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!
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Post by Eorl @ 02:46pm 04/12/13 | 0 Comments
Developer Grapefukt Games has announced that their minimalist puzzle-strategy game Rymdkapsel is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux in January. The announcement follows word that it has already sold 200,000 copies across PlayStation Mobile, Vita, iOS, and Android platforms.
rymdkapsel is a game where you take command of a space station and its minions. You will have to plan your expansion and manage your resources to explore the galaxy.

Striking a good balance between defense and expansion is key to succeeding.
The official site notes that the PC version will be on Steam for those wanting to keep their library all in one place, though a DRM-free version will also be available from another store. The PC release will feature two more game modes, plus some new monoliths and missions.

Post by Dan @ 12:44pm 04/12/13 | 3 Comments
Spike TV's annual commercialised videogame awards show broadcast on North American television has been renamed from the Spike VGAs to VGX 2013, and while there's no reason to suspect that the actual awarding of accolades will be any less shallow than previous years, the spectacle itself has become a popular advertising platform for publishers to reveal new looks at their upcoming games.

For 2013, VGX organisers have revealed that in addition to a brand new Wii U title to be announced on stage by Nintendo of Amercia, we can expect to see world premiere promotional footage of South Park: The Stick of Truth, Titanfall, Quantum Break, Broken Age, Dying Light, Tom Clancy’s The Division, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

More reveals are expected, and as per usual, we'll have a round up of all the trailers locally as soon as we're permitted to post them.

VGX 2013 will air on an assortment of Viacom-owned TV channels at 15:00 PST on December 7 2013 (which is a rather pleasant 10am Sydney time, this coming Sunday, December 8th), and will also be streaming live on Steam, Twitch, Hulu, Yahoo, and GameTrailers, as well as on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Some streams have been nonsensically geo-locked in previous years, but judging by the variety of sources this time around, that shouldn't be an issue.
Post by Eorl @ 12:39pm 04/12/13 | 4 Comments
After their staggered launch in November with America getting the first taste of next-gen on November 15th and other countries including Australia getting their chance on November 29th, Sony has now confirmed that the console has shifted over 2.1 million units around the world.

The news follows on the tails that the PlayStation 4 had smashed the UK's launch expectations, surpassing the PSP's sales record of 185,000 with their own 250,000 unit sales according to MCV. This put Sony's profits at approximately £87m during this period, a great feat for a company that was previously struggling with the initial launch of PlayStation 3.

Posting on the PlayStation EU blog, Sony's Andrew House rattled out some numbers for the worldwide launches. Initially selling over one million consoles in America on its November 15th debut, House confirmed that "Now, with PS4′s global launch expanding to a total of 32 countries worldwide, including Europe and Latin America, I'm proud to announce that more than 2.1 million PS4s have been sold."

"It’s an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry, and we couldn’t have done it without you. I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence. The best part: the PS4 journey has just begun. In addition to an incredible line-up of PS4 games from the best developers in the world, we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead."

For those who may have had trouble getting their hands on the newly released console, don't worry as Sony Computer Entertainment Australia indicates that availability is going to be limited in the short-term but there may be units on the shelves.

Did you happen to snag a PlayStation 4? How has your experience been so far? Let us know in the comments below or check out our recent hands-on review for what we thought of the new console.

Post by Dan @ 12:19pm 04/12/13 | 6 Comments
Bethesda and Zenimax Online have released a new trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online, offering an overview on the various implementations of character progression in the upcoming MMO.
You probably already have some ideas about the kind of character you want to play in ESO. In this video, we’ll show you how you’ll define that character through your choices as you explore and adventure through Tamriel. Learn about leveling up, spending skill points, how skill lines work, the different kinds of abilities you can unlock, and more by watching now. Let us know what you think—and what kind of character you want to play!
Watch the clip below.

The Elder Scrolls Online is coming 2014 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Post by Eorl @ 12:05pm 04/12/13 | 2 Comments
Project Spark, the colourful sandbox title with a heavy focus on user-generated content from Microsoft's team of developers, has been given the greenlight for open beta signups to any user on Windows 8.1.
Project Spark is an endless adventure where everything is customizable. Jump into an open world sandbox where players can create their own games, movies, stories and more and then share them with family, friends, and the world.

