Post by Eorl @ 10:36am 14/05/13 | 1 Comments
Mayhem bundle, featuring a "mix-up of anarchic indie games." Included in the bundle is a mix of titles such as post-apocalyptic shooters, a zombie burner, a demonic child simulator and of course a Zen-styled puzzle game to sooth the mind.
The bundle features Burn Zombie Burn, Lucius, Plain Sight, Alien Shooter 2: Concription, Primal Fear and Droplitz. There is also a seventh title, however it has yet to be revealed. Currently the minimum price is just over $5.50, so jump in before it gets any higher.
Post by Eorl @ 10:09am 14/05/13 | 0 Comments
Krieg is an apparently reformed version of the Psycho enemy from the series who wields an axe and explosives to dispatch foes. Like the game's other archetypes, he has three skill trees: Bloodlust allows you to enhance your survivability by killing damage with your Buzz Axe (which can be used for melee or thrown), the Mania tree increases your damage as you take damage, and the Hellborn tree increases your fire damage, and also makes you a lethal warrior while you're on fire. With those last two trees, friendly fire is actually very beneficial for Krieg.Krieg will be making his way into the game as part of the Psycho Pack downloadable content, which we presume will be filled with even more crazy shenanigans. Check out the trailer below which includes a lovely run-down from Sir Hammerlock.
Post by Dan @ 10:09am 14/05/13 | 1 Comments
The goal of the Kickstarter project has been set at a lofty US$1.35M, which is the remaining amount required to meet the $1.5M target set by Precursor on the in-house crowdfunding site they launched last week.
Pitched as a spiritual successor to acclaimed Gamecube title Eternal Darkness, the Shadow of the Eternals project has been heavily scrutinised due to negative press surrounding the demise of Silicon Knights, and its poorly-received games Too Human and X-Men: Destiny.
You can catch a nine minute gameplay demo of the prospective game below, and head over to Kickstarter to contribute.
Post by Eorl @ 09:57am 14/05/13 | 7 Comments
For the fourth quarter, the publisher brought in revenue of $299.5 million, a large increase from its $148.1 million during the same quarter last year. Net income was also up with $21.2 million reported, compared to a net loss of $66 million from a year ago. Take-Two credited several contributors to the increase in revenue including Irrational Games' BioShock Infinite. Older titles like Grand Theft Auto IV and Red Dead Redemption from Rockstar Games plus Borderlands 2 from 2K Games were also large contributors.
Take-Two also revealed that Irrational Games' BioShock Infinite (AusGamers 10/10) has shipped more than 3.7 million copies to date since its launch on March 26.
The company also highlighted its "digitally delivered content" which grew 148 percent year-over-year and accounted for 22 percent of Non-GAAP net revenue. The profits were driven by offerings for Borderlands 2, the Grand Theft Auto franchise, NBA 2K13, Sid Meier’s Civilization V and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. A "solid demand" for season passes for both Borderlands 2 and BioShock Infinite were also highlighted.
Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two revealed that despite "a challenging environment for many in our industry" the company saw a large increase in revenue thanks to "commitment to delight consumers with the highest-quality interactive entertainment experiences." Zelnick also commented on projections for the next fiscal year, stating that "our Company is better positioned for success than at any other time in its history."
With Rockstar Games launching Grand Theft Auto V in September, fiscal 2014 is poised to be one of our best years ever. Looking ahead, we have an extensive pipeline of next-generation and emerging platform titles in development, including both new intellectual property and releases from our proven franchises. As a result, our current outlook is to be profitable on a non-GAAP basis in fiscal 2015 and for the foreseeable future.For the full report, you can check out the following page which also includes a link to the investors conference call.
Post by Dan @ 09:33am 14/05/13 | 0 Comments
The year is 1715. In the Caribbean, desperate sailors with ideals of true freedom assemble to establish the Republic of Pirates. But far from idyllic, their life is brutal, filled with betrayal and debauchery. Here at last are their true stories.Watch the trailer below.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is due on October 31st 2013 for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U, with a PlayStation 4 version also in production.
Post by Eorl @ 09:19am 14/05/13 | 0 Comments
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, previously announced for the West as Ace Attorney™ 5, sees the return of courtroom hero Phoenix Wright. Set eight years since his last appearance in the courts, the first case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies sees the action start in a destroyed court room. It’s down to Phoenix Wright and his team at the Wright Anything Agency to discover the cause of the destruction. Players will have to battle it out in court against Gaspen Payne, the younger brother of Winston Payne from previous Ace Attorney titles, as they defend the accused.A new trailer has also surfaced for the title, one that was previously debuted last year however now translated in English. The trailer showcases the two new attorneys joining Phoenix Wright, young Attorney Apollo Justice and new Associate Attorney Athena Cykes. Check it out below.
