We know a lot of people have been digging the single-player aspect of DOOM, it's a game that captures the right kind of old-school action meets modern sensibilities. On the multiplayer front the game may not have been as universally beloved right away, but thanks to the impressive SnapMap feature and a bunch of updates there's always a reason to check it out. Like a new update dropping today that adds the classic capture-the-flag mode, called Exodus, into the mix.
It comes alongside another new mode, Sector.
Exodus is a one-flag capture-the-flag mode with an added twist of constantly moving bases and flags. Sector is an objective-based capture-and-hold mode where players compete to take control of zones and then hold them to score points. Both modes can be played on any existing or future maps.
Alongside two new modes comes additional tools for SnapMap, including jump pads, and customisable wheel functionality. Which, allows multiplayer games to play out a lot more like the campaign, something that many pointed to when the game first debuted. And to celebrate the update, as well as QuakeCon, a double-CP weekend kicks off today.
But it doesn't stop there, with DOOM's first bit of premium DLC called 'Unto the Evil' launching next week.
This package includes three new multiplayer maps, a brand-new playable demon called The Harvester, a new weapon (the EMG Mark V pistol), the new Kinetic Mine equipment, a bad-ass robotic armor set with new customization options, new hack modules, taunts and more.
And to somewhat alleviate the potential problems that comes with a fractured audience, DOOM PartyPlay ensures that as long as one person in a party has access to premium DLC content, everyone in the session does too. Very cool.
In addition to all the multiplayer additions id Software is also working on a new Arcade Mode for the campaign, one that will introduce a scoring system and leader-boards. Which sounds like exactly the right thing to do.
And it continues in the tradition of terrible names for Darksiders re-releases, first seen with Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition from last year. Darksiders: Warmastered Edition though is a remastered version of the original Darksiders, and is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii U on October 25.
And the name comes from the fact that you play as War in the first game. Which we could argue is the better of the two, as it has a more traditional Zelda feel to it.
A number of improvements are said to be coming along with this re-release including 1080p 60fps performance, improved textures, rendering, shadows, and post-processing. The re-release comes from current Darksiders franchise owner Nordic Games, who has previously expressed interest in creating a proper Darksiders 3. Here's hoping that these re-releases sell well enough for that to happen.
After the GOG.com, Steam, and Xbox sales of recent weeks Sony has joined in on the monetary fun and kicked off its PlayStation Store Winter Sale. And with plenty of deals up for grabs, like 50% off Fallout 4, 55% off The Witcher III, and an Assassin's Creed triple pack including Black Flag, Unity, and Syndicate, PlayStation owners have a long weekend of browsing, buying, and possibly playing ahead.
There's plenty on offer across PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and even Movies. Here's a few of the PlayStation 4 bargains that got our attention.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt - $30.95 (55% off)
Fallout 4 - $47.95 (50% off)
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection - $24.95 (75% off)
Bloodborne - $30.95 (43% off)
Just Cause 3 - $39.95 (60% off)
Batman: Arkham Knight - $30.95 (55% off)
The Evil Within - $17.95 (64% off)
The Telltale Collection - $47.95 (68% off)
Zombie Army Trilogy - $17.95 (74% off)
Of course there's plenty more, so head on over to the PlayStation Store to check out the deals.
If you haven't dabbled in Ubisoft's tight, tense and challenging team-based competitive shooter, Rainbow Six Siege, the publisher has announced that it'll be free to play over the weekend across both Xbox One and PC from Steam and Uplay.
Placing players in the centre of dangerous close-quarter confrontations, teams must work together to breach the enemy’s position by utilising competitive and strategic gameplay skills. Players can try out the operators and experience the game’s destructible environmental tactical gameplay.
Fans and players can tune in to watch a livestream of the Season Two Xbox One Pro League Finals and watch the top Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege players compete for a prize pool of $75,000. Viewers will also get a first live demo of the new Skull Rain gameplay just before the final match. The livestream will be broadcasted on Saturday, July 30, here: https://www.twitch.tv/rainbow6.
