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Friday, 14th December 2018
GWS Giants AFL Team Joins the Ever-Expanding AFL Expansion into Local Esports [Steve Farrelly- 03:34pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Which is something my partner will be stoked about, as I introduced her to the world of AFL many years ago where she would go on to turn her back on NRL and start barracking for the upstart GWS Giants who are now one of the league's most talented clubs. And given their youth, and the age at which they joined the AFL as an expansion team, jumping into esports for them really does make sense.

In 2019, the Giants will partner with the High School Esports League (HSEL), which also revealed earlier in the week they'd added New Zealand to their League of Legends esports tournament in equal partnership with Riot Games. Today's announcement, however, centres around the Giants and HSEL working to educate students and teachers about esports in New South Wales.
The Giants and HSEL have entered into a community partnership to engage student gamers across New South Wales, through HSEL’s tournament and education program platforms.

Educating, promoting and raising awareness of gaming and esports in New South Wales high schools – to teachers, students and their parents – are the key objectives of the partnership.

The Giants are the third AFL team to get involved in the HSEL, after the Adelaide Crows and the Essendon Bombers.

HSEL Commissioner Woody Wu said he was excited by the partnership.

“This is a great opportunity to help the Giants enter into the world of esports and contribute to the continued growth of this industry,” Wu said. “They will help us deliver our league and program to more students across New South Wales and allow us to help students learn important life skills through their passion.”

Along with HSEL tournaments, the Giants will be involved in teacher workshops and parent forums about gaming throughout New South Wales.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on being a club like no other and this partnership reaffirms this,” GWS Chief Operating Officer James Avery said. "Esports has a highly engaged audience across NSW and we look forward to continuing to contribute to our wider community via the HSEL.”
It's great to see elite sports teams who play at the highest level not only looking into esports, but also seeing the value in educating people around the burgeoning space for a positive view on what is now a viable sporting vocation for young people.

Wednesday, 12th December 2018
AusGamers Holiday Buyer’s Guide: 2018 Edition (Part Two) [KostaAndreadis- 05:14pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
From simple trinkets to cool gadgets and awesome game-related merch. Plus, a special VIP section for those with an endless supply of disposable income. In Part One of our 2018 Holiday Buyer's Guide we cover the cool stuff, gadgets, and world of external storage.

Click Here for AusGamers Holiday Buyer’s Guide: 2018 Edition (Part Two)

Tuesday, 11th December 2018
AusGamers Holiday Buyer’s Guide: 2018 Edition (Part One) [KostaAndreadis- 06:39pm] From: AusGamers News [ 5 Comments ]
From simple trinkets to cool gadgets and awesome game-related merch. Plus, a special VIP section for those with an endless supply of disposable income. In Part One of our 2018 Holiday Buyer's Guide we cover the cool stuff, gadgets, and world of external storage.

Click Here for AusGamers Holiday Buyer’s Guide: 2018 Edition (Part One)

At the End of its Tether? Just Cause 4 | Review [Steve Farrelly- 01:38pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Just Cause 4 essentially rounds out the year as far as releases are concerned, alongside Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (review incoming, we got the game very late). And it also presents players with yet another open-world to lose themselves in, but is having an open playspace enough, or has the series finally reached the end of its tether?

Well, that depends on what you play Just Cause for in the first place, but as the fourth entry in the series we're definitely starting to feel the strain on wanting to stay inside its physics-heavy gaming walls. Here's a snippet from our review:
"It’s hard to pinpoint the space in which Just Cause 4 falls short of the series’ history. I mean, it’s fun. Like, a lot of fun. Tethering baddies together and then putting boosters on them to watch them flail about in the air with crazy physics is fun. Sickly. But fun. And when you tether multiple baddies together and repeat the process, the resulting offensive maneuver is borderline torture. And it shouldn’t be as fun as it is. But it is.

But how long this ‘fun’ is sustainable for against the sheer size of the game and its ridiculous rehashed narrative is difficult to quantify. On the one hand, the game’s physics and systems allow for some pretty incredible experiments, while in-game as you’re playing properly, emergent outcomes because of these systems does keep the action fresh. But the missions themselves become pretty repetitive pretty quickly, and Rico as a one-man army is all but invincible -- a deliberate design tilt for sure; Avalanche wants you to feel both powerful and capable, all while having fun. But this negates any sense of challenge.
Click here for our Just Cause 4 review.

Doom Turns 25 Today - Come Share Your First Doom Slayer Memory [KostaAndreadis- 12:14pm] From: AusGamers News [ 5 Comments ]
For me it's Doom II on DOS, played at my cousin's place for the first time after a childhood spent alongside Nintendo and adventure games from Sierra and LucasArts. At this point I had played Wolfenstein 3D briefly - but found it more funny than revolutionary. Doom II on the other hand was pure insanity. First-person action unlike anything I'd ever seen.

