Post by Eorl @ 12:14pm 17/10/13 | 8 Comments
One of the key buildings being added in the new expansion is the Academy, a thinktank of sort that will harbor a team of scientists ready to create the future including scientists nuclear fusion reactors to an advanced sewage treatment plant so your city can safely guzzle down that once-polluted water filled with three-eyed fish.
It isn't just buildings that the expansion will be adding, with an all new disaster to keep you on your toes: a giant robot attack on your city. This giant robot will wreak havoc on your city in the only way a robot could, by stomping everything in its path.
All this and more can be found in the new developer walkthrough video, which you can check out below. Cities of Tomorrow is due to launch for PC and Mac via Origin on 12th November. Those looking out for hope of a offline mode may be in, with Maxis looking to implement a SimCity offline mode sometime soon (thanks EuroGamer).
Post by Dan @ 11:55am 17/10/13 | 5 Comments
Why was it removed?Read the full Q&A for a bit more juice, and a hint that the developers might have also made some change to the game's use of oft-maligned quick time events (QTEs), expected to be shared in their next write-up.
Thief is due on February 26th, 2014 for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Post by Eorl @ 11:50am 17/10/13 | 0 Comments
Delivering a captivating ambiance of the brilliance of film noir mixed with the tease of burlesque and infusing a sultry jazz soundtrack, Contrast enthrals with every plot twist. A unique game mechanic allows players to shift in and out of the shadow dimension playing light against dark as you make your way through a mysterious adventure. Today’s trailer reveals one of the tracks from the original soundtrack of the game, House on Fire performed by the talented jazz singer Laura Ellis. The lyrics were written by Compulsion Games and the music was composed by the talented audio team from WaveGeneration Audio, all originally scored for Contrast.It isn't just the new trailer that Compulsion Games has revealed today, with pre-orders now opening up on Steam for PC with a standard edition and a Collector’s Edition on offer. Those nabbing the Collector's Edition will find an Original Soundtrack of Contrast as well as the Contrast “Programme”, a 52-page art book containing the art commented throughout by the development team and the full game.
You can find the pre-order page for Steam over here, and check out the trailer below. Contrast is also coming to both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
Post by Dan @ 10:50am 17/10/13 | 5 Comments
A new post on the Battlefield Blog describes an assortment of changes over both console and PC platforms, indicating several performance optimisations and some modifications of weapon and vehicle variables gleamed from player feedback. Here's a few notables:
Hit up the Battlefield Blog for the full list.
Battlefield 4 is due on October 29th 2013 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Post by Eorl @ 10:34am 17/10/13 | 0 Comments
PlayStation Blog post that four of their previous PlayStation 3 published indie titles - Flower, flOw, Sound Shapes and Escape Plan - will be making their way to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita during the month of November.
All four titles will include cross-buy support, meaning those who purchased a copy on PlayStation 3 will be able to carry their copy over to PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 come their launch dates completely free of charge.
As you may have heard, thatgamecompany’s Flower is coming to PS Vita. Today I am happy to officially announce that it is also coming to PS4 and that both versions will launch on November 15th. Now this beautiful, meditative game can be experienced at 1080p and 60fps.Conveniently each of the titles will be available come the launch of PlayStation 4 in Australia on November 29th, but those in America will find two of the titles launching on November 15th, their launch day for the console. Check out the video below for a look at each game.
Post by Eorl @ 04:14pm 16/10/13 | 0 Comments
The news has come from a recent Reddit thread (via Joystiq) where community manager Mike Lescault confirmed that "you do not need an Xbox Live Gold account to play Project Spark." Asked whether this exception was meant only for Windows 8 players and that those on Xbox 360 and Xbox One would still require a subscription, Lescault re-confirmed that "you will not need a gold subscription to play Project Spark for free on any platform."
Those looking forward to the Kodu-styled game will be able to get their hands on it later this month, when the PC beta is expected to launch. Those awaiting their Xbox One beta will be looking forward to a January beta launch.
Post by Eorl @ 03:45pm 16/10/13 | 8 Comments
Xpango has revealed a handy infographic to help ease the confusion.
Fighting out of the black corner, hailing from Tokyo, Japan, we’ve got the PS4. Sony’s 4th console has a strong gaming pedigree, and has been impressing fans in the build up to the big fight, taking the early plaudits in both the press conferences and media.The slimmed down infographic is thanks to Xpango's recent blog post on the same topic, though with a lot less words and more pretty pictures. Check it out in full over here and let us know your thoughts on both consoles and where you think they are at right now.
Post by Eorl @ 02:59pm 16/10/13 | 0 Comments
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes offers an original storyline in which Nick Fury calls upon Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, Wolverine and other heroes spanning the Marvel Universe to save Earth from such threats as the vengeance of Loki and the hunger of Galactus, Devourer of the Worlds. LEGO and Marvel fans will enjoy classic LEGO videogame adventure and humor, while playing as their favorite Marvel characters.We've got a local download available to help save time and quota, which you can find over here.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes will be available come November 15th for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and 3DS.
