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, 14 December 2013
Post by Dan @ 12:14pm 14/12/13 | 7 Comments
As promised Valve Software this morning released the first public distribution of SteamOS, its ambitious Linux-based operating system targeting at bringing the PC into the loungeroom.

AusGamers now has a download mirror for the 960MB installer right here, or you can get it directly from Valve's official repository.

A new sitelet on the Steam website explains the current state of the software, cautioning that in it's current form it's very much for tinkering enthusiasts only, and non-technical users should steer well clear for the time being.
So, what is SteamOS Beta?

SteamOS Beta is an early, first-look public release of our Linux-based operating system. The base system draws from Debian 7, code named Debian Wheezy. Our work builds on top of the solid Debian core and optimizes it for a living room experience. Most of all, it is an open Linux platform that leaves you in full control. You can take charge of your system and install new software or content as you want.

So, what is it not?

As an early release, much is changing, so expect rough edges. In its current state, SteamOS is definitely not a finished product ready for a non-technical user.

Most importantly, it currently only supports a certain set of hardware (you can read more in our FAQ). We are hard at work to expand this list.

That being said, we already use it in our living rooms. We are excited about what it is and what it will become. And the more of you do the same and tell us about your experiences, the quicker those rough edges will be sanded off.

Users should not consider SteamOS as a replacement for their desktop operating system. SteamOS is being designed and optimized for the living room experience.
Importing points of note for those considering checking it out:
  • installation currently requires a harddrive wipe, so it cannot be used in a dual-boot scenario yet -- you will lose all of your data if you try.
  • AMD brand GPUs are reportedly not currently supported, it's Nvidia only at present, and 64-bit processor is mandatory also.
  • UEFI boot support is required, so it won't currently function with older BIOS-only motherboards.
If none of that sways you download it locally from AusGamers.

Update: You can now also download the 2.41GB SteamOS System Restore installation option here from AusGamers.
Post by Eorl @ 11:46am 14/12/13 | 0 Comments
Those of you who may have picked up an Xbox One and contemplating whether to throw down your hard earned cash at Capcom's zombie-killing title Dead Rising 3 will be happy to hear that a limited 20-minute demo is now available to satisfy your undead tastebuds.

The announcement comes from Xbox Live's Major Nelson, who also revealed new details on the very first DLC you can expect for Dead Rising 3. Titled Operation Eagle, the new DLC will put you in the boots of Spec Ops Commander Adam Kane who is given a mission that "challenges everything he believes in" — he has to find and capture the President of the United States. It will contain that mission plus five new weapons to tinker with, a new combo weapon, a new vehicle, an outfit and additional Gamerscore.
As opposed to Nick, who is relatively good willed in nature facing military opposition, Adam is a by the books soldier with a crew of Spec Ops fighting for him. You get to take on some over the top military weapons and an armored vehicle that spews bullets. You get to take on missions that go against what Nick would have fought for, but as you discover through the story you can also relate to how Adam struggles to follow through on his difficult orders.
Capcom's executive producer Josh Bridge revealed that this DLC is only the first of four planned, all revolving around the Untold Stories of Los Perdidos experiences. Each episode will focus on a new individual, one who is trying to survive in parallel with the game's original protagonist Nick Ramos.

Dead Rising 3's demo is now available on Xbox One and the Operation Eagle DLC will be dated at a later time, with a price point of $9.99 though is also included in the Season Pass. You can read up more on the DLC at Major Nelson's blog post.
Post by Eorl @ 11:27am 14/12/13 | 3 Comments
Alien: Isolation developer The Creative Assembly has been quiet on the project for some time now, but recently two art assets were leaked online, sending the Internet into a haze trying to uncover just what exactly to expect. Now four new screenshots have found their way online.

These four new images were apparently leaked through Twitter, with Eurogamer confirming their validity however Sega is refusing to comment on the leaks. Currently nothing official has ever been said on the game, though it is being reported that it will revolve around Amanda Ripley, daughter of the Ellen Ripley, who was famously played by Sigourney Weaver in the movies.