Project Spark is the ultimate interactive playground for gamers of all ages, delivered as a free digital download with many options for enhancing your creative experience. It's a powerful gaming destination where creation and play live seamlessly together. Walk in to the community's collective imagination and start playing.
Simply head over to the official website and put your name down for the chance to be accepted in the beta, though the beta will only be open to those sporting Microsoft's newest Windows 8.1 operating system.

Post by Eorl @ 11:01am 04/12/13 | 0 Comments
Carbine Studios is back with another amusing trailer intent on getting you prepared for all six classes of their upcoming MMO WildStar, this time showing off just how bloodthirsty you are to the local residents trying to make their living.

The video tells the simple story of Ish'mael the Bloodied, a scoundrel and marauder who is trying to just capitalise on all the riches proposed by the planet Nexus, a place filled to the brim with treasure and villages ripe for ransacking. Sadly you, the player, just has to get in the way of an honest man making a living by causing trouble to Ish'mael and sending him off to the hospital.

Each of the six classes is given a brief overview of just what style of play they'll be offering in the battlefield of Nexus, all of which you can find in-depth videos at our game page including past news and screenshots. Carbine Studios has also revealed a new DevSpeak for the fifth re-revealed class, Medic, which you can check out below or find more information on at the official splash page.

WildStar is currently in closed beta, which you can signup for over here if you haven't yet, with plans to release the game sometime in Autumn 2014.



Post by Eorl @ 10:23am 04/12/13 | 0 Comments
Those eagerly awaiting the chance to venture into the world of Eorzea on Sony's newest console will be happy to hear that Square Enix has revealed an April 2014 date for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, with beta testing to begin on February 22nd alongside the console's Japanese launch.

The news was revealed at this year's PlayStation Awards ceremony in Tokyo, Japan where Square Enix was awarded the "Special Award" for their MMO title Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. PlayStation Awards, hosted by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia, is an event that recognizes hit titles released on the PlayStation platform.

As part of the 11th installment of Producer Letter LIVE, Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida will demonstrate the new PlayStation 4 system version at 4:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 which you can view here. Other featured highlights will include content from the major Patch 2.1 update, scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 17th: “The Wolves’ Den,” “Treasure Hunting,” and “Daily Beast Tribe Quests.”
Post by Dan @ 09:57am 04/12/13 | 0 Comments
After a string of offerings from single publishers and developers, the Humble Bundle is back to its rag-tag indie developer roots today, stringing together a pack of prominent indie games in a pay-what-you-want package.
The Humble Jumbo Bundle features six incredible games that are sure to blow your mind away. Pay what you want and get Natural Selection 2, Sanctum 2 and Magicka with two packs of DLC! If you pay more than the average price, you'll also receive Orcs Must Die! 2: Complete Pack, Garry’s Mod and Serious Sam 3: BFE!
All games are delivered via Steam, and select titles will also function on Mac and Linux in addition to Windows. Get a quick overview in the trailer below, and head over to humblebundle.com for the goods.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 06:59pm 03/12/13 | 2 Comments
Console launch, console launch. 1080p, 60-fps, RAM, jaggies, performance, visuals, controller, voice and face recognition... the list of items to talk about goes on and on with this 'next-gen', but very little seems to focus on gameplay.

Dead Rising 3 lacks in so many buzzwordy areas of this new console launch period, yet it nails gameplay like it's been doing it for years. Oh wait, it has. If you can look past the technical shortcomings you might find a veritable zirconia in the rough with Dead Rising 3 -- it's not the prettiest game on the block, but no one said killing thousands and thousands of zombies was going to be a clean job, did they?

Click here to read our Dead Rising 3 review for more.
Post by Eorl @ 03:14pm 03/12/13 | 0 Comments
If you thought the MOBA genre wasn't getting enough attention you'll be happy to hear that developer Eutechnyx has revealed a new title based in the Warhammer 40k universe, Storm of Vengeance (via Rock Paper Shotgun).

Aiming for release on both PC and mobile platforms, Eutechnyx insist on calling it a “lane strategy game” rather than dubbing it a MOBA, though there is no real difference in the two considering both utilise lane mechanics.

