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!
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
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.

Post by Dan @ 11:46am 02/12/13 | 11 Comments
A timely arrival after last week's extreme product recall of Ashes Cricket 2013, Melbourne developer Big Ant has released an official trailer for its own forthcoming cricket videogame, Don Bradman Cricket 14.
"It is indeed an honour to be able to bring the greatest player to a technology savvy generation of fans in what promises to be the greatest cricket game of all time." said Sebastian Giompaolo, Managing Director for HES, “Big Ant Studios have been working hard on this title for four years and we at HES are really excited with what they have been able to achieve. It is far superior to any cricket game in the market.”
Don Bradman Cricket is due in 2013 in Australia for PC, Xox 360 and PlayStation 3, no exact holiday release date has yet been set. Watch the trailer below.

Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:17am 02/12/13 | 1 Comments
AusGamers was given a rare chance to chat with a lead developer after the fact. That is, Guerilla Games' Eric Boljes gave us his two-cents on the critical and consumer feedback for Killzone: Shadow Fall, by taking time out of a personal holiday here in Australia, to interview us where we asked how the studio felt about the reviews coming in since the PS4's launch.

"Well to be honest, when the reviews first came in, we were a little bit disappointed," Boljes confessed. "Because I personally feel that this is the best Killzone we’ve ever made; I honestly feel that. You’re right, we did try a lot of new things, we tried to innovate the gameplay, and we did try to make a different Killzone than before.

"...and the reviews, they are mixed… we’re doing something different, and it’s really interesting in that a lot of people are saying we’re not different enough, and [what] the other side is saying is “what they’re doing is too different from the original Killzone”. It’s interesting, but I’m still really proud of what we’ve made."

Our full interview also covers off topics of control for the FPS genre, where he sees the PS4's future heading, next-gen in general and a reminder that Killzone isn't all the studio has cooking.

Click here for our full Killzone: Shadow Fall interview.
Post by Dan @ 10:18am 02/12/13 | 0 Comments
The ever-attentive folk over on the NeoGAF forums noticed that over Thanksgiving weekend, Valve's popular Steam digital distribution platform passed a new milestone of 7 million concurrent users, peaking with over 7,190,578 people simultaneously signed in to the service yesterday (source: Steam Stats).

The count is reportedly up over 1M from around this time last year, where it was clocked at 6,046,314. Valve's most recent report on total Steam account registrations boasted of 65 million accounts, up from 50 million a year earlier.

Valve's own Linux-based operating system SteamOS is poised to accompany its Steam Machines steam-tailored PC hardware initiative early next year, complete with a curious custom Steam controller.

Steam's Autumn Sale (Spring Sale for us hemispherically challenged) continues to run through tomorrow, December 3rd 2013, with deep discounts on offer on many popular titles.
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Post by Eorl @ 11:11am 01/12/13 | 0 Comments
As we move into the first day of December, Valve continues its slashing of game prices in the fourth day of Steam's Autumn Sale 2013. As always, reminder to not purchase any games that aren't on the daily or flash sales until the very last day in hopes of catching it for a much cheaper price.

Today's Daily Deals are:
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
  • Forced
  • Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition
  • Borderlands 2
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Total War: Rome 2
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
  • Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
  • A number of great titles on today's list, and as usual yesterday's Daily Deals are still available for purchase incase you missed out.

    Flash Sales at this time are Max Payne 3 (80% off), Serious Sam 3 (90% off), Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (66% off) and Dead Space 2 (75% off).

    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. The Steam Autumn Sale will go through to December 7th, though we can expect a Christmas sale soon after so keep your wallets at the ready.
    Saturday, 30 November 2013
    Post by Eorl @ 11:33am 30/11/13 | 0 Comments
    Another day passes in Valve's Steam Autumn Sale 2013, and the prices continue to be at insanely low levels. As usual with these kind of sales its always best to wait until the very last day before buying anything not in a daily or flash deal, as it could mean the difference between a dollar or more in price.

