Post by Eorl @ 10:28am 28/11/13 | 2 Comments
As usual, Valve is continuing its sales trend with nine games available in the Daily Deals section, some of which you probably should already own but if not get them while they are cheap!
Flash sales have also returned to Steam, with four new titles popping up every eight hours to tempt your growing backlog of games. Currently up for grabs is Space Hulk, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Castle Story and Hammer Watch.
As always when it comes to a Steam Sale it's always best to wait until the game you want is actually on the Flash or Daily sale, in order to get the most savings possible. You can find more on the hidden gems in the sales thanks to this handy Reddit guide. You can also find our community thread over here if you need any questions answered.
Post by Eorl @ 06:35pm 27/11/13 | 2 Comments
Yesterday the website thesurvivor229.com popped up online, sending the Internet into a frenzy suggesting that Bethesda could be gearing up to announce the much anticipated Fallout 4 title in the franchise, however now another site has appeared spurring further rumours.
Taking up residence at vaultofthefuture.net, the website heavily suggests that Fallout 4 might actually be a real thing with various Fallout-themes splashed on the page. Hidden around the site are a number of articles penned by the Public Relations Dept of Washington DC, suggesting that Fallout 4 may take place once again in the ruins of Washington.
The site also reveals that the potential title will be making its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though no word on a PC version at this time. The teaser site also reveals that we can expect some form of co-op that "will allow you and a friend to venture together in the Wasteland."
Take note though, that Bethesda has not officially endorsed or given any word on this website or the previous teaser website, but with a countdown 360 days left until "the vault opens", we should expect more news soon enough. Let us know in the comments on your thoughts about a new Fallout and what you'd like to see.
Post by Eorl @ 04:05pm 27/11/13 | 1 Comments
Sporting claw-like weapons, the Stalker is able to fill both the DPS and Tank role in-game, relying heavily on the class-based resource suit power, which starts at full and continuously regenerates but can drain rapidly in the course of executing the most powerful attacks. Suit power regenerates naturally during combat but can also be incrementally acquired through other abilities.
Those questioning how exactly a medium armoured class is able to tank, well lucky for you Carbine is mixing things up. You'll find that in order to tank successfully as a Stalker, you'll need to be elusive, acquiring bonuses when you successfully dodge attacks and using your skills to your advantage.
To find out more on what the Stalker posses in his or her arsenal of abilities, check out the new splash page which lets you see just what you'll like as a Stalker for each race. Of course, you can also check out the DevSpeak below and visit the official website for the other equally interesting classes.
For more on WildStar, hit up our game page which hosts a whole bucket full of screenshots, videos and more. Let us know in the comments your thoughts on WildStar and what class you may find yourself playing as.
Post by Eorl @ 03:01pm 27/11/13 | 4 Comments
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.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for mobile also comes equipped with full controller support, including Made for iOS controller capability on iOS7. It will be available for select iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle and Windows Mobile devices.
Post by Eorl @ 02:50pm 27/11/13 | 0 Comments
From 29 November to 31 December, 47 previously retired Legacy skins will be in the store at their regular price. Each skin will be on sale for 50% off for one day during this time so you can nab a discount on all your favorite retired skins. Riot does point out that due to getting the schedule ahead of time, those who purchase a skin before the discount will not be receiving a refund.
For those who have the need to collect every single skin, a new Mega Legacy Bundle is also being introduced for a limited time. From 29 November to 2 December, you can add all 47 skins to your wardrobe for 60% off and pick up the corresponding Champions for 50% off. Of course, the bundle will automatically adjust in pricing depending on the content you already own.
Find the full list of skins and when they'll be on discount at the official website.
Post by Eorl @ 02:16pm 27/11/13 | 3 Comments
Yesterday we saw reports of the very first official third party Steam Machine from iBuyPower, complete with a very similar looking white case to the new generation consoles. Today The Verge is reporting that this living room component will come in at $499, putting it in the same ring as Microsoft's Xbox One console.
