Cam Lee Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition producer Cameron Lee has become a fixture here at AusGamers. The Aussie ex-pat took tie out of his Gamescom duties to chat with us again. Check it out!
couch slayer
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is now upon us, but it might as well be called "definitive edition". Read our review to find out why - click here!
Resident Evil Within
The Evil Within is creeping up just around the release corner, so we decided to take a look back at Shinji Mikami's incredible Resident Evil 4. Click here for more!
fella!
Wrapping up a tour in Australia and with Summerslam dominating August, we had a chance to chat with the Great White himself, Sheamus! Check it out right here!
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:09am 30/04/14 | 0 Comments
After its original delay from the PlayStation 4 launch, Evolution Studios' realistic racing title DriveClub has now been given a definite release date: October 8th, 2014.

As mentioned, DriveClub was originally slated for the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4, however was pushed back to an "early 2014" date before that was also pushed back, citing more development time needed as the cause. Sony Computer Entertainment' President Shuei Yoshida took to the PlayStation Blog to outline the need for further development, and also announce Paul Rustchynsky as the newest Gaem Director.
The problem with being ambitious is you have to be prepared to accept there will be challenges along the way. What DRIVECLUB offers has not been previously achieved in this category, and, because of this, the team needed more time to give you the game you’re waiting for.
In addition to the new date, we are also very pleased to announce that as of February 2014, Paul Rustchynsky — better known as Rushy — has been at the helm of DRIVECLUB as Game Director. We appreciate the announcement has come a little late, however we wanted to inform his appointment along with the new date announcement.
Check out the new trailer and screens below for a glimpse at some of the realistic cars featured in the racing game, plus a look at the various integrated online modes.

DriveClub will be available on October 8th exclusively for PlayStation 4.



Post by trog @ 06:07am 30/04/14 | 26 Comments
The Mozilla team have released version 29 of Firefox - one of the biggest updates in recent times thanks to the addition of their new 'Australis' interface which has been in development for several years. From their announcement post:
Elegant New Design: Sleek new tabs and an overall modern look that makes it easier to experience the Web the way you want.
  • Customization Mode: Makes it easy for you to personalize your Web experience to access the features you use the most. You can easily drag and drop your favorite feature, tool or add-on in the menu or toolbar.

  • Firefox Menu: Includes popular browser controls, features and add-ons in one place to make it easier and faster to access them. The menu is completely customizable so you can edit or add features you use most.

  • Fun and Simple Bookmarks: You can create bookmarks with a single click and manage them from the same place.

  • Easy Access to Add-ons Manager: Firefox includes an Add-ons Manager you can access directly from the menu to help easily discover and install add-ons.

  • Enhanced Firefox Sync Powered by Firefox Accounts: Just create a Firefox Account and our sync feature makes it even easier to setup and add multiple devices with end-to-end encryption. Firefox Sync gives you access to Awesome Bar history, saved passwords, bookmarks, open tabs and form data across your computers and mobile Android devices.
  • The official release notes contain the full list of new features and changes.

    It should be noted that their feature list and blog post don't really talk about some of the things that are missing from this new version - for example, the Add-on bar is now gone, as is the option to have tabs below the address bar. Those who depend or just really want those missing features can restore most of them with the Classic Theme Restorer add-on.

    You can download the installers for v29.0 now locally from AusGamers in Windows, Mac OS X or Linux flavours.

    They've released a video with some of the highlights:

    Tuesday, 29 April 2014
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 06:34pm 29/04/14 | 7 Comments
    While we've already shown you what we spoke about with Bungie's David "DeeJ" Dague, we also mentioned we'd gone hands-on with the game.

    You can find our thoughts on this, in part, collated with a chat we also had with the game's lead investment developer, Tyson Greene. Obviously there's more details to emerge, but we didn't really have much chance to explore outside of a controlled environment. This was more to get a feel for the game, which we're not too shy to say was quite good. We have more content on the way this week as well, including a more in-depth look at the game's art and visuals, but for now, enjoy our gameplay impressions.

