Post by Eorl @ 11:02am 28/02/14 | 1 Comments
This new update will see the introduction of two new weapons, the heavy pistol and special carbine, but also for the first time three all-new, blazing fast sports cars: the Albany Alpha, Dinka Jester and Grotti Turismo R. Though if the roads aren't your kind of deal, the new update also introduces a new Vestra airplane so you can take to the skies while being chased down.
Dress for success with formal and business casual attire options like new suit jackets, slacks, glasses, heels and blouses, or don new all-business hairstyles and currency themed tattoos. There's also a collection of new masks, perfect for disguising yourself during the next hostile takeover.Rockstar is also reminding players to pickup the Albany Roosevelt limousine, the Gusenberg Sweeper machine gun and all the rest of the exclusive items from the Valentine's Day Massacre Special before March 3rd.Once you purchase them in-game, they're yours to keep - but they will no longer be available to purchase.
Post by Eorl @ 10:33am 28/02/14 | 0 Comments
Act II brings the total gameplay to 20+ hours and adds a vast new region where players face off against the depraved Four Hills gang, led by infamous murderer, Darius Cronley, and descend into the dark undercity of Old Arkovia to unravel the gruesome truth behind the cursed city's final days.Among the expanded story and new quests with game-changing choices, Act II will see the introduction of a new challenge dungeon "Steps of Torment", 10 new enemy types, 23 bosses, 35 character levels and 106 new items. Oh yeah, dynamite to blow things up, because you can never have enough fun.
Crate Entertainment expect to continue supporting both Act I and Act II throughout the year with further tweaks and changes, and players can expect Act III sometime later this year that will focus on faction-based gameplay. For more on Grim Dawn, check out the Steam Early Access page or head to their official website.
Post by Dan @ 10:22am 28/02/14 | 5 Comments
Someone is trying leak the fact that we're working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!No other information appears to have leaked out about the project as yet, so we'll leave it up to your imaginations as to how in the zombie pigman you turn Minecraft into a movie.
Post by Eorl @ 10:05am 28/02/14 | 3 Comments
To help ease the wait, Telltale has also released a brand new teaser trailer for the second episode, A House Divided, which you can check out in action below. Known for their slow release periods, with their other episodic series, The Wolf Among Us, only just getting its second episode after four months of waiting, the wait is nearly over for Walking Dead fans.
The episode has been confirmed by Telltale for March 4th on PC, Mac and PlayStation 3 for $9.99, however further dates for Xbox 360 and iOS are yet to appear but we'll update this article when new information arrives. Telltale also revealed that the PlayStation Vita Season 2 is still tracking along, with an expected March release for both titles simultaneously.
Post by Eorl @ 04:12pm 27/02/14 | 2 Comments
This will be the studio's first original IP in more than a dozen years, after spending the majority of its development years on the Worms franchise. Prior to Flockers, Team17 developed the racing title Stunt GP on Dreamcast, PlayStation 2 and Windows PC in 2001.
"This is the most important game we've worked on in over a decade," Bestwick told Develop. The team hasn't revealed anything more than a logo for Flockers, which features heavy steampunk aesthetics, though hopefully further details on the new IP will be revealed in the coming days.
Team17 are currently working on its latest Worms title, Worms Battlegrounds, which is being developed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Post by Eorl @ 03:20pm 27/02/14 | 4 Comments
To help see the way of the darkness is our own Bennett "GunSlingerAUS" Ring, who finds out that this isn't exactly the best entry in the Castlevania series.
It’s a tragedy to see Lords of Shadows 2 arrive in this form. Rather than focus on what made the first game so much fun, the designers seem to have totally misunderstood what gamers wanted from the sequel, and delivered something that was utterly alien to the first game.Find out just what Dracula really gets up to in the full Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 review.
Post by Dan @ 02:28pm 27/02/14 | 2 Comments
Xbox One owners should find the news particularly encouraging after several multi-platform games have had to compromise overall screen resolution in order to achieve the same frame-rate performance as their PlayStation 4 offerings. PC gamers should then also be able to safely expect the game to function quite well on higher spec machines.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is due on May 23 for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Post by Eorl @ 01:08pm 27/02/14 | 0 Comments
Also known as the Eye of the Void, Vel’Koz is a ranged champion which makes use of Plasma Fission, Void Rift and Tectonic Disruption. Repeated attacks will build up Deconstruction stacks and as it learns more about its enemies, significant “true damage” during sustained fights will occur.
