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Friday, 31st July 2015
The Talos Principle is Console Bound - Heading to PS4 this October [Steve Farrelly- 12:05pm] From: AusGamers News [ 1 Comment ]
The award-winning and critically acclaimed The Talos Principle from Serious Sam creators Croteam will make its console debut on the PlayStation 4 this October.

Existential game label Devolver Digital today shared the news that award-winning philosophical puzzler The Talos Principle is heading to PlayStation 4 on October 13. The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition for PlayStation 4 will include the critically acclaimed first-person puzzler and the divine expansion pack The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna.

Alongside the digital version, introspective PlayStation fans will be able to make a holy pilgrimage to a game retail store and get their hands on a special boxed release of The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment in Europe and Australasia, and Nighthawk Interactive in North and South America.

Created by the reflective souls at independent developer Croteam and written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (Infinite Ocean), The Talos Principle Deluxe Edition asks the big questions as players connect the metaphysical dots through the ruins of humanity’s once great civilizations. Solving increasingly complex puzzles through the eyes of a sentient robot is just the first step on the greater path to enlightenment.

As if that weren’t enough, the additional Road to Gehenna content will show players an entirely new side of disembodied guide Elohim’s world: a completely new set of characters with their own society, history and philosophy to unravel.
The game is hitting Sony's platform on October 13. Watch the console announcement trailer embedded below.

Watch 10+ Minutes of Total War: Warhammer Gameplay, Complete with Developer Commentary [Steve Farrelly- 11:51am] From: AusGamers News [ 3 Comments ]
After the tantalising in-engine trailer dropped not so long ago, Creative Assembly has finally unveiled the in-game look and feel for their Warhammer-set next Total War entry. And it looks good.

The one thing I took most away from this video is just how stoked the studio appears to be now working on a fantasy setting rather than history, but like their history outings you can also tell they've done their homework and you could be forgiven for thinking they've been working across Warhammer titles the whole time.
Accompanied with developer commentary, this scripted battle demo is taken from work-in-progress code and depicts a desperate clash between the forces of the Empire led by Emperor Karl Franz and a Greenskin horde led by Orc Warboss Grimgor Ironhide.

The Battle of Black Fire Pass formed the basis for this year’s Total War: WARHAMMER E3 press demos, and offers a glimpse of the tremendous diversity of battlefield units, spells, war machines, monstrous creatures and fantasy environments that will appear in the final game. As a Quest Battle available specifically to Karl Franz, it represents one of many bespoke, optional encounters players will unlock as they progress through a campaign with their chosen Legendary Lord.
Watch the full 10+ minute gameplay video embedded below, and let us know if this now has your attention.

Thursday, 30th July 2015
Throwback Thursday - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door [KostaAndreadis- 02:41pm] From: AusGamers News [ 1 Comment ]
With QuakeCon and all you were probably expecting a look back at something like Doom. Or Quake even. But just like the news coming out of that event, this weeks throwback has nothing to do with Quake at all. It's about Paper Mario! And before you roll your eyes at the sheer lack of gibs and buckets of blood in the game, here this. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door for the GameCube is not only a brilliant turn-based RPG, but it's also one of the funniest games of all time.

From this weeks entry:
Does the idea of playing a hefty 50-hour or so RPG starring Mario sound appealing? Probably not, as the genre is usually associated with building a character and then taking part in a long and involved story. Two things that you usually doesn’t associate with a Mario game. The original Super Mario RPG went a long way to address this, but did so in a way that felt more Squaresoft than Nintendo. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door on the other hand is as easy to get into as its Nintendo 64 predecessor, but underneath its bright colours and simple interface lies one of the funniest videogames ever created. This is a comedy through and through, but instead of relying on visual gags and puns, of which there are plenty, the true brilliance comes from the well-developed characters that join Mario on his adventure.

