to the moon, athena
AusGamers caught up with 2K Australia and Randy Pitchford to discuss the recently revealed Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and why Australia is making an impact on the moon. Click for more!
Welcome to Planet Nexus
We take a brief dip in the MMO pool with Carbine Studios' WildStar, and find out just what Planet Nexus has in store for us. Check it out in our preview for more!
oracle of ages
Batman: Arkham Knight is set to be Rocksteady's final in the Arkham series, so it's fitting that it's just so damn big. And Batmobiles. Nuff said. Click for more!
Trial By Dirt Bike
We take a look at the fourth title in the Trials series, and the first to hit next-gen platforms. Does it live up to the name? Find out in our review!
Saturday, 12 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:09am 12/04/14 | 5 Comments
Orcs Must Die: Unchained has been officially announced, making it the third entry in Robot Entertainment’s tower defence series, coming to PC in free-to-play form.

Described as a Fortress Siege action game, Orcs Must Die! Unchained sees players once again defending their castle strongholds with rather goofy and over-the-top medieval machinery. The difference this time around is that now teams of players will join forces (either solo with bots or with online players) for 5v5 team competition to see who can hold off the monstrous opposition better. On top of that, players can now also summon their own armies of minions to help hold off the orc menace.

Currently in early development, those itching to get their hands on the game's alpha right now can purchase the top-of-the-line Founder's Pack for $149.99, which will include immediate access, five heroes, $200 in Gold, five exclusive skins, an extra alpha code, three extra beta codes, five copies of the original Ors Must Die! and Orcs Must Die! 2, as well as developer forum access. If that's a bit too expensive for you than don't worry, as Robot Entertainment is also offering two rather cheaper alternatives for priority alpha and priority beta access.

Post by Eorl @ 08:34am 12/04/14 | 4 Comments
Developer Spiders Studios has revealed a new trailer showing off how you can expect to fight in their upcoming RPG Bound by Flame.

Specifically looking at the combat system and game mechanics that work in synergy: from the various options available to the player in the skill trees (Warrior, Ranger and Pyromancer) to choosing your companions. A number of RPG cornerstone mechanics also make a feature in the trailer, from the impressive bestiary to the crafting system that enables you to customise your equipment and the player's human/demon duality, which will have a strong influence on your combat strategy.

Bound by Flame is scheduled for launch on May 6th for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360. An Xbox One version has yet to be confirmed.

Post by Steve Farrelly @ 06:10am 12/04/14 | 1 Comments
Overnight Blizzard revealed that Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft would be getting a significant update in its single-player offering with an all-new adventure mode.

Curse of Naxxramas is the title of the first adventure to hit the game and is lifted directly from Warcraft lore.
Naxxramas is a floating necropolis filled with the stuff of nightmares. In Hearthstone, the Naxxramas Adventure will have players use their deck of choice to take on a host of creepy-crawly bosses in a series of card battles representing the five different wings of Naxxramas.

Victors will earn cards along the way, leaving a trail of defeated bosses in their wake, and ultimately unlock a chest containing an all-new Legendary card at the end of each wing! Curse of Naxxramas will add a total of 30 brand-new cards to Hearthstone, which players will be able to add to their decks only by completing the Adventure. Each boss will bring its own unique abilities, minions, Hero art, and taunt-filled emotes to the playing table.
Each wing of Naxxramas will be playable over a five week period with entry payable by either in-game Gold or real-money. There's no word on when the mode will drop, but that Blizzard is even announcing should tell you it's not too far away.

You can check out the new board in-action below alongside some rather spiffy art through our game page, and if you haven't, be sure to check out our Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft review.

Friday, 11 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:00pm 11/04/14 | 0 Comments
Cult County developer Renegade Kid has launched the first gameplay video for their upcoming horror game that is currently looking for crowd funding through Kickstarter.

The campaign launched earlier this month and is seeking $580,000 to bring the release to Linux, Mac and Windows PC via Steam, as well as PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U and Xbox One. Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS ports are a possibility with stretch goals.

Cult County is self-described as "The Walking Dead meets Silent Hill 2 from a first-person perspective" and will focus on atmosphere, loneliness and your innermost fears. The game is set in a "small, dusty West Texas town," where protagonist Gavin Mellick is searching for his sister. Unable to find her, Gavin begins unraveling clues about a strange, "cultish" group new to town.

Developer Renegade Kid, best known for its Dementium series and titles such as Treasurenauts, has so far reached $32,639 in pledges as of press time, with 21 days to go.
Post by Eorl @ 02:19pm 11/04/14 | 0 Comments
Outlast's first piece of downloadable content, Whistleblower, has been delayed from its original April launch and will now be available in May, developer Red Barrels announced via its website.

