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!
fella!
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!
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
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.

Post by Dan @ 11:06am 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
The latest Weekly Update on Bungie's official blog confirms that the game has "gone gold", the industry term for when a game completes its initial development and manufacturing of retail game discs commences.
Now, we’re very close to launch – the final weeks. This next milestone carries a heavier weight of finality. Destiny is Gold. Discs are being pressed and packed into crates. Destiny is done, in some respects. Even now, so close to the end, it still feels like we’re just getting started.

Have we said that before, too? As the saying goes: This is not even our final form. Though Destiny may be basking in the gold light of release, we’re already looking ahead to the next milestone, and the next one after that
Destiny is due to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 worldwide on September 9th 2014, but one hotly requested feature that apparently won't be making it to launch is loot trading, as the developer confirms toward the end of its weekly update that although players will be able to swap gear around between characters on the same account, there won't be a facility to share your spoils will fellow players:
Only with your enemies. Trade your ammo for their loot. You know the best way to deliver ammo to a Cabal Centurian? You’ll figure it out, and it’s tons of fun.

As for swapping irons in the Tower? Nope. We want you to earn ‘em. You should be able to tell a badass story for every sweet jewel in your arsenal.
An odd omission for such an MMO-inspired social online multiplayer game, but perhaps they need more time to consider and refine the economic machinations of trading or similar.
Post by Eorl @ 11:00am 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
NBA Live 15 will once again be featuring a leading player of the sports, this time Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.

Lillard, a point guard in the team, was the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year and made his first All-Star appearance this past season. According to EA, Lillard has been working with NBA Live 15's developers at EA Tiburon for two years. The studio scanned his face and head to build a detailed in-game model of him, and along with doing motion capture work, Lillard has provided feedback on the game.

Lillard also lent his voice to Learn Live, a tutorial mode that's new to NBA Live 15 and will help introduce players to the game — an onboarding process that was notably absent at NBA Live 14's launch. Those wanting to see him in the digital flesh can check out the video below.

NBA Live 15 will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One come October 7th.

Post by Eorl @ 10:24am 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
A new leak has appeared online suggesting that we could be seeing Shulk, Bowser Jr. and Ganondorf as fighters for Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U.

A massive roster leak for the new Super Smash Bros. is being documented on NeoGAF, with convincing video evidence revealing Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles, Bowser Jr., and Ganondorf as the newest additions to Nintendo's all-star brawler. YouTube user Izat True was responsible for the five leaked videos showcasing the three previously unannounced fighters, though the videos have now been claimed by Nintendo.

It seems these aren't the only fighters who have had their appearance leaked ahead of the game's launch. The Duck Hunt Dog and Ness from Earthbound are reportedly going to show up for battle, as well as Dr. Mario and Dark Pit. There is even a DLC rumor list that features Lucas, Wolf, Chorus Men, Ice Climbers, and Snake. It also seems general information has been dumped as well on Imgur, featuring trophies, arenas and more.
Post by Eorl @ 09:51am 26/08/14 | 2 Comments
After revealing in June that successful Kickstarter title The Banner Saga would be heading to iPad, Windows and Android tablets, publisher Versus Evil has announced that the team are aiming for a September release.

Stoic's Viking-themed role-playing strategy game launched on Windows and Mac back in January, and the tablet version is said to feature controls reworked for touchscreens. It will be listed as a premium title, though no price has yet been determined.

Wondering what The Banner Saga is all about? Check out our review to see just what the Vikings have in store for the tablet devices.
Post by Dan @ 09:40am 26/08/14 | 2 Comments
Following rumours that a $1 Billion acquisition from Google was looming, online retail giant Amazon has revealed itself as the new owner of Twitch, confirming a $970 million cash purchase of the hugely popular streaming video service.
“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month — from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

“Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”

“Amazon and Twitch optimize for our customers first and are both believers in the future of gaming,” said Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch. “Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”
A statement from Twitch CEO Emmett Shear thanking users for their support and describes Amazon as the right choice for the deal as they "share our values and long-term vision". Shear also goes on to say that Twitch plans to "keep everything the same" in regards to its office, employees and brand, and rather puzzlingly intends to retain its "independence".
Monday, 25 August 2014
Post by Dan @ 11:28am 25/08/14 | 5 Comments
An online hacking group that also claimed to be responsible for the recent PlayStation Network outage has reportedly indicated that it was also behind a bomb threat called in to American Airlines that saw flight 362 from Dallas to Phoenix redirected as a result. Polygon reports that Sony Online Entertainment present John Smedley had been on board and is the presumed target of the felony prank.
"Something about security and our cargo. Sitting on Tarmac," Smedley tweeted. Polygon has reached out to representatives of Sony Computer Entertainment America, SOE and the Phoenix office of the FBI for additional comment.

