Post by Eorl @ 01:24pm 15/10/13 | 2 Comments
taken to Kickstarter with their augmented reality glasses to seek further funding.
The product, known as castAR, is hoping to offer a pair of augmented reality glasses with a built in projector that constructs a miniature virtual environment on a reflective screen assembly, that can be viewed from various angles. Currently the project has raised $223,570 of its $500,000 goal within 24 hours and seems to be gaining more steam as word spreads.
castAR is a projected augmented reality system that displays holographic-like 3D projections right in front of you. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope sparked our imaginations of what might be possible in the future by showing R2-D2 and Chewbacca playing a holographic 3D chess-style game. It has taken nearly 35 years since the film was released for this technological dream to come to reality, but with castAR, that reality can be yours.If you are looking at wanting to own a pair of the castAR glasses, you'll be set back by a reasonable $189USD (with $80USD for posting outside of America) which includes the glasses and a 1x1 metre surface for projection. The more pricier packages contain more equipment for you to use, including a virtual board game set and early access package for those who just can't wait.
For the full details on castAR, check out their Kickstarter page which includes a number of demonstrations, but also find the initial pitch video below.
Post by Eorl @ 12:15pm 15/10/13 | 0 Comments
Announced over the weekend at the New York Comic Con, developer Beenox has been tasked with the Spidey task and will be developing for 3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The game is expected to appear around the same time as the movie, which is due in May 2014.
“The first The Amazing Spider-Man game gave players their own beautifully animated, free-roaming city of Manhattan to traverse and explore – a playground of majestic scale in which to live out our common hero fantasies,” said Thomas Wilson, Co-Studio Head of Beenox. “And the overwhelming message from fans was: ‘MORE!’ That’s what our team is working toward with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – we’re giving gamers more abilities, more upgrades, more challenges, and more freedom to progress. And with the game launching alongside the new movie, offering an expanded interactive experience beyond the film, fans of the franchise won’t want to miss playing it.”The new title will see a new “Hero or Menace” morality system introduced, punishing players for their bad deeds as the Spider-Man but also rewarding them for the good deeds they do. The familiar Manhattan map is also being tweaked, with additional challenges added to mix up the game's atmosphere.
Check out the very short teaser trailer below to see some Spidey action and hopefully we'll see some gameplay on the new tie-in soon.
Post by Eorl @ 12:05pm 15/10/13 | 4 Comments
new splash page on their website (thanks Scooter).
While a number of projects have already come through that include various Australian residents, one example being Brisbane-based 5 Lives Studios' Satellite Reign project, the process should now be a lot simpler for those eager to show the world their new ideas.
In August we announced that Kickstarter would soon open up to projects based in Australia and New Zealand for the first time. Today we're happy to announce that the day has finally come!As the above states, those in Australia and New Zealand looking to get their project started on Kickstarter can do so now, however projects won't be going live until November 13th when eager backers can give away their hard-earned cash.
For more on what this all means for local residents you can find a handy FAQ on the splash page.
Post by Dan @ 11:43am 15/10/13 | 0 Comments
Killzone blog has a new write-up detailing another of the game's player classes, the Support Class:
The primary ability of the Support Class is the Revive Drone, which deploys a hovering medical robot that can resuscitate critically wounded comrades. Dying team mates who accept medical treatment and are successfully revived will receive full health with additional ammo and a temporary 25% health boost. They also avoid losing a life and having to start over from the spawn point – which can make all the difference during intense matches, particularly in custom Warzones with limited lives turned on.Additionally, and probably more interestingly, some new gameplay footage of the flagship PlayStation 4 launch title has found its way online.
The video is camera footage shot off screen in what appears to be the same forest level seen in the E3 2013 demo, but as this attentive NeoGAF user explains (thanks VG247), there's a few noticeable enhancements to the visual effects since we last saw it. Watch it below.
Killzone Shadow Fall is due as a PlayStation 4 exclusive launch title when the console lands in Australia on November 29th 2013.
Post by Eorl @ 11:16am 15/10/13 | 0 Comments
Following in the footsteps of RuneStorm's previous space janitor, your mission is simple: cleanup after the Wang. Bringing players back to the scene where Shadow Warrior hero Lo Wang has his first katana battle in Flying Wild Hog's recent series reboot, you'll have to use all your janitor skills to ensure the floors are clean of the gratuitous amounts of blood and gibs littered across the room.
After the battle is over, someone has to cleanup the mess! Introducing Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior from RuneStorm, a unique crossover mini-game that combines the worlds of Viscera Cleanup Detail and Shadow Warrior. Step into the rubber soled shoes of the hapless janitor tasked with cleaning up Lo Wang's mess after a devastating katana battle in the collector's temple from Shadow Warrior. Mop up pools of blood, dispose of body parts, and get the collector's gallery of antiques in tip top shape as quick as possible! Successfully clean the entire temple and collect all the scattered cash to unlock two Steam achievements!If you feel like you haven't had enough Wang for your day, Viscera Cleanup Detail: Shadow Warrior is available now for free to owners of Shadow Warrior on Steam, Good Old Games and other online distributors.
