The one from 2005, that starred The Rock. And if not worse, then almost the same in terms of visual design. Generic military, budget industrial sci-fi sets, flat lighting, and crummy creature effects. But no The Rock. As a direct-to-video or direct-to-streaming release, from what we've heard Doom: Annihilation was created without the involvement of developer id Software.
DOOM: ANNIHILATION follows a group of space marines as they respond to a distress call from a base on a Martian moon, only to discover it’s been overrun by demonic creatures who threaten to create Hell on Earth.
The film stars Amy Manson (”Atlantis”), Dominic Mafham (Ophelia) and Luke Allen-Gale (“Dominion”) and Nina Bergman (The Car: Road to Revenge).
Directing the project is Tony Giglio (S.W.A.T.: Under Siege), who also penned the film.
Doom: Annihilation is due for release later this year, in what will no doubt be a campaign to besmirch the good name of DOOM: Eternal - which looks fantastic.
Wargaming's naval warfare multiplayer action game has been making a splash in the PC space for a few years. And now with the full release of World of Warships: Legends, the multiplayer Ship-vs-Ship action has sailed into the smooth waters known as the Console Sea. In that the game is now available, and free-to-play, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Designed from the ground-up as a more streamlined experience, something which we found out in our review.
From Wargaming, the studio behind the long-running World of Tanks, World of Warships: Legends presents the console version of the game now available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Out of Early Access and presented in shiny, polished Version 1.0 form. The Legends affix at the end may sound confusing, but in execution it means a more streamlined version of World of Warships. Fewer overall ships and tiers than those found in the PC release, three classes instead of four, smaller maps, and 9-v-9 battles instead of 12-v-12. That said it doesn’t lose the sense of scale, and the impressive tactics that feel unique to World of Warships. Even when compared to Tanks. It’s the same relatively fast-paced arcade action as found on PC, and visually it looks all but identical once you’re out there on the water.
As with World of Tanks, you don’t need to be a naval history or World War II buff to get the most out of the game. Instead its charm and simple to learn mechanics will have the opposite effect, make you wonder why you just fell in love with a ship from the first half of the 20th century.
1440p, as opposed to native 4K, is currently the sweet spot for PC gaming and one of the reasons you'll find most displays today release with this QHD resolution. The new ASUS ROG STRIX XG32VQR presents a curved 32" QHD display from the hardware maker with both a 144Hz refresh rate and HDR support.
Translation, it checks all the right boxes.
The ROG Strix XG32VQR from ASUS is a revision or update of an existing and popular 32” model from the hardware maker that has been available for a while now. Albeit one that comes with an upgrade and a couple of new features. Namely in the form of Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR technology and DisplayHDR 400 certification, leading to an overall brighter and more vibrant display than the previous model. Also, for a curved 32” display it’s priced reasonably for what has the look and feel and features of a premium product.
Koch Media who, in Australia, was distribution company 18.2 who, in Australia, was formerly Warner Bros. Interactive (with other partnerships as well) will be handling forthcoming Dying Light 2 a game that has impressed us not once but twice over, upon a few viewings out at trade shows E3 and Gamescom.
Why is this news? It means the game should be handled with the same care and passion as the original from our local Koch Media distribution branch (no pressure, guys):
Koch Media covers all retail distribution in the selected territories, as well as supports Techland in Marketing and PR activities with its local teams and expertise. It is also worth mentioning Koch Media has been the distributor of the first installment of Dying Light in Europe.
"We are very excited to be joining forces with Koch Media once again. Our relationship dates back over a decade, and Koch has been our trusted partner since. This is a fantastic opportunity, and we will bring Dying Light 2 to audiences from Europe to Australia.” said Ed Lin, Head of Marketing at Techland. "After officially starting off our cooperation at Gamescom, we will work together to deliver a vigorous campaign, and launch Dying Light 2 in Spring 2020.”
