beware your nemesis
Blizzard spoke with us recently about what separates the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition experience over the PC and spoke about platform differences. Click here!
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!
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:12am 15/07/14 | 0 Comments
In an interview with AusGamers, legendary Platinum Games co-creator Atsushi Inaba spoke about developing Bayonetta 2 exclusively for Wii U.

In the interview he talks about challenges developing for Wii U, suggests Platinum may continue to make exclusive content for specific platforms, how working with Nintendo on a mature title fared and agreed that Bayonetta should be a playable character in Super Smash Bros.

"Honestly, my personal opinion, I would love to have Bayonetta in Super Smash Bros," Inaba enthused. "I’m waiting; and with Amiibo."

Click here for the full interview with Inaba-san of Platinum Games.
Post by Eorl @ 10:16am 15/07/14 | 0 Comments
After officially being confirmed for a current-gen and PC release way back at E3 2014, Rockstar's open-world sandbox title Grand Theft Auto V is still missing one key bit of information: the release date. Currently expected to launch sometime in America's "Autumn," we may be seeing it sooner thanks to a leaked release date.

PCGamer reports (via VG247) that an accidental listing by Danish retailer Coolshop has pointed to a November 14th release date for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V. The date was quickly reverted when it was discovered, with the retailer pushing it back to the typical December 31st place-holder date.

VG247 has pointed out that the accidental leak may actually have some plausibility, with the November 14th date falling on the typical Friday launch of video games in Europe. Hopefully we won't have to wait too long though for the more official announcement from Rockstar.

Grand Theft Auto V will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Miss the E3 2014 trailer? Catch it below to see just how improved the new-gen versions are.

Post by Dan @ 09:24am 15/07/14 | 2 Comments
According to a BBC report (thanks VG247), tech manufacturer Nvidia is readying a new device with in-home streaming capabilities similar to its portable Nvidia Shield device (and Steam's in-home Streaming functionality), that can connect to a desktop PC located elsewhere in your house to enable remote play on a TV screen.
The BBC understands the device will run PC titles via Nvidia's GeForce Experience system, which does require the PC to be fitted with one of Nvidia's more powerful graphics cards.

It will, however, be able to run Android games natively via Nvidia's new Tegra K1 chip.

The company recently showed off the mobile chip - which includes both an ARM-based central processing unit (CPU) and a 192-core GPU - at Google's I/O developers conference where it powered the graphics-intensive Unreal Engine 4 games software.
It's unclear whether this is the same device as the recently rumoured Nvidia Shield Tablet, but nothing we heard about that would rule that possibility out.
Post by Dan @ 09:15am 15/07/14 | 0 Comments
The Halo creators at Bungie are continuing and evolving their penchant for in-game stat tracking and account management for their upcoming new game Destiny, and the game will be launching with a mobile companion app on iOS and Android to help players interact with it all.

IGN sat down with Bungie's Chris Gossett for a walkthrough on the features of the app, and it actually looks pretty damn useful.
One of the focuses of the companion app is to highlight your character and progression throughout the game, and really celebrate the growth of your Guardian. The app features fully-realized 3D models of each one of your characters, which will change in real time as you equip them with new weapons and armor. What’s even more interesting is that the changes you make to your character in the app are instantly reflected on your character in the actual game itself.

Given the RPG nature of Destiny, the app is there to help you keep track of all of the statistics, progression, missions, and bounties of your characters. You can thumb through your inventory, check out which vendors are currently occupying the Tower, and explore Destiny’s lore through the Grimoire. Throughout Destiny, you’ll unlock cards that delve a bit deeper into characters, locations, and events from Bungie’s universe. The Grimoire is your gateway into fully unraveling Destiny’s world and story.
The free companion app is expected to be available on the iOS app store, Google Play (in addition to the same features being accessibly by web browser) when the open beta kicks off on PlayStation 3 and 4 on July 18th, followed by Xbox One and 360 on July 24th, ahead of the game's full launch on September 9th.

Post by Eorl @ 09:07am 15/07/14 | 0 Comments
Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has today revealed three new playable characters from Nintendo's vast treasure trove of IPs, including the return of the classic Captain Falcon plus Fire Emblem: Awakening heroes Lucina and Robin.

The new Fire Emblem additions are the 10th and 11th new characters confirmed for the games and the 34th and 35th playable characters announced overall. Fire Emblem character Chrom is also in the new character trailer below, but it looks like he will just be an Assist Trophy. We're waiting for Nintendo to confirm.

Players can also choose between male and female variants of Robin, Fire Emblem: Awakening's player character, in a similar way to the game featuring versions of Wii Fit Trainer and the Animal Crossing Villager for both genders.

