Post by Dan @ 11:37am 26/08/14 | 0 Comments
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
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
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.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.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
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 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
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
“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.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".
Post by Dan @ 11:28am 25/08/14 | 5 Comments
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.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
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.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
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
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.
Post by Eorl @ 10:20am 23/08/14 | 0 Comments
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
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
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
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).
Post by Eorl @ 04:38pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
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
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.
Post by Eorl @ 02:35pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
Assassin's Creed Memories explores Renaissance Italy and Colonial America and adds new periods such as feudal Japan and imperial Mongolia. Players travel through time and collect cards while engaging in missions to hunt boss targets. Stats are boosted through the use of weapon or armor cards, while ally cards summon special characters to assist in combat. Multiplayer is available in the form of 20 vs. 20 player guild battles; participants build combos and choose their strongest to engage in front-line battles.
The game is a collaboration between free-to-play mobile game developer PlayNext and mobile social company Gree, and comes with your typical mobile in-app purchases.
Post by Dan @ 02:21pm 22/08/14 | 0 Comments
This latest 4 minute clip presents a rather comprehensive overview of the arcade racing title, explaining how players can race across the entire continental United States.
The Crew is a vast, gorgeous and diverse imagining of the United States of America; one of the biggest playgrounds ever conceived for high-speed, exploration and MMO action driving. Are you ready to join countless other players on a boundless journey?Check it out below. The Crew is due on November 14th 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4.
Post by Eorl @ 11:52am 22/08/14 | 4 Comments
As its title suggests, Ancient Space takes players to the edges of the universe. Specifically, an area known as "The Black Zone." Though objectives vary throughout the game, the core goal of Ancient Space is to build an impressive interstellar fleet that can survive attacks by aliens, space pirates and things that exist only in nebulous regions of the cosmos.
Unlike most real-time strategy games, which are split equally between a b-movie singleplayer campaign and an online multiplayer component, Ancient Space focuses entirely on the former. To that end the developers have enlisted a cast of sci-fi genre regulars to populate the game, including John Billingsley of Star Trek: Enterprise and Dina Meyer of Starship Troopers.
The game is aiming for a release on both Windows and Mac later this year, though no solid release date has yet been given. Those eager for some space action can check out the announcement trailer below.