    Click here for the full Destiny hands-on preview.
    Post by Eorl @ 04:19pm 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    While he may have been busy getting Titafanll out the door, Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella has today announced (via VentureBeat) the creation of his newest mobile game studio, Nuclear Division.

    Teaming up with former head of slot machine maker WMS Larry Pacey, Zampella's studio will be conveniently located in San Fernando Valley in LA, near Respawn's headquarters. Zampella told VentureBeat that mobile is growing so fast, it's "silly to ignore." He also said that consideration was put into forming a mobile section inside Respawn, however later decided that wasn't a good fit for the console-focused studio.

    “It’s a device that I play on because I always have it with me,” he said. “It always connected. You’re engaged with it. There’s something you can do with that. I’m not saying one is better than the other, in terms of console versus mobile. It’s a different gaming experience. Both interest me.”

    The studio is keeping its cards close to their chest for now, but did reveal that the team are now working on technology for a new platform. Currently the studio comprises of less than a dozen employees, but Zampella and Pacey expect that to grow out to 50.

    “The goal is to build the kind of product that Vince and I know,” Pacey said. “It is based on things we like, and is more for the core gamer. If you look at our careers, we like to find new players experiences that are differentiated and unique.”
    Post by Eorl @ 04:05pm 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    The GAP lads are back with yet another instalment of The GAP, their sometimes weekly podcast that covers *mostly* gaming. Here's this week's decription:
    On this episode of The GAP Luke Lawrie, Joab Gilroy, Heath Dickson and Jeremy "Junglist" Ray begin by talking about some of the most recent films they've seen, but to confuse everyone you'll find that at the end of the podcast. In familiar territory they discuss the games they've played including Hearthstone, War of Vikings, Elder Scrolls: Online, and the results of The GAP Fantasy Basketball league. Over in the news Naughty Dog has more staff depart, a new Batman animated feature based off Arkham Asylum is being released, and Dragon Age: Inquisition gets some box art. This episode goes for 2 hours and 40 minutes, and also contains coarse language.
    Grab it locally from AusGamers by clicking right here. You can also follow The GAP on Facebook to tell them how much you love their snazzy voices or yell your opinions across the Internet, and find the latest podcasts through here
    Post by Eorl @ 03:44pm 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    Redbana Corporation, publisher for a number of popular free-to-play MMO games, has revealed a new teaser website ahead of the launch of their newest online title, FCManager.
    With over 5,000 real football stars to choose from, players must balance talent recruitment and development while creating winning team strategies against other clubs in the various competitions available.

    The gameplay emphasizes the need to make games as close to real football club managing, FC Manager speeds up the gaming season for all managers, squeezing each real life gaming season into one week. The club enters that season’s tournament until its conclusion before starting another season in the next week, contributing to an exciting, fast-paced gameplay.
    You can check out the official site for all the latest on the new title including a complete run down of what to expect, or find the gameplay trailer below.


    Post by Eorl @ 02:10pm 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    Microsoft has today announced that their video and voice service Skype will be offering free group video calls for Xbox One, Windows and Mac users.

    According to Microsoft, group video calls will go free on other platforms "in the future." Up until this point, Microsoft had been charging Skype users $4.99 per month for video chat between more than two people; Skype supports video conferencing for a maximum of 10 individuals.

    With the payment restriction now lifted, today's announcement has brought Skype in line with Google Hangouts, Google's voice and video service. Sadly despite the change, Xbox One users will still be required to have Xbox Live Gold to actually access Skype.
    Post by Eorl @ 01:32pm 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    Sony has revealed a brand new gameplay trailer for MLB 14 The Show, taking a look at two new modes aimed at cutting down game times for those players who don't want the full nine innings simulations in season mode.

    In Player Lock, you'll be able to experience entire games as a single player, vastly reducing the amount of time one game takes. Quick Counts on the other hand use an algorithm to drop each player into a middle or late pitch-count, rather than beginning each at-bat at 0-0.

    While the modes at a glance are designed to cut down game time, they'll also help players improve on their strike-out rate. Today's trailer also takes a look at Manage Mode, which will allow a player to direct the club from the top position and make all those big tactical decisions. Players will also have access to Sportscast Manager during the game, allowing decisions to be made and speed up proceedings.

