After it was released as a thing that was happening thanks to those good old timely earnings calls, Ubisoft's next Far Cry installment takes us to contemporary Montana where the publisher released a teaser trailer that is all kinds of creepy ahead of a main reveal coming in the next few days.
It's hard to take much away from this teaser, but if I was putting my money on anything, I think we might see something of a survival-horror lean to this new foray, with a hint of True Detective-style thriller thrown in for good measure. Montana is a gorgeous part of the world with plenty of wilderness and animals for hunting, but it also has a sparsity about it that could make for some very interesting gameplay and storytelling.
Either way, it's great to see Ubisoft shifting up the series. As long as there's no radio towers to have to climb, they're on the right track.
Watch the teaser trailer below. (Also, sorry BladeRunner for essentially stealing your thread :P.)
Tabletop gaming has made a pretty big comeback since the geeks took over the Earth with our blockbuster superhero movies, decent TV shows, great games and that there cosplay. And in a fitting move, an adaptation of the Aussie-developed dungeon-crawling card game Hand of Fate, from Brisbane-based Defiant, is taking the real-world plunge, this week taking to Kickstarter for a bit of help.
Strangely enough, I recently went back to Hand of Fate on Xbox One (and am still loving it), so getting this news overnight was both strange and welcome.
Moreover, it's happening regardless of the Kickstarter campaign. The campaign itself is simply in place to produce more product for more punters, which is something we can totally get behind, and they're only asking for AUD$30,000. The full tabletop kit is slated for release in November.
Developed in partnership with board game publisher Rule & Make, Hand of Fate: Ordeals is a strategic dungeon-crawling and deck-building experience set between the original gameand its upcoming sequel. On top of bridging the story between the video games, Hand of Fate: Ordeals introduces multiplayer elements with two to four-player competitive and four-player co-operative modes, along with a single-player campaign.
The competitive mode encourages tactical play, as rivals vie to garner the most fame in combat and acquire valuable cards from the market or through wise navigation of encounters. Though adversaries are encouraged to forge their own path during play, allies will follow a set mission structure in the co-operative mode, where they must unite to overcome challenges.
In Hand of Fate: Ordeals, players draw from a deck of cards and build dungeons on the board from their inventory. Much like its digital counterparts, the tabletop game's open-ended design ensures no two games ever play out the same way. This system ultimately inspires players to return to The Dealer's table with friends, deploying new strategies each and every time.
"Hand of Fate: Ordeals encourages strong competition without restricting the prevalent sense of adventure experienced in the video game series," said Morgan Jaffit, creative director, Defiant Development. "Players pursue their own path as they gather resources, make difficult decisions and brave combat in the race to become the most infamous adventurer on the board."
A Kickstarter campaign for Hand of Fate: Ordeals launches today with the goal of raising $30,000 AUD, and will conclude on 22 June at 11am AEST. Regardless of the results, Hand of Fate: Ordeals will launch in November 2017. However, a successful effort will allow a larger print run to be produced, ensuring a wider distribution and giving more people the opportunity to enjoy the experience.
Check out a video for Ordeals below, and below that, a handful of images of the game unpackaged.
The news that we were all dreading has finally come to pass, Rockstar has pushed back the PS4 and Xbox One release of the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 until Autumn 2018. Which resets the countdown clock to just about a year. Citing the usual 'we needs more time to make it da best game possible' reason, it's both understandable and a blow to those looking to live-out their Great Western fantasies later this year.
This outlaw epic set across the vast and unforgiving American heartland will be the first Rockstar game created from the ground up for the latest generation of console hardware, and some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans.
We are very sorry for any disappointment this delay causes, but we are firm believers in delivering a game only when it is ready. We are really excited to bring you more details about the game this summer.
But hey, here's a batch of fresh screens from the game.
At "participating retailers, exclusively in Australia and New Zealand" for the price of AUD$89.95/NZD$99.95. Partly due to the fact that Australia is a playable civilisation for the first time in the series, which means the Deluxe Edition will come with all additional civs released so far -- including Australia, Persia, Macedon, Poland, and the Vikings Scenario Packs.