Have you been waiting for a price drop or an opportunity like this? Or have you played and it's just not your cup of tea? Let us know in the Comments.
2K is releasing a series of short introductory videos highlighting the main characters who'll be taking on the mob in Hangar 13's evolution of the series out of the 40s and 50s and into the tumultuous 60s. It's ragtag versus familial in Mafia III. Click through to see quick snippets on the game's anti-hero Lincoln Clay, and his sister-in-arms Cassandra, AKA "The Voodoo Queen".
Mafia III is out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One this October 7,
Which is a new mode where players and teams are tasked with capturing and holding various bases spread out across a map. For supremacy! Like the name says. World of Tanks Blitz is the iOS, Android, Windows 10, and OSX mobile version of the popular MMO tank phenomenon.
The premise of Supremacy is simple. Around each map, there are several bases to capture. Capturing these bases amasses points for a team. The more bases a team controls, the quicker points are accrued for them. To win, players can either reach 1,000 points, or, if destruction is the name of the game, they can just wipe out the opposition to win.
At its heart, Supremacy is a free for all—any Tier V–X vehicle can help your team take victory. However, tactics, teamwork, and preparation are crucial because those scattered bases can’t be held without a solid plan of action.
Check out the following video that goes through what's included in the 3.0 update.
In addition to the hordes of slow-paced canon fodder that the series is known for. In a new behind the scenes video, developer Capcom Vancouver goes over some of the new features in the game. And for those worried or wondering if the return of Frank West means a more subtle experience along the lines of the first game, yeah, nope. Dead Rising 4 features an Exo-Suit that can be combined with a Slurpee machine to create ice tornadoes.
Check out the bleep-filled video below.
Dead Rising 4 is out December 6 on Xbox One and Windows 10.
Diablo III has seen a pretty steady stream of content updates since the release of the Reaper of Souls expansion in 2014. And with the next season about to kick off on PC, Diablo III Patch 2.4.2 looks to add a few more difficulty levels. Going all the way up to Torment XIII, it should provide more of a challenge for those of us with super powerful Earthquake/Leap Barbarians.
As an incremental patch there won't be a lot more than this added to the game, but with the increased difficulty comes better drop rates, which should be more than enough to dive back in. Also, the change to the drop rates for Infernal Machines being for reals 100% with a change for doubles should make the usually disappointing act of trying to create the perfect Ancient Hellfire Amulet more bearable.
New Difficulty Levels
With new power comes a desire to test your strength. If you’ve sharpened your weapons on Torment X and are ready for new challenges, you’ll be happy to hear we’ve added Torment XI–XIII difficulties to the game, and filled them with progressively better loot—so get out there and wreck face, nephalem!
New and Updated Items
As with previous patches, Patch 2.4.2 brings updates to many Legendary and Set Items and also adds a few new items and Legendary powers. Here are some of the items we’ve updated, and don’t forget to check out our PTR patch notes for all the details.
User Interface Updates
Finally, we have a few changes to the user interface. Those who enjoy taking screenshots will soon have a hotkey that hides the in-game UI for cleaner shots. We’re also adding unique pylon minimap icons to Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts, and a unique icon for the Menagerist Treasure Goblin.
Adventure Mode Changes
We’re also sweetening Adventure Mode rewards, starting with Nephalem Rifts. You’re now guaranteed a Greater Rift Key when completing any Rift, with a chance to get a second (or even a third) key as you increase the game’s difficulty. We’ve also adjusted drop rates for Infernal Machines, with a 100% drop chance in Torment IV, and an increasing chance for a second machine to drop as you go up in difficulty.
The patch is expected to go live soon. And for those that were wondering, apparently Torment XIII is equivalent to Greater Rift 60.
We're mere weeks away from the anticipated release of No Man's Sky. You know it by now, it's the game that features a gazillion planets, galaxies and such to explore and do stuff. In terms of gameplay developer Hello Games has stated that the four pillars to the No Man's Sky experience are Explore, Fight, Trade, and Survive. And they've created a few trailers to showcase each aspect of the game.
Perhaps the biggest part of the game, Explore more than lives up to its namesake with an endless number of planets and stars to visit.
