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Friday, 26th November 2021
Finally, a Management Sim for the Armchair and Keyboard Political Advisors Out There - This Is the President Lets You be the President [Steve Farrelly- 03:47pm] From: AusGamers News [ 2 Comments ]
Tired of watching the world being run into the ground by inept leaders? Feel the bureaucratic process is too borked for the common good? Reckon you can plain just do a better job? This Is the President will let you take those feelings and action them into, err... action.

But, like, what exactly is this?
This Is the President is a satirical thriller, where the President of the USA manages the country like a mobster and tries to escape justice for past crimes. Change the fabric of the United States Constitution by persuading, blackmailing, bribing, and bullying a large part of the political system into granting you lifelong immunity.

Key features
  • Manage your approval rating, cash and crew unlike any US President before – stay on top of your presidency by any means necessary.
  • Hold speeches, draft executive orders, manage daily crises, hold press conferences, and tweet better than any President before.
  • Hire a team of assassins, hackers, lobbyists, and other specialists. Send them on dangerous missions that can be solved by legal means. If that doesn’t work, send them on dangerous missions that can be solved by illegal means.
  • Experience a compelling interactive narrative with a wide variety of choices and story branches. Will you end your term on your terms or are you just a pawn in a bigger game?
  • Rule the country as a true mobster would with a shadow cabinet that is feared and respected on a global scale.
Today's new trailer for the game, which is out on PC this coming December 7 in Australia, focuses on the challenges that you'll be met with as Commander in Chief and highlights the ways in which you can navigate those, with a morally ambiguous compass, of course.

Watch it embedded below.

Wednesday, 24th November 2021
Watson Who? More like the Jon of All Trades - Our In-Depth Sherlock Holmes Chapter One Review [Steve Farrelly- 05:33pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
It seems crazy that there aren't more detective and investigation-based games. Sure, plenty of games feature mysteries and puzzles and riddles to solve, but as far as truly detective in nature, it's not a massive field (excluding post-and-click adventure games). Which is one reason why Frogwares' Sherlock Holmes Chapter One really manages to stand out. Well, that and its stellar story.

It's just a shame that with that, it's not quite as good as it deserves to be, which can really be brought down to the tech driving the game, and maybe Frogwares just being that bit too ambitious with what it wants to serve up in the genre.

Here's a clue from our in-depth review:
What’s immediately great, and jarring, all at once is Frogwares wastes no time throwing you into the thick of things. The pressure to perform a decent job of investigating is that Holmes is written as a narcissistic know-it-all who has little-to-no humanity when it comes to the cold, hard truth of things. Logic is his friend and he’d have made an excellent Vulcan.

The game itself plays like this: clues and deductions and the game’s overall story -- main and otherwise -- are all intimately linked. There’s a coherent journey that never feels disjointed in how it’s narratively presented. This is at minor odds, however, with use of its investigative systems; Mind Palace, Case Book, the world map and Sherlock’s Wardrobe (you play dress-ups, a lot). Jon, Sherlock’s imaginary childhood friend, a kind of ye olde timey lad who affectionately calls Sherlock “Sherry”, also helps keep you up to date with a sort of simplified delivery of all that has transpired at any given point. But those systems mentioned above, they’re clunky and difficult at times to discern one moment to the next, and take some time to work through from a functioning and confident level.
Click here for our full Sherlock Holmes Chapter One review.

OlliOlli World Soundtrack Revealed, Sample Playlist Now Up on Spotfiy (And it's Very Good) [Steve Farrelly- 12:33pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
The indie skate series, OlliOlli, has always packed a bigger punch than it might at first seem. From a seemingly simple pixel-art presentation and its absolutely misleading 2D side-scrolling setup, that in fact hides an incredibly deep set of gameplay systems, through to its skate culture embrace that is thoroughly on-point, the series is just larger than life.

OlliOlli World, as we've explored in-depth somewhat recently, is the next major evolution in the series and looks to take it to new heights. But while visuals and reinvigored art are one thing, what remains true is Roll7's commitment to the cultural elevation of skating, and in this case, that starts with the game's music.

At the recent Golden Joysticks Awards, part of the game's soundtrack was unveiled, with a full official Spotify playlist ready to roll through your ears. This is eclectic instrumental chill-beat with tangents of drum and bass, chip-tune and more of this and that peppered throughout. And it's glorious.

"Music has always been a key component in OlliOlli games as it constitutes an integral part of the flow-state gameplay of the series”, explains Simon Bennett (via press release), Co-CEO at Roll7, who also announced the Best Audio award during the show. “We are thrilled to share these captivating tunes created by outstanding independent musicians from around the world.”

