beware your nemesis
Blizzard spoke with us recently about what separates the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition experience over the PC and spoke about platform differences. Click here!
inquiring minds
We chat with friend of the site Cameron Lee about Dragon Age Inquisition's endgame content, theorycrafting, tactical play and much more. Click here for our interview!
welcome to you're doom
AusGamers got a 15-minute live sneak-peek at the totally reimagined Doom at this year's QuakeCon. Read our in-depth first-look impressions right here!
highway to the danger zone
We caught up with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's game director, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, to talk all things Witcher, monsters and open-world! Click here!
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Post by Dan @ 08:29am 08/04/14 | 2 Comments
Publisher EA Sports has revealed that the likeness of late martial arts film star Bruce Lee will be making a guest appearance in EA Sports UFC, its first MMA game since obtaining the official UFC videogames license.

A Bruce Lee Reveal trailer features mostly other footage from the game, with a fleeting enter the dragon moment right at the very end.

EA Sports UFC is due in Autumn 204 (Northern Spring) for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Post by Dan @ 08:18am 08/04/14 | 0 Comments
Far from a confirmed feature, but still a positive prospect, comments made by a Microsoft developer at the company's recent BUILD conference in San Fransisco reportedly confirm that getting Xbox 360 games running on its new Xbox One console is being considered (via Kotaku):
During a session by partner development lead Frank Savage on the Xbox One’s use of Windows technology at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, the issue came up during audience questions. Here’s the exchange in full:

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Are there plans for an Xbox 360 emulator on Xbox One?

SAVAGE: There are, but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately. It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there’s nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself.
Microsoft isn't a stranger to official emulation, as several games from the original X86 Xbox were configured to run on the Xbox 360's PPC processor in a limited initiative referred to as 'Xbox Originals'.
Monday, 7 April 2014
Post by Dan @ 04:06pm 07/04/14 | 4 Comments
Gauntlet is coming back for another go, this time courtesy of publisher Warner Bros and Swedish indie studio Arrowhead with a currently PC exclusive title for both Windows and SteamOS.

At the recent GDC expo in San Francisco, AusGamers man on the ground, Nathan Lawrence had a chance to go hands-on with some couch co-op multiplayer and came away reasonably impressed:
The Gauntlet remake may be a simple concept, but it’s pretty, frantic and perfectly suited for the push for PC games to return to the couch with its full support for SteamOS and Steam Machines. If you were fond of the original, there’s plenty of fan service here, while newcomers can look forward to a fun dungeon-crawling experience that’s best played with others.
Read on for the complete Gauntlet hands-on preview.
Post by Dan @ 11:15am 07/04/14 | 2 Comments
The Verge is reporting that Google is about to launch another expedition into the lounge room with Android TV, a new custom interface for its popular mobile operating system designed for use on television.
The company is calling for developers to build extremely simple TV apps for an extremely simple set-top-box interface. While Android still lives under the hood, the interface will consist of a set of scrolling "cards" that represent movies, shows, apps, and games sitting on a shelf. You use a remote control with a four-way directional pad to scroll left and right through different suggestions, or up and down through different categories of content, each with their own shelves. Much like on other set top boxes, each item will be like a miniature movie poster or book cover, and you’ll pick the one you want. The controller will also have Enter, Home, and Back buttons to help get around, and there will be "optional" game controllers.

Android TV will also support voice input and notifications — though Google is encouraging developers to only use notifications in very limited cases. In total, Android TV is remarkably similar to Amazon's just-released, Android-based Fire TV.
The Verge's report also mentions that it will support optional game controllers, and one of the leaked menu screenshots feature games such as Plants vs Zombies 2, Asphalt 8, TripleTown and Temple Run.

What's not so clear in the report is how Android TV is expected to launch. Although it would seemingly make the most sense as an alternate UI option for Android device manufacturers to use, and a wider new standard for Android developers to target, an earlier report also from The Verge suggests that Google might be building hardware for it itself in the form of a Nexus TV set-top-box. Perhaps it's both; we'll have to wait and see.
Post by Dan @ 10:49am 07/04/14 | 1 Comments
Following his recent appointment as head of Microsoft's Xbox division, Phil Spencer is touting a "gamers first" focus on the Xbox platforms.