Click here to read Throwback Thursday - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

In Case You Missed it: New Dying Light Trailer Reveals New Content, Techland Today Confirms Major Expansion [Steve Farrelly- 02:14pm] From: AusGamers News [ 5 Comments ]
A trailer last week for Dying Light highlighted 180 days with the first-person zombie adventure title, and showcased a stack of content still incoming for Techland's smash hit, including a teaser for vehicles. Today, the studio also revealed a full expansion for the game, which we'll learn more about at this year's Gamescom.

"For Dying Light: The Following we’re adding a number of bold game-changers to create one massive expansion," says producer Tymon Smektala via press release. "Something big that will give the game a brand-new flavor. The new map alone is the same size as all the previous maps from Dying Light combined, so there is a lot we’re packing in here.

"We also kept a close eye on player feedback to help tailor what we’ve created here. Hopefully people will see that this new expansion is first and foremost, for the fans."

The new expansion will be free for anyone who bought into the Season Pass, but will also be available on its own. No release date has yet been revealed.

Watch the aforementioned trailer embedded below.

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide Release Date and Launch Content Revealed [Steve Farrelly- 12:48pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Celebrating some time in Steam Early Access, the Aussie-developed Warhammer 40,000: Regicide, which Warhammers up the classic game of chess in bloody cool ways, has finally found its release window.

On August 26, 2015, tactical combat and classical strategy will meet on the blood-soaked and war-ravaged battlefields, as Warhammer 40,000: Regicide leaves Early Access to achieve a full release on Steam for PC. As part of this upcoming release, Regicide will feature all three-acts of their 50 mission story-driven campaign, many new tactical abilities, a full tier upgrade system for units, and a barrage of additional fan-requested features, refinements and, improvements!

The Regicide release-day update will include the highly-anticipated Armoury where players can unlock new abilities to take into battle, an XP & levelling system, and a new unit upgrade system that allows players to Tier up their units.

Hammerfall has also added extensive, canonically authentic Russian, German and French localizations (with a few more languages for good measure still to be announced!)

Warhammer 40,000: Regicide's campaign consists of three acts. In act 1, fight your way through the first 10 missions of our epic 50-mission single-player Campaign alongside Captain Dracomedes and his loyal Blood Angels.
Developed by Hammerfall Publishing in Sydney, Regicide is a turn-based strategy game set in the Warhammer universe and will initially release on PC before making its way to tablets and beyond.

Have you been playing the game in Early Access? What are your thoughts?

Blizzard Reveal it'll be Revealing a New World of Warcraft Expansion at Gamescom Next Week [Steve Farrelly- 12:36pm] From: AusGamers News [ 11 Comments ]
Blizzard has sent a note letting everyone know they'll be announcing a new expansion for World of Warcraft at this year's Gamescom, which takes place next week.

I'll be there this year for AusGamers and will also have a chance to chat with some of the World of Warcraft peeps on the ground, so once everything is known, can I suggest jumping into here and dropping your in-depth questions so I can get them answered.

There is already a dedicated Gamescom reveal page for the announcement, which will be happening on August 7 at 2am AEST, and below you'll see an accompanying image, which I'm sure a lot of you will be able to extract some info from.

Any thoughts or speculation on what it's going to be?

Wednesday, 29th July 2015
Windows 10, Now Rolling Out [KostaAndreadis- 06:15pm] From: AusGamers News [ 10 Comments ]
The release of a new operating system may not garner the same level of fanfare as a thing built purely for entertainment, but Windows 10 is a pretty big step for Microsoft. From the introduction of a new graphics system with DirectX 12, to a future that will mean everything from PCs to tablets, phones, and even the Xbox One all running on Windows 10, the future of Microsoft is intrinsically tied to Windows 10. Plus, it's free for anyone running either Windows 7 or 8. And its available now.

In terms of games, Windows 10 will begin by integrating the Xbox into the operating system with a detailed and dedicated app that will even allow for streaming from the Xbox One console to the operating system. In addition to that DirectX 12 will make games look fancier with additional bells and whistles (an industry term to describe awe-inducing graphical effects like real-time shadow point source rendering) with smarter and more efficient resource management.

