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!
Death Awaits!
It's finally here - has Blizzard managed to deliver on a series promise with Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls? We answer that question in great detail in our in-depth review!
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Post by Dan @ 09:20am 09/04/14 | 3 Comments
The forthcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order brings series protagonist into an alternate future where the Nazi regime used advanced technology to win World War II and the game's latest promotional trailer wants to remind us of that.
1960. There is no more war. The Nazis control the globe and hope is lost.

But not for everyone. A resourceful team of resistance fighters, led by B.J. Blazkowicz, are fighting back against the Reich forces led by Colonel Deathshead. Learn more about their movement in this all-new gameplay trailer.
Check it out below. Wolfenstein: The New Order is due on May 22nd for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 05:00pm 08/04/14 | 5 Comments
While Irrational Games may have closed its doors, the world of BioShock is still quite alive with the release of the second and final part of BioShock Infinite's Burial at Sea DLC. Taking players back to the underwater depths of Rapture that captured the hearts of many in original BioShock, our review includes both episodes and is filled with spoilers, so be warned.

Equipped with plasmids and full bottles of EVE, Kosta "Toadovsky" Andreadis has braved the depths of Rapture to see just what these two new DLC's have to offer for fans of the BioShock world.
With severe cuts made to Irrational Games, the studio behind the Bioshock franchise (which has been reported as an internal decision), Burial At Sea serves as a sort of swan song for the series in addition to being a brilliant addendum to Bioshock Infinite. The weaker aspects of that game, which were limited to repetitive and dragged out combat sequences, are virtually absent here thanks to the relatively short nature of Episode One and the stealth-based approach of Episode Two.
Read on for more at the full review for BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode One and Two.
Post by Eorl @ 03:28pm 08/04/14 | 4 Comments
EA and DICE have revealed a new way to manage your in-game loadouts for Battlefield 4 ahead of jumping into the actual game, called Loadout Presets. The new feature will allow players to have complete sets of gear, eliminating the need to edit each individual slot

Players will have access to two custom loadouts for each kit and vehicle, though Premium members will gain access to an additional two slots on top. Swapping out of these different presets is handled by the Battlelog app on tablet or phone, and can be done mid-game for those who need the ultimate multi-tasking.
For example, those who want quick access to a “field engineer” Preset can create one of these with the MX4, SRAW, Repair Tool, and Mechanic specialization – or any other combination of the player’s choice. If you are more of a combat engineer, you might want to create a preset with the M1014 shotgun, RPG, M2 SLAM, and Offensive specialization – it’s all up to you.Presets also have the option of being given custom names, just to ensure you don't forget which is which, and can be tailored to different situations. For more details on the new feature check out the Battlefield blog.
Post by Eorl @ 02:42pm 08/04/14 | 0 Comments
Mojang's strategy game Scrolls will soon be heading to tablets, according to a post by chief word officer Owen Hill on the game's blog.

Alongside the tablet version - which is being worked on with the help of developer Ludosity - a smaller demo is also in the works, which Hill notes is intended to provide "a slice of Scrolls gameplay for the curious." Additionally, the current beta version that is available on Windows and Mac will soon be receiving a number of new features, including an updated ranking system and of course various bug squashing and tweaks.

Hill said the goal of the new ranking system is to express players' ranks with "more palatable" visuals. Mojang is developing ways for both highly competitive and lower-level players to be equally rewarded in-game, such as weekly goodies for those who play frequently. The existing tutorial is also getting a rework, being replaced by two "snappier ones" that will only take a few minutes to run down the basics of Scrolls.
Post by Eorl @ 02:22pm 08/04/14 | 2 Comments
The April update for the Nvidia Shield is now available, five days after its planned release date, Nvidia announced today.

Nvidia originally said it would launch the system update on April 2. The major update brings the Shield to the latest version of Android, KitKat 4.4.2, and adds a host of new features such as beta support for out-of-home use of GameStream and beta compatibility with GameStream from laptops. Also included are improvements to the Shield's interface for managing your games library and buying more titles; expansions of the device's feature set in console mode, such as compatibility with Bluetooth keyboards and mice; and upgrades to Gamepad Mapper.