Post by Eorl @ 02:48pm 16/10/13 | 4 Comments
Spacebase DF-9, through Steam's Early Acccess program, enabling eager space travellers the chance to try out the in-alpha game a little bit earlier on Windows, Mac and Linux.
In Spacebase DF-9, you'll build a home among the stars for a motley population of humans and aliens as they go about their daily lives. Mine asteroids, discover derelicts, and deal with the tribulations of galactic resettlement in Earth's distant future. Meteor impacts! Explosive decompression! Unbearable loneliness!Tagged at $25 or $30 with the soundtrack included, players are tasked with keeping their citizens of space happy as they go about their daily lives, dealing with numerous daily tasks similar to Dwarf Fortress or the popular Sims series.
As with other previous Early Access alpha games, Double Fine has stressed that this is still in-development, so expect the usual bugs and crashes associated with such a product. If you feel like Earth isn't really doing it for you and you'd rather live a life like the recent Gravity movie, head over to the Steam page now for more on the game or check out the official website to leave your feedback.
Post by Eorl @ 01:49pm 16/10/13 | 0 Comments
In Magicka: Wizard Wars, two teams of four wizards each will do their best to incinerate, refrigerate, and defenestrate one another in chaotic combat, utilizing the versatile, element-combining spell system of Magicka. With friendly fire in full effect, wizards will have to think on their toes and mind their aim as they contend with imps, enemy players, and each other. With short battles, skill-based spellcasting, and flammable friends, Magicka: Wizard Wars explores all the ways that teamwork can go horribly wrong.Sadly local Australian players will have to deal with some lag issues until next year, with Paradox Interactive currently having servers available only in the US and EU with plans for "Australian servers becoming available early next year."
You can find the title available on Steam, and check out the newest trailer below for a good look at exactly what wizardry methods you'll be using in Magicka: Wizard Wars.
Post by Eorl @ 12:54pm 16/10/13 | 5 Comments
Discover how Anna, the unflinching Polis Sniper, tried and failed to rescue Artyom from the Reich forces in the ruined botanical gardens. Put the irrepressible Pavel’s deadly skills and ingenuity to the test as he attempts to escape the Bandit Lair beneath Venice. And guide Khan and Ulman through the forgotten, haunted tunnels of Polyanka in a chilling supernatural tale that reveals a dark secret from Khan’s mysterious past.The Chronicles Pack also offers up a fan-made weapon called the Multi Barreled Bicycle Shotgun. Created by Alexandre Bannwarth, a 1st year design student from New Zealand, the weapon was discovered by 4A Games and re-created with permission for Metro: Last Light.
“We hope fans of Metro: Last Light have enjoyed the additional content,” said Andrew Prokhorov, Creative Director at 4A Games. “It has allowed us to experiment with some new gameplay ideas such as the ‘Ranger’ mission from the Faction Pack and the Tower Pack, and we have paid close attention to all the feedback. But we think the Chronicles Pack will be the fans’ favourite as it contains three unique story-based missions featuring some of the game’s best-loved characters.”
The DLC pack is available at a price point of $4.99 but is also included in the Season Pass for free. Check out the trailer and screenshots below but also swing by the last developer blog for a full look at the new DLC.
Post by Dan @ 12:51pm 16/10/13 | 0 Comments
Winner of dozens of awards, the premiere space strategy franchise is getting an all-new sequel from original developer/publisher Stardock Entertainment. Explore enormous galaxies full of hostile aliens, possible allies, and untold riches. Conquer the stars with massive fleets of spaceships you designed from the ground up. Forge a shining empire that spreads across the entire sky, and carve your name across the face of future history before anyone else by becoming a Galactic Civilizations III founder today.Boldly, in addition to being PC-exclusive, Galciv 3 will also be limited to 64bit operating systems and DirectX 10/11 capable GPUs:
We want Galactic Civilizations III, and future expansions, to be able to handle extremely large galaxies with a very high resolution graphics and large data sets for the computer AI to make use of. It allows us to design the best game possible without being constrained by the limitations of older hardware.Early access and other perks are on offer through the developer's pre-order founder's program, and you can check out the the debut trailer below.
Post by Dan @ 11:49am 16/10/13 | 0 Comments
2012 event, The QSO's performance of Video Games Unplugged: Symphony of Legends will feature the Grammy-nominated composer of acclaimed indie-game Journey, Austin Wintory, as a special guest (thanks Polygon).
Music has always played a major role in the gaming experience and now game music rivals the scores heard in major Hollywood movies. The concert will include the live performance of music from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which won more than 200 Game of the Year Awards in 2011, as well as from games Uncharted 2 & 3, God of War and Diablo III. Also included is music from Final Fantasy VII and all new arrangements from BioShock 2, Assassins Creed II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Secret of Mana, Civilization IV and many more. Supporting the music, a massive screen will showcase specially edited and timed visual packages from the games.A playlist on QSO's official website includes the iconic Halo theme, and Skyrim's Dragonborn anthem, and promises "a few surprises".