And hey, it also brings back the Start bar. The thing that went missing from Windows 8 that resulted in the operating system feature equivalent of a Milk Carton missing person poster along the lines of "Missing: User Interface Feature".

Windows 10 represents an entirely new and unique approach to Windows, and is the first step to an era of more personal computing. Not only is it free, but it’s built with feedback from more than five million customers and delivered as a service so it’s kept automatically up-to-date with new innovations and security updates. Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever, and provides a fast and familiar experience across the broadest range of devices, including PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, HoloLens and more. Additionally, it offers many innovations for more personal and productive experiences across devices, including:

  • Start – Start and Taskbar will be familiar whether you are coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8 for instant access to what matters most.

  • Microsoft Edge - the all-new browser that’s more personal, responsive and productive across all Windows 10 devices, enabling people to quickly browse, read, mark up and share the Web.

  • Xbox integration - with the integrated Xbox app, players can capture, share and edit their best gaming moments with Game DVR, play new games with friends across devices, and play games streamed directly from their Xbox One consoles to their Windows 10 tablets or PCs within their home.

  • Cortana - the personal digital assistant that makes searching and finding the right information at the right time easy now extends from your phone to your PC and tablet. Cortana will debut within the next couple of months for Windows Insider Program participants in Australia.

We’re confident once customers give Windows 10 a try they’ll experience what five million Windows Insiders are saying: that Windows 10 is fast, familiar and innovative, and upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8 is a must. Today, customers will begin to be notified in waves for their free upgrade and new Windows 10 devices will also start to become available in stores.

If you've signed up for the upgrade and are in the process of installing Windows 10 let us know your thoughts. For those looking to get their free copy head here.

UPDATE: Thanks to fpot, for those looking to force the update or download the ISOs, head here

Doom Hands-On Preview – Dancing a Hell of a Fine Line Between Old-School and Contemporary Mechanics [Steve Farrelly- 03:26pm] From: AusGamers News [ 6 Comments ]
Another QuakeCon preview comes your way today by way of a complete hands-on session Nathan Lawrence had with Doom at the show.

From his full hands-on:
There’s a crouch button, but even chief tech officer Robert Duffy laughed at its inclusion. He offered an anecdote that described E3 judges, clearly from the newer-school of shooters, whose first instinct when playing Doom was to stop, duck, back up… and proceed to get annihilated. Moving backwards in multiplayer, even jumping backwards, isn’t just ill advised, it goes against the grain of how Doom’s been designed.

Forward momentum is incentivised by the health drops that come from slain opponents. Get closer and eviscerate them with a glory kill (when they’re on low health), and you’re rewarded with more health. The 6v6 team deathmatch mode we played forced even the most cautious of players to move, lest they die from accurate rocket fire. And it was clear in my handful of matches that the rocket launcher was the go-to arsenal choice.
Click here for our full Doom hands-on preview.

Mafia 3 Confirmed, Full Reveal Next Week [KostaAndreadis- 01:27pm] From: AusGamers News [ 1 Comment ]
Hey remember a little while back when we reported that 2K Games registered a bunch of domains related to Mafia 3? And how that led us to believe that the game was in the works with an announcement coming soon? Hardly Pulitzer Prize stuff we know, but it looks like that very thing has happened. Announced via Twitter, 2K Games have teased a full reveal for Mafia 3 coming next week at Gamescom.

Judging by the teaser image, it kind of looks like that game will feature the same 50s and 60s setting of its predecessor. Plus no doubt, some thick Italian-American accents that should make the likes of a Martin Scorsese proud.

Razer Acquires Ouya, Folds Platform and Staff into Razer Business [Steve Farrelly- 12:31pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Open-source gaming platform Ouya has been acquired by tech and peripheral giant Razer, folding the platform and its catalog, along with its staff into the Razer family.

In the near future, Razer will be providing existing OUYA users with a clear path of migration to the more advanced Forge TV micro-console and Serval controller bundle. Razer’s intention is to allow OUYA users to bring their games, controllers, and accounts to the Cortex TV platform on the Forge micro-console, advancing the experience of Android gaming on TV that they have previously enjoyed. Additionally, Razer is planning deep product discounts for incoming OUYA users to purchase Razer hardware, and a spate of freebies, giveaways, and promotions to enjoy on their new Forge consoles.