“We are delighted to announce the revitalisation of what has been an extremely successful partnership over the years. Both the teams at Koch and Techland know each other well and have trustful working relationships, forged through the combined work we did for the critically acclaimed predecessor Dying Light and various other titles in our territories. All of our local publishing and distribution teams at Koch Media across Europe are excited to work on the highly anticipated next entry of the Dying Light franchise. Our past experience in working with Techland and the overall quality of the game gives us great confidence that this will be another top hit for both companies. Gamescom 2019 is the perfect time to kick off our collaboration once again. We are all ready to support the game with all our Marketing, sales and PR-expertise across all European markets and Australia”, states Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO at Koch Media.
Dying Light 2 brings to life a unique post-apocalyptic vision of Modern Dark Ages - a brutal, bleak, and unforgiving reality where you are as likely to perish at the hand of a human as you are by the Infected. In this exhausted world, your quick thinking, exceptional parkour abilities, and brutal combat skills are the only things that let you dive into the night and emerge alive. Make ambiguous decisions and witness how they impact the world on multiple levels, transform the shape of The City, and ultimately decide its fate.
Powered by the C-Engine, a new generation of Techland’s in-house technology, Dying Light 2 is set to be released on PlayStation 4, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, as well as PC.
Alongside Cyberpunk 2077 from fellow Polish devs CD Projekt RED, Dying Light 2 is among a handful of our most anticipated games of 2020.
If you thought Octodad took physics and manipulation of flesh to interesting and hilarious levels, Speaking Simulator from Aussie-based Affable Games goes to an entirely new level.
Made up of ex-Halfbrick devs in Jed Dawson and Jordan Comino, Affable Games is based in Brisbane and has announced their physics-based Speaking Simulator is now ready for a free open beta, kicking off on Steam for PC and Mac from August 19.
Speaking Simulator, an awkwardly hilarious game where an android struggles to infiltrate human society, begins testing a new batch of man-like robots with an open beta running from Monday, 19 Aug. through Monday, 2 Sept. Affable Games is now accepting signups for the beta and new members into their Discord.
A potato-powered A.I. plans to subjugate the entirety of humanity. This adorable and possibly deadly sentient machine creates human-like androids designed to smooth-talk their way into society and bring down mankind from within. Barring any blue screens or short-circuiting, of course.
Each android is designed to observe humans and must execute perfect mandible manipulation to avoid discovery. Each flawlessly flailed tongue brings world domination one step closer. However, every mistake exposes a flaw in the pathetic human anatomy. Keep words flowing or suffer the consequences of detached jaws, exploding teeth, smoking ears and frantic eyebrows.
“Simulate” perfect speech with one hand controlling the tongue via keyboard while the other fleshy appendage controls mouth movement with a mouse. Smash those meat-bits in perfect harmony to become the ultimate android and execute plans for world domination.
Players participating in the open beta get to experience the first test: a date with a woman from human resources. Normal human tasks like asking for sustenance-slash-hydration units and keeping conversation flowing with the female who has chosen to mate with you should be quite simple for such an advanced lifeform, right?
“No, I am not a robot. I swear this was just a great idea we had,” said Jed Dawson, co-founder at Affable Games. “We are in no way testing a global domination platform on humans who are gullible enough to participate in our free beta.”
All the press releases in the world can't prepare you for the visual example of what you'd be signing up for though, so check out a trailer for the game embedded below, and click here for the beta signup.
In response to community requests, Respawn has added in a solo mode to its incredibly popular -- and successful -- Apex Legends. The addition will only run from now until August 27 but is likely a testbed for the mode to become permanent down the track.
Here's EA's official line on the mode's addition to the game:
Get ready to reign over the arena: the highly requested Solo game mode is now available for a limited time as part of Apex Legends Iron Crown Collection Event. Starting today, players will be able to drop into the arena alone and face off against 59 solitary enemies – in the end, only one Legend will be crowned victorious. The event will also feature an adrenaline-pumping town takeover designed by Octane himself. In addition, the Iron Crown Collection Event will introduce brand-new skins, fresh loot, and much more for players to unlock.
