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Archive for November, 2012

Halo 4 Review

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Friday 30 November 2012Comments Off

Available on 360 l Published by Microsoft l Developed by 343 Industries l Classified M l Supports 1-16 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Notwithstanding the odd bug or ten, new developer 343 Industries has done a fine job of reviving the Master Chief. The grim single player campaign features new weapons and enemies as well as some of the most impressive imagery the series has seen. In terms of multiplayer, the standard modes have received some nice tweaks, but the most pleasant surprise is the episodic co-op campaign known as Spartan Ops. Read the rest of this entry »

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 29 November 2012Comments Off

Available on 360, PS3 and PC l Published by Activision l Developed by Treyarch l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-18 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Activision’s annual FPS series is back but this time things are a little different. Developer Treyarch has added some nice touches to a formula that was quickly losing its lustre. Branching storylines, a more customisable multiplayer experience and a new and improved zombie mode all add enough to make this a sequel worth considering. It may not be a revolution, but Black Ops 2 is certainly a welcome evolution. Read the rest of this entry »

Destiny details flee captivity

Posted by Erin Marcon On Wednesday 28 November 20121 COMMENT

“Check out my ride. Sweet, yeah?”

The artwork posted above is our first official glimpse of Destiny, the highly anticipated multiplatform project from the creators of Halo. Bungie posted the dramatic image shortly after IGN published an extensive cachet of leaked materials prepared by the developer and an external advertising agency.

While largely silent on the subject of gameplay, the leaked documents offer plenty of background on setting and tone. It appears that humanity (after reaching deep into space) has been hobbled by an unspecified calamity. This is a grim future in which the remnants of society are forced to huddle together in a place known as The Last City on Earth.

The skies are dominated by a spherical craft of gargantuan proportions. According to the document, “No one knows where it came from or what it’s here for… only that it is our protector.” Defence of the city is entrusted to heroic ‘Knights’, who appear to be the player characters. Given that a horde of “strange, alien monsters” are en route to Earth, these Knights will probably be kept busy when Destiny finally arrives.

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Posted by Black Panel Staff On Tuesday 27 November 2012Comments Off

Hat? Check. Boots? Check. Gloves? Check. Pants?

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

ITEM! When it comes to multiplayer, the next instalment of BioShock will have more in common with the first game than the second. Irrational head honcho Ken Levine this week confirmed that BioShock Infinite will be a strictly solo affair.

ITEM! One of the UK’s most revered mascots may soon feature in a new title for PC and mobile devices. The Oliver Twins have asked fans to fund Dizzy Returns to the tune of £350k. If the Kickstarter drive is successful, the game will arrive in July 2013.

ITEM! One of the web’s leading retro game providers has embraced Windows 8. Good Old Games has revealed that 90% of its catalogue is now compatible with the recently released operating system.

ITEM! It’s been four years since EA’s DICE subsidiary has produced anything other than a Battlefield game.  However, EA’s Patrick Söderlund assured OXM UK that other projects are in the works, noting that “we don’t want to become a Battlefield factory”.

ITEM! Ailing publisher THQ has managed to keep the wolves from the door a little while longer. As reported by CVG, it has reached a forbearance agreement with lender Wells Fargo that will protect it from further action until 15th January.