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Triad Wars to expand the world of Sleeping Dogs

Posted by Stephen Foote On Tuesday 23 September 2014No Comments

Canadian developer United Front Games has announced the projected 2015 release of Triad Wars, an online multiplayer action game that will follow on from its 2012 hit Sleeping Dogs.

Exclusively coming to PC, Triad Wars is described by Design Director Steve Ferreira as the “flip-side of Sleeping Dogs”, and will focus on the rise of players from Hong Kong gang enforcer to crime boss, stepping away from the undercover cop aspect of Sleeping Dogs’ protagonist Wei Shen.

Many of Triad Wars’ gameplay aspects will be familiar to players of Sleeping Dogs, with hand-to-hand combat, driving and racing all making a return. Expanding on the criminal angle, Triad Wars offers a myriad of illegal activities to engage in, including counterfeiting, extortion and smuggling. As an online only title, Triad Wars will also add aspects more conducive to online play such as the need to engage in turf wars with rival players to advance.

United Front Games is currently offering places in the closed beta for Triad Wars at the official site.



Bloodborne to be unleashed in February

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Monday 22 September 2014No Comments

The next few months are set to be dominated by blockbuster sequels, but with the critically divisive Destiny now in the rear vision mirror, some are now slowly turning their attention to the next wave of original IPs. Few untested titles are generating as much hype as Bloodborne, a grisly fantasy action game from the studio responsible for the diabolical Dark Souls saga.

The awkwardly named From Software has teamed with Sony to deliver Bloodborne on Friday 6 February 2015. While Sony hasn’t yet listed an Australian release date, history tells us that it will most likely fall within a day or two of this overseas mark. The online buzz surrounding Bloodborne has been building nicely in recent weeks, suggesting that Sony’s latest PS4 exclusive is likely to find a significant audience if it can deliver on its promise.

The release date announcement was accompanied by a violent and bleak new trailer for the game.


Destiny Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Sunday 21 September 2014No Comments

Available on XBO, PS4, 360 and PS3 l Published by Activision l Developed by Bungie l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-16 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Destiny is a game that will polarise players. For some the excellent shooting and wonderful level design will allow them to have an amazing experience. On the other side of the coin, the empty areas, poor story, broken loot system and boring early game will be enough to put some off for life. It may be that Destiny is a proof of concept for future entries in the franchise and that the best is yet to come. Read the rest of this entry »


The Black List 263

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 20 September 2014No Comments

Welcome to The Black List, your one stop shop for the stories published on the site this week.

SUNDAY NEWS No microtransactions during Forza launch window > When the Xbox One launched almost a year ago, many players were surprised by the presence of microtransactions in a handful of Microsoft published releases. This was all good and well in the case of the free-to-play Killer Instinct, but titles such as Crimson Dragon, Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5 demanded a significant upfront investment only to immediately nickel and dime players for additional content. READ MORE

MONDAY NEWS Dying Light release date bumped up > With a release date that seems to hop around more than a one legged zombie, Dying Light has finally settled on when it will be unleashed on the world. Wednesday 28 January 2015 is the day when the undead will swarm upon the gaming public. This change in date is actually a move forward as the game had previously been delayed until February. It is nice to see a release date move in the forward direction for a change. READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS Microsoft acquires Mojang > Last week the WSJ published rumours of a Minecraft buyout and it has today been confirmed that the reports were bang on the money. Microsoft has purchased Mojang, the Swedish indie developer responsible for Minecraft, for approximately US $2.5b. In confirming the deal, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that it “adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms.” READ MORE

WEDNESDAY NEWS Next gen GTAV dated > The last gen version of Grand Theft Auto V set sales records and divided reviewers with a technically impressive but ultimately emotionally shallow experience. Come November, current gen gamers will get the chance to embrace its nihilistic characters as they rampage across Los Santos and Blaine County to earn that all important cash. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS Lode Runner legend passes away > Douglas E. Smith, creator of the 1983 Apple II hit Lode Runner has passed away at the age of 53. The current owner and publisher of Lode Runner in its ported incarnations on XBLA, Android, iOS and Xperia, Tozai revealed the news with the following statement on its official website. READ MORE

FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED SingStar: Ultimate Party > If you were up and about during the PS2 era, you’ll likely recall the sudden but ultimately fleeting ubiquity of the SingStar franchise. It was virtually impossible to attend a house party during this period without being wrangled into an extended session on the mic. Sony’s karaoke favourite quickly crossed over into the mainstream and spawned dozens of themed sequels. READ MORE