Plus, two additional Civilization & Scenario Packs that will be released later this year and focus on Africa and Southeast Asia. Civilization is one of those games that you kind of always need to make time for, and the Deluxe Edition is perfect for those that haven't got around to picking this up yet. Or are still playing Civilization IV. Like me.
An ominous title to be sure, and if you're of the sort that likes to wait until a full season is done before diving in then now's the perfect time to start on Season 3 of Telltale's The Walking Dead. Episode 5 'From the Gallows' wraps up the story on May 30, and as we fall into the category mentioned in the opening sentence we'll be starting our run this week.
Which means the following is spoiler territory and something that we're posting without having actually read it.
In Telltale's most tailored episode to date, Richmond teeters on the brink of collapse as chaos reigns from all directions. The lives of its citizens and all those closest to Javier hang in the balance. The decisions you've made and bonds you've nurtured across the season will determine which characters now trust Javi to safeguard all they hold dear as the crisis pushes every relationship past its breaking point...
Season 3 of The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC/Steam, iOS, and Android-based devices.
AusGamers' own Nathan "nachosjustice" Lawrence was recently out at the Bungie Destiny 2 hands-on gameplay reveal event in Los Angeles and had a chance to get some serious, well, hands-on time with the newest entry in divisive space opera, including on PC. How does it fare?
Here's a snippet of his thoughts on the new game:
The thing is, there’s another, third market that wasn’t acknowledged during the presentation that, I can only imagine, was a decent chunk of the initial Destiny player base: those players who got gut of a lack of content and stopped playing. I was one of those players. I put in more than 100 hours into vanilla Destiny, including more than a few hours after The Dark Below DLC dropped, but I hit a wall because I was essentially doing the same stuff over and over again.
It’s hard to distract from the grind when there’s a lack of content.
You don’t have to look too far online to find people in a similar position: the players who gave launch Destiny a good slog but tired of doing the same grinding missions over and over again. For those who steered clear of Destiny because of these sorts of testimonials, the Bungie pledge is that Destiny 2 will be brimming with content, so much so that World Lead Steve Cotton said players can expect to see more content than has been seen in any other Bungie game.
As well as getting a hands-off demo of Star Wars Battlefront II at its official unveiling out at Star Wars Celebration, Nathan "nachosjustice" Lawrence also had a chance to sit down and chat in-depth with DICE about upping the series' multiplayer offering and what has, and can, change.
Here's a snippet from the interview feature:
Again, DICE was only willing to cover the tip of the iceberg when it came to classes in Battlefront II, but if you read between the lines of what Diemer had to say next, it starts to paint a clearer picture. “It’s more about boosting up the troopers than it is about bringing down the heroes [in terms of power],” says Diemer. “[We] give you more options to play together as a team. One [class], perhaps, can take more damage than you can, but you can deal more damage, or maybe at a longer range. So, by combining both of your abilities at the right moment, you can take out Darth Maul [for example] if the timing is right and the moment is perfect.
“We don’t want it that it’s always a counter, but we want it that it gives you that glimmer of hope – another Star Wars thing – that there is a possibility that if I play my cards right and if I’m lucky and if I do the right things at the right times, then I might become the hero of the match. Maybe not always, but maybe sometimes.”
Let’s dissect that for a moment because it’s important. First, there’s the possibility that a squad can take down a hero, and that hero isn’t less powerful, but a squad of troopers is more powerful than in the last game. Within this, there’s also the implication that the restrictive two-player Partner system from Battlefront 2015 has been expanded into a squad system with a higher player count.
But it won't be revealed at E3 next month. For those that have played Life is Strange, the adventure game that basically out-Telltales Telltale in the presentation and story department, it was a surprise gem that caught many people off guard. Me included. The supernatural and sci-fi story filtered through the guise of a high school teen drama is still an experience that I think fondly of today.