Speaking with Xbox Community figurehead Larry Hryb, Spencer has a lot of constructive things to say about the path forward for Xbox, acknowledging the benefits of better community interaction and feedback, and promising a big showing for the platform at this year's E3 expo.

There's a lot of good words here from Xbox's new leader, let's hope he can make good on some of it.

Post by Dan @ 09:37am 07/04/14 | 4 Comments
SEGA and Creative Assembly have released a new developer diary style trailer for Alien: Isolation, this time delving into the game's audio features. With this latest licensed Alien game promising to take players back to the horror themes of the original Ridley Scott film, sound obviously plays a very important part in creating the right atmosphere and helping the player keep tabs on the alien hunting him in the dark corners of the derelict vessel.
From previously undiscovered audio tracks found deep within the Fox vaults, to recording with our own selection from London's top orchestral musicians, our studio developers will be revealing interesting details on what's helped shape the audio soundscape of Alien: Isolation.
Alien: Isolation is due on October 7 2014 for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Post by Dan @ 09:25am 07/04/14 | 0 Comments
We only recently learnt that id Software's Doom 4 project is still a thing, when a pre-order promotion for Bethesda's upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order promised players access to a game now known simply as DOOM.

However, the FAQ for that promotion has since been updated, explaining that the DOOM beta will only be made available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, suggesting that unlike the new Wolfenstein game, the new Doom will not be appearing on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (thanks VG 247).

Wolfenstein: The New Order is due on all five platforms on May 20 2014, but a date for the DOOM beta has yet to be disclosed.
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 11:21am 05/04/14 | 3 Comments
Watch Dogs is scheduled to launch in late May, and with that launch comes a handful of quite elusive collector editions to boot. One of those is the Vigilante Edition, and Ubisoft has sent over a new video to help understand just what you'll be getting in the box.
The Vigilante Edition is the ideal Watch_Dogs Collector Edition for anyone willing to embody the hacker vigilante in real life. Discover now the high-end content exclusively created to let you live an extended Watch_Dogs' experience!

All it takes is the swipe of a finger. We connect with friends. We buy the latest gadgets and gear. We find out what’s happening in the world. But with that same simple swipe, we cast an increasingly expansive shadow. With each connection, we leave a digital trail that tracks our every move and milestone, our every like and dislike. And it’s not just people. Today, all major cities are networked. Urban infrastructures are monitored and controlled by complex operating systems.
Alongside the unboxing video, Ubisoft has also sent word that Watch Dogs is now available for pre-purchase on digital service Steam. Two versions are currently available, the standard edition ($59.99) and the digital deluxe edition ($69.99) which includes a rather large list of bonus packs and missions. Interestingly the deluxe edition also includes 60 minutes of additional gameplay, which was previously thought to be PlayStation exclusive however that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

Check out both editions on Steam's page, and find the unboxing video below.

Post by Eorl @ 10:57am 05/04/14 | 0 Comments
Popular digital game shop Green Man Gaming has today revealed its quite large weekend catalogue of deals, this time revolving around publisher and developer 2K Games.

While the full list of games on sale is rather long, some of the more high titled games include Sid Meier's Civilization V, Borderlands 2, Mafia 2, Duke Nukem Forever and the BioShock series. These range from 30-75% off, and the weekend deal is only lasting until April 7th so you'll want to get in quick.

For a full list of games on sale including non-2K Games like the recently launched Elder Scrolls Online, head over to the official website. Those wanting to get the best deals will also find a 20% off voucher is currently in rotation, 8KM88H-PPN6L5-SJ9GRU.
Post by Eorl @ 10:43am 05/04/14 | 8 Comments
GameSpy owner Glu has announced via the GameSpy Technology site that it will be shutting down all "powered by GameSpy" hosted multiplayer services at the end of May. The shutdown will affect a lot of popular games. One of those affected by the shutdown, Bohemia Interactive, announced that it is already working on alternatives for Arma 3 and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead. Sadly it seems many others will be left out in the cold so to speak.

"Effective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosted services for all games still using GameSpy," reads a brief post on the GameSpy Technology site. "If you have any questions about how this impacts your favorite title please contact the game’s publisher for more information. Thanks for a great ride!"

