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!
Friday, 29 August 2014
Post by Dan @ 08:46am 29/08/14 | 5 Comments
Original due on October 28th, Ubisoft has pushed back to the scheduled release date for Assassin's Creed: Unity, the popular series' latest addition that is set in Paris during the French Revolution.

The game will now be finding its way onto PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in North America on November 11th 2014, and in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia on November 13th. The move means that the new generation targeted Unity will now be launching on the same day as Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Ubisoft's other new title in the series due on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

In a detailed blog post, Ubisoft Senior Communications Manager Gary Steinnman relays comments from Senior Producer Vincent Pontbriand that explains that the delay decision, as always, is to allow the developers to better polish the game:
Now that the team has a near-finished game, those extra two weeks will allow them to focus on those minor adjustments that can make a big difference – and ultimately help Ubisoft deliver on the promise of the game. “We’re very confident in the game we’re making,” Pontbriand says.

This small delay is also about taking total ownership and doing what’s right for both the gamers and the development team. “Making games is not a precise science. It’s a leap of faith. There’s a good level of subjectivity and creativity,” he says. “We have a bunch of us who have spent two, three years or more on this project. It’s a huge personal investment. People have been truly dedicated to this game. For them it’s also important to make a game that they can be proud of.” That’s why the team will continue to toil even beyond the ship date – right up to actual release – building a Day 1 patch that offers even more improvements to Unity.
The delay news follows recent rumours of an apparent new game mode in Unity that would reportedly see the return of several playable Assassin's from games past, and others still from the extended lore.
Post by Dan @ 08:29am 29/08/14 | 0 Comments
Confirming recent rumours, the forthcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition will be accompanied by a web portal titled Dragon Age Keep that, in lieu of playing the first two Dragon Age games, players can visit to pre-configure the story of their game's world.

For the uninitiated, the first two Dragon Age games featured some branching endings and varied consequences for choices players made during their stories, but with the third game in the series now coming to platforms that it hasn't been on before, the concept of simply importing one's saved games to continue your personal adventure became untenable.

BioWare Exective Producer Mark Darrah has posted up an extensive blog update on the topic:
Within the Keep, you’ll be able to customize a Dragon Age historical world state to your exact specifications. How did you modify your Warden and Hawke? Who were your companions? Who did you choose to romance? Who rose to power, and who fell in defeat? What legacy did you leave?

Within the Keep, you’ll be able to customize as much or as little about the world of Thedas as you wish. Then you’ll be able to import your saved world state into DAI at the start of a new game. Have you lost or corrupted your save files? No problem — remake your world state on the Keep, and preserve it for the future. For those folks new to the Dragon Age franchise, the Keep will serve as a great way to understand the people, places, and events that shaped the world leading up to DAI.
The tool will be accessed via the website dragonagekeep.com and BioWare has invited prospective Dragon Age: Inquisition players to register for beta testing.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled for launch on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 21st 2014.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:03pm 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Continuing our coverage of all things wrestling, AusGamers was given the chance to get some hands-on preview time with 2K Sports' latest addition to the long running WWE 2K series, and we can definitely say it had a lot of wrestling involved.

From the high-detailed visual changes to the almost realistic likeness of WWE's characters, 2K15 is definitely one title WWE fans do not want to miss out on. As usual though it is too early to declare 2K15 the winning contender, with some nuances still left over from a long-lined series that has tried its hardest to be unique each and every year.

Find out all of those details and more in our full hands-on preview of WWE 2K15.
Post by Eorl @ 02:56pm 28/08/14 | 1 Comments
Interstellar Marines, the sci-fi FPS title from developer Zero Point Software, has surpassed the 100,000 copies sold mark through their Steam Early Access program.

According to the devs, the game has earned them "more than $1.5 million in revenue," a feat that many indie developers only dream of. Still in "heavy development," the tactical FPS will soon be adding cooperative multiplayer to celebrate the milestone, come an update on September 18th.

Zero Point Software revealed the game way back in 2006, receiving a number of "we are still alive" assurances from the developer until its release last year on Steam Early Access. Those eager can pick it up on Steam for $18.99, which include both Early Access and its upcoming expansions and updates.
Post by Eorl @ 02:09pm 28/08/14 | 5 Comments
Another month is once again coming to a close, and that means new PlayStation Plus deals from Sony for their PlayStation platforms.

Eyeing up September's line-up reveals a number of cross-play titles, so you won't feel left out if you happen to only own one brand of console. Hitting the PlayStation 4 is arcade shoot 'em up Velocity 2X and local multiplayer compendium Sportsfriends, while PlayStation 3 gains PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and dragon-infused Hoard.

For PlayStation Vita users you'll be gaining Llamasoft’s highly addictive psychedelic tube shooter TxK, plus Hello Games' (No Man's Sky) dare devil Joe Danger. For a full overview of each game head by the PlayStation Blog, and remember to nab the current August selection before they rotate out come September 3rd.