Starting just before the events of the original game, Outlast: Whistleblower will take players on another horrifying journey through Mount Massive Asylum and into the depths of the human mind as they try to escape from the horrors within.

According to Polygon, co-founder Philippe Morin stated that the game's delay was due to "additional time to polish, mix the sound and debug. We felt it was worth it to enhance the experience."

Whistleblower will now be launch on May 7th for PC and PlayStation 4.
Post by Eorl @ 01:53pm 11/04/14 | 0 Comments
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition update 15 is out now, and developer 4J Studios has issued a full list of patch changes for you to check out.

Unlike the previous Update 14, this new patch looks to offer a rather large list of fixes than new additions to the game. These include fixes for problematic spawn points of chickens, wolves and mushrooms; iron golems now stop their attack after killing skeletons; teleportation when riding a pig; and slow chunk loading speed.

Full patch notes can be found over at the official Minecraft forums, where you'll also find a catalog of changes from previous updates.

In related Minecraft news, Mojang has revealed that the mobile Pocket Edition has now sold over 21 million copies since its launch. The Pocket Edition doesn’t offer the complete features of the PC and console versions, but does offer cross-platform multiplayer, some of the survival elements, and the same building ethos that has made the other editions so popular.
Post by Eorl @ 01:40pm 11/04/14 | 1 Comments
While it may be hard to forget the rather disastrous launch of SimCity, city builders looking for some previous building fun on OS X will be happy to hear that SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition is making a return to Apple hardware.

This new version of SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition has been designed from the ground-up for modern Apple hardware. It requires OS X Mountain Lion or a more recent Apple operating system, but alongside this shift into the modern, Aspyr claims the game boasts new bug fixes, performance improvements and native resolution support – a huge boon for anyone who'd rather not play SimCity 4 at a muddy, pixelated 1024x768. Otherwise, this is the same SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition that so many players have spent so many hundreds of hours immersed within.

Apple gamers will be happy to hear that the new version is now available for purchase through the OS X App Store, with an asking price of $20.
Post by glynd @ 11:48am 11/04/14 | 8 Comments
Nintendo has announced that it will be bringing the rather out there Japanese series Tomodachi to Western shores with Tomodachi Life, a sim that utilises custom Mii characters to develop some strange and hilarious stories.

Tomodachi Life has you customize your town's inhabitants by making Mii characters for them, including traits like their voices and personalities. From there, they'll take a life of their own based on how you've defined them, and interact with the other Mii characters. You then advance the plot by exploring their island and helping to solve their problems, and snap and share pictures of their exploits. Your Mii characters can come in contact with celebrity Miis as well--Nintendo has announced that singer Christina Aguilera will be available (in Mii form) at launch.
"Nintendo fans are familiar with Mii characters, but now they come to life in ways they never have before--with their own lives, interests and personalities,” said Nintendo of America marketing VP Scott Moffitt, in the announcement. “Customization and open-ended play are two big video game trends for 2014, and Tomodachi Life delivers a fun, creative experience that makes you want to visit again and again, because there’s always something interesting going on.”
If that doesn't sound crazy enough for you, find the Nintendo Direct below that gives you a great overview of just how much LSD you'll need in order to understand what is going on. From Reggie Fils-Aime's buffed up Mii character to Satoru Iwata asking out Metroid's Samus, this is one weird game that I eagerly want to play. I don't know why.

Tomodachi Life will be available exclusively on 3DS and 2DS come June 6th, retailing at $34.99.



Post by Eorl @ 11:35am 11/04/14 | 0 Comments
Previously released on the Xbox One and Xbox 360, Call of Duty: Ghosts fans will now be able to face the rather iconic Predator character on all other platforms come May 8th when the Devastation DLC pack is released.

The Devastation pack adds four new maps into the game's fast-paced multiplayer component; Ruins, Collision, Behemoth, and Unearthed. Alongside those maps the second chapter in the game's ongoing Extinction storyline also comes to life. Players wanting to become Predator will have to complete the Ruins map's Field Order, gaining access to the alien's dual wrist blades, shoulder-mounted plasma canon and infrared target-seeking capabilities.

The Devastation DLC pack is priced at $14.99, and is included as part of the Call of Duty: Ghosts Season Pass.
Post by Eorl @ 11:26am 11/04/14 | 4 Comments
Infamous: Second Son publisher Sony Computer Entertainment sold more than 1 million copies of the PlayStation 4 action title in the game's first nine days on the market worldwide, the company announced today.

