Post by trog @ 02:39pm 16/07/13 | 47 Comments
sign up for free and play it. While reviewing a game that, realistically, has been out for ages might seem like a weird thing to do, I still meet a lot of people who have no idea what it's about and whether they'd be interested in it, so I thought I'd take a crack at explaining the basics and why I play it to the exclusion of anything else.
If you're a PC gamer and you take your multiplayer games seriously, then you probably want to check this game out. But be warned - it has a steep learning curve, and with the average game time around the 45 minute mark, it is a huge time sink. But it makes the joy of executing the perfect team fight with your friends all the sweeter.
Check out our Dota 2 review for an in-depth look at this excellent free-to-play PC title from Valve Software.
Post by Eorl @ 12:58pm 16/07/13 | 0 Comments
On the brink of ruin, the Hidebark people are about to be wiped out by the slaving organisation, Caesar's Legion. However, their most ruthless warrior would prefer death to dishonour. "Fallout: Lanius" will recount how a single man brings ruin to his people due to his lust for bloodshed and victory.While the teaser trailer below doesn't reveal too much, you won't have to wait long for the premiere. AusGamers will be live at PAX AUS so keep an eye on our front page for the premiere on Saturday. Conveinenetly those who haven't yet tried out Fallout: New Vegas and want more on Legate Lanius, Steam is currently selling the Ultimate Edition for $4.99 so get in quick.
Post by Eorl @ 11:18am 16/07/13 | 6 Comments
F1 2013 will feature all the cars, circuits and star drivers from the 2013 season, allowing gamers to race as Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes and Sergio Perez in the McLaren-Mercedes for the first time, and includes all of the new drivers, updated rules, tyre changes and remodelled handling to authentically reflect the challenge and exhilaration of racing 2013’s stunning roster of Formula One cars. A range of game enhancements, split-screen and online multiplayer, plus new and returning game modes delivers the most complete Formula One experience in videogame history.The game will be available in the usual standard edition, however Codemasters are also offering a Classic Edition which includes additional content packs featuring content from the 1990s and additional circuits to be enjoyed in F1 Classics and other game modes. The 1990s pack includes classic cars from both Williams and Ferrari and drivers such as David Coulthard, Jacques Villeneuve, Eddie Irvine and Alain Prost and others.
Those who aren't interested in grabbing the Classic Edition will be happy to note that the two DLC packs will be available for purchase separately later down the track. RaceNet, Codemasters free online community platform, will also be making a comeback in F1 2013 and will offer connected players regular in-game challenges, community-wide challenges, visual stats and game progress updates to compare with their friends.
Check out the new trailers below for a glimpse at the racing action. F1 2013 will be available later this year for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Post by Dan @ 10:37am 16/07/13 | 6 Comments
In Ultra Street Fighter IV, Poison, Hugo, Elena, Rolento and a secret all-new playable character join the fight, complete with all new animations and their own unique play styles, bringing the current roster count to a massive 44 characters. Six new battle environments (including Pitstop 109, Cosmic Elevator, Half Pipe and more) provide a thrilling and colorful backdrop to the action. Direct fan feedback was gathered on all of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition’s original 39 characters and core system mechanics in order to achieve the most balanced Street Fighter ever. Further details on the exciting new modes and gameplay features will be announced in the coming months.Watch the trailer below, and hit the thumbs for a look at the Tekken characters Rolento, Hugo, Poison and Elana in their Street Fighter 4 appearance.
Ultra Street Fighter IV is scheduled for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in Australia, Europe and North America in Early 2014.
Post by Eorl @ 10:07am 16/07/13 | 7 Comments
According to the interview which included game director Josh Mosqueira and designers Travis Day and Wyatt Cheng, Diablo 3's next-gen launch will apparently allow the team to tailor the game to the next-gen specifications rather than simply utilising a porting method from current-gen consoles. Sadly it was also revealed that there will be no plans for Diablo 3 on portable devices.
The recent interview also revealed that when it comes to an expansion for the loot-filled title, "the main concern will not be to ship it simultaneously on all platforms, but instead try to make the expansion features as relevant to each platform as possible." No word yet though on when or if an expansion will be seeing the light of day, but hopefully more will surface once the console versions are out in the wild.
Diablo 3 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 will be available September 3.
Post by Dan @ 09:58am 16/07/13 | 0 Comments
The OZombie hoped to deliver a videogame based upon a twisted vision of the Wizard of Oz tale, but looked to be falling well short of its funding target while a window of opportunity for the studio to acquire the film rights to its similarly twisted Alice franchise was passing by. McGee explains the situation in a Kickstarter update aptly titled End of the Rainbow:
The Oz campaign has to end. There are two realities driving the decision.The Alice: Otherlands crowdfunding drive has now officially launched, with a more modest US$200,000 target. Watch the new pitch video below, and head over to the Kickstarter Page if you feel like chipping in.
