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!
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 11:39am 02/04/14 | 0 Comments
A new update is currently in the works for inFamous: Second Son that will add a small handful of additions and bug fixes based on player feedback, according to the latest PlayStation Blog post by Sucker Punch co-founder and producer Brian Fleming.

One of the biggest features to come in the path will allow players to change the time of day after beating the game for the first time. Currently the day is set to a afternoon period, but with the new update you'll be able to change it to any time including turning on weather. In addition players will also be able to turn the HUD on or off, something Fleming notes will be rather useful for those hitting that share button.

The final major feature for the patch includes an option to cap the game at 30 frame per second. "Internally we prefer the unlocked frame rate, but we recognize that some players find it distressing," Fleming wrote. "So we'll provide a way to ensure the game is not bumping up over 30FPS, if that's how you prefer to play."

According to the post, we can expect the patch to be available at its earliest in two weeks time, though Fleming promises a further update as soon as the patch is ready to go. Until that time, you can check out AusGamers' review of inFamous: Second Son for our thoughts on the PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Post by natslovR @ 11:13am 02/04/14 | 2 Comments
Triumph Studios, developer behind the successful Overlord and Age of Wonders series, has released the third installment in the Age of Wonders series through both Steam and Good Old Games. As usual, GoG offers their version completely DRM-free.
The third Age of Wonders title revives the classic fantasy strategy gameplay of the original, where kings, queens, and dark lords battle for the spoils of an ancient paradise. This iteration adds RPG-inspired classes and specialization, letting rulers craft empires of their own design and craft their own unique strategies and play styles.
The studio has two versions available for purchase, either the standard edition for $39.99 or the deluxe edition for $49.99 which includes the soundtrack and a bonus standalone Dragon’s Throne scenario.

"After 39 months of hard work, we're finally letting our baby out into the world. We're excited to let people finally return to the game they loved so much," said Lennart Sas, Development Director at Triumph Studios. "The new classes and specializations let players choose to play the way THEY want, rather than being hemmed in by the typical fantasy restrictions."

Post by Dan @ 11:10am 02/04/14 | 0 Comments
Microsoft was widely criticised for giving too much air time to a raft of TV watching features at the expense of games when it first revealed the Xbox One console last year, which was seen as an even bigger misstep when it was learnt that most of those features would only be functional in the United States upon the console's launch.

It's now looking like that expanded TV functionality will be making its way to other parts of the world soon, with a new Xbox Wire blog post announcing that the Xbox One's OneGuide, universal remote features, and the extended suite of Kinect voice commands that goes with them are coming to Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K --starting with an invitational preview program for "select Xbox Live members" before being made publicly available.
Those select Xbox Live members will see:
  • An enhanced TV watching experience (that’s already available in the U.S.), which sees TV listings added to OneGuide, alongside Favorites and App Channels. This will work for people in Europe and Canada who have their TV connected to Xbox One via HDMI-in.
  • More control over Xbox One, their TV, and set-top box, including setting new recordings and watching recorded content from their DVR, all from a tablet or smart phone. Xbox SmartGlass also adds a cool new feature to show the most recently-watched channels.
  • New Kinect voice commands in Europe and Canada (already available in the U.S.) which let you control your set-top box and other AV equipment.
A video presentation with Xbox's Larry Hryb and Ben Smith talks about the features in more depth, but unfortunately neither the video or the blog bear any mention of Australia, so it looks like we'll have to continue to wait down here.

Post by Eorl @ 10:55am 02/04/14 | 0 Comments
While Techland may be working on the console and PC focused first-person slasher Hellraid, developer Shortbreak Studios has announced a new iOS adaptation that will take place within the same grim dark world.

Titled Hellraid: The Escape, the game will feature a separate experience from Hellraid. After a sorcerer obsessed with the dark arts imprisons your soul within a magical fortress, players must figure out who they are and how to escape. In addition to exploring and battling demons, players will solve "challenging puzzles - each one a fresh and unique experience." The game will also include cloud saves, achievements and free updates with no in-app purchases or pay-to-win elements.

Hellraid: The Escape will be exclusive to iOS devices and launches May 15th for $2.99. Check out the trailer for a glimpse at the action.

