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New Media 125

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 31 March 2013ADD COMMENTS


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 Nothing

NINTENDO WU Nothing 3DS Nothing

SONY PS3 Nothing PSV Nothing

VARIOUS PC Nothing


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

MICROSOFT Xbox 360 Assassin’s Creed III * Hulk Hogan’s Main Event * Kinect Party * Nickelodeon Dance 2 * Summer Stars 2012 * Terraria

NINTENDO WU LEGO City Undercover 3DS HarmoKnight * Harvest Moon (GBC) * Heroes of Ruin * Luigi’s Mansion 2 * Resident Evil: The Mercenaries * Resident Evil: Revelations * Splinter Cell 3D

SONY PS3 Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel * BioShock Infinite * Dead or Alive 5 * Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires * LakeMasters EX (PS2) * PSN Picks: Killzone HD + Infamous: Festival of Blood * Robot Warlords (PS2) * SEGA Fight Pack * SEGA Vintage Collection: ToeJam & Earl * Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time * Tales of Graces F * Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 PSV Dead or Alive 5 Plus * Dead or Alive 5 Plus & Dead or Alive: Paradise * Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time

VALVE Steam Anodyne * BioShock Infinite * Bridge Project * Cut the Rope * Dungeon Hearts * Pressure * Uncharted Waters Online * Warframe

The Black List 186

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 30 March 2013ADD COMMENTS


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

MONDAY FIRST TRAILER Broken Age > Just over a year ago, Double Fine Productions asked its fans to bankroll an untitled revival of the point-and-click adventure genre via the Kickstarter crowd funding service. While it was initially budgeted at US $400K, the project attracted more than $3.3m in pledges and was quickly recognised as the first breakout success of the Kickstarter era. The developer has now deigned to reveal a thing or two about its mysterious project.  READ MORE

TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Magicka: Wizard Wars > Paradox has issued a live action trailer in support of its latest Magicka announcement. If you’ve already finished the original comedic fantasy and its expansions (including the ridiculous Vietnam War spinoff), you may be excited to hear that the publisher is working on a sequel of sorts. While its predecessor focused on cooperative play, Magicka: Wizard Wars will instead take a more adversarial approach to multiplayer. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Primal Carnage: Genesis > Another piece of the PlayStation 4 software puzzle has fallen into place with the announcement of Primal Carnage: Genesis. Much like the similarly titled (but unrelated) Primal Rage and Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, this Unreal Engine 4 powered game will showcase the destructive antics of your favourite plus sized lizards. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS Square Enix loses president > Not long after EA head honcho John Riccitiello fell on his sword, a second high profile industry figure has given up the fight. Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has stepped aside following the release of revised forecasts suggesting that the publisher is heading towards an “extraordinary” annual loss of AU $132m. Fellow director Yosuke Matsuda will take on the role while the Japanese publisher searches for a permanent replacement. READ MORE

FRIDAY FIRST TRAILER Battlefield 4 > A new Battlefield game is in the works. We’ve known that for a while now, but this week provided us with our first opportunity to see the game in motion. While many marquee titles are announced via brief but spectacular montages of pre-rendered action, the Battlefield 4 marketing campaign has kicked off with an extensive gameplay video. In allowing the core gameplay to do the talking, publisher EA has shown a great deal of faith in the latest chapter from series creator DICE. READ MORE

Forget teasers, here’s 17 mins of Battlefield 4

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 29 March 2013ADD COMMENTS

A new Battlefield game is in the works. We’ve known that for a while now, but this week provided us with our first opportunity to see the game in motion.

While many marquee titles are announced via brief but spectacular montages of pre-rendered action, the Battlefield 4 marketing campaign has kicked off with an extensive gameplay video. In allowing the core gameplay to do the talking, publisher EA has shown a great deal of faith in the latest chapter from series creator DICE.

The 17 minute clip demonstrates that Battlefield 4 will offer the same blend of gruesome gunplay, vehicular mayhem and environmental destruction as its predecessor. In terms of skill, the (unseen) person playing the demo appears to be a fairly average sort of gamer, the kind that most of us can identify with, rather than the typical headshot wizard seen in most YouTube videos.

Battlefield 4 is due for release on 360, PS3 and PC in spring 2013, with no word as yet on our chances of seeing it on next-gen systems.

Square Enix loses top dog, bemoans “weak” sales

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 28 March 2013ADD COMMENTS

“I never should have agreed to these KPIs.”

Not long after EA head honcho John Riccitiello fell on his sword, a second high profile industry figure has given up the fight. Square Enix president Yoichi Wada has stepped aside following the release of revised forecasts suggesting that the publisher is heading towards an “extraordinary” annual loss of AU $132m. Fellow director Yosuke Matsuda will take on the role while the Japanese publisher searches for a permanent replacement.

Square Enix has partially attributed the poor result to “weak” sales of Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution and Tomb Raider. Considering that these high quality titles shifted 1.8m, 3.6m and 3.4m copies respectively, this is an extraordinary claim, particularly in the case of Tomb Raider, which has been in stores for less than a month. In previous console generations, such figures would have seen each game hailed as a runaway bestseller. It should also be noted that these totals exclude digital sales and sales from outside Europe and North America.