Post by Eorl @ 09:29am 16/07/13 | 4 Comments
Featuring a young boy commanding his flowery forces to battle a plantlike crab creature, the commercial does include a brief glimpse at some new gameplay, including a look at the UI and puzzle solving.
The third title in the Pikmin series will see a release on July 27 only for Nintendo Wii U.
Post by Dan @ 09:26am 16/07/13 | 3 Comments
Hope is lost and only the savage survive. In a world where the roads are paved to nowhere, what choices will you make to stay alive?While the video is narrated by a woman with a US accent, Avalanche has confirmed that Max himself will now be getting paired with an Aussie voice actor.
Mad Max is in development for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and due in 2014.
Post by Dan @ 03:16pm 15/07/13 | 1 Comments
Post by Dan @ 10:56am 15/07/13 | 17 Comments
Below, you can watch a gameplay video of a typical fight between characters Glacius and Jago, and click through to the following links some extended profile videos featuring the game's developers walking through the intricacies of Jago, Glacius, and Sabrewulf.
Killer Instinct is expected to be a free-to-play launch title for the Xbox One when it arrives in November 2013.
Post by Dan @ 09:53am 15/07/13 | 2 Comments
According to a blog post on Capcom Unity, four of the additional characters are those already seen in Street Fighter X Tekken: Rolento, Poison, Hugo, and Elana; however, the fifth and yet-to-be-revealed character has been promised as all new.
I’m personally excited to be able to use Rolento in SF4. Yes, he was in SFxT, but SF4 and SFxT play very differently, so it’ll be a treat to use him against Seth, Hakan, and others that are not in SFxT. As for the mysterious 5th character, you’ll just have to sit tight until more information is released.A couple of examples of balance changes can read about in depth at Capcom Unity, and a new trailer for the update is expected to be released shortly.
Post by Eorl @ 11:31am 13/07/13 | 1 Comments
has revealed that the team behind what many are calling the spiritual successor to Silicon Knights' cult classic, Eternal Darkness, will be re-launching their Kickstarter project for Shadows of the Eternals come July 25.
Previously launched early last month, Precursor Games was seeking $1.5 million in funding before the project was cut short. Former Silicon Knights head Denis Dyack had revealed that the decision to pull the crowdfunding project was due to the negativity surrounding his involvement, apparently affecting the perception of the game.
We really want to thank our community and followers for the unwavering support and patience over the past few weeks – it’s been a huge inspiration and motivator for us. Your feedback has been instrumental in many ways throughout the process of creating the new campaign and we can’t wait for you to see what we have in store for you all.It is unclear whether the revamped project will seek the same amount of funding as its first attempt or whether the same reward tiers will be offered. While we wait you can check out the first gameplay footage revealed earlier last month which utilises the CryENGINE 3.
Post by Eorl @ 10:40am 13/07/13 | 0 Comments
As always, Valve like to gamify their sale bonanza and this year is no different. Those participating will be able to collect Summer Getaway Trading Cards utilising the new Steam Trading Card system. Collect enough and you'll be able to craft yourself a shiny badge that will increase your e-peen tenfold. You can find out more about what to do with this new system over at the FAQ.
To offer even more savings, the Steam Summer Sale is also utilising Community Choice deals, which are decided by the community as to what game will gain a temporary discount. Keep an eye on those as well to snap up a cheap game.
Today's Daily Deals include:The Steam Summer Getaway Sale is due to run until July 22nd 2013 US Pacific Time. For full discussion on the sales check out this official thread.
Post by Eorl @ 10:28am 13/07/13 | 9 Comments
The official website states that the usual quality of life that MMO's offer will carry over if you decide to pay up for a monthly subscription when the demo time expires. The website also ensures that you'll have access to the entire world within the 72 hours, however the timer starts ticking down as soon as you've created an account so ensure you are prepared early with the client files for maximum time.
If you aren't too sure what exactly Defiance is, you can check out our early hands-on with the title to see what we thought. For those still thirsty for information, check out the official website where you can sign yourself up for duty, free of charge for the first 72 hours.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 03:56pm 12/07/13 | 17 Comments
a popular interview with Aussie PhD candidate, Morgan Tear, on the public release of a paper tracking experiments he conducted with his supervisor, Dr. Mark Nielsen, of the University of Queensland, on the study of violent video games and their effect on players. The study aimed to "Demonstrate That Playing Violent Video Games Diminishes Prosocial Behavior", however, they failed to demonstrate this in any form.
