Cam Lee Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition producer Cameron Lee has become a fixture here at AusGamers. The Aussie ex-pat took tie out of his Gamescom duties to chat with us again. Check it out!
couch slayer
Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition is now upon us, but it might as well be called "definitive edition". Read our review to find out why - click here!
Resident Evil Within
The Evil Within is creeping up just around the release corner, so we decided to take a look back at Shinji Mikami's incredible Resident Evil 4. Click here for more!
fella!
Wrapping up a tour in Australia and with Summerslam dominating August, we had a chance to chat with the Great White himself, Sheamus! Check it out right here!
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:03pm 13/08/14 | 0 Comments
Destiny is, by now, a house-hold name. With more than 4 million participants in the game's beta test, it's safe to assume Destiny is destined for big things.

Today at Gamescom Bungie and Activision pulled the curtain back a bit on the competitive multiplayer side of things, revealing a few new locations as well as new game modes, and didn't once mention the Traveler or the encroaching Darkness. Chatoic and lush, explosive and with vehicles, this trailer shows just a glimpse of what the competitive MP side of the game is going to look like. Watch it embedded below.

Destiny is due to launch on PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 this September.

Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:47am 13/08/14 | 0 Comments
Another minute, another trailer, this time for Assassin's Creed: Unity. Based in Paris, this latest in the series should be the best given the French pedigree of the developer/publisher, and if it isn't: "off with their heads".

Today's new trailer is all music and visuals, showcasing the expanded movement system of the Parisian Assassin, as well as the high level of detail in their new setting. Interiors and exteriors are openly linked now, with no loading between them and, as you can see in the trailer, the game-world is richly inhabited with a lot of NPCs. Not a lot is ultimately revealed here, but it's a pretty enticing video nonetheless, check it out embedded below.

Assassin's Creed: Unity is due to drop on PS4, Xbox One and PC this October 28.

Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:29am 13/08/14 | 1 Comments
Monolith's take on Tolkien's epic world is nothing short of ambitious. The game's nemesis system and the character and personalisation of its myriad denizen -- friend and foe -- is one of the craziest we've ever come across, and if the final product can pull off the studio's vision, we could be seeing a paradigm shift in videogaming AI.

But AI is nothing without a story, and with Middle-earth as your backdrop, you can bet you better bring the goods in the narrative department. Today's story trailer for the game, as debuted at Gamescom, definitely offers up all the beats we've come to expect from the expanded media side of Tolkien's lore and definitely has us clamoring for more.

Watch the the new trailer embedded below. Middle-earth: Shadow or Mordor will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC on October 8, my birthday.

Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:03am 13/08/14 | 0 Comments
Kicking off the Gamescom information slaw, Microsoft came out guns-a-blazin' ice-picks-a-swingin' by revealing that the next entry in the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise from Crystal Dynamics would be "exclusive" to Xbox One in Holiday 2015 -- whether this means it's simply a timed exclusive is yet to be revealed, but we'll dig and let you know.

The publisher also revealed three new Xbox One family bundles for the Holiday period with FIFA 15, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Sunset Overdrive all getting their own retail space as part of an Xbox One console bundle.
Unveiled today, three new console bundles launching later this year offer unparalleled options for purchasing Xbox One at the best value this holiday.
  • Available for pre-order today, the Xbox One Limited Edition “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” Bundle launches starting Nov. 3 for $599 RP1 at select retailers, featuring a massive 1TB hard drive, custom console, controller and Limited Edition exoskeleton, plus a digital copy of the “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” Day Zero Edition.
  • Insomniac’s Ted Price unveiled the Xbox One Special Edition “Sunset Overdrive” Bundle, featuring a sleek white console and wireless controller, a digital copy of the game, and special Day One edition in-game items – all for $499 ERP1 starting Oct. 30, available for pre-order today.
  • An exclusive “FIFA15” bundle for fans in Europe was also announced including an Xbox One Console, Xbox One Controller, 14 Day Live Trial, HDMI Cable, Chat Headset, a digital token for “FIFA 15” and an Ultimate Team Legends Gold Pack, available for pre-order today, launching from Sept. 25 for $529 ERP1 while stocks last. Ultimate Team Legends are available only on Xbox, and the Legends Gold Pack offers an increased chance in finding an ultra-rare Legendary player for your Ultimate Team. An Xbox 360 console bundle including “FIFA 15” will also be available in Europe starting Sept. 25 while stocks last.
While there are prices listed above, the release informs us that these are "estimated retail price, actual prices may vary" and that they're in "limited quantities" and available only at "at select retailers while stocks last". You can pre-order locally from EB Games for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Sunset Overdrive at the links provided.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:51am 13/08/14 | 1 Comments
February can't come soon enough to adventurers, as CD Projekt Red has unleashed an all-new video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt straight out of Gamescom today, detailing portions of the world in which we'll be taking legendary monster hunter, Geralt.