Here's the revealed artists thus far, along with their tracks appearing in the game:
  • Shimmer by Fardust
  • Arps by Nikitich
  • Darling Gardens by Midflite
  • Panoramas by Woodwire
  • Avalanche by Fardust, Azureskye
  • Can’t Sleep by Adam Swim
  • Leaps and Bounds by Cotton Claw
  • Not so Much by Nikitich
What's missing, of course, is tunes from this incredible local artist (hope you're listening, Roll7).

OlliOlli World is slated for a Q1 release in 2022, so stay tuned for more on the game as it becomes available and give both links above a whirl -- they'll each make your day better. Trust me.

Classic RTS Series Returns, Men of War 2 Revealed [Steve Farrelly- 11:58am] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Publisher 1C Entertainment and developer Best Way have dusted off the nostalgia and buffed out a modern spin on the long running RTS classic, Men of War with a straight up sequel that takes the namesake back to its original roots.

Having been expanded upon every which way to Sunday, Men of War's legacy still remains, still standing as one of the best representations of the genre where the WWII setting is concerned. And while those expansions worked to build off the original game, Men of War II looks to build upon. Here's some details from the reveal's press release:
After spawning multiple expansions and spin-offs since Men Of War’s debut, Men Of War II returns to the series’ roots to rebuild and redefine real-time strategy gameplay. The new Front Line mechanic is the bedrock of exciting dynamic encounters, where the push-and-pull of each skirmish directly affects territory borders. Manage attritional battles and break through undefended lines to advance the areas of maps under control, digging trenches and supporting troops in newly won territory.

Assume greater command of the battlefield with the enhanced Direct Vision feature to focus solely on one unit at any time and upgrade, change, or repair equipment on the fly. Level the theater of war with powerful armor and artillery capable of destroying buildings and weapon emplacements, while choosing from an arsenal including 45 battalions and more than 300 vehicles, all painstakingly designed with complete historical accuracy.

Two story campaigns – playable in single-player or up to five-player online co-op – let commanders engage in battle on both the Western and Eastern Fronts. Take control of the courageous Allied Forces pushing their way through a devastated France, and the steadfast Soviets defending their lands from the menacing Third Reich army. In returning to World War II, Best Way shines a spotlight on battles and scenarios never-before-seen in the series, with conflicts such as the Battle of the Falaise pocket and Operation Bagration.

Prepare to face enemy armies in intense bouts of all-out war in the series’ most advanced online multiplayer mode yet. Select the Allies, Soviets, or Germans and engage against other commanders’ armies. Choose from a wide range of skirmish and challenge maps, each created with strict attention to detail, making each arena authentic to the time period. Commanders can also join forces with other armies in online co-op, sending combined units against the new-and-improved AI in bloody mass combat.

The ravaged battlefields of Europe are enhanced with realistic physics and fully destructible objects, letting generals shape the warzone to their liking. Immersive sound design captures the guttural, terse, and chaotic cacophonies with lifelike explosions, the chattering of machine guns, and the treads of German Panzers. Full mod support gives commanders endless opportunities in creating new battle scenarios with a special level design and modding toolset.
The game is currently nestled in that super-open "2022" window and is slated only for PC. Watch the reveal trailer embedded below that is a mix of CG and what looks to be in-game.

Monday, 22nd November 2021
Over a Barrel - Our Full Tavern Master Review [Steve Farrelly- 01:12pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Ever wanted to own a pub? Sure you have. Who hasn't wanted to be able to lock up and pour themselves a beverage from their very own tap? Or to be able to decorate your joint, your way? Or to even have the power to pass on patrons or even give them the boot, if they're giving you too much grief?

If any of that sounds enticing, but you'd prefer to the good old days as opposed to modernity, then Tavern Master might just be the drink that ails ya.

And who better than the discerning David Wildgoose of The Wild & Goose establishment to run the game through its paces.

Here's a snippet from his not Yelp review:
Eventually, you'll have a multi-storey establishment with several bars, a full kitchen, fireplace, various performance stages for entertainers, and -- in my case at least -- an entire floor dedicated to guest rooms and a library. You mightn't think the fittings of a typical medieval tavern would deliver all that much variety -- and truth be told, the selection here is limited when compared to The Sims and similar games of interior decoration -- but there's enough to feel like you've put your own stamp on a place. What at first seems like a generic collection of wooden furniture, gradually transforms into somewhere you might be happy to call home.
Click here for our full Tavern Master review.

Friday, 19th November 2021
Try 100 Turns of Humankind for Free in New Demo [Steve Farrelly- 12:11pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
In case you hadn't decided to help Humankind to some sort of better tomorrow (can't be any worse than what we're living through currently), SEGA has dropped a free demo for the game on Steam, Epic Game Store and the Microsoft Store, and it's available now.