Moving forward, Razer plans significant development of the Forge TV micro-console, controllers and software solutions to enhance the home entertainment experience. The company also intends to bring myriad additional games to the Android platform it purchased, through increased investment in developer and publisher programs, and with complementary technology partner initiatives.

The OUYA store acquired by Razer will in time be re-launched as Cortex for Android TV, a premier destination for Razer Forge TV games and other content.
“Razer has a long-term vision for Android TV and Android-based TV consoles, such as the Xiaomi Mi Box and Alibaba Tmall Box, to which OUYA already publishes,” says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan via press release. “OUYA’s work with game developers, both Triple-A and indies, went a long way in bringing Android games to the living room and Razer intends to further that work. This acquisition is envisaged to usher more developers and content to the Android TV platform.”
Over the past year, Razer unveiled its Razer Forge TV, a high-performance Android TV micro-console to bring Android gaming into the living room, accompanied by a gaming controller, the Razer Serval. The Razer Forge TV ecosystem is based on an open platform. Content for the micro-console is provided by Razer, partners, independent developers and publishers alike, and is serviced through the Google Play store. More about Razer Forge TV is here.
"When it comes to gamers, Min clearly knows what he is doing," says Brian Fargo, video game designer, producer, programmer and founder of Interplay Entertainment and inXile Entertainment via press release. “I'm certain that he has clever ideas on how to make his many initiatives with Forge TV fit well with all the titles and hard work that OUYA put in.”

Has anyone here dabbled with Ouya? Can you see this as a positive for the Android platform, or will it lock it down further?

Tuesday, 28th July 2015
The Witcher 3 is Getting a New Game Plus Mode [KostaAndreadis- 01:45pm] From: AusGamers News [ 4 Comments ]
Since its debut The Witcher 3 has been receiving a steady stream of patches and free additional DLC content. To the point where developer CD Projekt Red seem to be going for some sort of post-release content record. From fixing bugs to alternate costumes to new quests to even a new movement system for Geralt, The Witcher 3 has grown from strength to strength these past few months. As the last bit of free DLC for the game (paving the way for the upcoming expansions), CD Projekt Red will be adding a New Game Plus mode.

"New Game+, the final DLC, is on the way and, of course, it’s completely FREE! Stay tuned for more info regarding the release. It won’t happen this week though - we need a little bit more time to finish it."

Although full details have yet to be supplied you can probably expect something along the lines of getting to replay the game with all your gear and skills intact. And bumping up the difficulty with higher level enemies to boot. So yeah, basically your standard New Game+.

The Terminator Invades WWE 2K16, Features in New Pre-Order Trailer [Steve Farrelly- 11:35am] From: AusGamers News [ 5 Comments ]
In what is arguably the best mash-up of all time (for rasslin' fans), Arnie, his Terminator character, and the WWE have teamed up to have the machine itself feature in the upcoming game. The accompanying trailer is also very, very awesome.

2K today announced the debut of 2015 WWE Hall of Fame inductee and global action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger in WWE® 2K16, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE franchise. Best known for his acting, bodybuilding and political endeavors, Schwarzenegger, a longtime WWE fan and WWE Hall of Famer, will expand his relationship with WWE through WWE 2K16 with two playable characters – T-800 from The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day films. The playable characters will be available for those who pre-order the game at participating retailers for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, as well as Xbox One and Xbox 360. WWE 2K16 is scheduled for release on October 27, 2015 in North America and October 30, 2015 internationally.

“I’ve achieved many things in my life, but I’ve always said success means staying hungry and pushing the limits,” said Schwarzenegger. “I was honored to join the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year, and now I’ll continue my WWE legacy with one of my biggest film roles immortalized in WWE 2K16. Match the Terminator against Stone Cold Steve Austin®, Seth Rollins® or Daniel Bryan®, and there’s only one possible outcome: Hasta la vista, baby!”
Watch the new trailer, which reimagines the opening scene from T2 with WWE superstars embedded below.