Earlier in October Kotaku reported that the game is still in development, and supposedly a first-person shooter "that uses both stealth and horror elements; and it's inspired by games like Dishonored and Bioshock." The game is said to be coming to both past-gen and new-gen consoles (presumably PC as well) sometime next year. Check out the shots below.



Post by Dan @ 09:45am 14/12/13 | 4 Comments
Valve Software is expected to release SteamOS very soon, having mentioned earlier this week in an official blog post that its ambitious Linux-based operating system would be made available for download on December 13 2013. Given that at the time of this post it's around 2:45pm in Seattle, Valve Time anomalies notwithstanding that means those of us in Eastern Australia should find it online before dinner time today.

Assuming it's permitted, we'll do our best to get a local download mirror up here on AusGamers, but while we wait, let's talk about what we know about SteamOS. Despite it's potential significance to PC gaming we actually don't know a whole lot.

Since it's announcment in late September, Valve has offered very little elaboration beyond the initial overview that outlined its intentions to bring the open systems of PC gaming (sans Microsoft Windows) into the living room with a host of media features and a community-driven philosophy.
With SteamOS, “openness” means that the hardware industry can iterate in the living room at a much faster pace than they’ve been able to. Content creators can connect directly to their customers. Users can alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want. Gamers are empowered to join in the creation of the games they love. SteamOS will continue to evolve, but will remain an environment designed to foster these kinds of innovation.
Early media reports from press that have had an opportunity to preview a functioning Steam Machine have focused more on the prototype hardware and Steam Controller than functionality of the OS, even though it's the arguably the most important factor.

Marlimim over at SteamDB has compiled a pretty comprehensive list of everything gleamed so far from comments made by Valve and bits and pieces found in beta versions of the Steam client. Valve itself has cautioned users that are not "intrepid Linux hackers" to hold off until later in 2014 to try it out, suggesting it will be very raw until the Linux community are able to start getting other common applications working on it. If you don't care if it's a bit rough around the edges, stay tuned for a download link as soon as we have it.

Update: SteamDB reports that SteamOS has now been pushed to the official repository. A 960MB installer can be downloaded here (although it's currently experiencing connection issues, presumably to excessive demand): and it's based on Debian 7.1 Wheezy . A Github tracker has been established here and a list of installed packages here.

Update 2: An official FAQ is now online .
SteamOS is a fork (derivative) of Debian GNU/Linux. The first version (SteamOS 1.0) is called 'alchemist' and it is based on the Debian 'wheezy' (stable 7.1) distribution.
Update 3: AusGamers now has a local download mirror for SteamOS Installer v1.0 (Alchemist) (SteamOSInstaller.zip) right here. Have at it folks.
Friday, 13 December 2013
Post by Eorl @ 05:31pm 13/12/13 | 0 Comments
Announced earlier this year, developer Lionhead Studios has today revealed that their HD-ified Fable Anniversary title will be making its way to Xbox 360 come February 7th next year.
“We’re really excited to bring Fable to Xbox 360,” said Ted Timmins, Lead Designer on Fable Anniversary. “It’s the game that the Fable community has been asking for, so we wanted to make sure Fable Anniversary delivered the definitive Fable experience for both long-time fans and newcomers to the franchise.”

In Fable Anniversary, you play as The Hero, an orphan whose destiny you shape through in-game decisions that influence not only his development as a hero, but the fate of the entire realm. In addition to Fable’s original storyline, Fable: Anniversary includes the expansion pack, Fable: The Lost Chapters.
As enticement to revisiting Albion and the previous console generation, the game will include a "Launch Day Weapons & Outfits Pack." The highlight in there is "a lute weapon," because next to a keyblade, just incase you wanted to rock out while hitting your enemies.

