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