Monday, 27th July 2015
All-New Hands-Off Fallout 4 Preview Direct from QuakeCon, Complete with a Chat with Bethesda's Pete Hines [Steve Farrelly- 12:17pm] From: AusGamers News [ 9 Comments ]
Nathan "nachosjustice" is currently sleeping off his epic flight home from Dallas, Texas after finishing up at this year's QuakeCon. But before unleashing the Zs, he unleashed a number of other letters putting together a new and in-depth breakdown of what he saw at the event for Fallout 4, including some choice words from Bethesda's Pete Hines on the upcoming post-apocalyptic open-world RPG.

Specifically, Nate asked why the studio hasn't adopted idTech as their engine of choice, and asked Pete for a more comprehensive breakdown of how the revamped S.P.E.C.I.A.L. skills and perk system is intended to play out, among much more.

From the interview feature:
For instance, concept art by the late Adam Adamowicz was shown to highlight the innards of the Mr Handy robot, which Howard said will be rendered in-game because the automaton can be blown apart piece by piece. On the bigger end of the scale, there was a fantastic vertibird crash near the end of the gameplay demo. As it spun out of control, a poor NPC flew screaming out of the side door and into the ground, before the vertibird exploded into the side of a warehouse, its parts scattering around the landscape.

According to Hines, “when they blow up, they blow up badly”.
Click here for our all-new Fallout 4 interview and preview feature.

And in case you missed it, a new video for the game focusing more on combat broke during the week. Watch it embedded below.

Friday, 24th July 2015
Rise of the Tomb Raider Heading to PC "Early 2016" [KostaAndreadis- 03:51pm] From: AusGamers News [ 1 Comment ]
Rise of the Tomb Raider is still set to be released this November on Xbox One and Xbox 360. But as this was always a timed-exclusive no word had previously been given on exactly how long it would be for or when we could expect to see the game on other platforms. Until now.

Although no specific dates have been given, Square Enix have announced that we can expect to see the hotly anticipated game on Windows 10 and Steam in "Early 2016". As for the timed exclusive, that seems to only apply to the console version as a PlayStation 4 release won't happen until a full year later in "Holiday 2016".

The Talos Principle Expansion, Road to Gehenna, Now Available on Steam [Steve Farrelly- 02:59pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
Devolver Digital and Croteam (Serious Sam) have just announced their first expansion for the critically received The Talos Principle.

Independent developer Croteam and the spiritually enlightened team at Devolver Digital have delivered total consciousness by way of The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna, the massive new expansion to the award-winning first-person puzzler, The Talos Principle. For those who consider their financial well-being as well as their mental capacity, The Talos Principle is the featured Steam Weekend Deal from July 23 – 27 with a 66% off discount and The Talos Principle: Road to Gehenna is 10% off the standard $14.99 price for the first week of launch.
Check out the launch trailer for the new expansion embedded below.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Goes Gold - Pre-Download Now Available [Steve Farrelly- 12:51pm] From: AusGamers News [ 1 Comment ]
Microsoft has announced that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition -- the spruced up version of the original game for Xbox One is now out of production and ready for digital pre-download.

Pre-order and Pre-Download Starting Today
“Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” is now available for pre-order and pre-download. Fans who can’t wait to jump into the action on Aug. 25 can visit the Xbox Store to pre-order and pre-download the Standard and Deluxe Editions of “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition,” so that it’s ready to go when the game releases. Those who pre-order will also receive exclusive bonus skins and characters including:
  • Standard Edition ($49.95 AU) – The landmark original “Gears of War” returns, offering a full digital game download, plus pre-order bonus items including the Adam Fenix and Civilian Anya multiplayer skins and Animated Imulsion Weapon Skin for use in multiplayer matches.

