The Steam Machines of CES 2014
Valve’s huge Steam Machine lineup for 2014!
by Jayden Perry
At the 2014 Consumer Electronic Expo, Valve and its partners have revealed thirteen Steam machines alongside the Steam Box, currently in beta for three hundred testers. These new machines vary in specifications and cost; from next gen console comparable models to absolute powerhouses, all running Valve’s new Steam OS.
All of these models will be available by the end of 2014 according to the product developers.
Revel at the Power of the Snowdrop Engine
by Arthur Kotsopoulos, Editor in Chief
I had the chance to check out an extremely hard to get into, behind closed doors showcase of Tom Clancy’s The Division at E3 this year. What I saw was nothing short of amazing, graphically The Division blew my mind.
The main reason behind why I loved it so much, was not because the world was vast, draw distance was large and character models looked realistic, but because the small things made me all giddy with joy.
Unprecedented physical accuracy within the environment is present to enhance immersion such as bullet holes in billboards or police cars and windows, characters rather than statically passing an open car door would actually close it before moving along. A light probe system captures indoor and outdoor lighting realistically, a dynamic day and night cycle that you could stop playing and just marvel at such a technical achievement and much more.
Today, Ubisoft have released a Youtube video that will showcase everything I just talked about above and more.
SONY: Half of Australians Grabbing a PS4 Launch Day Will Skip Work
Next Gen Fever strikes Australia November 29
by Daniel Geikowski
Gamers everywhere are no doubt the most excited when the next generation of video game consoles are on the horizon. Much like a highly-anticipated game release, many people camp out at midnight, waiting to get their hands on it as soon as humanly possible. A few gamers even schedule a day off to play their newly-acquired game to their heart’s content.
However, this small number of people struck by the gaming fever seems set to become a full-blown epidemic come November 29th. For seven years in the making, Sony’s next gen console, the Playstation 4, will be released on Australian shores. The growing excitement from the US seems to have fueled the furore over here in the land of Oz.
NBA2K14 Next Gen Is A True Insight Into Next Gen
Uber trailer is uber
by Arthur Kotsopoulos
If you’re a fan of the NBA and love what 2K have done with the series, then I think it would be best to watch the latest video that’s been released by the team. More of an in-sight, after watching this video you’ll turn around and be a true believer in what next-gen can offer.
What powers NBA2K14 on both the Xbox One and the Ps4 is a brand new engine called the Eco Engine. It brings in extremely realistic life-like character models, lighting, much better arena recreation and much more.
It’s truly amazing to witness the Visual Concepts team put their dedication into a title, from travelling the world to capture NBA players faces with minute details to enhancing the NBA experience right from your console.
The DailyZap will stream content from previous NBA games direct to your console with the ability to view up to date player ratings and team standings. MyGM built for next gen consoles exclusively which features a robust conversation engine is said to be an extremely robust franchise mode. MyTEAM is back much like Ultimate Team from the FIFA franchise.
Lastly MyCAREER, will allow players to live their dream on and off the court with a player driven experience, with cameos from real life NBA players, endorsements from Adidas and Gatorade with branching storylines.
NBA2K14 willl be available on November 22nd when the Xbox One launches and 29th of November when the PS4 lands in Australia.
©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos
Mad Max Preview: Start Your Engines!
A preview of this new next gen title
by Arthur Kotsopoulos
©2013 Arthur Kotsopoulos
Since it was revealed that the titular character in Mad Max would have an American accent the game came under quite a lot of scrutiny.
It took a petition from an Australian website Ausgamers to sway the developers, Avalanche Studios, to change voice actors really late in the game to keep the game close to its original roots.
Whilst it doesn’t continue on or have anything to do with the original movies or the new reboot, the game is still set in a post apocalyptic world.
Our titular character, Mad Max, having lost The Interceptor is on a mission to rebuild a brand new vehicle and venture forth in getting his treasure vehicle out and escaping the baron wasteland he finds himself in.