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DMC: Devil May Cry Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 31 January 2013Comments Off

Available on 360, PS3 and PC l Published by Capcom l Developed by Ninja Theory l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Despite a new hair cut and, perhaps more importantly, a new developer, DMC has set the standard for all future gaming franchise reboots. It takes what the original series did well, namely the crazy action and combat, and fixes the issues that many players had. A tight story, some dazzling locations and the finest combative chaos this side of Bayonetta means there is plenty to love. Don’t listen to internet crazies. This is a game for action fans everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

nanoBITES 100

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Wednesday 30 January 20132 COMMENTS

“Is this collar too much? It’s too much, isn’t it?”

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

ITEM! Two months after delivering its second Epic Mickey title, Warren Spector’s latest venture has gone the way of the dinosaur. As reported by Kotaku, Disney Interactive this week confirmed that it is winding up its Junction Point subsidiary.

ITEM! European publishing giant Wargaming has gobbled up Day 1 Studios. The new developer will be known as WargamingWest and the fate of its existing Reign of Thunder project is not yet clear.

ITEM! Nintendo 3DS owners starved for new software will welcome the news that Project X Zone will be coming to Australia in winter. This colourful RPG features characters from Capcom, SEGA and Namco Bandai franchises.

ITEM! The current owner of the Atari brand in the United States has filed for bankruptcy. As a result, a number of classics may soon be up for grabs, including Pong, Asteroids and Missile Command, as well the company’s famous logo.

ITEM! If you’re looking for an excuse to revisit Assassin’s Creed III, you’ll want to check out The Tyranny of King Washington, a three part DLC storyline in which America’s first leader refuses to relinquish the reins of power. The hijinks begin on 19th February.

Nintendo to rely on old favourites

Posted by Erin Marcon On Tuesday 29 January 2013Comments Off

Australia’s next R18+ game?

The next wave of first party titles for the Wii U is likely to elicit a strong sense of déjà vu for Nintendo devotees. The platform holder’s long standing policy of recycling past glories is set to continue with the announcement of new Mario, Zelda and Yoshi titles, as well as the launch of a virtual console service for the Wii U.

While details are scarce, we now know that the Super Mario Galaxy team is toiling away on a new 3D iteration of the heroic plumber’s adventures. This will be complemented by a new Mario Kart instalment. Zelda fans also have two games to look forward to, one a new (but as yet untitled) adventure, the other an HD remake of cherished GameCube classic The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Meanwhile, the team responsible for delightful 2D platformer Kirby’s Epic yarn is now working on a sequel of sorts. As the title suggests, Yarn Yoshi will feature Mario’s feisty green mount in the lead role. A new Wii Party title is also in the pipeline. Finally, a retro games portal featuring NES, SNES and GBA titles will be launched in autumn. Interestingly enough, players who purchased these titles on the Wii will be forced to do so again, though at a reduced price.

In less expected news, Nintendo is collaborating with Atlus on a mash up title featuring characters from Fire Emblem and Shin-Megami Tensei. Finally, Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft is working on a mysterious new RPG for the Wii U.

We’ll undoubtedly learn more about each of these titles in the months ahead.

THQ scattered to the wind

Posted by Erin Marcon On Monday 28 January 2013Comments Off

THQ’s head office has seen better days.

Update 29.01.13 – Crytek has revealed that it is about to open a new development house in Austin, Texas. As reported by IGN, the new business will be headed by Vigil Games co-founder David Adams and will feature around 35 of his colleagues from the now defunct THQ studio.

Original Story 28.01.13 – As expected, the assets of ailing publisher THQ have been broken up and dispatched to the four corners of the globe. The company has confirmed the sale of its Volition studio and associated Saints Row franchise to Koch Media (parent company of Dead Island publisher Deep Silver). Koch also secured the rights to the Metro 2033 series, the next instalment of which is due in March.

After long hinting of its interest in the publisher’s properties, Ubisoft made good on its threats, picking up THQ Montreal, along with a mysterious new IP (known as 1666) currently in development at the studio. As noted by CVG, the sale sees former Assassin’s Creed creative director Patrice Désilets return to the company that he departed less than three years ago. Ubisoft also secured the publication rights for the multiplatform South Park: Stick of Truth RPG.

SEGA purchased Warhammer 40K developer Relic Studios, possibly with a view to expanding its existing ties with the license. Take-Two Interactive purchased the (thus far unannounced) Evolve IP presently in the works at Turtle Rock. Finally, Crysis 3 creator Crytek acquired the rights to Homefront. At the time of the sale, Crytek’s UK studio had already commenced work on a sequel in partnership with THQ.

A range of high profile assets failed to attract a buyer, including Vigil Games and its Darksiders series. The Red Faction franchise was also overlooked. According to THQ, these properties will “continue in the Chapter 11 process”, which almost certainly means they will be sold off at a later date.

The sale raised US $72m ($28.2m from Koch, $5.8m from Ubisoft, $26.6m from SEGA, $10.9m from Take-Two, $500k from Crytek) for creditors.