The announcement, which was made via tumblr, confirms that developer DONTNOD and the Life is Strange team are working on a follow up. Whilst also confirming that over 3 million people played the game.
We can indeed confirm that the original Life is Strange team at DONTNOD are working on a brand new Life is Strange game. We can’t wait to tell you all about it when the time is right, but for now we are hard at work ensuring it is the very best game we can create. We’re really thankful for your patience thus far and ask for a bit more time. The new game will not be at E3 in June this year but we will be watching the show alongside you all and wish everyone good luck!
If you're a fan of the Telltale-style modern adventure then we cannot recommend Life is Strange enough. Seriously, check it out.
With big savings on Enter the Gungeon, The Talos Principle, Shadow Warrior 2, and Broforce, and the first Hotline Miami. Because you, know Australia. The sale is happening all weekend, with up to 90% off selected titles. Including a few package deals like the entire Serious Sam lineup for $11.09 USD.
Devolver Digital has slowly but surely become one of the more interesting publishers of indie games in recent years, and with this sale it's pretty easy to see why. Check it out.
Formerly known as Battle.Net. And yeah, pretty big news. The PC version of Destiny 2 will released and played via the Blizzard App launcher, which is a definite first. And one that makes sense as Activision and Bungie, unlike other content provders and publishers, don't really have their own PC-specific launcher.
Bungie CEO, Pete Parsons, said, “This is a defining moment for our studio, and we couldn’t have done it without the continued support of our partners in Activision, Sony and now Blizzard.” He added, “We have an amazing community of players who have been with us on this journey, but with the sequel, the team are paying close attention to welcoming new and returning Guardians to the universe with something for every type of gamer, including gameplay for solo, cooperative and competitive players with new places to explore and adventures to conquer.”
"As Destiny fans, we were excited to learn that the sequel was coming to PC," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're pleased to support Destiny 2 as the first non-Blizzard game on our platform, and we look forward to joining fellow Guardians in their fight against the Red Legion."
Destiny 2 is out September 8 for PS4 and Xbox One, but there hasn't been any confirmation of when we can expect the PC version to drop. Be sure to check out footage of the gameplay debut.
Overnight a special Destiny 2 event was held in California, basically a full conference setup to introduce everyone to the sequel to one of the popular online shooters of recent times. One that, yes, will also be available for PC this time around. Hoe does it look? Well, pretty awesome. In terms of presentation it looks like the cinematic factor has been turned up to 11. Which can only be a good thing.
Because at its core, Destiny's mechanics are some of the most fluid and polished we've ever played. Which made up for just about all of its other shortcomings, namely in the story and progression department. In Destiny 2 the story is dark one with Earth's last safe haven invaded and all Guardian's losing their light.
Check it out.
For an uninterrupted look at gameplay, skip to the 10:00 minute mark of the presentation below. In a first for the series we see story and characters that are pretty easy to follow with the fall of Earth's last safe city. Not only that but the environments look incredible, as does the animation and guardian abilities.
Destiny 2 will be available on September 8 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. With the PS4 version once again getting timed exclusive content.
Yeah, we've bandied about that comparison before. Like pretty much everyone else, the developer included. The Surge is a brutally difficult melee action-RPG set in the future. One where changing parts on an exo-suit and wielding large blunt weapons are the order for the day. Along with a lot of dying. Plenty of dying.
So how does it stack up? Well, pretty good. If very specific in its appeal and design approach.
I admire the classical design of Dark Souls. The way in which it feels almost completely old school in how punishingly difficult it can be, and how disinterested it is in utilising modern gameplay mechanics -- whilst retaining a sense that it has all been planned methodically in advance. And isn’t cheap.
There are plenty of cheap deaths in The Surge though. Which although annoying, become predictable when you realise that every blind corner will basically feature an enemy that will lunge at you. And proceed to kill you in a couple of hits. Where The Surge makes a name for itself is in the combat, and progression that revolves around targeting enemy limbs. With the idea being, if you want that cool weapon then you better target that exo-suit dude’s arms. It’s a great setup that also plays into the crafting and upgrade mechanics, as well as the difficulty of each encounter.
