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Far Cry 4's asymmetric PvP mode unveiled

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Far Cry 4's asymmetric PvP mode unveiled

Ubisoft has unveiled Battles of Kyrat, Far Cry 4’s PvP mode the company says shows the world in a completely different way.

Battles of Kyrat is a re-telling of a long-past war that the Golden Path rebellion fought against the Rakshasa, Pagan Min’s elite guard.

The Rakshasa are mythical warriors of Kyrat with strong ties to their natural surroundings. They only use traditional weapons – specifically the bow – but are capable of crafting multiple alterations to their weapons, and can call upon animals to help defend and attack.

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BattleCry beta coming to NZ and AU first

BattleCry beta coming to NZ and AU first

Gamers in Australia and New Zealand will be first into the beta of BattleCry, which kicks off early next year.

BattleCry is a free-to-play online multiplayer action combat game that features 32-player battles and – according to publisher Bethesda – “visceral brutality”.

It’s in development at Austin-based studio BattleCry Studios, under the gaze of president and executive producer Rich Vogel (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Ultima Online).

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Shadow of Mordor's Lord of the Hunt DLC has mounted warchiefs and more

Shadow of Mordor's Lord of the Hunt DLC has mounted warchiefs and more

The contents of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's first DLC pack have been outlined by publisher Warner Bros.

Lord of the Hunt, which is due later this year, will see the player tame and ride two new beasts while seeking out mounted warchiefs.

The new beasts are both variations on those existing in the game: a wretched graug is a graug that spits poison, and there’s a stealthier caragor called a caragath. The player will also be able to summon hordes of ghuls (zombies) to do his or her bidding.

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The Crew: second closed beta scheduled

The Crew: second closed beta scheduled

Ubisoft has scheduled the second The Crew closed beta for November 6 to 10.

You can register for the closed beta here. Those who have pre-ordered the MMO 'CarPG' on Uplay will get guaranteed access.

The beta will include the full game world, and missions for two zones, the East Coast, and the Midwest.

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Thursday Briefing: Bloodborne, Alien Isolation, Star Wars: Battlefront and more

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Thursday Briefing: Bloodborne, Alien Isolation, Star Wars: Battlefront and more

The Xbox One is getting a price cut in the US. The console will soon retail for US$350 rather than US$400 without Kinect. It hit shelves almost a year ago for US$500 (including Kinect). There won't be a price cut here.

Penny Arcade has announced that ‎PAXAus‬ will be held in Melbourne for the next five years.

Titanfall is half price on Xbox One until November 3.

The release window for Star Wars: Battlefront has been pushed back slightly: DICE’s shooter is now expected sometime in the holiday 2015 quarter, between October and December next year. That’s around the same time that JJ Abrams's Star Wars: Episode 7 hits theatres.

The first of five add-on packs for Alien: Isolation is out now on last-gen, new-gen, and Windows PC. Corporate Lockdown adds three new maps to the game’s Survivor Mode. Each map comes with a new playable character, a unique set of objectives, and a new game mode. The pack offers “a new perspective on the events on-board Sevastopol Station in the days before the arrival of the Weyland-Yutani team,” says Sega.

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Oculus Rift needs to sell 50 to 100m to be "meaningful"

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Oculus Rift needs to sell 50 to 100m to be "meaningful" - Zuckerberg

The Oculus Rift will need to sell between 50 million to 100 million units in order to be considered a "meaningful thing as a computing platform" estimates Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook bought the virtual reality headset company in March for US$2 billion in cash and stock.

Speaking on Facebook's Q3 2014 investors call, Zuckerberg said Oculus will "eventually become a business" once the audience and ecosystem has been built.

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GTA Online goes offline to prepare for new-gen launch

GTA Online goes offline to prepare for GTA V new-gen launch

The Grand Theft Auto Online servers are down for an extended maintenance to prepare for the game's upcoming launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The servers went offline at 7am NZDT. Rockstar anticipates that it should take seven hours to perform the maintenance.

Service should therefore resume at 2pm NZDT.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition's save creation tool now in open beta

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Dragon Age: Inquisition's save creation tool now in open beta

Dragon Age Keep, the customisation and save import tool for Dragon Age: Inquisition, is now in open beta.

The app gives players the option to customise Inquisition’s world by simulating decisions made in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, and then importing them into Inquisition as a save file.

An Origin account is required.

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Dying Light is no longer coming to Xbox 360 and PS3

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Dying Light is no longer coming to Xbox 360 and PS3

Dying Light is no longer in development for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

In a post on the game’s official Facebook page, developer Techland said that last-gen consoles simply aren’t up to the task of running the game in an acceptable fashion.

“For instance, up to 200,000 objects can be displayed in the game at once. Add to this our use of realistic, physics-based lighting technology and you really start to push the next-gen systems to the limits,” said Techland.

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Top-down racing combat title BlazeRush hits PS3 and PC

Top-down racing combat title BlazeRush hits PS3 and PC

Top-down racing combat title BlazeRush is out on PlayStation 3 and Windows PC today.

It’s from Russian developer Targem Games, which was responsible for last year’s well-received space MMO Star Conflict.

BlazeRush supports local multiplayer for up to four, and up to eight players online. Players can join at any time, even during a race.

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Twitch cracks down on underdressed streamers

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Twitch cracks down on underdressed streamers

Twitch is cracking down on scantily-clad streamers.

In an update to its Rules of Conduct, the company has requested that streamers dress “appropriately” and make sure that games are the focus of their broadcasts.

