An annual tradition here at the Black Panel, New Horizons provides you with a sneak peak at the year ahead. Entirely bereft of sequels and spin-offs, this article is devoted to the promise of new ideas, bold and inventive.
The creators of Frontlines: Fuel of War are preparing another assault on the first person shooter market. This time around, THQ and Kaos Studios have an ace up their sleeve. HOMEFRONT will feature a paranoid near future scenario penned by Red Dawn director John Milius. The Greater Korean Republic has conquered the United States and as a member of the resistance, it will be up to you to send them packing. Freedom ain’t free, etc. This unlikeliest of invasions begins on 360, PS3 and PC on Thursday 10 March 2011. REVIEW
A cooperative fantasy action game, HUNTED: THE DEMON’S FORGE is the first major project from inXile Entertainment since the cancelation of HEI$T. Your perilous quest occurs during a dark age of murder, slavery and corruption (no, not the 90s). You’ll need to combine with your partner to unravel potentially lethal puzzles and execute devastating special attacks. According to publisher Bethesda Softworks, this 360, PS3 and PC game is set to arrive in May. REVIEW
If you wagered that 5th Cell’s next game would be an online multiplayer shooter, you should probably board the next plane to Vegas. The post apocalyptic HYBRID marks a radical change for a studio known best known for DS hits Drawn Together and Scribblenauts. Will this rather generic looking third person shooter turn out to be as daring and imaginative as those games? We certainly hope so, but we’ll have to wait until later this year to be sure. Hybrid is, at least for the moment, an XBLA exclusive. REVIEW
Having mesmerised some (and infuriated others) with the highly experimental Flower, thatgamecompany is preparing to release JOURNEY, another title likely to test the boundaries of our favourite medium. You’ll be transported to vast expanse of sand dunes. As you walk towards a distant peak, you’ll explore the ruins of a lost civilisation and encounter other players trying to understand the world around them. This is a game about landscape, interaction and (conversely) introspection. Sony is yet to announce a precise release date for what promises to be one the year’s most intriguing PSN exclusives. REVIEW
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