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The Crew Preview

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 31 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Coming to XBO, PS4 and PC l Published by Ubisoft Developed by Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections l Classification TBA l Massively multiplayer l Due to arrive 11.11.14

E3 2013 was a great event for Ubisoft. The French publisher came out of the gate swinging with big titles like Assassin’s Creed Unity and Watch Dogs, as well as new announcements like The Division. There was one title in there that didn’t get the water coolers buzzing like the other games shown, but for me it was almost the highlight of the show. That title was The Crew, an open world MMO racing game that would allow players to drive across the entirety of the USA, all without loading screens. That simple idea struck me as one of the most “next-gen” ideas of the whole show. It was an idea that was something more than prettier graphics and really could only be accomplished with the power of the new systems. Read the rest of this entry »

Valiant Hearts: The Great War Review

Posted by Peter Nickless On Wednesday 23 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Available on XBO, PS4, PC, 360 and PS3 l Published by Ubisoft l Developed by Ubisoft Montpellier l Classified PG l Supports 1 player

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Valiant Hearts places an emphasis on storytelling over gameplay, but that’s okay when the whole experience is as enjoyable as this. You’ll feel the human impact of war on the characters as they strive to maintain family and friendship and delight in the beautiful art style and emotive music on offer.  While simple to play and easy to complete, Valiant Hearts will stay with you long after you have reached the end of your first play-through. Read the rest of this entry »

We haven’t seen The Last of Us

Posted by Karen Jacobson On Tuesday 22 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Joel and Ellie prepare for the painful remastering process.

There are rumblings of a future sequel to the critical and commercial success story of 2013 The Last of Us. In an interview with VideoGamer, community strategist for Naughty Dog Arne Meyer stated, “We’re just starting to explore ideas of what more could there be in this universe and starting that decision process. That doesn’t mean the end result is guaranteed.”

For those who were asleep in 2013, The Last of Us was a survival horror game widely praised for its rich story and characters. The potential of a sequel would certain excite many, including those at The Black Panel. Meyer and Naughty Dog don’t seem to be eager to churn out a quick sequel to cash in, stating “It really comes down to is there something interesting in this universe we’ve created that we want to continue to explore?”

An enhanced version of the game, known as The Last of Us Remastered, is due to hit PS4 later this month.

Phantom Pain to question US worldview

Posted by Erin Marcon On Sunday 20 July 2014ADD COMMENTS

Is there anything worse than a close talker?

For all its outlandish characters, bizarre plot twists and questionable depictions of the female form, the Metal Gear saga has always been peppered with serious social commentary.

Previous games have tackled hot topics such as the proliferation of seemingly amoral private military companies and the tragic role of child soldiers on the world’s battlefields. The recent Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes took place in a brutal detention camp in Cuba, a fictionalised location with obvious parallels to Guantanamo Bay.

It now seems that the next game in the series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, will continue to challenge audiences with it weighty themes. As relayed by CVG, series creator Hideo Kojima recently told The Guardian that “Hollywood continues to present the US army as being the good guys, always defeating the aliens or foreigners. I am trying to shift that focus. These movies might not be the only way to view current affairs. I am trying to present an alternate view in these games.”