Post by Dan @ 10:46am 02/04/14 | 8 Comments
Expanding on the previous teaser trailer, a lengthier promotional video for Episode 3 of Telltale Games' upcoming The Wolf Among Us adventure game has been released on the official Xbox youtube channel.
After discovering damning evidence at a bloody crime scene, Bigby is just steps behind the prime suspect of a horrific murder, but he's not the only one; other forces in Fabletown will stop at nothing to protect their interests. Every decision matters and time is ticking in this thrilling third episode of The Wolf Among Us.
Oddly, the clip is referred to as a 'launch trailer', but no release date information has yet been forthcoming for any of the game's platforms: PC, Mac, iOS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Check it out below, (or avoid if you're spoiler sensitive).

Post by Eorl @ 10:38am 02/04/14 | 0 Comments
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has today announced that their HD port of the handheld title Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is now available on consoles and PC.

Developed by Armature Studio, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition will offer a more enhanced version of the core pillars seen in the previously released handheld version of the game, complete with high-definition visuals, an all-new map system, new enemy encounters, difficulty levels, and Batsuits. The Deluxe Edition will also include 5.1 surround sound support if you feel like hearing Batman all around you.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is set three months after Origins, where Batman is summoned to restore peace and order within the walls of Blackgate Prison. Players will explore the depths of the island penitentiary as Batman investigates and realizes that there is more to the henchman uprising than initially meets the eye.
The redefined version is available now on Steam for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the eShop for Wii U. A physical Wii U edition will be available come April. Warner Bros. are also offering an exclusive Zero Year Batsuit skin to those who register for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account.
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 06:06pm 01/04/14 | 7 Comments
Planets³, the 3D open-world voxel-based RPG from indie developer Cubical Drift, is nearing its $250,000 Kickstarter goal as the team counts down the final four days of the crowd-funding project.
In this completely open world, freedom is the key. With entire surroundings that can be completely modulated, destroyed and recreated as you wish, the only limit in Planets³ is your own imagination! But this freedom comes with its own set of challenges. For instance, to leave our planet and visit the universe, players must unlock their own personal spaceship, or build one themselves… And you’ll need the natives to grant you their trust, so you can master the craft system and learn new skills.

You will find lots of characters during your journey, natives who will ask you to complete tasks for them. Once you have gained their trust, some of them will allow you to use their crafting skills: they will then become Job Masters, Job Masters are essential for your progression since they can provide assistance in many ways: They can research new recipes for you, help build new structures, repair broken items, dismantle objects to learn how to reproduce them; they can also harvest crops for cooking, and of course, fight by your side against any enemy… Job masters can be blacksmith, goldsmith, engineer, fighter, cook, builder or farmer.
Described as a combination of the "excitement of role playing with the pleasure of construction and the boundless freedom to roam about in a 3D universe," Cubical Drift are hoping to offering the game first on PC. A number of other features are also touted on the Kickstarter page, including dungeon exploration, various ways to take on enemies in combat, splintered biome development and a rather in-depth crafting system.

The team are currently looking for approval through Steam's Greenlight process as well, though hopefully support can be gathered initially through the Kickstarter project. Check out their pitch video below, and check out the official website as well for further info.

Post by Eorl @ 05:24pm 01/04/14 | 0 Comments
Neverwinter, the free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG from developer Cryptic Studios, has today announced that they are going meta with an event this week called Respen's Marvelous Game.

The new in-game event will allow players to participate in an in-game Dungeons & Dragons tabletop game, which means we now have DnD in our DnD. Most likely an answer to this year's traditional April Fools' Day, the event is actually really and will be available from April 1st to April 4th. It will star "mischievous mage" Respen Durothil, who invites those of Neverwinter and Protector's Enclave to play his game.

"Sitting at a table with fellow heroes of Neverwinter — Sergeant Knox, Makos, Celeste, Xuna and Rhix — players move miniature versions of their player character (with miniature bases for added authenticity!) across one of two paper maps set in dungeons and swamps," the meta game's description reads. "Utilize the magic of multisided die, grid paper, cardboard dividers, and *imagination* to save an elven princess or clear out a dungeon, all with narration by the dungeon master himself, Respen."