Smash Bros. series boss Masahiro Sakurai has also revealed through a Miiverse post that iconic Ubisoft character Rayman will be included as a trophy. It's the first time the series' trophy list has included a third-party character whose franchise isn't represented with a playable character.
"In order to make Rayman's trophy, we asked Ubisoft to share their references," he wrote. "We were expecting to receive 2D drawing references for Rayman, but to our surprise, they sent us data of a brand new 3D model that they rendered for this game!! And that was how this trophy was created. It takes a lot of work creating each model, so it's wonderful that the creators contributed their own efforts!!"
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS will be out October this year. Nintendo are also planning to release new GameCube controllers themed specifically to the fighter, complete with an adapter for the Wii U.

Post by Dan @ 09:05am 15/07/14 | 0 Comments
Yesterday we had a brief tease, and as promised, today here is the full trailer for Battlefield 4's next downloadable content expansion, Dragon's Teeth.
Dragon’s Teeth drops players into four all-new maps that introduce unique environments and gameplay ranging from the bustling alleyways of Pearl Market to the floating restaurant in the middle of a lake in Sunken Dragon.

Dragon’s Teeth sees five new weapons making their Battlefield debut in addition to a new unlockable gadget, the Ballistic shield. Dragon’s Teeth also introduces a new game mode, Chain Link, a twist on the fan-favorite Conquest mode that sees squads battle to link capture points in order to achieve victory. Fans will also get ten new assignments with unique unlocks and a new Battle pickup in the R.A.W.R., a remote controlled ground vehicle armed to the teeth.
If you want to see more, then you're in luck as the developers at DICE LA also just live-streamed a bunch of gameplay on the official Battlefield Twitch channel and you can catch the recap right here which includes commentary on several maps and gameplay modes over the one hour streaming session.

Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth is due on July 15th for Battlefield 4 Premium owners on all platforms.

Post by Dan @ 08:53am 15/07/14 | 0 Comments
Ubisoft has sent along another new gameplay trailer for Assassin's Creed Unity, offering another taste of what to expect from the next addition to the popular open world series that takes the fight into the middle of the French Revolution.
Set amidst the chaos of 18th Century Paris, Arno, a young Master Assassin, will embark on an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the French Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation and ultimately carve a new destiny for the people of France

Experience completely redesigned gameplay in Assassin's Creed Unity including a reinvented combat system, enhanced stealth techniques, and brand new parkour mechanics. Make History and leave your mark on the French Revolution.
Assassin's Creed: Unity is due on PC, Xbox One and PlayStaion 4 on October 28th 2014.

Monday, 14 July 2014
Post by Dan @ 03:37pm 14/07/14 | 5 Comments
Bandai Namco has officially announced Tekken 7, the next addition to its popular and long running fighting series. Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada reportedly made the reveal live at the EVO 2014 fighting game tournament event. Via Polygon:
"The Tekken franchise is beloved and we couldn't be more excited to be working with the talented team at Bandai Namco," Taka Kawasaki, studio head at Epic Games Japan, said in a prepared statement. "This marriage is perfect — the most powerful engine in gaming along with one of the most enduring brands in fighting games. We have no doubt that these forces coming together will yield fantastic results."

"The power and flexibility means that we can focus our efforts on making Tekken 7 the best possible game without worrying about spending time creating a stand-alone graphic engine," said Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken series executive producer/game director at Bandai Namco, in a prepared statement. "With Unreal Engine 4, we could rapidly achieve visual quality expected on next-gen platform and go beyond it. Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it allows us to immediately bring Tekken 7 to any platform we desire."
Peculiarly, it seems that Tekken 7 wasn't the game that Harada-san had intended to reveal today, but moved the announcement forward after a leaked image appeared a few hours earlier.

VG247 notes that Harada has previously said he is working on multiple new projects, with another of those was intended to revealed instead, and explains that Harada-san supposedly hastily prepared the Tekken 7 trailer in his hotel room. Watch that one below.

Further details on Tekken 7 have been promised on July 25th at San Diego Comic Con.

Post by Dan @ 09:14am 14/07/14 | 4 Comments
Ahead of the upcoming beta test, Bungie has offered up a look at one of the maps that will be on show, with Lead Designer Lars Bakken taking IGN on a walking tour of "Blind Watch", an abandoned human civilization on Mars.

Blind Watch is reportedly a player versus player environment that will make up part of Destiny's Crucible mode, and as you'd expect from a Mars base, it's very orange. Check it out below.

The Destiny Beta is due to kick off on PlayStation 3 and 4 on July 18th, followed by Xbox One and 360 on July 24th, ahead of the game's full launch on September 9th.

