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Home being vacated

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Tuesday 30 September 2014ADD COMMENTS

It doesn’t get any more depressing than this.

Sony has revealed that it is pulling the plug on its long running PlayStation Home service, simultaneously providing the first reminder in years that it actually still exists. This may be overstating things just a tad (Sony has been rolling out content here and there) but this is probably the first time that the mainstream has paid any attention to the service since, well, shortly after it launched back in 2008.

A virtual world in the tradition of Second Life, PlayStation Home gives PS3 players access to a unique avatar and house, as well as the ability to interact with other users. Players are also encouraged to unlock and/or purchase a range of items, such as clothing and furniture. PlayStation Home has also played host to a range of mini games and virtual press events.

Sony elected not to bring the service across to the PS4, a decision that probably foreshadowed this latest announcement. PlayStation Home will cease to operate on 31 March 2015.

Destiny Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Sunday 21 September 2014ADD COMMENTS

Available on XBO, PS4, 360 and PS3 l Published by Activision l Developed by Bungie l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-16 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Destiny is a game that will polarise players. For some the excellent shooting and wonderful level design will allow them to have an amazing experience. On the other side of the coin, the empty areas, poor story, broken loot system and boring early game will be enough to put some off for life. It may be that Destiny is a proof of concept for future entries in the franchise and that the best is yet to come. Read the rest of this entry »

Sony sticks with SingStar

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 19 September 2014ADD COMMENTS

This doesn’t look ridiculous at all.

If you were up and about during the PS2 era, you’ll likely recall the sudden but ultimately fleeting ubiquity of the SingStar franchise. It was virtually impossible to attend a house party during this period without being wrangled into an extended session on the mic. Sony’s karaoke favourite quickly crossed over into the mainstream and spawned dozens of themed sequels. While it also bobbed up on the PS3, with a deluge of DLC in tow, the series eventually fell into relative obscurity.

Sony isn’t prepared to consign the series to the dustbin just yet, though, this week announcing that SingStar is on its way to the PS4. The latest edition of the service, which will also be made available in disc form as SingStar: Ultimate Party, will allow players to sing into their smart phones (via a free app) if a microphone isn’t available. Social sharing functions will again be at the forefront of the experience.

SingStar: Ultimate Party, which features No Scrubs by TLC and a bunch of songs that aren’t No Scrubs by TLC, is due for release on PS4 and PS3 in the last week of October.

Dying Light dawns early

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Monday 15 September 2014ADD COMMENTS

The Strictly Ballroom reboot alienated long time fans.

With a release date that seems to hop around more than a one legged zombie, Dying Light has finally settled on when it will be unleashed on the world. Wednesday 28 January 2015 is the day when the undead will swarm upon the gaming public. This change in date is actually a move forward as the game had previously been delayed until February. It is nice to see a release date move in the forward direction for a change.

Dying Light, for those that don’t know, is a new open world zombie game from Techland, the developers that brought us the decidedly average Dead Island games and the super excellent Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. It appears to be an amalgamation of their previous zombie game and Mirror’s Edge with the key feature being a free running/parkour movement system.  The game also incorporates an interesting day/night cycle with the player going from the hunter during the day to the hunted in the night hours.

Hopefully Techland has taken on the feedback they received after their last undead adventure and have created the game that Dead Island always had the potential to be. If so then it could be onto a genuine winner.