shark week, all week
Depth is one of the best games you may have never heard of, and we've gone hands-on with it and had a chance to chat to the team behind it. Check out both features!
inquiring minds
We chat with friend of the site Cameron Lee about Dragon Age Inquisition's endgame content, theorycrafting, tactical play and much more. Click here for our interview!
welcome to you're doom
AusGamers got a 15-minute live sneak-peek at the totally reimagined Doom at this year's QuakeCon. Read our in-depth first-look impressions right here!
highway to the danger zone
We caught up with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's game director, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, to talk all things Witcher, monsters and open-world! Click here!
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 10:57am 05/04/14 | 0 Comments
Popular digital game shop Green Man Gaming has today revealed its quite large weekend catalogue of deals, this time revolving around publisher and developer 2K Games.

While the full list of games on sale is rather long, some of the more high titled games include Sid Meier's Civilization V, Borderlands 2, Mafia 2, Duke Nukem Forever and the BioShock series. These range from 30-75% off, and the weekend deal is only lasting until April 7th so you'll want to get in quick.

For a full list of games on sale including non-2K Games like the recently launched Elder Scrolls Online, head over to the official website. Those wanting to get the best deals will also find a 20% off voucher is currently in rotation, 8KM88H-PPN6L5-SJ9GRU.
Post by Eorl @ 10:43am 05/04/14 | 8 Comments
GameSpy owner Glu has announced via the GameSpy Technology site that it will be shutting down all "powered by GameSpy" hosted multiplayer services at the end of May. The shutdown will affect a lot of popular games. One of those affected by the shutdown, Bohemia Interactive, announced that it is already working on alternatives for Arma 3 and Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead. Sadly it seems many others will be left out in the cold so to speak.

"Effective May 31, 2014, GameSpy will cease providing all hosted services for all games still using GameSpy," reads a brief post on the GameSpy Technology site. "If you have any questions about how this impacts your favorite title please contact the game’s publisher for more information. Thanks for a great ride!"

This move marks the end of the GameSpy brand as we have known it over the years. In early 2013 IGN officially shut down the website of the same name. With Glu shutting down GameSpy multiplayer services, the brand as we knew it is officially dead.
Post by Eorl @ 12:41am 05/04/14 | 1 Comments
While players around the world may be busy looting crates and battling foreign enemies in the lands of Tamriel, Bethesda and Zenimax Online Studios has released a new trailer for their Elder Scrolls Online MMO to help celebrate the game's launch today.
After 20 years of best-selling, award-winning fantasy role-playing games, the Elder Scrolls series goes online. Experience this epic adventure on your own or together with your friends, guild mates, and thousands of alliance members. Explore dangerous caves and dungeons, embark upon adventurous quests across Tamriel, and engage in massive player versus player battles, where the victors reap the spoils of war.

Tamriel faces annihilation. Molag Bal has claimed the Imperial City while the alliances, locked in a bitter conflict with one another, struggle to seize the Ruby Throne from the clutches of Oblivion. The latest chapter in our cinematic series takes you to the ravaged battlefield of Cyrodiil. Join the fight today in The Elder Scrolls Online!
Check out the trailer below, and if you happen to miss the news today you can find the quite flarge infographic here and our current competition offering the impressive Physical Imperial Edition for the grand prize.

Friday, 4 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 05:19pm 04/04/14 | 4 Comments
Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure, the 2012 Kickstarted project by series creators Chris Jones and Aaron Conners, will be available come Apil 22nd on PC and Mac according to a new trailer release.

Launched way back in June of 2012, Tesla Effect reached its Kickstarter goal of $450k by surpassing it with an extra $148,000 to spare. Publisher Atlus has since picked it up, and today's release date has brought a handful of pre-order details as well through both GoG and Steam. Those that pre-order Tesla Effect will gain access to a previous game, The Pandora Directive, and the Tex Murphy Live Jazz soundtrack when it releases.

This will mark Tex's sixth outing, as he last appeared in 1998's Tex Murphy: Overseer. Tesla Effect follows the noble PI as he awakens with seven years wiped from his memory. Who did this to him and why is a mystery, so ol' Tex has to get to the bottom of things from his rundown Old San Francisco office.

To commemorate Tesla Effect's upcoming release, Atlus and developer Big Finish Games have released the following clip detailing some of Murphy's less glamorous moments.

Post by Eorl @ 04:01pm 04/04/14 | 22 Comments
The Xbox One could soon be seeing external storage support according to a recent comment on Reddit by Microsoft's Xbox frontman Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb.