The event will offer a handful of prizes including the iconic multisided Crysatl Dice, an exclusive Green Slime companion and a stat-boosting Adorable Pet Pocket. Characters can also acquire "tabletop-friendly snacks," such as cornmeal treats called Lliira's Fare, Lathander's Dew "collected from crushed mountain rock" and Neverwintan Red Veins.
Post by Eorl @ 02:44pm 01/04/14 | 1 Comments
With the second and final part now available for BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea DLC, Irrational Games has posted three full, original songs from said DLC to its official website, along with some commentary from the game’s Music Director, Jim Bonney.

Bonney describes the first song, “Little Sisters’ Song,” as an idealistic musical conversation between “Mama Tenenbaum” and the little sisters. “I was thinking about ways to create depth in daily life in Rapture, and thought that the Little Sisters’ Home could use a little propaganda music,” he said. “A song that would ease the minds of the citizens that little girls being taken from their families was really just another example of living the Objectivist’s Dream!”

You can find a more in-depth commentary on the other two free songs, "The Pie Song" and "Old Man Winter Jingle," through Irrational's official blog plus each of the songs to download.
Post by Dan @ 02:31pm 01/04/14 | 9 Comments
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia has announced that support for video-on-demand service Foxtel Play has launched on PlayStation 3, allowing subscribers of the service to view content from the console.
“Whether it’s music, TV, movies or games, PlayStation fans love all forms of digital entertainment and we remain committed to delivering the most immersive digital entertainment experiences on our platforms through PlayStation Network,” said Michael Ephraim, Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia. “Foxtel Play is a fantastic addition to our suite of entertainment services, one that all the family can enjoy.”

Rohan Lund, Foxtel’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “We’re thrilled to continue our drive to expand availability of Foxtel Play for Australian subscribers. With the addition of PS3, that expansion just got a massive boost for the 2 million Australians already enjoying great digital experiences on their PlayStation 3 consoles. Today that experience gets even better.”
Support for PlayStation 4 is also said to be "coming soon". Foxtel Play can also already be accessed via Xbox 360 consoles, PCs and several Smart TVs.

Sony and Foxtel are promoting the deal with a focus on the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, which premieres on April 7, controversially exclusive to Foxtel in Australia.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:05pm 01/04/14 | 2 Comments
It's been a hot-topic ever since The Phantom Pain was pushed back into 2015 and Ground Zeroes was revealed to be only roughly two-hours long, with the price-point being one of the major talking-points.

Rather than get bogged down in the answer to that question though, we've just thoroughly reviewed the game for you, revealing all that it has to offer, and all that it doesn't. The biggest spoiler though (and let's be honest, this applies to all games, really) is that it all boils down to preference -- especially in what it is you ultimately want out of a gaming experience.

Click here for our full Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes review.
Post by Eorl @ 11:48am 01/04/14 | 4 Comments
Metro series developer 4A Games will be bringing their post-apocalyptic franchise to both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, publisher Deep Silver announced today.

What originally began as a rumour with Italian site Everyeye posting up images over the weekend of the new-gen Metro Redux version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Deep Silver has today officially confirmed that there is indeed such a thing. The new edition will include both 2010's Metro 2033 and 2013's Metro: Last Light, as well as all downloadable content. The series is set in the post-apocalyptic universe created by the Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky, who started it all in 2005 with the novel Metro 2033.

"Is Metro Redux real? Yes. We never made any secret of 4A's desire to bring Metro to the latest generation of console hardware," the company said. However, the publisher noted that the leaked images came from an "old, internal planning presentation" and contain "some nuggets of truth but a lot of hypothetical ideas and placeholder material."