Vel'Koz excels at ranged warfare, blasting out Plasma Fission and Void Rift to chunk down distant targets while repelling approaching enemies with Tectonic Disruption. Repeated attacks build up Deconstruction stacks as Vel’Koz analyzes and learns about his enemies, resulting in significant true damage during sustained fights. Once his subjects are primed, the Eye of the Void unleashes his ultimate, Life Form Disintegration Ray, to vaporize all before him.Check him out in action below, and you can also find a rather insightful Reddit Q&A on Vel'Koz himself over here.
Post by Eorl @ 12:50pm 27/02/14 | 8 Comments
LEGO The Hobbit follows the events of the first two Peter Jackson films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy adventure, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The third and final film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, will be released in theatres Dec. 17, 2014.
Following the storyline of the first two films, LEGO The Hobbit will take players on quests throughout Middle-earth, joining Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, and Thorin Oakenshield and Company in their exciting adventures toward the Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor.LEGO The Hobbit is in the works for PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and Nintendo Wii U.
Post by Eorl @ 12:09pm 27/02/14 | 1 Comments
Steam Early Access, bringing with it the chance to group up with your friends as you venture into the depths of Mars. Like its console brethren, the Steam version will also offer local co-op, but also includes controller support for four simultaneous players.
Set on Mars in an alternate Cold-War era, Super Motherload is a 1 to 4-player couch co-op digging adventure with storyline by Image Comics' Kurtis Wiebe, a fully voiced cast of Soviet and American characters, and a procedurally-generated world that changes each time you play. Purchase powerful upgrades and supplies for your mining pod as you progress and prosper, as well as rare Specials Abilities with random availability.To help celebrate the release, XGen has the Steam version available at a 10% discount until March 5th, putting it at $13.49. Meanwhile, PlayStation versions are also receiving a hefty discount for the cross-buy title, with price tags of $7.50 until March 3, or $3.75 for PS Plus subscribers.
Post by Dan @ 12:00pm 27/02/14 | 0 Comments
Eurogamer, City State Entertainment founder Mark Jacobs has elaborated on the character ageing system planned for the new crowdfunded MMORPG Camelot Unchained, explaining how it had originally been intended for Warhammer Online, but was unceremoniously culled.
"As to Warhammer, I thought it would be great if we could use visual clues to show not only how long a player had played the game but also to help enhance the silhouettes players saw from a distance," he said. "The former would help drive a player's feeling of both immersion but also a feeling of being rewarded for his ongoing play.Jacobs and fellow Mythic veteran Andrew Meegs reflect on how the feature was culled from the game without their knowledge before going on to hint at how such a feature might be implemented in Camelot Unchained:
"The first stage will be the quickest and each subsequent one will take progressively longer," Jacobs said.The Camelot Unchained Kickstarter project raised over $2.2 million early last year and is expected to ship in December 2015 on PC
Post by Dan @ 11:40am 27/02/14 | 0 Comments
Reddit user Sharkiller (via Gamasutra) was among the first to notice a post in Steam's private SteamWorks community (developer account required) laying out the terms of the new program. Developers can set any discount price for their game when scheduling week-long sales up to two months in advance or set their own custom discounts for periods of up to two weeks (it's not clear how frequently those sales can be repeated or how long they can run).Responding to Ars, Valve's Adiden Kroll confirmed the initiative, clarifying the platform holder's intentions:
“As with the addition of a 'Recently Updated' section to Steam, this is another effort to shorten the distance between developers and customers. This new Steamworks tool allows developers to configure discounts for their own products, on their own schedules. They can define custom sale periods or opt in to regularly scheduled sales. This will enable developers to better coordinate their promotions with events, announcements, or major updates they are planning for their products.”It seems unlikely that this will affect the deep discounting of major event Steam sales, but it will almost certainly affect the frequency that some developers and publishers mark their products down, so hold on to your wallets.
Post by Eorl @ 11:22am 27/02/14 | 14 Comments
through Twitter that Minecraft, the 3D building sandbox hit, now has over 100 million registered users, and the game currently sees a conversion rate of 14.3% to paid accounts.
Currently the game has sold a whopping 14,348,262 on Windows and Mac, with 9,381 of those sales happening in the last 24 hours. Mojang recently revealed that the newest platform, PlayStation 3, has sold over a million since going live in late 2013.
Post by Eorl @ 10:53am 27/02/14 | 0 Comments
You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty. As you move through your years in office you can promote members of your extended family on the island to positions of power: such as ambassador, commanding general or even Supreme Ruler, to ensure your legacy thrives through the eras.Tropico 5 will feature a variety of new gameplay features from its predecessors, including a very unique time travelling component. Tropico 5 will also be featuring new cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players for the first time in the series’ history, so be prepared for anything.
Those interested in the March beta can find sign-ups over here. Tropico 5 is expected to launch sometime in 2014 on Xbox 360, PC, Mac and Linux.