No timeframe was sadly given, however Nelson did state that the feature is on its way. “External game storage is coming soon. I need to check on media support,” he said.

Further in the thread, Hryb said that he had no news on regional voice support, but did hint at plenty of updates to come. “Lots of good work going on to make the console even better – some you’ll see soon, some will show up later. But: it is all good stuff."
Post by Eorl @ 03:36pm 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
Crowdfunded PC action-RPG Divinity: Original Sin has entered beta following the release of a "massive" gameplay-expanding update, developer Larian Studios announced today.

Divinity: Original Sin joined Steam's Early Access program in January, offering a preliminary look at its open-world cooperative campaign. Today's update has introduced more than 400 new features and gameplay tweaks, including new character talents, skill trees, enemies, and environments.

Divinity: Original Sin is available from Steam for $39.99 during its Early Access period. You can read the full patch notes on the quite large update over here.

Post by Eorl @ 03:26pm 04/04/14 | 12 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:
This week on The GAP Luke Lawrie, Joab Gilroy, Heath Dickson, and Jae Leong draw swords in Nidhogg during the day of fools. The games they discuss are Dark Souls 2, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, Infamous: Second Son, Battlefield 4: Naval Strike and Valve's documentary Free To Play. In the news they try to sort out the April Fools news from the real stuff and talk about the new head of Xbox, Predator appearing in the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC, and the future of DayZ. This episode goes for 1 hour and 30 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 @ 02:52pm 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
Popular streaming website Twitch.tv is planning to introduce a new beta program for group chat, a feature that allows streamers and users to create private chat rooms, the company announced today.

Chat rooms will act as an invite-only channel, and will be separate from the traditional chat options found during a stream. The beta feature begins today, though at this time only members of the Twitch Partner Program have access. Although regular Twitch users cannot set their own private rooms, they can be invited to a room by a Twitch partner. Chat rooms will also include moderation tools used for regular channel; broadcasters have the ability to assign moderators and allow chosen users to invite others.
One of the most beloved features on Twitch is the ability to chat with the broadcasters and your fellow gamers. In many ways, it’s what makes Twitch, Twitch. It’s where community memes begin. Where you express your glee, outrage, befuddlement, or amusement, as the case may be. Twitch is a social place, and chat is where the social exchange happens.
A demonstration can be found over on Twitch's official blog, and the feature is currently only available through the web with future partners to be determined.
Post by Eorl @ 01:52pm 04/04/14 | 42 Comments
The Elder Scrolls Online, Zenimax Online Studios' now released massively multiplayer online role-playing game, had more than 5 million people register for its beta, publisher Bethesda Softworks revealed today in a quite large infographic.

According to the image, the hefty beta numbers are double that of Big Macs eaten around the world, which is only but one of several facts released about The Elder Scrolls Online and its development. Other interesting facts include the news that players can create 5.0952187*1058 character combinations, there are 61 million items in-game to find and 10,202 non-playable characters in the MMORPG. Also of note: taking a leaf from South Park's World of Warcraft episode, you can get to level 50 simply by killing 119,050 mudcrabs. Such excellent use of your time.

The Elder Scrolls Online is now available on PC in Windows and Mac form, with a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version launching sometime during June. If you happen to miss the previous post, we've now got a competition running for the chance to win a Physical Imperial Edition, so get in on that!

Have you taken up a blade or staff in The Elder Scrolls Online? How is the game fairing? Let us know in the comments below!
Post by Eorl @ 01:06pm 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
Call of Duty fans now have the chance to come face to face with 20th Century Fox films' iconic Predator character in the new "Devastation" DLC pack released today for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts.

The Devastation pack adds four new maps into the game's multiaplyer component; Ruins, Collision, Behemoth, and Unearthed, along with the second chapter in the game's ongoing Extinction storyline. Players who complete the Ruins map's Field Order will earn the ability to become the Predator in combat, gaining access to the alien's dual wrist blades, shoulder-mounted plasma cannon, and infrared target-seeking capabilities.

The Devastation DLC pack is priced at $14.99, and is included as part of Call of Duty: Ghosts' Season Pass.
Post by Eorl @ 12:12pm 04/04/14 | 2 Comments
Age of Mythology was first released in 2002 over a decade ago, and today it seems this rather old school RTS is getting a new sprig of life with the announcement of an extended edition to launch on Steam.
Age of Mythology — The game that transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortals.