We've seen elements of this new video before, but there's also a few sneak peeks at more vistas, monsters and even places for Geralt to get some downtime. The team also chimes in here to give more context to what we're seeing and to equally help serve our salivating anticipation for a game that is apparently 35 times the size of The Witcher 2.

Watch the full trailer embedded below. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is due out on PC and PS4 and Xbox One on February 24th.

Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:28am 13/08/14 | 8 Comments
With Gamescom underway in Cologne, Germany, the media rollout as started at a steady pace, kicking off with content from all of the big guns, including Ubisoft and the tantalising Far Cry 4.

Today's video showcases some of the landscape you'll be traversing through such as the fictional town of Kyrat as well as it's surrounding Himalayas. These areas are also home to myriad wildlife such as honey badgers, tigers, elephants, rhinos and even the elusive snow leopard, as well as militia and the usual Far Cry fare of insane big baddies.

On top of this is the game's open navigation, now bolstered by an expanded wingsuit level of verticality and plenty of other vehicles (including elephants). And finally, today's video also reveals the psychedelic aspect of Far Cry 3 returns in 4 with a spiritual quest to enter Shangri-La.

Ubisoft has also revealed that anyone who purchases the game on either PS3 or PS4 will gain 10 keys to invite friends to play co-operatively with them via the PlayStation Network.

Watch the full trailer embedded below.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Post by Eorl @ 06:50pm 12/08/14 | 0 Comments
The annual Call of Duty is nearly upon us, and today we had a chance to see the latest title's reveal of multiplayer footage, which is usually considered the more meatier content from the long-running series.

AusGamers recently caught up with Sledgehammer Games COO and Co-founder Michael Condry for a chat about the studio's first solo attempt on one of gaming's biggest franchises with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

You can check out the interview in video format over here, and find out more on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare through our game page.
Post by Eorl @ 01:59pm 12/08/14 | 4 Comments
Square Enix has officially confirmed Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition will hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 10th.

The remastered update of the 2012 game leaked late last week, and Square has since confirmed this edition will also include 24 pieces of the title's DLC, including the story-extending Year of the Snake and the horror-themed Nightmare in North Point.

"We’re giving old and new fans a lot reasons to pick up the game, as we’ve gone beyond just increasing resolution and running at 1080p," said senior producer Dan Sochan. "We listened to the fans: we tuned gameplay, we added to the ambience of Hong Kong, increased audio fidelity and pushed the visuals further than we could on the previous generation of consoles.”
Post by Eorl @ 01:49pm 12/08/14 | 0 Comments
Ahead of their Gamescom press conference tomorrow, PlayStation creator Sony has unveiled a third and, presumably, final teaser video for whatever horrors await us in Germany's gaming event.

The trailer, which you can check out below, promises we will see "horror reinvented on PlayStation 4," which again seems to be a strong contender for a re-reveal of originally PS3 bound Until Dawn. The first and second teasers were quite open to possible titles, however with the third one now showing a very clear image of a cabin and some bloody axe chopping, Until Dawn is definitely looking like the golden ticket.

Sony's press conference will begin at 3am AEST tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled on AusGamers for all the latest from the stage show.

Post by Eorl @ 01:21pm 12/08/14 | 2 Comments
Linux gaming continues to grow in numbers, with 2K Australia's Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel officially being announced for the open-source platform.

Originally leaked through Take-Two Interactive's recent financial report, where the free operating system was listed, 2K confirmed the news to IGN. The game will now arrive on Linux alongside Windows, Mac, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come October 16th.

