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2011: The year in reviews

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 31 December 20111 COMMENT

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Saturday 31 December 2011Comments Off

A good majority of shooters feel as though the multiplayer facet is a secondary consideration tacked on to justify a hefty price tag. The Call of Duty series has become the exception to the rule. The story mode in Modern Warfare 3 shows glimpses of a potential but it’s jumping online to fight the real enemy (likeminded geeks) that should excite you. Read the rest of this entry »

The Black List 121

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 31 December 2011Comments Off


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

MONDAY OVERLOOKED & UNDERPLAYED Viva Piñata > Years before it finally cracked the mainstream with its Kinect peripheral, Microsoft attempted to reach beyond the Halo demographic with Viva Piñata. This Xbox 360 exclusive gardening sim was released to considerable acclaim in 2006 and was widely considered to be a return to form for legendary UK developer Rare. READ MORE

TUESDAY OVERLOOKED & UNDERPLAYED Jade Empire > After the smashing success of their Star Wars and Forgotten Realms titles, many people wondered if BioWare had it in them to create an original universe. Well, no one should have worried, because what they brought us was something truly unique. In a genre where Sci-Fi and Fantasy reigned supreme, they brought us Kung Fu. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY OVERLOOKED & UNDERPLAYED Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven > Ninjas. For all the fanaticism surrounding them, few games have portrayed them in their traditional context. Japanese developer K2 sought to rectify that with the Tenchu series. Kicking off on the original PlayStation, the stealth based gameplay and setting in feudal Japan drew fans eager to take on the role of ninja assassins Rikimaru or Ayame. READ MORE

THURSDAY OVERLOOKED & UNDERPLAYED Split/Second > Racing games have been a staple of the video game scene since its inception.  You’ve had simulations, car chases, kart racers, cops and robbers and even dirt car madness but until May 2010 you hadn’t had a car racing reality TV show where you could alter the course as you were driving. READ MORE

FRIDAY OVERLOOKED & UNDERPLAYED Commanders: Attack of the Genos > Turn based strategy is often considered the lesser cousin of real time strategy. However, over the years we’ve seen some rippers in this genre. One such game that slipped through the cracks in 2008 on Xbox Live Arcade was Commanders: Attack of the Genos. READ MORE

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Overlooked & Underplayed – Commanders: Attack of the Genos

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Friday 30 December 2011Comments Off


The Overlooked & Underplayed column allows us to recommend top notch games that, for one reason or another, failed to capture the public’s imagination. Don’t miss these forgotten gems.

Turn based strategy is often considered the lesser cousin of real time strategy. However, over the years we’ve seen some rippers in this genre. One such game that slipped through the cracks in 2008 on Xbox Live Arcade was Commanders: Attack of the Genos.

With smooth art deco graphics and 15 unique levels, this accessible, but addictive game provided hours of fun (spiced with moments of frustration). You had the choice of playing eight over-the-top commanders whose charge was to defeat genetically engineered aggressors known as the Genos.

The easier levels engendered an air of arrogance to make you believe that you could actually command your own real-life military operation. The more challenging levels would have you sweating on every move. There was a decent variety of troops, as well as ground level and aerial combat units to assist you in your cause.

Commanders: Attack of the Genos was a wonderful example of the genre. It didn’t receive much fanfare and, if you were to mention the name to most, they probably would say “huh?” Maybe it got lost in the early years of Microsoft’s download service. Who knows? What is known is that you should try out this game that not many people are talking about.

Don’t waste another minute! Commanders: Attack of the Genos is available for download from XBL.

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