Post by Dan @ 03:47pm 13/12/13 | 23 Comments
Andreessen Horowitz, the investment form founded by Mosaic creator and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen has seeded US$75 million into ambitious virtual reality startup Oculus in a move that will also see the tech industry veteran take a place on the company's board.

Andreessen also currently sits on the board of other high profile tech companies such as Facebook, eBay and HP, so his support of Oculus is a pretty massive vote of confidence in the company from someone that has picked some serious winners in his time.

Tech publication Wired reports on comments from 'sources close to the conversation', that "the funding is based on a valuation of more than $250 million".
It is the largest investment thus far in Oculus, a company founded last year by 19-year-old Palmer Luckey. (The Rift first surfaced at the E3 videogame trade show last summer, when legendary programmer John Carmack brought a duct-taped prototype to the show.) Luckey envisioned the Rift as a DIY kit for hobbyists; but after bringing on two partners, Oculus began selling an early version to software developers through Kickstarter in August 2012.

Chris Dixon, an investor at Andreessen Horowitz, said that while he’d been impressed with the Kickstarter devkit, he was concerned by several technical obstacles that it had yet to overcome. But after a recent visit to Oculus’ headquarters in Irvine, California, Dixon — along with Marc Andreessen and two other partners — saw a new prototype that changed his mind.

“I think I’ve seen five or six computer demos in my life that made me think the world was about to change,” he tells WIRED. “Apple II, Netscape, Google, iPhone… then Oculus. It was that kind of amazing.”
The move is expected to spur the development of a consumer version of the still prototyping Oculus Rift head-mounted display, and the conversation suggests that launch intentions are aimed at 2014.

Our own impressions of the currently available devkit prototype reflect the reserved experience described by Chris Dixon above, so if things have improved as much as his comments suggest, we can't wait to try out a consumer-ready device.
Post by Eorl @ 03:28pm 13/12/13 | 21 Comments
Today Ubisoft announced that Freedom Cry, the post launch downloadable content for their pirate-themed title Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, will be available to eager ship sailors come next week. Those on the PlayStation brands will find the DLC available come December 18th while all other platforms will gain access to the DLC come December 17th.

The single-player DLC comprises nine missions, in which players take on the role of former slave Adewale. Now first mate to blond buccaneer Edward Kenway, Adewale finds himself washed up in Haiti, or as it was back then, the French-owned colony of Saint-Domingue, a land itself plagued by slavery. Although he begins unarmed and crewless, Adewale finds new weapons in a machete and blunderbuss gun, as well as a personal reason to fight.

"We're still true to how his character was established in Black Flag," said AC4 Lead Writer Jill Murray on Ubisoft's blog. "He's not standing in for every black man who was ever a slave in the 18th century. He's Adéwale. He's the character we know. He has the wit that we've come to expect; he has heart. We see him as an older guy. He's matured and changed in some small ways. I think those are the kinds of character details that always take precedence over pretty much everything else that can happen in the story."

Those interest in the new DLC will find it available at a standalone price of $9.99, though it is also included in the $19.99 Season Pass.

Post by Eorl @ 02:28pm 13/12/13 | 7 Comments
Those lucky enough to be invited into the closed beta for Diablo 3's first expansion, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, can now begin playing, developer Blizzard Entertainment announced today (via Polygon).

Anyone who was previously in the very closed off Friends & Family beta will find their access automatically granted to the closed beta, and if you are looking at copying your already existing character over from vanilla Diablo 3 you can do so, though only once every 72 hours.

"As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning," reads a note from Blizzard in the beta FAQ. "We'll provide information regarding extended downtimes, should they occur, in the Reaper of Souls General Feedback forum."

