3 vs. 2. An epic online showdown where every match is different. Think you can take down criminals on your own? Show them what you've got as Batman or Robin.While the solo campaign is in production at Warner Bros Games Montreal, the multiplayer component is reportedly being handled by Splash Damage, the UK studio behind Enemy Territory, and Brink.
Interestingly, multiplayer has only been announced for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, with Eurogamer having discovered that the Wii U version of the game will be missing out:
Batman: Arkham Origins publisher Warner Bros. has explained its decision not to include a multiplayer mode in the game's Wii U version as it had decided to focus its efforts on the platforms with a sizable multiplayer audience.Poor Wii U can't catch a break.
Check out the multiplayer trailer below. Arkham Origins is due on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U on October 25th 2013.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:28pm 31/07/13 | 1 Comments
I recently had a chance to check out Blizzard's newly-announced Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft in limited hands-on form, and I have to say, it was inviting. The game pulls as much from its source material as it does work to maintain a sense of what it means to play this style of game. It's gorgeous to look at (when you consider how static CCG can be), wonderful to hear and thoroughly exciting to think about delving into.
Click here for our full hands-on preview.
Post by Eorl @ 02:38pm 31/07/13 | 5 Comments
Blastr, resulting in fans scratching their head at what this could all mean.
Last week the two companies registered a handful of interesting domains, all based on a variation of the phrases "Star Wars Attack Squadrons", "Star Wars Attack Squads" and "Star Wars Squads". It is unclear whether this could have any indication of a new film, or if it could be a hint towards a new game title after the recent Electronic Arts acquisition for Star Wars game production.
It's worth noting that the last time we saw a mysterious slew of domain-name purchases from Lucasfilm, it turned out to be a videogame project, and that's definitely a possibility now with Electronic Arts taking over new Star Wars game production. But it's not the only possibility. There's always the chance that we'll see yet another TV show in the works soon, and of course Disney Parks has its own plans for new Star Wars attractions (can you imagine a Disney attraction where you get to fly a simulated X-wing?), so there are more than a few quite plausible places where "Attack Squadrons" could go.It is worth noting though that none of these domains are currently active, though if a company is registering domains this frantically hopefully it means we'll hear about it sooner rather than later.
Let us know your thoughts on what this all could mean in the Comments below.
Post by Eorl @ 02:03pm 31/07/13 | 1 Comments
According to the report the largest contributors to the high earnings Borderlands 2, NBA 2K13, Grand Theft Auto IV, and BioShock Infinite. The large earnings has also surpassed the company's expectations, allowing the company to increase its financial outlook for fiscal year 2014. Catalog sales accounted for 60% of Non-GAAP net revenue led by the Borderlands franchise, the Grand Theft Auto franchise, and Red Dead Redemption.
The new financial report also revealed details about Take-Two's digital revenue, showing a staggering 128% growth for year-over-year and accounted for a record 52% of Non-GAAP net revenue, driven by offerings for Borderlands 2, the Grand Theft Auto franchise, NBA 2K13, and BioShock Infinite.
“Our better-than-expected first quarter results demonstrate that the market remains strong for the highest-quality interactive entertainment,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “We continue to benefit from robust demand for our recent genre-leading releases, iconic catalog titles and growing portfolio of innovative digitally delivered offerings.During the conference call (via VG247), Zelnick declined to comment on the next-gen systems, but did reveal that "even if the systems hypothetically made development more efficient, easier or faster he is not interested in his teams churning out content too fast as it burns the customer out."
During the conference call Take-Two revealed that BioShock Infinite, Irrational Games' latest title in the BioShock universe, has passed the four million sales point. Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto 4 was also revealed to have moved over 25 million units since its 2008 release, with its install base for current-generation consoles having increased three-fold since then.
Those wondering what the revenue mix was like for each platform, VG247 have reported as follows: console 73% compared to 84% year over year: PC and other accounted for 25% – up from 14% the prior year, and handheld games revenue remained flat at 2%.
Take-Two are preparing for a number of new releases this year, with The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Grand Theft Auto 5, NBA 2K14, WWE 2K14, Borderlands 2: Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2: Digistruct Peak Challenge (DLC), NBA 2K14, and BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea (DLC) all set for launching within 2013.
You can find the full financial report available on the official website, including a link to the investors conference call over here.
Post by Eorl @ 11:58am 31/07/13 | 0 Comments
reporting that Metroid-vania style action-platformer Guacamelee! will be making its way to Steam for PC, and bringing with it not just the base game but also a bundle of new goodies in its "Gold Edition."
Previously launched on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita in early April, developer DrinkBox Studios will be launching the PC-friendly title on August 8th alongside two DLC packs – the Costume Pack and The Devil’s Playground - in the Gold Edition. The Steam version will also be bringing a number of functionality changes including Steam Trading Cards, Achievements, leaderboards, cloud saving, and more.
As a bonus for those who purchase the new Guacamelee! Gold Edition in the first week, you'll also gain a copy of DrinkBox Studios' previous title, Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack, completely free of charge.
Post by Eorl @ 10:46am 31/07/13 | 1 Comments
recent news that EB Games Expo 2013 would be host to 100 playable Xbox One consoles from Microsoft, Sony has now revealed (thanks do0b) that it will be there in the flesh with the first public hands-on of its next-gen console, the PlayStation 4.
“It’s fantastic that Australians get the chance to get hands on with the PS4 at EB Expo before its official release. This is usually a privilege reserved for industry insiders, now everyone is an insider” said Debra McGrath, EB Games National Brand, Events and Engagement Manager.It is currently unclear how many playable PlayStation 4 consoles there will be at the expo, and what games will be exactly shown but it is safe to say that it will definitely be an interesting three-day event for fans of both consoles.