Post by Eorl @ 01:10pm 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
After revealing that Irrational Games' 2007 BioShock would be making its way to iOS devices earlier this month, publisher 2K has today announced that the slimmed down mobile port is now available for purchase.

Priced at a whopping $18.99 on the iTunes store, the mobile game features all of Rapture in its gritty, underwater nature, with some tweaks of course. These include a new UI for those fingertips, optimised touch controls and support for bluetooth controllers.
Bringing a true AAA gaming experience to the mobile platform, BioShock sends players on an adventure to explore the submerged Art Deco city of Rapture to fight deranged survivors of a failed objectivist utopia, and genetically modify their own DNA to gain superhuman powers. The game also features a new leaderboard system, an in-app digital artbook (based on the original Special Edition), and a new player profile function that allows players to see how they stack up against their friends with a number of personal in-game stats that track how many weapons and plasmids are used, the number of enemies killed, and more.
If the price doesn't put you off, you can check it out through the iTunes store over here. Note that BioShock for iOS is only compatible with the following devices: iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad 4, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5 - and will sadly not run on older devices.
Post by Dan @ 11:49am 28/08/14 | 1 Comments
Quake Live, the Quake 3-derived browser-based shooter from id Software recently switched to a standalone application and will soon be making it's way onto Steam with a host of updates and changes.

A detailed blog post from the Quake Live dev team explains the reasoning behind the changes, and their intention to make elements of the game more accessible to newcomers without alienating veteran players:
Quake is a masterful game of skill, often compared to Chess by its veteran players. However, with that depth has come a challenge to welcome and capture new players long enough for them to discover the joy to be found in what many consider the finest Deathmatch game ever made.

For some of us that joy is simply nostalgia of our early days, an introduction to online FPS that ushered in a new era of gaming. For many it is a love of mastery, striving to become better in a competitive world that seems to have no upper bounds. It is a game of limitless growth where the movement, strategy, and perfection of aim seem to be an extension of our human selves where hard work, dedication, and confidence can translate into a measurable improvement that brings a great pride to our players. While Quake will always be a home to the competitive base, we have often longed for a wider audience who could experience, appreciate, and fall in love with all that it has to offer.
Some of the bigger changes and additions include a 2x potential speed boost from bunny hopping, a continous jump mechanic when the jump key is held down, a new heavy machinegun weapon and a new in-game UI.
Post by Eorl @ 10:42am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Popular sci-fi TV show Doctor Who will soon be time travelling through his Tardis onto the game screen of Minecraft for Xbox 360, Microsoft and BBC announced today.

Starting in September, Doctor Who-themed DLC packs will be arriving onto the Minecraft universe, thanks to a deal struck between Microsoft and the BBC that will allow players to dress as key characters. According to the BBC blog post, the first pack will cost a measly $2.99 and will feature a twelfth doctor look-alike, five other doctors and their companions, and several key Doctor Who adversaries including the infamous Daleks.

More packs featuring Doctor Who content will be released later on to coincide with the broadcasting of episodes in the latest series and will each contain six different doctors and characters spanning the 50-year history of Doctor Who.

“We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring Doctor Who content to our loyal fans. Working collaboratively with Microsoft, we’ve created an exciting new product which will allow Doctor Who fans to create their own brand new adventures in the heart of the iconic world of Minecraft.”
Post by Dan @ 10:20am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Beloved DRM-free digital games distributor GOG.com is expanding its product range to cover films, kicking things off with 20 games and tech related documentaries all sold with no copy protection.

A launch promotion price is offering each movie currently on offer for US5.99 and to let users test the service out, two of the docos -- The Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard -- are currently available completely free.

While the range is currently limited to indie films about games, the company hopes to attract major studios once the system is more established:
Our goal is to offer you cinema classics as well as some all-time favorite TV series with no DRM whatsoever, for you to download and keep on your hard drive or stream online whenever you feel like it. We talked to most of the big players in the movie industry and we often got a similar answer: "We love your ideas, but … we do not want to be the first ones. We will gladly follow, but until somebody else does it first, we do not want to take the risk". DRM-Free distribution is not a concept their lawyers would accept without hesitation. We kind of felt that would be the case and that it's gonna take patience and time to do it, to do it, to do it right. That's quite a journey ahead of us, but every gamer knows very well that great adventures start with one small step. So why not start with something that feels very familiar? We offer you a number of gaming and internet culture documentaries - all of them DRM-Free, very reasonably priced, and presenting some fascinating insight into topics close to a gamer's heart.
If nothing else, it seems like a great outlet for any independent filmmakers, particularly stand-up comedians, to hock their wares.

Check out the current catalogue of DRM free movies on GOG right here.
Post by Eorl @ 10:15am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Roll7's skateboarding title OlliOlli is now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in North America and Europe, the developer has announced.

The PS3 and PS4 versions are a straight port of the PlayStation Vita original — which launched this past January — includes an upgraded menu system and leaderboards that can be viewed among friends. These leaderboards have also been added to the PS Vita version and will allow players to compare scores.