But without the input of CD Projekt RED. The announcement though does confirm that the new drama series currently in-development at Netflix will be based on The Witcher novels and will feature the involvement of creator -- Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. And if the stories and themes are anything like the games (because hey, we have no idea what 'novels' are) then we're in for a treat.
A 'dark-fantasy with parallels to our own modern existence' treat.
“Andrzej Sapkowski has created a rich and memorable world, at once magical and familiar,” said Erik Barmack, Netflix Vice President, international series. “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing Netflix members around the world.” “I’m thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories, staying true to the source material and the themes that I have spent over thirty years writing,” said Sapkowski. “I’m excited about our efforts together, as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life.”
With Netflix's involvement and the goal to be to create something that might just compete with Game of Thrones, we're definitely excited for this. And even though CD Projekt RED aren't involved, here's hoping they look to the games for some inspiration.
Apart from the fact that the game will feature thousands of different arm and fighter combinations, we now know what modes will ship with the game. Plenty! Including matches where two teams of two can battle it out whilst trying to avoid hitting each other, mini-games that provide a spin on stuff like beach volleyball and basketball, and several online modes including ranked play.
It's clear that Nintendo has put a lot of effort into Arms, a game that based on our earlier play-test this year, feels like it could have the depth of some of the better known fighting games out there. The unique controls and 3D arenas pave the way for several strategies that can vary wildly even with the same fighter. Today's Nintendo Direct goes through most of the fighters in detail showcasing all the different arms and play-styles on offer, focusing on the different grades and speeds of various arms and the elemental and special modifiers they come equipped with.
Split-screen will be available, allowing for co-op through the single-player 'climbing the ranks' mode in addition to teaming up for online play. One multiplayer mode in particular, called Party sounds very cool as it creates a lobby for up to 20 players (or 10 Nintendo Switches) and then runs multiple battles and modes simultaneously.
Ahead of the game's launch on June 16 Nintendo will also be holding a beta test dubbed the Global Testpunch. Like with Splatoon before it, this will run at specific times, with the AEST timetable listed below.
27/05 10:00 AEST
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We'll more details once they're made available. Oh, and we almost forgot. The game is also set to get free content in the form of new fighters, maps, and of course, arms, as part of the post-release plan.
When it was announced for Nintendo Switch, based on the multiplayer-only stuff that we saw for a game that was a sequel to a multiplayer-only shooter, a lot of us assumed that Splatoon 2 was more special edition than proper sequel. Well, thanks to a new trailer showcasing the game's single-player campaign we can probably put that idea to bed. Splatoon 2 is every bit a fully formed sequel, and a fantastic looking one at that.
It looks like a lot of fun, like Super Mario Sunshine meets Sonic... and several thousands of litres of brightly coloured paint.
Which is less of a showcase of a large open world to explore and more a look at some of the different, and quite impressive, locations in the game. Taking place between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is all set to impress with its expanded Nemesis System and focus on large-scale battles.
Check it out.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be out for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on August 25.
Becoming the first professional sports team in the Oceanic region to do so, making the Adelaide Crows the owners of Legacy eSports. A move that makes sense and follows a trend among the traditional sports community that will see more and more expansion and focus on esports going forward.
Crows Chief Executive, Andrew Fagan, had the following to say.
Across the globe there are sporting clubs, billionaire investors and athletes becoming involved with a view to growing their brand and reach, driving commercial outcomes and engaging with new fans.
We will bring our expertise in elite and professional sport to support the high performance development of the Legacy players who are driven to achieve success in their field. We will also devote resources to support the growth of the Legacy brand and their ability to engage effectively with their passionate fan base.
League of Legends pro player and Legacy eSports team Captain, Tim ‘Carbon’ Wendel, added.