Tickets for the show at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday November 23rd 2013 at 7pm are now available from Ticketek. The following month, QSO are doing Doctor Who.
Post by Eorl @ 11:34am 16/10/13 | 1 Comments
In a new post on their official website that keeps it short and sweet, the developer also revealed that anyone who is wanting to sign up early for the open beta can do so now on their new official website.
A new trailer has also been released alongside the launch date that offers up some explosive-looking content to marvel at. Check it out below.
Post by Eorl @ 10:58am 16/10/13 | 1 Comments
Titled Abandoned Territories, the pack is available alongside a new 1.05 patch that intends to fix up a number of multiplayer bugs including Interrogation mode.
Weather the opposing Faction and the random, dynamic dust storm on the Suburbs map. Explore a layered map of an overgrown urban environment with wild giraffes in the background in the Bus Depot map. Stalk around in a dark, eerie, moonlit, environment – the perfect setting for some serious stealth – in the Hometown map. Bookstore features a stacked, bi-level layout adding a highly unique dose of vertical gameplay. Excited yet?The pack is available at a standalone price point of $9.99 but those who have previously purchased the Season Pass will find it included for free.
To help visualise the changes to patch 1.05 and the Abandoned Territories map pack check out the new videos below alongside a handfull of screenshots for your viewing pleasure. You can find the full patch notes over here.
Post by Dan @ 10:50am 16/10/13 | 13 Comments
SteamDB have uncovered parts of the interface for the new tech in the latest beta version of the Steam client, offering some small insights into how it will work (thanks Polygon).
The concept behind In-Home Streaming in Steam is to enable Steam customers to use the computational power of their gaming rig to play games on other less powerful devices on other screens in the house, the most typical example being the loungeroom TV --similar to online streaming services like OnLive and Gaikai, but on a home network.
In-Home Streaming was originally revealed as part of Valve's SteamOS announcement, but is planned to be integrated in the Steam clients on PC and Mac as well.
The images captured by SteamDB show a simple interface that lists locally available host devices and a couple of options to limit framerate, bandwith, and disable hardware acceleration to improve streaming performance. To reiterate, it's not functional yet, but SteamDB explains how the process should work once it is officially released:
To make explaining easier, I'll call the host Steam computer where all the games are installed on the "Desktop" and the device the streaming will be done on the "Steambox".In addition the streaming stuff, SteamDB also uncovered more references to remote control via HTTP in the Steam Client, which suggests that work is progressing on a web interface that is being engineered to enable users to interface with the media playback features of Steam via a webpage frontend.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 09:51am 16/10/13 | 14 Comments
Our ambition from the start with Watch_Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming. It is with this in mind that we’ve made the tough decision to delay the release until Autumn 2014.Sad news if you ask me, but if it means we're going to get a game of the utmost quality, then a slight delay is probably worth it. Besides, most of you will still be playing GTA V even then, and if not there's also still Assassin's Creed IV later this month.
Stay tuned for more on Watch Dogs as it becomes available to us here at AusGamers.
Post by Eorl @ 03:37pm 15/10/13 | 0 Comments
Ethan: Meteor Hunter mixes puzzles and platformers core action mechanics with an innovative mechanic: telekinesia. Ethan can pause time and move objects around in order to solve puzzles and get though 50 levels with dynamic use of physics giving multiple gameplay and solving possibilities.Pre-orders for the title are available now through the official website, with the cheapest tier coming in at $9.90 and offering a DRM-free Windows version. Those who do purchase the game will also be able to grab Linux and Mac versions come 2014. Other tiers are also available for purchase, including the limited early adopter edition which will not be available come the launch of the game.
Check out the new trailer below and hit up the official website for more on this quirky indie title. Ethan: Meteor Hunter is also looking for votes on Steam's Greenlight process, which you can find over here.
Post by Dan @ 03:05pm 15/10/13 | 2 Comments
Accompanying the video is the launch of a new promotional website, GreatnessAwaits.com that pulls bits and pieces of PlayStation commentary from social media and describes the various features and games due on the PS4.
The PlayStation 4 console lands in Australia on November 29th 2013, two weeks after the Nov 15 North American launch.
Post by Eorl @ 02:39pm 15/10/13 | 0 Comments
According to the official news post, 34 skins have been released so far during the period of December 2009 and October 2011, with these rare skins becoming even rarer after the playerbase grew exponentially. To put it into perspective, the most common skin, Bewitching Nidalee, is only seen once every 971 games in North American games. The least most common, Ice Toboggan Corki, appears once every 116,586 games in North America.
Players have frequently requested ways to gain access to these skins, which Riot has now taken into consideration and revealed a limited time offer. To help compensate those who were lucky enough to own the rare skins, they’ll receive Riot Points equal equal to the price they paid for the skin, a vintage treatment in the loading screen when they use the skin, and an exclusive summoner icon.
Here's a breakdown on when you'll be able to purchase the skins:
Check out the official website for more on the new skins and keep an eye out for the limited edition skins when they become available.