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New Media 76

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 22 April 2012Comments Off


Presented in glorious alphabetical order, New Media: Retail Roundup is your indispensible checklist of the home console and handheld titles arriving in stores this week. What will you be playing?

MICROSOFT Xbox 360 Prototype 2

NINTENDO Wii Nothing 3DS Nothing DS Bejewelled 3

SONY PS3 Prototype 2 PSV Nothing

VARIOUS PC Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle * Nightfall Mysteries: Asylum Conspiracy * Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera


New Media: Downloadable Digest is your handy reminder of the downloadable titles released during the past week.

MICROSOFT XBLA Trials Evolution Games on Demand Kinect Joy Ride * NHL 12 * X-Blades

NINTENDO WiiWare Nothing Wii VC Nothing 3DS eShop Colors 3D 3DS VC Nothing DSiWare Nothing

SONY PSN Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time * House of the Dead 4 * Renegade Ops: The Complete Edition Full PS3 Games NHL 12 PS1 Classics Nothing PS2 Classics Deadly Strike * Dirt Track Devils * International Tennis Pro * Red Faction * Stuntman: Ignition PSV Titles Paint Park * Pure Chess Minis Defenders of the Mystic Garden * Floating Cloud God Saves The Pilgrims * Ikari III: The Rescue * Knight Fortix 2 * SAR: Search And Rescue

VALVE Steam All Zombies Must Die: Scorepocalypse  * Blades of Time * Deep Black: Reloaded * Dirt Mega Pack * Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet * MacGuffin’s Curse * Stellar Impact * Superborthers: Sword & Sworcery EP * Super Monday Night Combat * The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition

The Black List 137

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 21 April 2012Comments Off


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

MONDAY REVIEW Street Fighter X Tekken > Capcom and Namco Bandai come together with the aim of delivering the ultimate fighting game, one designed to delight followers of both series’ while picking up new fans along the way. Capcom is no stranger to the crossover concept, with its characters clashing with those from Marvel and Tatsunoko for a few years now, but it has never been able to take on its chief rival until now. READ MORE

TUESDAY REVIEW Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City > RE: ORC will be remembered as a game of missed opportunities. Playing as the bad guy is always fun but this great concept is let down by horrendous AI, boring level design, average graphics and so many bugs you will be reaching for a can of Raid. Playing with others helps somewhat but there are hundreds of better co-op experiences out there so don’t waste your time with this one. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY NEWS Vale Jack Tramiel > The games industry has lost one of the greats. As reported by Forbes, Commodore International founder Jack Tramiel was 83 years old when he passed away on Sunday 8 April. Tramiel is survived by his wife and three sons. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS nanoBITES 78 > Troubled publisher THQ has confirmed that it will delay one of its marquee titles. Highly anticipated fantasy action sequel Darksiders II has been bumped from June to August. This is just one of the stories in the latest edition of nanoBITES, our ongoing feature devoted to small but important news items. READ MORE

FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED God of War: Ascension > More than two years after God of War III brought some sort of closure to the blood drenched adventures of Kratos, Sony is preparing to revive the series. The stylised (and not terribly informative) announcement clip appears to confirm that God of War: Ascension will constitute a prequel of sorts. READ MORE

More war on the horizon

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 20 April 2012Comments Off

More than two years after God of War III brought some sort of closure to the blood drenched adventures of Kratos, Sony is preparing to revive the series. The stylised (and not terribly informative) announcement clip appears to confirm that God of War: Ascension will constitute a prequel of sorts.

This will be the sixth instalment in the series (seventh if mobile phone effort God of War: Betrayal is taken into account). The David Jaffe directed original arrived on PS2 in 2005 and stunned audiences with the scale and brutality of its action. Two direct sequels followed, along with a pair of well received PSP spinoffs.

Development duties have again been entrusted to Sony’s Santa Monica Studios where each of the home console releases has been overseen by a different director. The trend is set to continue with God of War III design director Todd Papy taking the helm for this latest instalment.

A release date is yet to be announced for this PS3 exclusive.

nanoBITES 78

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 19 April 2012Comments Off


NanoBITES captures those small but important morsels of gaming information that otherwise might slip between the cracks.

ITEM! Epic Games has confirmed that it was planning to release a Gears of War spinoff title. However, as studio design director Cliff Bleszinski told GameSpot, Gears of War: Exile was cancelled prior to its unveiling.

ITEM! Troubled publisher THQ has confirmed that it will delay one of its marquee titles. Highly anticipated fantasy action sequel Darksiders II has been bumped from June to August.

ITEM! Former 343 Industries developer Ryan Payton has clambered aboard the Kickstarter bandwagon. Payton and his team at Camouflaj are hoping to raise $500K towards the development of an iOS stealth game known as Republique.

ITEM! The long wait may be almost over for Pikmin fans according to El Mundo (via Game Informer). Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto told the Spanish language newspaper that a new instalment in the series will be unveiled at this year’s E3.

ITEM! Diabolically challenging action RPG Dark Souls is set to torment a whole new demographic. According to publisher Namco Bandai, the ominously titled Dark Souls: Prepare to Die will be available to download in August.