“Storm of Vengeance offers the player the chance to command the tenacious defence of the planet with only 100 Dark Angel Space Marines, or attempt it’s annihilation using the cunning of the Ork Waaagh! and their telly-porta technology.”

Little else is known on exactly how the game plans to make itself distinct in a genre dominated by the likes of League of Legends or DOTA 2, though being set in the Warhammer 40k universe may just help alongside focusing primarily on the mobile market.

Eutechnyx CEO Darren Jobling has stated that “Storm of Vengeance sees Eutechnyx working with one of the most established brands in gaming. I am very excited that our new partnership with Games Workshop will allow us to bring the world of Warhammer 40,000 to dedicated fans around the world via our new mobile division.”
Post by Eorl @ 01:55pm 03/12/13 | 0 Comments
Indie sci-fi open world survival title Darkout will be making its way to Steam come December 4th, according to a new post by developer Allgraf on their official website (thanks Shacknews). It will be available at a price point of $14.99, and Allgraf has outlined just what will be included in the launch version that the studio has dubbed "stage one," and others to follow.

According to the announcement page, Phase 1 is considered to be the current beta form, albeit with a few changes. These include a new male character with his own storyline, an item database for easy storage and crafting, and revamped AI and lighting systems. The blog also details exactly what you can expect in phases two through to four which will include more story, more biomes, an end to the game, new enemies and of course new items. Multiplayer was also teased, though that will be appearing as an alpha/beta in stage two, wrapping up in stage three to be properly released.



Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:09pm 03/12/13 | 18 Comments
Adding to our list of platform-diverse reviews today, comes industry stalwart and Nintendo posterchild, Mario, in Super Mario 3D World for the Wii U. The gaming world might be abuzz about next-gen, but it's hard to ignore any Mario videogame formula, which is exactly what's on offer here.

We gave the review to birthday boy James "Jickle" O'Connor, who ran Mario and co. through their colourful, mushroom-powered paces and walked away satisfied, but slightly disappointed at the lack of true innovation in what should have been a real push for the Wii U's continued existence.

Click here for our Super Mario 3D World review.
Post by Eorl @ 12:29pm 03/12/13 | 6 Comments
Starting out as an Xbox 360 title heavily involved with the original Kinect, the now Xbox One exclusive title Ryse: Son of Rome is very much a shadow of its former self thanks to Crytek's very hard work. Shaking the shackles of the camera functions, the medieval title looks to be one of the more graphically interesting games to launch in the new generation of consoles, but can graphics hold up this hack 'n' slash title?

To help us see the way of Rome is Nachosjustice, who comes battle ready with his clunky armour and sharpened sword to see just what Ryse has to offer on the new console.
It’s a shame there appears to be components of the Kinect-only version of Ryse in the final product, which would account for the design that bounces between overly easy and challenging. The almighty power of ‘what could have been’ is difficult to ignore when the Ryse formula works, but in its current form it’s difficult to recommend as a must-own Xbox One title, despite the clear potential that regularly bubbles above the surface.
Check out the full review of Ryse: Son of Rome for more on his thoughts.
Post by Eorl @ 11:52am 03/12/13 | 0 Comments
The PlayStation 4 has finally arrived, and heading the launch titles is Guerrilla Games' next installment in the Killzone franchise, Shadow Fall. Debuting at the PlayStation 4 unveiling earlier this year, the title made no mistake in showing off its vibrant environments and breathtaking graphics, something you would eagerly expect from a Killzone title.

Helping us shine a light into the shadows is GunSlingerAUS, who finds that while there may be some lacking depth to the storyline Killzone: Shadow Fall definitely delivers a solid playthrough.
Killzone: Shadow Fall isn’t quite the game to topple Halo from the sci-fi FPS galactic tower of awesomeness just yet, but it has taken a promising step in the right direction. If only it had banished even more of the claustrophobic corridor gameplay and had just a little more effort taken with the storytelling, it could have been a truly classic launch title.
Find out his full impressions in our Killzone: Shadow Fall review.
Post by Dan @ 11:16am 03/12/13 | 0 Comments
In a teasing post on the official website for The Witness, famed indie developer Jonathon Blow has shared a couple of side-by-side images that suggests some manner of Virtual Reality support is intended for the game.