This move marks the end of the GameSpy brand as we have known it over the years. In early 2013 IGN officially shut down the website of the same name. With Glu shutting down GameSpy multiplayer services, the brand as we knew it is officially dead.
Post by Eorl @ 12:41am 05/04/14 | 1 Comments
While players around the world may be busy looting crates and battling foreign enemies in the lands of Tamriel, Bethesda and Zenimax Online Studios has released a new trailer for their Elder Scrolls Online MMO to help celebrate the game's launch today.
After 20 years of best-selling, award-winning fantasy role-playing games, the Elder Scrolls series goes online. Experience this epic adventure on your own or together with your friends, guild mates, and thousands of alliance members. Explore dangerous caves and dungeons, embark upon adventurous quests across Tamriel, and engage in massive player versus player battles, where the victors reap the spoils of war.

Tamriel faces annihilation. Molag Bal has claimed the Imperial City while the alliances, locked in a bitter conflict with one another, struggle to seize the Ruby Throne from the clutches of Oblivion. The latest chapter in our cinematic series takes you to the ravaged battlefield of Cyrodiil. Join the fight today in The Elder Scrolls Online!
Check out the trailer below, and if you happen to miss the news today you can find the quite flarge infographic here and our current competition offering the impressive Physical Imperial Edition for the grand prize.

Friday, 4 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 05:19pm 04/04/14 | 4 Comments
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure, the 2012 Kickstarted project by series creators Chris Jones and Aaron Conners, will be available come Apil 22nd on PC and Mac according to a new trailer release.

Launched way back in June of 2012, Tesla Effect reached its Kickstarter goal of $450k by surpassing it with an extra $148,000 to spare. Publisher Atlus has since picked it up, and today's release date has brought a handful of pre-order details as well through both GoG and Steam. Those that pre-order Tesla Effect will gain access to a previous game, The Pandora Directive, and the Tex Murphy Live Jazz soundtrack when it releases.

This will mark Tex's sixth outing, as he last appeared in 1998's Tex Murphy: Overseer. Tesla Effect follows the noble PI as he awakens with seven years wiped from his memory. Who did this to him and why is a mystery, so ol' Tex has to get to the bottom of things from his rundown Old San Francisco office.

To commemorate Tesla Effect's upcoming release, Atlus and developer Big Finish Games have released the following clip detailing some of Murphy's less glamorous moments.

Post by Eorl @ 04:01pm 04/04/14 | 22 Comments
The Xbox One could soon be seeing external storage support according to a recent comment on Reddit by Microsoft's Xbox frontman Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb.

No timeframe was sadly given, however Nelson did state that the feature is on its way. “External game storage is coming soon. I need to check on media support,” he said.

Further in the thread, Hryb said that he had no news on regional voice support, but did hint at plenty of updates to come. “Lots of good work going on to make the console even better – some you’ll see soon, some will show up later. But: it is all good stuff."
Post by Eorl @ 03:36pm 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
Crowdfunded PC action-RPG Divinity: Original Sin has entered beta following the release of a "massive" gameplay-expanding update, developer Larian Studios announced today.

Divinity: Original Sin joined Steam's Early Access program in January, offering a preliminary look at its open-world cooperative campaign. Today's update has introduced more than 400 new features and gameplay tweaks, including new character talents, skill trees, enemies, and environments.

Divinity: Original Sin is available from Steam for $39.99 during its Early Access period. You can read the full patch notes on the quite large update over here.

Post by Eorl @ 03:26pm 04/04/14 | 12 Comments
The GAP lads are back with yet another instalment of The GAP, their sometimes weekly podcast that covers *mostly* gaming. Here's this week's decription:
This week on The GAP Luke Lawrie, Joab Gilroy, Heath Dickson, and Jae Leong draw swords in Nidhogg during the day of fools. The games they discuss are Dark Souls 2, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, Infamous: Second Son, Battlefield 4: Naval Strike and Valve's documentary Free To Play. In the news they try to sort out the April Fools news from the real stuff and talk about the new head of Xbox, Predator appearing in the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC, and the future of DayZ. This episode goes for 1 hour and 30 minutes, and also contains coarse language.
Grab it locally from AusGamers by clicking right here. You can also follow The GAP on Facebook to tell them how much you love their snazzy voices or yell your opinions across the Internet, and find the latest podcasts through here.
Post by Eorl @ 02:52pm 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
Popular streaming website Twitch.tv is planning to introduce a new beta program for group chat, a feature that allows streamers and users to create private chat rooms, the company announced today.