Post by Dan @ 09:04am 14/07/14 | 2 Comments
As expected from the 'part one' references to the previous video, BioWare has now released a second extended gameplay trailer for Dragon Age: Origin.

As with the first part, the latest video also covers content shown to press behind closed doors at last months' E3 expo, but it's a different section of the game -- moving from the open outdoor forest environments into the interiors of Redcliffe Castle, narrated by BioWare Creative Director Mike Laidlaw.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is scheduled for launch on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360 come October 9th.

Post by Dan @ 08:55am 14/07/14 | 0 Comments
A more complete trailer has been promised, but as is their way Battlefield 4 developer DICE has released a brief teaser clip of the game's next expansion first.
Dragon’s Teeth drops players into four all-new maps that introduce unique environments and gameplay ranging from the bustling alleyways of Pearl Market to the floating restaurant in the middle of a lake in Sunken Dragon.

Dragon’s Teeth sees five new weapons making their Battlefield debut in addition to a new unlockable gadget, the Ballistic shield. Dragon’s Teeth also introduces a new game mode, Chain Link, a twist on the fan-favorite Conquest mode that sees squads battle to link capture points in order to achieve victory. Fans will also get ten new assignments with unique unlocks and a new Battle pickup in the R.A.W.R., a remote controlled ground vehicle armed to the teeth.
The Dragon's Teeth DLC has now been release-dated for a July 15th launch for Battlefield 4 Premium owners on all platforms and you can catch a few glimpses in the video below.

Post by Dan @ 08:49am 14/07/14 | 0 Comments
At the annual Evo 2014 fighting game event over the weekend, Killer Instict 2's Maya was revealed as the next new character to join the sort-of-free-to-play Xbox One exclusive fighting game.

90's gamers might remember Maya as the leopard-print bikini clad jungle woman in KI 2, and she's had a suitable makeover for the new game. The official Killer Instict Facebook page has a single image of the new look Maya in her native City of Dawn environment, and IGN has thoughtfully posted up a video of the Evo 2014 panel were developers Iron Galaxy discuss her inclusion.



Post by Dan @ 08:37am 14/07/14 | 3 Comments
Series mainstay Raiden is the latest character to be revealed for the next edition of the long running fighting franchise in Mortal Kombat X, with a two minute gameplay trailer now online by way of the Evo 2014 tournament and IGN.

The clip sees Earth Realm's thunder god smacking around newcomer Kotal Kahn. IGN spoke with MK figurehead Ed Boon for some more info:
The trailer heavily features Raiden's variations across his three different styles.

In an interview with IGN, Ed Boon broke these variations down, explaining how they impact Raiden's approach to combat. Displacer style is all about leveraging Raiden's teleportation abilities. He can appear on either side of his opponent, allowing him to get out of bad situations, and set up some tricky mixups.

Storm Lord Raiden, according to Boon, is the most unique version of Raiden. He can toss out little lightning bombs, and once two have been set, they form a stream of lighting between them, controlling large portions of space at a time. This makes him ideal for players who enjoy more of a zoning/keep away playstyle.

The third variation, tentatively being called Thunder God Raiden, is all about big damage. He doesn't have the utility of the other two, but looks to make up for it with a variety of powerful ways to finish combos.
Mortal Kombat X is in the works for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 for 2015.

Saturday, 12 July 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:37pm 12/07/14 | 3 Comments
Square Enix has announced through their official website that the founders program for Nosgoth will soon be changing come July 22nd, including pricing and what content is available.

The Veteran-level pack, previously a $20 pack that included 4,000 "rune stones," will now include 1,500 in-game gold and a 30-day "Major All Booster" that ups players' XP and gold production by 50 percent, all for $5 (while still including a Veteran badge and early access to the game). Three of the other founders packs have received similar adjustments, with the Warlord pack dropping from $35 to $13, the Warband pack from $50 to $20 and the most expensive one, the Immortal pack, moving from $150 to $50.

The Nosgoth site provides a clear look at the changes between the former founders packs and the new, cheaper ones.

Two of the founders packs will no longer be available come July 22, however, namely the Vampire and Human packs, each currently available for $80. Square Enix stressed that the contents and prices of all packs will remain the same until that date, though the Vampire and Human packs will be 25 percent off until then. Nosgoth's closed beta is currently available via Steam Early Access.
Post by Eorl @ 11:53am 12/07/14 | 0 Comments
Skins based on characters from 2K Australia's upcoming title Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel are making their way into Borderlands 2, Gearbox announced during its panel at the GaymerX conference.