Post by Dan @ 12:04pm 13/05/13 | 1 Comments
Post by Dan @ 10:59am 13/05/13 | 18 Comments
Notably, the video features a guest appearance from Louis Castle, one of the co-founders of original Command & Conquer developer West Wood Studios, and a bold comment from the new game's Lead Designer Samuel Bass, who is hoping to "Wash the stain of C&C 4 away", indicating that the team wants to distance itself from the poorly received 2010 title.
Victory Games Senior Technical Game Designer Jeremy Townsend describes the roots of the franchise as being "base building that doesn't feel like a chore, harvesting that doesn't require your full attention, and a focus on fast-action and lots of viable strategies in the actual combat", and hopes that the Victory Team can recreate those pillars.
Overall the team appears excited about developing the game as a service, as opposed to a one-off retail product, praising the ability they're going to have to be able to respond to player feedback to balance the game in a live product.
There's a few new bits and pieces of gameplay in its Frostbite 2 glory as well. Watch the video below.
Command & Conquer is expected to launch this year, and beta registrations are now open over at commandandconquer.com.
Post by Dan @ 10:25am 13/05/13 | 4 Comments
preview article describing some new features and player capabilities.
In a recent demo of the game shown at a preview event in San Francisco, Guay and members of the Watch Dogs development team highlighted three areas that they believe players will find engaging. The first is voyeurism, which features heavily in the game. According to Guay, the theme of surveillance is particularly interesting to explore, especially when we consider the increasing number of security cameras that are being installed in cities and how everything — from traffic lights to power networks — is now connected and managed by computers.Polygon's video player doesn't seem to be very embed-friendly, but GamesHQMedia has it on Youtube now, so unless it gets taken down, you can watch it below.
Watch Dogs is due on November 21 2013 on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U, with the PlayStation 4 version expected to launch with the new console (which has yet to be dated for Australia).
Post by Dan @ 09:58am 13/05/13 | 1 Comments
According to tech blog Android Police, references to a multitude of new features were discovered in a leaked build of the Play Services application, including leaderboards, achievements, multiplayer matchmaking and invites, cloud saves, and in-game chat.
The Play Games service suite appears to be accessed by a little green controller icon, with the friends-list/contacts side of things handled by way of Google+, and its 'circles' system.
The features rumoured so far would bring Android's social gaming functionality close to most competing platforms like PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and iOS Game Center, but falls somewhat short of industry-leader Steam.
With Google's annual I/O event taking place this week, we might be hearing more official words about Play Games very soon.
Post by Eorl @ 06:01pm 11/05/13 | 2 Comments
According to a post on the The Witcher's official forums by community manager Marcin Momot, the team were apparently running tests on the website when it was accidentally made available for public. Momot apologised for the confusion caused but ensured that those who had downloaded the tools that they were legitimate.
Just a word of clarification.... We were running some tests on the website and it went public for a brief moment. Those of you who have downloaded the REDkit files - have fun - they are official so don't worry! Also, feel free to use the instruction posted by Kodaemon since it's legit as well.Momot also advised that the official launch of the beta files will be on Monday, noting that the team will be ensuring that newer links will be made available for better performance.
Post by Eorl @ 05:41pm 11/05/13 | 8 Comments
GamesIndustry are reporting that transmedia project Defiance has been renewed for a second season, with SyFy ordering 13 more episodes for the TV show tie-in. Production on the new episodes will begin on August in Toronto according to the report, with the finished series to air in 2014.
Syfy today announced that it has ordered 13 new episodes of the show, with production launching in Toronto in August, and the finished episodes set to air in 2014. While Trion's MMO and the TV show take place in the same universe and cooperate to tell the franchise's stories, the success of one does not necessarily guarantee the continuation of the other; the two efforts were designed to be severable if one succeeded and the other didn't.Alongside the TV show renewal, Trion's MMO counterpart has also revealed plans for five DLC releases with the first titled Enter the Castithan. Executive producer Nathan Richardsson went into detail on the official website, revealing that each of the planned DLC's will be comprised of a free update for all, a paid update for those who purchase the DLC and a store update which will bring several new items to the in-game shop.
We do our DLCs a bit differently with Defiance. Every time we do a DLC, of which we have 5 planned within the next year, we have a free component, a paid component and a store update. The free part is for everyone. We want people to be playing with their friends; we don’t like to isolate players.Those currently playing the MMO will also be happy to know that another major update will be making its way to the TV tie-in, addin in "further bug fixes, improvements, as well as new TV Tie-ins – one of which will utilize a new open world game mode called Sieges." Check out the official blog post for further information on what is coming up including a look at the free, paid and store content in Enter the Castithan.
Post by Eorl @ 05:14pm 11/05/13 | 14 Comments
The Sims 3 Dragon Valley pack will be available through the Sims 3 store later this year, and will feature new Sims, locations and exclusive clothing and objects, including a "beloved baby dragon" and more.For those needing a bit more of a spice in their life, check out the trailer below to get a glimpse at what the Dragon Valley expansion has on offer for your Sims life.