  • Deluxe Edition ($89.95 AU) – The ultimate “Gears” experience. On top of the Standard Edition items, the Deluxe Edition also includes the Deluxe Weapon Skin Pack featuring 10 different Animated Weapon Skins and 36 standard Weapon Skins, as well as the Civilian Marcus Fenix and Aaron Griffin multiplayer characters.
There's also a new opening cinematic for the game you can watch embedded below, as well as a new behind-the-scenes video from the devs below that.

The game is officially out on August 25.

Fallout Anthology Announced for PC; Comprises Every Fallout Release for AUD$100, Coming October [Steve Farrelly- 03:01pm] From: AusGamers News [ 9 Comments ]
Pretty much everything you need to know is in the title there, but true to the annual QuakeCon specials that roll out of the event (taking place this weekend, and we have a man on the ground), Bethesda has revealed all the post-apocalypse you can eat until November's Fallout 4.

Coming to Australia on October 1st:
Fallout Anthology features five critically-acclaimed games and official add-ons in a premium collectible set, with a space reserved to add your copy of Fallout 4. This ultimate collectible is packaged together in an exclusive mini-nuke storage case with audible bomb sound.

This Fallout collection includes:
  • Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition
    • The Pitt
    • Operation: Anchorage
    • Broken Steel
    • Point Lookout
    • Mothership Zeta
  • Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition
    • Dead Money
    • Honest Hearts
    • Old World Blues
    • Lonesome Road
    • Gun Runners' Arsenal
    • Courier's Stash
  • Fallout Tactics
  • Fallout 2
  • Fallout
The space for Fallout 4 bit is interesting too. Even if you already have one or two of the above, is the full collection something you might be willing to buy into?

Thursday, 23rd July 2015
Ten Years Later - New Patch Released for Star Wars KOTOR II [KostaAndreadis- 03:04pm] From: AusGamers News [ 17 Comments ]
Remember back in 2004 when KOTOR II came out? The sequel to the fantastic BioWare RPG Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic? Well, you may remember it being a little buggy. You see at the time it was rushed to market in order to appease the release date gods and consequently was in a state that was far from finished. Well, as of now the game has been officially updated to include Steam Workshop access to the mandatory Restored Content Mod. Plus, support for 4K and 5K resolutions.

As part of a community group announcement, it now looks like Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II is just about ready to live up to the accolades it has garnered over the years as a brilliant and often times superior RPG to the original.

Aspyr in partnership with Disney Interactive and LucasArts is proud to announce STAR WARS™ Knights of the Old Republic™ II - The Sith Lords™ is now available on Mac and Linux, along with a massive update to all 3 platforms.

New features include:

  • 37 achievements to be earned through gameplay
  • Steam Cloud saves
  • Native widescreen resolution support
  • Resolution support up to 4K and 5K
  • Support for controllers, including Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, along with several others (check the system requirements for details)
  • Steam Workshop support! We proudly worked with the Restored Content Mod Team to have their famous TSLRCM up on launch day

    Oh...and we added a "Force Speed Effects" option in the menu ;)

  • Even though native widescreen and controller support is great news, the real kicker is the easy installation of the Restored Content Mod. A mod that not only adds parts of the game that were removed due to them not being ready in time for the 2004 release, but one that also fixes hundreds of major and minor bugs.

    Nintendo of Australia Reveals New Super Mario Maker Bundles and Awesome Amiibo in Celebration of Mario's 30th Anniversary [Steve Farrelly- 01:44pm] From: AusGamers News [ 1 Comment ]
    Super Mario Maker, the Super Mario Bros. game creation software coming exclusively to Wii U in September is justifiably celebrating 30 years of Super Mario with some pretty cool bundles and features, Nintendo of Australia has announced.

    The next evolution of the Super Mario Bros. series, Super Mario Maker for Wii U lets you not only play but also create and share brand new courses. The game wowed the crowds at the annual E3 expo last June and is set to unleash the creativity of generations of Mario fans as it launches just in time for the 30th anniversary of the original Super Mario Bros. game.

