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The Black List 275

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

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

SUNDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Dōmo arigatō, Mr. Roboto > If piloting giant walking robots across hostile alien planets, with only your A.I. for company, is your thing (and let’s face it, who hasn’t fantasized about this), then your circuits should be ablaze with anticipation for Vox Machinae. READ MORE

MONDAY NEWS Mojang’s Scrolls Officially Released > It was a few years ago now that we saw a teaser for Mojang’s new property, Scrolls. Actually it was over four years ago. Well, fast forward to a few days before now, and Mojang has officially released Scrolls for PC, Mac and Android tablets. READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS Meet Ciri > While female assassins are apparently too hard to program, it would appear that female Witchers are not. After teasing a female playable character for The Witcher 3 some months ago, CD Projekt have finally unveiled Ciri, a Witcher with Elven lineage and the ability to both heal and destroy the world she inhabits. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Rejoice with New DmC Release Overload > Capcom have just announced a one-two punch of Devil May Cry HD mayhem, the first blow coming on March 17th of 2015 with the release of DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition for PS4 and Xbox One, the finisher being the release of Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition for PS4 and Xbox One in Q4 2015. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS Online Heists are coming to Los Santos > After what has seemed like an eternity of promises GTA Online is one step closer to finally getting the much hyped heists feature. Initially promised at launch over 12 months ago, Online Heists have been almost like a holy grail for Rockstar’s impressive online world. The heists in the single player mode were exceptional so the thought of being able to plan and execute a flawless robbery with a group of friends had people salivating. READ MORE

FRIDAY NEWS Can’t deny the Hatred > Hatred has been riding a wave of pre-release criticism due its depiction of a misanthropic anti-hero gunning down a stream of civilians just because he can. Polish Game studio, Descructive Creations, has also released comments cannily protesting outrage at peoples’ reactions to fan the flames of their pre-release hype and publicity. READ MORE



Can’t deny the Hatred

Posted by Peter Nickless On Friday 19 December 2014No Comments

Hatred has been riding a wave of pre-release criticism due its depiction of a misanthropic anti-hero gunning down a stream of civilians just because he can. Polish Game studio, Descructive Creations, has also released comments cannily protesting outrage at peoples’ reactions to fan the flames of their pre-release hype and publicity.

This week, after being posted briefly on Steam Greenlight, Valve had announced that Hatred would no longer be available on that service only to have Gabe Newell reverse it stating that ‘it wasn’t a good decision’. Was this actually censorship or a just mater of taste? And did it really matter anyway?

This issue has been front and center in gaming with Target recently announcing the removal of GTA V from its shelves after a petition over its portrayal of violence against women. Australia was also very slow in bringing an R-rating to games, which had resulted in mainstream titles like Left 4 Dead 2 and Fallout 3 being either banned or released in an edited version.

At the end of the day, Hatred will be finished, released and played in some format. In fact, by writing and talking about it we are helping to promote and encourage people to play it. Whether you do or not is up to do.

The best thing about all of this is it gives us another opportunity to talk about gaming today with somebody.

So what do you think?


Online Heists are coming to Los Santos

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 18 December 2014No Comments

After what has seemed like an eternity of promises GTA Online is one step closer to finally getting the much hyped heists feature. Initially promised at launch over 12 months ago, Online Heists have been almost like a holy grail for Rockstar’s impressive online world. The heists in the single player mode were exceptional so the thought of being able to plan and execute a flawless robbery with a group of friends had people salivating.

While there has been no concrete release date, there has been a spiffy new trailer that shows off some of what players can expect. Complex planning, vehicle combat, inside recon, aerial escapes and of course robbing a bank vault were all on display. If this trailer is even close to the final product it looks like the long wait will have been worth it.

The heists component will be a free download for all GTA players regardless of system and will feature on the PC version when that is finally released in the New Year. Now all we need is a release date….. Rockstar, is there anything you would like to share with us?


Rejoice with New DmC Release Overload

Posted by Stephen del Prado On Wednesday 17 December 2014No Comments
This time... I'm going to use the entire can of Raid!

This time… I’m going to use the entire can of Raid!

Capcom have just announced a one-two punch of Devil May Cry HD mayhem, the first blow coming on March 17th of 2015 with the release of DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition for PS4 and Xbox One, the finisher being the release of Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition for PS4 and Xbox One in Q4 2015.

DmC, developed by Ninja Theory, was by all accounts a solid entry in the franchise although some long-time fans took issue with the gameplay alterations and different direction the art style took compared to previous games. The definitive edition will include all previously released DLCs as well as offering some new modes, features and difficulty levels.

Capcom have detailed a number of these new features, including Vergil’s Bloody Palace Mode, which will let players run through the campaign as (you guessed it) Vergil rather than Dante. The publisher have also gone out of their way to appease hardcore fans with a wide range of new difficulty levels such as Gods Must Die, Must Style Mode and finally Hardcore Mode, which is “designed to play more like the classic Devil May Cry series.” To cap off these new difficulty options, there are also gameplay modifiers which can be activated and deactivated at will. Thus far, the only modifier revealed is Turbo Mode which will increase the speed of gameplay. Capcom have also promised more online features in the form of leaderboards, as well as the inclusion of social features which have yet to be revealed. Naturally, as a port of a last gen game, DmC: Definitive edition will be running in 1080p and 60 fps on both PS4 and Xbox One consoles.

Capcom have yet to release any information regarding additions and changes to Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, although it is probably safe to assume at the very least, it will deliver the now required 1080p/60fps duo that seems mandatory for HD remakes to be well received.