No guts, no glory. The Apex Legends Solo mode is here for players who have what it takes to become an Apex Legends Champion alone. Without any squadmates to watch their back, ping loot, or deliver them to a respawn beacon, players who drop into this new mode will have to adapt their strategies if they want to be the only Legend to make it out of Kings Canyon alive.
Octane’s Town Takeover will add a new rush of thrill-inducing action to Kings Canyon. The stadium, located at a coastal settlement to the west of Skull Town, features something new for the daredevil in all Legends: a mega jump pad course, stunt ramps, and plenty of fire are waiting for Legends looking to show off while they take down.
From August 16 – August 18 players will also score double XP for Top 5 finishes and wins which applies to both Account Level and Battle Pass progression.
Throughout the Iron Crown Collection Event, players can battle it out in style as new Legend skins, weapon skins, banner frames, and poses will be available for a limited time. These exclusive Iron Crown cosmetics can be found in Iron Crown Collection Packs. Players can earn two free packs by completing special event challenges, with additional packs available for purchase.. Iron Crown Collection Packs offer a 50/50 probability for Epic or Legendary items only. No duplicates, commons or rares – only top tier items.
Players who obtain all 24 Iron Crown exclusive items will have the opportunity to purchase the second heirloom item to enter the arena: Bloodhound's Battle Axe. After that, it will enter the standard Apex Pack loot pool.
This is good news as I attempted to jump into the game a bit over a week ago with no friends and found it really annoying being matched with randoms and then being caped upon landing before even getting a weapon. Solo mode means I can at least only blame myself for sucking.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Gears 5, we've partnered with Seagate to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a special edition Xbox Game Drive. One that in addition to sporting an awesome Gears 5 look comes with in-game bonuses too. Entry is easy to hit the jump for the link.
All you need to do is answer a very simply question, "Who's your favourite Gears character and why?". There's no wrong answer, although some might be wronger than others.
Here's a closer look at the drive.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Gears 5, Seagate is releasind a limited Special "Gears 5" Edition of its popular Game Drive for Xbox (AU MSRP $129) developed in collaboration with Microsoft and The Coalition. Where in addition to the 2TB of USB 3.0 storage, and a very cool Omen immersed in ice and snow look the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox Gears 5 Special Edition also includes a Lancer weapon skin, Supply Drops for use in Gears 5, and a 1-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership to play Gears 5 in early access four days early before its September 10 launch.
In case you missed it, last week it came to light that DayZ had been refused classification in Australia taking us back to the classification stone ages, once again. The reason, despite the game being out in the wild for a fair amount of time now, was because a submission was made by local distributor, Five Star Games for a physical release of the game, with the classification board citing drugs within the game as the issue.
The thing is, this seems to have come about because there's Cannabis in the game which you can use to heal you, and we've seen this happen in the past, most notably with Fallout 3 where Bethesda famously went back to the development drawing board and created new names for its numerous healing and buffing devices.
"Through general gameplay, the player is able to collect and use a variety of equipment, supplies and weaponry. One of the options to restore the player's health is a marijuana joint, labelled 'cannabis', which is denoted by a cannabis bud in the player's inventory.
"The use of drugs (marijuana) as an incentive or reward during the gameplay exceeds what can be accommodated within the R18+ classification and therefore must be Refused Classification."
DayZ developer Bohemia initially said despite the RC, the digital version of the game -- again, having been out in the wild for quite a while now -- would not be affected, but that looks set to change thanks to an update on all things zombie survival from Kotaku AU.
So, despite the most recent IGEA report stating that, in Australia, the average age of gamers is 34, we're still stuck in draconian concepts and ideologies, despite being able to stream Dave Chappelle's stoner classic, Half Baked.
Maybe it's time for the Classification Board to grow up, and not the gamers.