Beta participants will find the closed beta contains all the content in the expansion, including the final boss fight. Blizzard are using this testing phase to gather further bug reports and tweak all the new content coming in the first expansion.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is expected to launch sometime in 2014. For more on the expansion check out our latest interview with lead level designer Matthew Berger on all things Nephalem.
Post by Eorl @ 12:42pm 13/12/13 | 2 Comments
Rockstar has reminded us that the PlayStation 2 title Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is now available on iOS mobile devices, giving you the chance to head back to the early 90s with CJ and the Grove Street Families.
Encompassing Los Santos, San Fierro, Las Venturas and everything in between, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has been upgraded for its mobile release. Newly remastered graphics including dynamic and detailed shadows, greater draw distance, an enriched color palette, plus enhanced character and car models make this the best-looking version of San Andreas yet.
The mobile title also features brand new touch controls including contextual control options to display buttons only when you need them and three different control schemes for driving and maneuvering, as well as a reworked checkpoint system for easier progression.

Get your Grove Street life on through Apple's App Store for $7.49, which is available on iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPod Touch 5th gen, iPad 2, 3rd and 4th generation, iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
Post by Dan @ 12:15pm 13/12/13 | 4 Comments
Indie developer Uber Entertainment has announced --by way of a rather offbeat press release-- a partnership with European publisher Nordic Games to bring their crowdfunded strategy game Planetary Annihilation to retail markets.
Nordic Games and Uber Entertainment were going to announce one of those taxi startups, but sending suited Scandinavians around the world to deliver new games turned out to be WAY too expensive. Who knew! Instead, the two gaming giants are announcing an exciting partnership to bring the retail version of Planetary Annihilation to market, as well as a non-exclusive partnership to handle the online release.

"It's a busy time for Nordic Games, especially as we've just finished buying all these black cars," said Klemens Kreuzer, Managing Director at Nordic Games, wearing a grey three-piece. "We're all dressing much better and we're bringing a legendary RTS franchise to players around the world with some very special retail SKUs for the hardcore fan."

"Nordic Games is helping us deliver the next-generation of real-time strategy gaming to our Kickstarter backers and global fan base," said Jon Mavor, CTO at Uber Entertainment, not wearing a suit at all. "We can't wait to show the press and fans what we've put together, it's a very exciting time to be a part of Uber Entertainment. I should clarify we're not THAT Uber. Nice suits, though."
Billed as somewhat of a spiritual successor to Total Annihilation guys from a team littered with former TA devs, Planetary Annihilation is currently kicking it beta form on Steam Early Access and the Humble Store, but an official release date for the completed game remains as "when it's done".
Post by Eorl @ 11:59am 13/12/13 | 0 Comments
Pro-gamer peripheral manufacturer Razer has today announced their latest venture into the mobile minefield, with the launch of there free-to-download Razer Comms on Android.

Previously a PC-only software download, the all-new Razer Comms Android app will allow those who don't feel connected enough the ability to take their Razer Comms experience mobile by allowing calls and messages to be made from in-game to Android phones and from Android phones to users who are in-game on the Razer Comms PC client.

“Staying connected in today’s world has become increasingly important and gamers are no exception to that,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “Razer Comms solves that by being the world’s first VoIP solution to allow gamers to make VoIP calls or instant message with their friends on the road from in-game and vice versa.”

You can find the app now available through the Google Play Store, though Razer also has a handy video to help demonstrate what exactly you can expect.

Post by Dan @ 11:52am 13/12/13 | 0 Comments
In addition to the still running Humble Jumbo Bundle, publisher Atlus and indie studios Tripwire and ACEt Team have gotten in on the action with the latest Humble Weekly offer, serving up a pay-what-you-want package for an assortment of six their well-received indie games.
Six remarkable games. The Humble Weekly Sale features a new deal every Thursday. Be sure to jump on this amazing offer before it's gone! This week, pay what you want for Zeno Clash, Zeno Clash 2, Killing Floor and Dwarfs!?! If you pay $6 or more, you'll also receive Rock of Ages and Rising Storm!

