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New Media 138

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 30 June 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 MotoGP 13 * Ride to Hell: Retribution

NINTENDO WU Nothing 3DS Project X Zone

SONY PS3 MotoGP 13 * Ride to Hell: Retribution PSV Nothing

VARIOUS PC Dark


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

MICROSOFT Xbox 360 Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel * BioShock Infinite * Boxing Fight * Doodle Jump for Kinect * Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 * Omerta: City of Gangsters * Spartacus Legends

NINTENDO WU Balloon Flight * Game and Wario * Vegas Stakes 3DS Aqua Moto Racing 3D * Crystal Warriors * Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger * Mighty Switch Force 2 * Sonic the Hedgehog * Urban Trial Freestyle

SONY PS3 Dare to Fly * Deadpool * Hotline Miami * Indie Bundle V2 * Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers * Ride to Hell: Retribution PSV Hotline Miami

VALVE Steam Company of Heroes 2 * Deadpool * Joe Danger * Joe Danger 2: The Movie * Legends of Dawn * Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded * Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers * March of War * Ride to Hell: Retribution * Rogue Legacy * Storm * Super Splatters

The Black List 199

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 29 June 2013Comments Off


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

MONDAY REVIEW Resident Evil: Revelations Review > A solid return to form for the venerable series, Resident Evil: Revelations washes away the bad taste that Resident Evil 6 may have left in your mouth and reminds you of what keeps you coming back nearly two decades on. If backtracking through cramped environments, over-the-top storylines and tense shootouts with virus-infected mutations have been missing from your regular gaming rotation, it might be time to check back in with Capcom’s horror franchise. READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS Team Bondi still alive > After seemingly going out of business two years ago, it appears that Brendan McNamara’s Team Bondi continues to exist in one form or another. State Government funding body Screen NSW has announced $879k in grants for a range of “technology driven creative projects”. Team Bondi and its benefactor company Kennedy Miller Mitchell will receive a combined $200k slice of the funding pie. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY NEWS Saints Row IV refused classification > Open world crime sequel Saints Row IV has become the first title to be refused classification since the introduction of Australia’s R18+ rating for video games. The decision effectively bans the game from sale in this country. It also lends credence to suspicions that the R18+ rating will be used mainly for titles that would previously have been classified as MA15+, rather than to accommodate the kind of material that was routinely refused under the old guidelines. READ MORE

THURSDAY NEWS State of Decay refused classification > It hasn’t been a great week for the anti-censorship campaigners who so recently celebrated the introduction of an R18+ rating for video games. Even as the industry debated the merits of the Saints Row IV ban, it emerged that another high profile title had failed to secure an R18+ rating, the maximum classification available for games in this country. The title in question was the XBLA exclusive State of Decay. READ MORE

FRIDAY REVIEW The Swapper > The Swapper is a great first release by Finland-based indie developer Facepalm Games. It’s an atmospheric puzzle platformer based on creating and swapping between clones of the main character. The setting on an isolated space station feels appropriately lonely thanks to well executed art and sound, and the themes provide at least as much to chew on as the puzzles themselves. READ MORE

The Swapper Review

Posted by Cha Holland On Friday 28 June 2013Comments Off

Available on PC l Published and developed by Facepalm Games l Unclassified l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > The Swapper is a great first release by Finland-based indie developer Facepalm Games. It’s an atmospheric puzzle platformer based on creating and swapping between clones of the main character. The setting on an isolated space station feels appropriately lonely thanks to well executed art and sound, and the themes provide at least as much to chew on as the puzzles themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

State of Decay fails to secure R18+

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 27 June 2013Comments Off

Fleeing the conga line from hell.

It hasn’t been a great week for the anti-censorship campaigners who so recently celebrated the introduction of an R18+ rating for video games. Even as the industry debated the merits of the Saints Row IV ban, it emerged that another high profile title had failed to secure an R18+ rating, the maximum classification available for games in this country. The title in question was the XBLA exclusive State of Decay.

Seattle developer Undead Labs took to its official forums to confirm that its long awaited zombie action game had been refused classification. According to executive producer Jeff Strain, the developer “ran afoul of certain prohibitions regarding the depiction of drug use”. Undead Labs is now consulting with its publisher Microsoft on the potential for edits, “including changing the names of certain medications in the game to comply with ratings requirements.”

State of Decay has been available to overseas gamers for more than three weeks.