The skins will be available as a free, automatic update that is currently slated to hit next Tuesday, Gearbox said. They can be obtained as rare random item drops within the game. Costumes include a Moon Moxxi outfit for Gaige and a Claptrap costume for male characters, and Gearbox is planning to host community events around the skins. During the panel, Gearbox noted that the skins were inspired by cosplay — these skins are basically the Borderlands 2 characters cosplaying as Pre-Sequel characters.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be out October 14th for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, though Gearbox has previously stated it could head to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the future.
Post by Eorl @ 10:04am 12/07/14 | 0 Comments
As a promotion for the upcoming co-op shooter Evolve, where four hunters take on one of the game's monsters, developer Turtle Rock and publisher 2K have made 3D files of the game's characters available online.

The idea is a simple one: those with access to a 3D printer — or those willing to pay a company to print them on their behalf — can input the files and create their own Evolve action figures, free of charge. The game's official site explains how to do this, which basically involves finding access to a 3D printer and then printing them.

Evolve is scheduled to release October 21st for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Looking to know more about Evolve? Check out our recent hands-on preview with the newest monster addition, The Kraken.
Post by Eorl @ 09:58am 12/07/14 | 0 Comments
Lab Zero Games has announced Skullgirls Encore, an update to its original 2-D fighting game, is "coming soon" to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.

Both versions are slated to feature the full range of released downloadable content: characters, stages, and story. In addition, the "All Play" multiplayer lobbies and an art gallery will be included in the offerings.

Furthermore, the PlayStation Vita edition of Skullgirls Encore will be compatible with PlayStation TV, supporting up to two players with both DualShock 3 and 4 controllers.

Pricing for the two platforms has not yet been announced, however Lab Zero Games has promised more info closer to the date of release.

Post by Eorl @ 09:54am 12/07/14 | 0 Comments
Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages developer ACE Team's upcoming procedurally-generated side-scrolling action-RPG, Abyss Odyssey, is slated for a July 16th release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

One of Abyss Odyssey's biggest selling point - besides its wonderfully stylized art nouveau aesthetic - is its rich combat mechanics that the developer likened to that of a fighting game. All enemies have a move set as robust as your own with the ability to block, parry and dodge. This is good since you have the ability to possess enemies and play as them.

The PC version of Abyss Odyssey will even have a competitive mode for up to four players. This will be available only locally at launch, but an online version is in the works. Check it out in the new PvP trailer below. All versions of the game will feature drop-in / drop-out co-op both locally and online.

Another unique feature in Abyss Odyssey is a meta game in which a Warlock's mask will deteriorate as the player community reaches certain goals. The more wear it sustains, the more abilities your arch-nemesis will gain. So essentially the game will only get harder the longer it's out.

Abyss Odyssey will be available at a price tag of $14.99 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and $9.99 on PC through Steam.

Friday, 11 July 2014
Post by Eorl @ 04:50pm 11/07/14 | 1 Comments
Founder and creator of the Elite series' David Braben has revealed in a recent interview with The New Yorker that while he knew that Earth was surrounded by space dust, it wasn't until his team begun recreating the Milky Way in Elite: Dangerous that he realised just how much debris is floating in the vacuum of space.

Our night sky is based on real data — it is not a hand-drawn backdrop as you might expect," Braben told The New Yorker. "But the Milky Way and many of the stars around it are simply too bright and too uniform when compared to the real observable night sky."

Braben and his team strive on re-creating the galaxy mappings as accurately as possible, even going so far as to ensure the game's visible universe is based on astronomical models of the real night sky. Sadly though, some tweaking was in order to clear up the night sky, though just how much surprised the developer.

"It appears as though our planet actually sits within that dust cloud, which is why the Milky Way appears so faint," he said. You can find the game in action below from the E3 2014 trailer, but be warned, it looks gorgeous.

Post by Eorl @ 04:19pm 11/07/14 | 4 Comments
Those who have been holding out on picking up Blizzard's latest two titles in the new StarCraft 2 series won't have to worry about steep pricing now, with the developer today announcing price drops on both the original StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty and its expansion, Heart of the Swarm.

Heading over to the Battle.net shop greets players with the lovely price tag of $24.95 for both Wings of Liberty and its Zerg-infused expansion Heart of the Swarm. If that doesn't do it for you, Heart of the Swarm's Digital Deluxe Edition has also been slashed down to the low price of $34.95 (owners of the Standard Edition get a reduced price).

Potential zerg rushers need not worry about the prices going back up however, with Blizzard's StarCraft II Community Manager Zoevia confirming on Reddit that the price drop on the StarCraft series is a more long-lasting effect. "This is a permanent drop in the price for both Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm."
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