According to the report, the prototype will come equipped with some hefty PC specs, including an AMD Radeon R9 270 GPU and a multicore AMD CPU for all your gaming needs - a CPU that The Verge priced at $180 by itself. For spacing needs, you'll find a 500GB HDD included and the standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth components.
The glossy white case is said to be bigger than the PlayStation 4 however slightly smaller than the Xbox One, with a fully customisable light bar running down the center channel. Those worried about power will be happy to hear that iBuyPower's Steam Machine will have an integrated power supply.
Of course at $499 you won't be getting Windows included, instead the machine will be relying on Valve's SteamOS. This of course may be an issue to begin with as pointed out by the original report, stating that only a very small library of Steam's games actually run on Linux. iBuyPower stated yesterday that existing Steam for Linux games should run well enough, both at full 1080p and 60 frames per second.
Post by Eorl @ 12:54pm 27/11/13 | 0 Comments
Speaking with Rock Paper Shotgun, Newman revealed a number of reason as to why Garry's Mod has gone so wild, naming Steam as the number one cause of its success. Other reasons include user-generate content playing a key role, additions from other Valve games like Team Fortress 2 which in turn keep the game fresh and the modern prevalence of video game footage on YouTube to capture the wacky and crazy creations.
Interestingly, Newman revealed that Minecraft - a similar open world title allowing players to build only to their imagination's limit - wasn't actually such a detriment, instead aiding Garry's Mod to become even more popular. "You’d think Minecraft would kill GMod’s popularity… but it’s kind of the opposite," Newman stated.
"People play Minecraft to death – they love it.. so they go out looking for other games that are a bit like it. Minecraft has attracted a lot of people that aren’t really PC gamers too. They play the game on the 360 or the iPad and everyone tells them that the PC version is better."
Post by Eorl @ 12:17pm 27/11/13 | 1 Comments
Now serving you seconds with this festive Headhunter add-on for Borderlands 2; you won’t be starving for action when battling the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler. Fight off his hunger and finish him off, leaving you full with stories from Grandma Torgue plus delicious head and skins!Themed around the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in America, players will meet up with Mr. Torgue’s “super buff grandmother” while he hosts a hunger-themed competition to hunt down a giant turkey, the Wattle Gobbler, and selects sacrificial recruits from all of the districts of Pandora to participate. Exciting stuff.
The new DLC is available at a price of $4.99 for PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Post by Eorl @ 12:07pm 27/11/13 | 0 Comments
To help us see just what Media Molecule has to offer with their very unique looking title is paper tearing specialist Gameboffin, who finds that Tearway is definitely a nice addition to the growing PlayStation Vita library.
Tearaway feels like a launch title created specifically to show off a new platform’s abilities. It’s both a show- and play-piece that draws you into the adventure by association. No two players will ever see the same designs for certain parts.Check out his full Tearaway review for more.
Post by Dan @ 11:08am 27/11/13 | 1 Comments
"I am pleased that we have regained full control over Costume Quest and Stacking, following a daring and top-secret midnight raid on the Nordic Games headquarters in Vienna," said Double Fine president and CEO Tim Schafer.It's always nice to see publishers and developers playing nice with IP rights.
Keep an eye out for the afforementioned retial releases on PC and Mac in early 2014.
Post by Eorl @ 11:02am 27/11/13 | 12 Comments
To help us see our way forward is Zelda fan Jickle, armed with his trusty 3DS and a pair of nostalgia goggles to see just what Nintendo has added to their popular formula.
Rarely does a game feel so utterly dedicated to being enjoyable all the way through. Even the most stalwart, traditionalist series fan should be able to appreciate A Link Between Worlds for what it is: the most interesting new Zelda game since Wind Waker.Find out more in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds review.
Post by Eorl @ 10:45am 27/11/13 | 2 Comments
Ellen Kiel, who recently earned a seat on the Captain’s Council of Lion’s Arch after a cutthroat campaign, has made good on her promises to her supporters! By sponsoring research in the Fractals of the Mists, Kiel has opened up a momentous event from Tyria’s recent history, the Thaumanova Reactor meltdown, for exploration!The new update also sees changes to Fractal rewards, where you’ll not only be earning Empyreal Fragments, Fractal Relics, and Pristine Fractal Relics at all levels, you’ll also earn some gold on the side to help. A new, infinite tonic called the Fractal Tonic will allow you to transform into any number of friends and foes from within the Mists. The Fractal Tonic is a rare reward found within the Fractals of the Mists.