The figure includes sales of physical copies at retail as well as digital copies purchased on the PlayStation Store. According to the press release, the total makes Second Son the fastest-selling Infamous game yet out of its three previous PlayStation 3 exclusive titles.

Infamous: Second Son was made available on March 21st worldwide, with Sony's sales numbers representing copies sold through March 29th. Developer Sucker Punch is currently in the midst of offering free bonus missions for the game, titled "Infamous Paper Trail," which are scheduled for the first six weeks of the game's launch. For more on Infamous: Second Son, check out our full review or watch the accolades trailer below.

Post by Eorl @ 10:57am 11/04/14 | 0 Comments
BioWare has revealed that the third title in the Dragon Age series won't be offering any DLC characters through pre-orders or such, instead relying solely on the featured nine party members at launch.

In an interview with OXM (via Game Informer), creative director Mike Laidlaw revealed that the decision was in part technical, and part political. According to Laidlaw characters are a fundamental part of the game's design, as such requires some character data to be "baked" onto the disc. Because of that, Laidlaw says some consumers see it as being forced to pay for content that is already part of the game. "It's not the case, but we've decided this time to not go that route," he says. "There will be no DLC party members."

Hopefully this means that EA and BioWare are now listening to consumers who are growing weary of being pulled by the DLC strings to get the most out of the game. Nine characters is usually the norm for the Dragon Age franchise, so it seems you won't be missing out on much.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is due on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in late 2014.
Post by Eorl @ 10:20am 11/04/14 | 0 Comments
Below is coming to Steam as well as Xbox One, developer Capybara Games announced today with a new trailer.

Revealed during Microsoft's E3 2013 conference as an Xbox One-only title, Capybara's rogue-like title will now be coming to Steam as part of its launch sometime this year. The developer revealed in August of last year that Below and their Xbox 360 game, Super TIME Force, would both be coming to other platforms "after a period of time," though it wasn't clear which platforms. This is the first confirmation of Below heading to Steam.

Below is a rougelike-like, throwing the tiny character into randomized dungeons with a shield and a weapon; death is permanent. It's exploration-based and features music by Indie Game: The Movie composer Jim Guthrie. There's no launch date for Below.

Post by Dan @ 10:20am 11/04/14 | 0 Comments
Bohemia Interactive has now officially launched Zeus, its free feature expansion for Arma 3 that introduces an tabletop RPG-esque Game Master mode to the tactical shooter.
As a Game Master, you can view the battlefield from bird’s-eye perspective, and create, manipulate or expand a multiplayer scenario in real-time. An easy-to-use editor enables you to spawn units, set objectives, change the weather conditions, start music, and much more. The result is incredibly dynamic online combat - in which players have to rely on their ability to improvise and adapt.
All Arma 3 Owners should now be able to find Zeus as an automatic new addition to their Steam library.

Post by Eorl @ 09:44am 11/04/14 | 0 Comments
Developer Supergiant Games revealed today that Transistor, an action RPG starring your usual protagonist with a gigantic sword, will be making its way to PC and PlayStation 4 come May 20th.

Creators of Bastion, Supergiant unveiled Transistor last year, inviting "players to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as they explore a stunning futuristic city” in an action RPG. Red, the heroine of the game, controls the titular Transistor, and she is on a mission to figure out the weapon's mysteries as well as find the people who tried to kill her with it.

Those attending PAX East this weekend in America will be able to get a more hands-on approach to the game, however creative director of Supergiant, Greg Kasavin, says there will be "more details about Transistor in the days leading up to our launch next month."

Transistor will be available at a price tag of $20 on both PC and PlayStation 4.

Post by Dan @ 09:19am 11/04/14 | 1 Comments
This week's installment of the popular pay-what-you want Humble Weekly Bundle promotion was curated by incomprehensibly popular Youtuber PewDiePie, and packs an assortment of games that he has been excitedly overdramatic about while recording his gameplay experience for millions of viewers.
The one and only PewDiePie has curated another wonderful weekly sale to celebrate reaching 25 million subscribers and raise money for charity! Pay what you want for some of his favorite games: the darkly humorous operation sim, Surgeon Simulator 2013, the magical Mex-inspired action platformer, Guacamelee! Gold Edition, and the hilariously quirky rag-doll running game, QWOP. Pay $6 or more to also receive the wacky sandbox game, Garry's Mod, and fast-paced competitive platformer, SpeedRunners (Early Access Game).

If you pay $10 or more, you will also get the merry marksmanship simulator, Probably Archery.

Those who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus the critically-acclaimed open-world zombie game State of Decay!
Don't watch the video below, and head over to humblebundle.com/weekly for the goods.

