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Archive for April, 2013

BattleBlock Theater Review

Posted by Cha Holland On Tuesday 30 April 2013Comments Off

Available on XBLA l Published by Microsoft l Developed by The Behemoth l Classified G l Supports 1-4 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Roll up, roll up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls for BattleBlock Theater, the cruellest and most jovial show on Earth. Watch as our hero misses a jump and plummets onto hilarious spikes for your entertainment! The Behemoth’s new game is bright and fun-focused, but you need to be willing to turn your brain off to really appreciate it. If you think poo jokes and blowing up your friends are hilarious this might be the game for you. Read the rest of this entry »

Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time Review

Posted by Chad Habel On Monday 29 April 2013Comments Off

Available on PS3 and PSV l Published by Sony l Developed by Sanzaru Games l Classified PG I Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > When a favoured franchise is taken into new hands, fans tend to worry. Sanzaru had already established its credibility with the HD remake of earlier Sly Cooper games, and the studio certainly doesn’t disappoint here. Thieves in Time is a highly polished platformer with a phenomenal amount of gameplay variety, a satisfying (if formulaic) narrative, and a healthy dose of clean humour. Read the rest of this entry »

New Media 129

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 28 April 2013Comments 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 Nothing

NINTENDO WU Nothing 3DS Nothing

SONY PS3 Nothing PSV Soul Sacrifice

VARIOUS PC Might & Magic Heroes VI: Complete Edition * Might & Magic Heroes VI: Shades of Darkness

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

MICROSOFT Xbox 360 God Mode * Poker Night 2 * Soul Calibur V

NINTENDO WU Injustice: Gods Among Us * Rayman Legends Challenge App 3DS Bit.Trip Saga * LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins * Mega Man 4 (NES)

SONY PS3 Dead Island: Riptide * Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen * Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce * God Mode * Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 * Soul Calibur V * Star Trek * Thomas Was Alone * Zone of the Enders HD Collection PSV Draw Slasher * Thomas Was Alone

VALVE Steam The 39 Steps * Cry of Fear * Darkfall: Unholy Wars * Dead Island: Riptide * Don’t Starve * Dyad * Eador: Masters of the Broken World * Final Fantasy XI: Ultimate Collection Seekers Edition * Kairo * God Mode * Mars: War Logs * Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine * Poker Night 2 * StarDrive * Star Trek * Surgeon Simulator 2013

The Black List 190

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 27 April 2013Comments Off

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

MONDAY PODCAST Black Panel Podcast 58 > In the latest instalment of Australia’s grooviest gaming podcast, the gang head to Boort to discuss TimeGate troubles, A Link to the Past 2, FarCry 3: Blood Dragon, Guacamelee, Ride to Hell, Gears of War: Judgment and (of course) much more! READ MORE

TUESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED The Evil Within > One of the pioneers of the survival horror genre is back with a new title called The Evil Within. Shinji Mikami, famed creator of Resident Evil has left Capcom and joined Bethesda’s Tango Gameworks team to produce this original horror game. To announce the game a live action short has been released showing some disturbing glimpses of what the game may have to offer. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY NEWS THQ flogs more IP >THQ has sold off a veritable laundry list of game properties to Gearbox Software, Nordic Games and 505 Games as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. The soon to be defunct publisher is set to receive a combined amount of US $6.55m from the sale of its remaining titles, which include well known names such as Darksiders (which went to Nordic), Homeworld (Gearbox) and Drawn to Life (505). READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS Dead Island torso controversy continues > How much weight should we assign to an apology? Apparently none if it comes from Deep Silver, the publisher of Dead Island: Riptide. Earlier this year Deep Silver was forced to apologise after a backlash against the headless female torso statue it intended to release in conjunction with the sequel to 2011′s Dead Island. READ MORE

FRIDAY REVIEW BioShock Infinite > BioShock Infinite introduces us to an amazing new setting, as well as a set of wonderfully realised characters. It provides us with highly polished first person shooting while also showcasing the creative hallmarks that we’ve come to expect in a BioShock game. Irrational Games has delivered an experience with little to disappoint and a whole lot of class. READ MORE