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Archive for September, 2012

New Media 99

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 30 September 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 Dragon Ball Z Kinect * Just Dance 4 * NBA 2K13 * Resident Evil 6 * The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

NINTENDO Wii Just Dance 4 3DS Nothing

SONY PS3 Just Dance 4 * NBA 2K13 * Resident Evil 6 * The Testament of Sherlock Holmes PSV Nothing

VARIOUS PC NBA 2K13 * The Testament of Sherlock Holmes


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

MICROSOFT XBLA Fire Pro Wrestling * Marvel vs Capcom: Origins Games on Demand The Amazing Spider-Man * My Self Defence Coach * SSX

NINTENDO WiiWare Nothing Wii VC Nothing 3DS eShop Nothing 3DS VC Nothing

SONY PSN Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD * Tokyo Jungle Full PS3 Games Assassin’s Creed II: GOTY Edition * F1 2012 * FIFA 13 * Infamous Collection * Mirror’s Edge * Starhawk PS1 Classics Nothing PS2 Classics Grand Theft Auto III PSV Titles FIFA 13 * New Little King’s Story * Table Ice Hockey Full PSP Titles FIFA 13 * Final Fantasy III Minis Feisty Feet

VALVE Steam Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers * Anna * The Amazing Spider-Man * Carrier Command: Gaea Mission * Castle Crashers * Colour Blind * Cortex Command * Dogfight 1942 * Ether Vapor Remaster * Garshasp: Temple of the Dragon * GTR: FIA GT Racing Game * Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy * McPixel * New Star Soccer 5 * Planets Under Attack

The Black List 160

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 29 September 2012Comments Off


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

SUNDAY FEATURE Dispatches from TGS: Media Days > Tokyo Game Show is an intense cultural experience. There is no doubt that it has much in common with other game shows. They are primarily a marketing exercise, they focus on spectacle and they outline clear market territory for publishers. However, as with everything, Japan is just so different. There are not only language and cultural differences, there are also huge differences in the franchises that are represented, the elaborateness of booth displays, and the ubiquity of female models. READ MORE

MONDAY NEW TRAILER Dead Island: Riptide > Regardless of what you thought of the first game, you would be in sparse company if you didn’t admire the moving and imaginative trailer that sparked initial interest in Dead Island. Well, hold on to your heart strings for another great teaser to the next episode in this series, namely Dead Island: Riptide. I think we should once again cross our fingers that the developer can deliver on the experience hinted at in the trailer. READ MORE

TUESDAY NEW TRAILER Puppeteer > Sony Worldwide Studios has released a new trailer for their theatrical platform title, Puppeteer. The new trailer reveals a few more story snippets and shows off more of the game’s colourful and intricate puppet stage environments. The characters, especially the Witch evoked an old memory of a Punch and Judy show, and the paper cut-out characters reminded me a little of Paper Mario. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY PREVIEW Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance > Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is like a microcosm of my TGS experience: I hardly understood it but it was awesome. There are such huge language and cultural barriers here, but lightning-infused samurai swords cut through that quick smart. Also, it speaks to my sense of a lack of familiarity with Japanese games, and the Metal Gear franchise in particular. READ MORE

THURSDAY PREVIEW Medal of Honor: Warfighter > Medal of Honor: Warfighter is certainly entering a nearly saturated market, and it might even be said that it has been pipped at the post by two recent contenders in the genre. However, Warfighter might just bring enough innovation and authenticity to keep players interested. READ MORE

FRIDAY NEWS nanoBITES 91 > Capcom is aiming to breathe new life into Dragon’s Dogma. Fans of the combat focused fantasy RPG should expect a “full blown major expansion” dubbed Dark Arisen to arrive in 2013.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

nanoBITES 91

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Friday 28 September 2012Comments Off


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

ITEM! Klei Entertainment’s Mark of the Ninja will soon be available to PC gamers. Previously exclusive to the XBLA service, the 2D stealth platformer will be coming to Steam on Tuesday 16th October.

ITEM! While the original Bayonetta was a multiplatform affair, the sequel will be exclusive to Wii U. While this may frustrate some fans, Platinum Games executive producer Atsushi Inaba has informed Polygon that game “would not exist” without Nintendo’s involvement.

ITEM! Capcom is aiming to breathe new life into Dragon’s Dogma. Fans of the combat focused fantasy RPG should expect a “full blown major expansion” dubbed Dark Arisen to arrive in 2013.

ITEM! October promises to be a DLC bonanza for players of Hong Kong action drama Sleeping Dogs. Developer United Front Games plans to add new cop missions, street races, weapons and armour to the game throughout the month.

ITEM! Minecraft mastermind Markus ‘Notch’ Persson has spoken out against Windows 8, tweeting that he won’t be certifying the game for the forthcoming operating system. Persson advised Microsoft to “stop trying to ruin the PC as an open platform”.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter Preview

Posted by Chad Habel On Thursday 27 September 2012Comments Off

Medal of Honor: Warfighter is certainly entering a nearly saturated market, and it might even be said that it has been pipped at the post by two recent contenders in the genre. However, Warfighter might just bring enough innovation and authenticity to keep players interested. Read the rest of this entry »