Post by Dan @ 10:37am 27/02/14 | 0 Comments
Developed by RedLynx in collaboration with Ubisoft Shanghai and Ubisoft Kiev and designed specifically for the next generation of hardware, Trials Fusion offers players an unlimited array of obstacles and challenges as they race against the clock – and players around the globe – to set track records.Trials Fusion is planned for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but oddly not PlayStation 3.
Post by Eorl @ 10:26am 27/02/14 | 4 Comments
new sneak preview of what they dub "UI 2.0", a revisioning of their most basic UI elements thanks in-part to the beta feedback.
Of the major complaints and feedback that Carbine has received, the UI was a tall contender for change. Originally featuring what the team call a “Pyramid” Experience - whereby the UI was centered at the bottom of the screen and elements were stacked on top of each other - the new UI intends to spread these out, offering both clearer space and visual ease. An example given was the Engineer class, whose screen space saw the old UI take up a whopping 26%, which almost always required zooming the camera out in order improve combat mobility.
As you can see from the visual representation below, the UI has changed dramatically in offering more screen space to see the actual game while also retaining much needed character information. One of the major changes is the target feedback being moved down into the play space, something Carbine were initially hesitant of.
"You'll notice we also addressed the disconnected target feedback by moving it down into the play space. The play space is very important and we are always hesitant to add UI content there. In this case, though, we believe you have more space overall despite the changes. We also further reduced the height of the pyramid by putting a symmetrical target frame on the left side dedicated to displaying your own information.
This makes it very easy to compare your vitals with your targets. And if you don't like our default placement? Both of these windows can be moved wherever you wish! In the end, the space around your character should feel more open, yet contain the information you need without having to move your eyes to the opposite edges of the screen."
Check it out in action below, and head over to the blog post for further explanations of what you can expect in the revamped UI 2.0 system. Those lucky enough to have scored themselves a weekend beta key will be able to jump into the game this weekend starting Saturday morning for us Australians.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 09:57am 27/02/14 | 0 Comments
Unfolding across iconic Gotham City locations, including Wayne Manor, Cold, Cold Heart equips players with the powerful Batman Extreme Environment (XE) suit and new gadgets including the Thermal Gloves and Thermocharged Batarangs. The game introduces several hours of all-new content in which players will battle through punishing, icy landscapes to witness Mr. Freeze's heart-pumping first encounter with the Dark Knight.The new content will be made available on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Steam from April 22 and is free for anyone who purchased the Arkham Origins Season Pass, or AUD$19.99 on Xbox Live and AUD$29.95 for PSN. There's no word on the Steam pricing, but it'd be very similar to the aforementioned.
Watch the stylish and haunting trailer for the new content embedded below.
Post by Eorl @ 04:23pm 26/02/14 | 0 Comments
Mage Rage is a first person puzzle platformer set in the world of the College of Sandy Crack. In this world the Player assumes the role of a student mage on a quest to retrieve the mystical Chalice of Drinking. In the world of Mage Rage, Mages gain their mystical abilities by the consumption of alcohol, which of course gets them into trouble from time to time. The game is set in a fantasy setting and as such Mage Rage prides itself in making self referential humour about itself and the typical tropes of the fantasy genre as a whole.To help win you over, the studio are also offering a playable early alpha version, though you'll need a 64-bit OS to try out the title. You can find all three version available through IndieDB. Check out the pitch video below and head to the Kickstarter page for more info.
Post by Eorl @ 04:05pm 26/02/14 | 0 Comments
For comparisons sake, 1 million PlayStation 4's were sold across 32 countries in the first day of their launches, November 15th and November 29th, though that number has been quickly surpassed with 5 million sold since January. The Famitsu report (via GameInformer) detailing Japanese console sales also notes that Sony's PlayStation 3 predecessor sold just over 88,000 in the first two days of its launch.
Sony's PlayStation 4 is available at two different price points in the country, with a standalone console available at ¥39,980 ($434.46 AUD) and a bundle with the PlayStation Camera at ¥43,980 ($477 AUD), which is well below our console pricing of $549. A free copy of Knack was also given to those who purchased a console at launch.
Post by Eorl @ 03:27pm 26/02/14 | 2 Comments
Fast-forward to the present and Donkey Kong has featured in a plethora of titles, including several of his own. Adding to that pile is Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, a return to the classic side-scrolling era of Donkey Kong alongside his favourite trio. To help us find out just what the latest title in the long running series has to offer for the struggling Wii U console is gorilla expert James “Jickle” O’Connor, who finds out that there may just be some money still left in the banana stand.
It’s still the old Donkey Kong Country that we’ve known and loved for so long though, and for many players that’s going to be enough. We just wish it felt more like a proper sequel and less like an expansion.Find out more in the full Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze review.