It was the total package - from the music, sound design, to the animation, and of course weapons. This was before we found out about IDDQD and IDKFA and other cheats - we simply spent hours finding all the right coloured keys, new weapons, and secret rooms full of demon slaying loot. This was the age of VGA too, with PC games getting decent sound and visuals, so from a pure tech perspective it looked incredible at the time. One of those "games can't get much better looking than this" moments.

It's great to see that Bethesda and id Software are celebrating the franchise in style.

A quarter century has passed since DOOM was released to the unsuspecting masses. More than two decades later the franchise has spawned multiple sequels, spin-off titles, films, comics, and cemented itself as part of the pop culture lexicon. Over the next year we’re celebrating 25 years of ripping and tearing. Twenty-five years of mods, gibs, guns, and the most passionate, unwavering, and ardent fan base this side of Phobos. Whether you cut your teeth in 1993 or if DOOM (2016) was your first trip to Hell, we’re asking all DOOM Slayers past, present, and future to unite in celebrating one of entertainment’s most iconic franchises. Welcome to the Year of DOOM.

They've even set up something called the Slayer's Club, which you can check out here. Which is offering an exclusive Zombie DOOM Slayer skin for DOOM Eternal, kicking off a year of Doom celebrations. Perhaps this means Eternal will be a holiday 2019 release.

And with that out of the way, feel free to share your first memories of Doom.

The Witcher Invades Monster Hunter World in Yet Another Game Universe Crossover [Steve Farrelly- 10:41am] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Geralt OF Rivia enjoyed a cameo appearance in this year's Soul Calibur VI as arguably one of the better characters on the aged roster. Now CD Projekt RED and Capcom have revealed that Monster Hunter World, fresh off its Game Awards win for the year's Best RPG, will feature the White Wolf in its world as part of a free update happening early in 2019.

The new content also features the voice of Doug Cockle, reprising his role as Geralt, giving Monster Hunter World players a chance to take on "a series of Witcher-inspired quests".
The collaboration sees Monster Hunter: World players take on the mantle of Geralt of Rivia — a professional monster slayer equipped with superhuman strength and reflexes — and has them take on a series of Witcher-inspired quests. These offer a unique gameplay experience blending RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Monster Hunter: World’s game systems.

Geralt is a master swordsman considered one of the deadliest warriors in the world of The Witcher. Monster Hunter: World players get to utilize his signature fighting style, seamlessly blending swordplay, combat magic, and an assortment of monster hunting equipment.

The Witcher-inspired content is coming to Monster Hunter: World on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2019 as a free title update, with the PC release to follow soon. More details regarding the collaboration will be revealed at a later date.
It's really excellent to see a studio like CD Projekt RED not so precious about how they share their IP and character, as well as their willingness to collaborate with what would otherwise be considered 'rival' companies. More please.

Watch a trailer for the above, embedded below.


Monday, 10th December 2018
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Review - Cards On the Table [KostaAndreadis- 05:24pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Released about a month or so ago for PC (available via and Steam), CD Projekt RED's ambitious and surprisingly epic single-player GWENT adventure Thronebreaker is also out now for Xbox One and PS4. And even though the idea of an RPG with card-based battle mechanics might strange weird - the end result was well worth the wait.

As a sprawling open-world RPG filled with rich characters and a believable world, one of the surprises and hidden gems found within The Witcher III was the intricate and detailed card game GWENT. The RPG genre is no stranger to games-within-games (Pazaak anyone?), but GWENT immediately stood out as something that felt like so much more. Quickly gaining a cult following due to its deep strategic play and unique spin on the card-game genre, CD Projekt RED responded by creating a new team to work exclusively on a standalone competitive GWENT. A journey that took time to fully realise, and one that along the way saw the creation of a single-player story mode or add-on. Something that would inject more of The Witcher’s familiar world into the normally narrative-free genre. A new Witcher Tale, called Thronebreaker.

As long as that little introduction was, initial and final impressions certainly aren’t. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is to put it simply, fantastic.

Click Here for Our Full Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Review

Friday, 7th December 2018
Leagues in the Making | Subnautica Review [Steve Farrelly- 05:49pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
It has been available on PC for a while, but where possible we like to make sure all bases are covered and we knew the console versions of Subnautica would eventually fall into line. And so after revisiting Planet 4645B for the umpteenth time in its most recent retail release form, we've finally unveiled our verdict on the game. Does it sink or swim?