    Daily Deals for today include a handful of indie and AAA titles, with yesterday's offerings still available for purchase.
  • Surgeon Simulator 2013
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Contagion
  • Saints Row IV
  • Counterstrike: Global Offensive
  • State of Decay
  • Dishonored
  • BioShock Infinite
  • Flash Sales at this very moment include RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum (70% off), Trine 2: Complete Story (90% off), Spelunky (75% off) and Half-Life 2 (75% off). Definitely recommend Half-Life 2 for anyone who has yet to play the game.

    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. The Steam Autumn Sale will go through to December 7th, though we can expect a Christmas sale soon after so keep your wallets at the ready.
    Friday, 29 November 2013
    Post by Eorl @ 01:18pm 29/11/13 | 0 Comments
    The prices continue to be slashed and wallets continue to cry out in pain at being bled dry as Valve's Steam Autumn Sale 2013 goes into day two. As usual with these kind of sales its always best to wait until the very last day before buying anything not in a daily or flash deal, as it could mean the difference between a dollar or more in price.

    Today's Daily Deals can be found below, however yesterday's Daily Deals are also still available for a short period of time so don't worry if you missed out.
  • Don't Starve
  • The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
  • Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
  • Game Dev Tycoon
  • Papers, Please
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Dead Island
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition
  • Flash Sales for today include The Binding of Isaac (75% off), Tropico 4: Steam Special Edition (80% off), Starforge Alpha (40% off) and Cities XL: Platinum (80%). Remember that these sales rotate every eight hours, so keep yourself glued to the the screen (or mobile if you have Steam for Mobile).

    As a word of warning, those looking to grab Starforge Alpha on the flash deal please be aware that this is an Early Access game, and is still in-development. Expect bugs, unfinished content and a lot of broken things that will more than likely cause frustration. You've been warned.

    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. The Steam Autumn Sale will go through to December 7th, though we can expect a Christmas sale soon after so keep your wallets at the ready.
    Post by Eorl @ 01:03pm 29/11/13 | 0 Comments
    WayForward is back with popular cartoon show Adventure Time in digital form, this time in the shape of a top-down dungeon explorer where you are tasked with finding out what is inside the dungeon beneath the Candy Kingdom. You'll find all the usual characters lifted from Cartoon Network's hit show, including the original voice actors which is a great addition.

    Tasked with the adventure of a lifetime, our own Jickle ventured down into the depths of the Candy Kingdom and came back with something that isn't quite filled with sunshine and rainbows.
    It’s a shame that Explore the Dungeon, despite its adherence to maintaining the characters’ personalities and its clear admiration of the source material, misses the point of what makes Adventure Time work. It’s a lazy piece of design, one that has no business carrying a $60 price tag when it feels like it could have been ripped straight from a browser.
    Find out more on his mathematically-enthused thoughts in the full Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! review.
    Post by Eorl @ 11:19am 29/11/13 | 8 Comments
    Publisher 505 Games has today made the somewhat difficult call of cancelling their sports sim Ashes Cricket 2013, a game that had very briefly been available for purchase on Steam for PC.

    Launched on November 22nd and developer by Trickstar Games, the title had come under fire for its quite poor performance, with many customers offering a large amount of negative feedback on the game's forum. 505 Games has offered an official statement on the matter:
    As most people who have followed the project closely can affirm, the development of Ashes Cricket 2013 has been fraught with challenges almost from the outset. The chosen developer, even with their many years of cricket game development experience, was unable to overcome the unexpected challenges that the chosen game engine threw up, even with multiple extensions to the development schedule. At the start of the project, 505 Games received all assurances from the developer that the engine was up to the task of creating a dynamic, cutting-edge cricket game for the modern age across multiple platforms, and unfortunately those assurances were found to be misplaced.

    “The net result of the challenges we have faced was a game which, despite our best efforts over the course of a two-year development, couldn’t meet the quality benchmarks of either us, our licensors or our customers. 505 Games’ main priority right now is to protect the Ashes name and that of the ECB and Cricket Australia, and do what we can to recompense the cricket community.
    As with any branded game, 505 Games has also extended its apologises to the licensors, the ECB and Cricket Australia, and their respective partners/sponsors, "who have been nothing but patient and supportive of us throughout the challenges this project has presented, and who, ultimately, we have let down."