Redeem on Steam. Your purchase will get you six incredible games on Windows via Steam. Killing Floor and Dwarfs!? are also available on Mac and Linux via Steam.
Head on over to humblebundle.com/weekly for the goods.
Post by Eorl @ 11:38am 13/12/13 | 2 Comments
UK studio Frontier Developments, helmed by David Braben, the creator of the original 1980s Elite space sim games, has revealed today that their successfully funded Kickstarter project Elite: Dangerous has now gone live with Phase One of their alpha to all eligible backers.

Those who had backed a minimum of £200 or over will be able to gain access to the initial phase, which lets users test the game's single-player combat. Other alpha sections of the game will be made available next year as they're completed, and then will filter down to beta backers who pledged less.

Check out the action below in the latest dev blog and gorgeous looking gameplay trailer, and if you want to get in on the action you can still do so by purchasing one of the beta packages on their official website.



Post by Dan @ 11:32am 13/12/13 | 10 Comments
We've had a trickle of teasing bits of the past few weeks for the hotly anticipated second season for Telltale's episodic adventure game The Walking Dead, and now there's an actual trailer.
The Walking Dead: Season Two continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she has been forced to learn how to survive in a world gone mad.

Many months have passed since the events seen in Season One of The Walking Dead, and Clementine is searching for safety. But what can an ordinary child do to stay alive when the living can be just as bad -- and sometimes worse -- than the dead?

As Clementine, you will be tested by situations and dilemmas that will test your morals and your instinct for survival. Your decisions and actions will change the story around you, in this sequel to 2012's Game of the Year.
The new season is set to kick off with episode 1 on Steam next week on December 17th PST, but launch dates for the console and mobile platforms remain unconfirmed at this point. Watch the new video below.

Post by Eorl @ 11:11am 13/12/13 | 5 Comments
With their Winter Sale now upon us, DRM-free supporter GoG.com has taken it upon themselves to offer up three classic games in the legendary post-apocalyptic RPG series Fallout, completely free until Sunday 12AM AEST.
Holiday season is upon us! If you are a long-time GOG.com user you know well enough--or if you're relatively new to our service, you're about to learn--that we just love offering great games for free whenever it's possible. This year for instance, we've given away innumerable copies of the action-rpg gem Torchlight. Today, we're taking our gifting habit a step further. No, actually make that two steps, as we're handing out a package of three games this time around. For the upcoming 48 hours you'll be able to add Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics to your GOG.com collection, completely FREE of charge.
Alongside the free games GoG.com is also runninn their 2013 DRM-Free Winter Sale, with more than 600+ games discounted by 50% or more, special bundle deals up to 80% off, and daily personal deals all for your wallet to cry over before Christmas time.

Check out the full catalog over at their website, or find the Fallout promo page here.
Post by Eorl @ 10:21am 13/12/13 | 0 Comments
Developer Spiders Studios has revealed a new trailer showing off some in-game action for their upcoming RPG Bound by Flame, showing us just some of the quite ferocious looking beasts you'll encounter along your journey.
Bound by Flame puts players in the role of a mercenary possessed by a flame demon who must choose between the powers offered by their host, or to keep their humanity with heroic talents. There will also be temptations to acquire more power in the game by giving up part of the hero’s soul to the demon. Progression of the demonic influence will also be reflected by the transformation of the hero’s body.

Real-time battles and three different skill trees are part of the game along with character customization which will have a direct influence on the demon’s appearance. Bound by Flame also includes a crafting system, allowing players to create and improve equipment, including their armor and weapons. Several companions will join the player during his quest, and will, depending on the player’s actions, develop friendship, romance or rivalry.
Check out the trailer below and if you are in need of some close ups to study these foul beasts you can check out our game page for all manner of images.

Bound by Flame is expected to be released sometime in 2014 for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Thursday, 12 December 2013
Post by Eorl @ 05:20pm 12/12/13 | 0 Comments
If you were having trouble wondering what you could do in the lead up to Christmas time, Volition has you covered there with the release of their season-themed DLC 'How the Saints Save Christmas'.