Those hoping the news of the Pre-Sequel heading to Linux may give the original Borderlands and Borderlands 2 a chance at seeing the free OS future, sadly it looks like that won't be happening. Games.on.net notes that a previous Twitter post from Gearbox's Randy Pitchford somewhat clarifies the chances are very slim.
Post by Eorl @ 01:07pm 12/08/14 | 0 Comments
Hotline Miami will make its next generation leap next week, when it launches for PlayStation 4 on August 19th.

Arriving on PC turf all the way back in October 2012, Hotline Miami caused quite a stir in the indie gaming scene with its vibrant setting and gore-induced gameplay. According to a tweet from the game's official Twitter account, players will be able to "beat people to death by shaking the gamepad" with the sounds of your executions emanating from the controller's speaker, which just seems like such a pleasant touch. Players will also have the option to use the DualShock 4's touch pad to look around and lock on to enemies.

To celebrate the upcoming launch, Devolver Digital offered up a new PlayStation 4 gameplay trailer which you can check out below. Hotline Miami will also support the Cross-Buy feature, so those with past PSN purchases will get the PlayStation 4 version for free.

Post by Eorl @ 11:38am 12/08/14 | 3 Comments
New application-type IDs for Film, TV Series, Video, Plugin and Music were discovered in Steam binaries today following a recent Steam Beta update.

The new app-types, spotted by database sponge SteamDB, possibly indicates that Valve may be planning to offer users with a range of deeper multimedia services as part of its drive to make Steam more accessible in the living room.

Of course these new types should be taken as rumour for now, and could very well be improvements on what Valve already offers. Currently users of Steam are able to sort out their own music thanks to the Steam Music Beta, plus various developers are already selling their video game soundtracks on Steam. Ahead of the Steam Music rollout, references to music streaming service Spotify were found in the Steam client a year ago.

As with music, Valve also offers - on a rudimentary level - film distribution through Steam in the form of Indie Game The Movie or Free-to-Play being examples. Non-game applications, such as accounting solution You Need A Budget, can be purchased and used through the digital platform, too. Either way, it seems like Valve's idea of Steam and its multi-purpose use is expanding, and we'll definitely be hearing more soon enough.
Post by Eorl @ 10:41am 12/08/14 | 6 Comments
Doom co-creator John Romero has revealed in a recent podcast that he has begun work on a new shooter, although it's in very early stages.

"I haven't made a shooter since 2000. So I'm basically starting to work on another one," Romero said on a recent episode of the Super Joystiq Podcast, adding that he has already begun working with a concept artist to lay the groundwork on this new project and had "some cool imagery" for the protagonist.

Not much else is known about the project besides the fact that Romero Games will be creating the title. Romero and his wife Brenda have been working mainly on social games at their studio Loot Drop. This will be the first time Romero has worked on a shooter since 2000's Daikatana, the time-traveling title from Ion Storm.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:23am 12/08/14 | 2 Comments
With The Evil Within bearing down on unsuspecting gamers in just under two months time, we decided to take a look at Shinji Mikami's most critically acclaimed work -- Resident Evil 4.

This retrospective look at the game isn't merely a case of timing, it's also an important reminder about how big-budget Triple-A games can change the landscape for the better by leading by example, taking the right risks and putting gameplay first and foremost. This is an important read for anyone who never played the game, which is still readily available on most platforms, and should stand as a nice piece of nostalgia for anyone else who sunk so much into the game.

Click here for our Resident Evil 4 retrospective, and feel free to suggest future retrospective explorations in the Comments section.
Post by Eorl @ 10:16am 12/08/14 | 0 Comments
Life is Strange is the next effort from Parisian studio Dontnod Entertainment, an episodic adventure game in which the two lead characters are trying to solve a mysterious disappearance, publisher Square Enix announced.

Life is Strange takes place in the fictional town of Arcadia Bay, Oregon, where a student named Max Caulfield and her friend Chloe are looking into the disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber. Max, who is returning to Arcadia Bay for the first time in five years, finds out early in Life is Strange that she has the ability to rewind time — a power that can change the player's story. According to Dontnod, "choice and consequence play a key role in how the narrative unfolds."

"Everybody at Dontnod is excited to be working on such a refreshing title," said Jean-Max Moris, creative director at the studio, in a press release today. "We're not only crafting the best game we possibly can, we also feel we're providing the type of experience that perfectly fits today's renewed taste for originality and diversity."