This is a landmark day for esports and we are ecstatic to start working with the Adelaide Football Club. I have always been a Crows fan so it is an honour to be part of such a prestigious club and to develop Legacy eSports into a sport powerhouse, just like the Adelaide Crows.
After announcing the end of Closed Beta invites going out last week, comes word from CD Projekt RED that the Public Beta for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game is scheduled to begin on May 24. Which is one week away. The Public Beta comes after several updates to the game, and will be playable on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
“Public Beta is the next step in the game’s development process, one that we’d be honored to continue alongside everyone who’s been with us thus far,” said Benjamin Lee, Development Director at CD PROJEKT RED. “It’s also a chance for many new gamers to play GWENT for the first time and we’re looking forward to making the game even better with their help,” added Lee.
It's worth noting that with the Public Beta basically everyone's progress will be reset, but those that took part in the Closed Beta will receive special Card Kegs and other in-game rewards.
A lot of games release a Game of the Year edition. Usually as a way to re-sell it with all post-release content and DLC, and not really as a way to highlight any awards. In the case of Overwatch, which won more Game of the Year awards than we can recount, it's Game of the Year edition is certainly warranted.
In terms of extras outside of 10 Loot Boxes and Tracer to play in Heroes of the Storm the Game of the Year edition is very much the Origin Edition from launch, as it comes with the same exclusive skins and goodies for other Blizzard games.
To mark the first year of Overwatch a special Overwatch Anniversary event is scheduled to commence on May 24 with a Free-Weekend from 27-30 May AEST. No word on what the event will have specifically, but in the lead up Blizzard has released the following video marking the occasion.
Ubisoft has finally shed light on a release date for the delayed South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
As part of their recent earnings call where it was also revealed we'd be seeing new entries in Far Cry, Assassin's Creed and The Crew through 2017-18, it was also revealed we'd finally be seeing the long-gestating South Park: The Fractured But Whole on October 17, 2017 on PC, Xbox One and PS4 (as well as, presumably, Scorpion). There's no mention of the game coming to Nintendo Switch, however.
About South Park: The Fractured But Whole:
With crime on the rise in South Park, the streets have never been more dangerous. As the sun sets on the quiet Colorado town, havoc and chaos unleash a reign of terror and the seedy underbelly of the city comes alive. The town needs new heroes to rise! Eric Cartman seizes the opportunity to save the town and create the best superhero franchise ever, his own Coon & Friends with himself as the leader, The Coon.
Every superhero has an origin, and Coon & Friends are no different. Continuing in their role as the New Kid, players will discover their backstory, assemble their unique costumes, and harness their fart-based powers from numerous hero classes to create their own original hero. An all-new combat system offers unique opportunities to master space and time while on the battlefield, and a revamped looting and crafting system gives players the freedom to craft their own equipment to aid them in battle.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be available in four editions: Standard, Gold, Steelbook Gold and Collector’s. Anyone who purchases South Park: The Fractured But Whole will receive South Park: The Stick of Truth for free.* If you pre-purchase the game at select partners, you can start playing The Stick of Truth immediately.
All pre-orders will also receive an exclusive in-game assistant, Towelie: Your Gaming Bud. The streets of South Park aren’t as safe as they used to be, and even the most seasoned South Park veteran will need help. Towelie: Your Gaming Bud provides helpful and hilarious advice and commentary to players at key locations throughout the game.
In that it will feature the ability to customise and create your own Sonic hero, choosing from a number of different animal types including Wolf, Dog, Cat, and of course, Hedgehog. With each offering a different special ability along the lines of 'Keeps one ring after being hit', 'Blows away enemies with a homing attack', and 'lies high with double jump abilities'. Plus, you can make you own Sonic creation wear glasses.
No matter what Hero the player chooses to create, it will be featured throughout the entire game. In a first for the Sonic franchise, a character the player creates will be a key part of the story, appearing not only in cut scenes, but by being a crucial element in helping Sonic reclaim the world from Eggman’s domination.
And how! Check it out.