Dragon Valley will be available on May 30 for The Sims 3.
Post by Eorl @ 03:30pm 10/05/13 | 5 Comments
Fast forward to today's survival-horror titles and we get the feeling that it just isn't the same. The reliance on heavy action-orientated gameplay has almost washed away the memories of being scared in the dark, instead replaced with the run-and-gun attitude. To help figure out just where exactly the survival-horror genre is heading and why it needs saving, our own Steve has offered his expertise and insight into the genre, specifically on where its succeeds and fails.
Click here for the full feature.
Post by Eorl @ 02:43pm 10/05/13 | 1 Comments
The latest episode of DevSpeak has been released! Check out DevSpeak: Movement - the first episode of many to break down WildStar's innovative combat system.While the video does dedicate most of its time showing off just how to move around in WildStar, it also offers a few short glimpses at some of the in-game combat in action, however notes that more of that will be coming in later episodes.
WildStar is expected to be released later this year, with a beta currently underway which you can signup for over here.
Post by Eorl @ 02:37pm 10/05/13 | 5 Comments
Aatrox is a legendary warrior, one of only five that remain of an ancient race known as the Darkin. He wields his massive blade with grace and poise, slicing through legions in a style that is hypnotic to behold. With each foe felled, Aatrox's seemingly living blade drinks in their blood, empowering him and fueling his brutal, elegant campaign of slaughter.For those looking to play this dark demon-like champion, you'll find his abilities offering a unique playstyle. First up is the passive ability, Blood Well which "stores a portion of his abilities' health cost" and allows Aatrox to draw on the Blood Well when depleted of all his health allowing him to essentially be resurrected on the battlefield.
Dark Flight (Q) will allow you to rise into the air and slam your target's location, dealing damage both to those in the impact zone and also those nearby. Blood Thirst (W) will heal Aatrox on every third attack, while activating Blood Thirst toggles Blood Price which will instead deal bonus damage on every third attack. The catch? You'll lose health based on the bonus damage dealt so be weary.
Blades of Torment (E) will offer a line attack that damages and slows enemies caught in the path, with Aatrox also being refunded a part of the health cost if Blades of Torment hits an enemy. Those looking to do some massive damage will find the Massacre (R) ultimate to your tastes, which will instantly damage enemies in an area around you, also gaining bonus attack speed and range for the duration.
For the full run down of Aatrox, the Darkin Blade check out the official reveal page including a sizable chunk of character backstory for your reading pleasure.
Post by Eorl @ 02:07pm 10/05/13 | 3 Comments
The first-person shooter's free weekend runs through until 6 a.m. Monday, May 13, with a 33 percent discount also on offer putting it at $60.29. According to the game's official Twitter, the double XP weekend is set to begin on May 11 and finish up on May 14 for all platforms including Wii U.
Post by Eorl @ 12:06pm 10/05/13 | 4 Comments
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is a great addition to our franchise,” said Yosuke Hayashi, Team NINJA leader. “The game has a lot to offer and we’re excited that our fans will have the opportunity to enjoy an experience that delivers on our signature high energy fighting entertainment.”Those looking forward to getting their hands on the newest revision of the DOA fighter will be happy to know that Ultimate will contain variety of single-player modes including story mode, but also retain the online battles that allow players to smack heads against each other in a variety of modes. Said lineup also appears to include the return of Leon, a fighter who debuted in Dead or Alive 2.
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will be making its way to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with a release date to be revealed later in the year.
Post by Eorl @ 11:17am 10/05/13 | 1 Comments
QY 2012/2013 report, listing a 15 percent year-on-year loss in its digital entertainment and pachinko divisions but saw a growth in its social gaming sector thanks to the Dragon Collection.
Net revenues for Konami amounted to 226 billion Yen ($2.4B) which is down 15 percent compared to their earnings of 266 billion Yen last year. Net income saw an even larger loss, with 13.2 billion Yen earned ($140M), a decrease of 42.8% compared to last year's reported income of 23 billion yen.
Konami's largest losses were reportedly in the pachinko sector, where revenue fell more than 70 percent compared to last year. In the digital entertainment Konami reported more favourably, only seeing loss of 17.1 percent in year-on-year revenue. The release of titles like Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance did however help boost earnings through solid worldwide performances.
Finances for the company were however helped by the success of the new Metal Gear Solid Social Ops social title, as well as the launch of Dragon Collection which operates in partnership with Japanese social networking service GREE. The Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game series was also continuing strong performance, recently being recognised by Guinness World Records as the world's largest trading card game tournament for their Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series held in the U.S.
Post by Dan @ 10:59am 10/05/13 | 2 Comments
Hellraid is a first-person co-op slasher that offers a single-player, story-driven campaign of hack & slash action and unique, competitive cooperation multiplayer that pits four players against the armies of hell -- and each other -- in a battle for points, rewards and fame.Watch the video below. Hellraid is due in 2013 for PC, Xbox 30 and PlayStation 3.