Large changes have also been made to how exactly Fractals work, including updates to the Agony system introduces earlier in the year with the initial Fractal dungeons. A new leaderboard for the Fractal of the Mists has also been added, which show off the players with the highest fractal levels. As part of the introduction of leaderboards, everyone whose current personal reward level for the Fractals of the Mists is above 30 will be reset to 30 so the competition can begin in earnest.
For more on the new update, check out the official splash page or find the trailer below. You can also browse the full patch notes over here.
Post by Dan @ 10:44am 27/11/13 | 1 Comments
AllThingsD explains that the the Xbox One's Kinect controller is the primary reason for the console's higher tag, as unlike PS4's entire-optional PlayStation Camera, Kinect comes in every box with a suspected manufacturing cost somewhere around US$75.
IHS notes that the Xbox One's AMD processor is estimated to account for around $110 of the console's production cost, versus $100 for the PS4's, but Microsoft save some scratch on system memory, with the Xbox One's DDR3 thought to cost them around $60, in contrast to $88 for the GDDR5 in Sony's box.
The combined cost of parts and manufacturing everything that comes with the Xbox One — the console, the Kinect and the controller — comes out to $471, or about $90 more than the cost of Sony’s PS4, which debuted last week.In North America, the PS4 retails at USD$399 with a $100 price advantage over the Xbox One at USD$499. Here in Australia however, that margin narrows to only AU$50 with the PS4 at AUD$549 and the Xbox One at AUD$599.
In fairness, if you wanted the benefits of voice and motion control on both systems, the price difference becomes much more negligible, as the PlayStation 4 would require the additional purchase of the official PlayStation Camera, which carries a recommended retail price of USD$59.99 in North America, and AUD$89.99 locally.
Post by Eorl @ 10:14am 27/11/13 | 0 Comments
SMITE is currently operating in open beta, with all player progression carrying over into the launch of the game, including any hero purchases made in their shop. Hi-Rez are also sweetening the deal for anyone who gets to level 30 before the launch date, offering up an exclusive Cacodemon skin for the playable god Ymir.
SMITE is an online battleground between mythical gods. SMITE is similar to DoTA games but with a few significant changes including a third-person perspective and WASD movement. Players choose from a selection of gods, join session based 5 versus 5 arena combat, and use custom powers and team tactics against other players and minions.The $100,000 SMITE Launch Tournament will take place on Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia in front of a live audience. The tournament will include the top four teams in Europe and the top four in North America who will have qualified from the SMITE Weekly Tournament Series beginning on January 4, 2014. Those not wanting to miss the event should take note of SMITE's Twitch channel, where the tournament will be streamed live.
Post by Eorl @ 03:55pm 26/11/13 | 2 Comments
The prototype was revealed by Engadget, where it appears that this prototype is actually licensed, unlike Xi3's Piston which was believed to be the first Steam Machine. Coming in a white box, with a glowing colored center strip, the official Steam Machine also sports a quite nifty looking Steam logo on top.
According to Engadget, iBuyPower has two prototype versions available, codenamed the very convenient "Gordon" and "Freeman." Actual hardware specifications have yet to be provided, but the manufacturer does claim the machines are capable of running all Steam titles at a minimum of 1080p and 60 frames per second.
More information on Valve's Steam Machines alongside their operating system, SteamOS, and new dualpad-touch controller are expected at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, taking place in January.
Post by Eorl @ 03:12pm 26/11/13 | 4 Comments
One of the more prominent questions simply asked "What new features would you be excited about Blizzard adding to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft?" A number of choices are available but here is a quick list of the more interesting ones:
Other questions include looking at virtual tournaments, paid content additions and current deck interest, all of which suggest that Blizzard are preparing to be quite active with their newest IP.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is currently available as a selected closed beta, however during BlizzCon 2013 the team did reveal that an open beta will be commencing come December 2013. A release on both iOS and Android are expected sometime in the future as well.