An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed to The Arizona Republic that Flight 362 was diverted for security reasons. KPNX-TV also reported the FBI was investigating the threat.

Earlier this afternoon, the hacker group that says it brought down PSN tweeted this threat to American Airlines' account. A tweet while the flight was airborne (and since taken down) also contained a link to this image appearing to show an e-Ticket for Smedley's flight, with a confirmation number, asking Smedley and Sony if this was indeed his flight. The hackers continued to tweet threats about the flight.
Sony has reassured PlayStation Network users that "no personal information has been accessed", but as of the time this article, services have yet to be restored.
Post by Dan @ 10:19am 25/08/14 | 15 Comments
Cloud-streamed gaming services like OnLive and PlayStation Now have yet to be made widely available to markets outside of North America and Europe, and high latency has made such services unplayable from far flung locations like Australia so they're all geolocked anyway.

However, Microsoft Research seems to think that tyranny of distance might be a solvable problem, having recently outlined their findings on a project they're called "DeLorean" that is essentially an advanced form of client prediction that instead of just guessing a single most likely outcome for each user movement, calculates several.
In this paper, we present DeLorean, a speculative execution system for mobile cloud gaming that is able to mask up to 250ms of network latency. DeLorean produces speculative rendered frames of future possible outcomes, delivering them to the client one entire RTT ahead of time; clients perceive no latency. To achieve this, DeLorean combines: 1) future input prediction; 2) state space subsampling and time shifting; 3) misprediction compensation; and 4) bandwidth compression.

To evaluate the prediction and speculation techniques in DeLorean, we use two high quality, commerciallyreleased games: a twitch-based first person shooter, Doom 3, and an action role playing game, Fable 3. Through user studies and performance benchmarks, we find that players overwhelmingly prefer DeLorean to traditional thin-client gaming where the network RTT is fully visible, and that DeLorean successfully mimics playing across a low-latency network.
Masking up to 250ms of latency? Surely like usual client prediction it won't be without side effects, but if it pans out and makes high latency cloud-gaming feasible, that would be particularly good news for Australian gamers.
Post by Dan @ 10:05am 25/08/14 | 0 Comments
That feature length film based on Capcom's Dead Rising games looks to still be happening as director Zach Lipovsky has now reportedly been attached to the project (thanks VG247).

Best known for the new horror film Leprechaun: Origins, Lipovsky's background is in visual effects. Mortal Kombat: Legacy writer Tim Carter was previously announced as handling the script, and Legendary Pictures still appears to be planning a straight to digital release by way of the Crackle video on demand service.
Post by Dan @ 09:51am 25/08/14 | 0 Comments
The last two Yakuza games -- Yakuza 5 and Yakuza: Restoration -- are still yet to find their way to Western audiences, but SEGA has revealed the title of the Japanese mafia-themed action series' next addition as Yakuza Zero.

An official website appears to promise more details at the upcoming Tokyo Games Show in September, and confirms PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as target platforms, but doesn't offer much else about the game other than a logo.

Saturday, 23 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:20am 23/08/14 | 0 Comments
Finnish developer Almost Human Ltd. has announced that not only has their classically-styled first-person dungeon crawl sequel to Legend of Grimrock entered beta, but the original is also making its way to iOS.

According to an official press release, entering beta means that all content to be included in Legend of Grimrock 2 is now in place and needs only polish and quality assurance testing before the game will be available to the public. "We feel the game is like a raw diamond and now we're concentrating fully on polishing every aspect of the game until everything is perfect and shining," said Legend of Grimrock artist Juho Salila.

The developers plan to begin beta testing soon, after enlisting a "carefully selected" group of testers. Almost Human believes this tight-knight testing group will allow for better developer feedback and more fluid interaction between testers and the people building the game. Barring any major problems, Almost Human hopes to launch Legend of Grimrock 2 on PC this Fall.

