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The Black List 208

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 31 August 2013Comments Off


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

SUNDAY NEWS Gamescom Roundup: The Rest > TownCraft is a relaxed crafting and building sandbox by Sydney-based developer Flat Earth Games. It involves setting up a mediaeval town, starting from collecting basic resources such as twigs and stones, and gradually working towards more complex tools and constructions. READ MORE

MONDAY TEST TUBE Two hours with TownCraft > TownCraft is a relaxed crafting and building sandbox by Sydney-based developer Flat Earth Games. It involves setting up a mediaeval town, starting from collecting basic resources such as twigs and stones, and gradually working towards more complex tools and constructions. READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS Second Eternals Kickstarter falls short > Back in May, a group of Silicon Knights refugees launched a Kickstarter campaign under a new banner, Precursor Games. They sought to fund a spiritual successor to their former studio’s most acclaimed property, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem. Dubbed Shadow of the Eternals, the new project was designed to evoke the same mood and atmosphere as the GameCube original. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY FIRST TRAILER Lords of the Fallen > Polish publisher City Interactive and German studio Deck 13 have released the first trailer for the upcoming Lords of the Fallen. From the pre-rendered footage, you can see that one of the game’s locales, the Hand of God Mountains, is damn cold. Strangely, though, this snowy environment will also boast an enormous fiery monster. READ MORE

THURSDAY REVIEW Mars: War Logs > Mars: War Logs is a classic example of ambition over budget. It has a fascinating world, diverse characters and functional combat but is critically hampered by its scale as a downloadable game. While well worth your time and money it can’t quite escape the stigma of being a poor man’s Mass Effect. You’ll like its ambition, but it remains flawed at heart. READ MORE

FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Nintendo 2DS > After confusing the mainstream with its Wii naming protocols (“Yeah, I want that Wii U thing for my Wii”), Nintendo is now determined to bring its very specific brand of insanity to the handheld space. Believe it or not, the next 3DS model will be known as the ‘2DS’. As the new unit’s name strongly implies, the 3D functionality has been stripped out in an attempt to hit a lower price point and (some have speculated) assuage parental fears regarding 3D displays. READ MORE

Because you demanded it, the Nintendo 2DS!

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 30 August 20132 COMMENTS

Your eyes do not deceive you.

After confusing the mainstream with its Wii naming protocols (“Yeah, I want that Wii U thing for my Wii”), Nintendo is now determined to bring its very specific brand of insanity to the handheld space. Believe it or not, the next 3DS model will be known as the ‘2DS’. As the new unit’s name strongly implies, the 3D functionality has been stripped out in an attempt to hit a lower price point and (some have speculated) assuage parental fears regarding 3D displays.

In terms of functionality, it plays all existing and (one can only assume) future 3DS titles in glorious 2D. It also ditches the clamshell configuration of the bestselling 3DS and 3DS XL models in favour of a single surface. According to the platform holder, this entirely unexpected device is “designed as an entry point into… the Nintendo handheld experience”.

The 2DS will retail for AU $149.95 (about $50 cheaper than the 3DS and $100 cheaper than the XL) when it lands on Saturday 12 October 2013. Oh, and you’ll have a choice of red or blue.

Mars: War Logs Review

Posted by Peter Nickless On Thursday 29 August 2013Comments Off

Available on XBLA, PSN and PC l Published by Focus Home Interactive l Developed by Spiders l Classified R18+ l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Mars: War Logs is a classic example of ambition over budget. It has a fascinating world, diverse characters and functional combat but is critically hampered by its scale as a downloadable game. While well worth your time and money it can’t quite escape the stigma of being a poor man’s Mass Effect. You’ll like its ambition, but it remains flawed at heart. Read the rest of this entry »

First footage of Lords of the Fallen

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Wednesday 28 August 2013Comments Off

Pollish publisher City Interactive and German studio Deck 13 have released the first trailer for the upcoming Lords of the Fallen.

From the pre-rendered footage, you can see that one of the game’s locales, the Hand of God Mountains, is damn cold. Strangely, though, this snowy environment will also boast an enormous fiery monster. Although out of your weight division, you appear to have a few tricks up your sleeve, such as multiplying in different directions.

The trailer also displays more traditional combat with swords, armour and a more reasonably sized opponent. The vast environment, coupled with an over-the-top soundtrack and all too serious voiceover pencils this in as a big ‘ol fantasy romp.

Lords of the Fallen promises 15 boss battles, human and supernatural adversaries and a variety of classes for your character. According to the developers, it’s “a game where learning skills and ultimately mastering them is the basis of fun and entertainment”. If this sounds like your cup of tea, look out for it on PS4 and PC in 2014.