“Nerds are sexy, and you're all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let's try and keep this about the games, shall we?” it said.

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Destiny's first expansion detailed and dated

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Destiny's first expansion detailed and dated

Destiny expansion The Dark Below will be available for download on December 10, Activision and Bungie have announced.

The Dark Below is the first expansion to hit the game since it launched in September.

It features all-new weapons and gear to earn through a new story, along with cooperative and multiplayer activities.

“Destiny was created as a living universe, which has allowed us to improve the experience post launch in real-time,” said Bungie president Harold Ryan.

“It also gives us insight into the things players are looking for in new content. We’ve seen from feedback that people want new activities, gear and weapons, and of course the immensely popular Raid. The community helps shape our development decisions and that’s really important to us.”

News Index


BattleCry beta coming to NZ and AU first
BattleCry beta coming to NZ and AU first
NEWS Bethesda promises brutal 32-player battles.
PC
Far Cry 4's asymmetric PvP mode unveiled
Far Cry 4's asymmetric PvP mode unveiled
NEWS Old tech vs new.
PC, XO, PS4
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Shadow of Mordor's Lord of the Hunt DLC has mounted warchiefs and more
Shadow of Mordor's Lord of the Hunt DLC has mounted warchiefs and more
NEWS Out this year.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Thursday Briefing: Bloodborne, Alien Isolation, Star Wars: Battlefront and more
Thursday Briefing: Bloodborne, Alien Isolation, Star Wars: Battlefront and more
NEWS A dose of bite-sized news.
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The Crew: second closed beta scheduled
The Crew: second closed beta scheduled
NEWS From Nov 6 -10.
XO, PS4
Oculus Rift needs to sell 50 to 100m to be "meaningful" - Zuckerberg
Oculus Rift needs to sell 50 to 100m to be "meaningful" - Zuckerberg
NEWS "A 10 year thing".
4
GTA Online goes offline to prepare for GTA V new-gen launch
GTA Online goes offline to prepare for GTA V new-gen launch
NEWS Should be back around 2pm.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
Dragon Age: Inquisition's save creation tool now in open beta
Dragon Age: Inquisition's save creation tool now in open beta
NEWS Set your world state.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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Top-down racing combat title BlazeRush hits PS3 and PC
Top-down racing combat title BlazeRush hits PS3 and PC
NEWS Features local and online multiplayer.
Destiny's first expansion detailed and dated
Destiny's first expansion detailed and dated
NEWS New Strike, Raid, gear, story.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
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Dying Light is no longer coming to Xbox 360 and PS3
Dying Light is no longer coming to Xbox 360 and PS3
NEWS Not grunty enough to do it justice.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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Twitch cracks down on underdressed streamers
Twitch cracks down on underdressed streamers
NEWS "Keep this about the games."
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Battlefield Hardline has a release date
Battlefield Hardline has a release date
NEWS EA makes record revenue.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
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Acclaimed RPG Valkyria Chronicles is coming to PC
Acclaimed RPG Valkyria Chronicles is coming to PC
NEWS No release date as yet.
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Rockstar details exclusive content for GTA V upgraders
Rockstar details exclusive content for GTA V upgraders
NEWS Missions, weapons, vehicles, more.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: Third-Person
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Alienware announces Graphics Amplifier to boost laptop performance
Alienware announces Graphics Amplifier to boost laptop performance
NEWS Costs US$299.
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Lost Sea is a survival adventure coming to PS4
Lost Sea is a survival adventure coming to PS4
NEWS Showing at PAX Aus.
Very few console gamers care about resolution – Far Cry 4 creative director
Very few console gamers care about resolution – Far Cry 4 creative director
NEWS Discussions "weird echo chambers".
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PC Star Wars classics X-Wing and TIE Fighter coming to GoG
PC Star Wars classics X-Wing and TIE Fighter coming to GoG
NEWS I have you now.
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Telltale's Game of Thrones adventure still coming in 2014
Telltale's Game of Thrones adventure still coming in 2014
NEWS So, very soon then.
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Analyst pegs Battlefield 5 for 2016
Analyst pegs Battlefield 5 for 2016
NEWS Sounds about right.
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The Old City: Leviathan is a dark adventure inspired by Dear Esther, Gone Home
The Old City: Leviathan is a dark adventure inspired by Dear Esther, Gone Home
SPOTLIGHT A pure narrative experience.
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Advanced Warfare leak "a real bummer" – Sledgehammer
Advanced Warfare leak "a real bummer" – Sledgehammer
NEWS Many multiplayer details revealed.
PC, 360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
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Remedy releases extended Quantum Break gameplay footage
Remedy releases extended Quantum Break gameplay footage
NEWS 16 minutes.
XO
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Sony explains how Share Play will work on PS4
Sony explains how Share Play will work on PS4
NEWS A "virtual couch".
There are big changes coming to Destiny's Iron Banner event
There are big changes coming to Destiny's Iron Banner event
NEWS Gear a bigger factor.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
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CD Projekt releases The Witcher 3's opening cinematic
CD Projekt releases The Witcher 3's opening cinematic
NEWS "The Trail".
PC, XO, PS4
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Microsoft's next new IP isn't "another military space marine game"
Microsoft's next new IP isn't "another military space marine game"
NEWS So, cars then?
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Outlast 2 is in development at Red Barrels
Outlast 2 is in development at Red Barrels
NEWS Same universe, new setting and characters.
Xbox head discusses why PS4 installs are sometimes faster
Xbox head discusses why PS4 installs are sometimes faster
NEWS A fix is high on the priority list, says Spencer.
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