Next up is Fight, which should need no introduction. But here's one anyway. No Man's Sky will feature combat, both in space and on a planet's surface.
Trade plays an important role in No Man's Sky as you can scour planetary surfaces for rare materials and then buy and sell upgrades to your ship and more.
Which brings us to Survive, the fourth pillar that's all about not dying on a hostile planet where radiation, toxic fumes, heat, and more are all out to get you.
No Man's Sky is out August 10 on PS4 and August 12 on PC.
2K has revealed that they'll become a key sponsor for what will be known as "Friday Night Live" -- a youth basketball program with the NCIE aimed at 12-18 year olds.
The program will focus on training drills and skills development, alongside 3-on-3 competitions and kicks off this Friday 29th July at NCIE in Redfern, Sydney. Alongside the competitive element of the game, the program also aims to aid in "personal development, life skills and cultural well-being" through a series of workshops.
“Australian consumers are some of our most passionate fans. We’ve already given them the Boomers in NBA 2K17, now it’s time to give something back to the community,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K via press release.
Kirstie Parker, CEO of NCIE said, “NCIE is delighted to be working with 2K. Their sponsorship of the “Friday Night Live” program means we can host more young people, put on more workshops and – of course – we can now play NBA 2K in our very own Gaming Lounge!”
This is a fantastic endeavour for the community and for youth in general, with sport being one of the more positive outreach programs among at-risk youth not just in Australia, but around the world. Well done 2K.
Limited to just 10,000 for the PC release of the game (no word on if this will also be made for PS4), the Explorer's Edition of No Man's Sky will feature a cast metal hand-painted replica of one of the game's ships, an explorer's log and a space pen, you know, like the one that can write upside down from Seinfeld.
Here's the actual detailed list of what you'll get for USD$149.99 (roughly AUD$200):
+ PC game code (via Steam or GOG), including Horizon Omega ship pre-order bonus* – $60 value
*Game code will be sent via email closer to the game’s release. You will receive periodic production updates via email as well.
+ Hand-painted, Cast Metal Ship Replica (1:35 scale) w/ decals for customization – $125 value
+ Hard-enamel Traveller Pin – $10 value
+ Diorama Display Backdrop – $5 value
+ Atlas Traveller’s Log and Fisher Space Pen – $10 value
+ A Rad Box – priceless!
Hello Games and iam8bit have joined forces to create the No Man’s Sky “Explorer’s Edition” (PC), a deluxe collector’s set as ambitious as the game itself.
Like all of iam8bit’s products, this is a lovingly crafted package, designed to evoke a sense of space nostalgia via the inclusion of a tin toy-style ship replica. We’ve spared no expense to achieve hyper-detail, constructing the ship from a high-quality metal cast and then hand-painting each with precision. And much like the game, this collectible allows for a personal touch, providing an array of decals that can be applied to the ship’s body.
Seriously, this isn’t your average, run-of-the-mill resin statue! It’s actual metal – involving a much more complex production process, harkening back as far as the 1900s (when tin toys were all the rage). Trust us, holding this cold, metal beauty in your hands is immensely satisfying. It’s a true labor of love.
Kotaku has brought to our attention an online store (funnily enough based in Brisbane, through Etsy) that serves up sex toys based on geek favourites, with a new line of "Pokemoan" dildos, along with Zelda, Game of Thrones and Star Wars options. Probably NSFW...
Interestingly, the Pokemoan options appear to be based on the original four pokemon Ash collects: Pikachu, Charmander and the two aptly named Bulbasaur and *cough* Squirtle. They also just don't look very, how should we put it... comfortable.
Alongside the above, you can get your Master Sword from Zelda on, Lightsabers and even Jon Snow's wolf-hilted sword, sans sharp edges of course. Other representations are Iron Man, Yoda and more, all tongue-in-cheek named except for the latter which is just dubbed "Little Green Man Dildo".
Curiously, what other sex devices could fit other geek realms, do you think?