And you'll get 100 turns of the game free as part of the demo, as well as be able to grab the full game for 20% off.

In the demo you get:
  • 100 turns and three historical eras: Neolithic, Ancient, and Classical
  • 14 different cultures to mix-and-match
  • Customize your own avatar
  • Design custom maps and share them with the community.
And just in case you have no idea what we're talking about, here's a basic breakdown:
HUMANKIND is Amplitude Studios' magnum opus, a Historical Strategy game where YOU will re-write the entire narrative of humankind – a convergence of culture, history, and values that allows you to create a civilization that is as unique as you are. HOW FAR WILL YOU PUSH HUMANKIND?
You can also check out a trailer for the demo and what it offers emb3edded below.

In addition to the demo, for those who already have the game, the studio released a new patch overnight "which will allow players to win (or lose...) the game on their own terms". This means you can your own custom endgame conditions.

Wednesday, 17th November 2021
Step Up Your Game with KontrolFreek [AusGamers- 03:11pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
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Built from science to improve your game. As the holiday season approaches we go through the impressive KontrolFreek range to talk about what makes them the sort of real-world mod or buff every gamer needs.

KontrolFreek has been in the controller performance enhancing business for a while, creating Performance Thumbsticks and Performance Grips, alongside other gear, to suit just about every type of gamer, and game. Think of them like mods for your controller, adding all manner of bonus stats and buffs to boost your skill.

There’s an old saying that talks about how it’s not about the tools, but how you use them. A fairly general bit of wisdom sure, but when you apply that to the games we play, the most important tool might just be the one that sits in hand. As you fire up Call of Duty: Vanguard or decide that tonight is going to be all about exploring the beautiful digital Mexico in Forza Horizon 5, you’ll be gripping a PlayStation 5 DualSense, a classic PlayStation 4 DualShock or an Xbox controller, first and foremost.

The quality of your kit and its responsiveness can make the difference between landing a shot or missing the mark. Between making a turn or sliding into a rail. The good news is that a controller is very much a work-in-progress. A weapon that still has room for a mod or two.

Head Here For Our Full Breakdown of the KontrolFreek Range

Tuesday, 16th November 2021
Watch This - Techland Teams with STORROR to Present a Live-Action First-Person Parkour Video in Celebration of Dying Light 2 [Steve Farrelly- 10:39am] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
STORROR being a "world-class" video production crew from the UK who also happen to be expert at parkour. So the mind should already be racing as to what you're about to see, but trust us when we say, you might not have expected this level of awesome.

Simply titled "Parkour POV ESCAPE - Dying Light 2", this four-minute-plus 4K video is a wonderfully scripted, choreographed and edited slice of celebration of all things Dying Light and shines as an example of what elevates this series above all other zombie-related outings.

Our hat's off to all who acted in this, because aside from the parkours skills on display from our human 'characters', it's the zombies in this video who are the real stars.

Check it out embedded below, and click here for an interview with the team if that's your jam. Otherwise, the countdown to February 4 can't come soon enough, though we're quietly skeptical about that date, or even month, being the game's final development destination.

Friday, 12th November 2021
Call of Duty: Vanguard Review - By the Book, But Still a Great Ride [KostaAndreadis- 03:45pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Call of Duty: Vanguard takes the series back to its Nazi-fighting roots with a World War II setting that provides an engaging globe-trotting campaign focusing on the rise of the very first Special Forces unit. From there this paves the way for some by-the-number CoD multiplayer and Zombies, with the former bringing one hell of a launch suite to the table.

A snippet from Toby Berger's in-depth review. Which we assume was written whilst his boots were on the ground.
After battling it out in the present and then heading back to the Cold War era, it felt like a bit of a misstep for Call of Duty to take things all the way back to World War II – at least on paper. Yet Sledgehammer Games’ latest crack at the long-running franchise, Call of Duty: Vanguard, is the developer’s best.

With a campaign that packs some of the best CoD moments in years and a multiplayer suite that reworks rather than reinvents, Vanguard feels like a step in the right direction. For both the studio at the helm and the series as an FPS stalwart. It’s a shame then that the Zombies mode is as barebones as it comes.

Head Here For Our Full Call of Duty: Vanguard Review

Hearthstone Mercenaries Lich King and Diablo Bundle Giveaway! [AusGamers- 01:19pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Hearthstone Mercenaries is the all-new free-to-play game mode for Blizzard’s smash-hit digital card game Hearthstone, offering players a whole new way to play. Thanks to Blizzard Entertainment, we've got 3x Lich King Mercenaries Bundles and 3x Diablo Mercenaries Bundles for Hearthstone to give away!

Entry is as easy as choosing which one of these two will win in a fight... so head on over to our competition page to enter!

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