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nanoBITES 57

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Wednesday 14 September 2011Comments Off


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

ITEM! Deep Silver isn’t letting the recent controversy surrounding Dead Island get in the way of its DLC plans. As reported by Eurogamer, Bloodbath Arena will add a wave based survival mode to the game when it arrives for 360, PS3 and PC later this month.

ITEM! Four year old PC show pony Crysis is about to join its sequel on consoles. According to EA and Crytek, the new version will feature “optimised Nanosuit controls, fine-tuned combat and full stereoscopic 3D support”. Look for it on XBLA and PSN in October.

ITEM! The multiplayer component of Insomniac’s PS3 exclusive Resistance 3 is to be expanded on Tuesday 4 October. All players will receive two new maps free of charge, while a new game mode and four additional skins will become available as paid DLC.

ITEM! Atari is set to revive one the most offbeat construction sims of the 90s. Daredevils and engineers will be pleased to hear that RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D is scheduled for release on (you guessed it) the 3DS in 2012.

ITEMS! Blizzard Entertainment has revealed plans to release six products over the next three years. As reported by GameSpot, fans can look forward Diablo III, an expansion pack for same, and multiple expansions for both World of Warcraft and StarCraft II.

Recent instalments of nanoBITES: 07.09.11 l 01.09.11 l 25.08.11 l 18.08.11 l 11.08.11

Techland says sorry

Posted by Erin Marcon On Tuesday 13 September 20111 COMMENT

Does this look like a healthy working environment to you?

Polish developer Techland has apologised to gamers offended by content found in an incomplete build of its action horror game Dead Island. As reported by Stuff Tracey Writes, a version of Dead Island erroneously published on Steam last week contains a line of code reading “FeministWh*re”. The offending edition of the game has since been replaced, but the slur will do little to assuage the perception that the industry hasn’t done enough to address its ‘boys club’ culture.

Techland has reacted strongly. Attributing the mistake to a solitary employee, it labelled the line “inappropriate”. According to the developer, the programmer responsible will “face professional consequences” for breaching the company’s “standards and beliefs”. Dead Island’s publisher, meanwhile, appears keen to distance itself from the controversy. Deep Silver has stated that these “unfortunate actions were of one individual at developer company Techland and do not in any way represent the views of publishing company Deep Silver.”

Here we go again

Posted by Erin Marcon On Monday 12 September 2011Comments Off

Syndicate: leaked screens

Update (12.09.11) – EA has formally announced that it will publish Syndicate for 360, PS3 and PC in early 2012.

Original Story – If you were mortified by 2K’s decision to resurrect XCOM as a first person shooter, prepare to be outraged all over again. Thanks to an (alleged) leak published on NeoGAF by forum member faulty_fork, you can now assume that Bullfrog’s action strategy classic Syndicate is going down a very similar path.

The antiquated, though much loved, third person isometric view of the 1993 original has been shown the door. In its place, you’ll have what publisher EA describes as a “visceral” (aren’t they all?) “FPS experience”. Development duties have apparently been farmed out to Starbreeze Studios, the acclaimed Swedish outfit responsible for titles inspired by The Chronicles of Riddick and The Darkness.

Like its predecessor, the new Syndicate will take place in a world dominated by ruthless corporations. You’ll take on the role of Miles Kilo, a company agent with the ability to “slow down time, see through walls” and “interface directly with the Dataverse”. The game is said to feature a “four player online co-op experience like no other.”

There has been no word as yet regarding target platforms or release dates. In fact, EA is yet to confirm that the game is actually in production, so for the time being, it’s best to take all of this with a grain of salt.

New Media 44

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 11 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 El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron * NHL 12

NINTENDO Wii The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again! 3DS DualPenSports * StarFox 64 3D DS The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole Returns Again!

SONY PS3 El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron * God of War Collection Volume 2 * NHL 12 PSP Nothing

VARIOUS PC Nothing


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

MICROSOFT XBLA Bloodrayne: Betrayal * Crimson Alliance * Leedmees * SkyDrift

NINTENDO WiiWare Nothing eShop Nothing DSiWare Nothing

SONY PSN Bloodrayne: Betrayal * Red Johnson’s Chronicles * SkyDrift Minis Guerrilla War * Hal 21 * The Impossible Game

VALVE Steam Call of Juarez: The Cartel * Dead Island * Men of War: Vietnam * Rock of Ages * Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine

Recent instalments of New Media: 04.09.11 l 28.08.11 l 21.08.11 l 14.08.11 l 07.08.11