Celebrating 25 years, and it's 10th annual convention, Blizzard is once again offering fans the opportunity to experience BlizzCon 2016 from anywhere in the world with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket. Available to purchase now, the Virtual Ticket will provide HD streaming of all the panels, interviews, contests, and ceremonies across multiple channels.
And how much is this Virtual Ticket? Well, that would be $49.95 AUD which you can grab now from www.blizzcon.com. The Virtual Ticket is for lack of a better word virtually an all-access pass to all the happenings at BlizzCon. Plus, it'll also nab you all the exclusive in-game items from the event.
Developer Panels – Get a first look at the latest developments in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch—all live from the main and panel stages.
Exclusive Interviews – Want to go deeper into your favourite Blizzard games? Get even more insider info from members of Blizzard’s development teams in exclusive in-depth interviews.
Community Contests – Watch your fellow players put their creativity on display in the costume, talent, art, and movie contests on Friday evening.
Closing Ceremony – Snag a front-row seat for the Saturday-night closing celebration, and help us give a weekend full of Blizzard gaming and esports action a raucous send-off—more information to come!
On-Demand Replays – Miss a panel or just want to revisit your favourite moment? The Virtual Ticket provides access to on-demand replays of main-stage and panel-stage events for three weeks after the show.
The Virtual Ticket also includes a variety of commemorative bonuses to help keep the celebration rolling even after the weekend’s over:
Epic In-Game Items – Unlock commemorative BlizzCon in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch. More details coming soon!
Access to BlizzCon Loot – Shop for BlizzCon merch from home with access to this year’s online BlizzCon sale, scheduled to run from October 10 through November 6 PDT (October 11–November 7 AEDT), and grab some snazzy new Blizzard gear debuting at the show.
Pre-purchase the BlizzCon Goody Bag (in a Box) – For the second year running, Virtual Ticket buyers have the option to pre-purchase a BlizzCon Goody Bag (though this year, it’s in a box). Visit BlizzCon.com to learn more about how you can snag this chest full o’ commemorative treasures.
Of course with BlizzCon also housing esports events for StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone, those will all be available to watch for free.
After the debut of brand new Overwatch hero Ana Amari, Blizzard has patched Overwatch on PC to give the character a bit of a buff. In the form of a 20% boost to fire-rate, as well as a bigger magazine for her Biotic Rifle. Also included in the patch, a slight nerf to the range and effectiveness of McCree, a character that has seen his fair share of buffs, nerfs, buffs, and nerfs, since the game launched in May.
Ana balance changes
Rate of fire increased by 20%
Magazine size increased from 8 to 10
Developer Comments: While Ana has been very well received, she was showing to be a little bit weaker overall. In addition to helping her feel better to play, these changes should also increase her healing and damage output.
McCree balance changes
Primary Fire Damage falloff range decreased by 10 meters
Damage falloff amount is unchanged
As a result, even with this change, McCree’s effective range is still higher than it was at launch
Alternate Fire - Rate of fire increased by 15%
Flashbang Recovery time (i.e. the amount of time before McCree can fire again) decreased from 0.5 seconds to 0.35 seconds
Developer Comments: McCree’s latest range increase helped him quite a bit, but it was a bit too much in the right hands. This change weakens his long range damage somewhat, but still keeps it stronger than it has been in the recent past. The other changes combine to allow him to land more alternate fire shots on targets that he has hit with Flashbang.
Now, with a cast as huge as Overwatch's these sort of changes are to be expected, and will probably continue for the foreseeable future.
With the special 2TB launch editions of the Xbox One S due next week, today we've learned that Australia will also be getting the 500GB and 1TB versions of the console as part of special Halo Collections. Which will include copies of Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection alongside the sleek and slim redesigned Xbox One.
Both the 500GB and 1TB hard drive options for the Xbox One Halo Collection Bundle will be available in Australia for $399 AUD and $499 AUD from August 23. Not only smaller the Xbox One S also offers 4K video support and HDR for both games and video.
One of the highlights from Microsoft's E3 presentation was the section of gameplay from Compulsion Games' We Happy Few. An intriguing game set in a dystopian 1960s England where people take Joy pills to make the world look bright and colourful. Don't take them and you're labelled a Downer. There's a hint of BioShock to the visual aesthetic, and the premise and art alone should be enough to get you interested.
