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All Hail the Return of the Original G.

Posted by Peter Nickless On Thursday 11 December 2014Comments Off

----------------Important News Flash---------------------
to: Blackpanel HQ
Attention all citizens.
This is not a drill.
Godzilla ‘King of the Monsters’ has been sighted for PS3 & PS4.
Please stay calm. Remain in your houses.
Pay attention to the following news update.

Namco Bandai has revealed a teaser trailer for a new Godzilla game, featuring the original Japanese incarnation (the one that really looks like a man in a suit), set for release in 2015 ahead of a new Toho film in 2016.

Godzilla can trample his way through the city, unleashing his atomic breath and fighting other assorted beasties. Players must destroy generators to collect ‘G-Energy’ to upgrade Godzilla’s size and abilities in order to defeat Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla and Roland Emmerich (I made the last one up).

Added to the gameplay is a city building Diorama Mode which lets your destroy your creations as well.

Certainly after a hit western film (and forthcoming sequel), Godzilla has his mojo back outside of Japan and can hopefully star in a great game.

The King is Back

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 9 December 2014Comments Off

Possibly the biggest reveal at the inaugural Video Game awards this past week was the premier trailer for a new entry in the long dormant Kings Quest franchise. The game was revealed as a part of a life time achievement award ceremony for original King’s Quest creators Ken and Roberta Williams. While Ken and Roberta have nothing to do with this new entry it apparently has their blessing and both are keen to play the final product.

From the impressive trailer it is easy to see why they are excited to play the game. A wonderful art style, interesting setting and impressive adventuring were all shown to great applause. This entry in the series is being developed by indie developers The Odd Gentlemen under the recently revived Sierra Label, which is a part of Activision. The game will be a retelling of King Graham’s early journeys but will still be independent from the original games.

Old people with fond memories of the original adventures and new fans alike seem to have a potential hit to look forward to come Australian Spring 2015, let’s hope the King’s return is an epic event and not a disappointing let down.

Petition sees major retailers pull GTAV from shelves

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 4 December 2014Comments Off
The least offensive GTAV screenshot we could find.

The least offensive GTAV screenshot we could find.

Two years after the introduction of an R18+ rating in Australia, new battle lines have been drawn in the debate.

As reported by ABC, retail giants Target and K-Mart, which are both owned by Wesfarmers, this week elected to withdraw Grand Theft Auto V from sale, despite having sold some versions of the game for well over a year. The decision was seemingly prompted by a well-supported petition accusing the game of “encouraging players to commit sexual violence and kill women” and demanding its withdrawal from sale.

Target spokesperson Jim Cooper confirmed that the decision was made in light of “extensive community and customer concern” and suggested that the move was “in line with the majority view of our customers.”  Kmart claimed that its decision, which followed Target’s by mere hours, was based on a “significant review of all content in Grand Theft Auto games”.

This isn’t government-driven censorship, of course, and Target and K-Mart are entitled to determine the games offered for sale in their outlets. It’s also worth noting that the petition references only one game, not R18+ games in general. However if a sufficient percentage of major Australian retailers choose to overlook a product, it could theoretically impact the likelihood of future R18+ rated games seeing a local release.

Far Cry 4 Review

Posted by Dylan Burns On Wednesday 26 November 2014Comments Off

Far Cry 4 Review Header

Available on XBO, PS4, 360 and PS3 l Published by Ubisoft l Developed by Ubisoft Montreal l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-10 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Although shaped by Ubisoft’s overgame, Far Cry 4 sidesteps, presenting a prettier, more refined version of Far Cry 3. Featuring some smart enhancements to the genre and a stronger focus on ecosystem, Far Cry 4 is an addictive popcorn shooter that offers plenty of freedom, stealth, explosions and free flying. Read the rest of this entry »