    Super Mario fans can look forward to the following releases on 12th September:
      • Super Mario Maker Wii U Premium Pack: a black Wii U Premium console, a physical copy of Super Mario Maker, a Hardcover Artbook and a Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection (SRP AU$439.95)
      • Super Mario Maker Limited Edition Pack: a physical copy of Super Mario Maker, a Hardcover Artbook and a Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection (SRP AU$89.95)
      • Super Mario Maker Standard Edition Pack: a physical copy of Super Mario Maker and a Hardcover Artbook* (SRP AU$79.95)
    The Classic Colours Mario amiibo from the Mario 30th Anniversary Collection will also be available on its own from 12th September, while the Modern Colours variant will go on sale from 24th October.

    In addition, those who preorder the Super Mario Maker Limited or Standard Edition Packs from EB Games will receive a bonus Super Mario Maker Magnet Pack.
    Check out all the features images below.

    World of Tanks Xbox One Pre-Download Offer Includes... A TANK! Surprise! [Steve Farrelly- 12:23pm] From: AusGamers News [ 0 Comments ]
    World of Tanks rolls out on Xbox One next week on Tuesday, July 28, but ahead of that date Wargaming is offering a pre-download deal featuring, you guessed it, tanks.

    Take command of history’s most powerful tanks and experience the intensity of tank combat on console like never before. Charge into the fray and engage in epic 15-v-15 multiplayer tank battles. Hundreds of stunningly realistic mid-20th century armored fighting vehicles await your command. Take the helm and fight the enemy in beautifully realized environments where your careful aim and steady hand make you a force to be feared. Share your greatest battle moments and, for the first time ever, battle with players on Xbox One and Xbox 360 with cross-play. Five distinct vehicle classes are at your disposal: tank destroyers, artillery, light, medium, and heavy tanks.
    The pre-download tank is obviously free and is the American Tier 2 T1E6-X1 with an "exclusive emblem and permanent camo as well as a garage slot".

    Check out the tank below, and click here to pre-download.

    Hearthstone's Next Expansion, The Grand Tournament, Coming Next Month with 132 New Cards [Steve Farrelly- 11:46am] From: AusGamers News [ 9 Comments ]
    As has become customary for Blizzard's Hearthstone, an announcement of new content has just struck and lo and behold, it's just around the corner.

    Excitement is in the air as brave champions hailing from the icy reaches of Northrend to the deserts of southern Kalimdor ready their lances for battle. This can mean only one thing—The Grand Tournament™ is soon to begin! Let it be known throughout the land that the upcoming expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft™ will bring knightly combatants together from all over to prove their martial prowess. All told, The Grand Tournament will welcome 132 noble cards to the (round) table as well as introduce an all-new keyword—Inspire.

    The Grand Tournament transports brave Hearthstone duellists to the frigid continent of Northrend, where the heroes of the Argent Crusade once held a tournament to coax out Azeroth’s greatest fighters—and prepare them to battle the undead legions at the icy heart of the realm. The Lich King’s evil has been vanquished, but that doesn’t mean the jousting has to stop . . . the competitive atmosphere’s just a lot more playful (and a bit warmer) than it used to be.

    When rallying new recruits to their cause, players will notice that some of these knights possess an all-new keyword—Inspire. Minions with the Inspire keyword have a special ability that can only be activated by using the Hero’s Power. This means that Hero Powers now play an even greater role in strategy, as they can be used to inspire some minions to reach their full potential in battle by calling reinforcements, restoring health, and much more! Players will want to use these minions wisely to give their play the perfect boost!
    Much like the GvG expansion, The Grand Tournament is going to come packed with a huge number of cards threatening to once again reinvent the meta and give not-so-professional players like me more of a chance to even the playing field for, well, a week or so (I could just knuckle down and play harder, I guess).

    Blizzard has revealed that starting next week you'll be able to pre-purchase a bundle of 50 card packs for $65 Aussie dollars, which will also reward you with a uniquely-themed card back. Moreover, like GvG the content will be winnable in Arena runs and as regular card pack purchases from the store.

    Have a look at the new tournament board and two select cards from the expansion below.

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