2K Games Website Teaser “Advent”, New IP or Bioshock Game


2K Games, via various forms of social media, posting a website to a company called ‘Advent’, which suggests to have some kind of utopian society, but with some dark undertones.

Certain parts of the site appear as if they have been hacked or modified as part of the campaign, to reveal that ADVENT is not all that it seems to be, messages like ‘THE ADVENT LIES”, “SIGN UP AT YOUR PERIL” even “Millions have gone missing the ADVENT way. Meet your future neighbors.”

Quoted from the site:

Amazing advanecments in architectural construction have led to a new kind of city. The gleaming towers are specifically designed to utilize space in efficient ways never before seen, as well as provide the comforts and amentities of a resort. Each living unit is outlined with the very best in high-tech comfort and utilitarian style.

Protected 24 hours a day by ADVENT forces, citizens can have a peace of mind with the knowledge that their familiies are always safe.

ADVENT Cities are a fresh start. Join us and help us build a brighter future today.

Nothing else is revealed on the teaser site, other than a few city landscape images, which may be possible concept art for said game.

SOURCE: ADVENT

Watch The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gameplay Trailer


We’ve been a little slowly recently on the front of updating the website with the latest news, trailers, screenshots and original content due to the collective of our staff being over whelmed by work and study. Couple of days ago CD Projekt RED released a trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and what better way to get back into the groove of things with this amazing 5 minute gameplay trailer.

Sit back and revel in all its glory.

FOX Sports To Deliver Australian Television’s First Live E-Sports Broadcast


Fox Sports Australia have announced the ‘Fox Fans League’ – a Fifa 15: Ultimate Team e-sports league through a partnership with EA Sports, Playstation 4, the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) and Westfield Shopping Centres.

As per the Fox Fans League website,

In April, we will be running qualifying heats all over Australia on PlayStation®4, to bring the best FIFA 15 Ultimate TeamTM gamers together for the chance to be crowned the inaugural FOX Fans League Champion!

The qualifying heats will be staged in the Westfield Centres below, where the winner of each qualifying heat will secure their place amongst the top 16 finalists. The 16 finalists will then battle it out in the Grand Final at Federation Square in Melbourne on 29 April 2015 to be the first ever FOX Fans League Champion.

And in an Australian television first, the Grand Final will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS with FOX SPORTS’ Simon Hill and Andy Harper calling the action on the day.

With the Westfield centres being as follows:

Date

Day

Time

Centre

Location

2/04/2015 Thursday 4pm – 8pm PLENTY VALLEY VIC Centre Court
4/04/2015 Saturday 1pm – 5pm LIVERPOOL NSW Centre Court
4/04/2015 Saturday 1pm – 5pm KNOX VIC Ozone outside Village Cinemas
9/04/2015 Thursday 4pm – 8pm TUGGERAH NSW ELP Entrance
9/04/2015 Thursday 4pm – 8pm KOTARA NSW Centre Court
11/04/2015 Saturday 1pm – 5pm GARDEN CITY QLD The Forum
11/04/2015 Saturday 1pm – 5pm MIRANDA Level 3, Youth Precinct
18/04/2015 Saturday 1pm – 5pm MARION SA Centre Court
18/04/2015 Saturday 1pm – 5pm INNALOO WA Opposite Coles
Fox Sports also included a tutorial video to help would-be contestants create a team consisting of A-league players:
It is unclear as to what incentive Fifa 15 players have for entering beyond the exposure such a competition could provide, but more interestingly, this could be the beginning of Fox Sports dipping their toe into E-Sports coverage.Having recently spread to Australia in the Oceanic Pro League, e-sports are a booming market which has thus far not been represented on Australian television. It would be interesting to see these leagues showing up alongside more traditional sports coverage, but we will have to wait and see.

For more information, or to enter into the competition, go to the Fox Fans League website.