OlliOlli is also cross-buy and cross-save compatible, which will allow those who already own the PS Vita version to pick up and play their game on consoles.

"[SCEE strategic content specialists] Shahid [Kamal Ahmad] and Spencer [Low] at PlayStation in London pretty much insisted we did the port after the first day's success, it was totally unexpected and took a while to sink in," Roll7 studio director Simon Bennett said in a press statement. "We have since been working our collective balls off to bring OlliOlli to PS3 and PS4 — it could not have happened without the diligence and hard work from BlitWorks in Spain and Sam, our QA Manager here."
Post by Dan @ 10:10am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
If you own both Xbox and PlayStation platforms and have been scratching your head as to which version of Bungie's hugely anticipated Destiny to pick up, this video might help make your mind up.

As has been loudly promoted every time Sony mentions Destiny, the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 offerings will feature some exclusive content that won't be available for Xbox players at launch, including weapons, gear and some complete multiplayer maps. Check out the video below to deduce whether they're worth signing your platform alleigance.

Destiny is due to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 worldwide on September 9th 2014.

Post by Eorl @ 10:00am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Single-player survival/mystery action adventure Escape Dead Island will be launching its way into our zombie infested arms come November 21st, publisher Deep Silver announced today.
Delivering the key features of a Dead Island game – visceral melee combat set in a beautiful paradise setting – ESCAPE adds a completely new tone to the zombie universe. The visually unique styles accompanies the player on his struggle against insanity as he experiences the secrets of the Dead Island universe, fights off zombies with a vast and unique array of weapons and opens the path to the events that will happen in Dead Island 2.
Anyone who opts to pre-order and purchase the survival mystery designed to bridge the gap between the original Dead Island and its sequel will apparently be guaranteed access to the Dead Island 2 beta. At this time it seems the access is available only to UK pre-orders, however we are hoping to hear as to whether Australia and New Zealand are bundled into this.
Post by Eorl @ 09:39am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
After offering a small amount of details yesterday in regards to the rumoured 4 player cooperative multiplayer mode coming to BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition, the developer has now revealed a full-fledge gameplay video demonstrating exactly that in action.

Being kept largely from the single-player experience, the multiplayer co-op will offer its own various encounters between you and three of your friends. Customisation is also a key part of the mode, allowing you to create unique armour, weapons and level your character up. In regards to characters, you'll have 12 to choose from with a range of abilities, all of which can be modified through a talent-like system.

Check it out in action below, and let us know your thoughts on this new addition to the previously predominate single-player franchise. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be launching November 18th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Wanting to know more about Dragon Age: Inquisition? Why not check out our recent hands-on preview of the game at this year's Gamescom, or better yet read up on all the goss in our interview with BioWare Aussie ex-pat Cameron Lee.

Post by Eorl @ 09:25am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Microsoft has revealed that a standalone release of the Xbox One's Kinect sensor will be hitting stores in October, with a US suggested price of $149.99.

Microsoft launched the Xbox One last November for $599 with a Kinect in the box. In June, the company unbundled the Kinect from the console and began selling the system itself for $499. At the time, Microsoft said it would release a stand-alone Kinect sensor this fall. Last month, the company announced that Xbox One sales in the U.S. doubled once the console became available without Kinect.

The package will include a copy of Dance Central Spotlight, which launches September 2nd. The game comes with 10 songs; customers can purchase additional downloadable tracks and import music from previous Dance Central titles. The second-generation camera was also made available for Windows last month, at a price point of $199.00.
Post by Eorl @ 09:06am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Microsoft has today announced that those eager to take a hands-on approach to learning the wheel in Forza Horizon 2 will soon be getting the chance to do just that, with a demo arriving on Xbox One come September 16th.

Details on what to expect track or car-wise have not yet been revealed, with the announcement providing very little on the demo besides that it is coming. Going by the announcement, it also seems like we shouldn't expect an Xbox 360 version; Forza Horizon 2 launches for it on the same day. Playground Games, which is developing the Xbox One version, said the two versions are "different games inspired by the same ideas."

Alongside the demo announcement, Microsoft also revealed the full list of achievements that you can expect in the open-world racer. Check them all out over here to prepare for the achievement hunting.
Post by Eorl @ 08:53am 28/08/14 | 0 Comments
Arrowhead Game Studios reboot of the classic co-op dungeon crawler Gauntlet was initially slated to launch on September 3rd, but has now been pushed back to September 23rd, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today.

The reboot — announced this past March — will launch for Linux Windows PC through Steam for $19.99. Gauntlet will include full support for the Steam OS software in preparation for the 2015 launch of Steam Machines.

According to a statement from the publisher, the reason for the delay is so the team can fine-tune Gauntlet's multiplayer mode. As a thank you for support, Warner Bros. is including an in-game bonus item with all pre-orders — a Wizard's Robe called the The Spawn of Kerthull, crafted from dead imps.
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 | 2 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 | 1 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.
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