Although what we have seen on the game, and in the new trailer below, hint at a very controlled interactive narrative, We Happy Few features a procedurally generated world that is intended to be experienced over and over with multiple characters. And at its core is more of a survival game than story-driven one. It definitely sounds cool and something that we'll be checking out.
Here's a new gameplay trailer to accompany the Early Access debut of We Happy Few.
At this stage the full release probably won't be this year, and the Early Access version of the game will not contain any of the big story elements. you can grab the game now from Steam, GOG.com, and the Xbox One store.
That is, according to sources over at Eurogamer who have revealed exactly what Nintendo's mysterious NX console is all about. A portable device with its own screen, that can be docked and connected to a TV, has detachable controllers, and takes cartridges. Which even for Nintendo, seems a little out there.
Powered by Nvidia's mobile Tegra processor, during development Nintendo apparently flirted with making the device a digital download only system. But as stated the unit will take cartridges, ones that on average can contain 32GB of data. Which is a big step up from the N64 days. So there will be no crying over a lack of CGI cutscenes and high quality audio this time around.
Perhaps the strangest aspect of the Nintendo NX are the detachable controllers which are book-ended on each side of the unit that can be detached when required. Here's a mock-up of how it may end up looking.
In terms of power the Tegra processor is pretty impressive in the mobile space, but in terms of a dedicated home console it may fall short of current gen systems. When the Tegra X1 debuted in 2015 it promised Xbox 360/PS3 equivalent performance in the mobile space. But there's a chance that what's under the NX hood could be a more powerful or newer iteration of Tegra technology.
Of course if all of this is true the Nintendo NX will position itself as a very different beast to even the Wii U. A true tablet meets console hybrid. A console that you can take with you on the go. And now we wait on Nintendo to officially unveil the system, which apparently will happen sometime in September.
In a recent interview with IGN Rocket League developer Psyonix confirmed that it had solved the technical issues surrounding cross-play between between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users. And that adding the feature to the game would be as simple as flicking a switch. So what's the hold-up? Well, they're still waiting on the go ahead from Sony.
Currently Rocket League features cross-play between the PS4 and PC as wells as Xbox One and PC. So the missing coupling is pretty clear. In the interview the developer pointed out that with a company as large as Sony these sort of things can take time. Naturally, but still. C'mon Sony! Make it happen.
And after the new broke, Gwent and The Witcher developer CD Projekt RED confirmed that cross-play between consoles would also be added to Gwent once Rocket League was given the go ahead.
Batman: The Telltale Series will feature a new multiplayer style mode called Crowd Play that will invite other players to contribute to the decisions being made. Revealed over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con the new feature is said to generate a URL that can be shared with friends or the public that will actually log them into the play session.
It's an interesting approach to the studio's traditionally single-player-only presentation. Born from the advent of social media and live streaming, which Telltale's games have found considerable popularity, the new Crowd Play feature sounds like a great way for a group of people to enjoy an interactive narrative experience and contribute. Crowd Play won't stream game footage in its current form though, and taken on face value it would work best in a room with multiple participants and a single screen.
But with support for up to 2,000 participants one would think that syncing it up to a Twitch stream would be possible. Although how the latency would handle the more quick-make-a-decision! moments is anyone's guess.
Batman: The Telltale Series debuts in August with its first episode.
Hey look, it's another reminder that you still need to play Beyond Good and Evil. And perhaps its inclusion here is a clue that Beyond Good and Evil 2 is coming. Or, still in development somewhere in one of Ubisoft's dozens of studios. #fingerscrossed. Anyway, Microsoft has announced its lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold members in August. And it's a pretty solid list of gamin'.
For the Xbox One there's Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate from August 1, which is one of those hack-n-slash Dynasty Warriors type games. From August 16 there's WWE 2K16, a wrasslin' game to please all the wrasslin' fans out there. On Xbox 360, the first half of the month has the classic indie title Spelunky with the second half of the month featuring the all-time classic Beyond Good and Evil HD. Both titles will of course be playable on Xbox One via the console's backwards capability feature.
