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New Media 37

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Sunday 24 July 2011ADD COMMENTS

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 Nothing

NINTENDO Wii Nothing 3DS Nothing DS Nothing

SONY PS3 Nothing PSP Nothing

VARIOUS PC The Sims 3: Town Life Stuff

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


NINTENDO WiiWare Nothing eShop 3DS Classics: Xevious DSiWare Nothing

SONY PSN Golden Axe * Limbo Minis Dr. Maybe and the Adventures of Scary Girl * JellyCar 2 * Me Monstar! Hear Me Roar * One Epic Game

VALVE Steam Air Conflicts: Secret Wars * ArmA: Cold War Assault * ArmA X: Anniversary Edition * Lucid * Runespell: Overture * Tobe’s Vertical Adventure * Trapped Dead * War Inc. Battlezone

Recent instalments of New Media: 17.07.11 l 10.07.11 l 03.07.11 l 26.06.11 l 19.06.11

Who is Lollipop Chainsaw intended for?

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 22 July 2011ADD COMMENTS

That's one way to shorten the line at Bunnings.

Prolific developer Grasshopper Manufacture has announced yet another project. In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu (via 1UP) Managing Director Suda51 has unveiled Lollipop Chainsaw. Much like predecessors No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned, the new game looks likely to test the boundaries of good taste.

Featuring a hyper sexualised, chainsaw wielding cheerleader named Juliet in the lead role, this third person action game will see players carve their way through a zombie infested nightmare. According to Suda51, players will be able to unleash “action moves that take advantage of her cheerleading skills”. We Cheer players will be hoping like hell that their hard earned skills are transferable.

Is Lollipop Chainsaw aimed at people with, shall we say, unfortunate predilections? The events of the game apparently take place on Juliet’s 18th birthday, but she remains a high school student with a penchant for juvenile hair styles. Further, the handful of screenshots available for the game include gratuitous crotch and bottom shots. It certainly doesn’t look good, but it may be too early to pass judgement.

Lollipop Chainsaw is coming to 360 and PS3. A release date is yet to be announced.

Image Credit: Famitsu

nanoBITES 49

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 21 July 2011ADD COMMENTS

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

ITEM! Irrational Games co-founder Jonathon Chey is working with Magic: The Gathering creator Richard Garfield on a free-to-play title. The debut release from newly formed studio Blue Manchu will be Card Hunter, a browser based collectable card game.

ITEM! It seems that Mega Man fans just can’t take a trick. As reported by 1UP, Capcom has cancelled Mega Man Legends 3 for the 3DS just four months after pulling the plug on downloadable project Mega Man Universe.

ITEM! Ubisoft has confirmed (belatedly) that the PC version of Call of Juarez: The Cartel has been delayed until September. As noted by Joystiq, it was actually due in stores, alongside the 360 and PS3 versions, this week.

ITEM! As long rumoured, the Xbox 360 exclusivity of Q Entertainment’s Child of Eden will soon be coming to an end. According to Kotaku, the abstract sci-fi shooter will be making its way to the PS3 in September.

ITEM! SEGA has some bad news for those of us desperate for new 3DS software. As reported by Eurogamer, Shinobi and Crush3d have both been delayed from their September launch windows until November and early 2012 respectively.

Recent instalments of nanoBITES: 14.07.11 l 07.07.11 l 30.06.11 l 23.06.11 l 02.06.11

Prison break

Posted by Zorine Te On Thursday 21 July 2011ADD COMMENTS

Since The Behemoth unveiled the initial release trailer for latest project BattleBlock Theater, a stream of videos showcasing the playable cast has steadily emerged. If the introductory text in this trailer is anything to go by, the character dubbed ‘Prisoner 10321’ features in this new game play video.

Sporting a top hat and a monocle, this little fellow displays an aptitude for throwing team members around – quite literally, as we witness him launching a partner to overcome obstacles, retrieve items and break out of ‘prison’ – all accomplished with the twisted humour the developer is known for. The trailer emphasizes the cooperative mechanic to the platform puzzle game which already hosts an interesting assortment of characters, each with their own unique abilities.

The humorous and quirky art style of the title is still there, with the featured character presented in a similar vein to his comrades. Levels showcased stay true to the title as stages consist of blocks with varying textures, colours and functions.

For those of us who aren’t diehard fans of the platform genre, the trailer promises an eclectic mix of puzzles, zany characters and an unusual art style that makes it hard not to be intrigued.

BattleBlock Theater is due out in 2011 with no definitive date announced as of yet. It will be available on XBOX Live.