It's one hundred percent the latter, and then some. Here's a snippet:
"Essentially, all the game’s systems need to be utilised on the whole, but more often than not they cross over. When you eventually build an underwater base, for example, it’s a good idea to create storage lockers for materials because you simply can’t keep them on your person all the time. In my main playthrough I had a room with lockers specifically for things like Silver ore, Gold, Lithium, Lead and more. Some materials are abundant in the game-world, such as Acid Mushrooms, which you combine with Copper ore (also abundant) to make batteries. Batteries are then used to power tools and vehicles, but are finite in energy. So you can either keep making them over and over, or you can learn how to make a battery charger and just have four charging at any given time, while using up the ones currently in your devices and vehicles."
Click here for our full Subnautica review.

Hey PC Cats, Nab Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 "Battle Edition" for Less than AUD$50 [Steve Farrelly- 05:00pm] From: AusGamers News [ 1 Comment ]
In fact, a whole $5 cheaper than $50 at AUD$44.95. Call of Duty: Black Ops IV Battle Edition gives PC gamers the base multiplayer offering plus Battle Royale mode, Blackout, at a decent price and is operated through

Basically, this is a discounted version of the game that doesn't include Zombies mode.
The Black Ops 4 Battle Edition offers the full Multiplayer and Blackout experiences, and is compatible with all existing copies and online lobbies for those modes on PC. For fans interested in getting their hands on even more, an upgrade to the Digital Standard Edition on PC – includes Zombies mode, 1,100 Call of Duty Points and Digital Edition bonus items – will also be available for purchase.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer features gritty, grounded combat in the most tactical, team-based experience in the Black Ops series. It features the return of the iconic Pick 10 system, along with a series of innovations in weapon controls, combat flow, health regeneration, and player movement. Black Ops 4 also features a combination of new and returning Specialists, each with their own unique equipment and playstyles, allowing players to not only be powerful alone, but devastating as a team working together.

Black Ops 4 also features Blackout, an all-new battle royale mode that brings together characters, locations, weapons and gear from across the series in all-out survival combat, all with Black Ops signature gameplay. Blackout features land, sea and air vehicles, and offers a variety of new and classic playable characters, including campaign characters such as Mason, Reznov and Woods; Zombies characters such as Richtofen and Takeo; and Specialists such as Crash, Battery and Seraph, to name a few. Across the sprawling Blackout map – the largest in Call of DutyÒ history – players will fight in locations inspired by fan-favourite maps like Nuketown, Firing Range, Raid, Cargo and more.

The release of the Battle Edition kicks-off a packed December calendar featuring themed holiday events, new personalisation items, and a variety of free content coming to players. The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Edition is available exclusively on the Shop at a special introductory price of $44.95 AUD now through January 7, 2019 in ANZ, after which the price becomes $59.95 AUD. Zombies mode is not included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Edition.
The multiplayer is a veritable "Best of" map pack for previous Treyarch Call of Duty outings, while Blackout remains a lauded triumph in the Battle Royale space. So if yuo haven't jumped in yet, this could be a good place to start.

Far Cry New Dawn Taps into the Post-Apolacyptic Space, with Colour [Steve Farrelly- 02:34pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
At The Game Awards this year, Ubisoft revealed a direct follow-up to Far Cry 5 in Far Cry New Dawn. This new venture takes place after the nukes have dropped but instead of a grey, dead and dying world, Ubisoft has opted for colour and that usual over-the-top Far Cry tone. And it looks glorious.

The gameplay trailer, which was revealed at The Game Awards, and which you can view embedded below, definitely takes cues from the granddaddy of all post-apocalyptic media in Mad Max, but absolutely changes it up in tone and presentation.
Set seventeen years after a global nuclear catastrophe, Far Cry New Dawn brings players into a wildly beautiful and radically transformed Hope County, Montana. Life has begun to emerge from the chaos, but the survivors now face a new threat – the merciless Highwaymen and their leaders The Twins, Mickey and Lou. Raised in a lawless frontier, the twin sisters and their band of scavengers live only for today and have descended upon Hope County to take all available resources. To push back this devastating threat, players must help the Survivors grow stronger, craft a makeshift arsenal and form unexpected alliances to fight for survival in a dangerous new frontier.

At the Homebase, players will prepare to face off against the threat of the Highwaymen. The Homebase, called Prosperity, is the stronghold of the Survivors. Here, players can craft makeshift weapons and vehicles and train their Guns for Hire – including new and familiar faces. As players progress, they can upgrade the Homebase for more powerful weapons and gear. The Homebase is also a launch-pad to Expeditions, where for the first time in Far Cry, the adventure is more than local. Set in memorable locations across the US, from wetlands to canyons and more, Expeditions drop players into unique locations where they must grab a package of valuable materials and get out, quickly.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal with support from Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Kiev and Ubisoft Bucharest, Far Cry New Dawn is a first-person shooter set in a completely open world. The standalone sequel to Far Cry® 5, Far Cry New Dawn thrusts players into a brilliant post-apocalyptic setting where they will encounter a dual threat – The Twins, Mickey and Lou. Players can recruit an eclectic cast of Guns and Fangs for Hire, or a Friend for Hire for co-op play, to experience unpredictable, unforgettable Far Cry Moments where anything can happen.
The standalone release will be available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 February 15. Check out the new trailer.