Check out the GameStream video below to see it in action, and those looking to grab the Shield at a cheap buck will find Nvidia offering $50 for any purchase until the end of month, putting it at just $199.

Post by Eorl @ 02:18pm 08/04/14 | 2 Comments
Continuing the PC system requirements trend for today, Warner Bros. Entertainment has officially confirmed just what specs you'll be needing to run their upcoming RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and it doesn't seem light on the power budget.

According to the Steam page, PC gamers will need at least a quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 25GB of free HDD. Moreover, the game will only support DX11 and 64bit OS systems, similar to Ubisoft's Watch Dogs PC specs.
Minimum:
OS: 64-bit: Vista, Win 7, Win 8
Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 | AMD Radeon HD 6950
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 25 GB available space

Recommended:
OS: 64-bit: Win 7, Win 8
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770, 3.4 GHz | AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 | AMD Radeon HD 7970
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 40 GB available space
Besides the system requirements, the Steam page also tells us that we can expect the PC version to appear on October 8th, though Warner Bros. hasn't yet said whether this is the official date or just a placement.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Check out the most recent story trailer below for a glimpse into the game, and just why you may be needing an upgrade sooner rather than later.

Post by Eorl @ 01:49pm 08/04/14 | 0 Comments
Planets³, the 3D open-world voxel-based RPG from indie developer Cubical Drift, has successfully surpassed its Kickstarter goal, meaning it is now officially a thing. The project was able to garner support of US$310,708, which isn't much considering past Kickstarter projects, but that extra US$60,000 will be well worth it.

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.

It's quite hard to full explain what Planets³ offers over the many other voxel-based RPG's pushing their way to the market without going into far greater detail, but suffice to say it isn't just the cool name and cubed worlds that it has going. Planets³ won't just be offering your standard voxel sandbox, instead going for a rather more elaborate "explore space" take on the genre that should hopefully offer some quite vast and expansive adventures.

An alpha is scheduled to launch sometime during Spring for us Australian folk, with a public beta sometime around Winter the following year. The full release isn't expected until sometime in 2017, although the team will be releasing the first part called Planets³: Race to Space sometime during 2015.
Post by Eorl @ 11:45am 08/04/14 | 20 Comments
Goat Simulator, the rather broken but hilarious physics game staring a goat, will soon be receiving splitscreen multiplayer as a free add-on in its 1.1 update due in mid-May, developer Coffee Stain Studios announced.

The Swedish developer hasn't stopped there though with new content, also announcing that a new map that's "roughly the size of the original vanilla map" will be making its way into update 1.1, alongside new playable goats, achievements and more.

"A lot of people have been asking for DLC with new maps for Goat Simulator, but we would feel bad charging people for DLC content when people can just download new stuff for free from the Steam Workshop, so we decided to do a free update instead," said Coffee Stain's Armin Ibrisagic on the official Steam forums.

Goat Simulator is available through Steam for PC, and you can check out the hilarious launch trailer below that takes some creative liberty from the original Dead Island cinematic trailer.

Post by Eorl @ 11:20am 08/04/14 | 1 Comments
Blizzard has unveiled the latest round of upgraded character models for their upcoming expansion to the popular MMO World of Warcraft, this time offering up male Taurens for critiquing.
As we begin applying animations, we’re extra careful not to stray too far from the original. It’s important to us to retain the essence of the original animations, because how a characters walk, move, and carry themselves help to define their personality. We use all of the original animations as a starting point, and then go through the process of cleaning them up and adding additional articulation. Let’s delve into what that process looks like.
The redesign comes courtesy of a new blog post that not only looks into the various facial changes of the Tauren, but also the animation side of things. Steve Aguilar, lead animator for the World of Warcraft animation team runs through a quite detailed look into the method's Blizzard are taking for the new designs, including discussion on poly counts and more technical changes.

You can check out a glimpse below of the new emotion animations, but be sure to swing by the blog post to see a must more vast discussion on all the various changes to the models. All character model upgrades are being made available for free to all World of Warcraft players, and will hopefully be available on Warlords of Draenor's launch.