Sonic Forces launches Holiday 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Thanks in part to D.Va joining the ranks as a new hero, but mainly the latest quest that rewards players upon completion with -- get this, 10 x Loot Chests for Heroes of the Storm and 10 x Loot Boxes for Overwatch. Yeah, a pretty tasty deal. Having only recently garnered enough courage to face off against humans as opposed to AI, I've been having a blast with Heroes of the Storm of late. And I can't wait to hop into D.Va's mech and... maybe come out victorious.
Because hey, I'm a realist.
The fourth and final week of the Nexus Challenge 2.0 event is now available! Players who completed last week’s quest earned an Overwatch Nexagon mount, a D.Va spray, portrait and banner in Heroes of the Storm, and a D.Va spray and player portrait in Overwatch. This week, players who complete five games with friends will be rewarded with 10 Loot Chests in Heroes of the Storm, and 10 Loot Boxes in Overwatch! This is the last chance to complete the Nexus Challenge 2.0 quests, so jump in with a friend and earn exclusive loot before it’s gone! As a reminder, all previous quests will remain active, and can be completed, until the event end on 23 May.
If you plan on getting all that sweet loot, be sure to add toadosvky#1791 and hit me up for a game or two. Be warned though, like with all things in life outside of quoting Seinfeld, my skills are somewhat limited.
Expected at launch but delayed due to production constraints, Nintendo Australia has finally dropped word that the Nintendo Switch Dock will go on sale May 26 for $129.95. Basically everything but the Switch unit itself, the separate dock will come packed with an AC adapter and HDMI cable. Described as "ideal for those with multiple TVs." And those willing to spend considerable money to avoid moving cables.
Now, in principal we like the idea of an additional dock. And the Nintendo Switch is a great console that we're still playing regularly (thanks Zelda for being so massive, and awesome!), but there's no denying that when it comes to the dock portion of the console Nintendo cut a few corners in its construction. Compared to the unit it looks, well, kinda cheap. And really only acts as a plastic charger and HDMI hub that lets the Switch run with a higher clock speeds to reach 1080p output.
That being said, we're still interested in picking one up. Because, well, the Switch is damn good.
As previously mentioned Microsoft is putting just about every digital Xbox 360 title that works on Xbox One on sale, with hundreds of titles discounted. The sale page only lists the discount amount in percentage, up to 75%, so you'll need to click on each game to find out the price. Which is slightly annoying.
But, there are definitely some great deals to be had with Assassin's Creed II on sale for $3.28, Banjo Kazooie $3.73, Blue Dragon $7.48, Dead Space $6.58, de Blob 2 $4.49, Burnout Paradise $6.58, Monkey Island 2: SE $2.48, and many more.
With the two new heroes being the Centurion and the Shinobi -- trailers for both can be found after the jump. Season Two will also bring two new maps into the mix, Forge and Temple Garden. Because hey, every multiplayer game needs to have a map called 'Forge' at some stage. All new maps and gameplay updates are currently free for all players with the two heroes available to Season Pass owners until May 23.
Where they'll be up for grabs for 15,000 steel a piece.
Centurions are close-quarters melee fighters that specialize in bypassing defenses and draining their opponent’s stamina. Their short range necessitates getting up close and personal to knock opponents off balance. Once enemies are staggered, the Centurion can punish them with a charged heavy and high damage jump attack. Equipped with the reliable standard-issue gladius, the Centurion is perfectly suited for getting in close and executing short-range combination attacks.
The Shinobi are experts at maneuvering around the battlefield. Equipped with backflip, front roll, dodge cancel and super sprint abilities, Shinobi are hyper agile and mobile heroes. While their low health and difficulty performing defensive counters can leave them vulnerable, their agility and long-range attacks more than make up for their lack of defense. They wield the traditional Japanese kusarigama, a weapon composed of a sickle with a chain attached. With the ability to throw and retract their kusarigama and grab at a distance, Shinobi have the longest range of any hero.
The game-within-the-game Faction War has also been expanded with Season Two offering up new territories to control.