Welcome to The Black List, your one stop shop for the stories published on the site this week.
SUNDAY PREVIEW Destiny > In this writer’s humble opinion, Destiny has been going about its hype in all the right ways. I recently lamented the fact that Watch Dogs became a victim of its own marketing campaign, and I think Ubisoft could learn a lesson from Bungie in how to get a hype train on the right track, so to speak. READ MORE
MONDAY REVIEW Mario Kart 8 > As long as you’re not looking for meaningful innovation, Nintendo’s latest mascot racer provides a great multiplayer experience, both online and off. The overall package is undermined by a couple of key issues. The lack of dedicated Battle Mode arenas is very disappointing. Worse yet, the Wii U Gamepad simply isn’t a good fit for the game, so you’ll probably have to invest in a full complement of Wii U Pro Controllers in order to get the most out of Mario Kart 8. READ MORE
TUESDAY REVIEW Murdered: Soul Suspect > Murdered: Soul Suspect claims to be an “action-adventure stealth game”, yet fails to satisfactorily live up to any of these descriptors. With a confused mishmash of gameplay mechanics, lacklustre story and almost endearingly frustrating protagonist, it is best enjoyed in the company of others, where you can take turns riffing on everything from the protagonist’s fedora to his inept detective work. READ MORE
WEDNESDAY JUST ANNOUNCED The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria > Even though the advertising material said “Settlers” and the preview clip was labelled “Settlers”, I didn’t recognise the Blue Byte game until the golden title “The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria” was splashed on the screen, 55 seconds into a 1:04 second video. I think I can believe Christopher Schmitz, Director of Product Development, when he says it will be “… the most innovative Settlers’ game we have ever created.” READ MORE
THURSDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Vane > A new studio has been founded by five game artists under the name Friend & Foe. These talented chaps have a resume that includes the likes of The Last Guardian, Killzone and Battlefield 3, so it is safe to say they know something about gorgeous looking games. But does this talent for stunning scenery and colourful characters translate into a great game? Well, we are about to find out with the announcement of their first title, simply called Vane. READ MORE
FRIDAY REVIEW Transistor > Bastion was a wonderful debut from Supergiant Games, and could be difficult to live up to, but with Transistor they’ve put in a solid attempt. Moody sound and visuals draw you into its rich dystopian world. The plot’s intriguing and doesn’t insult your intelligence, and the combat is clever and interesting, even if it doesn’t always flow smoothly. READ MORE