Post by Eorl @ 10:11am 08/04/14 | 59 Comments
Watch Dogs developer Ubisoft has revealed the final PC system requirements for their open-world tech-hacking simulator, and you may be in for a rude awakening depending on the age of your system.

As suggested by the previously leaked requirements, Watch Dogs will be requiring a somewhat beefy system on launch, even in the minimum section which needs a whopping 6GB of RAM. To go hand-in-hand with the high RAM requirements Ubisoft has also opted for 64-bit support, an occurrence in PC gaming that seems to be gaining steam.
Minimum:
OS: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (Please note that we only support 64 bit OSs.)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 @ 2.66Ghz or AMD Phenom II X4 940 @ 3.0Ghz
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 1 GB Video RAM - Nvidia Geforce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD 5770
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers

Recommended:
OS: Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (Please note that we only support 64 bit OSs.)
Processor: Eight core - Intel Core i7-3770 @3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 X8 @ 4 GHz
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11 graphics card with 2 GB Video RAM - Nvidia Geforce GTX 560 ti or AMD Radeon HD 7850
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 25 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card with Latest Drivers
As you can see the specs are reasonably high, though for those like myself who are still sporting a GTX 570 it looks like we may have a bit of life left. How do you compare with these requirements? In need of a new upgrade soon? Let us know in the comments below!

Watch Dogs will be released worldwide on May 27th, 2014 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox One, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Windows PC. The Wii U version will release at a later date.
Post by Dan @ 10:10am 08/04/14 | 0 Comments
Celebrated independent game development studio Obsidian Entertainment recently signed a deal with publisher Paradox Entertainment to handle distribution and marketing for its Kickstarter crowdfunded RPG Pillars of Eternity. Already hard at work on the PR hookups, Paradox reps previously scored us some quality time with Eternity director Josh Sawyer (Read that one here) and today we have a further one on one with Obsidian founder and CEO Feargus Urquhart.

Feargus was gracious enough to chat with us some more about Project Eternity, as well as the recently announced free-to-play tank 'em up Armored Warfare, the studio’s involvement in the lush CryEngine-powered Russian MMO Skyforge, and more. Read on for the full interview.
Post by Eorl @ 09:25am 08/04/14 | 0 Comments
Microsoft has announced that YouTube uploading will be making its way to their Xbox One console sometime today, allowing further options for those eager to show the world their crazy Killer Instinct combo or hilarious Battlefield death.
Game DVR and Upload are among the most used apps on Xbox One. We know how important it is to be able to easily watch and share video clips, and starting tomorrow we’re rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that integrates Game DVR and Upload with YouTube**, making it easier than ever to capture and share game clips with the world.
With the YouTube enhancements, wannabe film makers can now head into the Game DVR app to find their recorded footage ready to edit and share across YouTube. Changes to YouTube's app on the console have also been passed through in this update, allowing users to watch YouTube videos in Snap Mode, earn Media Achievements, and adds YouTube channels to OneGuide for instant access to YouTube videos right next to your favorite TV listings or App Channels.

Alongside the Xbox One enhancements, Microsoft has also announced that the previously mentioned GoPro Channel for Xbox 360 has now launched across all regions. The new app will allows users to watch all the latest GoPro content, but also stream and curate their own GoPro content as they please.

“The GoPro Channel app will bring the best of GoPro originally-produced and user-generated content into the homes of millions of Xbox Live Gold customers,” said Adam Dornbusch, Head of Content Distribution at GoPro. “We’re excited to launch with exclusive content for early adopters of the app and stoke out the Xbox 360 community with hours of engaging and inspiring GoPro videos through the Channel.”
Post by Dan @ 08:47am 08/04/14 | 1 Comments
Moving on from launch, developer Zenimax Online has released details of its first major content update with an adventure zone titled Craglorn.
The constellations have disappeared. Ancient Yokudan warriors and deadly atronachs menace the rocky expanse of Craglorn. The first Adventure Zone for The Elder Scrolls Online introduces an intriguing new storyline and challenging content for groups, from four-player quests and exploration up to the new 12-player Trials
Check out the video below for a comprehensive overview of the new content narrated by TESO Creative Director Paul Sage. Craglorn is due to become available later this morning.


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.
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