Axiom Verge Release Date Revealed, Cross-Buy Confirmed


Axiom Verge developer Tom Happ has revealed, in a post on EU PlayStation blog, that the Metroid-like platformer will be released on April 1st – a date that I sincerely hope is not an early April fool’s joke. Happ also confirmed that the PS Vita version will be released shortly after, and that the game will be cross-buy – allowing those who purchase the game on their PS4 to get the Vita version for free when it becomes available.

In the blog post, Happ says:

It’s done! It’s through certification, has all of its age rating stuff done, has been localised into six languages (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese), and poked and prodded by multiple playtesters. Technically, you could play Axiom Verge today.

[…]

After hearing from so many people who are eagerly looking forward to playing it, I decided just to launch the PS4 version first. But people who are mostly interested in the PS Vita version should not worry. It’s definitely coming, and it’s definitely going to be cross-buy, so if you buy it on PS4, it will be ready for download on your Vita as soon as it launches there.

So with that caveat out of the way, I am a little freaked out to announce that Axiom Verge will be available for download on PS4 on 1st April for €17.99!

It is worth noting that €17.99 converts to AU$26, meaning the game will likely set us back AU$25 here in Australia when it launches. In the same post, Happ details several of the power ups that will available in the game, and explains how they will interact with the world – before leaving us with this head scratcher:

CleanBreakableGrizzlybear

Interesting.

We can’t wait to get stuck into the old-school platforming goodness that is Axiom Verge, and will be picking it up day one. Tell us what you guys think of Axiom Verge on Twitter @OXCGN, or on our Facebook page!

Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition is out on PC Now!


The ‘Definitive’ Dead Rising Experience, Now on PC!

It’s the day many a fan of Capcom’s Dead Rising series has been waiting for; Dead Rising 3 is now available on Steam and other digital services for AU$89.95. Not only will you receive the full PC version of the game, you’ll also get all four expansions in the ‘Untold Stories of Los Perdidos’ downloadable content collection. This is the first time Dead Rising 3 has been released outside of the Xbox One platform, something fans have wanted for quite some time.

Capcom have given more details about the game’s optimisation and Steam support in their press release (below).

Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition includes the original Dead Rising™ 3 content along with the four downloadable add-on “Untold Stories of Los Perdidos” packs, making this the definitive Dead Rising® experience. Dead Rising 3 and The Untold Stories of Los Perdidos originally launched on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and has gone on to sell over 1 million units to date on that system.

PC gamers can experience the hordes of undead at high resolution with fully optimized visuals and upgraded textures on characters, backgrounds and in-game objects. Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition includes Steam platform support with Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud, Steam Trading Cards, global leaderboards and full game controller support. Also compatible with the keyboard and mouse, players can toggle back and forth between the two in real time.

Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition takes place 10 years after the events of Dead Rising™ 2. Set in the city of Los Perdidos during a city-wide zombie outbreak, the story follows Nick Ramos, a young mechanic. He must find a way to escape from thousands of blood thirsty zombies before an impending military strike wipes out the city and its population. Relying on the help of other survivors he meets along the way and the vast array of unique and powerful combo weapons available, Nick will need to get creative to get out of the infected city before it’s too late.

So what are you waiting for? Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition is available right now. If you need any more persuasion check out our review of the Xbox One version from its launch last year, then go on and have fun fighting off the undead hordes!

Jayden Perry ©2014

Saints Row Expansion Gat Out of Hell Announced at PAX


Saints Row IV Developer Volition has revealed an announcement trailer for a standalone expansion called Gat out of Hell at their PAX panel yesterday.

After the space faring antics of Saints Row IV, many fans asked what we could do next… the answer? Shoot The Devil in the face. Play as either Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington as you tear apart Hell in a quest to save the leader of the Saints’ soul. Historical icons, old friends, older enemies, a talking gun, a full length musical number, and a whole lot of other shenanigans all await you in the open world standalone expansion playground that is Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell.

Gat Out of Hell will also include co-op as you explore the pits of hell with the usual crazy shenanigans.

