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Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

Posted by Stephen Foote On Monday 30 September 2013ADD COMMENTS

Available on 360, PS3, WU and PC l Published by Ubisoft l Developed by Ubisoft Toronto l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-10 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Sam Fisher is back with a new voice and face to help deal with the same old terrorists practically begging for a sneak attack from behind. Between the main story, co-op and online modes, there is plenty here on offer to keep players busy for weeks on end, provided they don’t mind experimenting with their play style and getting some friends on board for the ride. Read the rest of this entry »

New Media 151

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 29 September 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 F1 2013 * Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver * NBA 2K14

NINTENDO WU Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver * The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD 3DS Nothing

SONY PS3 Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness * F1 2013 * Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver * Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection HD * NBA 2K14 PSV FIFA 14

VARIOUS PC F1 2013 * NBA 2K14


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

MICROSOFT Xbox 360 Alpha Protocol * Ascend: Hand of Kul * Girl Fight * Hot Wheels: World’s Best Driver * Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+

NINTENDO WU Gradius * Zelda II: The Adventures of Link 3DS Around the World with Hello Kitty and Friends * FIFA 14 * Jewel Master: Cradle of Egypt 2 3D * Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 * Milon’s Secret Castle * Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Soul Hackers

SONY PS3 Armored Core: Verdict Day * Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate * FIFA 14 * Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut * Ratchet: Gladiator PSV FIFA 14

VALVE Steam Alien Rage * Blood Omen II: Legacy of Kain * Bunny Must Die: Chelsea and the 7 Devils * Castle Story * Damned (early access) * Day One: Garry’s Incident * The Dead Linger (early access) * Dysfunctional Systems: Learning to Manage Chaos * Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Rise of the Owlverlord * Gorky 17 * The Inner World * KnightShift * Legends of Aethereus * Omikron: The Nomad Soul * Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+ * Rise of Venice * Scribblenauts Unmasked * Septerra Core * Shadow Warrior * Steel Storm: A.M.M.O. (early access) * Timelines: Assault on America * Train Simulator 2014: Steam Edition * UnderRail (early access) * World War II: Panzer Claws * World War III: Black Gold

The Black List 212

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Saturday 28 September 2013ADD COMMENTS


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

MONDAY NEWS Vale Hiroshi Yamauchi > One of the titans of gaming’s formative years, Hiroshi Yamauchi, has passed away at the age of 85. As reported by BBC News, the former Nintendo president died from pneumonia on Thursday 19 September. READ MORE

TUESDAY NEWS PS4 to offer PS3 titles via Gaikai streaming > Many have wondered what plans Sony had for the Gaikai streaming service when it purchased last year. Would they be streaming their own dedicated Gran Turismo channel? Were they contemplating streaming PC games to the PS3? Did they think that it was possible that the Gaikai service could somehow save PlayStation Move? Well, wonder no more. As reported by IGN, Sony has actually done what everyone though they would do, which is find a way to monetise old games. READ MORE

WEDNESDAY REVIEW The Bureau: XCOM Declassified > The Bureau reimagines and repackages XCOM as a tactical third person shooter. Hero William Carter is tasked with leading squads of agents on missions to save the brass, rescue the eggheads and take down the extra-terrestrial hordes. The combat shines in this title, but it’s missing a few things you might expect to see if you’re an XCOM regular. Oh, and the plot gets a bit screwy. READ MORE

THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Nosgoth > The once prominent Legacy of Kain series is about to be dragged out of mothballs for the first time since 2003. Publisher Square Enix this week revealed that the new game will be known as Nosgoth in reference to the magical world in which the series is set. The publisher also released a promotional video in support of this chaotic action sequel. READ MORE

FRIDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Steam Machines > In two months time, Microsoft and Sony will launch their latest salvos in the battle for your living room. Even as millions of Xbox One and PS4 consoles roll off the production line, PC powerhouse Valve is hatching a plan to rain on their parade. Steam’s ‘Big Picture’ functionality has already seen Valve take a small piece of the living room action.  That was just the beginning. READ MORE

Steam continues to gather… momentum

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Friday 27 September 2013ADD COMMENTS

It’s a bit different.

In two months time, Microsoft and Sony will launch their latest salvos in the battle for your living room. Even as millions of Xbox One and PS4 consoles roll off the production line, PC powerhouse Valve is hatching a plan to rain on their parade. Steam’s ‘Big Picture’ functionality has already seen Valve take a small piece of the living room action.  That was just the beginning.

This week Gabe Newell’s company unveiled its own operating system, a customised version of Linux known as ‘SteamOS’. The new software will power a range of third party hardware solutions known as ‘Steam Machines’. Unlike traditional consoles, these won’t be ‘one size fits all’ systems. If you want a more powerful rig, you’ll be able to pay for the privilege.

Valve has also announced a new input device for the systems, the imaginatively branded Steam Controller. While similarly shaped to existing console peripherals, it boasts two circular trackpads in place of thumb sticks.

The end result of this week’s announcements may be a more user friendly way to play PC games on your television, all from the comfort of your couch.

Story updated 28.09.13