    MLB 14 The Show is available now on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, with a PlayStation 4 version hitting shelves May 6th.

    Post by Eorl @ 11:59am 29/04/14 | 5 Comments
    Valve has announced that major changes will soon be hitting their hugely popular free-to-play MOBA Dota 2, in what has been conveniently dubbed as the "Spring Cleaning" update.

    Players can expect a variety of tweaks and changes to the game's Heroes, items, gameplay modes, nonplayable characters and more. In addition to dozens of bug fixes and some user interface tweaks, Valve has made substantial changes to many Dota 2 Heroes. With the list spanning at the very least 10 pages, hero changes include Anti-Mage's Mana Void AoE increased from 450 to 500, Axe's Counter Helix now uses Pseudo Random chance and even more general changes like Beastmaster's base damage increased by 4.

    It isn't just heroes that are getting the dust off, with items also gaining some much needed changes. Examples include Shadow Blade's active Shadow Walk ability lasts two seconds longer, Mjollnir's damage has been reduced by 10, and the courier respawns 40 seconds faster. Other changes include new treasures available in the store, Meepo being removed from Ability Draft mode and the ability to now cancel Town Portal Scroll.

    Those eager to see if their hero or favourite item has been cleaned well or left dusty can head over to the official website for the entire patch notes. Let us know in the comments on your thoughts, and if you are still playing Dota 2.
    Post by Eorl @ 11:21am 29/04/14 | 9 Comments
    BioWare has revealed its plans for celebrating "Star Wars Day" within The Old Republic MMO, offering players a free mini-pet and the ability to gain double experience from Friday, May 2nd through to Monday, May 5th.

    The promotion is part of a celebration of "Star Wars Day" (May 4), where people around the world celebrate all things Star Wars, including dressing up and rewatching the six films in one stretch. Those interested in picking up the MT-4T Astromech Droid mini-pet can do so on April 29th, however those joining in on the action must have an active account by May 4th; the droid will be delivered via in-game mail. Players can bring the droid into missions, player-vs-player zones and operations, just don't feed it too much oil.

    Star Wars: The Old Republic is available as a free-to-play MMO, which you can find more details on over here.
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:40am 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    AusGamers was recently invited out to Bungie's HQ in Seattle, WA where we not only sat down with the game in hands-on form (preview coming soon), but also spoke with Bungie's community headhoncho, David "DeeJ" Dague who passionately spoke about this "brave new world" players are about to enter.

    Topics discussed include player numbers in various scenarios, playable spaces, classes, loot, travel, the open-world versus being directed down a specific path and much, much more.

    Click here for our full video interview and transcript with DeeJ.
    Post by Dan @ 10:38am 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    Competitive videogame has earned quite a bit of credibility in recent years, and looks poised to continue that momentum as eSports outfit MLG has announced an invitational Call of Duty: Ghosts tournament to take place at this year's X Games, the annual extreme sports event being held in Austin Texas in June.
    As part of the X Games Austin festival experience and for the first time in history, MLG Pro Gamers will be awarded X Games medals and MLG’s Pro Circuit competition will be showcased with Skateboard, BMX, Moto X, Rally and Stadium SUPER Trucks, renowned musical performers and more.

    MLG will invite the top five Call of Duty®: Ghosts teams based on MLG Pro Points rankings and the top three finishers (CompLexity, EnVyUs and OpTic Gaming) from the recent Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox, to compete in the three-day invitational to be played on Xbox One.
    Hit up majorleaguegaming.com for more particulars.
    Post by Eorl @ 10:38am 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    Developer Funcom (Age of Conan, The Secret World) has secured an additional 9.7 million Norwegian Krone (USD $1.6 Million) in funding for the continued development of its Lego Minifigures Online MMO title, the company announced.