Like customisable resolutions, vertical sync, support for 4K textures, dynamic field of view, a benchmark mode, and customisable controls. Plus, the ability to play co-operatively with Xbox One users. In a new interview with Digital Foundry, Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition opened up about the technical side of the game and its plans for the PC version.
Sure, it's still a Universal Windows Platform title. But it sounds like the recent updates to the Windows 10 specific platform will benefit Gears. The Coalition's Mike Rayner explains,
Our focus on PC is to deliver a highly optimised, customisable experience first and foremost. Support for v-sync tearing has recently come to UWP and we will be able to offer proper unlocked frame-rate support that gamers expect on day one. With Unreal Engine 4 and our own custom modifications, we can take much better advantage of multiple CPU cores, alleviating the game from being CPU-bound and allowing more room for the GPU to shine with enhanced visual quality or higher framerates. Single player will not be locked to 30fps on PC.
The developers also confirmed that it has learned a lot from the somewhat botched Gears of War: Ultimate Edition PC launch, and is actively putting more resources into a much smoother PC launch for Gears of War 4.
LawBreakers from Boss Key Productions is shaping up to be quite the fast-paced and intense arena shooter. In the latest character video we get a glimpse at the Assassin class/hero from each side of the law, and the end result is a gravity defying grapple hook compilation of awesome.
Check it out.
LawBreakers is currently in Alpha, so it's great to see that it looks this good this early on.
Supreme Ruler Ultimate is a strategy game for Windows and Mac from Battlegoat Studios that puts players in the shoes of a world leader as they navigate historical tensions and international relationships from the past to the present. It's the sort of hardcore strategy title that appeals to a very specific crowd. Tomorrow though the game is getting some brand new DLC, called Trump Rising, that you guessed it - puts you in a world where President Trump is a reality.
It all sounds very much like the absolute worst case scenario for where the world might be heading. Which should make for a great game!
Within the United States, civil unrest fueled by racial tensions reaches even higher than in the 1960's. To China and Russia, the new US President seems so unpredictable and reckless that it seems logical to make a pre-emptive strike rather than wait for him to have a 'bad hair day' and launch a strike against them. In Western Europe, leaders are shaken by their new reality and realize they may have to make concessions to Russia now that America can no longer be relied upon. The European Union itself is in disarray as the UK prepares to leave and forge its own relationships. In Mexico, and even in Canada, militaries are brought to an unprecedented level of readiness over concern of Trump's ambitions.
How will this play out? Will you assume Trump's role as the new US leader and guide America to renewed Greatness? Or will you instead lead another nation and take advantage of a potentially dysfunctional America to further your own ambition?
This DLC adds the following to Supreme Ruler Ultimate:
New Sandbox starting on US Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017
Updated "Modern World" relationships, leaders, and regional economies
Take control as President Donald Trump, or try to minimize the damage as another World Leader
Build the Trump Wall - although you may have to pay for it yourself
Encourage regional growth with the Trump Tower economic development zones
Announced at E3, the triumphant return of Quake called Quake Champions re-imagines the arena shooter with the inclusion of champions. Think of them as heroes. In a new video, id Software director Tim Willits discusses the four champions revealed in the CG debut for the game, and talks about how they've been modeled around various Quake play-styles.
And how they will all come packed with their own unique abilities, from charge moves to teleportation to seeing through walls. It all sounds very hero shooter-ish so we'll have to wait and see how it plays out when some actual gameplay footage emerges.
Thursday, July 28 to be exact. Based on the hit anime of the same name, well the stuff before the colon, Ghost in the Shell: First Assault Online re-imagines the world of Ghost in the Shell as an online squad-based first-person shooter. After being in Early Access for a while the Open Beta will allow everyone to check out the game on Windows PC via Steam or the Nexon Global Platform.
As a member of Section 9, First Assault players are part of an elite force of cybernetically enhanced combat operatives tasked with protecting society and fighting terrorists on the bleak streets of a futuristic Japan.