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Grasshopper flips the script with Black Knight Sword

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 26 August 2011ADD COMMENTS

There’s no stopping Grasshopper Manufacture. Suda51’s studio, which already has three projects on the go (Lollipop Chainsaw, Codename D and Sine Mora), has announced that it has commenced work on a fourth. Like Sine Mora, Black Knight Sword is a downloadable collaboration with Hungarian developer Digital Reality.

The new game is a side scrolling 2D action game in which a fairy aids you in your noble quest to slay (rather than rescue) a princess. That’s a nice example of flipping the script, isn’t it? Perhaps we’ll soon see a game in which the hero is set upon by a horde of bloodthirsty boxes and crates?

In gameplay terms, Grasshopper has described Black Knight Sword as a “throwback to the classic platformers” of yesteryear, while the art style has been inspired by “puppet theatre” and European animation”.  This one could well be worth a look when it arrives on XBLA and PSN in the Australian summer.

nanoBITES 54

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 25 August 2011ADD COMMENTS


NanoBITES captures those small but important morsels of gaming information that otherwise might slip between the cracks.

ITEM! The first post Halo title to emerge from Bungie won’t be its mysterious multiplatform project for Activision. Instead, it will be releasing iPad strategy game Crimson: Steam Pirates under its recently established Bungie Aerospace label. Look for it on Thursday 1 September.

ITEM! We may be on our way to an R18+ rating, but if we needed a reminder that we’re not there yet, the Classification Board has provided it. As reported by Joystiq, the PS3 port of SEGA’s House of the Dead: Overkill has been refused classification due to the presence of content unseen in the Wii original.

ITEM! Sucker Punch is working on a standalone Infamous 2 spinoff. The PSN exclusive Festival of Blood will see New Marais overrun by a horde of vampires. Once again Cole has to save the day, even though he too has been turned into a vampire. Look for it in October.

ITEM! THQ’s forthcoming inSANE already boasts the talents of Guillermo del Toro. In an interview with MTV, the Pan’s Labyrinth director revealed that comic book artist Guy Davis, best known for his work in the Hellboy universe, will be contributing designs to the project.

ITEM! Fantasy themed Wii strategy title Little King’s Story is to receive a sequel. According to a story published in Famitsu (via Andriasang), the new instalment from Marvellous Entertainment will be coming to the PSVita. There has been no word as yet on a western release.

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What does fate have in store for Kingdoms of Amalur?

Posted by Jamie Dalzell On Wednesday 24 August 2011ADD COMMENTS

Are you a fan of open world RPGs? If so, the latest Kingdoms of Amalur trailer has arrived to tickle your fancy. The trailer is full of reborn heroes, destiny, and just a sprinkling of the inevitable saving of the world. It also offers a glimpse at the some of the game’s narrative details, while also showcasing its enemy-filled environments.

With so many stand-out RPG releases recently, and with Skyrim waiting off in the distance, it’s admittedly a little difficult to get overly excited for Kingdoms of Amalur, especially with its decidedly generic aesthetic. We’re taught though, to never judge a book by its cover. With the game still a ways off, and with a number of talented individuals on board, including R.A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane, this effort from EA, 38 Studios and Big Huge Games may just offer a surprise.

We have a while to wait to see if that’s true though, with Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning slated for release in February 2012 on PC, 360 and PS3.

ACE tackles the classics

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 23 August 20111 COMMENT

When ACE Team came up with the idea of Rock of Ages, I imagine they were playing a lot of Super Monkey Ball and watching Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail because that’s the exact vibe I get when watching this mad cap trailer. Poking fun at video games through the ages and busting out a great one liner (Rock beats everything!) this is one of the funnier previews I have seen in a while.

While there is only a little gameplay footage on show, the animation style has clearly been influenced by Python’s Terry Gilliam, with the paper cut-out style scenery, people and livestock all becoming victim to a giant rolling boulder. How this translates into an actual game I have no idea but after seeing this, I am sure it will be a laugh finding out.

According to publisher Atlus, Rock of Ages is scheduled for release on XBLA on Wednesday 31 August, with Steam and PSN versions to follow.