    The game was originally planned to be released on June 21st, however 505 Games pushed the game back to November due to the then current state of the game. It's clear that the development cycle for this title wasn't quite what the publisher and investors had in mind, though for those who have purchased the title 505 Games has assured us that you will be contacted shortly with details of a full refund.
    Post by Dan @ 10:52am 29/11/13 | 18 Comments
    As the PlayStation 4 console was released locally today, selling through all launch stock, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia indicates that availability is going to be limited in the short-term:
    Nearly seven years since the company’s previous console launch in Australia, Michael Ephraim, Managing Director at Sony Computer Entertainment Australia, said, "I've never seen demand like we are seeing now with PlayStation 4. Even though we are getting more PS4 consoles in before Christmas, our retail partners tell us that they don't expect many to be left on the shelves by the time Christmas comes. We will continue to supply the demand, starting in January and every subsequent month until we satisfy Australia's appetite for PS4. In the meantime, we thank our fans for their patience – we promise PS4 is worth the wait.”
    Did you manage to pick one on pre-order last night or today? Are you considering trying to obtain one before the new year?

    You can read our thoughts on the new device right here on AusGamers.
    Post by Eorl @ 10:24am 29/11/13 | 5 Comments
    Greg Street, lead systems designer on Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft team has revealed through social networks that he will be departing the team, moving onto a new and unannounced project (via GamesIndustry).

    "I have been at Blizzard Entertainment for almost six years," he said on his Facebook page. "It has been epic and I have made many friends around the world and I have learned so much. But, I have a great opportunity for something new and exciting, and sadly it is time to move on."

    Known as 'Ghostcrawler' on the World of Warcraft forums, Street was quite a vocal member of the team, constantly taking and giving feedback from the fans. Many knew him simply as Ghostcrawler, or by his iconic ghost crab avatar which was featured in the game as a collectible pet.

    Street also took to Twitter in an effort to clear up any rumours, stating that "the internet loves to play detective, but in this case it was a great opportunity and time to move on. I wasn't fired or asked to step down." He also revealed that he doesn't expect any significant changes to occur in Blizzard's upcoming World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion, saying "we always design from a place of consensus and collaboration."
    Thursday, 28 November 2013
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 06:28pm 28/11/13 | 0 Comments
    Ahead of tonight's midnight launch of the PS4 Australia-wide, we've put together a hands-on wrap-up of what the machine currently offers, with a clear reminder that modern console gaming is about an evolving experience.

    With that being said though, here's a snippet of our thoughts:
    You’ll probably read a stack of glowing reports about how the future sent this console back in time for us to enjoy, or maybe Ancient Aliens’ resident memeable presenter, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, will proclaim the new platform’s exterior design to be beyond the physical and metaphysical capabilities of man, so… ALIENS.
    Click here for our full pre-launch PS4 hands-on feature.
    Post by Eorl @ 05:01pm 28/11/13 | 0 Comments
    The first four classes for Sony Online Entertainment's voxel-based MMORPG EverQuest Next have been detailed in the latest issue of PC Gamer UK thanks to EQNexus, showing us that you'll be slinging fireballs and carrying heavy swords around the mystical world.

    According to the Christmas issue you'll find the ability to choose from a Beast Lord, Cleric, Necromancer or Tempest when creating your character, but do note that this isn't the definitive list. Also note that SOE are planning on allowing characters to mix-and-match their classes through the choice of weapons, so don't feel too limited at this time.

    For those in favour of the more religious-type class you'll find Clerics fitting the bill. Wielding either a two-handed hammer or a hammer and shield you'll be able to buff your allies but also utilise your fire spells to destroy enemies standing in your path. Smoking.

    Necromancers on the other hand like to dabble in the art of destructive chaotic energies, summoning ungodly creatures from what we presume the depths of hell. They'll be able to wield either a tome or a dagger and focus object, and will come with a companion: a "Monstrosity that grows in power with its master."