The filenames of the images, vr1 and vr2, seem to confirm head-mounted display intentions, but keen eyes have noticed that the barrel distortion pictured does not match that used by the prominent Oculus Rift device. Sony has been rumored to have been working on their own PlayStation 4-compatible head-mounted VR display. However, Blow has since clarified that they are just a proof of concept at the moment, and don't represent any specific VR application:
The actual distortions applied to these images are not the real ones. You can think of it as just being a test of an arbitrary distortion function. When you plug in a particular VR device, the distortion gets set up to be what that device wants (which is going to look pretty different from what’s in these images). Really these images are just saying, “hey look, we made the engine able to render two views simultaneously with different camera positions and distortions.”
The Witness is currently in development for PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS and due in early 2014.



Post by Eorl @ 11:09am 03/12/13 | 5 Comments
Just Cause 2's upcoming multiplayer mod will be seeing a release on Steam according to the official website (thanks VG247), where one of its developer ‘Philpax’ confirmed the news.

“Since August, we’ve been in radio silence, working hard on the mod. We’ve hinted at a big surprise, and we think it’s time to finally let everyone in on the big secret: JC2-MP is coming to Steam. On release, you'll be able to download the client and server from Steam, just like a normal game. This means complete Steam integration, including joining on your friends and more."

The mod, currently in beta form, is gearing up for a final beta test before going live on Steam come sometime before the end of the year. Those wanting to jump in and cause some chaos can find beta keys over here, and all you need to do is plug the code into Steam for the client.

Testing takes place on December 7, and you can find a list of local times here. You’ll find installation details over on the forum post.
Post by Dan @ 10:51am 03/12/13 | 0 Comments
Batman: Arkham Origins' Initiation DLC is due to arrive tomorrow and Warner Bros Montreal have let loose a new video to showcase it:
Set high in the Paektu-San Mountains of North Korea, the Initiation Add-On follows a young Bruce Wayne as he faces his ultimate test. Players will embark upon a series of challenge maps that test their martial arts training across exotic locales, including a bamboo forest and a mountain top monastery. Fans will face fresh enemies along with an epic final test to prove their worthiness to Bruce's greatest and most pitiless teacher, Kirigi.
Initiation is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U and is included in the season pass DLC bundle. Check out the trailer below.

Post by Eorl @ 10:21am 03/12/13 | 2 Comments
Creative Assembly has revealed the first campaign expansion for their grand strategy title Total War: Rome II, offering to "brings Caesar’s Gallic war to life in thrilling detail."

Titled Caesar in Gaul, the expansion will be offering a tighter scope in terms of time and geography than Rome II, the Caesar in Gaul campaign map offers an expanded, more detailed vision of Gaul and the south coast of Britannia. Players can choose from four playable factions in this conflict: the Gallic Arverni, the Germanic Suebi, the Belgic Nervii and Rome; in a campaign inspired by Caesar’s Commentarii de bello Gallico (Commentaries on the Gallic war).

“We’ve released a number of DLC packs and free content updates for Rome II, but this is our most substantial so far”, said Mike Simpson, Creative Director of the Total War series. “We’ve always planned to focus more closely on some of the key conflicts of the ancient world, and Caesar’s war in Gaul is the ideal place to start.

“We’ve also improved the game considerably since launch, and that process continues as we move onto substantial feature and gameplay improvements”. You can find more on the expansion at the official forums, or check out the screenshots below for some medieval action.

Caesar in Gaul will be available to purchase and download for PC on December 12th for $14.99.

Monday, 2 December 2013
Post by Dan @ 04:32pm 02/12/13 | 4 Comments
Telltale Games hit Twitter today with a reminder that its second season of the popular The Walking Dead episodic adventure game series is still due to debut this month, and dropped a new screenshot from the game, revealing the return of "a familiar face".

The character seen in the scene with Season 2 protagonist Clementine is Omid, who players first met in season 1 episode 3, and whose fate was unknown as the series closed. The image also indicates a return to Gil's Pitstop, a truck-stop gas station prominently featured in the first outing. Take a closer look below.

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