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nanoBITES 56

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Wednesday 7 September 2011Comments Off


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

ITEM! Square Enix has confirmed that an expansion is in the works for action RPG Dungeon Siege III. Treasures of the Sun will feature new quests, creatures and environments as well as an increased level cap, when it arrives on 360, PS3 and PC in October.

ITEM! Petroglyph has pinned down a release date for its forthcoming free-to-play MOBA title Rise of Immortals. This fantasy themed action game will launch on PC on Monday 12 September.

ITEM! Dragon Quest X is to be released on the Wii U as well as the Wii, Square Enix confirmed today. As reported by Andriasang, the long awaited fantasy RPG will be online focused and the two versions will boast cross compatibility.

ITEM! The first wave of DLC has been announced for multiplatform cyberpunk sequel Deus Ex: Human Revolution. According to publisher Square Enix, The Missing Link will see protagonist Adam Jensen uncover “another layer to the conspiracy”. Look for it in October.

ITEM! The latest Burnout game is set to arrive on XBLA and PSN on Tuesday 20 September. Inspired by a much loved mode from the second game in the series, Burnout Crash will challenge players to inflict as much damage as possible on vehicles and property.

Dead Island: not actually dead

Posted by Zorine Te On Tuesday 6 September 20111 COMMENT

Interest in Techland’s Dead Island was initially generated from its first cinematic trailer. The pre-rendered offering was unusual in that it tapped into the viewers’ emotions to remind them of the true underlying horror of a zombie outbreak.

While this recent trailer is comprised of footage captured in-game, it continues with its efforts to navigate the same emotional undertone. This time around we witness a barrage of different zombie slaying techniques and a variety of characters make an appearance to provide some back story (warning: those Australian accents are back).

What really leaves an impression from this trailer is the visuals on show. If the trailer is faithful, Dead Island looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Footage depicting zombies being shot down, electrocuted, and beheaded in truly spectacular fashion is simply to die for.

With the amount of gore on show, one cannot help but wonder how the title makes its way to Australian shelves this week unscathed. Dead Island will be available on PC, 360 and PS3.

THQ picks up Unreal winner

Posted by Erin Marcon On Monday 5 September 2011Comments Off

The winner of Epic Games’ Make Something Unreal Contest is to receive a commercial release. Created by an international team headed by Michael Hegemann, The Haunted: Hells Reach will be published by THQ budget division ValuSoft (which apparently reduced overheads by dropping the ‘e’ from its name).

This blood drenched third person shooter will pit up to four players against the misshapen denizens of the underworld, or as the press release uncharitably describes them, “the forces of evil”.

The game will feature four modes of play across eight environments and there will be a strong emphasis on upgradable weaponry. ValuSoft are promising to deliver more than 20 enemy types. If the trailer is any guide, most will fall into the hapless cannon fodder category, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The Haunted: Hells Reach is due for release on PC in October, with XBLA and PSN versions to follow in 2012.

New Media 43

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 4 September 2011Comments Off


Presented in glorious alphabetical order, New Media: Retail Roundup is your indispensible checklist of the home console and handheld titles arriving in stores this week. What will you be playing?

MICROSOFT Xbox 360 Dead Island * NHL 12 * Rise of Nightmares * Wallabies Rugby Challenge * Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

NINTENDO Wii The Smurfs: Dance Party 3DS Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights DS The Smurfs

SONY PS3 Dead Island * NHL 12 * Resistance 3 * Wallabies Rugby Challenge * Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine PSP Nothing

VARIOUS PC Dead Island * Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine


New Media: Downloadable Digest is your handy reminder of the new downloadable titles released during the past week.

MICROSOFT XBLA The Baconing * Mortal Kombat Arcade * Rock of Ages * Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon

NINTENDO WiiWare Nothing eShop Nothing DSiWare 1950s Lawn Mower Kids

SONY PSN 4 Elements HD * The Baconing * Elevator Action Deluxe * TV Superstars Minis Left to Die in Zombhai * Snowy: The Bear’s Adventures

VALVE Steam Achron * American Conquest * American Conquest: Fightback * The Baconing * Cossacks: Art of War * Cossacks: European Wars * Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars * Cossacks II: Battle for Europe * Gatling Gears * The King’s Crusade Collection * Post Mortem * Puzzle Pirates * Robin Hood: The Legend of Sherwood * Serious Sam: Double D * Tropico 4: Steam Special Edition * Wasteland Angel

Recent instalments of New Media: 28.08.11 l 21.08.11 l 14.08.11 l 07.08.11 l 31.07.11