    If you'd rather not have a demonic pet but instead stick with the furry kind, a Beast Lord will be your meal ticket. With a furry companion on your side, you'll be able to trample your foes or go on your own savage path wielding a flail and shield combination, or if you prefer medium range attacks stick with a spear. Remember, the pointy end faces the enemy.

    Rather be a more nimble class? You may prefer the Tempest, who arms themselves with either two blades or one two-handed blade, dancing across the battlefield unleashing powerful winds and blasts of lightning onto their enemies.

    While we wait for PC Gamer's Christmas issue to appear on shelves check out the latest timelapse video of EverQuest Next Landmark, the open-world sandbox title revealed earlier this year.

    Post by Eorl @ 03:07pm 28/11/13 | 0 Comments
    Open-world sandbox title Saints Row 4 is getting even crazier with the addition of a new DLC pack today that gives the player some quite chaotic superpowers to play around with, allowing you to destroy your enemies in so many fashionable ways.

    Titled Element of Destruction, the pack offers several new abilities including the Explosive Chain Blast, Telekinetic Time Bomb, Explosive Buff, and the Airstrike Stomp - which sends all enemies flying into the air like a rocket, thus proceeding to explode. Yes. Explode.

    This crazy DLC pack is available at $2.99 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, plus you can check out the informative video below showing off the super moves.

    Post by Eorl @ 01:09pm 28/11/13 | 2 Comments
    Indie studio Logic Artists is gearing up to take players back to the 90's in their newest title Clandestine, a spy thriller set for release in 2014 (via Shacknews). As suggested by the article title, players can expect to play cooperatively with friends as you take on the role of a field agent and a hacker in asymmetrical co-op gameplay.
    Clandestine is a stealth action game set in the spy-thriller genre of the 90's. It is 5 years after the fall of the Soviet Union and there is great unrest in the shadowy world of international espionage as the old spies struggle to adapt to the new world order. Veteran Cold War operatives from both sides of the Iron Curtain are dying under mysterious circumstances.

    The Kingbridge Executive, a top-secret task force built from and financed by government agencies around the world has been charged with investigating. Play as the Operative in single player or team up and take on this mystery in asymmetrical coop as either Operative or Mission Control, working together to bypass security systems and unravel the truth.
    Ali Emek, Producer at Logic Artsts revealed that you can expect "a new kind of play experience based on our love for tactical stealth games." Emek also believes that Clandestine will be able to recreate the feel and atmosphere of the decade in the game, and hopefully challenge players in this iconic time in technological development.

    This is definitely one to keep an eye on depending on how well the co-op gameplay flows, but if you'd like to see a glimpse of what to expect check out the teaser trailer below. Clandestine is expected to be released in 2014 on PC.

    Post by Eorl @ 12:02pm 28/11/13 | 0 Comments
    With voxels becoming the new and hip thing to do in the video game industry, developer Trion World's recently announced MMO Trove is looking to its customers for help with the release of several new Supporter Packs.

    Ranging from $5 through to $2,500, players can help support the development team by purchasing any one of the selected packs, in turn gaining special rewards and bonus in-game Credits. Those looking to gain quicker access to the beta of Trove will find that the $5 pack covers their needs, however if you are looking at getting into the game even quicker the Adventurer pack ($20) and above will offer up priority alpha access.

    Of course, it doesn't stop there with Trion also offering the big guns in the form of the Voxel Savant pack, priced at $2,500. This very unique pack will reward you with everything from the previous tiers but will also let you design your very own in-game biome. Now that is definitely a unique package.

    Each and every tier also gains bonus in-game Credits, called Supporter Credits during the alpha and beta phase of the game. In Alpha, they already unlock various ways to customize the look of your character however Trion Worlds has stated that they’ll "be adding features as we go on with ways to expand your Cornerstone, unlock mounts, and speed up your advancement." As with many Kickstarter drives, Trion Worlds is running a "Bonus Milestone", where as Trove grows in support so to does the rewards, including brand new additions to each and every pack.

    For the full rundown on what to expect in each tier - some of which include extra alpha keys for friends - make your way over to the official website. If you have no clue on exactly what Trove is you can also check out the most recent developer diary below explaining the ins and outs.

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