Post by Eorl @ 09:13am 11/04/14 | 8 Comments
A new trailer has appeared ahead of Watch Dogs May release, showcasing just what you can expect from the PC version if you happen to be sporting the green flag.

Paul Vlasie, lead PC engineer for Watch Dogs gives a visual overlook at a number of proprietary graphical techniques for Nvidia GPU users, including the rather gorgeous looking HBAO+. Other features include shadows looking rather shadow-y, further enhancements to weather effects to make them even more realistic and some advanced anti-aliasing to reduce flickering during motion.

The technical enchancements definitely do one thing, and that is make the game look far more alive than previously seen. From Aiden wiping away rain from his phone to the gentle breeze in grass and trees, I'm all for heading to Chicago. Watch Dogs will be available on May 27th, and Ubisoft recently confirmed the recommend system requirements so check them out before exploding your computer.

Post by Dan @ 08:58am 11/04/14 | 0 Comments
Following a series of leaks, Sony officially confirmed yesterday that acclaimed PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us is headed for the PlayStation 4, with an assortment of upgrades and packaged with DLC content. Today we have a trailer previewing it.

The video spends most of its its 97 seconds flashing logos and pullquotes of critical acclaim, but it does feature one in-game scene that demonstrates some of the graphical improvements of the 1080p PS4 offering. Unfortunately, the scene in question is one of the game's most rewarding moments that would be well and truly spoiled if viewed out of context. GG Sony.

Check it out below if you've played through the PS3 version; avoid if you haven't.

The Last of Us Remastered is due in Winter 2014 (Northern Summer) on PS4.

Thursday, 10 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 03:32pm 10/04/14 | 0 Comments
Secrets of Rætikon, the beautifully crafted spiritual successor to Chasing Aurora, will be launching on Windows, Mac and Linux come April 17th, developer Broken Rules revealed.

The game will be available to purchase from online distributors such as Steam, the Mac App Store and Humble Bundle Store for for $8.99, 10 percent off its normal price of $9.99. It is also available for purchase directly through the developer's website, which includes a handful of various editions.

From the same team as And Yet It Moves and Chasing Aurora, players can fly through the game's varied environments set amongst alpine mountains, such as rolling hills, forests, snowy mountain tops and lightning storms. It is also a "physical puzzle game as much as an exploration game," as users must reactivate ancient machinery in order to progress through the game. Players can also interact with the animals they encounter, including the ability to lure, feed, tease and set them upon each other.

Post by Eorl @ 02:46pm 10/04/14 | 0 Comments
Ascent: The Space Game, a rather ambitious MMO/space simulator hybrid from indie studio Fluffy Kitten, has now gone live on Desura with a preview build available for download.

Sporting a rather larger 200 billion star systems to explore, Ascent: The Space Game allows players to build and customize their own ships, colonize faraway worlds, battle other players for currency and resources, mine asteroids, trade, and much more.
“Space is far from being ‘the final frontier’; it’s just the beginning,” says James Hicks, founder and CEO of Fluffy Kitten Studios. “Technology has allowed me to build a massive world literally on my own—an entire universe filled with 200 billion stars, planets, space stations, and other celestial bodies. We need Steam users to help us bring Ascent to Steam Early Access, which is the best way to introduce a whole new audience to the game’s unique take on space exploration.”
Making its debut on Steam Greenlight in November of last year, the studio has revealed many changes since, including a new terrain engine that will allow players to spread out onto Earth-sized planets and vehicle additions to explore said planets.

For more on Ascent: The Space Game check out the official website where you can purchase the game, and find the Desura client over here.

Post by Eorl @ 01:31pm 10/04/14 | 4 Comments
EA has announced a new short film competition being held within the Battlefield universe, titled Battlefield Film Challenge, that is now open to all Australian and New Zealand residents.

Those interested are tasked with creating a video between the lengths of two to five minutes, and inspired by the games within the Battlefield universe, including Battlefield 3, 4 and Bad Company. The video can encompass anything from live-action footage through to Battlefield gameplay. and the entrants will be judge by Battlefield developer DICE.
“We are really excited to bring the Battlefield Film Challenge to our Australia and New Zealand fans and think we are giving filmmaker’s a great platform to receive exposure for their creativity, talent and passion”, says Craig Auld, Label Marketing Lead. “Specifically, the Battlefield theme is quite broad, so we cannot wait to see how our game is incorporated in each of the entries.”
If this sounds like your kind of deal, check out the official website for more including entry terms and such. The five finalists will be flown to Sydney for a special screening event at the Bondi Pavilion on Friday 23rd May. Each video will be showcased to the public, followed by the winner announcement of the AU$10,000 grand prize.

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