For the sheer fun of it, here's a flashback video of
We were recently invited out to an event to get hands-on with The Outer Worlds, the forthcoming open-world/sandbox action-RPG from Obsidian where we also got to speak with the game's lead designer, Charles Staples on many a space-faring topic.
Here's a snippet:
“We have a bit of dark humor in this one, and that does come a lot from our game directors Tim [Cain] and Leonard [Boyarski],” explains Lead Designer Charles Staples. “Tim is really the silly slapstick; big fan of Futurama and The Simpsons, while Leonard's more of the gritty darkness [of the game]. So sort of how they collaborate and work together gives us that dark humour where we try to make sure that even the silly things or the fun things in the game have a dark undertone to [them], but then the dark moments still have some lightness and brevity, because we don't want to just bombard people.”
And that shouldn't be considered a dig at the franchise, but an observation about woman's sport finally being fully represented across multiple brands, because really, it's just been a massive oversight for too long.
All 12 teams from the WNBA will feature in the game with full license with a number of players going through the mo-cap process to ensure the woman's game is represented properly.
“Growing up, I always remembered watching male athletes on TV and playing as them in video games. Now, to have the WNBA be in the position we are and to have women featured prominently in NBA 2K20, we are allowing young girls and boys to have female athletes as role models,” said Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks forward via press release. “The 2K team has done an amazing job of making sure to not just put women into the game playing men’s basketball, but I’ve seen first-hand the hard work they’re doing to make this as real and authentic as possible to women’s basketball. I’m proud to be a part of this team paving the way for the future.”
Many of the top WNBA superstars, like Parker and A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, have been scanned into NBA 2K20 earlier this year using our best-in-class motion capture technology to create the most realistic simulation on the market.
“For years, fans have requested the ability to play as some of their favourite WNBA stars,” said Jeff Thomas, SVP of Development, Visual Concepts. “We’ve been working with the WNBA and their top players to modify our basketball simulation engine to replicate the WNBA on-court experience. We’re excited to roll out this new feature in NBA 2K20 because we know how important the WNBA is to the world of basketball.”
It should be noted that our very own Erin Phillips who now plays for the Adelaide Crows in the AFLW had a celebrated career in the WNBA for the Dallas Wings where she now works behind the scenes and is regarded as one of the best sports woman in the world. If the AFLW ever has its own version of the Brownlow Medal, it's likely to be named after her, such is her level of dominance and teampersonship.
NBA 2K20 releases this September 5. Watch a trailer highlighting the above embedded below.
Agency and RPG are at the core of the upcoming GreedFall from Spiders Studio and Focus Home Interactive, and if we're being honest, it looks very, very cool with deep customisation, incredible visuals and a deep and immersive combat system.
There's definitely a combined vibe of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Horizon Zero Dawn and Assassin's Creed here, but that's a surface feeling, it also looks like it's forging its own privateer path. Here's some official words on it:
Explore uncharted new lands as you set foot on a remote island seeping with magic, and filled with riches, lost secrets, and fantastic creatures.
Forge this new world’s destiny, as you befriend or betray companions and entire factions. With diplomacy, deception and force, become part of a living, evolving world – influence its course and shape your story.
You can also learn more right here. Releasing for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on September 10, GreedFall looks to offer a swashbuckling adventure filled with player-choice, far-reaching consequence and fun exploration.
Lead by Gears of War 4 and Forza Motorsport 6, this month's "Games with Gold" list is full of classics.
Both of the aforementioned are visual benchmarks for Xbox One X, if you've X'd up your platform, meanwhile the backwards compatible releases this month include Torchlight and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
Gears of War 4 is available now (until August 31) alongside Torchlight (until August 15). Forza 6 will be available from August 16 through till September 15 and Castlevania from August 16 till August 31.
If you want to know more about the games, we've supplied relevant review links (except for Forza 6 which we apparently didn't review, for some reason).