Post by Eorl @ 10:49am 15/10/13 | 0 Comments
games.on.net) was able to briefly gain access to Twitter account for Riot Games' CEO Marc Merill, taking to the account to threaten the release of a finished but not yet released League of Legends card game.
It is unclear whether the threat was actually real or not, Jason claimed that "Riot doesn’t want you to play this game," stating that its a "stand-alone game. I have the server and client source.”
A login screen for the unreleased game was also released, showing the title 'League of Legends: Supremacy', which apparently matches up with a previous domain registration last year by Riot Games. An Imgur gallery was also uploaded with various game icons however has since been pulled from the website.
Merill has since claimed control of his Twitter account, stating that the images were “old screens from one of the many prototypes we’ve experimented with”.
Post by Dan @ 10:26am 15/10/13 | 0 Comments
extensive blog post that explains some of the ways that Xbox Live social functions have improved.
Designed around you and your friends, Xbox One will have plenty of room for all your favorite people in the brand new Friends system on Xbox One. Your Xbox 360 friends will automatically be added to your Friends list. With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends, connect with people instantly by following them and have infinite followers yourself. You can also see all of your Xbox One and Xbox 360 friends and their activity in your Activity Feed.The Xbox One console is due in Australia on November 22nd 2013.
Post by Eorl @ 10:19am 15/10/13 | 0 Comments
Adding further depth and detail to the Kingdom Hearts series, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX is a fully remastered HD compilation of the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system title Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix and the PSP system title Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix. Both, previously exclusive to the Japanese market, will be available for the first time in the Americas for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. Theatrical cut-scenes from the Nintendo DS title Kingdom Hearts Re:coded will also be included in the compilation.Square Enix is hoping to "provide fans with the chance to replay the games of the celebrated franchise, and also lead into the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts III" which is expected for PlayStation 4 and Xbox ONe. Check out the HD-ified action below.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:58pm 14/10/13 | 6 Comments
While the demo itself didn't really show off anything new, our interview took Kevin to task about a lot of how the game-world will work, including interiors versus exteriors, dynamic outcomes and hard-fail scenarios, weather, collecting cars, peripheral activities and side-quests, the in-game economy and much, much more.
Click here for our full Watch Dogs developer interview.
Post by Dan @ 03:51pm 14/10/13 | 0 Comments
Post by Dan @ 01:56pm 14/10/13 | 1 Comments
There's six TV spots in total in a playlist on the official Call of Duty youtube channel. Persuasive and inclusive of a wider gaming audience, or just plain awkward? You decide.
Post by Dan @ 11:58am 14/10/13 | 2 Comments
The Natural Selection 2 World Championship is being spearheaded by three prominent members of the NS2 community, and aims to commence as an international ladder "towards the end of 2013", and culminate in bringing the top four teams together for a showdown spectacular in Cologne Germany.
Unknown Worlds has reportedly committed to sponsoring the venue (planned as the ESLTV studio in Cologne) and front-page placement on popular video streaming service Twitch.tv, however in order to afford flights and accommodation for the representative players, the community organisers have turned to crowdfunding, looking to raise US$30,000 to cover the gap.
An excited blog from UWE spokesman Hugh Jeremy describes how the concept all game about, from the studio's perspective:
As a game developer, our primary business concern must always be to create great games. The emotion generated by our bond with the Natural Selection 2 player community must always be kept in check: If we aren’t careful, we will end up happily spending all our money – and more importantly, time – doing fun stuff like making Gorge plushies, throwing tournaments, and partying with fans at shows. The end result of such behaviour? We can’t create games to our full potential, and you all receive sub-par games.For more details, and to contribute to the hopeful Natural Selection 2 World Championship, head over to the official website, and check out the promotional clip below.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:17am 14/10/13 | 8 Comments
The Wolf Among Us is the first in a planned series of games built around the Fables universe, though they're reportedly stand-alone to the comics, preferring to walk their own narrative path without following any established story runs from the Funny Book. We gave review duties to Telltale expert Jickle, who looks to have found something worth getting excited about.
Right from the start it feels like the work of an assured, energised developer, one looking to top their crowning achievement. Whether or not this will actually happen is anyone’s guess, but things are off to a promising start...Click here for our full The Wolf Among Us Review.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:46am 14/10/13 | 0 Comments
Developed by NetherRealm Studios, the Batman: Arkham Origins mobile game is a free-to-play brawler that delivers the stunning graphics and quality gameplay fans have come to expect from the team who brought to market fan favourite mobile games Injustice: Gods Among Us and Batman: Arkham City Lockdown.Batman: Arkham Origins is due to release on October 25 for PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Stay tuned for our full review closer to that release date, right here on AusGamers.
Meanwhile, check out the NetherRealm-developed games' launch trailer below.