Deep Silver seem to have been caught ahead of their schedule, revealing that they aren't quite ready to reveal the game officially, but did say that plans are being made ahead of E3. "We think the reality is a lot more exciting than the outdated material that got leaked shows, and we're itching to share it with you. Just not yet," the company said. It wasn't made clear whether PC would be getting any of the remastered versions, but we'll have to wait for the official announcement for those details.
Post by Dan @ 10:58am 01/04/14 | 0 Comments
Indie developer Might and Delight has revealed a sequel to its well-received mother badger simulator, with Shelter 2 putting players in the paws of a mother lynx in an open world environment.
"The essence of Shelter as a concept is keeping your family alive. But we have decided to let the animal itself set the pace and character of the gameplay. The badger translated into a slow and linear journey - with the lynx however, Shelter 2 will become a much more forceful experience, where improving your techniques for hunting prey takes a much bigger role." says Anders Westin, CEO of Might and Delight.

The game follows the life cycle of a mother lynx, starting as a pregnant animal preparing her den for the coming litter, giving birth, and continuing in to a journey of parenthood where nurturing her cubs is paramount for survival. Shelter 2 includes more elaborate gameplay features than its predecessor, such as stamina, different types of movements, jumps and a variety of prey to kill. Besides hunting there are several maternal features such as calling the cubs closer, making sure they drink water from rivers and lifting and carrying your cubs from harm’s way.

"We are basing the game features on the lynx´s life and behavior. That aspect makes Shelter 2 closer to realism, and oddly enough more gamey at the same time. To simply roam the world finding prey to hunt is thrilling in itself. That´s something we wanted to bring in to Shelter before, and it’s fantastic to see it come to life now" added Anders Westin
Catch the debut trailer below. Shelter 2 is expected on Steam, GOG and "other digital platform" in 2014.

Post by Eorl @ 10:48am 01/04/14 | 4 Comments
After being delayed for almost a week, the PC version of Battlefield 4's third expansion, Naval Strike, is now available for premium members to jump in and cause some destruction.

Originally scheduled for release on March 25th, the DLC was delayed by developer DICE due to a "combination of the pack and planned PC updates [that] would increase performance issues on mid-range to high-end PCs." The Xbox One version also saw a delay due to animation issues, though it was later released during last weekend.

Naval Strike brings four new maps with some watery themes, ten assignments, five new weapons, two gadgets and of course a hovercraft to manoeuvre around on. The expansion also features a new Carrier Assault mode, a remake of the classic Titan mode from Battlefield 2142 in which players will fight to sink the opposing sides ship while keeping their own afloat.

You can read up on more of the new content over at the official blog post, but also check out the launch trailer below to see it in action. Non-premium members will be getting access to the expansion sometime during April, so stay tuned for a more solid date.

Post by Eorl @ 10:35am 01/04/14 | 1 Comments
Phil Spencer, who was most recently serving as chief of Microsoft Studios, will now be taking over as head of Microsoft's Xbox branch the company announced today. Not only will Spencer lead the his previous Microsoft Studios division, but the Xbox branch also includes Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video.

"Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world's most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself," said Spencer in a statement on Xbox Wire. "It's been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honored to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry."

The announcement comes as part of a company wide email from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who also officially announced Stephen Elop as Executive Vice President of Microsoft Devices Group. Elop, said Nadella, will work with Spencer and Myerson when it comes to the Xbox platform.

"Combining all our software, gaming and content assets across the Xbox team under a single leader and aligning with the [Operating Systems Group] team will help ensure we continue to do great work across the Xbox business, and bring more of the magic of Xbox to all form factors, including tablets, PCs and phones," said Nadella. "I love the way the Xbox team is focused on great games and gaming experiences (go, Titanfall!), connects with its fans, pushes the boundary of entertainment and has embraced the power of the cloud in such interesting and impactful ways. Phil is the right person to lead Xbox forward."

Spencer hasn't let the dust settle, already teasing further announcements for the Xbox brand come E3 2014 this June. Speaking with Polygon, Spencer revealed that the team are now focusing more "on the games: what new IP we are investing in, what's going on in Japan, what are we doing with Halo." The new Chief of Xbox Division also believes Microsoft will catch up to Sony's PlayStation 4, which is currently outpacing the Xbox One by quite a large margin.