Use mythological creatures like Minotaurs and Cyclopes to bolster your armies' strength. Call upon the gods for assistance in flattening enemy towns with meteors or scatter opposing troops with lightning storms.
Similar to the recent Age of Empires 2 HD revision, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition will be receiving a handful of bells and whistles including Steam Workshop, improved rendering engine, Twitch TV integration, enhanced observer mode, native support for Win 7/8 and HD monitors.

Age of Mythology: Extended Edition will be launching on May 9th, and is currently available for pre-order through Steam at $23.99. Check out the trailer below to see the HD transformation in action.

Post by Dan @ 11:49am 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
The latest Humble Weekly Bundle promotion went live this morning, this time offering another new collection of acclaimed indie games from various studios.
Set phasers to fun. This weekly sale has been hand-picked by none other than the fine folks at Destructoid! Pay what you want to enjoy the pyromaniacal puzzle game, Little Inferno, the geometrical action game, Super Hexagon, and a fusion of real-time strategy and multiplayer first-person shooter elements, Natural Selection 2.

Pay $6 or more to also receive the adorable arcade-style puzzle game, Critter Crunch, the tower defense classic, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate, and the brutally bloody top-down action shooter, Hotline Miami.
Watch the obligatory overview trailer below and head over to humblebundle.com/weekly for the goods.

Post by Dan @ 11:43am 04/04/14 | 2 Comments
Telltale has confirmed an April 8th release date for the PC and Mac versions of A Crooked Mile, the upcoming third entry in its episodic adventure game series The Wolf Among Us. The announcement comes by way of the studio's official Twitter feed which also marked April 9th as the worldwide dates for the episode's PS3 and Xbox 360 launch, and less specifically noted that the iOS version is also due "next week".
Post by Eorl @ 11:30am 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
Developer Frictional Games, who are well known for their rather spooky Amnesia series, has revealed a very interesting secret about their next horror title, SOMA, in that the game will be taking place deep below the water's surface.

In a new trailer that you can check out below, the long-kept secret was finally revealed after many initially believed that SOMA would be taking place well above sea level, within PATHOS-2 research facility. It seems that facility is still a reality, though its now at the bottom of the ocean.

"Most of the ocean is devoid of sunlight and inhospitable to us," revealed co-founder Thomas Grip. "The differences in pressure between the surface and even a modest depth of 100 meters is enough to turn a human into mush."

"That pressure, that depth, is nothing compared to the true ocean deeps. And as if this isn’t enough, the creatures living there seem like they’re from another world. Gigantic squid, luminescent fish and creatures that are all mouths and teeth are only the start. If you dive down any distance you enter into a realm of monsters."

SOMA is currently planned for a 2015 launch on both the PC and PlayStation 4 platforms, with no other platforms yet to be revealed. Check out the spooky trailer below.

Post by Dan @ 11:03am 04/04/14 | 2 Comments
A press embargo lifted today on some recent hands-on sessions that international media had with Nintendo's upcoming Mario Kart 8, bringing along with it a new official trailer for the popular kart racing series' first foray into high definition. Here's a few bits from around the web:

Eurogamer:
Mario Kart 8 will feature at least two new weapons, including the Piranha Plant item from last year's Super Mario 3D World. The portable pot plant reappears here to gobble up passers-by, while Mario's Boomerang Flower power-up is included for the first time as a three-shot weapon with homing abilities, able to pick off anyone in a large radius. Finally, you can also now earn coins from item boxes - these work in the usual way, with up to 10 to collect in a race.
Destructoid:
The graphics are crisp, detailed, and very dense in design, and not to mention this game runs at a rock solid 60FPS and at 720p -- which not only benefits the gameplay, but also the visuals. While they are a wonder to look at, there were times the visuals felt a bit too busy and got distracting. Not too often, but there were moments where they might've went a bit overboard with the bloom and flashing lights. With that said, it still looks stunning in motion, and these screenshots don't do this title justice.
Game Informer:
The pro controller worked well (as expected), but I was surprised by how improved the Wii remote option is over the last series entry. I felt more in control than I remember with Mario Kart Wii. I'd still rather play with a traditional input scheme, but steering with remote seemed improved.
Mario Kart 8 is due exclusive to Wii U on May 31st in Australia. Check out the new video below.

Post by Eorl @ 10:50am 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
To help celebrate the launch of The Elder Scrolls Online today, AusGamers and the folks at Bethesda and Zenimax Online have teamed together to offer up four very cool loot packs to giveaway.