Life is Strange is in development on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Post by Dan @ 09:43am 12/08/14 | 9 Comments
Following the cinematic reveal back during E3 in June, publisher Deep Silver has now released the first gameplay footage from Dead Island 2, the forthcoming sequel to the 2011 open world zombie shooter being developed by the Spec Ops: The Line creators at YAGER.

Unlike the first game, which was actually set on a tropical island, this one doesn't seem to care about the second word in its title, as it takes the zombie apocalypse to Hollywood for some California dreaming.

Dead Island 2 is coming to PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in Autumn 2015 (Northern Spring)

Post by Dan @ 09:36am 12/08/14 | 1 Comments
Original line-up MK character Kano is confirmed as coming back for the forthcoming Mortal Kombat X, with the latest gameplay trailer from NetherRealm Studios showing off a bunch of his moves, which includes several variations of his iconic laser-eye and roll manuevers.

Continuing on his retconned backstory, Kano is once again voiced as an Australian in the new game, seemingly having now completely moved on from his original Japanese-American genesis and the cockney English portrayal in the MK films.

Watch him punish the insect-winged newcommer D'Vorah in the video below.

Post by Dan @ 09:04am 12/08/14 | 4 Comments
As Promised, Activision and Sledgehammer Games revealed the first multiplayer footage from the upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, this year's addition to the publishers hugely successful shooter franchise.

As you'd expect, the video features an absurd amount of action, and offers a bit of an evolution from the standard Call of Duty formula with the introduction of the exoskeleton tech.
Three years in the making, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare delivers a new level of tactical combat on all platforms, giving players all-new frenetic ways to move, starting with the power of the exoskeleton. The new gameplay abilities, movements, perks and mechanics expand the verticality of sightlines and maneuverability, increasing the amount of strategic options available to players, while staying true to Call of Duty's fast, fluid multiplayer experience. Players can combine these new mechanics for offensive, defensive and overall evasive maneuvers unlike anything ever seen in Call of Duty.

Also, the much loved Pick 10 create-a-class is back with even more customizable options than before with Pick 13. Gamers can now choose their favorite scorestreaks, which are fully customizable, and include them in their preferred class, raising the bar on personalization from top to bottom. The introduction of co-operative scorestreaks also allows friends to experience Call of Duty multiplayer together in a new way, as for the first time ever, two players can now join a scorestreak and work co-operatively.

The technology of the future in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare wouldn't be complete without advancement in weapon technology, beginning with the debut of a directed energy class of weapons. This all-new weapon class for Call of Duty uses the power of focused energy to overcome enemies and relies on tactical heat management instead of reloads. Players can test out this new class, along with all their weapons, on the new Virtual Firing Range, a brand new feature that allows players to instantly test-drive their favorite weapon loadout with the click of a button before the next match starts.
The multiplayer reveal also accompanied the announcement that pre-order customers who order what is being referred to as the Call of Duty: Advanced Warefare Day One Edition (but is the same price as the regular one) will be granted a one day head start on the regular launch date.

Monday, 11 August 2014
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:55am 11/08/14 | 0 Comments
When not dreaming (or having nightmares) about the DOOM reboot he was privy to at this year's QuakeCon, Nathan "Nachos" Lawrence is also adept at multiplayer gaming, which left him thoroughly frustrated after being handed his arse in a handful of rounds of Bethesda's forthcoming free-to-play entry, BattleCry.

Rather than cry over his decimation though, he used his frustration in a conducive way, sitting down with the game's design director Lucas Davis and asked him the tough questions regarding balancing, barrier of entry, dealing with player frustration and how they're working to get it all right.

Click here for his full hands-on and interview feature for BattleCry.
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:04am 11/08/14 | 2 Comments
Over the weekend it came to light that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's PC specs were, as we reported them right here, alarmingly similar to the not-so-great-looking Call of Duty: Ghosts. This information actually came directly from Activision too, but today the company has issued an official statement citing that the information they posted was indeed from Ghosts' PC specs from last year and that this information was posted in error.
"The PC Specs for Advanced Warfare are not final. The info posted yesterday on the Activision store was from last year and posted in error. We apologise for any confusion. We look forward to releasing the actual PC specs once the game is optimised."
This is good news for everyone hoping that fledgling studio Sledgehammer Games can take the series to new heights.

We'll shoot you any information that comes from the PC side of things where Advanced Warfare is concerned as soon as we have them, so stay tuned.
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