Post by Dan @ 10:40am 14/10/13 | 0 Comments
"We're very happy to be working with Dark Horse Comics, which is one of the biggest and most interesting comic book publishing houses in the world. What makes it even more exciting is the fact that, for many of us, the Dark Horse logo has near legendary status, standing for classic characters such as Hellboy or Usagi Yojimbo. We're very happy to be once again expanding The Witcher universe," said Adam Badowski, Head of Studio, CD Projekt RED.The first issue of The Witcher comic is due on shelves on March 19th 2014. Hit the thumbs below for a closer look at some cover art.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:15am 14/10/13 | 1 Comments
recently-published interview with Microsoft's Phil Spencer gathered a lot of interest in the media for his comments regarding the potential for cross-platform play on Xbox One with PC and other devices saying that it "makes a lot of sense". Now it seems Nintendo is following suit, only they've gone one better.
VG247 reports that indie developer Ripstone will be launching Pure Chess on the Wii U later in the year and, when they asked Nintendo for an option to open up the game to cross-platform play with not only mobile devices and PC, but also Sony's rival console, they were surprised to get a red-tape free nod in the affirmative.
"[Nintendo] said, "yep, no problem. You can have other console players playing against Wii U players. You can have smartphone players play against them. No problem," explained Ripstone creative director Phil Gaskell. "We’re still talking to Sony about them relaxing their policies, but we don’t think they’ll have any issue with it. So when we launch Pure Chess you’ll be able to play against Wii U, 3DS, iOS and Android players. And when we patch PlayStation those consoles will be added into the mix as well."
The article also points out that the Aussie-developed Cubemen 2 will also offer cross-platform play from Wii U with iOS, Mac, Linux and PC -- which we also reported on.
Perhaps next-gen will be more than just Cloud, TV on your console and more processing power, maybe we can finally start tearing down those multiplayer walls for an expanded and better sharing experience.
Post by Eorl @ 10:20am 13/10/13 | 11 Comments
We enlisted supernaturel specialist Jickle to help us see just what his thoughts were on David Cage's latest movie-like experience, and whether it held a light up to previous installments from Quantic Dream.
David Cage may have succeeded at making his most cinematic game yet, but if I’d paid $8 to see Beyond on the cinema’s cheap day I would have walked out well before the credits rolled.Check out his full review for more on Beyond: Two Souls.
Post by Eorl @ 12:48pm 12/10/13 | 37 Comments
You will be happy to know we have Australia's most experienced game server team, and everyone that works here is a hardcore gamer, so we understand what you want from your dedicated servers. When we go home at night we'll be playing on the servers you rent from us, so they have to be the best servers in Australia.
Because AusGamers has always been about our love for Australian gamers, we are offering Battlefield 4 servers for $1 per slot. Not "from" $1 per slot - there are no extras for "debranding", no charges for public or private, just the lowest price we can do for every server. Highest quality, lowest price, most experienced and most humble: what's not to love?
We aren't quite ready to take pre-orders; we are in the final stages of integrating our new server rentals systems into the AusGamers site. We don't want you to go off and pre-order from someone else: you'd pay more for lower quality, and we'd hate that. If you want to know immediately when pre-orders are ready to go, or just if you have any questions, please visit our new server rentals information page.
Feel free to ask general questions in the comments or using our contact page, look for "Malthius" to reply. Malth is the newest member of the AusGamers team (though I'm sure you've all seen him around before) and he'll be handling all your server rental questions.
Post by Eorl @ 11:42am 12/10/13 | 1 Comments
Reminiscent of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, the new gameplay takes a look at the very twisted happenings inside PATHOS-2 research facility. Awoken by your conscious, the main protagonist is soon questioning what exactly is going on, with an eerie sense of silence about the place that can only suggest bad things.
Strange occurrences are disrupting the routines of the PATHOS-2 research facility. The radio is silent. Behavioral anomalies of the machines are increasingly dangerous, if not... malevolent. The facility is devolving into chaos. No weapons, and the only escape is practically unthinkable.Frictional Games also revealed that SOMA is planning for a 2015 release, though currently only for PC and PlayStation 4 with no other platform mentions. Check it out below for some spooky brain waves.
Post by Eorl @ 11:15am 12/10/13 | 10 Comments
Rockstar has been hard at it though, with the third patch having gone live within the past few days that helped ellevate the deletion issue and also fix up some of the server networking for smoother performance. To help celebrate the now functional multiplayer, Rockstar are giving out free in-game cash for all.
iven some of the recent technical issues during these first days of GTA Online, and now that things are starting to look much smoother (touch wood!), we are planning to provide a special stimulus package for all who have played or will play Grand Theft Auto Online this month. We will be dropping a cool half a million GTA$ in the GTA Online bank accounts of all players this month, starting as early as next week.Free cash is always a nice addition, and I won't personally say no to any rewards for sticking it through the rocky launch. Rockstar's Newswire post has the full details on how exactly this will all work, but look forward to the cash stimulus come sometime next week with the launch of update v1.04.