Thursday, 6th December 2018
Expansion Warriors - Civilization 6's Gathering Storm Expansion Gains the Maori Civilisation [Steve Farrelly- 03:44pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
And you'll see there at the end of that headline, we honoured this news with the correct spelling of "civilisation". Ahem. At any rate, the Maori civilisation has been added to the forthcoming expansion for Civilization VI -- Gathering Storm.

The new content is set to release for the evergreen title on February 14, next year. It adds geology and climatology in an effort to create more pressing challenges for players, and to make the world feel more alive.
The second expansion to Civilization VI introduces an active planet where geology and climatology present unique new challenges. Chart a path to victory by developing new advanced technologies and engineering projects and negotiating with the global community in the World Congress on critical issues. The choices you make in the game will influence the world ecosystem and could impact the future of the entire planet. Natural disasters like floods, storms, and volcanoes can pillage or destroy your Improvements and Districts – but they may also refresh and enrich the lands after they pass.
In addition to news of the new civilisation, Firaxis has also released a video introducing us to the Maori leader Kupe, as well as Maori civilisation traits we can look forward to playing. Watch the new video embedded below.

Wednesday, 5th December 2018
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Review - Animal Farm Meets XCOM [KostaAndreadis- 04:47pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Out today for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a game that has been on our radar since it was announced earlier this year. The post-apocalyptic setting, duck and pig protagonists, and turn-based strategy put it firmly on our radar. And after spending a week leaving the Ark to scavenge the ruins of human civilisation we're ready to share our review.

From a ‘what style of game is it’ standpoint, Mutant Year Zero offers up a different take on the sort of turn-based squad combat of something like XCOM. In that it also focuses on stealth mechanics, exploration, and RPG-progression. Where new equipment and crafting goes pig-hand in pig-hand with skill trees – which are of course, called mutations here. When coupled with the wonderful art direction and narrative elements there’s an old-school isometric RPG quality to the presentation and exploration that feels fresh. A dash of Baldur’s Gate perhaps, or the more recent Pillars of Eternity from Obsidian Entertainment.

Click Here for Our Full Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Review

Warcraft III: Reforged – Remaking a Classic [KostaAndreadis- 04:50pm] From: AusGamers News [ 1 Comment ]
One of the surprise, and welcome, announcements from BlizzCon this year was that the studio was not only remastering but remaking its classic real-time-strategy game Warfcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Called Warcraft: Reforged, we sat down with Blizzard to discuss the new visuals, coming back 15 years later, and retelling its epic story.

Like with StarCraft Remastered, utilising the original Warcraft III engine is paramount and a key part of the studio’s overall vision for bringing back classic games. It means that once launched, players firing up Warcraft III: Reforged will be able to play multiplayer against those that still own the original DVD-ROM from way back in the mid-2000s. Which extends to the mods and famous fan-created experiences like the original Defence of the Ancients and countless Tower Defence experiences. “That's kind of the cool part,” Pete adds. Noting that all of that will work from day one.

Although utilising the same engine the scope of Warcraft III: Reforged is impressive from a functionality point too, with its scope almost extending into remake territory. The campaign features all new real-time cinematic sequences, covering both the original release and The Frozen Throne expansion. Totalling up to four hours or so of newly realised story. This new cinematic presentation, part of the Warcraft III: Reforged reveal, means re-imagined and iconic heroes like Arthas showcasing what is effectively an all new art direction.

Click Here to Read Warcraft III: Reforged – Remaking a Classic

GWENT, Thronebreaker, Just Cause 4 and Subnautica Among a Handful of Games Now Available [Steve Farrelly- 02:52pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Overnight two long-serving Game Preview titles updated to full retail release, while a new RPG from CD Projekt RED and an open-world action game became available, among a number of other games across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

And as our headline suggests, those games are GWENT: The Witcher Card Game alongside CD Projekt RED's Thronebreaker RPG, also set in The Witcher universe. Avalanche's Just Cause 4 offers up another open-world action romp for a year absolutely full of them and Unknown Worlds' brilliant Subnautica left Game Preview, joining its PC older brother, by being listed as full retail and features a number of major fixes as well as Achievements and Trophies.

Joining these games are Gear.Club Limited, Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Edan, Override: Mech City Brawl and Personas 3, 4 and 5.

We have reviews in the works for GWENT, Thronebreaker, Just Cause 4, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Edan and Subnautica, so stay tuned.

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