The new study has picked up the discussion of violence in video games, with Morgan being talked to by various mainstream and specialist media outlets locally and abroad, but in an effort to be more transparent and even help punters interested in the topic understand more about the study and experiment process, as well as findings already out in the wide world, he's offering you a chance to ask any burning questions you might have ahead of a podcast appearance he has scheduled for early next week with Psycho-Babble.
Here's the official piece from Morgan:
My name is Morgan Tear, and I'm the lead author on a recent paper about violent video games, discussed here on AusGamers and given a write-up at Time Online.With that in mind, we encourage you to submit any questions you might have via the Comments section below, but would also please like you to stay on-topic and be constructive in what you ask.
Post by Dan @ 02:21pm 12/07/13 | 3 Comments
have revealed that they're working on getting their free-falling title working natively with the virtual reality head-mounted Oculus RIFT display, a concept not for the motion-sick (thanks Joystiq):
Here at Owlchemy Labs HQ, we’ve engaged in numerous play-tests in our secret Owl Cave and we can easily say (with confidence) that this is one of the most absurdly amazing gaming experiences to date! The all-encompassing sense of free-fall is so intense, the feeling of blasting past buildings for points so real, our very own play-testers have been known to duck their heads, in real life, when large objects scream past their face.AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome can currently be picked up at 77% off at US$2.29 in the Steam Summer Sale.
Post by Dan @ 02:08pm 12/07/13 | 2 Comments
has unveiled a major restructuring at the company's top end, shuffling executives and consolidating some corporate divisions with a view to getting the many facets of MS working together more efficiently.
We are rallying behind a single strategy as one company — not a collection of divisional strategies. Although we will deliver multiple devices and services to execute and monetize the strategy, the single core strategy will drive us to set shared goals for everything we do. We will see our product line holistically, not as a set of islands. We will allocate resources and build devices and services that provide compelling, integrated experiences across the many screens in our lives, with maximum return to shareholders. All parts of the company will share and contribute to the success of core offerings, like Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox, Surface, Office 365 and our EA offer, Bing, Skype, Dynamics, Azure and our servers. All parts of the company will contribute to activating high-value experiences for our customers.The announcement outlines 12 teams in total, but most relevant to Microsoft's games related activities are:
Operating Systems Engineering Group. Terry Myerson will lead this group, and it will span all our OS work for console, to mobile device, to PC, to back-end systems. The core cloud services for the operating system will be in this group.As head of Microsoft's devices division, 19 year Microsoft veteran Larson-Green has effectively assumed the Xbox and Microsoft Games related responsibilities of the recently departed Don Mattrick.
Post by Eorl @ 01:38pm 12/07/13 | 0 Comments
Taking to the PlayStation Blog, the new multiplayer mode will be a 1 v 1 that excludes "chests, fountains, or world weapons to aid you," leaving it up to skill alone to determine the winner. This mode also disables relics and allows for a Champion’s magic to regenerate over time, though very slowly.
The developers at Sony Santa Monica have been painstakingly crafting a mode for both fans of fighting games and the legions of Champions playing Ascension’s multiplayer to enjoy. The team has made some balancing tweaks especially for Bout of Honor to ensure matches are fought in a fair and honorable fashion. Infinites have been removed, overpowered weapons tweaked, and damage from 100% combos adjusted.Along with the launch of a new mode, four new multiplayer maps specifically crafted for Bout of Honour will make their debut. Canyons of Kirra, Chamber of the Flame, Landing at Delos and Streets of Sparta will now grace the playlist for multiplayer battles, all for free.
Check out the trailer below for a glimpse of the new mode in action.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:39pm 12/07/13 | 0 Comments
"Right now the objective is to do something that is really good on PC," explained Ubisoft Montreal's Quentin Gallet (in a thick Quebecois accent) while chatting with us at E3. "And at some point... we don’t want to close any doors, but the objective is to have the people spending lots of time in the game, and having huge fun, because they are using all of the different tools, and then move on. So, so far we invest on that."
We have a full interview with Quentin you can check out, which is also a good jumping off point for anyone still not sure what the game is about.
Post by Dan @ 11:46am 12/07/13 | 2 Comments
Forget all the rules. Penalties? Get out of here! Offsides? Nope! Icings? Not a chance! Just old school NHL ‘94-style gameplay that uses classic button controls to deliver big hits, real fights, dirty dangles and sick snipes! You can even celebrate those moves with a new take on classic goal celebrations.Watch the trailer below for some nostalgia in action.