Free to those who own the Season Pass and priced at $6.99 for everyone else, the new DLC will contain three new weapons - Red Rider BB Gun, Christmas Dubstep Gun, and the North Pole - all for your destruction pleasure.

The new chapter in the Saints lives will also follow the story of the Scrooge-like boss of the Saints, who doesn't care enough that Santa is trapped in the game's Matrix-like simulation. Of course the Saints will have to remedy this themselves, helping the boss discover the true meaning of the season.

The new DLC is now available across PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 so forget your family and go make things explode.

Post by Eorl @ 05:06pm 12/12/13 | 7 Comments
Call of Duty: Ghosts creator Infinity Ward has revealed that those who may be sick of their doggy companion now have the option to change skins for the multiplayer killstreak, at a price of course.

Coming in at a whopping $2, the new skin changes the fluffy fido companion that you receive after hitting the required killstreak in multiplayer matches into a snarling wolf ready to snap at your enemies bones like dust. Note that this is only a cosmetic change, and will most likely not get you any real world wolves sadly.

The DLC will be available starting tomorrow on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, though presumably this is just a timed DLC exclusive so we'll have word on when its available elsewhere. If the idea of having a wolf at your command wasn't enough, check out the video over at Call of Duty's Instagram channel.
Post by Eorl @ 04:57pm 12/12/13 | 0 Comments
Sony Online Entertainment has revealed more information on their DC-infused MMO's next update, War of the Light Part I, set to introduce a brand-new storyline as well as the Blue Lantern Corps and a new power set, Rage, which can be used by both heroes and villains.
“In War of the Light Part I, lanterns of all colors have lost connection with their emotional spectrum entities. Following cryptic evidence, four Corps — Green, Blue, Sinestro and Red — converged on Earth determined to find their entities. The clash of Lantern Corps has resulted in a new war of light, centered in Downtown Metropolis and nearby sentient planets Mogo and Ranx. Players must team up with Hal Jordan or Sinestro in high-level multiplayer adventures to investigate the colored mists that have descended upon Metropolis and are affecting the citizens’ emotions.”
The update will also be giving players access to two new Legends PvP characters: Saint Walker and Atrocitus. If that wasn't enough, you'll also be getting new and reimagined environments in DC Universe Online such as changes to Metropolis and for the first time you'll be able to journey to Mogo, the sentient Green Lantern Planet, and Ranx, the Sentient Sinestro Corp City.


The first part of the trilogy DLC will be available for download on the PC, as well as the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 early next year. Find out more on the update through the official website.
Post by Dan @ 04:18pm 12/12/13 | 1 Comments
The Steam Machines are coming, with a wide range expected to be on show at the upcoming CES Consumer Electronics Show in January, and another retailer has now given us a cheeky look at one of it's upcoming manifestations.

High-end custom PC retailer Digital Storm has shown a glimpse (that we've artificially brightened up a bit below) of a SteamOS driven, living-room tailored machine that unlike the recently touted console-priced offering from iBuyPower, aims to be able to go head to head with bleeding edge gaming PCs in an entertainment unit friendly form factor (thanks The Verge):
At CES 2014, Digital Storm is going to defy the cookie-cutter mold of small form factor systems. With its advanced thermal design, this gaming PC doesn’t make any compromises for performance.
According to The Verge, Digital Storm's model will start at US$1469, come packed with liquid CPU cooling, and "advanced thermal management" inside it's 4.4" x 14.1" x 16.4" chassis (a touch larger than an Xbox One console), accommodating a full-sized graphics card, with a GeForce GTX Titan and 700W PSU as optional upgrades.

The concept may not be appealing to many PC veterans that are comfortable rigging their own parts together, but the idea behind Steam Machines has been to seek the user-friendliness of consoles in the often intimidating open development world of PC gaming.

Expect to hear much more about Steam Machines over the next few weeks as beta testers get a hold of Valve Software's own official units, and CES 2014 kicks off in Las Vegas from January 7-10 2014.

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