Unfortunately, information on the iOS version of Legend of Grimrock is currently lacking. Almost Human has yet to confirm a release date for the game, or even which iOS devices will be supported (though the above screenshot indicates the iPad is a very likely candidate). The developer claims that more information on the mobile dungeon crawl will be coming soon.

Post by Eorl @ 10:06am 23/08/14 | 0 Comments
In addition to Arkane Studios' hit game Dishonored being available for free on Xbox Live for Xbox 360 until the end of the month, it is also available for free play on Steam all weekend. Borderlands 2 is also available during the weekend as a free play game.

The first-person stealth action game is playable for free until Monday, 6:00am AEST. Bethesda are also offering the game at a 75% discount for those who want to continue playing after the weekend, pricing it at $11.24 for just the game or $16.99 for the Game of the Year Edition.

Dishonored launched on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in October 2012. You can find out more about the game through its Steam profile, or you can check out our review on the game over here.
Post by Eorl @ 09:43am 23/08/14 | 0 Comments
Developer Naughty Dog will be adding in two new multiplayer maps for free to their remastered version of The Last of Us, noting the gesture of goodwill "in appreciation for all of your continued patience as we work to resolve the matchmaking issues."

PlayStation 4 users have been made to endure long waits while to connect to the game's online Factions mode - an issue that the developer is now working with other PlayStation teams to try and fix.

"Over the last couple of weeks, we have deployed LiveUpdates and Patch 1.02, which have resulted in some significant improvements, but there is still more to be done to reduce the matchmaking wait times," Naughty Dog explained via its official site.

"We've discovered that the most significant improvements may come from working with other teams at PlayStation to make updates to some of the existing matchmaking libraries. Our current estimate is on the short side of weeks, rather than months."
Post by Eorl @ 09:32am 23/08/14 | 1 Comments
After launching their Kickstarter mid-way last month for post-apocalyptic RPG After Reset, Black Cloud Studios' crowd-funding campaign has now ended, surpassing their goal by nearly $60,000.

Born out of the disappointment of the cancellation of Fallout: Van Buren a decade ago, After Reset RPG is being developed to fill the void for a classic old-school RPG that hardcore fans of the genre have been clamoring for.

"Today I am proud to announce that together, we did it," the latest Kickstarter post read. "Yes, any mere gamer, like myself, can take it upon themselves to stop moaning on forums and establish their own serious development team to build the game of their dreams. Proven by gamers, for gamers!"

Developed with scientific realism and offering a larger playing area than Fallout 1 and 2 combined, After Reset RPG features a non-linear story offering complete freedom of choice, branching story paths and multiple endings. With that freedom of choice the player can totally explore the world at their disposal, the Great Desert (formerly known as Nevada) and the State of Eagle (previously California).
Friday, 22 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:38pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
Welcome all to the very first Indie Friday feature! As the name suggests, each Friday we'll be taking a look at a handful of independent game developers from around Australia and giving you, the reader, a chance to know a bit more about the local scene and just what to keep your eyes on.

Do keep in mind that some of these titles aren't quite ready, but we believe that even without the polish these games have some great potential at showing off Australia's very prominent local talent.

To start off the first week we have five indie titles to check out, all from around Australia and all with very different playstyles. Check out the list in action over here, and as always leave a comment on your thoughts.
Post by Eorl @ 04:11pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
World of Warcraft developer Blizzard may be planning to immortalise late actor Robin Williams in the form of a genie in their upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion, along with a couple of other additions.

Files datamined by fansite WoWHead from the latest beta build reveal the addition of a new NPC called "Robin the Entertainer". The nod to Williams' Genie role in DIsney's Aladdin is definitely a big one, and the idea that his in-game character has the ability to shapeshift could mean different models may be used to represent some of his more famous movie roles.

Other models spotted so far include a human female, which is no doubt a nod to the ever popular Mrs. Doubtfire, and a human male. That one could possibly be a take on Williams' breakout success, Mork and Mindy. We aren't quite sure where these characters will feature or what they will have to offer, as Blizzard has yet to confirm if these are indeed the official ones previously promised.
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