For more on Hearthstone, make sure you check out our very fresh interview with producer Hamilton Chu on his thoughts of the collectible card game and how much of their game has changed since inception.
Post by Eorl @ 02:35pm 26/11/13 | 0 Comments
Oceanic Season 3 champions Team Immunity were able to climb the ranks during the touch local season, and will be taking the fight overseas to prove that Australia does have what it takes to go up against international powerhouses like Korea’s CJ Entus Blaze and China’s OMG. Those who were able to make it to Australia's first PAX event in Melbourne would have also had the chance to see them in-action as they faced off against a number of other local teams.
According to official announcement, Team Immunity won't be the only Oceanic representatives heading overseas, with shoutcasting duo Papasmith and Pastrytime joining Doa and Montecristo in the casting booth. Definitely a great duo that are sure to put some Australian flair into the commentary.
Those wanting to catch the action will find the official stream available at WCG's Twitch channel, and the action will begin come November 28th so keep your eyes peeled.
Post by Eorl @ 01:30pm 26/11/13 | 15 Comments
According to CNET, a number of various YouTube and social media comments are indicating that a small percentage of users are being affected by the disc drive problems, which occur when a user places a disc in the drive and hears a grinding noise. When this occurs, the drive is unable to read the disc but luckily doesn't actually damage said disc.
With 1 million consoles and counting having sold across the 13 countries the Xbox One launched in, Microsoft has responded stating that "the issue is affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers." A full statement can be found below:
We're working directly with those affected to get a replacement console to them as soon as possible through our advance exchange program. Rest assured, we are taking care of our customers. While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios.Microsoft has also mentioned that those affected will be able to take up an offer of one free game from the launch titles, as a good will gesture from Microsoft. These include Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5, which will be provided as a digital download code.
Microsoft has also revealed that in keeping the customer happy, those in need of a replacement console won't have to ship off the broken one straight away. Customers can retain their old console until the replacement one is received, and after that can send off the broken one, allowing you to continue gaming with little downtime.
Post by Eorl @ 01:03pm 26/11/13 | 0 Comments
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 will be available on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:23pm 26/11/13 | 10 Comments
from ex-Diablo III man Jay Wilson, promised PvP for Diablo III pretty early in the product's life. In fact, from the horse's mouth it was to be, he projected, that "[Blizzard] want to get it out within months after release. I would say, if it showed up close to the end of the year, that would be... I would say, almost a disaster".
So we all know how that turned out, but this isn't about tapping into ghosts of the past, but rather the studio is at a loss as to how to bring anything but dungeon-crawling additions to the game, citing issues with balance and fun as the main reasons for the lack of any PvP just yet, but that it's an ongoing battle to find a way to include this long lost addition.
I recently sat down with lead level designer Matthew Berger though, to talk about the next-gen release of Reaper of Souls on console and offered my own spin on their lacking feature in that it might be time to change its focus from PvP to a PvE dealie.
"I thought of a way that you guys could actually combat the lack of PvP," I say to Berger. "And that is... you’ve got Adventure mode, and you’ve got the Nephalem stuff -- which is all really cool -- but they’re still dungeon-crawling, which is the heart of the game. But some people want that small arena challenge. Why not do a PvE horde mode?"
"I’m going to tell you why," Berger responds, without missing a beat. "I’m going to go completely off script (and the PR guy is looking at me like he’s going to throw stuff at me). I’m not going to say that we haven’t thought about it -- it is a very natural inclination -- but doing that is not easy, and the reason it’s not easy is not because of getting it in and getting it fun -- that’s probably doable -- it’s getting it in, and getting it fun, and getting it done to the level of satisfaction and polish that we expect of ourselves at Blizzard, is a completely new endeavour."
There's more to this in our lengthy chat with Berger where we also touch on console and PC differentiation, finishing RoS on PC before PS4 (or next-gen) and much more.
Click here for our Diablo III: Reaper of Souls console developer interview.