Volition also announced a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One port of Saints Row IV dubbed Saints Row IV: Re-Elected that will launch alongside Gat out of HellSaints Row IV originally released for the PS3, PC and 360 in 2013.

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell will be available from January 27, 2015 on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Saints Row Gat out of Hell

SMASH! 2014 Breaks Attendance Records


Over 13,000 People Attended the Two Day Event

Over the weekend SMASH! 2014 attendance details and event feedback was been released, revealing that a huge 13,000 people attended the Anime and Manga Show in Sydney over August 9th and 10th. This also marks the event’s eighth successful year, growing considerably each time.

The President of the event, Ray Elinon, has voiced his enthusiasm for the continuation and support of SMASH!, as well as giving an update for whats to come in the future.

For a convention that has grown in size and events, SMASH! 2014 was the first two-day convention held at a new location in many years, and SMASH! President Ray Elinon was “surprisingly overwhelmed by the general positive feedback”.

“SMASH! 2014 has been a huge year for us, and it is good to see that our fans still love what SMASH! has got to offer,” Elinon said.

“We would like to thank everyone who has continued to support SMASH! over the years. SMASH! 2014 would not have been successful without our loyal convention-goers, volunteers, exhibitors, and of course, our main special guests: animation director Toshihiro Kawamoto, cosplayer Reika, and voice-actress Kotono Mitsuishi.”

As yet SMASH! 2015 has no set dates, with more details to be announced over the next twelve months.

Organisers have already started planning for next year’s convention with SMASH! 2015 dates still to be confirmed at this stage.

“It is great to see many fans having a good time with like-minded peers at a Japanese pop-culture convention like SMASH!,” Elinon said.

I had a great time at SMASH 2014, which you can read about here, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how SMASH! 2015 will top it!

Jayden Perry ©2014

SMASH! 2014 is Happening this Weekend!


Sydney Anime and Manga Show!

This Saturday anime and manga fans from all around will be flocking to Rosehill Gardens Raceway for SMASH, a huge anime and manga show in Sydney,  Australia. This two day event will be host to an incredible amount of amazing cosplay and useful industry panels, as well as three international special guests and all the merch you could dream of.

The first of the international guests, Reika is a cosplayer from Japan, coming to SMASH for the first time. She’ll be doing a signing and a panel on both saturday and sunday!

Reika as Jean from Attack on Titan

The second guest is Toshihiro Kawamoto, co-founder and director of Studio Bones, a company made famous for animes like Full Metal Alchemist, Space Dandy and Gundam. You can catch him at art panels and signings over both saturday and sunday.

Lastly, Kotono Mishuishi will be in attendance thanks to the Japan Foundation. She has voiced characters in Neon Genesis Evangelion, Dragon Half and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, but it’s her role as Usagi Tsukino in Sailor Moon that has really made her an iconic voice actor. As with the other two guests, She’ll be doing panels and signings over both days of SMASH.

Other than these guests there will be plenty to do, see and buy, with an incredibly large amount of artists and vendors attending, including Madman, Hanabee and Mishelly88. Art prints, merchandise and a whole lot of manga will be for sale as always, so there’s plenty of opportunities to stock up the collection and nab some great bargains over the weekend. Make sure to drop by the maid cafe as well for a fun lunch!

You’ll also find SMASH has put on some fascinating and really beneficial panels for budding artists, cosplayers and creators.

Photography Credits to Phillip Cheung

Over the course of the show there are art competitions and events, cosplay life drawing and workshops on making manga, as well as beginner cosplay and prop tutorials. You can find the full schedule here!

There’s even a maid cafe.

So if you’re in the Sydney area, come on down to Rosehill Gardens for a great weekend celebrating anime, manga and geek culture! Doors open at 9:30 with panels and events beginning at 10am. Tickets are available at the door from 8am saturday. For any other info head to the SMASH website, and keep an eye out for the OXCGN crew there!

Jayden Perry ©2014