For one lucky grand winner, you'll score yourself the rather quickly sold out Imperial Physical Edition, which includes the very tall statue of Daedric Prince Molag Bal. We also have three runner up packs that include a spiffy t-shirt to show of your Elder Scrolls knowledge, a poster and a lanyard.

Eager to get your hands on this awesome loot? Well simply hit up the competition page, and give us your best answer in 50 words or less on what guild you would create for The Elder Scrolls Online, similar to the Mage's or Fighter's Guilds seen in the series.

Competition closes on 12:30pm 11th April, 2014, and is restricted to Australian residents only. One entry is allowed per user so make it count!
Post by Eorl @ 10:21am 04/04/14 | 0 Comments
Battlefield 4's Naval Strike DLC will launch on April 15 for players without Battlefield Premium memberships, according to a tweet from the official Battlefield account.

Naval Strike brings four new maps with some watery themes, ten assignments, five new weapons, two gadgets and of course a hovercraft to manoeuvre around on. The expansion also features a new Carrier Assault mode, a remake of the classic Titan mode from Battlefield 2142 in which players will fight to sink the opposing sides ship while keeping their own afloat.

The DLC was originally planned for a March 25th release to all premium members, however only PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 platforms gained access on the original date. The Xbox One version was delayed to address "issues in the animation system that hinder players from engaging targets in set circumstances using popular weapon configurations." The Windows PC version was also delayed after developer DICE discovered an issue that would have caused poor performance within the DLC. Naval Strike launched on Xbox One on March 28, with the PC version hitting earlier this week.
Post by Eorl @ 10:08am 04/04/14 | 6 Comments
Diablo 3's very first expansion, Reaper of Souls, has sold 2.7 million copies across Windows and Mac in its first week of sales according to developer Blizzard.

To help put it into perspective, Blizzard also revealed that the final boss of Act V, Death, has been killed more than 1.5 million times, showing that even Death can die for that shiny loot. This follows Diablo 3's sales of 15 million since its launch back in 2012, a quite large figure that includes the sales of the console versions. A console version of Reaper of Souls is expected to be released sometime later this year.

"With Reaper of Souls, we wanted to emphasize all the things that Diablo gamers have always loved about the series, from the dark gothic setting to the piles and piles of epic loot," said Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime.

"We're excited to see that players are enjoying the changes we've made to the game, and we look forward to achieving our Paragon levels alongside everyone else in the weeks and months ahead."

How are you enjoying the expansion? Found any cool legendaries since the Loot 2.0 patch? Let us know in the comments!
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Post by Eorl @ 05:56pm 03/04/14 | 8 Comments
Continuing their support for the online portion of last year's hit title Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games has today announced a list of updates that you can expect in the coming months, including the long-awaited heists.

In a post on the Rockstar Newswire today, the developer has detailed some of the new updates that players can expect to be implemented into GTA Online come this Autumn. One of those is co-op heists, allowing you team up with your most trusted Crew members or with random other mercenaries in the game for glory and profit.

Looking to next week, Rockstar has revealed that a new update will be hitting the more creative community, with the new Capture Creator becoming available to all. This tool will now allow anyone to create their own original customised Capture Jobs, strategically placing pick-ups, define weaponry, set location, and tweak tons of other variables for others to take on.

The next update will involve the city high life, focusing on the luxury end of the Los Santos economy. There will be new fancy apartments, couture clothing, a Bullpup rifle, the Dinka Thrust motorcycle, and three new vehicles, including the Pegassi Zentorno (pictured above). You'll also now have the ability to own two different properties and garages at the same time.

Along with these content updates, there will be a ton of fixes and enhancements both large and small. These include a new "non-contact" race option, which will allow you to disable collisions between cars, increased payouts for completing parachute, race, deathmatch, and LTS jobs, and fixes intended to further curtain any cheating or exploits currently being used in the game. Rockstar also suggests further enhancements to not just the online

For more on the new updates, check out the full post on Rockstar Newswire.

Post by Dan @ 04:41pm 03/04/14 | 0 Comments
According to Game Informer, Microsoft has announced the development of a new Halo "digital feature" project in partnership with acclaimed Hollywood director Ridley Scott:
343 Industries, Xbox Entertainment Studios and Scott Free Productions are proud to announce a new "Halo" digital feature project 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.
Exactly what a digital feature is was not clarified, but we're going to presume its means something similar to the Halo: Forward Unto Dawn series of live action shorts that accompanied the launch of Halo 4.

This latest development is supposedly completely separate to the live action TV series being produced by Stephen Spielberg. More details on both projects are expected at the 2014 E3 expo in June.
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