Chat rooms will act as an invite-only channel, and will be separate from the traditional chat options found during a stream. The beta feature begins today, though at this time only members of the Twitch Partner Program have access. Although regular Twitch users cannot set their own private rooms, they can be invited to a room by a Twitch partner. Chat rooms will also include moderation tools used for regular channel; broadcasters have the ability to assign moderators and allow chosen users to invite others.
One of the most beloved features on Twitch is the ability to chat with the broadcasters and your fellow gamers. In many ways, it’s what makes Twitch, Twitch. It’s where community memes begin. Where you express your glee, outrage, befuddlement, or amusement, as the case may be. Twitch is a social place, and chat is where the social exchange happens.
A demonstration can be found over on Twitch's official blog, and the feature is currently only available through the web with future partners to be determined.
Post by Eorl @ 01:52pm 04/04/14 | 42 Comments
The Elder Scrolls Online, Zenimax Online Studios' now released massively multiplayer online role-playing game, had more than 5 million people register for its beta, publisher Bethesda Softworks revealed today in a quite large infographic.

According to the image, the hefty beta numbers are double that of Big Macs eaten around the world, which is only but one of several facts released about The Elder Scrolls Online and its development. Other interesting facts include the news that players can create 5.0952187*1058 character combinations, there are 61 million items in-game to find and 10,202 non-playable characters in the MMORPG. Also of note: taking a leaf from South Park's World of Warcraft episode, you can get to level 50 simply by killing 119,050 mudcrabs. Such excellent use of your time.

The Elder Scrolls Online is now available on PC in Windows and Mac form, with a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version launching sometime during June. If you happen to miss the previous post, we've now got a competition running for the chance to win a Physical Imperial Edition, so get in on that!

Have you taken up a blade or staff in The Elder Scrolls Online? How is the game fairing? Let us know in the comments below!
Post by Eorl @ 01:06pm 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
Call of Duty fans now have the chance to come face to face with 20th Century Fox films' iconic Predator character in the new "Devastation" DLC pack released today for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts.

The Devastation pack adds four new maps into the game's multiaplyer component; Ruins, Collision, Behemoth, and Unearthed, along with the second chapter in the game's ongoing Extinction storyline. Players who complete the Ruins map's Field Order will earn the ability to become the Predator in combat, gaining access to the alien's dual wrist blades, shoulder-mounted plasma cannon, and infrared target-seeking capabilities.

The Devastation DLC pack is priced at $14.99, and is included as part of Call of Duty: Ghosts' Season Pass.
Post by Eorl @ 12:12pm 04/04/14 | 2 Comments
Age of Mythology was first released in 2002 over a decade ago, and today it seems this rather old school RTS is getting a new sprig of life with the announcement of an extended edition to launch on Steam.
Age of Mythology — The game that transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortals.

Use mythological creatures like Minotaurs and Cyclopes to bolster your armies' strength. Call upon the gods for assistance in flattening enemy towns with meteors or scatter opposing troops with lightning storms.
Similar to the recent Age of Empires 2 HD revision, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition will be receiving a handful of bells and whistles including Steam Workshop, improved rendering engine, Twitch TV integration, enhanced observer mode, native support for Win 7/8 and HD monitors.

Age of Mythology: Extended Edition will be launching on May 9th, and is currently available for pre-order through Steam at $23.99. Check out the trailer below to see the HD transformation in action.

Post by Dan @ 11:49am 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
The latest Humble Weekly Bundle promotion went live this morning, this time offering another new collection of acclaimed indie games from various studios.
Set phasers to fun. This weekly sale has been hand-picked by none other than the fine folks at Destructoid! Pay what you want to enjoy the pyromaniacal puzzle game, Little Inferno, the geometrical action game, Super Hexagon, and a fusion of real-time strategy and multiplayer first-person shooter elements, Natural Selection 2.

Pay $6 or more to also receive the adorable arcade-style puzzle game, Critter Crunch, the tower defense classic, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate, and the brutally bloody top-down action shooter, Hotline Miami.
Watch the obligatory overview trailer below and head over to humblebundle.com/weekly for the goods.

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