    The funding is a part of a new deal made on May 25th, 2012 with the US investment firm Yorkville Advisors, in which the firm agreed to supply Funcom access to additional capital if needed within 36 months of the agreement. According to the developer, the acceptance of this investment now means that the agreement is partially exercised. Later this week, Funcom will issue 2,203,846 new shares of its stock, valued at around USD $1.6 million, as a result of the agreement.
    "We are very pleased to have increased the company's financial flexibility with funds that will be used in preparing for the launch of Lego Minifigures Online," Funcom CEO Ole Schreiner said in a press statemenet. "We have several times expressed a need for additional equity and have considered different alternatives to secure this. This facility has been available to us since 2012, but the timing has not been right before."
    Lego Minifigures Online, based on the popular building-block toys, is slated to launch sometime this year. The game is set to launch its open beta in June, with those who have signed up through the official site to be notified "soon."
    Post by Dan @ 10:21am 29/04/14 | 1 Comments
    We've known for a while that Microsoft has been preparing a big push into television content creation, and today the company has released a wave of details on a wide variety of shows that are currently in development.

    Confusingly, the new streaming service is being called Xbox Originals, which some might recall is the exact same name that was given to the area of the Xbox 360 Marketplace for emulated classic Xbox games. This has absolutely nothing to do with those games, but is essentially Microsoft's answer to the original programming coming out of other Internet savvy companies like Netflix and Amazon.

    A new post on the official Xbox News Wire blog outlines six "committed projects" -- series, miniseries and shorts which are all well into production -- and a further six "projects in development". Here's a couple of choice selections:
    “Halo” television series
    The “Halo” television series is a groundbreaking original series based on the award-winning “Halo” franchise. Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer Steven Spielberg will executive produce the live-action TV series, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television.

    "Humans”
    “Humans” is a bold new drama co-produced with UK broadcaster Channel 4. Award-winning UK production company Kudos (“The Hour,” “Utopia,” “Broadchurch”) will produce the hour-long, eight-episode series, which will share a premiere broadcast window on the Xbox platform and Channel 4 in the UK in 2015.

    “Halo” digital feature
    343 Industries and Scott Free Productions are creating a "Halo" digital feature to be released later this year. The project will be executive produced by Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV President, David Zucker. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan ("Battlestar Galactica," "Pillars of the Earth," "Heroes") will direct.

    “Extraordinary Believers”
    Xbox Entertainment Studios is developing an innovative, hybrid stop-motion show dubbed “Extraordinary Believers” (working title) with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, creators of the Emmy-Award winning “Robot Chicken,” the longest running stop-motion show on television. The executive producers on the project are Seth Green, Matt Senreich, and creators/writers/executive producers are Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV.

    “Winterworld”
    Xbox Entertainment Studios and IDW Entertainment are co-developing a limited event live-action series based on Chuck Dixon and artist Jorge Zaffino’s seminal graphic novel series “Winterworld,” in which our world has been encased in ice from pole-to-pole. The surviving humans have formed tribes that war, enslave and trade with one another in an effort to survive the infinite winter. Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, and Rick Jacobs and Dave Alpert from Circle of Confusion (“Walking Dead”) will executive produce.
    The Xbox Originals shows are due to start airing on Xbox 360, Xbox One and "other Microsoft devices" in June 2014. hit up the official blog post for the complete list of programming.
    Post by Eorl @ 09:34am 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    Kadokawa, the Japanese publisher of Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer is Dead, and recent PlayStation Vita title Demon Gaze, has announced plans to acquire a controlling interest in Dark Souls developer From Software. According to an announcement from the company the publisher will purchase 80 percent of the company's value.

    Dark Souls and Dark Souls II were self-published in Japan by From Software, with Bandai Namco assisting worldwide. Kadokawa Games also publishes in Japan, but has worked with other publishers, like Warner Bros. and NIS America, for distribution in other territories. From Software is also responsible for the Armored Core series and collaborated on the Tenchu franchise.

    Gamebiz reports that the deal was worth 1.753 billion yen, and is set to be finalised on May 21 of this year. It is unclear how exactly From Software will be affected by this acquisition.
    Post by Dan @ 09:25am 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    Along with a whole new heap of press coverage today, Activision has let loose a new gameplay trailer for Destiny, the upcoming first person shooter from Halo creators Bungie.