"We're early on in the console generation, and obviously Sony's having a great launch," he said. "Console gaming is doing incredibly well right now. Six months ago, everybody wondered if console gaming was dead... but this is a long, multi-year generation and my fundamental belief is that great games create the best platforms."
Post by Dan @ 10:28am 01/04/14 | 0 Comments
Activision and Infinity Ward have rolled out the full trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts's upcoming Devastation DLC pack, which in addition to the four new multiplayer maps, and a couple of weapons, also features some manner of licensing deal with 20th Century Fox films' iconic Predator character. The video's description neglects any mention of it, but the trailer clearly shows the alien trophy hunter in a South American themed map similar to the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film:
Devastation brings four small to medium-sized Multiplayer maps: Ruins, Behemoth, Collision, and Unearthed -- which is a re-imagined version of Dome, the fan-favorite map from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3.

Devastation also includes the "Ripper," a brand new tactical 2-in-1 weapon with the unique ability to switch from SMG to AR and back on the fly, in the middle of combat.

The Extinction saga picks up with Episode 2: Mayday. Following the events of Nightfall, players board an abandoned research vessel, in search of answers. Players will face two new alien foes - Seeders, and the 100ft tall "Kraken." This exciting new chapter comes packed with new weapon mods and paths to explore
Devastation is due on Xbox 360 and Xbox One first on April 3rd, with "other platforms to follow".



Monday, 31 March 2014
Post by Dan @ 03:26pm 31/03/14 | 0 Comments
BioWare continues the trickle of Dragon Age: Inquisition promotion, serving up a developer diary style video that takes viewers behind the scenes with two of the game's prominent voice actors, Claudia Black and Brian Bloom, both reprising their respective roles as Morrigan and Varric.

As VG247 notes, fans probably shouldn't read too much into any of the dialogue in the video as for all we know the voice booth footage might be from years ago. Regardless, it's still an informative look into the craft of videogame voice acting.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is due on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in late 2014.

Post by Dan @ 03:17pm 31/03/14 | 0 Comments
As promised, UK-based indie studio Team 17 lifted the veil of the recently announced Flockers at the EGX Rezzed expo in Birmingham over the weekend, and revealed what is self described as a "twisted blend of Lemmings' inspired gameplay and Tim Burton style macabre, all topped off with a dose of that classic Worms humour!":
Held for years within the evil thrall of the Worms, the sheep are finally making a dash for freedom! Escaping the tyrannical Worms, the flock must dodge their way past all manner of lethal machinery and traps as they negotiate their path through the confinement of the Worms weapons factory and onwards to pastures green.
Flockers will be heading to PC by way of Steam Early Access in Q2 2014. Watch the debut trailer "meat the flockers" below, and click though to our game page for some screenshots.

Post by Dan @ 02:56pm 31/03/14 | 6 Comments
By way of the official Kinect for Windows blog, Microsoft has revealed some new details on the long expected updated Windows PC version of the motion control peripheral, and rather obviously it looks pretty similar to the Xbox One version.
The sensor closely resembles the Kinect for Xbox One, except that it says “Kinect” on the top panel, and the Xbox Nexus—the stylized green “x”—has been changed to a simple, more understated power indicator.

The sensor requires a couple other components to work: the hub and the power supply. Tying everything together is the hub (top item pictured below), which accepts three connections: the sensor, USB 3.0 output to PC, and power. The power supply (bottom item pictured below) does just what its name implies: it supplies all the power the sensor requires to operate. The power cables will vary by country or region, but the power supply itself supports voltages from 100–240 volts.
A launch date for the Windows hardware has still not been confirmed, only that we're "getting closer and closer" to launch. Comments made shortly after the Xbox One was unveiled last year flagged the device for a 2014 launch.

Post by Dan @ 10:35am 31/03/14 | 3 Comments
SEGA and Creative Assembly have set an October 7th 2014 release date for Alien: Isolation, the much anticipated first person action game promising to take the popular licensed sci-fi franchise back to its horror-themed roots.
“We couldn’t be happier to finally announce a date for Alien: Isolation,” said Alistair Hope, Creative Lead at Creative Assembly. “The reaction we have seen so far has been simply incredible, from the screams and shrieks to the cold sweats and racing hearts. It’s the Alien game that we’ve always wanted to play and we can’t wait to let everyone get their hands on it this fall.”

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.
The October 7th date includes all five planned platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
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