The EB Games Expo 2013 will take place at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia from Oct. 4-6, 2013. Tickets are still available for purchase which you find over here. The PlayStation 4 has yet to get an official release date, but is expected sometime in the "holiday season" of 2013.
Post by Eorl @ 10:23am 31/07/13 | 0 Comments
Divinity’s Reach is preparing for a magnificent celebration! Her Majesty Queen Jennah of Kryta is commemorating the tenth year of her rule. This is no ordinary Jubilee – the Queen is using this occasion to celebrate the triumph of humanity over the troubles they’ve encountered. Abandoned by the gods, besieged by the vile Elder Dragons, humans have still found it in themselves to prosper. Prepare to join Queen Jennah and her subjects as they rejoice in their indomitable spirit!New events will also be taking place alongside the campaign, including the opening ceremony that will have Queen Jennah opening a new gladiatorial arena for players to participate in. Other events include igniting beacons in a race course-like maze and the Crown Pavilion mini-zone that will have you competing to become champion of a nation.
As per usual with these content updates, several game changing plans are also set in motion for Guild Wars 2. Among the new changes includes an all-in-one account wallet for each individual currency found throughout the game, making it easily accessible across all characters on one account. A PvP solo queue will also be introduced into the game, allowing you to get right into the action of PvP matches in a competitive environment without gathering a full team or finding yourself fighting against a pre-formed group.
For full details on the upcoming changes, check out the detailed changelog over here. The Queen's Jubilee will begin on August 6th for all to participate in.
Post by Eorl @ 09:42am 31/07/13 | 0 Comments
In Real Boxing, players will journey from amateur to pro in a comprehensive boxing simulation. As shown in the first reveal of gameplay footage, the Unreal Engine 3-powered game provides a realistic experience in terms of both stunning graphics and accurate simulation gameplay. Boxers are designed from the laces up to look and move realistically with extensive motion capture of every punch, jab, and uppercut in high definition.Of course it isn't just the boxing side of things that players will get to do in Real Boxing, with the ability to customise your manly character with changes to individual tattoos, hair, and clothing to ensure you look your best before punching your opponent.
Check out the trailer below to see some glove action.
Post by Eorl @ 09:30am 31/07/13 | 0 Comments
According to the new blog post one of the most notable changes is the ability to leave the game's multiplayer lobby but still retain your matchmaking status, allowing you to continue your single-player game or Skype with someone while it continues searching for opponents. "While Xbox Live is matchmaking, you’re untethered and free to do what you want, like watch TV or check out your favorite website or apps while waiting for your next game. If you’re playing digital games, you can even play one game while Smart Match prepares a second."
Other changes to the backend system include matching you with specific players according to reputation or skill level, ensuring you "won’t find yourself in way over your head but you’ll always have a good challenge."
Smart Match on Xbox One is completely reengineered for a new generation of gaming – using advanced algorithms to pair players based on skill, language, and now reputation. It’s smarter, faster and optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want, when you want. The advanced party system goes far beyond the beacons of Xbox 360, which was limited to people you already knew. Helping you discover and connect easily with players is now central to the experience. In addition, for the first time, games will be able to share player stats with Xbox Live and each other; to learn, evolve, and provide you with the best possible matchmaking available.Those wondering what exactly will happen when a match is found while in-game, Microsoft has revealed its as simple as a toast window popping up alerting you that your game is ready to play.
Post by Dan @ 09:16am 31/07/13 | 3 Comments
Pay what you want and get the urban warfare open-world adventure Saints Row: The Third; the prequel open-world action-adventure game Saints Row 2; the swashbuckling fantasy action RPG Risen 2: Dark Waters; and the hack-and-slash RPG Sacred 2: Gold Edition. Pay over the average and receive the survival horror RPG Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition and Saints Row: The Third - The Full Package, which includes a bunch of DLC. And if you pay $25 or more, you’ll get the sequel to Dead Island, Dead Island: Riptide.Unlike other humble promos, these games will all only function on Windows and can only be redeemed via Steam, so are not DRM-free, but it's still a rather good deal. Check out the trailer below, and head over to humblebundle.com for the goods.
Post by Dan @ 01:28am 31/07/13 | 7 Comments
This first add-on pack puts an intense focus on BioShock Infinite combat. Combine weapons, Vigors, Gear, Tears, and Sky-Lines in ways you never thought possible as you square off against impossible odds. This pack features 60 challenges in four brand-new environments. Complete Blue Ribbon Challenges and unlock concept art, Voxophones, Kinetoscopes, and more in The Columbian Archeological Society. Climb the Leaderboards and earn new Achievements and Trophies.
Burial at Sea features Rapture as you’ve never seen it before—a shining jewel at the bottom of the ocean, built almost entirely from scratch in the BioShock Infinite engine. Gameplay has been modified to give the player an original BioShock combat experience that merges the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite: new weapons, new Plasmids/Vigors, Tears, Sky-Lines, and Big Daddies.
Clash in the Clouds is available from today for US$6.99/400 MS Points, and Burial at Sea is due to drop in the Spring (US Fall).
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:22pm 30/07/13 | 26 Comments
We kick off hosting duties with a v2 of a live podcast performed at PAX Aus that unfortunately didn't work out. Yours truly is involved in this shorter-than-usual conversation where the topic of PAX Aus, what games are doing the rounds among hosts and myriad tangents of basic geekdom are covered, and with great, sauced-up gusto I might add.
Click here to grab The GAP's AusGamers-hosted debut.