    The new trailer is titled The Devil's Lair and features the game's Strike mode, which is the name given to cooperative instances aimed at "pick-up groups or friends looking for a quick battle together".
    Beneath the ruins of the Cosmodrome, in the shadow of an old colony ship, we've located the House of Devils' lair. Fight the Fallen, burn back the Hive, and clear a path that leads straight into E3, Beta, and beyond.
    Oh, and in case anyone else is wondering who the familiar voice narrating the trailer's intro is, it's Lance Reddick (The Wire, Fringe). The voice talents of Peter Dinklage can also be heard throughout the gameplay trailer, who is rather well known for his roll on Game of Thrones as Tyrion Lannister.

    Destiny is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 9th, but sadly, still no word on PC.

    Post by Eorl @ 09:12am 29/04/14 | 0 Comments
    After successfully launching across the Xbox brand earlier this year, developer PopCap Games has today announced that their multiplayer shooter Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will be arriving on PC come June 24th.
    “We’ve had an amazing response from players since launching the Xbox platforms, and can’t wait for PC players to join the party this summer,” said Brian Lindley, Producer on Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. “The PC version has all the great content that we have put out since launch like Garden Variety and Zomboss Down for players to enjoy from the start.”
    PC players will be able to gain access to the full game's four distinct gameplay modes including 12 vs. 12 competitive multiplayer called “Gardens & Graveyards” and “Team Vanquish,” as well as 8v8 Gnome Bomb. The four-player co-operative game mode "Garden Ops" will also be available to play, plus PC users will gain access to all the content from the Garden Variety Pack & Zomboss Down DLC.

    Those keen to throw their money down ahead of the launch can find pre-orders through Origin, with a Digital Deluxe Edition available that includes two Booster Packs, in-game coins and an exclusive character customisation pack.

    Monday, 28 April 2014
    Post by Dan @ 10:24am 28/04/14 | 7 Comments
    Publisher 2K Games has released a new trailer for Evolve that offers the best look yet at Left 4 Dead creator Turtle Rock's forthcoming asymmetric multiplayer shooter.

    Titled 4v1 Hunt, the video features an 8 minute capture of actual gameplay where four players are teamed up as hunters versus another solo playing controlling the goliath monster, and to help newcomers get a bead on what's going on, the whole thing is narrated by popular Dota 2 commentator Aaron "Ayesee" Chambers and Turtle Rock's Chris Ashton.

    In addition to the video below, 2K has also released an "interactive" trailer that uses Youtube annotations to allow the view to dynamically switch between the five different player perspectives or disable commentary. Highly recommended viewing for multiplayer shooter fans.

    Evolve is due in Australian Spring 2014 (Northern Fall) on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

    Post by Dan @ 09:59am 28/04/14 | 7 Comments
    Following its live stream of the game's first half hour, publisher Bethesda hosted another Twitch event over the weekend, picking up were they left off for another 20 minute romp through a dystopian future where the Nazis won World War II.

    As with the previous video, you probably won't want to watch this if you're looking forward to playing the game fresh, but a large chunk of it is actually footage that we've seen in previous trailers anyway.

    According to Bethesda, they'll be hosting one more livestream gameplay event like this, the day before the game's launch on May 19th.

    Wolfenstein: The New Order will be launching worldwide for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on May 20th.

    Post by Dan @ 09:45am 28/04/14 | 0 Comments
    Larian Studio's crowdfunded action RPG sequel Divinity is currently playable in beta form via Steam Early Access, but the developer has now set the game's official launch date as June 20th 2014.

    Accompanying the release date news is a new trailer, and if you're a fan of Diablo-style RPGs and haven't seen much about this one, this video is definitely the one to watch:
    Exactly one year ago, we celebrated the end of a million-dollar crowdfunding campaign in support of its innovative, old-school-inspired RPG, Divinity: Original Sin. Today, we celebrate this anniversary by announcing an official release date of June 20th.
    This new gameplay trailer highlights just how many new features and worlds of content community support has leant this project.
    Watch the video below.

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